Sidekick

Sidekick

Adeline Radloff

Suspense

Katie Holmes, aged 17, lives with her adoptive mother, the housekeeper of a fabulous house in Camps Bay belonging to the gorgeous hunk Finn O'Reilly. Finn has the ability to stop time, to move into what is called "untime". Katie can't stop time but, uniquely, can function in "untime" and works as a partner, a sidekick, to Finn. A fantasy novel rooted in very real teenage issues, it maintains a level of suspense and intrigue all the way through.The writing has a lively and sophisticated edge which makes the story more suitable for older teens. Certainly girls will love the strong, honest relationship of Katie with the mysterious Finn, and if we can get boys past the fact that the main protagonist is a girl, they will be intrigued by the idea of moving into "untime", and they will love the Porsche that Katie drives and the "action" sections of the story.
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Chain Reaction

Chain Reaction

Adeline Radloff

Suspense

Chain Reaction tells of the experiences of bully Stephanie Adolphus, the beautiful Krystle Thomas whose home life holds a shameful secret in her mother's addictive behaviour, Lisakhanya, a girl from the township attending the school on a scholarship, Krystle's sister who is trying to make any sense of her life and the changes her sister is going through, Dillan, Stephanie's bullied little brother, and Ben who lives with his overbearing abusive stepfather and terrified mother. Each chapter is told from a different character's point of view. In the end, one character's decision to do something differently, impacts on all the character's lives. Essentially it's a book that deals with the issues of bullying, the notion that true beauty is a blessing not a curse, the complexities of young love, and fear of abuse.
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