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They came from the sky…

The SYLO Chronicles, Book One: SYLO

by D.J. MacHale 

sylo 407 pages

“THEY CAME FROM THE SKY, parachuting out of military helicopters to invade 14 year old Tucker Pierce’s idyllic hometown on Pemberwick Island, Maine. They are a secretive branch of the U.S. Navy called SYLO. Their commander, Captain Granger, informs Pemberwick residents that their island has been hit by a lethal virus and must be quarantined.” Author

I enjoyed this fast-paced, end-of-world novel and would recommend it to our middle school readers.  It has the elements of a great story: action, suspense, believable though flawed characters including untrustworthy parents, an independently minded female protagonist, Tori,  and Tucker whose safe world is irrevocably changed. By the end of the book, there are lots of unresolved issues, and some of them pretty disturbing at that.  It ends in a cliff-hanger for sure!  What a great book to start out the summer vacation, because you have two others to look forward to after that. There is some language and violence.

The Sylo Chronicles, Book Two: STORM

The SYLO Chronicles, Book Three: STRIKE



Choose to Lie… or Choose to Die


Jennifer A Nielsen: The Ascendance Trilogy

Book One – The False Prince

Grades 4 – 7

In the first of a trilogy by celebrated author, Jennifer A Nielsen, a story of treachery, deceit and false identities unfolds.

Civil war is pending. Conner, a nobleman of the court, kidnaps four orphans to choose among them an impersonator of the king’s long-lost son and set him up as a puppet prince. One, Sage, questions Conner’s motives, yet his own life ‘balances on a sword’s point’. At all costs, he must be chosen or be killed. Intrigue deepens as rival evil designs surface.

A truth comes to light that proves more lethal than all. Read the first one: A False Prince and you’ll be on your way to the library to grab the second one… and then the third. A great non-stop action fantasy!