Life’s short, do what you love. That’s one important message in Chris Crutcher’s newest teen novel Deadline. Ben, a short, brilliant, cross-country runner, goes in for a routine physical and discovers that he has leukemia. He decides to tell no one and continue to live life like normal. The only things is, normal means doing lots of things he wouldn’t have considered doing before. He goes out for football so that he can play alongside his brother, he befriends the town drunk and sees humanity at its best and worst, and he takes a chance and gets to date the girl of his dreams. Along the way, he realizes that he should have started this year out by telling the truth. In the end the truth comes out anyway and he learns that its much more powerful than he ever imagined.
Riveting and unpredictable, City of Bones takes you on a rollercoaster ride. Clary meets a group of teenagers who are covered with strange tattoos and carrying unearthly weapons. She finds out shortly that they are Shadowhunters, a group of fighters that work to rid the world of demons. They can’t be seen by mundies (mundane humans) and they shouldn’t have been seen by her. When her mother is kidnapped, she realizes that she must join the Shadowhunters and find out why she can see them. In that, she thinks, lies the key to saving her mother. But fighting demons and otherworldly creatures is harder than she thought. Does she have what it takes to save her mother?
Cornelia Funke does it again! From the author of Dragon Rider and Inkheart comes a wonderful story about a princess that is not content with sitting in the castle all day. She dreams of becoming a famous knight and living a life of adventure. Nothing seems to go the way she wants until the nephew of the baroness next door threatens to capture the castle and, more importantly, take over the royal library. With the help of new friends and old, Ingraine might just be able to save the day.
In a tall, lonely tower, the wizard watches and waits. What will he do today? Beautiful illustrations and whimsical poetry tell us the story of the wizard and how he whiles away his time. This beautiful book, by the first Children’s Poet Laureate, will inspire the imagination and encourage your child to dream of the impossible.
Apostrophe catastrophes abound the world over. What can we do? Pick up Lynn Truss’ (author of Eats, Shoots, and Leaves) newest childrens book and discover where and when to use apostrophes. Full of great illustrations and hilarious to boot, this book is a great learning and teaching tool. You can’t go wrong.
Mucumber McGee and his encounter with a raw (and deadly?) hot dog is whimsical, funny and charming. The illustrations are somber, slightly morose and remind me strongly of Tim Burton in a fun, silly style.
P.S. Make sure to look at the portraits in the background.