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One Crazy Summer

One Crazy Summer

Once Crazy Summer

Delphine is on an airplane with her little sisters Vonetta and Fern on her way to spend a few weeks in the summer with the Mother she barely remembers. From Brooklyn to Oakland is a long way to go to spend time with someone you don’t even know, even if she is your Mother. But Delphine’s Dad thinks it is a good idea, so the girls go.

Mother is a statement of fact. Cecile Johnson gave birth to us. We came out of Cecile Johnson. In the animal kingdom that makes her out  mother. Every mammal on the planet has a mother, dead or alive. Ran off or stayed put. Cecile Johnson – mammal birth giver, alive, an abandoner – is our mother. A statement of fact.

Reading that quote you get a good idea about what Delphine thinks of her Mother and the fact that her Mother just up and left. Delphine’s Mom left the girls when Fern was just a tiny baby and for all that time hasn’t done a single thing to spend any time with the girls or even talk to them on the phone. Cecile, the girls’ Mom, isn’t even very happy when she meets them at the airport. It’s like she’s put out that they’ve come to visit. Once at her house she forbids them from entering her kitchen and sends them out for takeout. During the long summer days she sends them to the park or the neighborhood community center to get them out of the house. 

At the beginning of the summer you see Delphine getting to know this woman who is her Mom, and a lot of the time she doesn’t like her very much. She questions her judgement all the time. But as the day goes by Delphine starts to see who Cecile is, besides being the girls’  “mammal birth giver.”

I think when you’re a kid, it’s hard to see grown-ups, especially parents, as real people. It’s really hard to imagine your parents being anyone other than your parents, even though they were kids and grown people with a life before you came along. I liked watching Delphine get to know “Cecile the person” and learn to accept who Cecile really is and not who Delphine wishes her to be. Author: Rita Williams-Garcia 2011 Coretta Scott King Award, 2011 Newbery Honor Book, 2011 Scott O’Dell Prize for Historical Fiction, 2010 National Book Award Finalist

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The Ranger’s Apprentice – Review by Siohban

The Ranger’s Apprentice – Review by Siohban

Ruins of Gorlan

Siohban says,

This book is about a young orphan boy named Will. Will lives with a group of other orphans who were raised by the Baron Arald, known as wards. Choosing day is when the wards turning fifteen get a chance to be an apprentice to one of the masters of the many different crafts that serve the castle and its people. Will is worried that he won’t get chosen, and will have to work on a farm. This is his worst fear.

When Will first arrived at Castle Redmont, he was in a basket with only a note that said, “His mother died in childbirth. His father died a hero. Please care for him. His name is Will.”. Will dreams of his father as a soldier who died during the battle of Hackham Heath, and wishes to go to Battleschool to honor his father, but Will is not built well for Battleschool. He is short and thin, but can move quickly and easily without being seen. Eventually, he gets chosen to apprentice a Ranger.

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Series: The Ranger’s Apprentice

#1 The Ruins of Gorlan on CD and Downloadable eBook
#2 The Burning Bridge on CD and Downloadable eBook
#3 The Icebound Land on CD and Downloadable eBook
#4 The Battle for Skandia on CD
#5 The Sorcerer in the North on CD and Downloadable eBook
#6 The Siege of Macindaw on CD and Downloadable eBook
#7 Erak’s Ransom on CD
#8 The Kings of Clonmel on CD
#9 Halt’s Peril on CD
#10 The Emperor of Nihon-Jin on CD

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Book News – New Camp Half-Blood Series: The Heroes of Olympus

Book News – New Camp Half-Blood Series: The Heroes of Olympus

riordan-medal1The second series by Rick Riordan, the author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series, is also about Camp Half-Blood and will be called The Heroes of Olympus. The first book, called The Lost Hero, will come out October 12, 2010.

