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MAXIMUM RIDE - JAMES PATTERSON

The book is about six characters named Max, Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman and Angel.  They were created as an experiment.  They ended up 98% human and 2% bird- and oh yes - they also had wings.  This experiment took place in a science lab/prison called the School.

There was also another experiment done at the School.  This one resulted in characters that are part human and part wolf.  They look human but are capable of turning into wolf men, complete with fur, fangs and claws.  They are called the Erasers.  The School used the Erasers as guards, police and executioners.

One day, Angel had an idea - to pick strawberries.  The Erasers attacked the group and kidnapped Angel.  Max was just heartbroken.  Since she was the oldest, she felt it was her responsibility to take care of everyone and now her beloved Angel was gone. 

Max and her family are determined to get Angel back.  They set a plan in motion.  Fang left the room and returned with some papers.  When Gasman asked him what the papers contained, Fang answered, "map".  It was a map of the School.  The family hoped they would never have to return to the School but that is where the Erasers took Angel and this is where they had to return in order to get Angel back.

Are Max and her family successful at getting Angel back?

James Patterson has written this book for "young adult" readers.  However, let me be the first to tell you that this book is mesmerizing for even some of us "older" readers.  The story is a grand adventure and one that you will enjoy reading.  The characters are creatures of James Patterson's great imagination.  His descriptions are very vivid and we can picture these six (along with their wings) in our mind.  Mr. Patterson also does an excellent  job of making us feel the pain of Max when Angel is kidnapped.  This is an excellent read for young adult readers and the "older folks" too!  Be sure to add this one to your reading list.

REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON

DO NOT REPRINT WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE REVIEWER, NANCY EATON

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