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|Such wicked intent : the apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein, book two|
Author: Oppel, Kenneth
His grieving father orders the Dark Library destroyed, & Victor takes a book on communicating & entering the realm of the dead.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: UG
Reading Level: 5.00
Points: 11.0 Quiz: 153171
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 6-8
Reading Level: 4.50
Points: 19.0 Quiz: 57451
Common Core Standards
Grade 7 → Reading → RL Literature → 7.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade 7 → Reading → RL Literature → 7.RL Range of Reading & LEvel of Text Complexity
Grade 7 → Reading → RL Literature → 7.RL Craft & Structure
Grade 8 → Reading → RL Literature → 8.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade 8 → Reading → RL Literature → 8.RL Craft & Structure
Grade 8 → Reading → CCR College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading
Kirkus Reviews (+) (06/01/12)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (09/12)
The Hornbook (00/09/12)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 06/01/2012 Just three weeks after This Dark Endeavor (2011), 16-year-old Victor, his cousin Elizabeth, and his friend Henry are grieving the loss of Victor’s twin, Konrad. But the discovery of Wilhelm Frankenstein’s occult instruments allows the trio to enter an afterlife version of Château Frankenstein in which Konrad still exists. There they learn of a possible way to “grow Konrad” anew. The result of this ungodly tinkering is Oppel’s most repulsive creation yet: a baby made out of mud and a thatch of Konrad’s hair who grows at an alarming rate but has no conscience because it lacks Konrad’s soul. When faced with the unwieldy list of rules regarding navigating a ghost world, readers might miss the visceral, realistic-seeming alchemy of the first volume. That said, everything readers love about Oppel is here: his fierce intelligence; baroque but concise prose; developed, unsentimental characters; and ability to keep his eye on the prize—in this case, the stubborn, yet somehow still likable, character of Victor and his slow road to becoming Mary Shelley’s mad scientist. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: With the first volume set to be a motion picture, awareness of this dark, entertaining series from a YA star will only grow. So be prepared. - Copyright 2012 Booklist.
Bulletin for the Center... - 09/02/2012 Even though young Victor Frankenstein’s attempts to save his twin brother Konrad’s life through alchemy failed (in This Dark Endeavor, BCCB 9/11), his appetite for the dark arts has only been temporarily dampened. After burning the contents of the Dark Library, he is drawn to a book that did not succumb to the fire, and finds therein the key to communing with the dead. Convinced that he has received a message from Konrad, he investigates further, discovering a way to actually cross over into the spirit world. Victor follows and finds Konrad, lonely and in limbo, stuck in the family home while seemingly dark forces menace him from outside and under the house. Elizabeth, Konrad’s betrothed and Victor’s passion, also travels through the portal, as does their trusty friend Henry Clerval. There they find power and threat, as well as a desire and possible method to bring Konrad back to life. Little do they realize that they are being co-opted by an ancient evil, and if their plans succeed, that evil will be released from its centuries-old confinement. Oppel seamlessly combines Victorian sensibilities with prehistoric myth and timeless relationship dynamics to plunge readers into a genuinely creepy horror tale; in particular, Elizabeth’s fervent belief wars unsuccessfully with her desire, making her vulnerability to the homunculus the trio creates to provide a host for Konrad’s spirit to inhabit all the more terrifying. Victor’s obsession with acquiring knowledge of any kind and at any cost ripens as the series continues, firmly and convincingly establishing the character he will become in Shelley’s classic. Henry also grows into a stalwart foil for Victor’s and Elizabeth’s lack of balance, rounding out a successful, tried-and-true character constellation. Readers who enjoyed the first in the series will be well pleased with this sequel. KC - Copyright 2012 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.