Reader Reviewed Crazy House by James Patterson
  

Crazy House

Written by James Patterson

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June 2017 Book of the Month

In a Nutshell: Twins fight for freedom under an authoritarian system

This slickly plotted dystopian thriller set in a terrifying totalitarian regime will keep fans of The Hunger Games gripped to the very last word.

Seventeen-year-old twins Cassie and Becca (known to each another as Careful Cassie and Ridiculous Rebecca) are alike as the idiomatic chalk and cheese. Becca is a born rebel who pushes the boundaries of their strictly regimented society to the limit, while Cassie never steps out of line. When Becca disappears, Cassie is on her own. Their ma has supposedly been “taken away for a mood-adjust”, while Pa is dying in the Lingering Wing. And Becca isn’t the only one to have vanished. Other kids and teenagers have gone too. But while the Provost of their administrative region accuses the disappeared of being “Outsiders, bad citizens, who don't want to live by the cell rules”, Becca’s narrative from within the “crazy house” presents an entirely different interpretation. Inside the prison, executions abound and inmates are subjected to horrific challenges. Dare Becca hope that she can be the first to escape? And can Cassie shake off her cautiousness to save her sister?

Stylistically snappy, and snaking with shocking revelations, the final twist in this tale packs an entirely unpredictable punch. All in all, this is a compulsive must-read for fans of fiction fuelled by badass survivalism. ~ Joanne Owen

Reader Reviews

Teens and YA's love to read and so in addition to the review by one of the Lovereading4kids editorial experts some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel members were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Celeste Phelan, age 15 - 'A fantastic dystopian thriller, a sci-fi dream.'
  • Zoe Bazen, age 16 - 'a seamless blend of humour and drama...For any fans of the Hunger Games or the Allegiant series, this book is for you!'
  • Megan Abbott, age 18 - 'A gripping dystopian novel that you won't be able to put down!'
  • Eloise Mae Clarkson, age 15 - 'I really enjoyed all the action this book contained.'
  • Rosie Thorogood, age 14 - 'I hugely enjoyed reading this! The way that the book was simply orientated around the smallest mistake of identities seemed to realise the whole plot and put it into context very easily! A great read!'
  • Maisie Sadler, age 15 - 'Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! The rumours were true, Patterson really writes such amazing thrillers...Not only was the main story line a brilliant one but the controversial ending left me wanting more and more! One amazing book! Go read it!'
  • Edel Waugh - 'The story has a few surprises that I did not see coming, especially the ending, it left me gobsmacked. If you enjoyed The Hunger Games then check this out!'

Synopsis

Crazy House by James Patterson

There were no charges. There was no trial. There will be no escape. Seventeen-year-old Becca Greenfield was snatched from her small hometown. She was thrown into a maximum-security prison and put on Death Row with other kids her age. Until her execution, Becca's told to fit in and shut her mouth... But Becca's never been very good at either.

Her sister Cassie was always the perfect twin.

Becca's only hope is that her twin sister will find her. That perfect little priss Cassie will stop following the rules and start breaking them, before it's too late. Because her jailers made a mistake that could get them both killed: They took the wrong twin.

Reviews

Praise for James Patterson;

'No one gets this big without amazing natural storytelling talent – which is what Jim has, in spades.' - Lee Child

'It’s no mystery why James Patterson is the world’s most popular thriller writer ...Simply put: nobody does it better.' - Jeffery Deaver

'James Patterson is The Boss. End of.' - Ian Rankin

About the Author

James Patterson

James Patterson is one of the best-known and biggest selling writers of all time. He is the author of some of the bestselling series of the past decade: the Women's Murder Club, the Alex Cross novels and Maximum Ride, and he has written many other number one bestsellers including romance novels and stand alone thrillers. He has won an Edgar award, the mystery world's highest honour. He lives in Florida with his wife and son, seen pictured here.

Best known for his thrillers he also writes for children and is passionate about encouraging children to develop a love of reading. In 2014 he donated £250,000 to help independent bookshops with a children’s section in the UK. Rafe from the Middle School series also features on the first ever children’s ‘Books are my Bag’ rucksack.

If you are a teacher CLICK HERE to download a free Middle School resource to help get kids reading.

James Patterson's top tips to get your kids - even the most reluctant ones - reading!

* Find books your kids love.

Talk with your child about their interests. Kids read more if they read what they like. E-reader, paperbacks, hard covers, comic books are all fine. Reading is the goal!

* Get a Library Card in your child's name.

Visit your library…the resources they have for the summer are usually terrific. And the Children's Librarian will usually bend over backwards to help your child find fun stuff to read.

* "Buddy Read" together.

Model reading with your child. Read the same books together, and talk about them.

* Create a Reading Club with friends.

It's always more fun if you can share the experience.

* Reward progress.

Set goals with your child, and track their achievements. Give them little "awards" for progress.

* Travel with your books wherever you go.

Take them to the beach, in the car, on vacations, and to the pool. Make the "in between" moments count. Put books everywhere your kids might be bored and want to turn on the TV, such as the breakfast table, the bedside table—wherever.

* Remember: it's up to you to make it fun.

Reading is fun! If it isn't, keep at it till they find books they can't put down. Then reward yourself, Mom and Dad, because you have just given your child the best present you could ever have imagined: the gift of reading—for life.

Visit ReadKiddoRead.com to find out more about this fantastic campaign.

Find lots of news and fun activities on the Middle School books here.

Profile photo credit Rankin.

James & Jack Patterson photo credit Sue Patterson

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Book Info

Format

Hardback
368 pages

Author

James Patterson
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Author's Website

www.jamespatterson.co.uk/

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Publisher

Arrow (Young) an imprint of Cornerstone

Publication date

18th May 2017

ISBN

9781784758509

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