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Avalon by [Arnett, Mindee]
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Length: 437 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up—Jeth's parents were the preeminent scientists of the Confederation until their final mission ended in tragedy and they were suddenly charged with treason and executed. Since then, Jeth has been in the forced employ of an interstellar crime lord, aboard the Avalon. It is a ship specially designed by Jeth's parents to navigate and explore the Belgrave, a sector of space that gives off inexplicable power fluctuations; many consider it haunted. Jeth is finally given the opportunity to captain the Avalon when the crew are sent into the Belgrave to salvage a stranded Confederation ship said to hold a dangerous weapon. Little does he know that this mission will set off a chain of events that could have far-reaching consequences and fundamentally challenge his understanding of his own family's history. This is an exciting piece of science fiction that keeps up its energy from beginning to end. Fans of the short-lived but beloved Joss Whedon television show Firefly will find this book especially enjoyable, and it is sure to be one of the most popular releases in the genre this year.—Ryan F. Paulsen, New Rochelle High School, NY

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Arnett’s fast-paced space western combines S. E. Hinton’s The Outsiders (1967) with television’s Firefly in what appears to be the beginning of a promising series. We meet a motley crew of renegade orphan teen mercenaries who form their own family by choice. Their mission is to steal metatech, the mysterious force that allows interplanetary travel faster than the speed of light. Seventeen-year-old Jeth leads the gang of teen metatech thieves, who work for the villainous Hammer Dafoe. Jeth and his 13-year-old sister, Lizzie, lost their space-surveying parents seven years ago, when the Interstellar Transit Authority executed their parents for unspecified treason. Jeth’s primary objective is to buy the family’s legendary spaceship, the Avalon, from Hammer, escape his despotic reign, and establish a quiet existence away from Hammer and the Interstellar Transit Authority. But nothing is going to come easy, and the appearance of a strange, possibly alien child and a beautiful, fierce teen scientist further complicate matters. It’s not a deep read, but it’s a riveting one, and sci-fi fans will gulp it down in one sitting and ask for more. Grades 8-11. --Debbie Carton

Product details

  • File Size: 1295 KB
  • Print Length: 437 pages
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray; Reprint edition (January 21, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 21, 2014
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DB36A98
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #369,998 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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