The Lin Wu Chronicles: Senior Year

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It's cram time at Brampton Academy and Lin Wu is a high school senior just trying to make the grade. But getting through school has never been this difficult, as ghosts, villains and monsters continually pop up in her life. She'll have to stay on her toes and block out all the horror as she struggles to survive. Mystery and suspense await her. Can you survive a journey with Lin as she navigates her way through, "The Lin Wu Chronicles: Senior Year?"
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It's cram time at Brampton Academy and Lin Wu is a high school senior just trying to make the grade. But getting through school has never been this difficult, as ghosts, villains and monsters continually pop up in her life. She'll have to stay on her toes and block out all the horror as she struggles to survive. Mystery and suspense await her. Can you survive a journey with Lin as she navigates her way through, "The Lin Wu Chronicles: Senior Year?"
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  • ISBN-13: 9780741477033
  • Publisher: Infinity Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/28/2012
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.51 (d)

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  • Posted November 9, 2012

    The Lin Wu Chronicles- Senior Year is a young adult book compris

    The Lin Wu Chronicles- Senior Year is a young adult book comprised of short stories or "chronicles" following Lin Wu through her various adventures during her senior year at Brampton Academy. As this is a compilation of short stories the conflict changes with each story. I have looked ahead and seen that the author eventually does write books focusing on only one adventure, but as a prequel I think this is a great way to test the waters and get you to fall in love with Lin Wu. I would compare this book with Harriet the Spy meets Nancy Drew. I think the author did a great job of making the events that Lin Wu faces appear as if they were caused by the supernatural, but then providing a logical explanation at the conclusion of each chronicle. In this way it reminded me of a 1 woman Scooby Doo series.

    The author does a great job of developing Lin Wu, and even her mother as characters, but minor characters, which only appear in one chronicle I feel, were overlooked. I personally think Lin Wu is a great role model for younger girls because she is independent, smart, and demonstrates that your self value is not based on how people view you (ie: whether you are popular or not). Lin Wu's adventures vary from her job at a carnival to papers, tests, and gangs. I think this book was well written and will easily keep the reader captivated. The dialogue throughout the stories really brings the book to life and keeps it flowing. The author also has fantastic scenery descriptions that really set the scene.

    I think it will be interesting to see how Lin Wu matures and evolves as she enters college and eventually medical school, and I can't wait to see where her adventures take her.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 7, 2012

    P. A. Clark¿s Lin We Chronicles Senior Year is a great example o

    P. A. Clark’s Lin We Chronicles Senior Year is a great example of a teen fiction novel and could even be placed in the mystery genre. Lin Wu is a typical teenage girl attending a prestigious private school, but the experiences she has throughout this book are not so ordinary. From seeing a ghost from the past at her high school to dispelling a vampire legend while visiting relatives, Lin Wu seems to always find herself in the middle of situations that seen extraordinary until she analyzes them and gets down to the root of the situation to find that the explanation is not so extraordinary. Lin Wu is trying to manage the unusual circumstances she keeps finding herself in, she must hide most of the details from her overprotective mother who is raising her alone after Lin Wu’s father dies when she is only twelve years old.

    This book does a great job of beginning Lin Wu’s situations with something that seems out of this world, such as a school haunting or a ghost in the park she is visiting. Once the situation has been explained, Lin Wu has found a logical explanation for every situation in the book. It is interesting to see her walk into a situation seeing one thing, to analyzing it until there is an explanation that makes sense to the reader. However, it does seen unbelievable that a student who does little more than study and reassure her mother that she is constantly looking to the future would find herself in so many unusual situations. Reading through the book, it is fascinating to see her work through the situations until she finds the explanation to the unexplainable.

    This is a great book for teenagers either getting ready to leave middle school or just entering high school. The problem solving skills that Lin Wu utilizes throughout this book can be beneficial to younger readers while older readers will find the book entertaining. All in all, this book was very entertaining and I will look forward to reading more Lin Wu Chronicles. I recommend this book for teenagers that are making the transition to high school from middle school, mostly girls that will not only relate to Lin Wu, but will also find the adventures that she is constantly getting herself into entertaining.

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  • Posted November 7, 2012

    Good Clean Thriller

    The Lin Wu Chronicles Senior Year is a gripping, young adult, mystery, thriller. It’s a case of the accidental detective. Lin Wu seems to find herself in the midst of strange situations quite often. She has to get to the bottom of each mystery to prove to herself, as well as others, that there is a reasonable explanation for everything. The Lin Wu Chronicles Senior Year is a bit like a modern day Nancy Drew.

    Each chapter is a different mystery in Lin Wu’s teenage life. Whether it’s a mysterious man trying to kill her, a ghost haunting her school, or a vampire roaming the streets, she manages to keep a somewhat level head when it seems everyone around her is losing theirs. I really like how P.A. Clark is able to keep each story a mystery until the end. I didn’t have a clue how each one would be solved through the whole chapter. P.A. Clark makes you feel that Lin Wu is a real person and this is a biography of her senior year in high school. I honestly can’t think of anything that I didn’t like about this book. It was a fun and thrilling read.

