The Raven Boys

Author Stiefvater, Maggie
Language English
Publisher
[New York]: Scholastic Audiobooks, 2012




Annotation:

"Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them- until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her. His name is Gansey, and he's a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble. But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can't entirely explain. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher who notices many things but says very little. For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She doesn't believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore." -- dust jacket.



Subjects :

  • Young Adult Fiction
  • Paranormal Fiction
  • Schools Fiction
  • Clairvoyance Fiction
  • Magic Fiction
  • Private Schools Fiction
  • Clairvoyance Juvenile Fiction
  • WPL New 2013/01
  • Sargent, Blue (Fictitious Character) Fiction
  • Gmr
  • Magic Juvenile Fiction
  • Occultism Fiction

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Author Illustrator(s) :

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Best Books :

  • 100 Best Children's and YA Mysteries of the Past Decade, 2015 , Older Readers
  • Amazon Editors' Picks: Best Books of the Year, 2012 , Teen
  • Booklist Book Review Stars, 2012 , None
  • Booklist Top 10 Crime Fiction for Youth, 2013 , None
  • Bulletin Blue Ribbons, 2012 , Fiction
  • Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens, 2013 , None
  • Choices, 2013 , Fiction Young Adult
  • Fantastic Fiction: Great Fantasy Books for Ages 11 to 17, 2005 , Reality with a Twist
  • Heartland Books Recommendation for Life-Long Readers - Excellence in Young Adult Literature, 2014 , Young Adult
  • Kirkus Book Review Stars, 2012 , None
  • Publishers Weekly Best Children's Books, 2012 , None
  • Publishers Weekly Book Review Stars, 2012 , None
  • School Library Journal Best Books, 2012 , None
  • School Library Journal Book Review Stars, 2012 , None
  • YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 2013 , None
  • YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2013 , Young Adult Fiction
  • YALSA Teens' Top Ten, 2013 , None

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Awards, Honors & Prizes :

  • Bram Stoker Award , Young Adult Novel , 2012
  • Golden Quill , None , 2013
  • Goodreads Choice Award , Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction , 2012
  • Silver Inky , None , 2013

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State & Provincial Reading List :

  • Abraham Lincoln Illinois High School Book Award; Paranormal 2015-2015
  • Alaska Battle of the Books; High School 2015-2015
  • Arkansas Teen Book Award; Teen 2014-2014
  • Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award; Young Adult 2014-2014
  • Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award; High School 2014-2015
  • Evergreen Teen Book Award; Paranormal 2015-2015
  • Florida Teens Read; None 2013-2014
  • Flume: NH Teen Reader's Choice Award; Grades 9-12 2014-2014
  • Garden State Teen Book Award; Fiction Book 2015-2015
  • Georgia Peach Teen Readers' Choice Award; None 2013-2014
  • Grand Canyon Reader Award; Teen 2015-2016
  • Iowa High School Book Award; High School 2014-2015
  • North Carolina Young Adult Book Award; High School 2013-2014
  • Nutmeg Book Award; Teen 2016-2016
  • Read On Wisconsin; High School 2013-2014
  • Reading Olympics Booklist; High School 2018-2018
  • Reading Olympics Booklist; High School 2014-2014
  • Rhode Island Teen Book Award; None 2015-2015
  • Sequoyah Book Award; High School 2014-2015
  • Sequoyah Book Award; Intermediate 2014-2015
  • Soaring Eagle Book Award; Grades 7-12 2013-2014
  • Tayshas High School Reading List; None 2013-2013
  • Volunteer State Book Award; Grades 9-12 2015-2016
  • Wisconsin Battle of the Books; Senior 2013-2014
  • Young Reader's Choice Award; Intermediate 2015-2015

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Curriculum Tools :

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Reading Measurement Programs:


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Lexile, MetaMetrics, Inc.
HL760L(High-Low)

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Reading Level 5.6
Interest Level High School
Title Point Value 24

