Sunday, January 17, 2010

January Books

This next month is all about adolescent boy fantasies (minus Harry Potter!). Pick one or more of the following books (all are the first in a series):

The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordian

Percy Jackson doesn't know why weird people and happenings follow him around no matter how many times he switches schools. After some cryptic warnings, his mom takes him "Camp Half-Blood" and craziness ensues. Percy has to figure which of the Greek god's is his real father and then fulfill various quests and try to stay alive. This is a fast and fun read!

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

I love this book! Young Artemis Fowl is a 12-year-old criminal mastermind who is rich, powerful and a genius. He comes up with a master plot to divest the fairy population of their gold and finally meets his match. This book (and series) is so entertaining and I especially recommend listening to the audiobook version if you can find it at your library--I listened to it in the car and felt so entertained I didn't want to go into work!

Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo
I haven't actually read this one yet so I will copy an amazon review:

"Seemingly ordinary Charlie Bone suddenly discovers that he can hear the thoughts of people in photographs, a talent that dour Grandma Bone and her three baleful sisters work to bend to their own ends by sending him to Bloor's and to its sinister headmaster. It's not an easy year for Charlie despite the friends he makes. Too many people have it in for him as he's swept into an age-old battle being waged by descendants of a powerful king of long ago. A mysterious box, a missing girl, a strange man who flits in and out in the company of three brightly colored cats, and various villains all figure into Charlie's exciting, fast-paced adventure tale, which happily is the first book in planned quintet called Children of the Red King. Harry Potter's myriad fans will be well pleased. Sally Estes"

You have until February 15 to read and review!
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  1. Megan Ruth, I've already read all of these. Should I just choose another one or write a review on the one I liked best?

  2. Either/Or. It would be great to have you do a review of your favorite for everyone else to see For reading, I would say choose another in the series; these are all books that are the first in a series. Have you read all of the books in the series? Look at you superstar student. :) I'm impressed and oh so happy!

    A few other boys fantasy book that you could read are Fablehaven by Brandon Mull, Lloyd Alexander's The Book of Three, or High King (Newberry Medal) or any in that series. Though Alexander isn't my favorite, his books are high fantasy and all should give it a shot at sometime. I'm assuming you have probably already read Eragon, right? Howl's Moving Castle by Dianna Wynne Jones is an interesting graphic novel fantasy book. Alright, and one last suggestion is Chris D'Lacey's series "The Fire Within."

    What do you think of those? Does this help? Do you have any other ideas?