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In this first book of an eight book series, Amanda Valentino, a teenage schoolgirl has disappeared. She had three friends, who had different strengths and personalities that she called her guides. As they investigate this mystery they discover enigmatic clues that only Amanda can have left.
The tension builds through the book and will keep readers engrossed.You realise as you read that unknown danger lurks in the background and not all is as simple as it seems. Two chapters of Book Two are included at the end of Book One to entice readers to explore the mystery further.
The website www.theamandaproject.com offers you access to the e-book to put on your i-phone or i-pod, a kit for teacher/librarians, and short video interviews with the authors and characters. You can write your own version and click on the QR code to discover the secret it holds.
Many of our social networking teenagers are going to love this so you may need to buy more than one copy of each book.
The question is, will the story sustain interest through eight books?
review by Jill Driver
image by LensENVY
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