Michael Morn lives in New Liberty, “the City without a Super” – no superheroes, not even one. New Liberty is kind of sketchy. It’s a place where a boy like Michael can live quietly with his father building top secret electronics and selling them to the highest bidding villain. It’s not a bad gig. Lucrative. Michael and his father are doing fine, as long as they lay low, don’t cause any trouble and watch each other’s back. Michael’s father is the engineer genius and Michael helps out, learns, and does what he’s told – he’s his Dad’s minion. On the side, they rob banks!
It’s a little known fact that Michael can control other people’s minds. In a city full of villains, it’s really best to keep that kind of information to yourself. It’s always best to be underestimated and having a secret power as the ace up your sleeve helps you keep an edge. In a city of villains, the competition is intelligent and ruthless.
And also, Michael doesn’t want to overuse his power…to take advantage. Michael might be a villain but he’s got some standards! So even though Michael’s a bad guy…he’s not such a bad guy! One of the many interesting, complicated ironies in this non-stop adventure. The characters are full of surprises and not often what you expect at first. They make you re-think how you figure out who the bad guys even ARE.
All the fairies are excited to be invited to the King’s ball, except for one young fairy whose only party dress is in tatters.
“Come to the Fairies’ Ball” is a children’s book, written in rhyme with a cadence as delightful as it is rhythmic, good for reading aloud to a child. The story features a magnificent ball to which all fairies are invited, but one female fairy who finds her dress ruined almost does not make it—until she becomes determined and finds a way. This story teaches children success is mostly a matter of making one’s own luck. Good story, lovely illustrations, happy ending!
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
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