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Apr 09 2010

Conspiracy 365: February by Gabrielle Lord

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Scholastic 2009. ISBN 978 1741690347.
Callum has remained hidden for one month, knowing that he must remain alive for 12 months, surviving by his wits, as well as striving to uncover the reason his father was killed, and just who is trying to kill him and why. A book a month is being published by Scholastic, aimed squarely at the middle school reader, with added extras such as a website to log onto, with your own pin number and prizes for competitions throughout the year.
February sees Callum attempting to find out about the Ormond Riddle, and seeking more information concerning a family secret that has killed his father and puts his life in peril. Winter Frey may help him, but he must be wary lest she lead him even further into danger.  Scanning the car yard he spies a red haired woman who he thinks was the one who interrogated him. He finds out that she is the famous criminal lawyer, Oriana de la Force, and he hides out in a local drain to avoid recapture. When that drain floods he seeks refuge in the zoo, only to be clawed by a lion. Things are not looking happy for Callum and while fleeing yet another would be assassin, his foot is wedged in the train line with a train approaching.
Again, the action is fast paced with diary entries like bullets, full of speed and the probability of life threatening damage. Again, the countdown is underlined with the pagination of the book starting at 188.
Fran Knight

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