15-year-old Callum Ormond is a hunted fugitive.
When Callum’s father, an Australian photo-journalist, went to Ireland to gather footage for a documentary, he stumbled upon a secret that could make their family insanely rich.
Unfortunately, Callum’s Dad contracted a fatal disease and could not communicate verbally with his family before he died. While he was still able to draw, Callum’s Dad made a collection of pictures that hold clues to the “Ormond Singularity.”
Ruthless, powerful people are after the secret to the Ormond Singularity, and they know about the drawings. A stranger warns Callum that he must elude capture for 365 days.
January is the first in a series of 12 (one for each month of the year) called “Conspiracy 365.”
Complete with fast-paced action, mystery, a male protagonist, and a tantalizing cover, this book will strongly appeal to middle school boys. With a 4.6 reading level, it’s a good suggestion for reluctant readers.
In fact, I got on the trail of this book series from reading a School Library Journal online article entitled “What Teens are Really Reading: A librarian’s informaral survey uncovers the hottest YA fiction.”
Happily, there is no swearing and Callum is a respectful, responsible kid that cares about his family.
While perhaps not as well written as books by Roland Smith and Gordon Korman, these books should appeal to fans of those authors.
Have you read other books in the series? If so, how do they compare to this first book?