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The Gathering (Hardcover)

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The pristine forests of Vancouver Island are a dream, especially to Maya, a talented animal healer. But after a string of mysterious deaths, Maya is on edge. Is the new guy at school somehow related to the tragic events and the recent increase of cougar encounters? Or is the local research center that supports the town responsible? Maya is determined to find out, even if it leads to unexpected truths about herself. I am a big fan of Armstrong's protagonist, Maya. She’s practical, self-reliant and witty—with so many one-liners that I laughed out loud more than I’d care to admit. This is the first book I have read from Kelley Armstrong, but fans have told me that her Darkest Powers series for teens relates to this book in a “freakishly awesome” way. The Gathering is a sure winner for die-hard fans or the start of a summer reading-frenzy for Armstrong newbies. --Alli D.


Strange things are happening in Maya's tiny Vancouver Island town. First, her friend Serena, the captain of the swim team, drowns mysteriously in the middle of a calm lake. Then, one year later, mountain lions are spotted rather frequently around Maya's home—and her reactions to them are somewhat . . . unexpected. Her best friend, Daniel, has also been experiencing unexplainable premonitions about certain people and situations.

It doesn't help that the new bad boy in town, Rafe, has a dangerous secret, and he's interested in one special part of Maya's anatomy—her paw-print birthmark.

About the Author

Kelley Armstrong is the author of the New York Times bestselling Darkest Powers/Darkness Rising series for young adults as well as the Otherworld and Nadia Stafford series. She lives with her family in Ontario, Canada.

Praise for The Gathering…

“Comfortably mixing science, myth, and mystery, Armstrong creates a vivid world highlighted by appealing characters. Fans and newcomers alike will be eager for more after Armstrong’s story drives to its pulse-pounding climax. ”
-Publishers Weekly

“Armstrong begins her new series with a swift-paced start, creating memorable characters and interesting premises.”

Product Details ISBN-10: 0061797022
ISBN-13: 9780061797026
Published: HarperCollins, 04/01/2011
Pages: 368
Language: English
Recommended Reading Level Minimum Age: 12
Maximum Age: UP
Minimum Grade Level: 7th Grade
Maximum Grade Level: Up

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