Midnighters #1: The Secret Hour

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Harper Collins, Mar 2, 2004 - Juvenile Fiction - 304 pages
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Nobody is safe in the secret hour.

Strange things happen at midnight in the town of Bixby, Oklahoma.

Time freezes.

Nobody moves.

For one secret hour each night, the town belongs to the dark creatures that haunt the shadows. Only a small group of people know about the secret hour -- only they are free to move about the midnight time.

These people call themselves Midnighters. Each one has a different power that is strongest at midnight: Seer, Mindcaster, Acrobat, Polymath. For years the Midnighters and the dark creatures have shared the secret hour, uneasily avoiding one another. All that changes when the new girl with an unmistakable midnight aura appears at Bixby High School.

Jessica Day is not an outsider like the other Midnighters. She acts perfectly normal in every way. But it soon becomes clear that the dark creatures sense a hidden power in Jessica . . . and they're determined to stop her before she can use it.

A story of courage, shadowy perils, and unexpected destiny, the secret hour is the first volume of the mesmerizing Midnighters trilogy by acclaimed author Scott Westerfeld.

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User Review  - wealhtheowwylfing - LibraryThing

Surprisingly good teen urban fantasy. Each of the characters has a very specific, cliche-free personality, and I love the rules and tricks that govern both the good guys and the bad. Who knew that thirteen letter words could be used to fight evil? Read full review

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User Review  - jerenda - LibraryThing

Well, this was amazing. Thing is, I picked it up late at night and, by the time I was ready to go to bed, found that I had to keep reading. I had to reach a not-so-scary part before I would be able to sleep. ^_^ It was fascinating and wonderful. Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Scott Westerfeld is the author of ten books for young adults, including Peeps, The Last Days, and the Midnighters trilogy. He was born in Texas in 1963, is married to the Hugo-nominated writer Justine Larbalestier, and splits his time between New York and Sydney. His latest book is Extras, the fourth in the bestselling Uglies series.