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The secret hour, Scott Westerfeld

Label
The secret hour
Title
The secret hour
Statement of responsibility
Scott Westerfeld
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Upon moving to Bixby, Oklahoma, fifteen-year-old Jessica Day learns that she is one of a group of people who have special abilities that help them fight ancient creatures living in an hour hidden at midnight; creatures that seem determined to destroy Jess
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Storyline
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Award
  • Aurealis Awards, Best Young Adult Novel, 2004.
  • YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, 2005
  • YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 2008
Review
  • Gr 6-10 –Moving when you're in high school is difficult enough, especially when your parents can't seem to hold their own lives together and your younger sister is being more obnoxious than usual. However, for 15-year-old Jessica Day, these concerns pale when bizarre things start to happen and she discovers that she now has unwanted magical powers. Part science fiction, part horror story, this novel is the first in a series about the midnighters, a select group of individuals whose birth at the stroke of midnight gives them the special ability to move about in a mysterious 25th hour. As Jessica takes her place among these extraordinary teens, she must battle the increasingly dangerous slithers and other darklings that have suddenly become more violent and aggressive. The story is exciting and the writing compelling. Gaps in the account will not bother readers, who will be totally absorbed by the paranormal elements as well as the intriguing characters, and who will be eagerly awaiting the next book.–Sharon Grover, Arlington County Department of Libraries, VA --Sharon Grover (Reviewed June 1, 2004) (School Library Journal, vol 50, issue 6, p152)
  • Westerfeld (The Risen Empire ) begins this inventive contemporary fantasy—first in a planned trilogy—as a new-kid-in-high-school story; he quickly introduces a few surreal bits and then begins revealing his secrets in careful increments. Jessica Day has moved to the odd town of Bixby, Okla., where the water tastes odd and, she is told, "gives you funny dreams." The misfits at school, Dess, Rex and Melissa, see a kindred spirit in Jessica: like them, she was born at nearly the exact stroke of midnight, giving her the ability to experience the 25th hour of each day, which is "rolled up too tight" for the rest of humanity even to notice. This lost hour has its own breed of predators ("darklings") who don't exist at any other time and who are terrified of stainless steel and 13-letter words; but ever since Jessica arrived in town, darkling activity has been on the rise. The story moves quickly, and the structure is satisfying—the author answers all the questions he highlights in this initial volume while leaving room for the plot to develop in the sequels. A devilishly unraveled loose end on the last page will ensure an audience for the next installment. Ages 12-up. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed March 22, 2004) (Publishers Weekly, vol 251, issue 12, p87)
  • A thrilling series starter brings Jessica to Bixby High, where she gains mysterious powers. Though Jessica quickly becomes popular, she fascinates the light-hating school outcasts. Rex, Dess, Melissa, and Jonathan watch Jessica carefully until she awakens as a midnighter: one born at the stroke of midnight, free to move about in Bixby's magical 25th hour. In this blue-lit time, when all normal life is frozen, the midnighters enjoy their special abilities and easily avoid the dangerous darklings and slithers that roam the town. But when Jessica arrives, the midnight creatures increase in number and viciousness, and must be fought off with steel and 13-letter words. If the night children do not solve Jessica's mystery, midnight might never be safe for them again. A satisfying conclusion to Jessica's mystery leaves open intriguing interpersonal questions and the potential for a possible conspiracy to lead into the next volume. (Fiction. 12+) (Kirkus Reviews, January 15, 2004)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
128625
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Westerfeld, Scott
Index
no index present
Intended audience
740L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
UG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 6
  • 10
Reading level
4.8
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Midnighters
Series volume
v. 1
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Science fiction
  • Psychic ability
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
The secret hour, Scott Westerfeld
Instantiates
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
481850
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
297 pages
Isbn
9780060519513
Lccn
2003006986
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780060519513
Label
The secret hour, Scott Westerfeld
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
481850
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
297 pages
Isbn
9780060519513
Lccn
2003006986
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780060519513

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