After saving Olympus from the evil Titan lord, Kronos, Percy and friends have rebuilt their beloved Camp, where the next generation of demigods must now prepare for a chilling prophecy of their own:

Seven half-bloods shall answer the call,
To storm or fire the world must fall.
An oath to keep with a final breath,
And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death.

Now, in a brand-new series from blockbuster best-selling author Rick Riordan, fans return to the world of Camp Half-Blood.. Here, a new group of heroes will inherit a quest. But to survive the journey, they’ll need the help of some familiar demigods.

Sounds good!

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Max Cassidy Escape from Shadow Island

Max Cassidy Escape from Shadow Island

Max Cassidy Escape from Shadow Island

Max is not a run of the mill middle school kid. On some nights and weekends he does his own show as the world’s most famous escape artist. Handcuffs, straight jackets, shackles, locked boxes…Max is an expert lock picker and can get out of all kinds of traps, even while submerged underwater. He even knows how to swallow a key…and then bring it back up on command. Ick. But impressive.

Max learned everything from his Dad, who is now dead. Max’s mother is in prison for killing his father. Max knows she’s innocent, but in the two years since her trial nothing has come of her appeal.  The day a mysterious stranger appears offering information about the circumstances of his Dad’s death, Max is immediately interested. He arrives at the agreed upon rendezvous point only to discover the mysterious stranger dead.

Obviously there are people keeping secrets, people who don’t want Max finding out anything; people who don’t want Max or anyone else asking uncomfortable questions. But Max has had enough. During his weekly prison visits he has watched his Mom slowly lose weight and lose hope. Max is ready to take action and ask questions later. When the bad guys decide to shut him up and lock him up, they just don’t know who they’re dealing with. Author: Paul Adam

More undercover kids who take on bad guys with kid skills. Sometimes being a kid is a great cover. People just don’t expect much. Their loss.
STORM The Infinity Code Alex Rider Stormbreaker Alibi Junior High
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Northward to the Moon

Northward to the Moon

Northward to the Moon

Jane Lives in Saskatchewan, Canada with her stepfather Ned, her mom , her sister and her two little brothers. If you look at a map, Saskatchewan is above Montana…right in the middle of land. Jane used to live in a beach house in Massachusetts, now she’s stuck in a crummy little house in the middle of the never-ending prairie. It’s dry and it doesn’t feel at all like home.

After living in Canada for a year Ned gets fired from his  job teaching French at the local high school, the job that brought the family to Canada in the first place. It took the town that long to figure out that Ned didn’t speak any French.

What? Ned moved his family across a continent for a job teaching French…when he didn’t even speak French? Well now, that tells you a little something about Ned doesn’t it? Ned and Jane’s Mom like to wing it. They like to adventure. They’re fun. They like to pack up and leave and see what happens. But when you’re their kid, that kind of winging can be kind of hard. Jane realizes that between the two of them the fate of her and her sister and brothers will be decided…again, and she isn’t too sure she wants them in charge!

And just when things can’t get any dicier,  Ned gets a phone call and decides to visit an old friend. Ned loads everybody up to visit Mary and finds that she has a surprise for him, a bag left by his brother John, a brother he hasn’t seen or spoken to for years.

Ned takes the bag, stupefied.
 “Open it,” I urge.
 “Yeah,” he says, shaking himself like a dog. “Right.”
 He opens the duffel bag.
 It is full of money.

Whooah. Weren’t expecting that were you? Me either! Follow Jane and her family as they track down members of Ned’s family and learn their stories. Jane finds out that life is unpredictable  just like the people in it! Author: Polly Horvath

Kids at the mercy of the decisions of the adults around them – that’s kind of the state of every kid isn’t it? Parents decide to move or get a new job, get a dog or not get a dog…all kids can relate to the powerlessness of being a kid. If you liked Jane and following her adventure adapting to the whims of her parents – try some of these kids. The first one, My One Hundred Adventures, is Polly Horvath’s first book about Jane and her family.
My One Hundred Adventures Every Soul a Star The Year the Swallows Came Early My Life in Pink and Green
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