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Radiance
Contributor(s): Noel, Alyson
ISBN: 0312629176     ISBN-13: 9780312629175
Publisher: Square Fish
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Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: August 2010
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Annotation: After crossing the bridge into the afterlife, a place called Here where the time is always Now, Riley's existence continues in much the same way as when she was alive until she is given the job of Soul Catcher and, together with her teacher Bodhi, returns to earth for her first assignment, a ghost called the Radiant Boy who has been haunting an English castle for centuries and resisted all previous attempts to get him across the bridge.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Future life; Fiction.
Ghosts; Fiction.
Dead; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Fantasy & Magic
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2010015840
Lexile Measure: 1120
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Series: Riley Bloom
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 5.75" W x 0.75" (0.45 lbs) 183 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 140348
Reading Level: 6.6   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 6.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q50851
Reading Level: 10.6   Interest Level: Grades 6-8   Point Value: 11.0
 
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Contributor Bio(s): IV>
Alyson Nol is the #1 New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of Faking 19, Art Geeks and Prom Queens, Laguna Cove, Fly Me to the Moon, Kiss & Blog, Saving Zo, Cruel Summer, and The Immortals series including Evermore, Blue Moon, Shadowland, Dark Flame, and Night Star, as well as the Immortals spin-off series beginning with Radiance. With over 2 million copies in print in the US alone, her books have been published in 35 countries and have won awards including the National Reader's Choice Award, NYLA Book of Winter Award, NYPL Stuff for the Teenage, TeenReads Best Books of 2007, and Reviewer's Choice 2007 Top Ten, and have been chosen for the CBS Early Show's "Give the Gift of Reading" segment, and selected for Seventeen Magazine's "Hot List" and Beach Book Club Pick. She lives in Laguna Beach, California.


Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2010 August #3)

Riley, who appeared in ghost form to her older sister, Ever, in Noël's bestselling Evermore, takes center stage in this middle-grade spinoff, first in a planned series. Having recently crossed over into the afterworld, Riley has reunited with her parents, who were killed in the same accident, but is having trouble adjusting. "I'd do anything to go back home," she admits. When she gets assigned to be a Soul Catcher, persuading dead people to "cross the bridge and move on," she is thrilled to return to Earth in spirit form, even if it means traveling with Bodhi, a "dorky" teenage guide. As she and Bodhi help the deceased cross over (at one point, they are sucked into the grieving soul of a mother wrongly executed for her children's murders), the assignments help her, too. If Riley is bratty--a fact she realizes after viewing video recaps of her brief life ("Are these like--edited--or maybe even, um, you know, Photoshopped, or something?")--her wit, attitude, and maturation should have readers gladly following her into the second installment. Ages 9–12. (Sept.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2010 September)

Gr 5–8—Riley Bloom, 12, has crossed the bridge to "Here," the afterlife, leaving behind her teenage sister, Ever, in the Earth plane. In Here, the time is always Now, and Riley can manifest anything she wants by just imagining it. She is forced to take an honest look at her past life, find her new place, and learn her purpose. Bodhi, a "dorky guy," has been assigned as her guide to teach her everything she needs to reach the next level. Her yellow Lab will travel with her. She is assigned the duty of Soul Catcher and is responsible for making Earth-bound souls move on and cross the bridge to Here. Her first subject is Radiant Boy, a 10-year-old who has been haunting an English castle for years. Other Soul Catchers have tried and failed, but now it's time for Bodhi and Riley to help him. This new series is by the author of The Immortals (St Martin's Griffin, 2010), where readers first meet Ever and Riley. Narrating in a contemporary voice with an honest and comfortable cadence, Riley is imperfect, but always likable as she sweeps readers to her faraway land where she makes herself and readers assess their behaviors and, quite possibly, make adjustments. In the midst of this wildly fanciful setting, Noël is able to capture with nail-on-the-head accuracy common worries and concerns of today's tweens.—Helen Foster James, University of California at San Diego

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