School's Out - Forever (Maximum Ride Series #2)

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Characters based on Patterson's international bestsellers "When the Wind Blows" and "The Lake House" are reinvented in "Maximum Ride" and launched on the action-paced adventure full of suspense and humor. Abridged. 4 CDs.
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Characters based on Patterson's international bestsellers "When the Wind Blows" and "The Lake House" are reinvented in "Maximum Ride" and launched on the action-paced adventure full of suspense and humor. Abridged. 4 CDs.
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In this stand-alone sequel to The Angel Experiment, bird-kid Max and her flock fly south to reunite with their parents. But their perilous mission runs into stiff winds when they are apprehended by an FBI agent who dispatches them to the worst nightmare destination: school! Max's homework assignment include decoding documents that might have help save the world and protect her from Max II, a clone who knows her every move. Action; suspense; plot surprises: all James Patterson specialties.
Publishers Weekly
Max, Fang, Iggy, Gasman, Nudge and Angel are being hunted by killers. No big deal because these kids can fly, literally. But how will this new threat to their safety affect their mission to save the world? Listeners will find out in School's Out Forever, James Patterson's second installment of the Maximum Ride series narrated with aplomb by Valentina de Angelis. (June). Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
VOYA
This novel is a compelling sequel to a compelling first book. It grabs readers straight from the start and reels them in with new excitements on every page. Adventure, fighting, backstabbing, and love abound throughout the book, while still allotting time to develop characters one cares about. Patterson satisfies fans of the series by incorporating new plot lines into the story, while still using the ones laid out in the first book. It sets up well for a third book, which is destined to be another delight, in which Max might actually save the world. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P M J (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2006, Little Brown, 409p., Ages 11 to 15.
—Rebecca Moreland, Teen Reviewer
School Library Journal
Gr 6-10-This book picks up exactly where The Angel Experiment (Little, Brown, 2005) left off. The six genetically engineered bird children have escaped from the wolf-hybrid Erasers again, Max is still hearing "The Voice" in her head, and she is still reeling from the revelation that Ari, the most persistent of all the Erasers, is dead by her hand and that he might be her brother. From this point forward, there is action, but no distinctive plot. The closest the story line comes to compelling is when the kids are taken in and enrolled in school by a seemingly kind woman who just happens to be a high-ranking FBI agent. It will not shock readers when it is eventually revealed that she has betrayed them. This book is full of as many twists, turns, and conspiracies as an episode of daytime drama. And just like a soap opera, it relies heavily on melodrama until the very end, whereupon readers discover that very little has actually happened. The story is disappointingly anticlimactic and violent. Still, it does have some appeal-the children continually outmaneuver their attackers without permanent damage. Plus, the talking dog they pick up during their adventures is sure to entertain.-Heather M. Campbell, Philip S. Miller Library, Castle Rock, CO Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Readers are in for another exciting wild ride of fights (bloody) and flights (in the sky) as Max and her flock struggle to stay alive. 98% human with 2% avian genes grafted on, these six winged, scrappy kids soar powerfully through the air. In this second installment, they head towards Washington D.C. in pursuit of their unknown parents of origin, who may or may not know that the kids were raised by genetic scientists prone to torture. Max's straightforward, sardonic first-person voice does most of the narration as the flock navigates a rescue by a vaguely maternal FBI honcho, a stint in a regular school (or is it?) and constant pursuit by Erasers (deadly wolf-human combinations). Who controls the Voice in Max's head telling her to save the world? What would that even mean? Is an international corporation the enemy? Who's in league with the evil scientists who created the flock? These questions are yet unanswered, leaving readers breathless for the follow-up to this action-packed page-turner. (Science fiction. YA)$1,000,000 ad/promo
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594832468
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio
  • Publication date: 5/23/2006
  • Series: Maximum Ride Series , #2
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Abridged
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 5.75 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

James Patterson
James Patterson was selected by readers across America as the Children's Choice Book Awards Author of the Year in 2010. He is the internationally bestselling author of the highly praised Middle School books, I Funny, Confessions of a Murder Suspect, and the Maximum Ride, Witch & Wizard, Daniel X, and Alex Cross series. His books have sold over 260 million copies worldwide, making him one of the bestselling authors of all time. He lives in Florida.

