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Dreamdark: Silksinger

Dreamdark: Silksinger

Silksinger

Dreamdark is a wonderful, imagined place full of faeries and hobgoblins and dragons and imps and dragonflies and moths and other creatures. Look at the cover. Check out that sword, and the facial tattoos. It worked perfectly for my imagination. The picture brings to vivid life this tale of a battle against the forces of evil fought by some faeries that can really “bring it”!

The heroes in this story are faeries; small enough to ride on the back of a bird but gifted with magic as well as passionate loyalty. These faeries are not fairies; they are not pixies or Tinkerbells or the little creatures in The Spiderwick Chronicles. These faeries are warriors. Meet them:

Magpie Windwitch: Tough, loyal, experienced warrior, possesses special magical powers she is just learning to control. She doesn’t like to brush her hair, that’s not her thing. Magpie is all action. She’s also champion to the Djinn King who has given her a task to collect five hidden Djinn that can help him save her world.

Talon: Magpie’s right hand. He’s a Scamperer Faerie. He doesn’t have his own wings but has crafted himself magic wings out of spidersilk. He’s strong and fast with good instincts. He’s the guy you want to watch your back – he’s got Magpie’s at all times.

Whisper Silksinger: A quiet girl from a family of weavers. She’s small and fragile. She can’t fly, but she can weave a magic carpet and fly on that. She can conjure and do spells. Her clan lives in secrecy on an island she has never been away from. She thinks she’s not a warrior, but oh, she’s a warrior all right.

Hirik: Determined to become a champion even though his clan has been exhiled for a betrayal that occurred long before he was born. Hirik knows what it is to be the ousider and will fight to protect the weak, the underdog and the fragile little faerie named Whisper.

These four share devotion to family, friends & to a cause. Their stories begin separately, but they eventually meet to take on the very worst kind of evil, the kind that passes itself off as a friend. Dreamdark is an exotic place, where powerful Devils hide in bottles & where singing makes silk weave itself into flying carpets. Author: Laini Taylor

Dreamdark #1: Blackbringer
Dreamdark #2: Silksinger

The setting of Silksinger is exotic and interesting but the real appeal to me is the four friends and how they make up a team. They have the same appeal as Percy, Anabelle, Grover & Tyson or Harry, Ron & Hermione. If you like that kind of tight friendship where each person makes the group stronger, try some of these out. These stories are also set in fantastic places:
Ruins of Gorlan The Lost Conspiracy The  Nine Pound Hammer Dragon Games
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After Ever After

After Ever After

After Ever After

In Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie, we met Stephen, who is trying to cope with the fact that his little brother Jeffrey has been diagnosed with leukemia.

In After Ever After…we get Jeffrey’s side of the story. Jeffrey is through his chemotherapy…

The treatment lasted almost three years, and it was rough. I lost all my hair, which used to be blond and curly and really cool. When it grew back in, it was brown and straight and really dorky….I don’t remember most of the details, but I know that being treated for leukemia was torture.

The funny thing is, the treatment is nothing compared to what happens after you’re “cured.” And that’s the  most annoying thing in the world: They tell you how lucky you are to be cured, like you’ve escaped a death sentence. But being a cancer survivor can be a life sentence all its own.

now he’s “that kid who had cancer.” As his mom asks on the way home from the last hospital trip “What do we do now?”  For Jeffrey, that’s a really, really hard question. This is his story about what it’s like to move on after such an experience.

Jeffrey is irreverant, that means he likes to mock things, even cancer. He’s funny, but most of all, he’s brutally honest. I liked him right away and I liked the way he spoke upfront about his feelings and about what it’s like to be “that kid who had cancer.” I liked seeing how Jeffrey’s illness effected everyone in his family and all of his friends. Most of all, I liked Jeffrey attitude that life has stuff happen in it. You have to deal with it and move on. Author: Jordan Sonnenblick

 
Drums Girls and Dangerous Pie Notes from the Dog
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Missile Mouse: The Star Crusher

Missile Mouse: The Star Crusher

Missile Mouse The Star Crusher

Missile Mouse is one tough mouse. He’s quick thinking, he’s smart, he takes some risks and lives to tell about it.  Sometimes he chooses not to follow the rules and sometimes this gets him into trouble. He saves the day, for sure, but he can’t seem to do it without blowing stuff up.

When his last mission is described as “ill conceived, poorly executed, and by all accounts a failure” his boss makes him take on a partner. Missile Mouse is not happy. Like Mr. Incredible, he works alone.

Perfect. Now you have me babysitting.

Actually, I need him to keep on eye on you. I can’t have you making any more bonehead mistakes.

Missile Mouse and his new partner are given a mission that is more important than ever. In fact, there is no room for bonehead mistakes or the entire universe is in peril. They cannot let the Star Crusher be built. Good guys, bad guys, betrayals, aliens, spaceships, explosions…it’s all in here. Author: Jake Parker

If you like Missile Mouse: The Star Crusher try these:
Flight Explorer G-man Learning to Fly Sardine in Outer Space Tiger Moth
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Kid Review: Horns and Wrinkles

Kid Review: Horns and Wrinkles

Horns & Wrinkles

“Along a magic-saturated stretch of the Mississippi River near Blue Wing, Minnesota, twelve-year-old Claire and her bullying cousin Duke are drawn into an adventure involving Bodacious Deepthink the Great Rock Troll, a helpful fairy, and a group of trolls searching for their fathers.”

I haven’t read this one but Delaney sure makes it sound good:

Delaney Says: This book is awesome!!!It is full of adventure,excitement, and laughter!!!

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Notes from the Dog

Notes from the Dog

Notes from the Dog

Finn has a plan for his summer vacation. He is going to stay home with his dog, read, and talk to as few people as possible. In fact, he has made it a goal to talk to fewer than a dozen people the whole summer. People stress Finn out and after a whole school year, he’s had it.

But Finn makes an exception for his new neighbor Johanna. She’s a college girl, she’s friendly, she’s beautiful. She’s also completely bald. They day they meet she explains, “I lost my hair during chemo.” And the conversation that follows is nothing like Finn would have expected. It’s honest, but it isn’t awkward. Johanna declares that she wants Finn’s signature in her notebook. He wants to know why.

Because everyday in my journal I write down the best thing that’s happened to me. Today it’s you. When Johanna said that, I felt light, warm in that spot just above my stomach where it usually fells clenched and tight.

This is a really terrific story about a friendship that a person didn’t expect. Johanna, who seems to need so much help and support, ends up providing those things to Finn…making both of their lives better and more fun as a result. Johanna shows Finn that limiting yourself to just 12 people in a whole summer is clearly not nearly enough. Author: Gary Paulsen

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