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Reviews :

Toni Jourdan (Children's Literature)
Henrietta, Virginia, ley lines and psychic visions... Prepare to enter Blue Sargent s world where no one is as they seem and even the town has a supernatural energy that draws you into an adventure both ominous and forthcoming. St. Mark s Eve is when Blue helps her clairvoyant mother as they watch the spirits of Henrietta townsfolk parade down the church s lane signifying who will pass away that year. This year she is surprised that she can see one of the many drifting ghosts and this vision of a local Aglionby Academy boy changes the course of her future. Blue s been told her whole life that she will fall in love, kiss her beloved and then he will die. Uncertain as who her first love will be, Blue s protected life is uprooted and she finds herself on a ghostly scavenger hunt with four Raven Boys (a nickname for Aglionby s students). Gansey has captured her attention, for it is his spirit that she has seen. He is so different from anyone that she has ever known and even though it is Adam that has fallen for her, she finds that she has fallen for Gansey, Adam, Ronan, and Noah in different ways. Will Patton brings the quirky characters to life well beyond just a storytelling. He embodies each character with a lilting Virginian accent lulling the listener. The first book in the Raven Cycle series is captivating. Even more so because of Patton s interpretation. The story, the characters, the energy is potent and I was drawn in from the beginning. Every character holds a secret from Blue and her household of psychics, to the Raven Boys, to the ghost of the Welsh King, Glendower, to the Latin Teacher, Barrington Whelk. Many secrets unfold during the tale and others are left for the remaining books in the series. 2012, Scholastic Audiobooks/Scholastic Press,, $39.99. Ages 12 up.
(PUBLISHER: Scholastic Audiobooks Ten CDs $39.99., PUBLISHED: 2012)

Robin Whitten (AudioFile)
Do you believe in magic?" Answer that after you've listened to the first title in Stiefvater's new Raven Boys series. Narrator Will Patton takes you into a world of psychic powers, legends of the Welsh King Glendower, and the ley lines (mystical energy fields) that transect a sleepy Virginia town. Patton inhabits young Blue Sargent, who is raised in a family of psychics but whose own power amplifies what others see or sense. Blue is justly wary of the boys from the elite private academy, known as the Raven Boys. Listeners, like Blue, are fascinated and snared by the quest for Glendower led by Raven Boy Gansey. Patton is masterful with the suspense and the mysticism and seductively plays the emotional line of real and imagined events. Don't miss this compelling listen, and pray that Will Patton has already signed on for the other titles of the series. R.F.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine Unabridged. 2012, Scholastic Audiobooks, Ten CDs, $39.99. Ages 13 up.
(PUBLISHER: Scholastic Audiobooks Ten CDs $39.99., PUBLISHED: 2012)

Michael Cart (Booklist)
Starred Review* The latest from Stiefvater, author of the Printz Honor Book The Scorpio Races (2011), defies easy synopsis. Consider that it is the story of 16-year-old Blue, from a family of psychics though she herself is not one. However, she does have the gift of amplifying others psychic experiences. Oh, and she has been told that if she kisses her true love, he will die. Then there are wealthy, handsome Gansey and his three friends, Adam, Ronan, and Noah, all of whom are Raven Boys, students at the prestigious Aglionby Academy. Gansey is obsessed with finding the body of the legendary sleeping king of Wales, Owen Glendower, using ley lines, invisible lines of energy that connect spiritual places. That a sinister someone else is also searching for the sleeping king adds chill-inducing danger to the complex and artful plot. Indeed, reading this novel is like walking through a tangled thicket and coming across one unexpected and wonderful surprise after another. In that respect, the book is marvelous, for not only is it filled with marvels but it is also a marvel of imagination and, more prosaically, structure. Rich, too, in characterization, this fantasy-mystery rises to the level of serious literature, leaving readers hungering for more. And more there will be, for this is the first volume of a planned quartet. Waiting for the next book in the Raven Cycle will indeed be a test of readers patience. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Stiefvater s readership grows with each book she puts out, and the 150,000-copy first printing hints that this might be her biggest splash yet. Grades 9-12
(PUBLISHER: Scholastic 416 pp. $17.99., PUBLISHED: 2012)

