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Nobody Likes a Goblin

Title: Nobody Likes a Goblin
Author: Ben Hatke
Series: N/A
Recommended for: Ages 4-8
Pages: 36
Call Number/Link:  E Hakte, B (We don’t currently own it, but hopefully Janet will order it!)

Synopsis: Goblin, a cheerful little homebody, lives in a cosy, rat-infested dungeon, with his only friend, Skeleton. Every day, Goblin and Skeleton play with the treasure in their dungeon. But one day, a gang of “heroic” adventurers bursts in. These marauders trash the place, steal all the treasure, and make off with Skeleton—leaving Goblin all alone!

It’s up to Goblin to save the day. But first he’s going to have to leave the dungeon and find out how the rest of the world feels about goblins.

Review: This is a super cute book that I think kids will enjoy. I love that it was kind of a reverse-adventure. Usually the adventures are the heroes and the goblins/trolls are the bad guys, but this time it’s the opposite. Both the goblin and the troll were just minding their own business when the adventures come in and stole their items. And really all the goblin really cared about was his friend the skeleton! And while most of the world doesn’t like goblins, he find others along the way to help him in his quest to save Skeleton.

The illustrations are nice as well. If you’ve read Ben’s other works (Zita the Spacegirl) it’s on par with those.

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Posted by on November 21, 2016 in Funny, Picture Books, Uncategorized

 

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Grounded: the Adventures of Rapunzel

groundedTitle: Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel
Author: Megan Morrison
Series: Tyme
Recommended for: 4th grade and up
Pages: 374 pages
Call Number/Link:  J FICTION MORRISON, M.

Synopsis: Rapunzel believes she is the luckiest person in Tyme, because Witch tells her so, but when Jack climbs into her tower to steal an enchanted rose, he hints that Witch is not telling the whole truth and Rapunzel, driven by her anger and fear, descends to the ground for the first time.

Rapunzel is a very innocent girl, who has only had contact with Witch.  Witch is her only source of information and she has no reason to doubt Witch.  One day she gets a visit from a boy named Jack. Jack informs her that they have met before, but Rapunzel doesn’t remember it.  He leaves, but not without leaving a ladder for her to climb down if she chooses to follow.  Our of concern for Witch Rapunzel goes to stop Jack and that is just her beginning of her adventure.  She meets many fairies and people on her journey that helper to become a stronger more informed person.

I liked this retelling of Rapunzel it was a fun read.  Since Rapunzel has never been out of the tower, everything to her is new and interesting.  I also like that she became her own person, not what others would want her to be or do in the end.

 
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Posted by on October 18, 2016 in Adventure, Juv

 

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The Relic of Perilous Falls

Title: The Relic of Perilous Falls
Author: Raymond Arroyo
Series: Will Wilder
Recommended for: Adventure-loving children who want more Harry Potter, or who have read everything Rick Riordan’s ever written. Grades 4 and up.
Pages: 318
Call Number/Link:  J FICTION ARROYO, R.

Synopsis: 

Will Wilder seems to be a rather ordinary boy—albeit one clever enough to make his own catapult—until a series of odd events leads to the unleashing of an ancient evil, and the discovery that even the most ordinary of people can hide extraordinary powers.

Will is a believable hero: a typical boy, with common flaws and strengths. He is, to put it mildly, pig-headed and stubborn, and easily swayed by argument; he does, however, have a good heart, and is certainly not lazy or ill-intentioned.

I liked the pace of the adventures, and the cliff-hanger chapters kept my interest. However, the writing did feel a bit clunky at times, as though the author hadn’t yet grown comfortable with this genre. As sequels come, however, I’m sure the lumps and bumps will get smoothed out, and the children clamoring for “SOMETHING ELSE” after Percy Jackson or Harry Potter simply won’t notice or care in this case.

It is a bit dark at times, and might be a bit much for very sensitive readers (crocodile monsters and narrow escapes abound,) but in this battle of Good and Evil, the light always triumphs, and there is nothing a Harry Potter or Percy Jackson fan won’t be able to handle.

