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Author: Thomas Pendleton

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Publisher: HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,

Material: paperback

Summary: Mason Avrett is an orphan who lives with his brother, Gene, whose idea of "taking care of Mason" is to abuse him. Mason's one friend, Rene Denton, thinks she understands Mason and his situation, but she only knows part of the story. When she becomes Gene's victim she understands how cruel he can be. With that act, Mason's own powers are pushed to the limit ... he can't control them anymore. This is a horror, suspense novel for young adults.

Type of Reading: independent reading

Recommended Age: read together: 12 and up; read yourself: 12 and up

Interest Level: 12 and up

Reading Level: 4.9

Age of Child: Read by student at Woodside Magnet High School for Arts and Communication (Newport News, VA)

Young Reader Reaction: This is a scary and exciting book. I picked it because it looked scary ... and it was, but not as much as I thought it would be.

Adult Reader Reaction: You probably have to be a Stephen King fan to really enjoy this. It is very well written, but is like holding something that subtly stings your hands ... you want to let go, but at the same time, you can't.

Pros: This is a fun read for kids who like scary books.

Cons: Although critical to the story, there is a lot of violence and there is activity that focuses around drugs and drug trafficking.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a scary book.


Educational Themes: This is a book meant for recreational reading.

Notes: The Reading Tub, Inc. read an advance reader copy of this book.

Literary Categories: Fiction - horror, young adult

Date(s) Reviewed: June 2008

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