But, that means all the bad luck is given to the rest of the world! Now, earthquakes, stock market crashes, and a deadly asteroid threaten the existence of everyone on Earth, and only Russ can stop it Instead he awoke in Midlandia, a place of the impossible. Almost as soon as he arrives, three eNoli -- people who look human but are otherworldly -- try to kill him. In fact, it seems as if everyone in Midlandia is trying to kill Louis and the other two human teens, Cyndi Victoria Chase and Devon Alexander.
The three are Favorites. If they survive Midlandia, they will have great powers. That's a big "if," though. Louis must find Cyndi and Devon, who've been flung to different parts of Midlandia. Only when the three are together will Olivion's Gate appear. Then they will be able to cross the Gate, meet the Olivion, and return home. The three teens must also pay attention to everything on their journey. It is not enough to be a Favorite; they need to learn how to use their newfound abilities. Tremendous challenges await them at home. But as they're about to learn, those challenges are only the beginning.
A threat is coming that is greater than anyone -- human or eNoli or iLone -- can imagine Part friendship story, part madcap adventure, readers who love stories in which almost-ordinary kids travel to fantastical lands and become heroes will revel in the imaginative landscape and characters featured in this original debut. From Viking vs. Aztec Warrior and Samurai v. Gladiator to Medieval Knight vs.
Zulu, Versus explores who would triumph and why, if these fiercest warriors were to engage in deadly battle against one another. Data files compare and contrast weaponry, armor, tactics and codes of honor, while eye-catching background scenes of arenas provide historical and cultural context. With the computer-gamer in mind, designs brings history's warriors into the 21st century and readers will be treated to large, gate folded pages that enhance the experience of each battle In the end, only one can be crowned history's ultimate warrior.
Who will it be? Only master satirist Norma Howe could craft a provocative meditation on free will from blending one or maybe two budding teen romances, a psychic fair, a dead frog, a headful of blond curls, and Las Vegas in all its glitz and kitsch hello, Elvis! The jackpot?
A wild and witty portrait of an unlikely guardian angel on a desperate mission to save a certain unknown girl from a certain unknown disaster. So what else is new? And with all eyes on her, discovering a traitor within the Order could mean a lot more than social suicide. Visions wake him in the middle of the night, and others' thoughts invade his head. Heriot's mind already feels torn apart when the King of Hoad decides to tear him away from his family.
Heriot quickly discovers that life in the royal court is much more difficult and complex than life on the farm. Being at the beck and call of a King who expects him to read friends' and foes' minds alike is no small challenge, but neither is being caught in a power struggle among three princes and an intimidating Hero of Hoad. As Heriot hones his skills and grows into the role of the Magician of Hoad, the number of people he can trust becomes smaller.
Loneliness threatens to engulf him until a chance encounter brings a street urchin named Cayley into his life. Heriot feels inexplicably drawn to Cayley, someone he sees so much of himself in, yet at times feels like he does not understand at all. But even amidst the turmoil, Heriot is certain that his ever-developing power is the key to his destiny Sigmundus by Brian Keaney. Sigmundus trilogy takes readers into bizarre realms with fanciful creatures, continuing its signature exploration of the price of freedom and self-determination.
Focusing on the ongoing struggles of its teenaged protagonists, Dante and Bea, it is a journey at once thrilling and thoughtful, with plenty to offer for pure reading enjoyment and book discussion. After reuniting with dark elf Drizzt Do'Urden and Captain Deudermont's crew, Maimun sets off on a sea-faring chase that will test both the strength of his spirit and of his friendships.
As perilous storms rock Sea Sprite and vicious pirates bombard its decks, a mysterious force gathers in the Moonshaes, determined to bring Deudermont's ship - and Maimun's quest - crashing to an end on its shores. Milena, Bartolomeo, Helen, and Milos have left their prison-like boarding schools far behind, but their futures remain in peril.
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Fleeing across icy mountains from a terrifying pack of dog-men sent to hunt them down, they are determined to take up the fight against the despotic government that murdered their parents years before. Only three will make it safely to the secret headquarters of the resistance movement. Will the power of one voice be enough to rouse a people against a generation of cruelty? But just when their long-awaited destiny is finally within reach, a powerful curse falls upon Damen…one that could destroy everything. Now a single touch of their hands or a soft brush of their lips could mean sudden death—plunging Damen into the Shadowland.
