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The Orphan Army: The Nightsiders, Book 1

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Exciting alien-invasion thriller mixes sci-fi and magic.

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It's hard to find a fresh angle on the alien-invasion story, but veteran horror author Jonathan Maberry succeeds by adding an unusual supernatural element to the plot. Aimed at middle-grade readers, his new novel is fast-paced and action-packed, with a likable main character, a diverse supporting cast, and a formidable villain.

Sometimes the story feels a little out of balance, as Maberry piles on one incredible revelation after another. It's clear, however, that there will be further installments in this saga, and readers who enjoy science fiction mixed with magic will be ready and waiting for more.

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