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The electrifying new novel in the bestselling Maximum Ride series

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JAMES PATTERSON is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time. He is the author of two other popular series for young readers- Daniel X and Witch & Wizard. This is as well as writing three of the top detective series around - the Alex Cross, Women's Murder Club and Detective Michael Bennett novels - and many other number one bestsellers including romance novels and stand-alone thrillers. He lives in Florida with his wife and son. James is passionate about encouraging children to read. He was inspired by his own son, who was a reluctant reader, to write books specifically for young readers. James has also formed a partnership with the National Literacy Trust, an independent, UK-based charity that changes lives through literacy. In 2010, he was voted Author of the Year at the Children's Choice Book Awards in New York.


Gr 6-9-Still reeling from Fang's departure in Fang (2010), Max and the flock don't get the chance to enjoy any downtime. There is a new group bent on saving the world by destroying all humans to make room for an enhanced generation of genetically modified children. Not only must Max decide what to do about this new threat, but she is also dealing with her own confused feelings about Dylan, who has joined the Flock, and Fang, her best friend and soul mate who has left her. Meanwhile, Fang has been busy recruiting his own gang of teens, all with different superpowers, in order to combat the same Doomsday Group that Max and the Flock are investigating. Rebecca Soler narrates the seventh title (2011, both Little, Brown) in the series by James Patterson with a youthful voice and an edge that matches Max's sharp personality. Short chapters keep the action-driven plot moving quickly. The narration is accompanied by music during scenes of heavy action or emotion and by the sporadic use of sound effects such as breaking glass and footsteps. Few questions are answered and several new ones are raised. While this title is unlikely to draw in new listeners this late in the series, Angel should tide fans over as they await the upcoming series finale.-Amanda Raklovits, Champaign Public Library, IL (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

"The latest young adults' thriller from James Patterson continues the gripping Maximum Ride series" -- 5 stars Star Magazine

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