Biography

James Patterson had been working as a very successful advertising copywriter when he decided to put his Masters degree in English to a somewhat different use. Inspired by bestselling hair-raising thrillers like The Day of the Jackal and The Exorcist, Patterson went to work on his first novel. Published in 1976, The Thomas Berryman Number established him as a writer of tightly constructed mysteries that move forward with the velocity of a bullet. For his startling debut, Patterson was awarded the prestigious Edgar Award for Best First Mystery Novel—an auspicious beginning to one of the most successful careers in publishing.

A string of gripping standalone mysteries followed, but it was the 1992 release of Along Came a Spider that elevated Patterson to superstar status. Introducing Alex Cross, a brilliant black police detective/forensic psychologist, the novel was the first installment in a series of bestselling thrillers that has proved to be a cash cow for the author and his publisher.

Examining Patterson's track record, it's obvious that he believes one good series deserves another…maybe even a third! In 2001, he debuted the Women's Murder Club with 1st to Die, a fast-paced thriller featuring four female crime fighters living in San Francisco—a homicide detective, a medical examiner, an assistant D.A., and a cub reporter. The successful series has continued with other numerically titled installments. Then, spinning off a set of characters from a previous novel (1998's When the Wind Blows), in 2005 he published Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment. Featuring a "flock" of genetically engineered flying children, the novel was a huge hit, especially with teen readers, and spawned a series of vastly popular fantasy adventures.

In addition to continuing his bestselling literary franchises, Patterson has also found time to co-author thrillers with other writers—including Peter de Jonge, Andrew Gross, Maxine Paetro, and Howard Roughan—and has even ventured into romance (Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas, Sam's Letters to Jennifer) and children's literature (santaKid). Writing at an astonishing pace, this prolific author has turned himself into a one-man publishing juggernaut, fulfilling his clearly stated ambition to become "the king of the page-turners."

Good To Know

Patterson's Suzanne's Diary For Nicholas was inspired by a diary his wife kept that tracked the development of their toddler son.

Two of Patterson's Alex Cross mysteries (Along Came a Spider and Kiss the Girls) have been turned into films starring Morgan Freeman; in 2007, a weekly television series premiered, based on the bestselling Women's Murder Club novels.

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

School's Out-Forever
By James Patterson

Little, Brown For Young Readers

Copyright © 2006 James Patterson
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-316-15559-4


Chapter One

Yep. Flying Erasers. These Erasers had wings, which was a new and revolting development on the Eraser front. Half-wolf, half-human, and now half-avian? That couldn't be a happy mix. And they were headed our way at about eighty miles an hour.

"Erasers, version 6.5," Fang said.

Split up, Max. Think 3-D, said my Voice.

"Split up!" I ordered. "Nudge! Gazzy! Nine o'clock! Angel, up top. Move it! Iggy and Fang, flank me from below! Fang, ditch the dog!"

"Nooo, Fang!" screeched Angel.

The Erasers slowed as we fanned out, their huge, heavy-looking wings backbeating the air. It was almost pitch-black now, with no moon and no city lights below. I was still able to see their teeth, their pointed fangs, their smiles of excitement. They were on a hunt-it was party time!

Here we go, I thought, feeling adrenaline speeding up my heart. I launched myself at the biggest one, swinging my feet under me to smash against his chest. He rolled back but righted himself and came at me again, claws slashing the air.

I bobbed, feeling his paws whip right past my face. I turned sharply just in time to have a hard, hairy fist crash into my head.

I dropped ten feet quickly, then surged back up on theoffensive.

In my peripheral vision, I saw Fang clap both hands hard against an Eraser's furry ears. The Eraser screamed, holding his head, and started to lose altitude. Fang had Total in his backpack. He rolled out of harm's way, and I took his place, catching another Eraser in the mouth with a hard side kick.

I grabbed one of his arms, twisting it violently in back of him. It was harder in the air, but then I heard a loud pop.

