Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Ghostopolis by Doug Tennapel

Garth is surprised when he is accidently transported into the ghost world by ghost hunter Frank. Garth finds a world divided into skeletons, mummies and other dead creatures. Garth meets his grandfather in Ghostopolis and the two travel throughout the world but soon find themselves attracting the attention of the evil ruler of the afterlife who believes Garth is instrumental in helping him become the leader of both worlds - living and dead.

Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins

Gregor's father has been missing for two years and Gregor has decided he will never allow himself to be excited about anything ever again. While trying to keep up with his baby sister Boots one day they both fall through a hole in the wall of the laundry room and end up miles underground in the Underland, a world populated by huge talking bats, roaches and rats. Gregor and Boots are taken in by the people of Underland but soon embark on a quest to find their father and fulfill a cryptic prophecy.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Jumpstart the World by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Elle is a loner which is good because her mother has a new boyfriend so she has moved Elle out of the way into an apartment across town even though she is only 15. Elle is unhappy with her mother and forced to make friends at a new school. What's more, her new cat is terrified of her and constantly hides under the bed. Elle's new neighbor and friend is Frank who is older and caring. Elle develops a crush on him and is disappointed to find out that he has a girlfriend who also lives next door. But Elle is even more distressed when her new friends at school tell her that they suspect Frank has another secret he is keeping.

Dread Locks by Neal Shusterman

Parker has always been given so much that he is bored with everything he has. But Parker's life gets more exciting when Tara moves in next door. Tara is beautiful and mysterious and seems unafraid of anything. She always wears sunglasses and has curly hair that seems to move all on its own. Immediately she becomes one of the most popular girls in school but she has a special relationship with Parker. Tara forms new friendships with one student after another, working her way through the school. But Parker notices that after Tara has befriended someone he or she changes in many ways. Most strangely, Tara's friends begin drinking gallons of milk and eating dirt. Obviously, there is more to Tara than meets the eye and Parker needs to find out what that may be...

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Duckling Ugly by Neal Shusterman

Cara is so ugly she breaks mirrors just by looking into them. Naturally she is an outcast at school but she has adjusted to her status for the most part. She is puzzled when she receives a letter that says "find the answers". Cara spends a great deal of time trying to solve this mystery without much luck. When the most popular boy at school asks her to go to the Homecoming dance with him she is not surprised to find out that he has an ulterior motive. But despite her anticipation she is humiliated by what happens at the dance and decides to run away. She ends up discovering the meaning of her mysterious letter and finding something even more magical when she arrives at the city of De Leon.

Witch and Wizard by James Patterson

Siblings Wisty and Whit have been living a typical teen life completely uninterested in the new government which calls itself the "New Order". But their lives are turned upside down in an instant when the new government breaks into their house and arrests them for practicing witchcraft. With only seconds before they are taken away, their parents insist on giving them an old drumstick and a blank book. Although Wisty and Whit have never practiced magic, they find some very strange things happening around them in prison and they begin to wonder if their parents have been preparing them for their destinies after all.

Devil's Kiss by Sarwat Chadda

Billi has been trained all her life to fight creatures who haunt the earth such as vampires, ghouls and fallen angels. Her father is the leader of the Knights Templar and Billi is destined to follow in his footsteps, even if she doesn't want to. Longing for a normal life she meets Michael and agrees to go on a date with him. But during the course of the date she finds that Michael is not who or what he seems to be and Billi has brought danger right to her own doorstep. She will have to learn to trust her father and rely on the help of her childhood friend Kay who has recently returned from his training by the Knights.