Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Pond Scum

This novel by Alan Silberberg reminds me of Bug Muldoon: the Garden of Fear. Oliver is a boy who relishes tearing the wings off insects and spends most of his time watching TV because he doesn’t have many friends. When his mother gets a job as a science teacher, they have to move. The human family does not realize that there is an Alliance of pond creatures who don’t want humans to move into the dilapidated old house and will do anything to force them out. Oliver finds a shiny “gem” in the attic of the house that proves to be magical in that he is able to change into other creatures.

The crows led by General Eduardo Ignacio Santo Domingo attack the family. There is opposition to this violence from the “kids” of the pond led by Willy the dragonfly. During one of the attacks Oliver captures Mooch the salamander and Antoine, the General’s inept nephew.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Skybreaker

I liked Kenneth Oppel's Airborn, and I think Skybreaker is even better. Matt Cruse identified the long lost Hyperion(a ghost airship) in the first book. In this one he teams with Kate deVries who was with him on the Aurora and Nadir, a gypsy, who has a key to what they hope will be the treasures on the Hyperion and Hal who has a fast airship (Skybreaker).


The characters in this book are well developed. There is adventure and some romantic tensions. As the story continues the reader learns the motives of each of the adventurers. They must endure dangerously high altitudes and pirates to seek the riches that the ship that disappeared over 40 years before may have to offer. I think that this sequel is even more exciting than Airborn.

The characters in this book are well developed. There is adventure and some romantic tensions. As the story continues the reader learns the motives of each of the adventurers. They must endure dangerously high altitudes and pirates to seek the riches that the ship that disappeared over 40 years before may have to offer. I think that this sequel is even more exciting than Airborn.

Friday, January 13, 2006

Traitor

This book by Andy McNab & Robert Rigby may be hard to follow at first. Danny Watts, an orphan, dreams of becoming a soldier, but he can’t. His grandfather, whom he has never met, is both a war hero and a traitor. Danny sets out to find Fergus Watts so he can turn him in. Someone is watching Danny, and that someone wants all of the Watts family eliminated. This book is full of authentic details from the author’s own experiences in the SAS (Special Air Service). If you are a fan of the Alex Rider series you will like this book too.

Andy McNab was the British Army’s most highly decorated serving soldier when he left the SAS (for security reasons, his face cannot be shown in full). He wrote about his experiences in the first Gulf War in two bestsellers, Bravo Two Zero and Immediate Action.

SAS is made of groups of highly trained and motivated units. These units first appeared during World War II. Their first mission was in November, 1941 and only 22 of the original 66 members survived. A second raid took place in December of 1941, and 12 men were able to destroy 24 planes and a fuel depot.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Jack's Run

Roland Smith has written a sequel to Zach’s Lie. If you have read the first book, you know that Jack Osborne’s dad was involved with a drug cartel and is in prison for piloting the planes that smuggled drugs from South America. His father agreed to cooperate with the DEA, and the family is put into the witness protection program. In the first book, they are discovered by the cartel. In this book, Jack’s Run, the family is once again relocated and given new names. The time for the trial is nearing and Jack’s parents want him to stay with his sister in California until it is over. Joanne blows their cover and the adventures continue. This book moves at a fast pace and can keep you interested.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Double Identity

Fans of Margaret Peterson Haddix will not be disappointed with this novel. Bethany’s parents have always seemed a little strange, but on this night her father hustles she and her mother into the car and they drive and drive. Where are they? Bethany is left with an aunt she didn’t know existed. She is lonely and confused. She cannot contact her parents -- all the phone numbers have been disconnected. Whenever her dad calls, her mother is crying in the background. Aunt Mrylie knows something, but she is not supposed to tell Bethany. The book has a quick pace that will keep you interested in unraveling Bethany's secret past.