The sweet, streetwise gutterboy Conn and the crusty, lovable old wizard Nevery are back for a third magical adventure in the city of Welmet. Conn is in hiding after breaking out of the Dawn Palace prison. He’s holed up in secret within Welment, helping Nevery devise some kind of plan to keep an evil magic from taking over the city.
What Conn needs is a new locus magicalicus, the stone that focuses a wizard’s magic – kind of like a wand. Conn sacrificed his locus stone to save Welmet in The Magic Thief: Lost. Nevery and Conn discover a finding spell that will lead Conn to a new locus stone. The spell scorches a fiery line right through Welmet and out of sight. At the end of the spell-line, somewhere, lies Conn’s locus stone. Conn sets out on a long, hard and dangerous journey, lucky for him he’s still got Rowan on his side. But even Rowan, who can handle a sword like nobody else, can keep Conn safe when a dragon snatches him up right before her eyes. Author: Sarah Prineas
Don’t miss #1 The Magic Thief and #2 The Magic Thief: Lost. If you like Nevery and Conn and the whole mentor/apprentice part of the story, try Magyk, Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone or The Books of Umber: Dragon Games. If what you like is dragons, try Fablehave: Secret of the Dragon Sanctuary, The Dragon of Trelian or Where teh Mountain Meets the Moon. All very, very good!
Adam, Lewis, Finn & Emily (The Trackers) are four smart kids who spend their time inventing, building and testing technological gadgets. They work out of Adam’s workshop located at the back of his Dad’s computer repair shop. The kids are smart, but one particular day they aren’t quite smart enough. A hacker manages to infiltrate their carefully (they thought!) encrypted & secure computer files. The hacker wants something and is willing to blackmail the kids to get it. He wants the Trackers to solve a puzzle and in return, their files will be returned.
Should they go to the police? Should they tell Adam’s Dad? Or would it be better…a challenge…and more FUN to beat this guy at his own game? Author: Patrick Carman
The Trackers Official Website (includes video that goes with the book & a glyphmasters game - one video shows all the gadgets)
If you like technology and gadgets in the hands of smart kids try these:
Spy movies playing at branch libraries this summer:
G-Force (PG) animated, 88 minutes
In this hilarious animated feature, a team of trained secret agent guinea pigs work for a government agency. The team is asked to prevent a diabolical billionaire from taking over the world. Schedule
The Spy Next Door (PG) 94 minutes
Bob Ho is an undercover CIA superspy who decides to give up his career in espionage to settle down with his next-door neighbor and girlfriend, Gillian. But Bob has one more mission to complete before Gillian agrees to marry him: winning over her three opinionated kids. Schedule
Vita buys a used guitar, thinks up a great band name - The Vita-mins - and then puts up flyers at school to hold auditions to find some bandmates. Some kids show up but none of them play an instrument. They meet again anyway and a plan starts to come together. Plinko and Jay have video skills, Tanya writes songs, Walt’s an artist and Vita can sing. It’s not a band, but it IS something special. The kids put together a show – see for yourself at http://www.zebrafish.com/. You can even download Vita’s song that Tanya wrote.
Zebrafish is a graphic novel with great pictures and a great story. The kids are real – not comic book superheroes. If you like lots of illustrations and stories that show true-to life kids dealing with real life problems, try these:
Tommy has a question that every kid asks himself eventually. Does that cute girl like me, or not? Should I ask her to the dance? Tommy is looking for answers and he thinks he may have found a way to avoid total humiliation by asking Origami Yoda what to do. What is Origami Yoda? He’s Yoda. Made out of paper. A puppet.
Is he REAL? Does he really know things? Can he see the future? Does he use the Force?Or is he just a hoax that fooled a whole bunch of us at Mcquarrie Middle School? (page 1)
To find out of Origami Yoda is the real deal Tommy has compiled a case file that is this book. He interviews each kid in his class who received advice from Origami Yoda and then he comments on each case trying to decide if the advice was good, proving that Origami Yoda is real. His friend Harvey comments too. Harvey definitely doesn’t believe in Origami Yoda. He thinks Origami Yoda is just a green paperwad. He likes to point out that even the “real” Yoda was just a puppet.
How does Origami Yoda speak you ask? Well, the kid who folded him does the talking. Dwight is the kid who walks around school with Origami Yoda stuck on the end of his finger.
The strangest thing about Origami Yoda is that he is so wise even though Dwight is a total loser. (page 4)
You want to know what Dwight is like? His kindred spirit would be Greg Heffley’s friend Rawley (from Diary of a Wimpy Kid). He barfs in class. He picks his nose. He wears knee socks with shorts. And then he goes around school asking people to talk to his finger puppet. When Origami Yoda saves one of the boys from making a total fool of himself in front of a girl he likes, it makes Tommy think. The advice COULDN’T have come from Dwight. He’s a total loser. It HAD to come from Yoda. And this begins Tommy’s collection of evidence about Origami Yoda’s advice. Because he really, really needs to know, does Sara like him. Or not? I laughed all the way through this one! Author: Tom Angleberger
This book has an interesting pre-publication story. The author, Tom Angleberger, had to get permission to use Yoda in his story. Yoda is owned by Lucasfilms and George Lucas. Ater Tom wrote the story he had to ask Lucasfilms for permission to publish a book that has Yoda in it. As Tom shares in this interview, he heard that the person in charge of approving books at Lucasfilms took the book home and had her son read it. The son liked and said, “Let them do it.” Sometimes, kids DO get to make big time decisions! Read the Full Interview.
When Allie’s friend’s big sister enters the regional Twirltacular baton twirling competition, Allie can’t wait to go see the spectacle of so many talented girls in glittery costumes.
But then her mom goes and ruins her plans be promising that she will attend her arch enemy Brittany Hauser’s birthday party. How could she make these plans without asking Allie first!
Allie’s pretty mad until she finds out the party is at Glitterati, a store that hosts birthday parties where girls can dress up and act like a model. And a stretch limo is taking the girls there. And they get to eat at a fancy restaurant. And they get to spend the night at a fancy hotel! Allie decides she can put up with Brittany just long enough to enjoy the benefits of her ooh lah lah once-in-a-lifetime party.
The problem…how to tell her friends that she is choosing the fancy party over them. Blame Mom! Problem solved! Except Allie tells a little white lie to cover up her real desire to go to the party and boy does she make a mess for herself in true Allie Finkle style. Another fun week in the life of Allie Finkle! Author: Meg Cabot
And here’s a book Allie would love – full of all kinds of glamourous advice like how to have the flutteriest eyelashes and how to make your own body glitter.