The Eraser screamed and dropped, careening downward until he caught himself and flew clumsily away, one arm dangling.

Above me an Eraser lashed out at Nudge, but she dodged out of the way.

Max? Size isn't everything, said the Voice.

(Continues...)



Excerpted from Maximum Ride by James Patterson Copyright © 2006 by James Patterson. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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  • Posted May 10, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    A Maximum Ride reveiw, how a kid would say it.

    This book is amazing. I think it is the best book in the whole series (though you should read them all). It's captivating, enthralling, brilliant, thrilling, and just down right hilarious. It may have a lower level vocabulary, but it's characters are just as charming and witty as a master like Shakespeare or J.K. Rowling. The characters are brilliantly developed, and completely realistic. No fake, unbeleivable personalities here. The plotline is complex, full of brialliant twists and turns. Just as you think you've figured it out, Patterson takes you around another bend, and your theory is blown to pieces. But, sometimes books have exciting plotlines in some parts, and boring areas in others. Not Maximum Ride. It's a must read all the way through, from the first page to the last. It may be a fantasy, but it has some very real topics in it, from global warming, to a teen's crazy love life, to an obsession over choclate chip cookies. It's wonderfully written so that you enjoy the fantasy, wish-it-were-you feeling, but also see the real issues portrayed in the book. The characters and emotions are so believable, sometimes you feel it could really happen. I'm a teenager, and I feel exactly as Max does when she's tumbling through her adventures. From her happiness and her excitement, to her confusion and fear, I feel as if I know her, and understand what she's going through. I understand why she does things, or why she doesn't. Basically, she (and the rest of the Flock) are totally beleivable characters. The plot flows with excitement, created by exploding buildings, on-the-fly fights, and an interesting love twist, and the characters are amazingly well developed, creating an all together great book. What more could anyone want?

    45 out of 48 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 30, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Open the mind

    I was orginally asking for Witch and Wizard by James Patterson for Christmas but my mom bought me this whole series instead. I was a little dissapointed that I didn't get the books I wanted but, out of politness I was going to read these books anyways. So I picked up the first one and I loved it. Right now i'm currently reading the fourth out of five. I really like how I can relate to Max, and how that when James Patterson writes it's not always about the same exact thing. Every series has a different plot, and I think that all his books are great. I definetly reccomend these books to anyone who loves to read, it's well worth your time.

    20 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 4, 2009

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    wow! edward, where's fang!

    when i finished Angel Experiment, i went and welcomed hell just to get my copy of School's out-forever and saving the world and other extreme sports. and you know what? part 2 and 3 didn't disappoint me. the second book focused on Max and the flock trying to find any information about the School and about their parents. Well, you already know they grew on tubes and dog crates so knowing their parents are typically out of their knowledge. When Max started to hear a Voice on her head, she and her flock went to different places in US in search of an answer that can help them solve the mystery of their School, about Jeb, their growing need for a normal life, and Max's and Fang's feelings for each other...about the latter part, it came earlier.
    So, if any of this reviews doesn't catch your attention, better go to the School and try to wake your blood a little bit...

    14 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2012

    Loved this series.

    I am 59 yrs old and now have MY mother reading them all. LOVE THEM

    13 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2012

    Max Forever

    This is probably the best of the maximum ride series. I have read the whole series 3 times and this is the one i enjoy the most every time i reread the series. I love the max books and cant wait for nevermore to come out(the book after Angel). This is probably my favorite because it has the most action, most wisecracks, kick (insert word not supposed to say) battles, awesomeness and twists. Every time i read it there is something i didnt remember about it from the last time. This is my favorite book ever and i get in trouble for reading too much all the time so that is comparing it to alot of books!
    Now to the actual book

    Fang gets injured in a fight, and the flock, max and her family, have to go to a human hospital or he'll die. Why is that a problem u may ask? Only because they are former lab experiments with wings of course! So while there of course someone in the hospital staff calls the FBI and they show up. The agents ask stupid questions and get stupid answers in return. The agent interviewing max invites her to stay at her house. Of course max would say no, so the agent threatens not letting the doctors opperate on Fang. Max loves everyone in the flock and the idea of losing anyone, especially her best friend, is tragic, so of course she excepts. When they are there Anne, the agent, forces them to go to school.

