Seizure (Virals Series #2)

Seizure (Virals Series #2)

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by Kathy Reichs, Brendan Reichs
     
 

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The second novel in the Virals trilogy from #1 bestselling author and inspiration for the TV series Bones - Kathy Reichs!

Ever since Tory Brennan and her friends rescued Cooper, a kidnapped wolf pup with a rare strain of canine parvovirus, they've turned from regular kids into a crime-solving pack! But now the very place that brought them together - the

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The second novel in the Virals trilogy from #1 bestselling author and inspiration for the TV series Bones - Kathy Reichs!

Ever since Tory Brennan and her friends rescued Cooper, a kidnapped wolf pup with a rare strain of canine parvovirus, they've turned from regular kids into a crime-solving pack! But now the very place that brought them together - the Loggerhead Island Research Institute - is out of funding and will have to shut down. That is, unless the Virals can figure out a way to save it!

So when Tory learns of an old Charleston legend about a famous she-pirate, Anne Bonney, whose fortune was never found, she can't believe her luck - buried treasure is exactly what she needs to save the Institute on Loggerhead! Trouble is, she and her friends aren't the only ones looking for it. And this time, the Virals' special powers may not be enough to dig them out of trouble . . .

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Cara Chancellor
Tory Brennan has science in her blood. Literally. She and her three best friends—Ben, Hiram and Shelton—grew up in the shadow of their scientist parents, who all work together at an isolated primate research center. Tory also boasts a familial connection to Temperance "Bones" Brennan, a famous forensic anthropologist. But it was exposure of a different kind that changed Tory's life. Last year, one of her father's colleagues unwittingly infected the four friends with a mutated canine virus that allows them to manifest canine sight, strength, speed, hearing and smell...along with glowing yellow eyes. Tory thought their biggest worry would be keeping their powers secret, but that was before the center closed from lack of funding. Now, the clock is ticking to when the gang will be separated. Their only hope is to save the center by finding the legendary treasure of pirate Anne Bonny. Can their canine senses uncover a buried fortune? Or will the attempt lead to their discovery? Reichs—the author behind the television series Bones—channels a young Temperance Brennan in Tory: she is smart, loyal, a natural leader and unknowingly attractive. Still, fans of Bones may be put off by Tory's methodology, which relies on super powers and hunches instead of the scientific method. Even so, engaging characters, a rapid-fire plot and a creative resolution make this a guiltless, enjoyable read. Reviewer: Cara Chancellor
Kirkus Reviews
Tory Brennan, 14, and her friends are still trying to determine exactly what happened to them following the events of the series opener (Virals, 2010). The teens have been exposed to an experimental virus that altered their DNA, giving them characteristics comparable to wolves, enhancing their natural senses and creating a human pack. Hardly has this novel started when her father, Kit, drops a bomb. Due to the economy, funding has been pulled on his research project, necessitating a change of job and a move away from South Carolina and her pack mates--but not before she debuts into Charleston society, at her father's girlfriend's insistence. Determined to stay together, Tory, Ben, Hi and Shelton band together to search for the long-lost treasure of America's most famous female pirate, Anne Bonny. It's not long before things go awry, and they learn that they aren't the only ones on the hunt. They're going to need all their abilities just to survive. Dodging bullets, slipping out after curfew, following obscure clues into underground tunnels, not to mention Cotillion duties and snarky classmates, are just part of the adventure. Will this be their last? Reichs taps into the angst of teens, fear of separation and the uncertainty of today's economy and wraps it all in an entertaining yarn of history, pirates and modern technology. These characters are keepers. (Thriller. 12 & up)
School Library Journal
Gr 6–10—This sequel easily lives up to the promise of Virals (Penguin, 2010). When exposure to an experimental parvovirus led to enhanced senses and strengths, Tory and her friends were both frightened and exhilarated by their newfound abilities. As this novel opens, their powers seem to have stabilized and their lives have returned to relative normalcy. But financial woes threaten the closure of Loggerhead Island Research Institute where most of their families work. As their parents begin making plans to move elsewhere in search of employment, the four teens realize that they may be separated for good. When they stumble across a lead to the long-lost treasure of pirate Anne Bonny, they devise a daring plan to save the foundation and stay together intact. With its meld of science, intrigue, high-tech sleuthing, treasure hunting, and daring midnight adventures, this novel is hard to put down. The complete cluelessness of the adults may annoy some older readers but teens will be amused and pleased to know that what they've always suspected is, in fact, true.—Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage Public Library, AK

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781595143945
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
10/18/2011
Series:
Virals Series, #2
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.60(d)
Lexile:
490L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 14 Years

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