Tuesday, May 16, 2006

The Golem's Eye by Jonathan Stroud

OK, this isn't a new book and I'm not actually reading it either, I'm listening to it on CD but it's great. Read by Simon Jones, The Golem's Eye, the 2nd book in the Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud is so full of complicated plot lines and weird twists that it's excellent for listening. And, I must confess, that it was a librarian friend who suggested listening to these so I did and I'm glad!

All the teens I know who read fantasy have really liked his first book, The Amulet of Samarkand, which I also listened to on CD so I knew I wouldn't be disappointed!

Monday, May 15, 2006

Fairest by Gail Carson Levine

Its cover shows a young girl in a fancy dress with a mirror up to her face. The title, Fairest echoes the line heard in Snow White, "Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who's the fairest one of all?" Well in Gail Carson Levine's (Ella Enchanted) latest book, we meet Aza who is described as being very unattractive yet has a wonderful singing voice, an attribute highly prized in her land. Well, her good nature and terrific voice get her into the King's castle where she befriends his young queen.

There are no dwarves but there are gnomes and yes, Aza does meet her charming prince but not until she realizes that looks may not be all they are cracked up to be! If you like fairy tales, you will like reading Fairest.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Born to Rock by Gordon Korman

You know it's a good book when you can't put it down and you read half of it in one day, right? Well that's what reading Born to Rock by Gordon Korman is like...I picked up the advance reading copy of this book at the Public Libraries Association conference in March. I was drawn to it by the cover which shows a baby with its hair in a mohawk!

The premise is that Leo Caraway doesn't find out until he is 17 that his biological dad is a famous punk rock musician from the 80s. He wouldn't even care about finding out about him because he loves his dad and doesn't want to upset his mom but he needs money to finance his college education at Harvard!

So he gets to know his "bio dad" by going on tour with him over the summer as a roadie! Read this book, you won't be disappointed!