Desperate to break the curse and save Damen, Ever immerses herself in magick—and gets help from an unexpected source…a surfer named Jude. Although she and Jude have only just met, he feels startlingly familiar. Despite her fierce loyalty to Damen, Ever is drawn to Jude, a green-eyed golden boy with magical talents and a mysterious past. Labels: new releases. There are some books which, the moment you see them, invite you to open them.
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The opening is accompianied by appreciative murmurs, and thoughts of gift giving. Lost Worlds , by John Howe Kingfisher, , older middle grade on up, 95 pp , is just such a book. Mysterious looking. And with great content inside!
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In his introduction, Howe who was the concept artist for the Lord of the Rings movies writes: "There are two kinds of lost worlds: Those abandoned in time, buried and forgotten, like Aratta or Mohenjo-Daro, and the ones that live in the imagination, from Atlantis to Camelot.
The first ones we might call real, since they once had streets filled with people. The latter are real, too, but in a different way; they embody our need for symbols and meaning. Howe takes his readers from the Garden of Eden, to Thebes, to Cahokia, Shambhala, Avalon and the Hollow Earth and many more magical places in all , offering, like a good tour guide, much clearly presented information about each one. Alongside the words are pictures--both beautiful original art, and also photographs of the real places and artifacts from them. The detailed, colorful illustrations bring the places to life--the reader can imagine, for instance, walking the streets of Mohenjo-Daro, or arriving at Timbuktu The imaginary places included are skewed toward a European world-view, and even some of the places that aren't in Europe are discussed from the point of view of European eyes.
There is, however, considerable cultural and geographical variety. The one striking geographical omission from the lost places featured is East Asia--there are no lost worlds of China or Japan although there is Shambhala, high in the Himalayas. A few are included in the Appendix at the end, which gives tantalizingly brief descriptions of more lost worlds. Although there's a glossary and an index, I would really have appreciated a map--many of the places described are real, and it would be useful to know where they are.
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That being said, this is a beautiful book, one that educates as it entertains. It would a great gift for the middle-school kid maybe 5th grade up who is fascinated by archaeology and mythology and who loves the "ology" books. It would also make a good gift for an older fantasy loving teenager, or even an adult lover of fantasy. And, as an added bonus, there's a forward by Ian McKellen aka Gandalf. Review copy received from the publisher.
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Labels: fantasy , non-fiction book reviews. This interview is part of the Winter Blog Blast Tour , organized by Colleen over at Chasing Ray, where you can find the whole schedule. Pearson at Miss Erin. Labels: fantasy. So, inspired by Sherry at Semicolon , who hosts a review round-up every Saturday, today I'm introducing a similar, but more focused, weekly feature here, one that I hope will happen every Sunday. I'm inviting everyone who's blogged about middle grade science fiction and fantasy new or old in the past week to leave me a link to their reviews, responses, reminiscences or remarks as many as you want from the past week.
Then, at the end of the day, there will be a lovely consolidation of mg sff posts that will be a nice and tidy resource for folks looking for the books, and all of us who like to read about them! Middle-grade generally means books for children 9 to 12 year old, but if you have reviews of books that skew a bit younger than that, that's fine with me but any older, and you are getting into YA territory, which is a whole different thing And, for future weeks, links to reviews can be emailed to me at any time, if you think you might not be commenting on that week's roundup Sunday itself.
Here we go! Truth by Matthew Loux a graphic novel As an added bonus, this link also gives a review of The Monstrumologist YA Carl has a whole bunch more links that aren't from this week in his comment below--do check them out! But I couldn't resist linking to his review of The Roar , by Emma Clayton , because it is next up on my Cybils reading list Labels: fantasy , mg sff roundup , middle grade reviews , science fiction.
The Society of Unrelenting Vigilance Candle Man, Book One by Glenn Dakin Egmont , , Middle Grade, pages Theo has lived all his life a prisoner, shut away in miserable confinement by his guardian the head of the "Society of Good Works to keep him from contaminating the outside world with his mysterious illness. But on a birthday outing to a nearby deserted cemetery, he finds a mysterious birthday gift--someone out there knows who he is.
