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Thursday, May 19, 2005

Maximum Ride:James Patterson

This is James Patterson's foray into Young Adult Literature. It has a sequel that hasn't come out yet, and I am looking forward to reading it, if that gives you any indication as to how I liked this book.

It was fast paced, and interesting. The plot involved a flock of mutant bird children. Details were good, and sounded reasonable intriguing for the intended age bracket. The plot itself was a little predictable, but the author hits you with suprises along the way. Dead ends are plentiful, but oddly fortuitious gains are also present.

A close comparison might be with the Rats of Nimh???


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  • Interesting how many authors are venturing into the YA field. Carl Hiaason's book Hoot was selected by Jeb this year as the official book of "Just Read, Florida!" And I just discovered that Walter Mosley (author of the Easy Rawlins mysteries) wrote a book for young adults about a young slave boy who is swept into a struggle for liberation.

    By Anna, at 7:30 AM  

  • I read that Waleter Mosley book, another ALA freebie.

    47 was the title. it was a good read, although maybe too much fantasy mixed with slavery? I don't know, it was like reading through a haze. But that was probably deliberate. It was the story of a space war fought out during the time of salvery in america. A space being with a magical bag of tricks befirends a young slave boy.

    By Jason, at 9:34 AM  

  • Michael Chabon's "Summerland" --YA too.

    I'm trying to remember if I've read any of James Patterson's adult books. Should I?

    By evt1618, at 10:34 AM  

  • Walter Mosley said on his website that his motivation to write the book was the realization that black children couldn't read about slavery without identifying with victims. He blended in the fantastic elements to give the main character more agency than would have been possible otherwise. I dunno how well it comes off -- I haven't read it yet.

    By Anna, at 4:18 PM  

  • Yeah, I can see how that would work. I own a copy if you want to borrow it the next time I see you.

    By Jason, at 9:00 AM  

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