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Talon

TalonTitle: Talon
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: Talon Saga
Recommended for:
Pages: 461 pages
Call Number/Link: TEEN FICTION KAGAWA, J.

Synopsis:Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they’re positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser. Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George. Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon‘s newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey–and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember’s bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him–and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons. 

This is another great series by Julie Kagawa.  Ember and Dante are twin hatchling dragons that up to this point have only ever been with trainers.  This summer they actually get to be around humans and no trainers.  Unfortunately, the next level of training is moved up and for the first time  Ember and Dante are separated for training.  This starts a riff between the two sibling.  Throughout the book you can see how the Ember is maturing and growing.  Dante you see a little from him but he is secretive.  The book also introduces Riley a Rouge dragon and Garret Xavier Sebastian a soldier of St. George. These are the guys that bring in a love triangle to the story and make Ember question everything she has been taught.  This is a good set up for the Talon Saga.  It is a good pace with action spread throughout.  I have read the second book and am eagerly awaiting the third book.

 
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Posted by on February 29, 2016 in Fantasy, Teen

 

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Mission Unstoppable

mission unstoppableTitle: Mission Unstoppable
Author: Dan Gutman
Series: The Genius Files
Recommended for: 3rd – 6th Grade
Pages: 293 pages
Call Number/Link: J GUT 

Synopsis: The most exciting road trip in history begins! In this action-packed, New York Timesbestselling adventure, twelve-year-old twins Coke and Pepsi McDonald embark on a family vacation you’ll have to read to believe.

With the real-kid humor that has earned Dan Gutman millions of fans around the world, and featuring weird-but-true American tourist destinations, The Genius Files is a one-of-a-kind mix of geography and fun. As Coke and Pepsi dodge nefarious villains from the Pez museum in California all the way to the Infinity Room in Wisconsin, black-and-white photographs and maps put young readers right into the action.

As an adult I thought the kids names were funny with having names of rival pop companies.  The parents and adults are no help at all to the kids.  That said the book was great.  I think kids that love adventure will love it cause something is always happening.I really think your reluctant reader, because you can read a chapter or two (really short) and then go look up the fun random fact that you learned about.  Mrs. McDonald, Coke and Pepsi mom, has a web site called Weird but True, so throughout the whole book you get little facts that you can google and get more information.  I just learned that there is a Spam Museum, who knew.  I also think that this book could work well for teachers with the common core.

How to sell the book: Twins are going on a family trip across country.  They stop at weird but true museums, singing sand dunes, and big balls of twine locations.  All the while being chased by assassins, but not knowing why.

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2015 in Adventure, Juv

 

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