    Even though The Lin Wu Chronicles Senior Year seems to be geared toward the young adult/teen crowd, I would recommend it for anyone who likes a good, clean mystery. I look forward to reading more from P.A. Clark and I wish her great success.

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  • Posted November 11, 2012

    I would classify The Lin Wu Chronicles, Senior year by P.A. Clar

    I would classify The Lin Wu Chronicles, Senior year by P.A. Clark in the young adult, suspense fiction genre . The book is about a senior in high school, Lin Wu, who attends Brampton Academy. She is a Chinese American who lost her father and is working hard on her studies at school, which is what most people assume of children with Chinese parents, especially after the tiger mom book. Each chapter is about a different day that happens in her life and the trouble that ensues. Some of the stories are about her first day at her summer job and how she overcomes a thief, or about doing a class paper and she encounters a "gang" along the way. Every chapter is very suspenseful but it all works out in the end with a reasonable explanation to the situation. Although most situations are not what a normal high school student would encounter as almost every chapter contains an event where she is physically assaulted. This book is almost like a Nancy Drew mystery meets an Indiana Jones adventure.

    This book could actually be considered as many short stories that involves only one main character. I liked how the author did that because you could then put the book down after reading a chapter and then pick up later on where you left off. This way you would not have to look back to refresh your memory of what had happened at the beginning of the book. The only problem that I may see is that this book was written as a prequel to his next book. However I think of this book geared more towards a middle school or high school aged reader and that the reader may better relate to someone their own age and not to a main character that will be in college. Although that opinion may change after I read his next book and see what Lin Wu encounters when she attends college. This book was a fun, quick, very enjoyable read with suspense in every chapter. I would recommend this for a middle school or high school aged reader or as a young adult looking for a good beach book.


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  • Posted November 9, 2012

    The best way to describe The Lin Wu Chronicles Senior Year is ne

    The best way to describe The Lin Wu Chronicles Senior Year is new and refreshing. The book is actually comprised of nine short stories involving Lin Wu during her senior year of high school. In the book she comes across a large spectrum of villains including ghosts, killer robots, a cult, and even a vampire. But the catch to the stories is there is always something more than meets the eye. I really enjoyed the different directions the stories took when pitting Lin Wu against her adversaries. It reminded me of TV show as far as format with Lin Wu being the main character.

    The author also seemed to be inserting what I would call slight nods to anime into the stories. The plots in a few of them reminded me of the types of twists and turns you can find in some Japanese anime shows. Lin Wu herself is an Asian American school girl so the similarities were definitely there. The vampire was also more like the Chinese version of a vampire as far as behavior went which is a lot different from The Twilight type. But like a said earlier, there is more than meets the eye in the stories.

    A great book if you're a young adult or teen looking for something different. Also a good book if you like mysteries with a paranormal edge to them. A fun and entertaining read.

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  • Posted November 7, 2012

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    This book, The Lin Wu Chronicles ¿ Senior Year tells of nine dif

    This book, The Lin Wu Chronicles – Senior Year tells of nine different incidents that occurred during Lin Wu’s senior year at Brampton Academy. Lin Wu is a Chinese-American girl attending a private school. Her father has been dead for several years. So, the single parent struggling to put her child through school in order to better her life is a sub-text of the stories. This book is not a novel, but a collection of stories involving the same character, with the same setting. In many of the stories, she deals with strange situations from a stalker at her part-time job, to a witch coven, and to a paranoid- schizophrenic school mate. But as strange as the situations appear, there is always a rational explanation.

    Lin Wu is an interesting, personable individual who is also very goal oriented, an excellent role model. We also get an insight into the life of an Asian-American and how the mores of the mother country help to create personality. Her mother is also a very interesting character, and I would have liked to see more of her throughout the book. Unfortunately, secondary characters don’t appear as characters in other stories. It might be more interesting if this was written as a novel with characters appearing in different roles throughout and there being a continuity to it. The audience for this book is aged from middle-school to early high-school. Because of some comments that I make below, I do not feel that students in upper grade levels will find this book to be as interesting as younger readers will find it. If the reader has read the Harry Potter series, Twilight series, or the Mortal Instruments series, this would be a nice series to read; although more as a contrast as there are rational explanations for events that appear to be supernatural.

    The only issues that I feel might turn off readers are the above mentioned fact that the stories are isolated from each other with the character Lin Wu and the setting being the only constants in each story. In addition, even though she is a good role model, it is quite possible that some readers might be turned off by the fact that she is so dedicated to getting good grades that her social life is ignored. Granted, there is a good explanation for this and the author does sometimes address how she feels about it, but a good character needs some flaws to keep them interesting. This is why I don’t feel students who are on the same grade level as the character will be interested. Still, I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in a well written book about a person from a different culture who is trying to fit in to American society.

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