The Prisoner of Cell 25
The Prisoner of Cell 25

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Series: Michael Vey Vol. 1   

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Annotation: Michael Vey, a fourteen-year old who has Tourette's syndrome and special electric powers, finds there are others like him, and must rely on his powers to save himself and the others from a diabolical group seeking to control them.
Catalog Number: #57580
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Copyright Date: 2011
Edition Date: 2011
Pages: 326 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-442-46812-2 Perma-Bound: 0-605-52728-8
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-442-46812-2 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-52728-7
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2011275427
Dimensions: 23 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Hang onto your socks! Evans' new teen book is a high-voltage ride that cranks up early and surges to a wild finish, setting up sequels to come. Fourteen-year-old Michael Vey tries to stay under the radar, but his small stature and Tourette's syndrome make him a target of bullies, and he has serious reasons to keep from losing his temper. Michael has dangerous powers. He can produce electrical shocks, and this power is getting stronger all the time. Only Michael's mother and his best friend, Ostin, know the truth, until Michael discovers that a lovely classmate, Taylor, also has strange electrically based powers. Forming the Electroclan, the two supernatural teens begin to investigate their pasts and discover a strange connection, but their research brings them to the attention of powerful men set on world domination. The highly charged plot generates a crackling pace, and the main characters are likable and compelling. It is best not to examine the world-building too closely, and the dialogue, especially in the final battle scenes, is melodramatic. Still, many readers will overlook these points as they are caught in the flow of this sizzling story.
Horn Book
Michael and Taylor discover they have inexplicable powers of electricity. They enlist the help of their hyperintelligent friend Ostin to investigate their origins. But when Michael's mother and Taylor are kidnapped, Michael and Ostin must travel to California to confront the ominous organization that's seemingly behind everything. The story line is standard for the genre, but well-developed characters elevate it.
Publishers Weekly
Evans (The Christmas Box) enters the YA market with this fast-paced, if predictable tale of a teenager with superpowers and the conspiracy that created him. Years ago, a medical equipment accident killed dozens of newborns and left 17of them with assorted "electrical powers." In present-day Idaho, 14-year-old misfit Michael Vey, who can create electricity and has Tourette's syndrome, is one of the last two living outside of Pasadena. Coincidentally, the other "electric child" is Michael's crush, cute cheerleader, Taylor who is able to mentally "reset" people's brains. When a mysterious organization called Elgen kidnaps Taylor as well as Michael's mother, Michael, his best friend Ostin, and a pair of school bullies venture on a cross-country trip to rescue them. Taylor, meanwhile, learns that Elgen is just as dastardly an organization as she'd feared. Evans delivers a pair of believable lead characters-Taylor has wits and personal integrity, while Michael's Tourette's syndrome, coupled with an emotional jolt from his past, adds dimension-but generic dialogue and lackluster villains result in a by-the-numbers thriller. Ages 12-up. (Aug.)
Word Count: 84,020
Reading Level: 3.5
Interest Level: 5-9
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.5 / points: 11.0 / quiz: 146904 / grade: Middle Grades+
Reading Counts!: reading level:3.7 / points:20.0 / quiz:Q54393

Chopsticks and Spiders

“Have you found the last two?” The voice on the phone was angry and coarse, like the sound of car tires over broken glass.

“Not yet,” the well-dressed man on the other end of the phone replied. “Not yet. But we believe we’re close—and they still don’t know that we’re hunting them.”

“You believe you’re close?”

“They’re two children among a billion—finding them is like finding a lost chopstick in China.”

“Is that what you want me to tell the board?”

Remind the board that I’ve already found fifteen of the seventeen children. I’ve put out a million-dollar bounty on the last two, we’ve got spiders crawling the Web, and we have a whole team of investigators scanning global records for their whereabouts. It’s just a matter of time before we find them—or they step into one of our traps.”

Time isn’t on our side,” the voice returned sharply. “Those kids are already too old. You know how difficult they are to turn at this age.”

“I know better than anyone,” the well-dressed man said, tapping his ruby-capped pen on his desk. “But I have my ways. And if they don’t turn, there’s always Cell 25.”

There was a long pause, then the voice on the phone replied darkly, “Yes. There’s always Cell 25.”

© 2011 Richard Paul Evans

Excerpted from Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans
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The start of an action-packed teen series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Richard Paul Evans.

To everyone at Meridian High School, fourteen-year-old Michael Vey is nothing special, just the kid who has Tourette’s syndrome. But in truth, Michael is extremely special—he has electric powers. Michael thinks he is unique until he discovers that a cheerleader named Taylor has the same mysterious powers. With the help of Michael’s friend, Ostin, the three of them set out to discover how Michael and Taylor ended up with their abilities, and their investigation soon brings them to the attention of a powerful group who wants to control the electric teens—and through them, the world.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Richard Paul Evans introduces a character whose risk-filled exploration marks the beginning of a riveting new series. With only his powers, his wits, and his friends to protect him, Michael will need all his strength to survive….

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