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The finisher, a novel by David Baldacci

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The finisher
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The finisher
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a novel by David Baldacci
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eng
Summary
Vega Jane has never left the village of Wormwood. But this isn't unusual, nobody has ever left the village of Wormwood. At least not until Quentin Herms vanishes into the unknown. Vega knows Quentin didn't just leave, but that he was chased. And he's left behind a very dangerous trail of clues that only she can decode. The Quag is a dark forest filled with terrifying beasts and bloodthirsty Outliers. But just as deadly are the threats that exist within the walls of Wormwood. It is a place built on lies, where influential people are willing to kill to keep their secrets. Vega is determined to uncover the truth. But the closer she gets, the more she risks her life
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  • /* Starred Review */ Grades 7-10 What happens when an international best-selling crime novelist tries his hand at a youth fantasy? Well, in this case, success. Baldacci, best known for writing thrillers, also has a talent for creating magical worlds. At first glance, though, Wormwood seems mostly depressing. Like most other Wugs, 14-year-old Vega Jane is dirty, hungry, and deprived. The few things that keep her going are her friend Delph; her brother, John; and a tree where she goes to ponder. (Pondering is in short supply in Wormwood.) She also has her job at the Stacks, putting the finishing touches on pretty objects. But everything changes one morning when she spies her mentor, Quentin Herms, heading into the Quag, the terrifying forest that surrounds Wormwood. There are beasts inside the Quag, and supposedly nothing past it, so why would Herms run? The cryptic note he leaves behind raises more questions, and despite danger from many directions, Vega is a girl who wants answers. Baldacci gets several things just right. He offers readers a smart, tough heroine worth rooting for; provides enough hints of a mysterious backstory to keep them wondering; and builds each chapter to a cliff-hanger that pushes them to turn the page. There is also head-spinning action, which is sometimes a bit too repetitious. How often can Vega be chased by a monster and run faster than she has ever run in her life? The ending is predictable, but it leads seamlessly into the next book, where, perhaps, some of Vega’s answers await. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: As with Rick Riordan and Ridley Pearson, among others, the interest surrounding a high-profile author writing children’s books should garner this a ton of attention. -- Cooper, Ilene (Reviewed 02-15-2014) (Booklist, vol 110, number 12, p73)
  • Best known for his adult crime novels, Baldacci makes a detour into middle-grade with this wildly fanciful and darkly intriguing tale of a girl forced to fight for her life as she investigates the secrets of her tiny community. Fourteen-year-old Vega Jane works as a “Finisher,” creating goods she’ll never be able to afford and leading a hardscrabble life with her little brother. Like all other “Wugmorts,” they have never left the town of Wormwood, trapped there by the deadly Quag surrounding it. When Vega discovers a map leading through the Quag, she suspects there’s more to Wormwood than believed. Consistently using smarts, cunning, and improvisation, Vega proves herself a strong, admirable heroine as she’s thrown through time, uncovers lies and mysteries, and takes possession of magical artifacts. Her narration blends Wugmort slang with oddly formal speech and thought patterns, helping shape an enigmatic setting filled with unfamiliar terms, bizarre creatures, and memorable characters, as Baldacci pulls in elements of fantasy, science fiction, and myth. A cliffhanger ending leaves many explanations for future installments. Ages 10–14. Agent: Aaron Priest, Aaron M. Priest Literary Agency. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed January 20, 2014) (Publishers Weekly, vol 261, issue 03, p)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10301169
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Baldacci, David
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
710L
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Interest level
MG+
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 7
  • 10
Reading level
5.2
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Vega Jane
Series volume
1
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Villages
  • Friendship
  • Missing persons
  • Forests and forestry
  • Quests (Expeditions)
  • Good and evil
Target audience
adolescent
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The finisher, a novel by David Baldacci
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
497 pages
Isbn
9780545723008
Lccn
2013951103
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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The finisher, a novel by David Baldacci
Publication
Copyright
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
497 pages
Isbn
9780545723008
Lccn
2013951103
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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