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Starcross

Starcross

Starcross

While their rambling space station home is being renovated, Art, Myrtle and their 4 million year-old space alien Mom accept an invitation to a vacation resort located out in the far reaches of the universe.  The resort, it’s guests and the resort’s owner are not at all what they first appear.  Creepy attack puppets, aliens disquised as hats that attach to your head and control your every Larklightthought, a maniac evil genius bent on dominating the universe…the usual for Art and Myrtle.  Luckily, their favorite space pirate Jack Havock is at the resort too, undercover and ready for action.  If you haven’t read Larklight, read it first, then read Starcross – you will be happy to know that a third book called Mothstorm is on the way (Oct. 14, 2008), and that the series has been optioned for a movie. Author: Philip Reeve Illustrator: David Wyatt

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Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat

Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat

Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat

Emmy is trying so hard to be good. Her parents are busy jet-setting all over the world in search of money and status while Emmy is left home alone with her cold and distant nanny Miss Barmy. Still, Emmy tries to be good. No one at school seems to like or care about Emmy either – not one person in the classroom seems to notice she exists at all. And yet Emmy STILL tries to be good. “She did her homework without being told. She ate all her vegetables, even the slimy ones. And she never talked back to her nanny, Miss Barmy, although it was almost impossible to keep quiet, some days. She really was a little too good. Which is why she liked to sit by the Rat. The Rat was not good at all . . .” The rat is Emmy’s classroom pet. He isn’t cute or cuddly, in fact, he’s a nasty little beast! Emmy can sometimes relate to the rat, because some days, she’d like to be a nasty little beast too!

One day, when the rat bites Emmy, she finds that she can actually hear what he is saying. As if the rat’s poor behavior isn’t bad enough, now she has to listen to his crabby complaining, pouting, bragging, and whining. His rotten attitude is hardly worth having this startling new power! Then the rat bites Joe, the class cool guy, who can now hear him speak too..and then he bites Joe again and shrinks him to the size of an action figure! What’s a good friend like Emmy to do but offer to get bitten a second time and shrink too? Now a few inches high, Joe and Emmy free the rat and begin an adventure to find out the source of the rat’s power and how to reverse it. Along the way, they get help from some new four legged friends and get on the trail of Emmy’s own Miss Barmy, who isn’t just cold and distant, she’s evil too!

The rat is definately the star in this one. His biting comments and sarcastic one-liners kept me laughing through the whole book. Emmy reminds me of Molly Moon from Molly Moon’s Incredible Book of Hypnotism. Both girls feel isolated, alone and unloved, yet they don’t give up on their search for friendship and happiness. Author: Lynne Jonell Illustrator: Jonathan Bean

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Molly Moon’s Incredible Book of Hypnotism

Molly Moon’s Incredible Book of Hypnotism

Molly Moon's Incredible Book of HypnotismMolly Moon is just plain miserable.  She lives in a dirty orphanage with a mean matron and kids that bully her.  She feels ugly and unloved and not in any way special.  That all changes the day she visits the library (great things always happen there!) and discovers a mysterious book about hypnotism.  After reading the book, Molly discovers that with a flash of her dazzling eyes, she can make people do anything she wants.  Molly’s life is about to get much, much better!  “So far in life, Molly had drawn a short straw. Now she was going to get what was due to her … She felt sure that with hypnotism under her belt, she’d never be short of money again. And as for people, Molly decided there and then that from now on, no one would push her or pinch her or boss her or bully her or ignore her. She was going to be somebody now and the world better watch out, because a new, shiny Molly Moon was about to burst through the ether and dazzle it.” Watch out world, here comes the new and improved Molly Moon! Author: Georgia Byng

#1: Molly Moon’s Incredible Book of Hypnotism
#2: Molly Moon Stops the World on CD
#3: Molly Moon’s Hypnotic Time Travel Adventure on CD
#4: Molly Moon Micky Minus and the Mind Machine
#5: Molly Moon & the Morphing Mystery

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Peter and the Starcatchers

Peter and the Starcatchers

Peter and the Starcatchers

A high-flying, page turning, pirate adventure that was written as a prequel to Peter Pan.  A prequel is a story that tells you about what happened before another story.  If you ever wondered how Peter came to the island, why he can fly, and why he can never grow up, Peter and the Starcatchers will answer those questions in funny, dramatic style.  As the story opens Peter and some orphan boys are on the ship Never Land bound to a life as servants for King Zarboff the Third.  The Never Land is being hotly pursued by the evil pirate Black Stache and his stinking un-mannerly crew.  What is Black Stache after?  Only one passenger seems to know, a beautiful young girl named Molly who convinces Peter to help her keep a mysterious trunk out of the evil clutches of Black Stache.  What’s in the trunk?  Just the key to the peace & harmony of the universe. Authors: Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

Like this one?  There’s more!

#1: Peter and the Starcatchers on CD & Downloadable Audiobook
#2: Peter and the Shadow Thieves on CD & Downloadable Audiobook
#3: Peter and the Secret of Rundoon on CD & Downloadable Audiobook
#4: Peter and the Sword of Mercy on CD & Downloadable Audiobook

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The Lightning Thief

The Lightning Thief

The Lightning ThiefAs if his life isn’t enough of a mess: his father left before he was born, he can’t seem to control his temper and he keeps getting kicked out of school…Percy Jackson vaporizes his teacher…whoops!…and is almost killed by a minotaur…yikes! Percy’s Mom decides it’s time he knew the truth – Percy is a demigod, the son of a mortal woman and a Greek God. His mother sends him to Camp Half-Blood, a summer camp for demigods, for his own safety. At camp, Percy learns that his father is Poseidon, God of the Sea, and that Poseidon is accused of stealing Zeus’ lightning bolt. And when Zeus isn’t happy, nobody’s happy! Percy and his new friends at camp have to find out what really happened to the lightning bolt before a war between the gods wipes out mankind. Whew! Lots of action and laugh outloud funny. You’ll want to read more about Percy, and luckily, you can, there are 5 Percy adventures in all!  Author: Rick Riordan

#1: Lightning Thief on CD, Downloadable eBook or eAudiobook
#2: Sea of Monsters on CD, Downloadable eBook or eAudiobook
#3: Titan’s Curse on CD, Downloadable eBook or eAudiobook
#4: Battle of the Labyrinth on CD, Downloadable eBook or eAudiobook
#5: Last Olympian on CD, Downloadable eBook or eAudiobook

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