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Skulduggery Pleasant: The Faceless Ones

Skulduggery Pleasant: The Faceless Ones

Skulduggery Pleasant

Here is a perfect Halloween adventure for you – book 3 in the Skulduggery Pleasant series, The Faceless Ones. If you haven’t read Skulduggery yet you’re missing something. Skulduggery Pleasant is a wise-cracking, classic car driving detective, an impeccable dresser…and a skeleton with magical abilities! With his 14 year-old detective in training sidekick Valkyrie Cain, he’s out to save the world from all kinds of vampires and and a slew of creepy villains bent on taking over the world.

In The Faceless Ones, Skulduggery and Valkyrie are working their beat following up on some mysterious murders. They are really undercover this time as they have been banned from working for the official police force and deemed dangerous “loose cannons.” (A “loose cannon” is someone who is unpredictable or reckless, a person whose behavior is believed to put the people around them in danger.  The phrase originates from heavy cannons that used to be secured to the decks of ships. If a cannon came loose and was able to slide around the deck on its own it endangered all of the sailors on the ship.)

Anyway, Skulduggery and Valkyrie ARE unconventional…and they DO bend the rules on occasion, so they find themselves working the case secretly. They’re good though, and they begin to piece together a plot by their arch enemies, the evil Diablerie, to bring back to our time the Faceless Ones, beings that will threaten life on earth as we know it if they are allowed to return.

Of course Skulduggery’s former boss thinks he’s a trouble maker and doesn’t believe him, or maybe he just doesn’t want to believe him, or maaaaybe he’s working for the bad guys. It takes a good detective to figure that out.  Skulduggery’s former boss is a lot like Cornelius Fudge actually, when Fudge doesn’t want to believe that Voldemort is back.

Skulduggery and Valkyrie have to call on all their friends, make some new friends and take some risks to rally a ragtag group that are willing to confront the Diablerie and keep the Faceless Ones from returning. Who to trust and who not to trust is a challenge this time around. Also, Skulduggery is not above making an alliance with someone he may or may not trust in different circumstances. To complicate matters, even some of Skulduggery’s close associates are beginning to question his judgement, mainly his judgement about the dangerous situations he puts Valkyrie in. She IS only fourteen. Why DOES Skulduggery train Valkyrie and what does he really want for her future? In this book, we find out more about Skulduggery’s past and what might motivate him as he continues to exist as an immortal skeleton.

Hand to hand combat, trying to weed out double crossers, following hunches, planning surveillance…it’s all here…plus the sarcasm and wise-cracking. Skulduggery and Valkyrie can dish it out as fast as they can take it.

I think you will enjoy these more if you start at the beginning and read them in order. There are a lot of characters and a whole different world to understand. Besides, all three are good! They are full of action and very funny. Dialogue like this that is truly funny is rare – don’t pass it up. Author: Derek Landy

Book 1: Scepter of the Ancients on CD or Downloadable Audiobook
Book 2: Playing with Fire on Downloadable Audiobook
Book 3: The Faceless Ones on Dowloadable Audiobook

Don’t miss the first two Skulduggery Pleasant books. And if you like the idea of a wise-cracking, unconventional team – try the Bartimaeus Trilogy beginning with The Amulet of Samarkand. It is the story of a magician’s apprentice and a sarcastic, wise-cracking genie. They also team up to save the world.
Skulduggery Pleasant Playing With Fire The Amulet of Samarkand The Golem's Eye
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Killer Pizza

Killer Pizza

Killer Pizza

Some kids find out they are really a wizard with magical powers. Some kids find out their dad is a Greek God. Other kids work at a pizza shop.

But wait, Killer Pizza isn’t just any pizza shop. Sure it puts out tasty, cheesy pies, but Killer Pizza is much more. Killer Pizza is the front for a top-secret monster fighting organization that recruits and trains top notch monster hunters. 

As a new recruit, Toby feels anything but top notch, but the more he learns and trains, the more he understands that he and his friends Annabel and Strobe are all that keep their town from certain monster doom.

Their pizza delivery uniforms are perfect disguises and pizza delivery the perfect cover for stakeouts all over town. It’s not Men in Black it’s “Kids in Black Backpacks,” but still, they’re saving the world. These Monster Combat Officers are ready for action. Author: Greg Taylor

More monster fighting heroes:
Monster Hunters at Nightmare Academy The Battle of the Labyrinth Monsters vs Aliens Top Secret Tim Defender of the Earth

 

terrorpalooza

Don’t miss Terrorpalooza! At The Learning Curve @ Central Library on October 29th at 7pm in the Auditorim as the Learning Curve, Herron High School, and Young Actor’s Theatre present a fright-filled Film premiere and performance event.

