The Chamber of Fiveby Michael Harmon
In a private-school conspiracy novel, 16-year-old Jason Weatherby knows exactly why he's at the Lambert School for the Gifted. And it's not for his brains. His dad is an influential state senator. It's this same connection that lands him a spot on the secretive Chamber of Five, the elite group of students who run the school with a shadow government, tapping into the same lines of powers as their parents. When he's asked to physically assault and ruin the reputation of another student as part of his initiation, Jason sees firsthand the depravity of the Chamber—and decides to work from the inside to take it down. But Jason taps into a conspiracy—and school secrets—far more insidious than he could ever have imagined. From award-winning author Michael Harmon comes a taut, thrillingly paced novel about the perils of privilege. Can one bold student set things right?
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"[A] tense psychological thriller." —Publishers Weekly
As the son of a U.S. Congressman, 17-year-old Jason Weatherby knows all about power and influence.
His father's connections secured his admission into the prestigious Lambert School for the Gifted, while the geniuses for whom the school was founded have no such clout. As a sophomore, Jason joined the exclusive Youth Leadership Group, and his invitation to join the Chamber of Five in his junior year is the ultimate reward for his father's generosity. Inclusion in this elite group of upperclassmen comes with a price: Jason must convince an undesirable freshman named Thomas Singletary to leave Lambert, by any means necessary. Until Jason agrees to become a Chamber member and gets rid of Thomas, the other Chamber members ridicule and physically threaten his friend Elvis, one of the novel's few sympathetic characters. Jason's own elitism comes across in his first-person narration and may leave some readers questioning both his decisions and Harmon's choice of protagonist. Jason's decision to stage a coup d'état during the student council elections sets off a chain of events leading to the novel's dramatic conclusion, although perceptive teens may unearth the personal vendetta behind the Chamber's Machiavellian actions before Jason puts all of the pieces together.
With a cast of mostly unlikable characters, this novel of privilege and corruption proves uninspiring. (Fiction. 14 & up)
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- 18 Years
Meet the Author
MICHAEL HARMON was born in Los Angeles and now lives in the Pacific Northwest. He dropped out of high school as a senior and draws on many of his own experiences in his award-winning fiction for young adults. You can visit him on the Web at BooksbyHarmon.com
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Jason Weatherby goes to Lambert School for the Gifted. His father is a U.S. Congressman and expects his son to follow him in some sort of political career and going to the elite school is part of that plan. Lambert is controlled by a group known as the Chamber of Five. Jason has just become part of the group, but now that he is one of the insiders, he is learning about the corrupt dealings of this secret group. The leader of the Chamber assigns Jason the task of having a certain freshman removed from the school. The more Jason learns, the more he realizes that something must be done to shut down the Chamber and return to control of the school to the truly gifted students instead of the power-hungry bullies. When his father gets wind of Jason's plan, his temper flairs. Fed up with his father's abusive behavior, Jason continues on with his plan because he knows it is the right thing to do. Author Michael Harmon takes readers into the inner workings of the secret society within a private school. Jason proves that it is possible to stand up to corrupt forces to change things for his fellow classmates.