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The Serpent Gift
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Born in Copenhagen, Lene Kaaberbol published her first book at the age of fifteen. She is a graduate of Aarhus university, and has taught English and Drama to high school students in Copenhagen. She has published many books in Denmark, several of which have been translated into other languages. Lene is now a full-time writer. In May 2002, she won the Disney Writer of the Year Award for her work on the W.I.T.C.H. series of books. 'The Shamer's Daughter', which was translated from the Danish by the author herself, has recently been shortlisted for the Marsh Award for Children's Literature in Translation.

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James Patterson continues his Maximum Ride series with School's OutForever. The six genetically altered, winged characters from The Angel Experiment are en route to Washington, DC, to an FBI agent's home as the book opens, for a taste of "normal" lifebut the sextet soon sets off for Florida on a mission to keep the world safe. Ages 11-up. (May) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Gr 6-10-An unusually dark fantasy, skillfully told. In this third book in the series, Dina and her family have settled into a comfortable life of farming and trading. Her mother no longer uses her Shamer's gift of seeing the ugly truths hidden behind peoples' eyes, and Dina's own Shamer's talent has disappeared. Then her father, a Blackmaster who wields the Serpent's Gift of illusion and coercion, comes to claim his daughter. The family flees to a neighboring country where Dina's brother, Davin, and Nico, the usurped teenaged ruler of their homeland, break the repressive local laws and are sentenced to years in the royal prison. In this grim place designed to break the souls of its inmates, Davin learns to respect Nico, and Dina learns to see some good in her father. Dina and Davin's alternating first-person descriptions of the various threats to their family make for a fast-paced read. Prison scenes of physical and psychological abuse are absolutely chilling, all the more so because they sometimes involve children. The book can stand alone but will be more rewarding for readers of the first two books, who will recognize the characters' growing strength and maturity under often-brutal conditions.-Beth Wright, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, VT Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

the most original new fiction of this kind ... equally appealing to boys. Here be dragons, sorcery and battles, but Kaaberbol's thrilling and thoughtful series is really about perceiving the limitations and deceits of adulthood. - The TimesThe Shamer's Daughter: '[A] fine novel ... The term 'page-turner' is often used but not always justified. It is deserved here, tenfold. I really, really couldn't put the book down.' - The School LibrarianFull of passion - The GuardianThere is a sense of excitement, sorrow and adventure throughout, and this is a gripping read. - School Librarian

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