February (Conspiracy 365, #2)

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.Gabrielle Lord’s ‘Conspiracy 365’ series has been created especially to entice boys to read, and has been so successful that it is about to become an Australian TV series. The plot-driven action can leave you breathless – so many escalating, life-threatening problems for 15 year-old fugitive Cal Ormond. The harsh world of life on the run, evading two criminal syndicates and others, is confronting. Cal and his whole family are subject to menace, arson, terrible assaults and deep suspicion – and h Gabrielle Lord’s ‘Conspiracy 365’ series has been created especially to entice boys to read, and has been so successful that it is about to become an Australian TV series. The plot-driven action can leave you breathless – so many escalating, life-threatening problems for 15 year-old fugitive Cal Ormond. The harsh world of life on the run, evading two criminal syndicates and others, is confronting. Cal and his whole family are subject to menace, arson, terrible assaults and deep suspicion – and he, though innocent, has been named as the main culprit for their trials, and must go on the run, seemingly abandoning his

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family. Underlying the whole saga, there is a mysterious ‘Ormond Riddle’ that Cal must solve in order to defeat his enemies, survive his year on the run and save his life and his family. The qualities of the main characters unfold through the action – Cal, his best friend Boges who never gives up on him despite the police/media frenzy about this ‘psycho’ teen, and the enigmatic girl, Winter Frey. Each novel in the series, ‘January’, ‘February’, ‘March’, etc., ends on an absolute cliff-hanger, and each subsequent novel gives a summary of the preceding events. This is an easy-to-read, eventful series that young teens clearly love. Scholastic Books has also created a website: www.conspiracy365.com For young teen readers, similar series include: ‘Alex Rider’, Anthony Horowitz; ‘Nemesis’, Cath McPhail; ‘Spy High’, Butcher; ‘Percy Jackson’, Rick Riordan (realistic fantasy); ‘Alfred Kropp’, Rick Yancey (realistic fantasy); ‘Tomorrow when the war Began’ and ‘The Ellie Chronicles’, John Marsden; ‘Cherub’, Robert Muchamore. For older teens: Matthew Reilly and Jack Heath books.

Similar reading for younger readers of this action/suspense/thriller genre would include ‘Battle Boy’, Charlie Carter; ‘Zac Power’, I L Larry; ‘Extreme Adventures’, Justin D’Ath; and the fantasy ‘Deltora Quest’, Emily Rodda.

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