October Book Buzz

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Fire by Kristin Cashore
This prequel to Graceling, tells the story of Fire, an eighteen year old ‘human monster’ that is so exquisitely beautiful, men find her irresistible. She also poses the power to control minds, which is an ability that can be quite useful. Fire lives in the land of the Dells where war is waiting to erupt, and thieves and spies are hiding all over the mountains and forest. Like Graceling, this book is an adventurous fantasy with romance entwined. You do not have to have read Graceling to enjoy this book, but may choose to after the story is completed. Jaclyn (YA Fiction- 7th Grade and Up)

Holes by Louis Sachar
Stanley Yelnats is sent to Camp Green Lake, a juvenile detention camp, for stealing a pair of sneakers. As for the sneakers, he didn’t steal them, they fell out of the air and landed near him, what would you do? There is no lake at Camp Green Lake; it is a dried up lake with a story. What there is, is a LOT of holes in the ground, 5’ deep and 5’ around. After a few holes, Stanley realizes they aren’t just digging holes to build character like Mr. Sir says, but to find something buried in the dried up lake. Kristin (J Fiction)

Neo Leo by Gene Barretta
Now I’m sure you’ve heard of Leonardo da Vinci, the famous artist, but did you also know that he was an inventor, engineer, and scientist as well? In fact, a lot of things that we think of as modern inventions; things like robots and artificial heart valves, Leonardo thought of first. Pick this book up to learn more about the amazing inventions of Neo Leo! Alia (J Non-Fiction)

Neil Armstrong is My Uncle and other Lies Muscle Man McGinty Told Me by Nan Marino
Tamara Simpson is misunderstood on Ramble Street. It is the summer of 1969, just before Neil Armstrong lands on the moon and the Vietnam War is underway. The kids on Ramble Street spend their time together playing games of kickball to keep themselves busy. You will get to know all he kids and especially Muscle Man McGinty the new boy who moves onto the street. He likes to tell big stories and it drives Tammy CRAZY!!! Read the book or try the audio version. Kristin (J Fiction)

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick
Homer’s older brother, Harold, has been illegally sworn into the Union Army and Homer is setting off to find him. Little does he know of what awaits him- capture by thieves, a stint in a traveling medicine show, and rides on trains, ships and even a hot air balloon! Historical fiction can be a hard sell, but this is also a fantastic adventure, full of twists and turns, it is great for boys looking for some action and even a bit of bloodshed. Meghan (J fiction)
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