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Byline: JANET TANSLEY

An Urgent Message of Wowness by Karen McCombie, pounds 7.99 PB (Scholastic)

I'VE always imagined Karen McCombie to live in a permanent state of excitement.

Her books always have the air of madness about them - in a good way,of course-and the loud, jazzy covers herald the lively tales inside.

Here is no exception.

In this stand-alone novel, Heather thinks everyone in herfamily comesfrom Planet Perfect - except her, that is.

Of course, nothing and no-one is perfect, as Heather discovers when her dad drops a bit of a bombshell.

Her world turns upside down and Heather wonders whether, in this topsy-turvy world, she can fit in.

Another crackerfrom Karen, with zip along prose and interspersed 'e-mails' which make reading this a positive breeze, and a bonus of a free mobile phone charm on the cover. The only downside? It comes to an end eventually.

Shade's Children by Garth Nix, pounds 6.99pb (HarperCollins)

ANOTHER thriller from the Australian favourite which ventures into the world of science fiction.

In a powerfully imagined, futuristic urban wasteland, faceless Overlords reap a grisly harvest of young lives.

Most children, on reaching their'Sad Birthday'-the age of 14-are taken, for the muscle and brain that the Overlords need for their monstrous army of killing machines.

The few who escape are recruited by Shade, a mysterious figure who was once a man but now resembles the machines he fights.

Can the small band of teenagers, gifted and damaged misfits that they are, succeed in finding and destroying the source of the Overlords' power - or will they end up being sacrifices themselves?.

A chilling thriller which immediately draws the reader in.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 14, 2007
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