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In this riveting fantasy adventure that VOYA called "absolutely necessary for middle grades," thirteen-year-old Jax Aubrey discovers a secret Eighth Day with roots tracing back to Arthurian legend. Fans of Percy Jackson will devour this first book in a new series that combines exciting magic and pulse-pounding suspense.

When Jax wakes up to a world without any people, he assumes it's the zombie apocalypse. But when he runs into his eighteen-year-old guardian, Riley Pendare, he ...

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The Eighth Day

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Overview

In this riveting fantasy adventure that VOYA called "absolutely necessary for middle grades," thirteen-year-old Jax Aubrey discovers a secret Eighth Day with roots tracing back to Arthurian legend. Fans of Percy Jackson will devour this first book in a new series that combines exciting magic and pulse-pounding suspense.

When Jax wakes up to a world without any people, he assumes it's the zombie apocalypse. But when he runs into his eighteen-year-old guardian, Riley Pendare, he learns that he's really in the Eighth Day—an extra day sandwiched between Wednesday and Thursday. Some people—like Jax and Riley—are Transitioners, able to live in all eight days, while others, including Evangeline, the elusive teenage girl who's been hiding in the house next door, exist only on this special day.

There's a reason Evangeline's hiding. As the descendant of the powerful wizard Merlin, her magic is highly sought by corrupt Transitioners who want to use her to destroy the seven-day world. Torn between protecting his new friend and saving the human race from destruction, Jax is faced with an impossible choice. Even with an eighth day, time is running out.

Be sure to check out The Inquisitor's Mark, the spellbinding second novel in the Eighth Day series.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
04/01/2014
Gr 5–7—Jax Aubrey wakes up one day to discover he is a Transitioner; a person gifted with an extra 24-hour day between Wednesday and Thursday. His guardian, Riley, is also a Transitioner, and begins to slowly introduce Jax to a secret world of magic and adventure. Jax soon realizes it's not all fun and games. Not all Transitioners are who and what they appear to be, and Riley is tasked with guarding the girl next door, a prisoner who only exists in this magical Eighth Day. The girl, Evangeline, is the key to rival Transitioners' plans to use the extra day to destroy the normal world. Only Riley, Jax, and their allies can hope to stop them. The Eighth Day is an interesting concept, and Salerni makes it work by having Jax learn, along with the reader, to navigate this extra day that is both fascinating and extremely dangerous. The concept melds Arthurian legend into present day in much the same way that Rick Riordan uses Greek and Egyptian mythology, with characters being descendents of heroes long thought to be folklore and their place in this world sometimes dependent on that lineage. There are a few points where the action stalls slightly, but in general the writing is fast paced and exciting. The story lends itself to further adventures and readers will be excited to follow Jax and eager to see what happens next.—Erik Knapp, Davis Library, Plano, TX
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“Adventure, magic, and Arthurian legend combine in a roller-coaster ride of secrets. Perfect fodder for fans who adore mythology, legends, and series with more volumes yet to come.”
Voya Reviews, April 2014 (Vol. 36, No. 1) - Alicia Abdul
Jax is an orphan without a clue that he is a Transitioner—someone with the ability to live in an eighth day between Wednesday and Thursday, called Grunsday. But this answers the question about why Jax is not living with relatives, instead being raised by eighteen-year-old Riley. So now that his powers have awakened after his thirteenth birthday and a tattoo is administered, he is .ready to understand who Evangeline is, a mysterious girl next door with a powerful lineage making her a threat and a tool to overthrow the seven-day world. What takes place in this fast-paced, magical adventure is the discovery of lineage to King Arthur and Merlin, and Jax’s own talents and powers on his quest to stop the destruction while trying to save a girl. There is an unparalleled mix of evil villains, humor, and background that set this up for a likeable trilogy to be recommended for fans of Percy Jackson and Harry Potter. The characters are vivid, and Jax is the star. The quest is action-packed, and the world that Salerni builds is unique and engaging. This series is absolutely necessary for middle grades, with a cover and title that will not fail in drawing a following. Reviewer: Alicia Abdul; Ages 11 to 15.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-01-29
Thirteen-year-old Jax wakes to an empty world, believing that he is the sole survivor of some terrible event. However, his isolation ends after only one day when he wakes again to life as usual. Following the death of his father, Jax is sent to live with Riley Pendare, a tattooed 18-year-old who can barely care for himself. However, when Jax discovers that he is a Transitioner, a member of an elite group that has access to a hidden eighth day each week, Riley may be the only one with the answers. Arthurian legends come alive as Jax learns that the eighth day was created by Merlin and other magicians to contain the power-hungry Kin. Imprisoned within a single day each week, some of the Kin and their allies are seeking to destroy the spell even if it means the world will be torn apart in the process. Ancient magic pairs nicely with modern intrigue as Jax is forced to navigate his dangerous new reality. Complicated alliances, unclear motives and ruthless villains will keep the pages turning. Although the plot is familiar, the inclusion of Arthurian legend keeps it fresh. A promising start to a new trilogy. (Fantasy. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062272171
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/22/2014
  • Series: The Eighth Day , #1
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 165,698
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 582 KB