Karen Coats (Bulletin)
Blue has been reared in a house full of bona fide psychics, but her own powers are usually limited to enhancing the energy flow of the supernatural visitations. When she sees the spirit of a boy who is destined to die within the coming year, she fears that the prophecy that has haunted her since birth that she will kill her true love with a kiss might be close to fulfillment. A few days later she actually meets the boy of her vision, Gansey, who s a student at the posh local boarding school. He and his friends are on a quest to find the precise location of a nearby ley line, and Blue joins their quest, which becomes fraught with danger and mystery as they get closer to finding the ley line and releasing its ancient power. Amid well-paced, suspenseful plotting intriguingly overlaid with history, myth, and legend, Stiefvater creates a compelling human drama of boys whose privilege or lack thereof colors all of their interactions. Gansey is especially poignant as the obscenely wealthy progeny of old Virginia money, a circumstance that propels him to find ways to make his life meaningful on his own terms. Adam, his closest friend, is equally focused on not allowing Gansey to use either his money or influence to rescue him from his abusive, poverty-stricken home life. Ronan is the group s wild card, a loose cannon whose grief over the loss of his father explodes in temperamental outbursts of violence. Their fierce loyalty to one another survives anger over well-meaning but often clumsy interference in each other s lives, but their fear that they might end up destroying one another adds another layer of intensity to their interaction. The band of brothers easily makes room for Blue, knowing that they need her talents and her belief in both the supernatural and in them to be not only successful but also wise in their dealings with the powerful forces they seek to engage. Review Code: R* -- Recommended. A book of special distinction. (c) Copyright 2006, The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 2012, Scholastic, 416p.; Reviewed from galleys, $17.99 and $17.99 E-book ed.. Grades 7-12.
(PUBLISHER: Scholastic 416 pp. $17.99., PUBLISHED: 2012)

Kirkus (Kirkus)
An ancient Welsh king may be buried in the Virginia countryside; three privileged boys hope to disinter him. Meanwhile, 16-year-old Blue Sargent, daughter of a small-town psychic, has lived her whole life under a prophecy: If she kisses her true love, he will die. Not that she plans on kissing anyone. Blue isn't psychic, but she enhances the extrasensory power of anyone she's near; while helping her aunt visualize the souls of people soon to die, she sees a vision of a dying Raven boy named Gansey. The Raven Boys--students at Aglionby, a nearby prep school, so-called because of the ravens on their school crest--soon encounter Blue in person. From then on, the point of view shifts among Blue; Gansey, a trust-fund kid obsessed with finding King Glendower buried on a ley-line in Virginia; and Adam, a scholarship student obsessed with his own self-sufficiency. Add Ronan, whose violent insouciance comes from seeing his father die, and Noah, whose first words in the book are, "I've been dead for seven years," and you've got a story very few writers could dream up and only Stiefvater could make so palpably real. Simultaneously complex and simple, compulsively readable, marvelously wrought. The only flaw is that this is Book 1; it may be months yet before Book 2 comes out. The magic is entirely pragmatic; the impossible, extraordinarily true. 2012, Scholastic, 416 pp., $17.99. Category: Fantasy. Ages 13 up. Starred Review. © 2012 Kirkus Reviews/VNU eMedia, Inc. All rights reserved.
(PUBLISHER: Scholastic Press (New York:), PUBLISHED: 2012.)

