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King of the North Pole

King of the North Pole cover

Title:   King of the North Pole
Author:   Lisa Shea, illustrated by Dario Brizuela, inked by Andres Ponce
Series:   Marvel Superhero Squad; Passport to Reading 1
Recommended for:   preschool and grade school superhero fans
Pages:   32 pages
Call Number/Link:   READER SUPER


Rating:  ****





Loki wants nothing more than to be a king. He decides to take over the North Pole and brings an army of frost giants to unseat Santa. Now it is up to Spider-Man, Silver Surfer, Storm, and Human Torch to swoop in and save Christmas.


This one is just for fun.  Our superhero books fly off the shelves without any help from us.  However, I got such a kick out of this one that I wanted to tell you about it.

Loki decides that he wants to be the King of Christmas.  His Frost Giants tie up Santa and hide him in a secret room.  Santa warns Loki that he won’t get away with it.  Loki’s response:  “You have eaten your last Christmas cookie, big boy.”

The Marvel Superhero Squad saves the day.  Hurray!




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Posted by on February 2, 2016 in Based on TV, Funny, Readers


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The Sword of Summer

MagnusChaseTitle: The Sword of Summer
Author: Rick Riordan
Series: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard
Recommended for: 4th- 8th Grade
Pages: 512 pages
Call Number/Link:  J FICTION RIORDAN, R.

Synopsis: Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.
One day, he’s tracked down by an uncle he barely knows—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. Uncle Randolph tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.
The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.
When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.
Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .

I knew going in it was another teenage boy finding out his father was a god, but how many times can you go with that story line.  Well, if you are Rick Riordan you can do this as many times as you like.  This is another great series with action, adventure and a magic sword going up giantess’s noses.  When reading Percy Jackson I had a great knowledge of Greek and Roman Mythology and so I enjoyed seeing those gods and goddess with modern twists.  I have no Norse Mythology knowledge, (I don’t think watching Thor counts) but I felt like enough info was given that I was able to enjoy the sarcasm. Rick Riordan is great with the sarcastic characters. The group dynamics is interesting, their is Blitzen, a fashion savvy dwarf, Hearthstone, an elf who is deaf, and Samirah, a Valkyrie that is a teenage hijab-wearing muslim girl.

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Posted by on November 5, 2015 in Adventure, Fantasy, Juv


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Gabriel Finley and the Raven’s Riddle

 Title: Gabriel Finley and the Raven’s Riddlegabriel
 Author: George Hagan
 Recommended for: Grades 4-8
Pages: 371
Call Number/Link:  J Fiction Hagan, G.


Gabriel Finley loves riddles. His father taught him one every day; every day, that is, until he disappeared. For three years Gabriel’s father has been missing and his father’s somewhat dotty but loving sister is taking care of Gabriel. Ravens also love riddles. They use riddles to distinguish themselves from valravens—evil birds who never laugh, who eat human flesh, and who turned humankind away from friendship with ravens. On Gabriel’s 12th birthday, his aunt gives him his father’s diary and he discovers that his father was an amicus, someone who could merge with a raven and fly through the sky. He also discovers that his father’s older brother, Corax, was also an amicus who turned evil and disappeared. Soon after, Gabriel rescues a baby raven and discovers that he, too, is an amicus. The raven, Paladin, tells Gabriel that they must find an object called a torc, which can grant any wish, before Gabriel’s Uncle Corax does. The titular character, along with Paladin; Septimus, a former inmate who knows his father; and three school friends, sets out to rescue of his father and, in essence, save the world. Hagen has crafted a tale that contains riddles, magic, courage, loyalty, and compassion in a way that is sure to engage readers. Gabriel inhabits a dark world where friendship is the guiding light and differences are respected and valued. This is a great read for fantasy lovers who have worn out their copies of “Harry Potter.” The ending suggests that more is to come, and more will be welcome.

I really enjoyed this book and I think it would be a great book for middle schoolers, especially those who enjoy riddles and wordplay.  Hagan also works in some Norse mythology but the book is not as based in mythology as the Percy Jackson series. One warning I would give would be about some of the violence and ‘gore’ in the book.  The undead valravens are like zombies in that any injuries they sustain do not heal (one valraven’s head is permanently detatched).  Also, to become valravens they must eat the flesh of their closest friend.  A sensitive reader might find this a bit too much.  But considering how many people take their young children to R rated movies, this is probably not a problem.  (I’ll get off of my soapbox now.)  I thought Hagan created a very interesting world that held my interest and was not too predictable.

Another Harry Potter/fantasy read alike.

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Posted by on July 1, 2015 in Adventure, Fantasy, Juv, Uncategorized


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