The Light, 1
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About the Author
D. J. MacHale ("The Scout") is a bestselling author and is also a director, executive producer, and creator of several popular television series and movies. He lives in Southern California with his family, where they spend a lot of time backpacking, scuba diving, and skiing
--Library Media Connection August/September
Sixteen-year-old Marshall Seaver is looking forward to a great summer with his best friend, Cooper Foley, when Cooper is busted for scalping tickets and sent away to the family cabin. Life has been rough for Marshall since his mother died. Once in frustation, he even smashed a small, golden ball she left him, resulting in a pool of blodd that somehow disappeared when he called his father. Does that have anything to do with the strange events that begin when his father leaves on a business trip? How about the odd circular designs he sees in spilled cocoa powder, the breezes in closed rooms, or, worst of all, the death's head drawing called "Gravedigger," done by Marshall himself, that appears to pursue him? Terrified, Marshall flees to join Cooper, only to discover that Cooper is missing.
This lengthy fantasy, full of twists and turns, keeps the reader working to unravel the illusive plot line while Marshall flirts with death, dragging various characters along with him. Marshall, the only developed character, is an older Harry Potter without super powers but with a best friend and an incipient love interest in Cooper's sister Sydney. Names are different, but the pace and events of the novel seem familiar. MacHale, known for his bestselling "Pendragon" series, beings another series in this open-ended novel. Undoubtedly readers can expect more adventures of the supernatural kind.
"---VOYA April 2010"