Plots develop and characters grow as trilogies and more-logies continue, with one beloved 28-year-old series coming to an end.
Nowhere to Run (The 39 Clues: Unstoppable #1)
Author: Jude Watson
Publisher: Scholastic Inc, 272 pages, fiction
THE 39 Clues series is about the Cahill family that has been guarding an earth-shaking secret for the past 500 years: the 39 ingredients of a serum that transforms whoever takes it into the most powerful person on earth.
In this latest spinoff from the original series, the secret has been handed down to 13-year-old Dan and his older sister, Amy.
But disaster strikes when they discover that the serum is missing. And it looks like the thief is already influencing the world, as Dan and Amy find themselves being framed and their lives being dismantled around them. They need to get that serum back yesterday!
The Fall Of Five (Lorien Legacies #4)
Author: Pittacus Lore
Publisher: HarperCollins, 416 pages, fiction
AFTER their planet, Lorien, is conquered, nine alien children who make up the Garde are sent to Earth to grow into their powers so that they can return someday to liberate their homeland from the Mogadorians.
The series begins after three of the Garde – now teenagers – have been killed by Mogadorian hunters.
Now I’ll Tell You Everything
Author: Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 528 pages, fiction
FANS of this series have grown up with Alice McKinley over 28 books, beginning with The Agony Of Alice in 1985, which was about the problems that arise from being the new girl at school.
Now, Newbery Medal-winning author Phyllis Reynolds Naylor is bringing the series to a close with Alice, now 18, “stepping into the rest of her life” as she begins college and finds everything changing around her. Will her best friends from secondary school remain her best friends? Will she and boyfriend Patrick survive a long-distance relationship?
These and many other questions are answered as the novel tracks Alice’s life until she turns 80.
The Private School Murders (Confessions #2)
Author: James Patterson
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company, 448 pages, fiction
TEENAGE investigator Tandy Angel is back in this sequel to Confessions Of A Murder Suspect.
With her brother Matthew still facing a trial for the murder of his girlfriend, Tandy doesn’t need any more complications in her life, but then one of the rich young girls who attends Tandy’s elite school is murdered.
And that’s not the only death: there’s a trail of dead, rich young women in Manhattan’s swanky Upper West Side, all of them very much like Tandy – will she be next?
With no one uttering the words “serial killer”, it’s up to Tandy to get on the case, if only to protect herself.
Touching The Surface
Author: Kimberly Sabatini
Publisher: Simon Pulse, 352 pages, fiction
DYING is surely the worst thing that can befall a person. Elliot has died not once but three times.
She must now find a way to seek the forgiveness of the person she has hurt the most, and finally reveal the truth about herself to the two people she loves the most, at the risk of losing them both ... forever.
Revealed (House Of Night #11)
Authors: P.C. & Kristin Cast
Publisher: St Martin’s Griffin, 320 pages, fiction
HELL hath no fury like a woman scorned, they say. After her fall at the end of Hidden, Neferet now has a thirst for vengeance that is insatiable.
Vowing to wreak havoc, Neferet has her eyes on all humanity, a situation for which the House of Night, the boarding school for new “vampyres”, is blamed.
Now, it is up to Zoey to quench Neferet’s fiery rage before matters escalate to a full-on war.
Written by a mother and daughter team, the House Of Night series is slated to end with the next volume, No.12.