School's Out - Forever (Maximum Ride Series #2) (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

School's Out - Forever (Maximum Ride Series #2) (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

by James Patterson


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After a short stay with an FBI agent who gives them a chance to attend school and live a normal life, the six genetically-altered, winged youths head toward Florida and Max's ultimate destiny--to save the world, whether she wants to or not.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781417774937
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Publication date: 04/01/2007
Series: Maximum Ride Series
Pages: 409
Sales rank: 422,089
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

James Patterson is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of many books, including 4rth of July, Honeymoon, Suzanne's Diary For Nicholas, and the Alex Cross series of thrillers. More than 100 million of his books are in print, making him one of the top-selling writers of all time.


Palm Beach, Florida

Date of Birth:

March 22, 1947

Place of Birth:

Newburgh, New York


B.A., Manhattan College, 1969; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1971

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Maximum Ride

School's Out-Forever
By James Patterson

Little, Brown For Young Readers

Copyright © 2006 James Patterson
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-316-15559-4

Chapter One

Yep. Flying Erasers. These Erasers had wings, which was a new and revolting development on the Eraser front. Half-wolf, half-human, and now half-avian? That couldn't be a happy mix. And they were headed our way at about eighty miles an hour.

"Erasers, version 6.5," Fang said.

Split up, Max. Think 3-D, said my Voice.

"Split up!" I ordered. "Nudge! Gazzy! Nine o'clock! Angel, up top. Move it! Iggy and Fang, flank me from below! Fang, ditch the dog!"

"Nooo, Fang!" screeched Angel.

The Erasers slowed as we fanned out, their huge, heavy-looking wings backbeating the air. It was almost pitch-black now, with no moon and no city lights below. I was still able to see their teeth, their pointed fangs, their smiles of excitement. They were on a hunt-it was party time!

Here we go, I thought, feeling adrenaline speeding up my heart. I launched myself at the biggest one, swinging my feet under me to smash against his chest. He rolled back but righted himself and came at me again, claws slashing the air.

I bobbed, feeling his paws whip right past my face. I turned sharply just in time to have a hard, hairy fist crash into my head.

I dropped ten feet quickly, then surged back up on theoffensive.

In my peripheral vision, I saw Fang clap both hands hard against an Eraser's furry ears. The Eraser screamed, holding his head, and started to lose altitude. Fang had Total in his backpack. He rolled out of harm's way, and I took his place, catching another Eraser in the mouth with a hard side kick.

I grabbed one of his arms, twisting it violently in back of him. It was harder in the air, but then I heard a loud pop.

The Eraser screamed and dropped, careening downward until he caught himself and flew clumsily away, one arm dangling.

Above me an Eraser lashed out at Nudge, but she dodged out of the way.

Max? Size isn't everything, said the Voice.


