Nancy Keane's Booktalks -- Quick and Simple
Westerfeld, Scott.
New York : Eos, 2004.
ISBN 0060519525

(3 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

Imagine you find out that time stops for an hour but you don't.  When Jessica moves to Bixby, Oklahoma, she finds that those who are born a midnight have a special power.  While time stops for everyone else for an hour, she is free to roam the city.  A small group of kids also have that power and they enjoy it -- until they find out about the darklings.

Booktalk #2

Funny thing about Rex, class dweeb: When he wears his glasses, some things go blurry, instead of clear. And when he takes them off, and the whole world goes soft-focus, some things; special things, jump right out.

When Rex sees the new girl, after he's just been pounded by the local bullies, he's not wearing his glasses.

[Read from p. 4 – 5]

"He nodded. As she walked away, Rex pulled off his glasses again, and again she jumped into clarity as the rest of the world became a blur.

Rex finally allowed himself to believe it, and smiled. Another one, and from somewhere beyond Bixby, Oklahoma.

Maybe this year was going to be different."

The new girl, fifteen-year-old Jessica doesn't know it, but she's a midnighter. When the clock strikes twelve in her new hometown, for one secret hour, everyone in freezes but her, and the other midnighters, like Rex.

Jessica's about to find out though.

Because the creatures in the Midnight Hour are coming looking for her.

Find out what happens in: The Secret Hour, book 1 of the Midnighters by Scott Westerfeld.  Washington Evergreen Young Adult Book Award nominee, 2006-2007

Booktalk #3

Long, long ago it was determined that there should a time when man was not present. So an hour was set aside from each day, and every night at midnight the world as we know it stops and life forms long forgotten emerge. Now, if you happen to be born at the stroke of midnight, there are two things about you that are special. One, you have access to that hour, and two you were born with secret, special powers. There are only a few places on earth that are open to this other reality and one is a seemingly ordinary little town in Oklahoma. When the story opens fifteen-year-old Jessica Day’s family has just moved to Bixby Oklahoma, and Jessica is feeling rather dismal about the local high school and its populace. It is still so soon after moving that her room is littered with half emptied boxes. She notices them stacked about in the still, dark of the room, when she wakes up in the middle of the night, and they echo her feeling of not belonging. She notices that it is quiet, absolutely quiet, and the sky outside her window is full of tiny, sparkly diamonds of light. She is very drawn to the diamonds outside her window and she reaches out into the night air. As she does, the sparkly diamonds become tiny droplets of still rain that drop at her touch, and behind the movement of her hand a small, black tunnel of empty night air forms. Jessica has entered the midnight hour. Soon she will learn that she is one of a small group of people in town who know the hour, each with special abilities they must master quickly, for they are about to face an ancient evil that lurks in that hour and wants out.
Book 1 of the Midnighters series.  (New Hampshire Isinglass Teen Read Award committee)

SUBJECTS:     Good and evil -- Fiction.
                        Science fiction.
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