Adventure
Review: First Light
Peter is a normal 12-year-old kid living in a tiny New York apartment with his scientist parents. Thea lives in a mysterious underground world with her aunt. Peter has finally gotten the chance to go on an expedition to Greenland with his father and mother. He’ll get to participate in the adventures he had always heard about. Thea has started to worry about her secret home and its ability to sustain a growing population. As she tries to find a way to keep her people safe, Peter is trying to make sense of his new headaches and weird visions. First...
Uglies, Pretties, and Specials
By Scott Westerfield Tally wants nothing more in life than to turn 16 and have the operation that will turn her from an Ugly to a Pretty.  Then she can move to New Pretty Town and have the time of her life.  Then she meets Shay, who doesn’t want to have the operation.  They find out the operation changes more than just a person’s looks. If I talk about Pretties and Specials, it will give away the ending, so all I’m going to say is that you should read all three books, preferably in a row! The target audience for...
The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy
This was to be my next book for review here, but my 10-year-old literary advisor has taken off with it, so I won’t get it back for a couple of days. From what I was able to get from the cover, it’s about a boy growing up in a town where everyone has super powers. Everyone, that is, except for the boy. If you like this, you might like: Whale Talk Framed! Uglies, Pretties, and Specials...
Howl's Moving Castle
Howl’s Moving Castle
Sophie is the oldest of three girls and she knows she has very little hope of an interesting future. When her family runs into money problems, Sophie’s sisters go off to be apprentices and Sophie stays home to work in the family’s hat business. Meanwhile, a mysterious castle appears on the horizon, said to be home to a young wizard who likes to suck the souls of young girls. After Sophie is cursed by the Witch of the Waste, she ends up making a bargain with the demon who powers the moving castle. She will help the demon break his...
The Ear, The Eye, and the Arm
Review: The Ear, The Eye, and the Arm
Nancy Farmer’s The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm is a thriller set in Zimbabwe in 2194. A high-powered government official’s over-protected children go on an adventure and end up deeper than they thought. When they disappear, their parents hire a misfit detective agency that always seems to be about half a step behind the kids. This is an interesting look at a potential future where plastic is a highly-prized commodity, but old spirits still do battle. It’s a very exciting book, but at some points, I started to get tired of all the scrapes the kids got into. However,...
Ella Enchanted
Ella Enchanted
Ella of Frell has been given the gift of obedience by a well-meaning fairy Godmother. She would like nothing more than to be rid of the gift, especially when her classmates learn they can tell her to do anything and she’ll have to do it. If you like this, you might like: Heir Apparent...
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Heir Apparent
While Giannine is playing a virtual reality game, protesters damage the game she was playing on. She must win the game or she might die. ...
Pirates cover
Pirates!
A runaway bride and an escaping slave learn they have more links than they realized in this adventure....
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