They say if you stare at him long enough, you can see what’s written on the wall behind him. They say a lot of things about the Schwa, but one thing’s for sure: no one ever noticed him. Except me. My name is Antsy Bonano—and I can tall you what’s true and what’s not. ’Cause I was there. I was the one who realized the Schwa was “functionally invisible” and used it to make some big bucks. But I was also the one who caused him more grief than a friend should. So if you all just shut up and listen, I’ll spill everything. Unless, of course, “the Schwa Effect” wiped him out of my brain before I’m done...
What would you do to be Number One?
The Number Ones always get the glory. They win the races and take the gold medals, leaving the second-place kids in the dust. For Jared and Cheryl, nothing is worse than being second best, hidden in someone else’s shadow. Their idea to form a club of second-best kids seems harmless enough at first—they just want to air their bad feelings about their archrivals. But when that isn’t enough to keep everyone interested, Jared suggests that the Shadow Club members play anonymous practical jokes on each other’s enemies. What they don’t know is that Tyson McGaw, the school reject, is eavesdropping—and that he has a few ideas of his own.
“This is a provocative novel. . . . The plot is ingeniously simple and the course of events compelling. It will leave readers thinking.” — starred review
“The mystery is well-constructed, with a logical yet unexpected finale that provides moral weight as well as plot satisfaction.” —BCCB
“This engrossing book portrays how easily ‘good’ kids can lose control. Shusterman vividly conveys the overwhelming qualities of violent emotions and chillingly shows how a group of nice people can become a vengeful mob.” —
“Powerfull. Every reader who has felt resentment will identify with these young people, their anger, and their terror.” —Kirkus Reviews
It began innocently enough: six children conceived at exact moment that the star Mentaras-H went supernova—
The Explosion transformed their souls into living star fragments. It also conferred upon each of them a unique but mysterious powera power that until they learned its secret masqueraded as a warping disfigurement. For some, it was physical. For others, it was emotional. But for all six, it meant one thing: their lives would never be the same.
In time they unlocked the secret of their power. Their gifts brought them incredible riches and attention. Once despised for their deformities, they would come to be worshipedand feared—as gods. But with unlimited power would come the temptation to abuse it, and—in a desperate struggle for supremacy—the risk of turning against one another like hungry wolves.
But only now will the true cost of their gifts be revealed.
A new and terrifying force has been loosed in the universe. It infects an alien world like a rampaging virus. When the inhabitants of the doomed world are forced to flee, they must conquer and colonize a new world.
Their choice: Earth.
Only one power exists that could conceivably prevent the extermination of the human race: the Star Shards. But only if the six put aside their titanic egos and join forces.
WELCOME TO JUDGMENT DAY.
The shattering sequel to the acclaimed
Six teenagers are horrified to discover that an evil force has taken control of them . . . a force that feeds on them hungrily and finds its only outlet in the blind desire to destroy.
The force must be destroyed. But how? What follows is the ultimate battle for supremacy between the forced of good and evil.
— “Shusterman’s unique vision, suspenseful pacing, and empathy with teen’s not-so-nice emotions will draw readers into this fabulous tale just as inexorably as its protagonists are impelled to find one another and discover the source of their malaises. A spellbinder.” —
— “Shusterman combines personal quest, horror, and science fiction into an absorbing exploration of good and evil, guilt, forgiveness, and personal responsibility.” —
— “Readers [will] wish for a sequel to tell more about these interesting and unusual characters.” —
It was a dumb idea, but one of those dumb ideas that accidentally turns out to be brilliant—which, I’ve come to realize, is much worse than being dumb. My name’s Antsy Bonano—but you probably already know that—and unless you got, like, memory issues, you’ll remember the kid named the Schwa, who I told you about last time. Well, now there’s this other kid, and his story is a whole lot stranger, if such a thing is possible. It all started when Gunnar Ümlaut and I were watching three airborne bozos struggle with a runaway parade balloon. That’s when Gunnar tells me he’s only got six months to live. Maybe it was because he said he was living on borrowed time, or maybe it was just because I wanted to do something meaningful for him, but I gave him a month of my life ...
... And that’s when things began to get seriously weird.
If you want to know more, like how ice water made me famous, or how I dated a Swedish goddess, you’re going to have to open the book, because I’m not wasting anymore of my breath on a stinkin’ blurb.
Red rides around his tough urban neighborhood in his blood-red Mustang. It satisfies his urge to wander, and it usually keeps him safe from the gangs in town, the Wolves and the Crypts. But when Red's grandmother is mugged by Wolves, Red decides to join the wolves as a pledge so he can learn how to defeat them. Soon he uncovers their terrible secret: They are werewolves with a thirst for human blood. Instead of feeling horrified, Red envies the Wolves' freedom and power. Even as he trains to kill them―under an unlikely but cunning werewolf hunter―he has come to see them as pack mates. Until he is faced with a choice at the next full moon: Take up the Wolves' murderous ways, or take them down.
Cara is so ugly that mirrors would rather break than show her reflection. not even her own parents can deny her ugliness, and nothing can make up for the cruelty of her schoolmates. Tormented and tortured by the shallow people of Flock's Rest, Cara has a miserable life. Then she receives a shimmering note from some exotic place suggesting that there's more to her than meets the eye. Cara wonders if her destiny has something to do with her recurring dreams of beautiful green valley where the people are so accepting that her ugliness doesn't matter. Soon, Cara discovers that her valley of dreams is real. It's a place where the ugliest of ducklings can become swans. A swan, however, can have a serious taste for revenge...deadly revenge.
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