New Book Reviews
Reading Level: Grades 2 - 5
In the first book in The Friendship Garden series, third grader Anna Fincher has just moved to Chicago and she's not very happy about it. Her mother, the chef, is busy with a new important job, Chicago looks gray and drab to Anna, and worst of all, she left behind her best friends and doesn't know anyone. Things begin to change when a group assignment brings her together with Kaya and Reed. Can they convince other kids to help them with a plot in the community garden? Will they even ever have a plot of their own is they can't find a supervising adult?Will the Friendship Garden lead to real friendships? Thumbs up for delightful book complemented by black and white illustrations, gardening tips, and a zucchini fritter recipe.
Meet author Jenny Meyerhoff at the library on January 9th.
Reading Level: Grades 4-6
Despite his best attempts NOT to attend the Magisterium, Callum has managed to complete his first year and acquire a pet, Havoc a Chaos-ridden wolf. Call tries to enjoy his summer at home with his father but finds it difficult because 1) His father hates the Magisterium; 2) His father despises Havoc and 3) His father seems to be afraid of Call. When Call uncovers his father's plan to kill both Call and Havoc, Call flees back to the Magisterium. He isn't happy or safe there either because Call knows a secret about himself. A secret that will probably end in the death of Call or his best friend.
Be sure to read book #1 in the Magisterium series The Iron Trial.
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Other books by Holly Black
Other books by Cassandra Clare
Stories set in schools of magic include:
Witch Week by Diana Wynne Jones
The Hound of Rowan by Henry Neff
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins and
Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo
Reading Level: Grades 3 - 7
The orphans are on the run again in this third book of the Wanderville series. Their dream is to make a permanent, safe home in California, but how will they get there? Fortune brings them a chance to earn a huge reward that would finance their journey if they can deliver a strange medallion to someone at the 1904 World's Fair in St.Louis. Can they make the trip without being found by the evil Miss DeHaven from the Children's Aid Society? Will everyone stay together in the new "family" they have found? Who can they trust? McClure has written another fast paced page turner.
Meet author Wendy McClure at the library on January 9th.
Reading Level: Grades 5-8
Attention Ranger's Apprentice fans! Adventures in the Kingdom of Araluen are back with this first volume of the Early Years prequel series which trace the adventures of two young rangers, Halt and Crowley, during one of the most dangerous times in the Kingdom of Araluen. Brilliant, lethal Baron Morgarath has isolated King Oswald and discredited the crown prince. As part of his plan Morgarath has corrupted the King's staunchest allies, the Ranger corps. Determined to save the kingdom Crowley and Halt embark on a desperate race to find and recruit the scattered loyal Rangers before it is too late.
Other books by John Flanagan
Other books for action-lovers include:
The Merchant of Death by D. J. MacHale
The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima
Eon: Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman and
Fall of a Kingdom by Hilari Bell
Reading Level: Grades 2-5
Astra and her family are migrating to Nova Mundi. The trip will take 199 years. But Astra won't see any scenery because all the humans will be put in a deep, deep frozen sleep until the ship reaches their new home. Everything WOULD have gone as planned if Astra hadn't slipped off to the dining hall and asked the Num-O-Tron to make a cake that "is so delicious it is scary." Astra doesn't get her cake because the Num-O-Tron is still computing when she is put in her pod. When she wakes up she discovers the ship is infested with giant, ferocious cupcakes. Worse Pibeam, a friendly robot, tells her there are still ninety-nine years left before anyone else wakes up. Can Astra evade the sharp toothed cupcakes long enough to save the ship??
Other books by Philip Reeve
If you liked this wacky science fiction tale try:
Can of Worms by Kathy Mackel
Archie Takes Flight by Wendy Mass
Space Rocks! by Tom O'Donnell and
Escape from Planet Yastol by Pamela Service