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"The Darkdeep" by Ally Condie & Brendan Reichs

darkdeepyscover"Black liquid surged over the lip and encircled Emma's ankle. She was yanked down into the pool, disappearing slippery-quick and without a sound." (p71)

When twelve year old Nico Holland plunges over a cliff into the icy waters of Still Cove, Opal, Tyler and Emma rush to his rescue. Luckily for them, Nico makes it safely to an island that no one even knew existed. Before they know it, the friends are drawn to a creepy houseboat...a houseboat with a basement...and a mysterious well--The Darkdeep.

"The Darkdeep" is the first of a planned duology from Ally Condie (Matched) and Brendan Reichs (Virals). The story is told in third person from the alternating viewpoints of the two main characters, Nico and Opal.The story is creepy and the action moves along quickly as our heroes must face their fears.

SLJ recommends for grades 5 and up.

 

--Desiree S., Youth Services