Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

When they were young Scarlett and Rose managed to survive an attack by a werewolf that killed their grandmother. Although she survived, Scarlett wears the scars of that battle and a patch to cover her missing eye. Since then the sisters have dedicated themselves to baiting and killing the Fenris who prey on young women. When their friend and hunting partner Silas returns to town the girls expect to make short work of the wolves. They soon discover that the wolves are more interested in a boy who is a potential werewolf than in the girls. The group of hunters decides to move to a nearby city and try to identify the potential in order to lure more of the wolves out of hiding. But their efforts are frustrated as they try to figure out what makes a man a potential Fenris and one of the sisters finds herself falling in love with Silas.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer by John Grisham

Both of Theo's parents are lawyers and Theo himself knows so much about the law that he is often asked to help out his friends at school with their legal issues. Right now the entire town is interested in the trial of a man accused of killing his wife. Theo wants to watch the entire trial but his parents refuse to let him miss school. But Theo's interest in the case is taken to a whole new level when he hears from a friend about a witness to the crime who is unknown by any of the lawyers in the case. In order to protect this witness Theo has promised not to tell anyone what he knows but he also knows he can't just let a killer go free.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz

If you think you know the story of Hansel and Gretel you are probably mistaken. The original stories told by the brothers Grimm were violent, dark - and AWESOME! This book takes many original fairy tales and weaves them together with added parts from the author. After being beheaded by their parents (but then magically healed) Hansel and Gretel decide to leave home to find a nicer family. But along the way they encounter increasingly bad parents and some awful characters including a witch, a dragon and even the devil himself. The brother and sister continue their search but begin to realize that it might be up to them to save themselves rather than relying on any adult to do so. This is a wonderful, unique story full of both danger and humor.

Wired by Sigmund Brouwer

Keegan is a championship skier. While on a timed downhill run Keegan sees a wire stretched across his path. He knows that if he doesn't do something fast he will be sliced in half when he hits the wire. After narrowly avoiding his death Keegan works to remove the wire before someone else comes down the mountain. When a girl shows up she offers Keegan some help on determining who left the wire but Keegan is disturbed when he sees her helping someone steal snowboards. Could his new girlfriend be the person who also tried to kill him?

The Search for WondLa by Tony DiTerlizzi

Eva Nine is tired of living in her underground Sanctuary with Muthr, her robot caretaker. Anxious to learn more about the real world she is suddently thrust into it when the Sanctuary is attacked by a hunter. Eva finds herself tied in a tree, waiting to be eaten by the hunter, with many other unusual creatures who are nothing like what she has learned about from Muthr. With help from a blue creature named Rovee and Otto, a huge, gentle creature, Eva escapes and goes on the run trying to find the other humans who are supposed to be around. But instead she finds more unusual creatures and discovers that she might not be in the world she has always learned about. She might even have lost the only mother she has ever known.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel

Ben has been an only child his entire life. But when he turns 13 his parents bring home a baby chimpanzee named Zan. Ben's parents are scientists who plan to teach Zan sign language to see if he is able to communicate with humans. They tell Ben that Zan is now part of the family and Ben feels like Zan is his younger brother. Inspired by his parents, Ben decides to start "Project Jennifer" to try to get the girl of his dreams at school. Both experiments seem to be working - before long Zan knows 66 words and is starting to form sentences and Jennifer kisses Ben at a party. But as Zan grows older he starts exhibiting more chimp-like behavior and it might not be possible for the family to keep him. Ben is heartbroken at the prospect of losing his little brother and even more upset by the fact that his father doesn't seem to care at all.