CCBC (CCBC)
Teenage Blue doesn t have psychic powers but amplifies the signal for her mother and other psychics who live with them. All of them have foretold that if she kisses her true love, he will die. Blue avoids boys until she meets Adam, a student at Aglionby, the elite prep school in her hometown of Henrietta, Virginia. Adam isn t like other Aglionby boys he s local, and he s poor. Attracted to Adam, Blue is also drawn into his circle of friends and the quest of their leader, a boy named Gansey, to locate the ley line in Henrietta that might lead him to the tomb of a Welsh king. Blue has heard of Gansey: It was the name of a boy whose spirit she saw in her one psychic encounter, on St. Mark s Eve a vision that means he s fated to die in the coming year. Against the backdrop of this tense, richly developed supernatural mystery, Maggie Stiefvater weaves a riveting and often poignant story of friendships and families, love and betrayal, money and identity, exploring the themes through the lives of refreshingly complex characters. The elements that draw the four boys together and also threaten to divide them become more and more apparent as Gansey s search continues, his passion for the quest matched only by his desire and determination to keep his friends close and safe. And Blue s own struggle to assert her independence at home, to deal with her fate is amplified as she becomes part of their tight-knit group. With several surprising revelations, Stiefvater s immensely satisfying story will leave readers eager for the sequel. CCBC Category: Fiction for Young Adults. 2012, Scholastic Press, 409 pages, $18.99. Age 13 and older.
(PUBLISHER: Scholastic Press (New York:), PUBLISHED: 2012.)

Gwenn Davis (Kutztown)
Blue is surrounded by psychic women, starting with her mother and aunts. She is not, but amplifies the psychic vibrations. Blue is told right from the beginning to never kiss her true love because he will die. The four Raven boys in the story go to a prep school that is located in Blue s hometown. The Raven is the school symbol that is worn on their clothing. One of the boys, Gansey, is obsessed with finding the ley lines that will bring about the resurrection of Glendower, a king who will improve the life of the person who awakens him. This is the point where the boys go to the psychic, Blue s mother, only to discover that Blue had been their waitress at the pizza joint. A friendship between Blue and the boys leads them through many supernatural events in search of Glendower. This book is also about dysfunctional families and the friends who become the life line when all else fails. I enjoyed this book immensely and didn t want it to end. The good news is that there is three more coming! The Raven Boys received starred reviews from School Library Journal and Booklist among others. Category: Fiction. 2012, Scholastic, $18.99. Ages 13 up.
(PUBLISHER: Scholastic $18.99., PUBLISHED: 2012)

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Series :

The Raven cycle-1]

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Publication Details:

  Publisher ISBN Notes
[New York]: Scholastic Audiobooks, 2012

Media Type: Nonmusical Sound Recording
10 CDs (11 hr. 9 min.):
(Stiefvate)
9780545465939
0545465931
Compact discs.
The 1st book in The Raven cycle.
Title from container.
New York: Scholastic Audiobooks, 2012

Media Type: Nonmusical Sound Recording
10 sound discs (11 hr. 9 min.):
PZ7.S855625 ([Fic])
054546594X
9780545465946
Compact discs.
Unabridged.
New York: Scholastic Press, 2012

Media Type: Language Material
409 p. ;
PZ7.S855625 ([Fic])
0545424925
9780545424929
New York: Scholastic Press, 2012

Media Type: Language Material
409 p. ;
PZ7.S855625 ([Fic])
9780545424929
0545424925
New York: Scholastic Audiobooks, 2012

Media Type: Nonmusical Sound Recording
10 sound discs (11 hr. 9 min.):
PZ7.S855625 ([Fic])
0545465931
9780545465939
Compact discs.
Unabridged.
Sterling Pub. Co. (New York:), PUBLISHED: 2001.,

Media Type:

0545424925
9780545424929
Publishers Weekly,

Media Type:

0545424933
9780545424936
Scholastic Audiobooks Ten CDs $39.99., PUBLISHED: 2012,

Media Type:

0545424925
9780545424936
9780545469791
0545465931
9780545424929
0545424933
054546594X
1921990589
9781921990588
9780545465946
9780545465939

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