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Author: O'Guilin, Peadar
Publisher: David Finkling Books
Year Published: Aug 2016
ISBN: 978-1338045611
Grades: Grades 7 to 12

The Call

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One minute you are living your life – studying, training, sleeping, on the toilet – and the next, you are naked in a strange land, hunted by the Sidhe. And they don’t want just your life – they want you to die in the most horrific, twisted, entertaining way possible. Can you survive the ticking of the clock – three minutes, four seconds stretched out across twenty four hours – and make it back alive?
This is the defining fact of Nessa’s life. Her Ireland is one cut off in modern times by the ancient Sidhe, angered by their banishment centuries ago and out for revenge against the nation that perpetuated their imprisonment. So they “Call” the adolescents of humankind into their world and hunt them down, trying to ensure the extinction of Ireland. Schools are replaced by training centers; math and poetry and science put aside in favour of the skills necessary for survival when you are Called. Nessa is strong and able, an apt student determined to live past her teen years. There is only one problem – her legs are crippled and she needs crutches to move. Can such a girl manage to navigate “the Call” which has struck down those far more physically blessed than she?
Full of macabre alongside solid Irish folklore, this book is not for students who don’t deal with with death and gore. For the modern middle-schooler however, who watches Game of Thrones and is able to deal with the bloodlust of the Hunger Games, this novel provides a Irish twist to the Apocalypse, differing enough from the options already out there that it is sure to entertain.

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