Hello Darkness – Anthony McGowan

Stealthy, furtive, unhurried yet urgent – In a few seconds of efficient butchery, the chickens are dead and dismembered.  Someone is on a killing spree  –  slaughtering the school pets with a cold-blooded savagery. The number-one suspect: Johnny Middleton. Johnny’s had problems in the past, but they’re behind him now. So what if he still sees the world a little differently? He’s not crazy and he’s not a killer. And he’s going to prove it.

Readings

By Any Other Name – Laura Jarratt

I picked up the book and thumbed through the pages. Names in alphabetical order, names with meanings, names I knew, names I’d never heard of. How to pick? Nothing that would stand out, nothing that would link me to the past – those were the instructions. The past. As if everything that had gone before this moment was buried already.  Holly is fifteen years old, but she’s only been ‘Holly’ for a matter of months. Because of what happened, she and her family have entered witness protection and assumed new identities. But Holly can’t shake the urge to reconnect with her old life – even when she becomes friends with Joe, the mysterious boy who lives up the road. Will one moment of weakness put Holly and her family’s lives in danger?
Readings

The Edge of Nowhere – Elizabeth George

The first novel in Elizabeth George’s Young Adult series. This genre-bending work combines Elizabeth’s flair for mystery and suspense with the paranormal.

Becca King and her mother are on the run from her stepfather who has used Becca’s talent for hearing ‘whispers’ to make a large and illegal sum of money. Now their options for safety are running out. In the town of Langley on Whidbey Island, Becca finds refuge in the home of her mother’s childhood friend while her mother continues on to Canada in search of safety.

But on her first day in town Becca meets sixteen years old Derric Nyombe Matheson a Ugandan orphan who was adopted as a ten-year-old by the town’s Deputy Sheriff. Derric has a secret that no one on Whidbey Island knows. Derric and Becca form an un-severable bond. Becca is convinced that she’s the only person who can truly help him, and just maybe Derric can convince Becca that life is too short to live on the run.

 

Readings

Killing Rachel – Anne Cassidy

Rose’s mother and Joshua’s father have disappeared. Police inquiries have gone nowhere and the case, it seems, is closed: Rose and Joshua have been told that the police believe their parents are dead. But Rose and Joshua still hold out hope that they are alive. Joshua is determined to follow up his own inquiries, which includes working out the meaning of the cryptic notebooks – the murder notebooks – they have discovered. Then Rose is distracted by odd, desperate messages she receives from Rachel, a former best friend from her school, followed by the terrible news that Rachel is dead. But perhaps Rachel’s death will provide one more piece of the puzzle about what has happened to Rose and Joshua’s parents . . .A taut and pacy thriller in The Murder Notebooks series, from an acclaimed writer for teens.

Readings

Trackers – Patrick Carman

In the 21st century landscape of bits and bytes, everyone leaves a digital footprint–even the most advanced cyber criminals. And that’s where the Trackers come in. Four tech-savvy kids armed with high-tech video cameras and trackersesoteric coding skills, the trackers can find almost anyone, anywhere.Through a collage of videos, text, and websites, Trackers #1 follows Adam, Finn, Lewis and Emily as they become entangled in a high-tech, high-stakes game of cat and mouse with Shantorian, the world’s most dangerous hacker. At least, that’s who they think they’re tracking… As the four dig deeper into the shadowy world of online crime, they soon learn that things aren’t always as they seem.

Borders

Trackers – Patrick Carman

In the 21st century landscape of bits and bytes, everyone leaves a digital footprint–even the most advanced cyber Trackerscriminals. And that’s where the Trackers come in. Four tech-savvy kids armed with high-tech video cameras and esoteric coding skills, the trackers can find almost anyone, anywhere.Through a collage of videos, text, and websites, Trackers #1 follows Adam, Finn, Lewis and Emily as they become entangled in a high-tech, high-stakes game of cat and mouse with Shantorian, the world’s most dangerous hacker. At least, that’s who they think they’re tracking… As the four dig deeper into the shadowy world of online crime, they soon learn that things aren’t always as they seem.

Borders

The Dark Deeps – Arthur Slade

Modo – teenage spy and temporary shape-shifter – is plunged once more into the world of international espionage. This time he’s on the trail of a mysterious underwater creature – and he’s not alone. Mr Socrates orders Modo and his beautiful fellow agent Octavia Milkweed to investigate the disappearance of the Permanent Association’s New York dark-deepsagent. From there, they follow a trail of clues that will lead Modo to an ingenious machine known only as the Ictineo, and a fabled underwater city ruled by pirates. There, Modo confronts Colette, a French agent with secrets of her own. Is she friend or foe? Meanwhile, on his secret island, Dr Hyde has been conducting a new and hideous experiment. When Miss Hakkandottir, Modo’s nemesis from the Clockwork Guild, arrives to hijack the Ictineo, Modo must use all his ingenuity to track down an unseen force … even if it means revealing his true self.

 

Borders