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Lost Hero Cover Revealed

Lost Hero Cover Revealed

lost-hero-cover

Here it is – another piece you’ve been waiting for – the cover of The Lost Hero. The mechanical dragon looks really cool!

You can read Rick Riordan’s comments about the cover and the new book on his blog called Myth & Mystery. He even talks about what kind of roll Percy plays in the new book.

What do you think of the first two chapters?

 

 

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Kid Review: The Girl Who Could Fly by Emily

Kid Review: The Girl Who Could Fly by Emily

The Girl Who Could Fly

Protected, homeschooled farm girl Piper McCloud can fly, really. When her secret is revealed to the people in her town Piper is quickly taken to a secret government facility. There are other special children ther for “training”. Piper meets other kids, kids with exceptional abilities like hers like  super speed, super intelligence, or the ability to  shrink! At first, the center seems like the right place for Piper and her new friends. But the longer she stays the more Piper begins to wonder, shat is the real reason the kids have been brought to the center? Can they leave whenever they want or are they prisoners?
This one is a Young Hoosier Grades 6-8 Nominee for 2010-2011.

Here is what Emily thinks:

I adored this book about a little girl who has been just floating around since she was a baby, she really does float around! She tries to fly, and succeeds. She loves to fly, but there is one problem. Her parents aren’t alright with her being different than other children, so she keeps it secret, until she accidently flies in front of everyone. Now they take her to a special place for kids that are different. She starts to relax in her new home, when she finds that something is wrong. This is such a sweet story, and I hope you read it! It should only be for children 9 and up.

I’ll just add that this is one book you really shouldn’t judge by the cover! Look at the cover in the Google Preview. As Simon Cowell would say, ” a MILLION times better!” Author: Victoria Forester

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Trackers

Trackers

Trackers

Adam, Lewis, Finn & Emily (The Trackers) are four smart kids who spend their time inventing, building and testing technological gadgets. They work out of Adam’s workshop located at the back of his Dad’s computer repair shop. The kids are smart, but one particular day they aren’t quite smart enough. A hacker manages to infiltrate their carefully (they thought!) encrypted & secure computer files. The hacker wants something and is willing to blackmail the kids to get it. He wants the Trackers to solve a puzzle and in return, their files will be returned.

Should they go to the police? Should they tell Adam’s Dad? Or would it be better…a challenge…and more FUN to beat this guy at his own game? Author: Patrick Carman

If you like technology and gadgets in the hands of smart kids try these:
STORM The Infinity Code Stormbreaker Steel Trapp The Academy Max Cassidy Escape from Shadow Island

Spy movies playing at branch libraries this summer:

G-Force (PG) animated, 88 minutes
In this hilarious animated feature, a team of trained secret agent guinea pigs work for a government agency. The team is asked to prevent a diabolical billionaire from taking over the world. Schedule

The Spy Next Door (PG) 94 minutes
Bob Ho is an undercover CIA superspy who decides to give up his career in espionage to settle down with his next-door neighbor and girlfriend, Gillian. But Bob has one more mission to complete before Gillian agrees to marry him: winning over her three opinionated kids. Schedule

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Zebrafish

Zebrafish

Zebrafish

Vita buys a used guitar, thinks up a great band name – The Vita-mins – and then puts up flyers at school to hold auditions to find some bandmates. Some kids show up but none of them play an instrument. They meet again anyway and a plan starts to come together. Plinko and Jay have video skills, Tanya writes songs, Walt’s an artist and Vita can sing. It’s not a band, but it IS something special.

Zebrafish is a graphic novel with great pictures and a great story. The kids are real – not comic book superheroes. If you like lots of illustrations and stories that show true-to life kids dealing with real life problems, try these:
The Lasts Invisible Boy Smile Amelia Rules The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
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Fablehaven: Keys to the Demon Prison

Fablehaven: Keys to the Demon Prison

Fablehaven Keys to the Demon Prison

  • This is book 5 and the last in the Fablehaven series. The battle between the Knights of the Dawn (Kendra and Seth, their Grandparents & other Knights) and The Society of the Evening Star (The Sphinx, demons & other bad guys) continues. The Sphinx  has taken control of The Society and threatens to open the legendary demon prison ZZyxx by collecting its five keys.  If The Sphinx manages to do this it isn’t just the magical creatures whose lives are at stake, it’s everyone.

Kendra is still emotional and methodical and makes her decisions based on what she knows and senses about the characters of the people she encounters. Kendra likes to think things through, a luxury she doesn’t have when faced with an epic demon battle.

Seth is still impulsive and impatient and prone to jump in before he thinks. He makes questionable alliances and finds himself trapped by his own scheming. He is a boy of quick action though and his decisive nature saves the day on more than one occasion.

They are just like the rest of us, figuring out their own strengths & weaknesses and figuring out who their real friends are…it’s just that they’re in the middle of a demon battle and their decisions make the difference between life and death. Author: Brandon Mull

Brandon Mull NEWS: “After meeting with Simon & Schuster, it looks like my first Beyonders book, A World Without Heroes, will release near the end of March 2011.”

Read them all:

#1: Fablehaven
#2: Rise of the Evening Star
#3: Grip of the Shadow Plague
#4: Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary
#5: Keys to the Demon Prison

If you like Fablehaven and stories about epic battles involving fairies and other magical creatures try one of these:
Silksinger Clemency Pogue Fairy Killer Artemis Fowl The Field Guide
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