Turns out the Society of Good Works are not good at all. Pitted against that society is another, the Society of Unrelenting Vigilance. And Theo might be just the hero they are looking for. But the Dodo, another mysterious bad guy with legions of extinct creatures at his command, wants Theo too Theo finds himself swept into a London of sinister underground tunnels, villains large and small, and creatures that he never dreamed existed the smoglodytes are especially fun, in a polluted sort of way!
It's all a bit much for a boy whose barely even been outside, but with the mysterious powers of the Candle Man to help him, maybe Theo and his new friends can prevail This is an action-packed adventure, that takes the familiar trope of orphaned boy with special powers and runs with it like crazy! There are hints of steam- punkishness that add interest--such as infernal machines down in a dark underworld that never existed. It's definitely middle-grade, in that the darkness is leavened with a bit of silliness, and though there is violence, it is not disturbingly wrenching.
It's a great one for readers who enjoy rather frenetic pacing, brisk shifts in the point of view from hero to various assorted secondary characters, and a densely packed canvas of villains, good guys, and assorted fantastical creatures. The problem with all that, though, is that it doesn't leave much room for strong relationships to develop among the characters, or between the reader and the characters, for that matter. I wish there had been a bit more quite time to spend with Theo when he wasn't in mortal peril.
He's a rather wonderfully neurotic character blame it on his peculiar upbringing , and I hope he brings his quirkiness with him into the next book of the series The Society of Dread, coming Fall I'm also hoping to find out more about Chloe--the young agent of the Society of Unrelenting Vigilance who plays a pivotal role in guiding Theo to his confrontation with the bad guys.
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Here's one of my favorite passages from the book: "I would be glad to meet anybody," Theo said eagerly. The Society of Unrelenting Vigilance has been nominated for the Cybils in the Middle Grade Science Fiction and Fantasy category, and the publisher generously provided review copies for us panelists thanks Egmont! Here's a great learning-to-read adventure from the UK, one of the Hopscotch series of books that tell the stories of Britain in easy reader form. Sometimes it takes a brave and clever girl to stop a rampaging giant.
Bolster is just such a giant, terrorizing the countryside of Cornwall, always on the lookout for a tasty child to eat for his supper. Knight after knight has tried to slay him, to no avail. So little Agnes takes matters into her own hands. Little does he know that Agnes has tricked him! The pool is actually joined to the sea by a cleft in the rock cliffs, and Bolster grows weaker and weaker as his blood pours into the ocean And if you go to the Cornish town of St.
Agnes, and walk along the seaside, you can still see those red rocks today. It's a fun and interesting story for the kid who's just becoming an independent reader, and who wants a touch of fantastical gore to spice things up! It hasn't been published in the US yet, as far as I can see, but it's available here at a reasonable price. Disclaimer: my copy of the book was sent to me by the author, who I am very proud to say is my sister-in-law!
Top Fun Things to Do List 1. Snowboard down a hot fudge sundae 2. Surf big waves in the bathtub 3. Go trampolining on a marshmallow Daniel Funk has finally figured out how to control his shrinking, and his tiny twin brother, Pablo, couldn't be happier.
Pablo makes a list of all the fun things they can do together, and the boys embark on a day of toe-sized fun. Stacey rated it it was amazing Jun 01, Dolores rated it really liked it Mar 08, Cathy Hall rated it liked it Aug 10, Peter Steinkraus rated it it was amazing Jul 09, Jan 03, Chak rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Boys, Shelves: kid. This is book 3 of the Who Shrunk Daniel Funk series and we loved it. Sally Lotz rated it really liked it Oct 23, Dan Jackson rated it liked it Sep 22, Conor rated it it was amazing May 09, Kennedy Raisbeck rated it it was amazing Jan 10, Kimberly Sabatini rated it it was amazing Oct 06, Karen rated it it was amazing Sep 10, Bernard rated it it was amazing Jul 27, Shaurya aka Aryan rated it really liked it Jan 22, Zach rated it it was amazing Mar 07, Jay Griffin rated it really liked it Mar 22, Neha rated it it was amazing Jul 04, Dnnshaw rated it it was amazing May 26, Kelly Y.
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