Catherine Jinks The Paradise Trap

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The Paradise Trap

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A boy . . . a witch . . . and a totally sinister paradise: that’s what Marcus gets when his mom rents a scuzzy trailer and parks it near a dirty, noisy beach. Some vacation! Marcus would rather play video games anyway, but when he discovers a staircase underneath the trailer, it looks as if he may be in for some kind of multilevel, multiplayer experience controlled by a complete nightmare of a witch. It’s just like a game—except it’s all too real.

The author of  Evil Genius spins a brilliantly compelling yarn of a journey into a dark and twisted land—because once you enter the Paradise Trap, there’s no guarantee that you’ll ever leave!

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Catherine Jinks is the author of over 30 books for adults and children, including Evil Genius, Genius Squad, and The Reformed Vampire Support Group. She is a three-time winner of the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award. She lives with her husband and daughter in New South Wales. You can visit her on the web at www.catherinejinks.com.

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Gr 4-7-Going to Diamond Beach in a smelly old trailer is not Marcus's idea of a dream vacation, but his mother, Holly, wants to recapture the fun of her youth. When the two arrive, Holly is reunited with her old friend, Coco, and they reminisce about the past and about a boy named Jake, while Marcus becomes friends with Holly's stepson, Eddison. The boys decide to go exploring in the trailer and discover a cellar with doors at the bottom. The two enter Eddison's dream world, but Marcus refuses to stay and Eddison will not leave. Marcus drags Holly, Coco, and Eddison's sister back to the trailer. Coco recognizes the trailer as belonging to Miss Molpe, a woman who played beguiling music to them as children. As more and more people get lost in their dream vacations, it's up to Marcus, his mother, Coco's husband, and a robot named Prot to save everyone, including Jake, before their vacations become nightmares. Miss Molpe still owns the trailer and with it secrets that could prove deadly to the children. Catherine Jinks has created a clever story (Egmont USA, 2012) with an interesting twist on the siren myth. Chelsea Bruland provides characterizations that perfectly capture each character. Her suspenseful reading will keep listeners breathless until the very end. Great for middle schoolers who want just a little danger along with their fantasy.-Sarah Flood, Breckinridge County Public Library, Hardinsburg, KYα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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