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Once again Patterson creates a follow-up book to one of his
Masterpieces. "The Lake House" picks up where "When the Wind Blows" left off. It takes us through yet another journey with the medically enhanced - flying children, and their struggles to stay out of the hands of the scientists who are trying to capture them.

This report prepared by Natasha Joiner



Franny and Kit once again fight for the lives of six special children only this time, in a court room. Custody battles are emotionally draining. Franny and Kit continue to be amazed and astonished as they witness the physical and emotional growth of the children they hold dear. Dr. Ethan Kane also wants these children but for bad reasons.
This report prepared by Tracey Ray





Little, Brawn, June 2003, 27.95, 384 pp.
ISBN 0316603287

FBI agent Thomas “Kit” Brennan and veterinarian Frannie O'Neill rescued the six Winged children from the School where they lived in appalling conditions and were the subjects of dangerous experiments. The octet lived together for four months before they were returned to their biological parents but in that time the children, who had bird DNA mixed into their genetic make up, imprinted Kit and Frannie as their parents. Kit and Fran sued for custody and lost but when danger threatened, the children turned to their real “parents” for help.

Dr. Ethan Kane works on illegal experiments using unsuspecting donors for his Resurrection project. He wants the children who he envisions as the next step up in the evolutionary ladder and he'll use any means at his disposal to get them. Kit, Frannie and the children are on the run but the doctor has sources within the government that leads him and his minions to their hideout. He brings them all back to his lab where the leader of the children, Maximus has a final showdown with destiny.

THE LAKE HOUSE, the sequel to the best-selling WHEN THE WIND BLOWS is a fascinating thriller starring six unusual children whom capture the hearts of the audience as they try to make a place for themselves in this BRAVE NEW WORLD. James Patterson revisits some very important moral and social issues that should be addressed before scientists go much farther in genetic engineering. The plot is well developed with plenty of action scenes but the heart of this novel remains Kit and Frannie who will do everything in their power to make sure their children are safe.

Harriet Klausner
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) Medical Thriller    -   Yes Medical Plotlets:    -   wild experiments on people    -   bio manip. to get new abilities What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   60% Kind of investigator    -   husband/wife boy/girlfriend investigators Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime plotlets:    -   escape/rescue from kidnappers If story PRIMARILY about main chr. being hunted...    -   hunted by killer/stalker

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American Unusual characteristics:    -   Super genius

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest    -   West    -   Mid-Atlantic states

Writing Style

Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references    -   descript of kissing Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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