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School's Out - Forever (Maximum Ride Series #2) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1343 reviews.
Karlz More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. I think it is the best book in the whole series (though you should read them all). It's captivating, enthralling, brilliant, thrilling, and just down right hilarious. It may have a lower level vocabulary, but it's characters are just as charming and witty as a master like Shakespeare or J.K. Rowling. The characters are brilliantly developed, and completely realistic. No fake, unbeleivable personalities here. The plotline is complex, full of brialliant twists and turns. Just as you think you've figured it out, Patterson takes you around another bend, and your theory is blown to pieces. But, sometimes books have exciting plotlines in some parts, and boring areas in others. Not Maximum Ride. It's a must read all the way through, from the first page to the last. It may be a fantasy, but it has some very real topics in it, from global warming, to a teen's crazy love life, to an obsession over choclate chip cookies. It's wonderfully written so that you enjoy the fantasy, wish-it-were-you feeling, but also see the real issues portrayed in the book. The characters and emotions are so believable, sometimes you feel it could really happen. I'm a teenager, and I feel exactly as Max does when she's tumbling through her adventures. From her happiness and her excitement, to her confusion and fear, I feel as if I know her, and understand what she's going through. I understand why she does things, or why she doesn't. Basically, she (and the rest of the Flock) are totally beleivable characters. The plot flows with excitement, created by exploding buildings, on-the-fly fights, and an interesting love twist, and the characters are amazingly well developed, creating an all together great book. What more could anyone want?
Famousforlove2 More than 1 year ago
I was orginally asking for Witch and Wizard by James Patterson for Christmas but my mom bought me this whole series instead. I was a little dissapointed that I didn't get the books I wanted but, out of politness I was going to read these books anyways. So I picked up the first one and I loved it. Right now i'm currently reading the fourth out of five. I really like how I can relate to Max, and how that when James Patterson writes it's not always about the same exact thing. Every series has a different plot, and I think that all his books are great. I definetly reccomend these books to anyone who loves to read, it's well worth your time.
lunaticbibliophile More than 1 year ago
when i finished Angel Experiment, i went and welcomed hell just to get my copy of School's out-forever and saving the world and other extreme sports. and you know what? part 2 and 3 didn't disappoint me. the second book focused on Max and the flock trying to find any information about the School and about their parents. Well, you already know they grew on tubes and dog crates so knowing their parents are typically out of their knowledge. When Max started to hear a Voice on her head, she and her flock went to different places in US in search of an answer that can help them solve the mystery of their School, about Jeb, their growing need for a normal life, and Max's and Fang's feelings for each other...about the latter part, it came earlier. So, if any of this reviews doesn't catch your attention, better go to the School and try to wake your blood a little bit...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am 59 yrs old and now have MY mother reading them all. LOVE THEM
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the series!!!!! I want to see the movie for this! That is if they follow through with it....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OK, this series, Maximum Ride, realy lives up to it's name, y' know? So, far on my rating levels on a scale from 1-10, this book hits an easy 15. I am SO desperate to get ANGEL. ( the book. ) READ THIS SERIES NOW!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is probably the best of the maximum ride series. I have read the whole series 3 times and this is the one i enjoy the most every time i reread the series. I love the max books and cant wait for nevermore to come out(the book after Angel). This is probably my favorite because it has the most action, most wisecracks, kick (insert word not supposed to say) battles, awesomeness and twists. Every time i read it there is something i didnt remember about it from the last time. This is my favorite book ever and i get in trouble for reading too much all the time so that is comparing it to alot of books! Now to the actual book Fang gets injured in a fight, and the flock, max and her family, have to go to a human hospital or he'll die. Why is that a problem u may ask? Only because they are former lab experiments with wings of course! So while there of course someone in the hospital staff calls the FBI and they show up. The agents ask stupid questions and get stupid answers in return. The agent interviewing max invites her to stay at her house. Of course max would say no, so the agent threatens not letting the doctors opperate on Fang. Max loves everyone in the flock and the idea of losing anyone, especially her best friend, is tragic, so of course she excepts. When they are there Anne, the agent, forces them to go to school. That is all im going to say because i could go on and would probably tell u the end before stopping. So i hope u are hooked by now if not read the book anyway and u will be. It is worth the money and the few hours. If u didntread the first one first shame on u because it was really good to. Now after u read this if u dont imediatelly feel like u need to read the next one u need to either get a life or get over urself!
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Balina More than 1 year ago
this book is filled with a lot of action. It is an excellent read- enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Vary good you should read it. It's worth every penny. You should read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved itt!! (:
