Overview

A contemporary take on the classic creature-feature genre. INFESTATION is a thrilling, fast-paced story that will leave your skin crawling.

When Andy Greenwood is sent to the Reclamation School for Boys he expects the lousy food, mean drill sergeant instructors, and brutal bullies. What he doesn't expect is an infestation of weirdly large and aggressive ants, or the itching ...
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Overview

A contemporary take on the classic creature-feature genre. INFESTATION is a thrilling, fast-paced story that will leave your skin crawling.

When Andy Greenwood is sent to the Reclamation School for Boys he expects the lousy food, mean drill sergeant instructors, and brutal bullies. What he doesn't expect is an infestation of weirdly large and aggressive ants, or the itching welts all over the staff and students. Even odder, Andy learns that kids never leave the school when they're supposed to. They just seem to get stuck there indefinitely.

Following a ground-splitting earthquake, however, things quickly go from bad to horrifying. The school is overrun by monstrous bugs, and Andy himself comes face to face with mutant ants the size of humans, equipped with pinchers that can cut steel. Trapped in a cinderblock institutional building in the New Mexico desert, miles from civilization, Andy must figure out a way to save himself and the surviving boys from this nightmare.
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School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—When Andy Greenwood, 12, is caught stealing and wrecking his foster father's motorcycle, he gets sent to the Reclamation School for Boys in New Mexico for three months. He soon learns that the corrupt headmaster/warden is bribing officials to keep the boys at the institution longer than their original sentences. Aggressive ants keep leaving welts all over the school's population, and no bug spray will kill them. To top it all off, the annoying angry ants grow to the size of humans during an earthquake. The only thing that helps is small vials with explosive substances called sodium and cesium. Where did these giant monsters come from? With almost everyone dead, can Andy and the few other survivors destroy the ants and escape before they get eaten? The chapters end spectacularly with lots of cliff-hangers, and the characters are likable and fairly well-developed. The inclusion of facts about ants and insect mutation complements the story. The author's fast-paced, action-driven writing style is sure to entertain and delight reluctant and avid readers. Fans of horror, adventure, bugs, and mystery will enjoy this funny, harrowing tale.—Kira Moody, Whitmore Public Library, Salt Lake City, UT
Publishers Weekly
Nonfiction writer/illustrator Bradley (Paleo Bugs: Survival of the Creepiest) brings a love of science fiction and insects to this hyperbolic adventure, a callback to the monster films of the 1950s, in which juvenile delinquents fight for their lives against giant mutated ants. Twelve-year-old Andy Greenwood has just settled into life at the Reclamation School for Boys in the New Mexico desert when he learns that it used to be a secret testing facility, still full of forgotten chemicals. An earthquake allows hundreds of oversize insects to overrun the school, with Andy part of a small group of survivors. With the help of a visiting entomologist, they launch an explosive campaign against the ants in order to escape. Bradley wastes no time in throwing his characters into the action, nor does he sugarcoat the consequences. The pseudoscience needed to bring his monsters to life and combat them has verisimilitude without bogging down in details. Some plot points and characters are swept to the side in the need to deliver a streamlined story, but the excitement never falters. Ages 8–12. Agent: East West Literary Agency. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545520768
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 301,947
  • File size: 3 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2014

    FIVE STARS

    Awesome book godd amount of bloodshed not to much to make u puke but just below that

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2014

    Awesome! it would be cooler if they could think of a different s

    Awesome! it would be cooler if they could think of a different story that is about someone trying to escape a very secured prison by hacking.
    I don't get the idea that some kids hate this book. If that is you, give it a try!

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  • Posted July 24, 2013

    As a lover of science fiction, my biggest complaint has always b

    As a lover of science fiction, my biggest complaint has always been that most science fiction writing lacks a good story with compelling characters. Tim Bradley’s new sci-fi novel delivers on every level and then some. A real page-turner from start to finish, I just couldn’t put this book down.

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