    That is all im going to say because i could go on and would probably tell u the end before stopping. So i hope u are hooked by now if not read the book anyway and u will be. It is worth the money and the few hours. If u didntread the first one first shame on u because it was really good to. Now after u read this if u dont imediatelly feel like u need to read the next one u need to either get a life or get over urself!

    8 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2012

    I love maximum ride

    Love the series!!!!! I want to see the movie for this! That is if they follow through with it....

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2012

    Maximum Ride :D

    OK, this series, Maximum Ride, realy lives up to it's name, y' know? So, far on my rating levels on a scale from 1-10, this
    book hits an easy 15. I am SO desperate to get ANGEL.
    ( the book. ) READ THIS SERIES NOW!!!


    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2011

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    great

    this book is filled with a lot of action. It is an excellent read- enjoyed it.

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2012

    Fang

    This book IS BY FAR THE GREATEST BOOK KNOWN TO EARTH!!!!!!!! THE FIRST BOOK IS SUCH A PAGE TURNER THAT EHEN I WAS IN SKOOL I KEPT GETTING YELLED AT TO PUT THE BOOK AWAY WHICH RESULTED INTO ME GETTING IT TAKEN AWAY! I ANNOYED MY TEACHERS SO MUCH BY COMPARING EVERYTHING TO THE BOOK THAT THEY GAVE IT BACK TO ME N LET ME READ 4 THE WHOLE PERIOD! IF THAT IS NOT GOING TO GET U TO READ THE SERIES THEN THERES SOMETHING WRNG WIT UR BRAIN N LIFE SO GO GET ONE!
    BTW FANG IS MINE

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 14, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    School's Out-Forever

    Amazing my favorite of the series. James Patterson is a amazing author he writes thrilling, breath taking, action packed and an unforgettable scenes in this novel. I recommend you read it!

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 15, 2011

    Anonymous

    I couldn't put the first one down either.

    5 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2012

    Grate Book

    Vary good you should read it. It's worth every penny. You should read it.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    .

    Loved itt!! (:<3

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2009

    Just a really good book

    I just love this books because there is a lot of adventure and action. Plus a little romance which makes the story whole. It's about six children Max,Fang,Iggy,Nudge,Gasman,and Angel who just keep getting attacked by Erasers who won't stop till they kill them. But there is also a little jealousy,lying,and some really funny moments. So by all means go out and buy this great book.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2013

    Maximum thrill

    Great for anyone who has ever dreamed of flying!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2012

    Of course they do

    Of course max and fang date

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2012

    To good to put into words

    This was a really good book. It is one of my favorite books that I have read so far. I am so mad that I have to wait for the next book, I wish it would just appear in my hands so I could start reading it right now!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2012

    I really hate fang okay my opinon

    I thought this book had many surprising twist and gasping parts. I do not recomend this book to people who have not read maximum ride angel experiment i thought james turned the romance up a knotch which made me both happy and really mad at first i loved the couple fang and max but after reading a part of this i really wanted to kick, punch, beat up fang i thought he was going to be a lower chacacter in the book but later he is really an awesome person until now. I hate him before you tell me "NOT TRUE" after reading a few pages of this you will understand my anger. I love the neverending cliff hangers on every chapter and this book can never be put down no matter how you feel, where you are this book will never disapeer. Believe me i read 124 pages in the first day of reading this and right now its 2am and i have to wake up at 8am. Anywhay READ THIS BOOK and i like this first book better though so four and a half but four stars for now. TO DO LIST: READ ALL OF MAXIMUM RIDE SERIES BY THE END OF SUMMER this book has made my summer READ NOW

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2012

    It was good

    Wat happen too the whole maax and fang? There supposetoo be together not with other people... ahh books wat r u gunna do about them?
    But other then that it was a really good sequel:)
    Way a go J.P

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2012

    Neeed more!

    Love!!!!! Couldnt put the book down and actualyy git sad whenn i finished the book...... now desperetely wanting the nexr one!!!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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