The Resource The orphan army, Jonathan Maberry

The orphan army, Jonathan Maberry

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The orphan army
Title
The orphan army
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Jonathan Maberry
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In the future, bug-like aliens are taking over Earth and young Milo Silk learns through dreams and strange encounters that there are other, ancient monsters on the planet that are also threatened by the aliens, and that he may be the hero destined to lead his friends in saving the universe
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  • Grades 4-7 Six years ago, the alien Swarm—terrifying, humongous robotic bugs—invaded Earth. Now, 11-year-old Milo Silk, his mom, friends Lizabeth and Shark, and the Earth Alliance are trying to survive and fight back. In the meantime, Milo’s eerie dreams of worsening Bug attacks, his missing dad, and the cryptic Witch of the World are becoming increasingly prophetic. Then Milo meets the Nightsiders, supernatural beings also battling the Bugs, including feisty and mysterious Evangelyne, wood spirit Oakenayl, sprite Halflight, and stone boy Mook. All intensifies when Milo’s camp is viciously attacked, and Milo encounters the Huntsman, a human-alien-insect hybrid with sinister schemes. With much at stake for themselves and others, Milo and the Nightsiders must unite and enact a dangerous plan before it’s too late. In this fast-paced, compelling blend of old-school sci-fi, magic, environmental themes, and hero’s quest, Maberry introduces an everyday, likable protagonist who develops courage, confidence, and skills in a good-versus-evil battle. Interspersing Milo’s “Dream Diary” entries, exciting action and suspense, and hints of continuing adventures, this Nightsiders series launcher will draw fantasy and sci-fi fans, who’ll anticipate the sequel. -- Rosenfeld, Shelle (Reviewed 05-15-2015) (Booklist, vol 111, number 18, p67)
  • Gr 5 – 8 — Milo Silk is not a hero. This mantra of Milo's, repeated throughout much of this series opener, couldn't be further from the truth. In a slightly futuristic world, where ruthless insectlike monsters are exterminating humans and the Earth itself, Milo discovers secrets that change the tides of war in a serious way. The Nightsiders are a group of mystical beasts leading the fight to defend Earth and its inhabitants from the maleficent Bugs, led by the fantastic Evangelyne Winter. This story is told with all of the skill that Maberry brought to his "Rot & Ruin" series (S. & S.). Readers will instantly take to Milo, as well as Evangelyne and the other Nightsiders. The story flows well, and though it ends with a cliff-hanger, it is satisfying. Underlying themes center on conservation and bravery. VERDICT A must-have for fans of Maberry's previous books and middle grade sci-fi.—Chad Lane, Easton Elementary, Wye Mills, MD --Chad Lane (Reviewed March 1, 2015) (School Library Journal, vol 61, issue 3, p138)
  • In this opening installment of the Nightsiders series, Maberry (the Rot & Ruin series) mixes genres to admirable effect. Six years after the alien Swarm invaded Earth, the remaining free humans exist as nomadic refugees and rebels, scavenging to survive while plotting ways to fight back. Eleven-year-old Milo Silk belongs to one such group. Troubled by recurring dreams in which the so-called Witch of the World exhorts him to become the hero Earth needs, Milo is astounded to discover that creatures of myth and legend—werewolves, faeries, spirits of wood and stone—exist and are also fighting the Swarm. Humans and monsters must form an uneasy alliance to recover the missing Heart of Darkness, a powerful magical artifact, before their alien foes evolve into an even greater menace. Maberry skillfully blends postapocalyptic warfare with supernatural adventure, presenting memorable characters and a tense narrative. Excerpts from Milo’s dream journal provide extra insight into the bizarre circumstances as they occur. It’s a strong start to what looks to be a highly entertaining story line. Ages 8–12. Agent: Sara Crowe, Harvey Klinger. (May) --Staff (Reviewed March 30, 2015) (Publishers Weekly, vol 262, issue 13, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Ever since the alien invasion, 11-year-old Milo has suffered from nightmares, but when a voice in his dreams tells him the world needs a hero, he has a hard time believing it could be him. It's been six years since the Dissosterin, a race of giant, buglike creatures, invaded Earth, knocking out communications, destroying cities and decimating the human race. The surviving population has banded together into small nomadic groups, intent on surviving and on finding a way to strike back at the evil extraterrestrial swarm. During a routine scavenging trip, Milo and his friends Shark, Lizabeth and Barnaby stumble upon the Nightsiders, magical creatures who are staging their own battle against the interlopers. This riveting, sci-fi tale of the Earth's last stand is enhanced by the addition of fantastical elements, which fall into place seamlessly. A fast-paced and explosive plot is enriched by strong characters, amusing dialogue and impossible odds. Maberry's prowess in fiction as well as comic books is evident in his well-crafted story, which balances over-the-top battle scenes with the quiet moments between characters that give substance to what could be a heartless thriller. This first book in an explosive new series is the perfect mix of science fiction and magic. (Fantasy/science fiction. 8-12)(Kirkus Reviews, February 15, 2015)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10414931
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Maberry, Jonathan
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • Ages 8-12
  • 680L
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Lexile
Interest level
MG
LC call number
PZ7.M11164
Literary form
fiction
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  • 5
  • 8
Reading level
4.9
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True
Series statement
The Nightsiders
Series volume
1
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
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  • Monsters
  • Extraterrestrial beings
  • Heroes
  • Magic
Target audience
juvenile
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The orphan army, Jonathan Maberry
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Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
392 pages
Isbn
9781481415750
Lccn
2014014576
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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The orphan army, Jonathan Maberry
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Copyright
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Carrier category code
  • nc
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text
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22 cm.
Extent
392 pages
Isbn
9781481415750
Lccn
2014014576
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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