Tuesday, June 02, 2009


THE DEMON'S LEXICON, by Sarah Rees Brennan (McElderry 2009). Sixteen year old Nick and his older brother Alan (and their insane mother) have been on the run from demon-calling magicians ever since their father died eight years ago. Keeping mostly to themselves, they're used to packing up and moving at a moment's notice.

But when Alan agrees to help Jamie and Mae (a brother and sister from Nick's school) remove demon "marks" that mean almost certain death, the brothers are drawn into troubles not their own. And as they help the pair, Nick becomes aware that maybe he hasn't been told the truth about his own past...

THE DEMON'S LEXICON is a terrific read, rich in atmosphere and wit. Best of all, the relationships between and among the pairs of siblings are thoughtfully constructed (to explore what it means to be family), without stinting on either horror, action, or suspense.

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