Sunday, August 26, 2012

Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix

An interesting mash-up of historical fiction and si-fi genres, Running Out of Time was a very interesting book.  It follows the adventures of Jesse, a 13 year old girl who discovers that she isn't really living in the 1800's.  As a matter of fact, She's living in a modern tourist site similar to Plymouth tourist site.  The catch, none of the kids know they are being watched, although the adults do.  When an epidemic occurs that kills several people and the doctor mysteriously stops handing out pills, Jessie's mother gives her some modern clothes and and helps her escape to get help.  But for someone who's never seen a car, telephone, or a TV, getting help will be harder then you would think.  Running Out of Time was a very interesting book and I really enjoyed it.  It was 192 pages long.  I recommend it for kids ages 8-12.  If you liked it, I suggest reading any of Haddix's other book, but especially the Shadow Children series.  Happy Reading, NNYer

Sunday, August 19, 2012

A Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy

Because of the thousands of books authors have written over time, and the hundreds (literally) of books I've read, it seems to me that stories seem to repeat themselves. Somehow, I've never read a book quite like this one. Now, I'm sure somebody read that and thought 'You've never read a re-written fairy tale!' Well I have. I've read lost of those. This one is different. For starters, most 'new' fairy tales focus on the girl. They sometimes even make her the hero! This does quite the opposite. The storyline starts out soon after the Cinderella story ends. Because Ella has spent her life cooking and cleaning, she wants to discover the world, unfortunately, her groom-to-be, Prince Fredric (commonly known as Prince Charming), is afraid of his own shadow. So she runs away. Naturally, Fredric runs after her. While Ella is getting caught by a witch and escaping from the same witch, Fredric meets Prince Gustav, another Prince Charming. In order to convince people of his hero qualities he agrees to help Fredric. Long story short, Gustav (who is from the Rapunzel story) and Fredric meet the Princes Charming from the Sleeping Beauty and Snow White stories and the 'League of Princes' is formed. The princes soon encounter the witch and well, I won't spoil it for you. However, I will say it's worth reading. Even though the book is an impressive 448 pages, I was always on the edge of my seat. I recommend this for boys or girls ages 12-15.  If you liked it, You should try out the Sisters Grimm Series. Happy Reading, NNYer!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Theodore Boone: Vanished by John Grisham

When Theo's friend April goes missing, he starts searching. Unfortunately, the police aren't much help. But for good reason. Murder suspect Pete Duffy has also disappeared and he's a bit higher priority than April. Nevertheless, April is in good hands, because Theo won't stop until he finds her. This was a great book. I recommend this book for kids ages 13-15 (I might say younger, but this is a fairly large book) if you liked this read the sequel! Happy Reading, Native New Yorker!