Just finished The Paladin Prophecy by Mark Frost. It's a rousing adventure involving a young boy with special abilities. He ends up in a school with four friends who also have unusual talents that are different from his own. I had some questions about who and why these abilities were developed, but I suspect the answers to those questions will be provided in the second or third book. I think decent male readers from grades six to eight would enjoy this book. Thanks to Net Gallery and Random House Children's Books for providing an electronic copy. Look for it in stores this September.
Isobel is a very likeable character; she's honest, funny, gutsy and original. I sympathized with her plight from the first page; her mom marries someone she's known for only a few months and uproots Isobel in her final year of high school to live in a run down mansion which has all kinds of grisly rumors associated with it. Girls have disappeared after announcing that they were going to visit the house, a crazy woman was locked up in the attic, and her step father's first wife and child died in a boating accident in the nearby waters. When Isobel starts looking a bit deeper into the mystery surrounding these events, she finds some information that could lead her into serious trouble. I'd recommend this to mystery lovers who enjoy some lightheartedness in their stories. The book does contain some profanity, so if you're sensitive to language, you've been warned.
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