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The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - BOOKS - Ac­com­plice The Clock­work Three Track­ers Sell­out

BE­FORE the at­tack, 16-year-old Tom Har­vey was just an or­di­nary boy. But now frag­ments of a shat­tered iPhone are embed­ded in his brain and it’s hav­ing an ex­tra­or­di­nary ef­fect ... be­cause now Tom has pow­ers.

The abil­ity to know and see more than he could ever imag­ine. And with in­cred­i­ble power comes knowl­edge – and a choice. Seek re­venge on the vi­o­lent gangs that rule his es­tate and as­saulted his friend Lucy, or keep quiet? Tom has con­trol when ev­ery­thing else is out of con­trol. But it’s a dan­ger­ous price to pay. And the con­se­quences are ter­ri­fy­ing. Author: Jen­niger Stur­man Pub­lisher: Point, 272 pages DELIA Trues­dale is still search­ing for the truth about her mother, who is in hid­ing some­where in South Amer­ica. But for now, Delia has to make do with her mys­tery-solv­ing in New York City, along­side her Aunt Charley (a down­town hip­ster), her Aunt Pa­tience(an up­town ice queen), a de­tec­tive with a ques­tion­able taste in neck­ties, an ec­cen­tric psy­chic, her brainiac friend, and Quinn, the wealthy, gor­geous boy who seems to re­turn Delia’s af­fec­tions.

Too bad Quinn’s shady CEO dad may be in­volved in the scheme Delia is try­ing to crack. And a trip to South Amer­ica may be in or­der af­ter all. Author: Eire­ann Corrigan Pub­lisher: Scholas­tic Press, 304 pages FINN and Chloe have it all fig­ured out. Their school guid­ance coun­sel­lor has told ev­ery­one that it’s not enough to get good grades or do com­mu­nity ser­vice any­more – kids like that are ev­ery­where, and col­leges are bored of them. So what do you do? Chloe de­cides they should get at­ten­tion an­other way. She and Finn will stage her own dis­ap­pear­ance – and then Finn will be the only who finds and saves her. What col­lege wouldn’t want them af­ter that kind of at­ten­tion?

It seems like a good plan – un­til things start go­ing very wrong. Author: Matthew Kirby Pub­lisher: Scholas­tic Press, 400 pages ThREE or­di­nary chil­dren are brought to­gether by ex­tra­or­di­nary events: Giuseppe is an or­phaned street mu­si­cian from Italy, who was sold by his un­cle to work as a slave for an evil padrone in the US; Han­nah is a soft-hearted, strong­willed girl from the ten­e­ments, who sup­ports her fam­ily as a ho­tel maid when tragedy strikes and her fa­ther can no longer work; and Fred­er­ick, the tal­ented and in­tense clock­maker’s ap­pren­tice, seeks to learn the truth about his mother while try­ing to for­get the night­mares of the or­phan­age where she left him.

To­gether, the three dis­cover they have phe­nom­e­nal power when they team up as friends, and that they can over­come even the dark­est of fears. Author: Pa­trick Car­man Pub­lisher: Scholas­tic Press, 224 pages IN the 21st cen­tury land­scape of bits and bytes, ev­ery­one leaves a dig­i­tal foot­print ... even the most ad­vanced cy­ber crim­i­nals. And that’s where the Track­ers come in.

Four tech-savvy kids armed with high-tech video cam­eras and es­o­teric cod­ing skills, the Track­ers can find al­most any­one, any­where. Told through a col­lage of videos, text, and web­sites, Track­ers #1 fol­lows Adam, Finn, Lewis, and Emily as they be­come en­tan­gled in a high-tech, high-stakes game of cat and mouse with Shan­to­rian, the world’s most dan­ger­ous hacker. At least, that’s who they think they’re track­ing. As the four dig deeper into the shad­owy world of on­line crime, they soon learn that things aren’t al­ways as they seem. Author: Ebony Joy Wilkins Pub­lisher: Scholas­tic Press, 272 pages NATASHA has a won­der­ful life in af­flu­ent Park Adams. She fits in, she has friends, and she’s a mem­ber of the all-white bal­let troupe. Be­ing nearly the only African Amer­i­can in her school doesn’t bother NaTasha.

But it both­ers Tilly, NaTasha’s spit­fire grand­mother from Har­lem, who de­cides NaTasha needs to get back to her roots or her grand­daugh­ter is in dan­ger of los­ing her­self com­pletely. Tilly whisks NaTasha away to a world where all of a sud­den noth­ing in NaTasha’s life makes any sense.

If there is ever a time when NaTasha felt like run­ning away from some­thing, now is it. But she doesn’t. She stands her ground. And what she dis­cov­ers sur­prises ev­ery­one, es­pe­cially NaTasha. Author: Cassandra Clare Pub­lisher: Mar­garet K. McElderry, 496 pages WHEN 16-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her des­ti­na­tion is Eng­land, the time is the reign of Queen Vic­to­ria, and some­thing ter­ri­fy­ing is wait­ing for her in London’s Down­world, where vam­pires, war­locks and other su­per­nat­u­ral folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shad­owhunters, war­riors ded­i­cated to rid­ding the world of demons, keep or­der amidst the chaos.

Kid­napped by the mys­te­ri­ous Dark Sis­ters, mem­bers of a se­cret or­gan­i­sa­tion called The Pan­de­mo­nium Club, Tessa soon learns that she her­self is a Down­worlder with a rare abil­ity: the power to trans­form, at will, into an­other per­son. What’s more, the Mag­is­ter, the shad­owy fig­ure who runs the Club, will stop at noth­ing to claim Tessa’s power for his own.

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