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just love this books because there is a lot of adventure and action. Plus a little romance which makes the story whole. It's about six children Max,Fang,Iggy,Nudge,Gasman,and Angel who just keep getting attacked by Erasers who won't stop till they kill them. But there is also a little jealousy,lying,and some really funny moments. So by all means go out and buy this great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great for anyone who has ever dreamed of flying!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've heard a LOT about this series and I didn't want to waste my time reading it at first. But, I DID read it and it is DEFFINENTLY one of most favorite books! I cannot WAIT to read the third book because I REALLY want Max and Fang to get together!
CAMERON MARTIN More than 1 year ago
The first book in the Maximum Ride series, “Angel Experiment,” by James Patterson was incredible, and I worried that the second book in the series wouldn’t meet my anticipations that were set by the first book. However, “Maximum Ride: School’s Out – Forever,” surpassed all of my expectations. This book is a must read in my opinion. It’s action-packed, hilarious, and heart-warming. I just couldn’t put it down! My favorite element of this book is the characters. Each character has a clear and unwavering personality resulting in a more realistic individual. One thing that I admire about Patterson’s mode of writing is his lack of fear to write about the flaws of each of the characters. These flaws make the characters much more relatable. I was amazed at the ease at which I felt Max’s anger, Iggy’s frustration, or Angel’s curiosity. The growth of the personalities is very apparent as well. The evolution of the characters makes the book more than just an action-packed adventure. There are many other elements that make this book great. For example, the underlying issues of population control by the wealthy and government, possible nuclear war, and end of the world entice me as a reader because they are relatable to current situations. This book definitely dives deeper into the purpose of the creation of the flock than the first book, and I’m so excited to keep reading and find out the whole truth. The constant not-knowing of when the erasers or white-coats will attack also brings the suspense that I desire in a book. Another element of the book I enjoy is the alternating of points of view from chapter to chapter. The switch between the narrator, Max, and the antagonist allows for a better understanding of the plot and the characters’ perspectives, feelings, and actions. The themes of friendship, “home is where you make it”, and perseverance make this book sensitive as well as eventful. Over all, “Schools Out – Forever,” is an incredible book that I would recommend to reader searching for a suspenseful, entertaining, easy read with an incredible plot and characters. This book is definitely for a younger, teen audience but I believe it can be entertaining for all ages. I really loved this book and I can’t wait to continue the flocks’ journey throughout the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love series james patterson is awesome! Favorite character is Iggy.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's so amazing and such an awesome book to read. It will take you to another place.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You can choose from •Max •Fang •Iggy •Nudge • Gazzy(Gasman) • Angle • Ari My favorite is Iggy. Even though someone may be blind, they are stiil capable of many things. Iggy proves that in just one proficient way; he can make bombs. *avatar102102*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Maximum rRide: School's Out- Forever is the second book in the Maximum Ride series. Following their New York adventure, the flock ends up in Virginia, at the house of Anne Walker. The only reason Anne knows about them- and their wings- is because, on their way to Virginia, they were attacked by Erasers. Fang was badly wounded, and the only way to help him was to bring him to a hospital. They went to Anne's house to recover and let Fang rest. There, they are faced with their greatest challenge yet: school. The real kind, not the crazy- science- experments- and- whitecoats kind. James Patterson brings a new cast of characters into the story, including Lissa, Sam, Tess, headmaster/headhunter Mr. Pruitt, and Anne Walker herself. In this second installment, Max and the flock must make it through the challenges of public school, the challenges of meeting new people, and discovering that these new people aren't quite who, or what, they seem to be... Will Max and the flock make it through the school year? Or will they flee before then? Find out in Maximum Ride, book two: School's Out- Forever. If you read this book, you would probably already know what the first book is titled, but for you newbies out there, the first book is titled Maximum Ride, book one: The Angel Experiment. Book three is titled Maximum Ride, book three: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports. If you enjoyed this book, try some other James Patterson books. You never know what books you may enjoy without actually opening them. I found this book incredible, and it kept me on the edge of my seat for most of the book. The entire book was filled with action, adventure, and just a bit of romance. Try it. You never know. You might like it. Though i do reccommend you start with book one.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A realy good book all rhe way through
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Theres a manga version of maximum ride and it is complete BOSS!!!!! Read it!!!! :-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You little rebel, i like you. I would recommend thid series to fans of percy jackson, the hunger gamed, and Van Helsing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite MR books!