The Siren's Cry

The Siren's Cry

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by Jennifer Anne Kogler

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Not just an
an Unusual.

Fern is not like other girls. She has strange and vivid visions and has the ability to teleport—anywhere, anytime. Fern is an Otherworldly, a special kind of vampire that lives in the human world. What's more, Fern is one of the Unusual Eleven, a group of Otherworldlies all born on the same day with


Not just an
an Unusual.

Fern is not like other girls. She has strange and vivid visions and has the ability to teleport—anywhere, anytime. Fern is an Otherworldly, a special kind of vampire that lives in the human world. What's more, Fern is one of the Unusual Eleven, a group of Otherworldlies all born on the same day with extraordinary powers, prophesied to change the fate of Otherworldlies and humans alike.

On a school trip to Washington, DC, Fern has a dramatic vision that reveals another Unusual in grave danger. Now it's up to Fern to put together the pieces of where he is and why he's been taken. Can Fern solve the puzzle and free the boy in time to defeat the darkness that threatens?

In this gripping and fast-paced tale, the world of vampires has never been more compelling.

Editorial Reviews

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (on THE OTHERWORLDLIES)
Praise for The Otherworldlies: “An original take on vampires.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
Praise for The Otherworldlies: “An original take on vampires.”
VOYA - Donna Phillips
In this sequel to The Otherworldlies, middle school vampire Fern McAlister travels with her classmates to Washington, D.C. Aside from lessons in U.S. history, the trip is a quest to liberate Miles Zapo, who, like Fern, is not simply a vampire but one of eleven Unusuals—vampires with special, godlike powers. The villain's cape has passed from Vlad to his brother, Haryle "Silver Tooth" Laffar, who has imprisoned Miles at the National Zoo. He plans to exploit Miles's power to become invisible to steal national treasures to concoct an ancient recipe for immortality. Besides her quest to free Miles, twelve-going-on-thirteen Fern finds herself less of a social outcast as she gets closer to popular fellow vampire Lindsey Lin, experiences her first crush with so-called twin brother Sam's kissable best friend Preston Buss, and learns about friendship through her brainiac Washington roommate, Candace Tutter. Mean girls Lee Phillips and Blythe Conrad engage in more evil pranks but get a delicious comeuppance at the mall food court. While it helps to have read the first book, the second stands relatively well on its own. As in the earlier book, the sequel infuses serious adolescent themes of trust and identity with a twist of humor. For readers who enjoy a plateful of blood-free vampires with a side helping of god powers, Kogler has managed to build enough suspense to lure them in and keep them reading. Those who relish something more violent and sinister will probably want to pass on this one. Reviewer: Donna Phillips
Kirkus Reviews

Twelve-year-old Fern is an Otherworldly, a vampire—though why a non–blood-drinking, non-immortal, naturally born, teleporting telekinetic is called a "vampire" is left as an exercise to the reader.

After fighting the evil Blouts in The Otherworldlies (2008), Fern must now face a deadlier menace: rooming with the school's mean girls on a class trip to Washington, D.C. Fern's only distraction from the bullies tormenting her is her vision of a boy in a cage. The boy, she discovers, is Miles Zapo, a kidnapped Otherworldly just Fern's age. Fern suspects Miles, like her, is one of the Unusuals, destined to do something or other. (It's not clear what's so Unusual, and it doesn't really matter; as long as there's a prophecy it's important, right?) The kidnapper is the dastardly Silver Tooth, also known as Haryle ("Hair-uh-Lee") Laffar, brother of evil Vlad from Fern's previous adventure, and possessed of even more mysterious and evil secrets. The Smithsonian, the Hope diamond, moon rocks and mohawked, scaled, monstrous birds all play a part in Haryle's villainous plans for Miles and Fern. A firmly middle-school adventure (despite packaging attempting to capitalize on the paranormal craze among older teens) composed of cartoon villains, unconvincing heroes and a muddled, nonsensical plot.

Volume one was far more coherent than this sequel—too bad. (Fantasy. 9-11)

School Library Journal
Gr 7–10—In this sequel to The Otherworldlies (HarperCollins, 2008), Fern, now 13, has a vision of a boy locked in a cage marked "National Zoological Park." She wants to help him, but does not know where to begin (in part because she cannot figure out that "zoo" is short for "zoological"). When her class goes on a field trip to Washington, D.C., she locates him and unravels the plan of his captor, who turns out to be Fern's long-lost father, Haryle. Heavy reliance on coincidence robs the story of force. Haryle plans to collect specific objects (the Hope Diamond, a Mayan arrow, and moon rocks) to use in an immortality potion. Fern recognizes an old drawing of a rock as being the Hope Diamond because she happened to see it earlier in the day at the Smithsonian. Candace, one of her classmates, recognizes a drawing of an arrow because she saw it in a museum in California last summer. She read later in the newspaper that it was stolen, as it turns out, by Haryle. Plus, she knows all about moon rocks because she went to Space Camp, also last summer. The characters are stereotypes. Fern is the socially awkward but supernaturally powerful protagonist (and why make her a vampire if there is no talk of fangs, bloodlust, or preternatural good looks?); Candace is the fact-spouting geek. Principal Mooney is the tyrannical wet blanket. Blythe and Lee, the cool girls, are vain and mean. Flat exposition and characterizations typify this story.—Jennifer Prince, Buncombe County Public Library, NC

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5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)
920L (what's this?)
Age Range:
13 Years

Meet the Author

Jennifer Anne Kogler is the author of The Otherworldlies, Ruby Tuesday, and the upcoming The Death Catchers. Born and raised in California, she has a twin brother who is a minute older but, according to Jennifer, acts ten years younger. She is a graduate of Princeton University and attends Stanford Law School.

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The Siren's Cry 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
I found myself really into the book as soon as I started it. I adored the Otherworldly and the way it is written. I have never come across a book like this before. Fast pace, gripping, and very engaging, I am in love with this author, Ms. Kolger. The book is not at all what I was expecting. Instead it exploded in front of my face leaving me blindsided! I loved the characters in this book. They were all unique and so fresh! I can't begin to tell you how much I really liked this book. I love that Ms. Kogler really open up to readers to something new. I had no idea that this is the sequel but after reading this one I must pick up the first. And even though I have not read the first book, Ms. Kogler made it easy for the reader to fall right in. I had no trouble picking up the book and falling right into it. The plot line of the book had loads of funky visions, bad guys, etc. I loved that Fern not only dealt with her growing powers but also dealt with regular high school drama as well. It showed the characters flaws but also made her much more approachable. There is loads of secrets being unveiled that it keep you giddy. I loved it when Fern snuck out to do her own plan. She knew what she needed to do and just did it. Fresh and gripping, The Siren's Cry is a book I really enjoyed. I loved the aspect of the Otherworldlies and things are slowly coming together as well as falling apart. More people are let in on the secrets and more secrets were made. I am now hooked on to this series, in which I must go out to the store and buy the first book!
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Kate Streeten More than 1 year ago
Lots of action and some new characters. Some new romance and crazy sceaming. Great read if you liked the first you will Love the second.