Meet the Author

Dianne K. Salerni attended the University of Delaware, where she earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education, and then went on to earn a master's in language arts education at the University of Pennsylvania. She was an elementary school teacher for over twenty years and has also written several books, including We Hear the Dead and The Caged Graves. The Inquisitor's Mark is the second book in the Eighth Day series. Although Dianne knows there's not really such a thing as a secret Eighth Day, discovering one would explain all the food that disappears in her house. Until then, she'll continue to blame her husband, Bob, her two teenage daughters, Gabrielle and Gina, and her dog, Sorcia. Dianne lives in Chester County, Pennsylvania.

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  • Posted May 8, 2014

    An Imaginative YA Fantasy Novel I have to say that it's rare to

    An Imaginative YA Fantasy Novel

    I have to say that it's rare to find such a vividly written and imaginative novel like ''The Eighth Day''. Dianne K. Salerni uses her talent for storytelling to draw readers into this inventive tale as Jax Aubrey finds himself caught up in a world of magic, secret days, far reaching plots and a quest to save the world before its too late. The well-written novel is filled with vibrant imagery, strong dialogue, authentic characters, multi-layered world-building, fast-paced action and engaging drama. The author keeps you eagerly flipping from page to page as Jax uses his wits, his newly emerged talent as a Transitioner and his bravery in the face of danger to keep Evangeline safe and out of the reach of those who would use her to cause irrevocable harm to those who live in ''normal'' seven days. Overall, I had a great time reading this and it left me eager to read more in the series and see where Dianne K. Salerni takes us readers (and Jax) next.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 2, 2014

    Jax pedaled home from the store and muttered in cadence with the

    Jax pedaled home from the store and muttered in cadence with the rhythm of his bike wheels: This sucks. This sucks. This sucks.

    I am a firm fan of muttering to myself. So opening up The Eighth Day by Dianne Salerni and reading this as the first line, I knew me and this book were going to get along famously. That said, what else can I say about The Eighth Day? Wait, let me rephrase that. What else can I say about TED that doesn't come off as all squeally and gushy? 

    Um...nothing. 

    Because this book deserves every bit of squeally-gushiness I can muster. If there's one MG book that you pick up in 2014, this should be it. And for those of you that might not venture far from the YA lanes, TED is actually a bit of a cross-over, in my opinion. One of the other mc characters beside Jax, is Riley, his 18-yr. old guardian. 


    "Eat up, Jax. You look undernourished." Mrs. Crandall glared at Riley.

    "He eats everything in sight," Riley protested, his own mouth full. "I can't keep groceries in the house!"

    Jax looked up, startled. He thought the exact same thing about Riley. 

    "Nobody can eat like a teenage boy." Mrs. Crandall slung a ladle full of mashed potatoes on Jax's plate. "The pair of you together are probably like piranha."


    Uh-huh. When my older brother and his friends were hanging out at the house, food was gone in minutes. Now after Jax and Riley, there's Evangeline. And I love that Jax is simply... her friend, and that's all he wants to be. And does he ever turn out to be a loyal, true-blue friend! Towards the end of the book he becomes her- whoops! That'd be too spoilery! =) Just to show you some of his devotion, here's one of my fav things he says to her(with Evangline speaking first to give you the context):


    "That spell's too hard to hold for more than a couple minutes," she said. "It would have to be something else. Do you think you can remember a brief incantation in Welsh?"

    "I'll be freakin' Harry Potter if you need me to be."


