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The Resource The monster, Garth Nix and Sean Williams

The monster, Garth Nix and Sean Williams

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The monster
Title
The monster
Statement of responsibility
Garth Nix and Sean Williams
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Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Jaide and Jack Shield learn that they're troubletwisters, with powers they must use to stop the Evil from taking over our world. Before, they'd defeated the Evil through luck and intuition. Now though, Jaide and Jack will have to learn how to use their powers, and how to keep on their toes when evil forces return
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Review
  • Grades 4-6 Twelve-year-old twins Jaide and Jack return in their second Troubletwisters adventure. They befriend new girl Tara, who claims to have seen the Monster of Portland. The twins are convinced that the Evil is back in action and somehow connected with Tara’s dad. Even worse, their Gifts are misbehaving, making them a danger to others and themselves. This sequel, better plotted than the original, offers moments of reflection (“until you understand yourselves, you cannot understand your Gifts”) and a more complex story line. While the resolution is a little too easy (and not easily explainable), it will satisfy most readers. -- Moore, Melissa (Reviewed 05-01-2012) (Booklist, vol 108, number 17)
  • Gr 4 – 6 — Twins Jack and Jaide have magical gifts that they will someday put to use to keep The Evil from creeping into the world. In this installment in the series, they attempt to learn how to develop and govern their talents. Many mishaps occur along the way, which is the reason the siblings are called "troubletwisters." Against their grandmother's wishes, they continue to investigate whether The Evil is once again walking around their small town. Having been caught by it in the last book, Jack is particularly sensitive and fears being consumed by it. The best part of the book is the description of how The Evil manifests itself. Swarms of insects and possessed humans with white eyeballs add to the fear factor. There is more of the same in The Monster , with moths that blanket themselves over the main characters and larger-than-life worms tormenting the town. Readers who like Brandon Mull's "Fablehaven" tales (Shadow Mountain), Suzanne Collins's "Gregor the Overlander" series (Scholastic), and Joseph Delaney's "Last Apprentice" books (HarperCollins) will enjoy this series.—Kathleen Meulen Ellison, Sakai Intermediate School, Bainbridge Island, WA --Kathleen Meulen Ellison (Reviewed June 1, 2012) (Library Journal, vol 58, issue 6, p132)
  • Beginning where Troubletwisters (2011) left off, twins Jaide and Jack Shield struggle to harness their magical powers while tracking a rat-regurgitating monster and battling dark forces. Staying with Grandma X, the twins have joined the Wardens, a worldwide group of guardians against The Evil, and are studying ways to control and understand their magic. Their powers are unwieldy and continue to flummox Jack and Jaide. The twins forge a new friendship with Tara as the town begins to buzz with rumors of a roaming monster. Grandma X has started acting strangely, and something foul is afoot at the old sawmill. The twins are determined to find this monster, but there are so many intricately tangled secrets that they often become sidetracked. Pace rules, as event piles on event. The intensity and bizarreness ramp up when insects flock to Jack and a clowder of cats becomes possessed. The climax involves an awesome spectacle of powerful forces, as The Evil, preying on the twins' still-malleable souls, strives to take advantage of their self-doubts and possess their gifts. As good and wicked battle, Jack and Jaide come to understand that knowing themselves is their wellspring of power, wisdom that will no doubt come in handy in the next installment. This gripping fantasy for the middle-grade set delivers magic and delightful dollops of ick. (Urban fantasy. 8-12)(Kirkus Reviews, May 1, 2012)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10097303
Cataloging source
UPZ
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Nix, Garth
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
790L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
MG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 6
Reading level
5.4
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1967-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Williams, Sean
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Troubletwisters
Series volume
bk. 2
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Magic
  • Twins
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Good and evil
  • Magic
  • Twins
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Good and evil
Target audience
juvenile
Label
The monster, Garth Nix and Sean Williams
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Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
876795
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
289 pages
Isbn
9780545258982
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780545258982
  • (OCoLC)777825295
Label
The monster, Garth Nix and Sean Williams
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
876795
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
289 pages
Isbn
9780545258982
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780545258982
  • (OCoLC)777825295

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