Length: 320 pages
Series or Stand Alone: First book in a new trilogy
Content appropriate for: Grades 4-8
Format: Digtal ARC provided by HarperCollins Childrens via Edelweiss
Publication Date: April 22, 2014
Three adjectives that describe this book: intense, magical, intriguing
Mad props to the production team on this book - the title, cover, and premise really drew me in! I just HAD to read this book! I had some seriously high expectations, and boy did it deliver. The Eighth Day is my favorite book of the year so far.
I was really curious what Dianne Salerni would do with the an entire extra day of the week. And who are these people that only exist on the eighth day? What is life like for them? How did they end up trapped there?
The Eighth Day is not only a fun fantasy, set around a really cool premise, but it is a complex adventure with plenty of action and suspense. There are people robbing banks and engaging in human sacrifice and delving into magical legends.
As a fifth grade teacher, I was especially glad that this super cool, very intense adventure stayed away from YA topics. I will definitely be purchasing a copy (or two) for my classroom and heartily recommending it to my students.
* Author's blog