Since I started working in a school library just over a month ago, the one thing I’ve noticed in my daily interaction with the students is that they know what they like when it comes to books! While I wasn’t shocked or surprised to find series like The Hunger Games and Goosebumps flying off the shelves, there are tons of other books that I’ve never heard about that the kids are constantly requesting and fighting over! As a result, I’ve decided to share a couple of my students’ picks with you each week to potentially add some variety to your own reading selection, or offer up some gift ideas for children that you know!
This week’s pick is the Conspiracy 365 series by Australian writer Gabrielle Lord! The series follows Cal, a 15 year old boy who find himself being chased down by a staggering, sick man on New Year’s Eve. “They killed your father. They’ll kill you next” the man warns. “You must survive the next 365 days!” Hunted by both the law and a group of ruthless criminals, Cal must uncover the secrets behind his family’s mysterious history before he’s killed.
One of the unique aspects of Conspiracy 365 is that each book in the series focuses on one particular month of Cal’s journey. Hence, the title of book one is January, book two is February, and so on until readers reach the final book, December. The grade 6s and 7s who tend to scoop up these books love this month by month concept! Another added bonus is that boys who don’t generally like to read really enjoy the action and adventure found in the plot!
While I haven’t had a chance to check out this series myself, I definitely plan on reading it in the future if the first book ever manages to find its way back to our library bookshelf! It seems like as soon as its returned someone else has snatched it off the book cart! Until then, I’ll have to satisfy myself with the trailer for the television adaptation of the book which aired this past January in Australia!