When the wind blows

Title: When the wind blows

Author: James Patterson

IBSN: 0316693324

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

Copyright Date: 1998

Genre: Mystery

Reading Level: 10th grade

Interest Age: 15 yrs. +

Challenge Issues: This book does contain some sexual content.

Curriculum Ties: N/A

Information about author: James Patterson was born in March 22, 1947. He received a Bachelor’s degree at Manhattan College. Later he attended Vanderbilt University and earned a Master degree. He usually writes adult novels, but also writes for young adults.

Patterson is known for writing thrillers, but also writes romance novels and non-fiction. He has written many books. His Alex Cross novels are widely popular. Some Alex Cross novels are Roses are Red and Kiss the Girls. His romance novels include Sunday at Tiffany and Suzanne’s diary for Nicholas.

Plot Summary: This book takes place in Bear Bluff, Colorado. Francie O’Neill is a veterinarian who meets an FBI agent, Kit Harrison. While getting to know each other better, they veture into the woods. While in the woods they find children who were being experiemented on by the government who are in desperate need of their help. This book was inspired by the Maximum ride series.

Critical Evaluation: James Patterson is a wonderful writer. While Patterson wrote this book for adults, I could see teens interested in this book. It is worthy their interest. Patterson produced another intricately formed mystery novel.

Reader’s annotation: “When the Wind Blows” is about a science experiment gone real wrong.

Book talk ideas: If you enjoy Patterson’s maximum ride novels, then will also enjoy this novel. When the wind blows tells about science experiments gone wrong on children.

Why did you include this book?: This is the type of novel that will make reluctant readers want to read books.

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