I read a book recently that put the statement "having a bad day" to shame. Gordon Reece's book Mice is definitely a page turner. Reece reveals bullying at its most horrifying level. The character in this book endures mental and physical abuse at school that makes you want to cry out for justice. But the story doesn’t end there. Shelley and her mom have been menaced long enough.
Can you imagine a story with a cyborg Cinderella? Cinder by Marissa Meyer is a thrilling novel with a futuristic take on a classic fairy tale. Cinder is an underdog who is different and doesn't quite fit in, but she is a true heroine. Since the book is a retelling of Cinderella, there's a shoe (or rather a foot), an evil stepmother, a charming prince, and, of course, a ball.
The Flyaway Blanket by Allan Peterkin is a book that reinforces how important a favorite blanket or toy may be to a child. The story begins with Jake and his mother hanging the laundry to dry and then taking a nap. While they are sleeping, Jake's blanket gets pulled off the clothes line and carried away by the wind.
For our October discussion, we are reading mysteries involving illusions and puzzles. The first one involves Harry Houdini, one of the first great illusionists. The second one involves murders and puzzles. Join us at the Antioch Branch on October 22 at 7:00 p.m. to express your views on both.
Bradley Trevor Greive proves that he knows how to connect with the young reader. His book, Friends to the End for Kids, shows the value of friendship and what makes a lasting relationship. The author’s prose and pictures captures children’s imaginations and tickles their funny bones.
The Great Monster Hunt by Norbert Landa shows how each time a story gets told, it gets changed just a little bit. Duck hears a noise under her bed, but is afraid to look and see what it is. Each of her animal friends offer a suggestion on what to do about the terrifying thing under Duck’s bed.
Crossing the Heart of Africa by Julian Smith is a book filled with adventure, exotic settings, encounters with strange people, grand heroic gestures for love, and cannibals! Does this sound like the set-up for a great romance novel? Maybe, a Jurassic Park style adventure? Would you believe that every word of it is true?!