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January by Gabrielle Lord
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Nov 13, 11

bookshelves: middle-school-fic, teen-fiction, guy-reads, action-adventure
Read in November, 2011

On New Year's Eve, Cal Ormond - a typical 15-year-old guy - is chased down the street by a raving man in a bathrobe. He tells Cal that he's in terrible danger and that he must survive for the next 365 days. Somehow, Cal has become entangled in the mystery surrounding his father's death, and a family secret that he apparently discovered while researching in Ireland.

This book is specifically written to appeal to struggling and reluctant readers, meaning it doesn't have a lot of exposition or character development and just gets right to the good stuff, meaning death-defying action. In the first 20 pages, Cal has survived a sinking boat, a sabotaged life jacket, and a shark attack. This book doesn't mess around.

Give this to boys who "hate to read" but like action movies.
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