The illustrations give a young reader the opportunity to begin to “see” what they read. The story itself twists and turns often enough to give the reader an enjoyable form of whiplash. Nearly everyone wonders about what happens after death. The author writes to ages seven to nine and is skilled in providing words that might be new to them explaining the meanings of each, making the story not only enjoyable but also a learning experience. A land full of assassins, mechanical slaves, and lackadaisical fairies leaves them with little hope of help, and the Thussers are following them into Fairy (now known as the Empire of Gut and Bone) to take it over as well. This is a great read for anyone enchanted by medieval storytelling. One day, when Heidi is sixteen, she falls thru the ice in a frozen pond and drowns. Now Jerome has to figure out how to get them both into heaven.
Jeff is the original goofball starting when he was born. The third book in Anderson’s science fiction/fantasy series has the strangest setting anyone could imagine. Ivan, the main character and gorilla is the narrator in the story. This foursome is determined to protect the remaining villagers and keep Gor from finding the death mask. The story is full of vivid description that puts the reader in the middle of the conflicts the foursome encounter. Instead of studying, he chucks it into a secret place and sets about watching over his person, Heidi.
In this third book in the Goofballs series, four bright kids who love to solve mysteries are asked by rich kid Randall Crandall to save his valuable collection of rare, antique derders from a thief called the Dutchman. Based on a true event, this year’s Newbery Winner is a great read. For sixteen years, Claire has known that if she does not remind her parents that she is there that they will forget her. This one is based on an original concept carried one extra step. This was a book I couldn’t put down until I finished it. For example, Gwen’s Gulkien “hits the ground at a run, his leathery wings folding into his back in a clatter of dry joints and sinew.” This medieval tale brings to life the battle of good over evil as the team of youth and beasts struggle to overcome Derthsin. He is hunting for a “death mask” which will give its wearer power over all of the beasts in the Kingdom. Tanner is joined by Gwen, the chosen rider of her beast, Gulkien, a massive wolf with leathery wings and great spear-like fangs. Unfortunately, Jerome hadn’t paid much attention in school, and therefore he can’t understand the vocabulary in much of the handbook.
Her details are clever, well developed, and humorous. Not unusual, but it is the jail most don’t come out of, and she finds herself thrown into a cell with Lord Durrel Decath.
Jerome and Heidi come alive to the reader with three dimensional characteristics and attributes. He saved her life at one of the lowest times in her memory, and now he is in prison for a crime he didn’t do…murdering his wife.
In the end, the reader knows Jerome in a different light, and he understands his earthly life better. Bunce’s Digger character is funny, intelligent, and wonderful. Pierce learns that although she is safe in the Underworld, one of the people she loves on Earth is not. If she comes back to Earth to help him, she will risk herself and Pierce to the anger of the Furies. This sequel to the creepy Possessed will keep you on your toes. Vocabulary, character, and suspenseful plot could be worked with and discussed.
Her strength as a heroine carries the book as she rockets from one disaster to another in her efforts to keep a person she is coming to care about away from her brother and his friends. For John, letting her go will risk the first love he has ever found. Steampunk, romance, an evil villainess, a French spy, and clockwork creatures make this book unusual. The evil Rayne had thought was destroyed was only weakened, and a new evil has come back to rebuild it. Students would then need to make a prediction in groups about how the story would end, comparing with each other.
She decides to take control of decisions concerning her own life, or death. A child searching for the meaning in his torturous gifts in book one , Tormod is one who is looking for a place in the world and a mentor to lead him there. Avantia is a kingdom of small towns and villages that are being destroyed by the evil Derthsin.
Not a single reluctant reader will be able to put down the white heat action in this story. The Pebbles put in her head by the doctors as a last chance aren’t working. The action rampages nonstop in this new sword and sorcery journey tale based somewhat on the history of the Knights Templar. This is the second book in the Chronicles of Avantia series.
Bryn’s past choices leave her without protection or good options, as signs that a Rabid is again ravaging their world. Kali D’Angelo is a normal sixteen year old girl; every other day. She survives the possession through the intercession of relatives she has never met who perform an exorcism, relatives who insist she must return with them to Milan, Italy in order to be safe. It kills millions outright, and leaves behind the Changed (zombie children who eat those left living), the Awakened (those like Alex who wake up from the blast with added senses and not Changed), and the Survivors (who may or may not still Change). The information on the Templars in this book and how they affected history makes it even more interesting. Each youth is the chosen rider of a huge beast of enormous power which aids in their struggle to save the kingdom. The Kingdom of Avantia consists of small villages and towns of simple peasants living calm, ordinary lives.
It would allow other packs to appropriate her female pack members without their consent. There are many new ones out there, and some are better than others. The characters pull you into their lives and their goals and the writing is suspenseful. She learns that the demon is out for revenge and he has chosen her to get it. It has great details of Italian life, and leaves clues that there will definitely be another book as the demon has not been defeated by the end of the book and the reader knows there will eventually be a scary final confrontation. The electromagnetic pulse that spreads through the forest and the rest of the world doesn’t care. The action and history in this book makes it different from the run of the mill sword and sorcery fantasy. Three youth, Tanner, Gwen, and Colin, having been personally affected by Derthsin’s army and are determined to stop him before he finds all of the parts of the death mask.
They go into action and give the reader a delightful trip through mishaps and intrigue. After the Thussers land and begin taking over Earth, Brian and Gregory escape through a portal to the land of the fairies and find nothing as they had expected. If middle grade readers want to delve into more understanding about animal trafficking I highly recommend Endangered by Eliot Schrefer. Tanner and Gwen are able to communicate with their beasts through their thoughts and the beasts communicate the same way, so the story is told in third person about Tanner and Gwen, and also in first person through Firepos. The voice, of course, is Jerome‘s, but Jerome’s guidance isn’t exactly what it should be.