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Bixie, Montana, is in the middle of nowhere, not connected to any place, and not used as a pass through to get anywhere. But one snowy evening, a lone visitor walking down an old country road changes 13-year-old Aaron Martin’s life forever. Aaron thinks he’s being a Good Samaritan by inviting the nearly-frozen visitor into his home, but he’s unwittingly initiated The Game. ...more
Paperback, 214 pages
Published August 16th 2016 by Month9Books, LLC
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Tegan
Find my review at Barnes & Noble!!: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/polar...

*I received an ARC from School Library Journal in exchange for an honest review*

Bowland’s fourth novel is a unique take on the heavily used idea of life or death games in Young Adult fiction. Thirteen-year-old Aaron plays the Good Samaritan to a freezing stranger, despite his mother’s warning not to let unknown people into their house. Aaron and his mother quickly learn that Nakal, the stranger, is not quite what he seem
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Jennifer Y.
Aug 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
3 1/2 Stars

Have you ever been told not to talk to strangers? What about not letting a stranger into your house? Well, Aaron probably wishes he had followed that advice.

After welcoming a stranger into his home, Aaron unknowingly sets off a series of strange events as he becomes a player in a bizarre, complicated scavenger hunt with dire consequences if he loses.

As Aaron plays the game he’s not sure who to trust or what’s going on as he encounters an interesting cast of characters. To be honest th
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Stephanie
Aaron Martin is a 13 year-old boy from Bixie, Montana. On a cold and snowy day Aaron allows a young wayward boy to come warm up in his house. However, the boy, Nakal is not who he says at all and by allowing him inside, Aaron is now a player in a dangerous game being controlled by different beings in space. Nakal and Aaron are pawns in a scavenger hunt being led by The Council of Legend- an otherworldly group of beings that have promised Nakal the ultimate prize if he wins. Nakal is willing to d ...more
Shannon
Mar 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
04/16:
I was blessed to read an advanced copy of this. "Polaris" is unlike anything I have ever read before. It's a combination sci-fi, game/strategy, history lesson, social commentary, rolled into one. What holds it together is Aaron's determination to save his family and Beth Bowland's limitless imagination.

Stuck in a crazy (and I mean insane) game against his will and with high stakes, Aaron must employ his wits and his heart, to defeat an opponent who not only has a far greater understandin
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Esther Haddie's Haven
DISCLAIMER: I received a copy of this book in exchange for honest review.

This book was very interesting to get into. The way the author introduces the first character is different than most books that I have read. She introduced him as the Visitor. What comes to your mind when you see that? Exactly. You wonder if this visitor will be a friend or foe. That's clever. It drew my attention in and held it. I love the snow! I know, possibly irrelevant to my review, but I have never actually played in
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Anwesha
Aug 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
To start with,the story-line is unlike anything I’ve ever read.Like,it’s really unique and non cliché and it’s the best thing about the book.But to be honest,it was kind of difficult to get into the first half of the book.The second half was more interesting and easier to get into than the first though.And also there were a few parts which were a bit confusing but I think a few of them do make sense later in the book though a few were left uncleared.I guess it would have been a great re
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Cindy
Apr 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Polaris is the adventurous tale of Aaron, an young boy from an ordinary small town, who tries to do a kindness for a stranger. Little does he know that the stranger is actually an alien and that his life is about to be turned upside down in the most terrifying of ways. (Small spoiler alert here.) There is a game, you see, that the aliens like to play. And they use small towns as their game boards. Aaron has been selected as a key 'player' in this game. There are intrigue, suspense, twists, turns ...more
Kristina
Apr 28, 2016 rated it liked it
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The beginning was a bit rough but I'm glad I stuck with it. The story line was interesting and had some nice little twists. There were some spots where the dialogue seemed a bit stilted but overall worth the read. ...more
Tara
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Was a really good book, especially if you have tween. Can tell this book is geared toward that age group. Was very enjoyable to read. I got it at the Austin Book Fair and got to meet the author. She is definitely talented
Thomas Mcmillen
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
A good YR selection with well developed characters. Recommended for boys with a sci-fi bent. Would read any sequel.
Alexa
Jul 21, 2016 rated it liked it
The main word I would use to describe this plot is intriguing. Like many stories of this nature, the reader’s left in the dark as to what exactly is going on for a good deal of the story, but the creepiness of what I could see and the concepts I could sense being introduced drew me in and held my interest. The farther I got into the story, the more I enjoyed the worlds, the pieces of the game slowly brought about, and the fantastical communities that seemed to have so much more to them than I co ...more
Shelley Thompson
Aug 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Youth sci-fi adventure book with unique story line. Aaron, a 13 year old boy in Bixie, Montana, has to win a "game" in order to save his family, best friend, and himself from aliens. Really enjoyed the integration of astronomy in the clues. Thumbs up! ...more
Alan Elliott
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great twists and turns

This is a great escape into imagination as the reader Is pulled into twists and turns executed with style and finesse by Bowland. You'll relish the ride.
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