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The Magician’s Elephant

The Magician’s Elephant

The Magician's Elephant

Peter is an orphan. Even though he is just a boy, he has a job taking care of an old soldier. Peter is supposed to be learning how to be a soldier, but mostly he is just being a servant boy to the soldier. Peter is sad and lonely.

One day on his way to buy some food, Peter impulsively spends his food money on a fortune-teller. The fortune-teller tells Peter that his little sister Adele is still alive and that an elephant will lead him to her. An elephant in the middle of winter! What nonsense! What a waste of money. And now Peter will go hungry as well.

But strange and magical things are about to happen. The very night that Peter visits the fortune-teller a magician is putting on a show. He makes an elephant, (an elephant!) appear out of thin air.

Can this miraculous elephant mean that Peter can have a miracle of his own? Is his sister really alive and can the elephant help him find her? Author: Kate DiCamillo

  • Look Inside The Magician’s Elephant
  • Read Chapter One The Magician’s Elephant
  • Listen to Chapter One The Magician’s Elephant
  • The Magician’s Elephant Official Website
  • Read an Interview with the Author: Kate DiCamillo
  • Listen to an Interview with the Author: Kate DiCamillo
  • The Magician’s Elephant on CD, Downloadable eBook or eAudio

If you like the kind of story where a little bit of something magical helps people find happiness, try one of these:
The Tale of Despereaux The Mouse and His Child Wittington The Story of Holly and Ivy
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Piper Reed Gets a Job

Piper Reed Gets a Job

Piper Reed Gets a Job

Piper and The Gypsy Club (Piper and her friends Hailey, Michael and Nicole) have a problem. Since Piper moved and left her treehouse behind, there is nowhere good for them to hold their Gypsy Club meetings. They find an ad in a magazine for the perfect clubhouse – it has window boxes, wooden shingles…and it only costs $1,999.00. Now that’s cash The Gypsy Club doesn’t have, but they figure if they each ask their parents, at least ONE set of parents ought to say yes.

They figured wrong. Three sets of parents (Michael & Nicole are twins)=three answers:

  1. “We aren’t rich like the Trumps in New York.”
  2. “No, no, and no with a cherry on top.”
  3. “No way. Money doesn’t grow on trees.”

On to plan B. The kids decide that the only way they can get their clubhouse is to earn the money themselves – that’s $500 each. Piper is so intent on earning her money she says “yes” to every job she can get: planning a three-year-old’s birthday party, drawing the pictures for her sister’s book and babysitting…for triplets! Unfortunately Piper schedules these things all for the same weekend. As if she hasn’t heard, “Piper Read, you’re in trouble” before! Piper finds out that bringing home the bacon takes more than just doing the work, you have to have a good plan and good friends to get all the jobs done. And it helps a lot to get your homework done first too. Author: Kimberly Willis Holt

To find out how The Gypsy Club started and more about Piper Reed, try her other books, or try out another spunky girl, Clementine.
Piper Reed Navy Brat Piper Reed the Great Gypsy Piper Reed Campfire Girl Clementine's Letter
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Bran Hambric The Farfield Curse

Bran Hambric The Farfield Curse

Bran Hambric The Farfield Curse

Bran Hambric doesn’t know a thing about himself. He was found at age 6 locked in a bank vault in the town of Dunce. He has no memory of anything before being discovered in the vault. He’s being raised by the Wilomas family, only because Mr. Wilomas worked at the bank and is forced to obey the “Finders Keepers Law.” If you find it, you have to keep it, even if “it” is a kid.

In Dunce, magic is outlawed. When Bran is confronted by a gangly creature that actually knows his name, he knows something is up – something about his past. Something that has to do with magic. Clues lead Bran to a magical library, a mysterious girl, a bank employee that is much more than she seems and a gnome. Yeah, a gnome: short guy, long beard, tall red hat shaped like a cone. Together the new friends set out to uncover Bran’s past and confront the Farfield curse.

An orphan kid living in a house where the family treats him badly. The kid finds out he’s magic.  A bad guy wants the kid dead. Oh, and there’s a curse involving the kid. Sound familiar? I know it does. There are an awful lot of Harry Potter similarities…but even so, Bran Hambric is a fun story anyway. I would call it fan fiction. Fan fiction is fiction created by the admirer of a certain story or that story’s characters. Kaleb didn’t plagiarize, he just took some ideas and built his own story around them. There are enough original ideas to keep the story interesting. AND, he’s a teenage author – not too shabby. He says that there are more Bran Hambric stories coming. It will be fun to see where he goes with Bran’s story and how his writing matures. Author: Kaleb Nation

More boys coming into their magical powers:
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone The Magickeepers The Magic Thief The Amulet of Samarkand
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