Osterlund, Anne Academy 7, 259 p. Speak (Penguin), 2009. $8.99. Language: PG (12 swears). Aerin Renning is an escaped slave on the run from a brutal regime. Dane Madousin is a pampered son of wealth on the run from an emotionally abusive father. When the two meet at their first day at the very prestigious Academy 7, it’s not necessarily sparks that fly, but there is a force that seems to be drawing to two together – for better or for worst. Both are determined to be the top of their space-faring class – and neither of them are strangers to competition. I did not guess from the cover that this was a science fiction novel, but I was not disappointed with the discovery. It’s a nice little package of romance, danger and excellent piloting skills. MS – OPTIONAL. Cindy, Library-Teacher.