We’ll see where this goes; I’d like to see who’s running the show, and leading the good guys, for starters! By the end of the first book, we know who’s in charge of the bad guys, but we’ve only been introduced to individual members of the good, and not much has been revealed about the Brethren.

 
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Posted by on September 29, 2016 in Adventure, Fantasy, Juv, Mysteries, Scary, Sci-Fi, Uncategorized

 

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The Hidden Twin

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Title: The Hidden Twin

Author: Adi Rule

Series: N / A

Recommended for: Grades 7-10 

Pages: 272

 

Call Number/Link:  Teen Fiction Rule, A.

 

Synopsis: In Adi Rule’s stunning new novel, The Hidden Twin, the girl with no name, must finally choose a name and a path for herself, drawing a line between myth and history to prove herself more than a monster if she is to save both her sister and her home.

Thoughts: This was a very unusual book but interesting.  If you like fantasy, magic and intrigue this is the book for you.  The twin was born a Redwing and comes to know the power she posesses as the story unfolds.  I applauded for the twin throughout the book and felt her pain. A great book to keep a reader engaged.

 
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Posted by on June 11, 2016 in Adventure, Fantasy, Teen

 

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Resistance

Resistance

Jacket (1)Title:: Resistance
Author: : Carla Jablonski ; illustrated by Leland Purvis ; color by Hilary Sycamore.
Series: Resistance trilogy
Recommended for: Grades 5-9
Pages: Unpaginated
Call Number/Link:  GN J JAB
Synopsis: A couple’s bucolic French town is almost untouched by the ravages of WWII. When their friend goes into hiding and his Jewish parents disappear, they realize they must take a stand.
Review:  This is a tough book, but important. It is about the occupation of France as told from the point of view of children. The authors work hard to make the story gripping without being melodramatic. The excellently capture the fear and uncertainty of war coupled with the power of family. End notes in the book talk a bit more about the war and reasonably discuss the idea that war is filled with shades of grey, explaining some of the ideas as to why people might collaborate with the Nazis.

 

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Calamity Jack

Calamity Jack

JacketTitle: Calamity Jack
Author: Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, Nathan Hale illustrator.
Series: N/A but “sequel” to Rapunzel’s revenge
Recommended for: 4-8th Grade
Pages: 144
Call Number/Link:  GN J HAL
Synopsis: Jack likes to think of himself as a criminal mastermind…with an unfortunate amount of bad luck. A schemer, plotter, planner, trickster, swindler…maybe even thief? One fine day Jack picks a target a little more giant than the usual, and one little bean turns into a great big building-destroying beanstalk. With help from Rapunzel (and her trusty braids), a pixie from Jack’s past, and a man with inventions from the future, they just might out-swindle the evil giants and put his beloved city back in the hands of good people…while catapulting themselves and readers into another fantastical adventure.
Review: This is a great book, a fine sequel to Rapunzel’s revenge. This features a coming of age tale of a trickster hero realizing his potential. The art is magnificent and invoked a strange mix of steampunk and classic fairy tale styling. Add to it an element of mystery–“Who are the ants?” and you have a rollicking tale that is sure to impress.

 

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The Hidden Oracle

hidden oracleTitle: The Hidden Oracle

Author: Rick Riordan

Series: The Trials of Apollo

Recommended for: 4th – 8th Grade

Pages: 376 pages

Synopsis: How do you punish an immortal?

By making him human.

After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disoriented, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favor.

But Apollo has many enemies-gods, monsters, and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go . . . an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.

Another great read.  This one is not like the others where they are just finding out they are a demigod, Apollo or Lester already knows who he is.  Apollo has to figure out how to get back in Zeus’s good graces, the last two times this has happened he had to serve a master for many years.  In comes Meg a young demigod that helps Apollo and then becomes Apollo’s master.  Apollo has to do as Meg asks until Zeus is satisfied.  Also weird things are happening at Camp Halfblood and Apollo feels like he has to be the one to solve what is going on.  He would rather get a demigod to do all of these things for him, but now that he is mortal he can’t make a demigod take on the challenges.

This will be an interesting series to follow and of course some of our famous demigods make some appearances.

 
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Posted by on June 6, 2016 in Adventure, Fantasy, Juv

 

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