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Appeals to5TH-9TH GRADERS
Reading LevelGRADE 5
Vega Jane has never left the village of Wormwood. But this isn't unusual--nobody has ever left the village of Wormwood. At least not until Quentin Herms vanishes into the unknown.
Vega knows Quentin didn't just leave--he was chased. And he's left behind a very dangerous trail of clues that only she can decode.
The Quag is a dark forest filled with terrifying beasts and bloodthirsty Outliers. But just as deadly are the threats that exist within the walls of Wormwood. It is a place built on lies, where influential people are willing to kill to keep their secrets. Vega is determined to uncover the truth--but the closer she gets, the more she risks her life.
With THE FINISHER, master storyteller David Baldacci conjures a thrilling, imaginative world where things are as wrong as wrong can be -- and introduces us to an unforgettable heroine who must think fast, look close, and defy all odds in her fight to do what's right.
David Baldacci left a well-established law practice in Washington, D.C. to become one of the world's bestselling authors, with his books published in over forty-five languages and in more than eighty countries, and over 110 million copies in print. His first novel, ABSOLUTE POWER, was made into a movie starring Clint Eastwood and Gene Hackman. Since then he has written 25 novels, all of which have been national and international bestsellers. Baldacci's King and Maxwell series was made into a TV series and premiered on the TNT Network in June 2013. His forthcoming novel for adults, King and Maxwell, will be released by Grand Central Publishing on November 19, 2013. In 2012, Baldacci wrote the screenplay for and co-produced Wish You Well; the film, adapted from his bestselling novel of the same title, stars Academy Award winner Ellen Burstyn, Josh Lucas, and Mackenzie Foy. His most recent book for young readers, Day of Doom, the final book in the bestselling multi-platform The 39 Cluesand#174;: Cahills vs. Vespers story arc, was published by Scholastic in March 2013. In 2011, Baldacci became a member of the prestigious Kindle Million Club. While he is involved with several philanthropic organizations, his greatest efforts are dedicated to his family's Wish You Well Foundationand#174;. Established by Baldacci and his wife, Michelle, the Wish You Well Foundation supports family and adult literacy in the United States by fostering and promoting the development and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs.