I really like the new characters: Jason and Piper and Leo. (Especially Leo!) I loved the mechanical dragon Festus. Personally, I’d rather ride a mechanical dragon than a hippogrif, I mean, if anybody ever gives me the choice.
This one opens with Jason, Piper and Leo on a bus on a field trip. Jason has amnesia and doesn’t even know who Leo and Piper are. Monsters attack (of course!) and hey, don’t you know, these three are demi-gods and their teacher is their satyr/guardian. If you don’t have the book yet look inside at the first few chapters and then take a look at what other kids have to say about it. (Although beware spoilers!) Author: Rick Riordan
Hoping to find his lost brother, Rownie escapes the home of the witch Graba and joins a troupe of goblins who perform in Zombay, a city where humans are forbidden to wear masks and act in plays.
*Goblin Secrets* is a terrific fantasy novel, inventive and odd like a novel that Hayao Miyazaki (filmmaker of *Spirited Away* and others) might write.
Rownie is a young boy living in a household of abandoned children raised by a witch-like “grandmother,” Graba. The children are sent out to make deals and steal for her and Rownie is sometimes responsible for winding up her mechanical chicken legs. That’s right – chicken legs. She lost her legs somehow long ago and had them replaced by huge metal chicken legs. And this is only the beginning of the oddness. Rownie lives in Southside, the part of the City of Zombay on the south side of the River (which needs a capital R). He is also looking for his brother Rowan, an actor who disappeared after the Mayor of Zombay banned all acting. The Mayor also has a troop of mechanical Guardsmen, supposedly former humans he has punished.
While Rownie is on an errand from Graba, he sees a touring acting troop of “Goblins” – former humans who have been changed in some way into odd green people. He joins their troop and finds that they and the masks they wear might be the key to all of the strangeness in Zombay. And he himself might be the key to saving the city from the River which is about to flood.
This is a relentlessly fascinating and completely weird book, yet satisfying at the end. The masks are a big emotional key – be careful what mask you wear in life; you might become what you wear. *Goblin Secrets* is the first novel by this author (but a companion novel, *Ghoulish Song*, has just been published). It’s for children 6th grade and up, who like fairy tales and fantasy but who are ready to jump away from the well-trod paths. And for adults who don’t mind remembering that they once were children in search of themselves.
Winner of the 2012 National Book Award for Children’s Literature.
When she is invited to her new friend’s home for summer vacation, eleven-year-old Jane discovers that Staffa and her family are not what they seem to be. Author: Shane Peacock
Evil queens, kindly princes, and best friends are what you will find in this book. A story to lose yourself in a magical world that needs the help of a not so ordinary girl. What would you do if your new best friend turns out to be from a magical realm? And she has just tricked you into leaving your home so you might help save her world from an evil queen . Would you stay and help or demand to be returned to your family? If you stay it will be dangerous and you might never get back. If you leave your new best friend, your first truly best friend, will surely see her world destroyed and loved ones lost forever.
Recommended By: Barbara Obergfell – Outreach Services
Ever since they were Snotsippers, Jack and the girl have fought, until one day she steals his bike and as he and the Amigos try to recover it, Jack realizes that he is growing up and must eventually leave the “goodlands and badlands of Hokey Pokey.”
“Readers who love the classic Peter Pan, will be fascinated by Newbery Medalist, Jerry Spinelli’s latest book, Hokey Pokey.
Only children live in Hokey Pokey. Here Newbies, Snotsippers, Gapper Gums and Big kids spend endless days playing at what they like most. There’s the Doll Farm, Trucks, Playground, watching cartoons on the Big Screen and riding bikes. Jack, the oldest, smartest, and fastest bike rider is their leader. He can answer any question, settle disputes and rescue the helpless. One day Jack’s beloved bike, Scramjet is stolen and something is different. He discovers an unexpected outcome. “
Recommended by Beverly Elrod, Haughville Branch Library
The four princes erroneously dubbed Prince Charming and rudely marginalized in their respective fairy tales form an unlikely team when a witch threatens the whole kingdom Author: Christopher Healy
We’ve all heard of Cinderella, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White. But what about the princes who saved them? Healy introduces us to these “Prince Charmings” – Duncan, Frederic, Gustav, and Liam – who are far from being heroes in the eyes of their princesses. With humor, the princes encounter bandits, dragons, dwarves, trolls, and others straight out of the fairytales as they learn to work together. Can the princes save the kingdoms and prove that they can be the princes that princesses are looking for?