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Maximum Ride Manga, Volume 1 (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Maximum Ride Manga, Volume 1 (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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by James Patterson, Narae Lee

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Fourteen-year-old Maximum Ride knows what it's like to soar above the world. She and all the members of her "flock" - Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman, and Angel - are just like ordinary kids, except they have wings and can fly! It may seem like a dream come true to some, but for the flock it's more like a living nightmare. When the mysterious lab known as the "School"


Fourteen-year-old Maximum Ride knows what it's like to soar above the world. She and all the members of her "flock" - Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman, and Angel - are just like ordinary kids, except they have wings and can fly! It may seem like a dream come true to some, but for the flock it's more like a living nightmare. When the mysterious lab known as the "School" turns up and kidnaps their youngest member, it's up to Max to organize a rescue, but will help come in time?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Themes from Patterson's popular adult titles When the Wind Blows and The Lake House waft through this YA thriller, the author's first in the genre. Wood stars as Maximum Ride, 14-year-old leader of a band of kids who have escaped the lab where they were bred as 98% human and 2% bird (wings being a key component) and developed a variety of other-worldly talents. In Patterson's unusual universe, Max and her young cohorts are soon forced to rescue one of their own-a girl named Angel-from a pack of mutant wolf-humans called Erasers. Wood nails Patterson's often adult-beyond-their-years dialogue with a jaded tone. But the result of this pairing makes Max sound more off-putting than cool or intriguing. The listening experience is stalled in the starting gate, keeping the action-adventure earthbound rather than high-flying. Ages 12-up. (Apr.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
This is a purely fantastical tale told primarily from the perspective of one Maximum Ride, a fourteen year old girl who is the glue keeping her ragtag "family" of six children (ranging in age from 6 to 14) together. The kids (including Fang, Iggy, Nudge, the Gasman and Angel) spent their early years of life in a lab in California called "the School," and are 98% human, and 2 % bird, enabling them to fly. Through a series of truly unfortunate events, the youngest one of the brood has been kidnapped by the evil Erasers (other mutants from the School, who are part human, part bloodthirsty wolf). Max and the others set out on a mission to save her (and supposedly the world, but that part is never clearly delineated) and discover their true identities. Short chapters are like incredibly quick sound bites; while the book is over 400 pages long, chapters are mostly two to four pages in length. The few details readers can glean about Max from the book paint an admirable picture, but a thin one at best. The visual that is created by the image of flying children is intriguing. Creepy scenes of laboratories and mutant children in cages (with organs on the outside of their bodies!), the morphing of the Erasers and some fairly violent fights may disturb some readers. Maximum Ride is this author's first young adult series. He is a best selling author of adult novels; two of particular note, When the Wind Blows and The Lake House, that deal with winged characters. His inspiration for this book comes from these previous works. 2005, Little Brown, Ages 12 up.
—Cindy L. Carolan
VOYA - Teri S. Lesesne
Max and her "family" are rare birds—almost literally. Max, Iggy, Fang, Nudge, Angel, and Gazzy are part of an experiment that introduced avian DNA into human embryos. For years, they lived in a special school/laboratory. Then Jeb stole them from the school and set them up in a mountain cabin. Now it appears that they are being pursued by creatures whose job it is to return them to the school for further study. When Angel is kidnapped, Max takes Fang and Nudge with her to attempt a rescue. Gazzy and Iggy are left behind to guard the mountain retreat; however, plans go awry and soon the family is separated and threatened. Can Max rescue Angel and elude her would-be captors? Lee totally reimagines Patterson's story, creating highly stylized representations of Max and the other characters. Confrontations between Max and her family and the Erasers provide a surfeit of action-packed pages, but Lee does not overlook the character and plot development essential to this series of books. Each character has distinctive features, and Lee takes time to allow each character to talk about his or her own take on the perils they face. Manga fans will find much to appreciate in Lee's work whether or not they are familiar with the novels themselves. Patterson's fans will discover another way to enjoy this SF/mystery blend. Reviewer: Teri S. Lesesne
School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up

Hiding out in the wilderness of Colorado, Max Ride, 14, and her ragtag family of mutant kids think they're safe from the clutches of "The School," a secret government lab that has erased their memories and turned them into human/bird creations. When Angel, the youngest of them, is kidnapped by the "Erasers"-cruel half-man/half-wolf enforcers for "The School"-Max and several of the kids set off in search of her. Despite outwitting them in several instances, the Erasers are able to intercept them. But all is not as it seems when Max is released from her confinement only to be told the secret of her origin-that she was created to save the world. The story is based on Patterson's popular "Maximum Ride" series (Little, Brown), and Lee does a superb job of translating his text into attractive manga-style illustrations. Although the narrative is a bit slow at first, the action quickly picks up and is bound to keep readers turning the pages. Bridging the gap between contemporary YA fiction and manga/manhwa, Maximum Ride is a fine first choice for sci-fi/thriller-heavy collections.-Dave Inabnitt, Brooklyn Public Library, NY

