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Colfer, Eoin.
New York : Hyperion Books for Children, 2004.
IL 5-8, RL 6.2
ISBN 0786851481

(2 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

Fourteen year old Cosmo is a no sponsor living in Satellite City.  Life for a no sponsor is no picnic.  Cosmo is a resident of on orphanage that uses the children as guinea pigs for food and drug testing.  The life expectancy of a no sponsor is 15 years and Cosmo knows his time is just about up.  But a malfunction in the satellite feed that runs just about everything in the city allows Cosmo a chance to escape.  Unfortunately, the escape leaves him seriously injured.  As he lies dying, a small blue creature lands on his chest and begins to feed.  Desperately fighting the creature, Cosmo knows he is a goner.  But then he meets one of the supernaturalists -- a ragtag group of young people who have dedicated themselves to destroying the Parasites that suck energy from injuried people.  When Cosmo joins the group, he learns about the mysterious creatures that only a few can even see.  Are the creatures what they seem to be?  And why is the Myishi Corp so interested in them?

Booktalk #2

Imagine a not-so-distant future where corporations own cities. You could live in Nike Town, shop in Fruit Loopville, and party in Nintendo Park. But corporations expect to make money. So each city has to find a way to earn a profit. Satellite City has found a way make up the money they spend each day on housing “the parentally challenged.” Orphans can test all the latest products before real consumers buy them. So what if the products are dangerous? If a kid without family dies before he is 15, who’s gonna miss him?

Cosmo Hill is 14 and fed up. He knows if he’s going to survive he’s got to get away from the Clarissa Frayne Institute for the Parentally Challenged. A freak accident and a crazy marshal offer Cosmo a chance of escape, only to leave him near death on a rooftop.

Does an angel appear in Cosmo's final moments? No such luck: A strange blue parasite just landed on his chest. The pain and energy are being sucked away. It's killing him.

But wait, who are those three kids? And why are they carrying weapons? Cosmo is about to be saved by a renegade hunters called The Supernaturalists.

If you want non-stop action, lots of laughs, believable characters, and a solid mystery, check out Eoin Colfer’s science-fiction hit, The Supernaturalist.

Booktalk by Sarah Evans, Sno-Isle Library System Washington Evergreen Young Adult Book Award nominee, 2006-2007

SUBJECTS:     Orphans -- Fiction.
                        Friendship -- Fiction.
                        Science fiction.


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