    Oh, Jax. I love you

    Seriously, guys, if you want a book that will keep you flipping voraciously to the next page, and has a premise that you've never read about before- an extra day of the week that can only be accessed by descendants of Arthurian legend- you'll want to read TED. 'Cuz, c'mon, who hasn't dreamed of extra time to get things done? *holds up hand and waves it madly*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2014

    READ IT!

    I loved this book it is awesome u should read it.

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  • Posted July 29, 2014

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    When Jaxs' dad dies, a stranger turns up and says that it is his

    When Jaxs' dad dies, a stranger turns up and says that it is his dads' wish for Jax to live with him. Jax is stunned that no one puts up a fight but sends him off with this stranger. Riley is only young and not ready for someone like Jax. 

    One day Jax wakes up to silence. The clocks aren't working, there's no noise, when he goes outside he doesn't see a single soul. He thinks its the zombie apocalypse!! He breaks into a supermarket and grabs whatever cans etc he can and bunkers down at home. He eventually falls asleep and next morning when he wakes everything is back to normal. What happened? Why isn't anyone as freaked out as he is? 

    He finds out that he is descendant from a bloodline that allows him access to an Eight day between Wednesday and Thursday, they are called Transitioners. In this Eight day there are a race of people who only live in the Eight day. What is a week for Jax is only a day for Evangeline. When some of these Eight day want to break the spell holding them there its up to Jax and the Transitioners to stop them. 

    I went into The Eight Day not knowing anything about it and with no expectations and boy was I pleasantly surprised with it. Its one of those books that when your reading it you become immersed into and when you look up an hour has gone by. 

    Jax was a breath of fresh air. I loved how he thought the Zombie Apocalypse was happening!! He was sweet, funny and a normal 13 year old with a big secret. He wants to be Evangelines friend because he feels sorry for her being stuck in that house with no one to talk to. He is so nice and kind that Evangeline looks forward to talking to him. His relationship with Riley was strained at the start but slowly they came to rely on each other and became friends. 

    Evangeline is descendant from Merlin, who helped cast the spell of the Eight day. Since she was small she has been hid away from the people who want to use her to break the spell. She hasn't seen her brother or sister and talked to nobody in a long time. Riley is her jailer and guardian. When Jax first tries to make friends, she refuses to talk to him but slowly she finds herself looking forward to him coming. I really felt for her, she was lonely and trapped! I loved how Jax and her were nothing but friends and how they cemented their friendship. 

    Riley is descendant from King Arthur. He is the last Pendare and if anyone knew he was alive, well then he wouldn't be for long. He is a leader of sorts and is Evangelines guardian. He takes Jax in but is hesitant to trust him yet and even when Jax becomes a transitioner, he is still hesitant to bring him into this life. A lot of the transitioners use the Eight Day for their own gain and Riley tries to steer Jax away from having to deal with it. He was an awesome character. I loved ho he was with Jax and look forward to more.

    The author has created a fascinating world filled with magic and mayhem. The whole premise is unique and intriguing and will grip you from the start. Its full of action, suspense and adventure. How the author weaved a story about an Eight day and steeped it in an Arthurian tale was pure genius. Not once did the pace slow down nor become anything other than enjoyable. A fantastic start and I look forward to more from this author. 

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  • Posted June 1, 2014

    Mad props to the production team on this book - the title, cover

    Mad props to the production team on this book - the title, cover, and premise really drew me in! I just HAD to read this book! I had some seriously high expectations, and boy did it deliver. The Eighth Day is my favorite book of the year so far.

    I was really curious what Dianne Salerni would do with the an entire extra day of the week. And who are these people that only exist on the eighth day? What is life like for them? How did they end up trapped there?

    The Eighth Day is not only a fun fantasy, set around a really cool premise, but it is a complex adventure with plenty of action and suspense. There are people robbing banks and engaging in human sacrifice and delving into magical legends.

    As a fifth grade teacher, I was especially glad that this super cool, very intense adventure stayed away from YA topics, especially romance. I will definitely be recommending it to my students.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2014

    Although listed for middle grade, this is a great read for any Y

    Although listed for middle grade, this is a great read for any YA audience that likes Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Arthurian Legends.




    A completely unusual take on some obscure Arthur & Merlin legends, this fast-paced and humorous story will grab and hold your attention completely.




    Watch out Rick Riordan and Percy Jackson ! Salerni's character and plot development are noticeably better and the action is just as much fun. Highly recommended.

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