Reviewed for 2009, High School

The Knife of Never Letting Go

In Prentisstown, the women have long ago died and the men can hear each others' "Noise"--the thoughts and memories that pass through their heads. Todd Hewitt doesn't know the horrible secret that haunts Prentisstown, but he must run from everything he knows and believes. The mix of mystery, science fiction, action and adventure in this pulse-pounding, suspenseful thriller will keep reluctant readers of both sexes glued to the page. Be sure to have the sequel, The Ask and the Answer, lined up for when your teen hits the final cliffhanger. (Candlewick, $9.99)