School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-A group of genetically enhanced kids who can fly and have other unique talents are on the run from part-human, part-wolf predators called Erasers in this exciting SF thriller that's not wholly original but is still a compelling read. Max, 14, and her adopted family-Fang and Iggy, both 13, Nudge, 11, Gazzy, 8, and Angel, 6-were all created as experiments in a lab called the School. Jeb, a sympathetic scientist, helped them escape and, since then, they've been living on their own. The Erasers have orders to kill them so the world will never find out they exist. Max's old childhood friend, Ari, now an Eraser leader, tracks them down, kidnaps Angel, and transports her back to the School to live like a lab rat again. The youngsters are forced to use their special talents to rescue her as they attempt to learn about their pasts and their destinies. The novel ends with the promise that this journey will continue in the sequel. As with Patterson's adult mystery thrillers, in-depth characterization is secondary to the fast-moving plot. The narrative alternates between Max's first-person point-of-view and that of the others in the third person, but readers don't get to know Max very well. The only major flaw is that the children sound like adults most of the time. This novel is reminiscent of David Lubar's Hidden Talents (Tor, 1999) and Ann Halam's Dr. Franklin's Island (Random, 2002).-Sharon Rawlins, Piscataway Public Library, NJ Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

Turtleback Books
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Maximum Ride Manga Series , #1
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Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

James Patterson is the author of the highly praised Maximum Ride novels and of bestselling detective series featuring Alex Cross and the Women's Murder Club. His novels have sold more than 140 million copies worldwide. He lives in Florida.

Brief Biography

Palm Beach, Florida
Date of Birth:
March 22, 1947
Place of Birth:
Newburgh, New York
B.A., Manhattan College, 1969; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1971

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Maximum Ride Manga, Volume 1 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 163 reviews.
greekgodessofbooks More than 1 year ago
I have read all of the Maximum Ride books, and was so excited when I found out about the manga. I love the manga, and cannot wait for the next one. I hope they do the whole series.
LemurOwl More than 1 year ago
The first two books in the Maximum Ride series are really the only two god ones for me, so to see them illustrated is great! Plus, the art style is perfect for this, very detailed and enticing ^_^
Ratgirl5035 More than 1 year ago
The illustrations in these manga are outstanding!! Story line is great and although it jumps around a bit it id definitely a MUST have for all Maximum Ride fans!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Maximum Ride! It is my favorite book of all time. I only started reading it when I was in fourth grade. I've been growing up with the series ever since. It is pretty much the only book I talk about now in middle school! My friend and I have been writing a spinoff story to it. Even my teacher says that people should read it because I talk about it and refer to it so much in language arts class. Now I've finished the series. But it has had a great impact on my life, let's just say. It is in, well, pretty much every aspect of my life. It is probably the reason I love to read and write now because there are a lot of kids in my class who don't like to read or write.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow, i started reading and i couldnt put it down. Amazing drawings that totally mirror what i thought the characters looked like... except for fang...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I looooooove Maximum Ride! Iggy is my favorite.
BookFanaticGwen More than 1 year ago
When I read this book it was a little hard to follow all the actions and pictures. I certainly liked how they drew the flock, they were just like I imagined them. Without the googly eyes of course. They did leave out a lot of dialogue but the base line is pretty much the same. I would have liked it better if it were in color. It was cool though. Also, Fang's hair. what's up with that? To sum it all up a lot of action and good artistic skills.Especially since I honestly do not like cartoon-y comic books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always imagined fang as this super dark guy with SHORT hair. He looks like a girl this way, hopefully, when he gets that hair cut, it'll help :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG!!!!! I have all the manga books of this series.... i think youll like this book alot =]
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Soooo good.
Mr_Mee More than 1 year ago
A fourteen year old girl, knows what it's like th fly above the world. Maximum and her flock: Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman and Angel are just like ordinary kids, except they have wings and can fly. It may seem like a dream come ture to some, bus for the flock, its more like a living nightmare when the mysterious lab known as the school turns up and kinaps their yourngest member. Now its up to max to organize a rescue, but will help come in time? this was an amazing book; it was action packed and full of excitment. I would recomend this book to anyone who likes to reak.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read books now manga coolest books ever dont like them your crazy.
FangFan4Ever More than 1 year ago
this is a great easy read if you dont want to read the actual book. but it is only part of the first book, the second one has come out though. the characters portryaed are the way i had pictured them... more or less
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
my best friend read these books and said they were great!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had to read this book for school. I admit, i wasnt very exited to read it, but within a couple of pages, i was hooked. It was one of the best books i have ever read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just love all the books and the pictures are great! The only issue is that Fang has EXTREAMLY long hair.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jeez, I wish the sample was longer...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read the series and cant wait to get my hands on this! I absolutely LOVED the real series and anyone who reads and enjoys these books should read the series. Long live maximum ride!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best books ever!!!!! The manga and the chapter books are both great!!!!! Love Fang and Iggy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just loved it just the way i thought of it except Fang but once u reread the begining of Maximum Ride it said overgrown hair so yeah but i wonder about for Avan Jogia but pther wise PERFECT!!!!!!!!! No more than perfect
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay first things first, for all the people who are saying "What's up with his hair?" They made it so when they were in NYC they would cut his hair to change his identity a bit. BUT! This is a really good manga and book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I first read this,I loved this. The drawing style is really good and it has some funny comedy.