Archive for September, 2014

The iron trial
Book 1 in the Magisterium series
By Holly Black & Cassandra Clare
Random House
ISBN 9780857532503

What a combination of authors. Best selling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare have combined their efforts to create a new magical series for middle grade readers and I have no doubt that this will be a huge success.

“Think you know magic?

Think again.

The Magisterium awaits . . .

Most people would do anything to get into the Magisterium and pass the Iron Trial.”

“Most people” does not include Callum, who mistrusts all magicians. In fact he tries desperately to fail so that he doesn’t have to go to the Magisterium but his efforts are in vain. He gets in and so begins a journey of magic, adventure and good versus evil. However, deciding just what is good or evil is half the battle. I love the cover of this book and the wonderful drawings at the start of each chapter. This is going to appeal to readers who love a good story and need a new series to sink their teeth in to and the holidays is the perfect time to start reading.
Click here if you want to read a sample chapter before rushing out to get your own copy.

Axel & Theo : My dog is the Emperor of a faraway galaxy
By Amberly Kristen Clowe

Theodore Howard is pretty sure he won’t survive fourth grade and even more sure he won’t ever become the astronaut he wants to be when he is older. However, everything changes when he meets Axel, a very talkative weenie dog who just happens to be an alien from the planet Doglin. But nothing runs smoothly and Axel is kidnapped by two cats from the planet Catlat.
Humour and adventure await the readers of this middle grade book.
Enjoy the trailer – it’s good!

Messenger of fear
By Michael Grant

ISBN 9780062207401

This is the first book in a new series by Michael Grant. His Gone series is still hugely popular and I have no doubt this series will also be a huge hit.

Mara can remember her name but nothing else. The young man, pale and solemn standing before her, tells her nothing. He does however inform her that at least she isn’t dead. But what is she and what are his plans for her? The messenger of fear sees darkness in the hearts of the young. Left unpunished, he offers a game, a wicked game where losing may be  a living nightmare and the price paid the most ultimate price of all! Where does Mara fit in all this?

I just know this is  going to be brilliant. Can’t wait! Not long now and the trailer is very cool. Check out the website above to read a sample chapter. I did and I loved the great descriptive language and the short sharp sentences. They hooked me in right from the start.

PLEASE NOTE: This book includes the details of a suicide so please ensure that if you are recommending or supplying this book to your students or your own  children that they are mature enough to handle the content. Be prepared to listen if they need to talk about anything that disturbs them in this book. Thanks!

 

 

Line up, please!

By Tomoko Ohmura

ISBN 9781877579998

Gecko Press

 

 

5

What a lovely wee gem of a story. All the animals are standing around in a queue. Some are waiting patiently just talking to each other while some are annoying each other. Their host is bird a gorgeously intuitive creature, trying to keep the peace as they wait in line. When the animals finally get to the front of the line they are in for a wonderful surprise and so is the reader especially when the pages open up wide and double the length of the view. This is a book to read again and again. It is perfect for pre-school but also great at primary school for having fun with maths. The animals are named  and numbered counting down from 50 to 1. The illustrations are bold, birght and curious, without distractions, so that each character is the centre of attention. Do look out for it – perhaps one to get for Christmas!

Arrowhead

By Ruth Eastham

ISBN 9781407137933

Scholastic

This book arrived in the library last week and while I was processing it a student picked it up and eagerly decided he wanted it before I was even finished processing. That is great, fantastic even, that he is so excited but it means I have to now wait my turn to read it . Hhmm!

Jack has recently moved to Norway where people often talk of old myths and legends. The stuff 13 year old Jack just didn’t believe in until he discovered the body of a warrior, frozen in ice and still holding on to an arrowhead. A cursed arrowhead which can unleash terrible evil on everyone around him. Fast-paced and perfect for middle grade readers who like adventure and great myths and of course, evil curses.

The impossible quest

Escape from Wolfhaven Castle

By Kate Forsyth

Scholastic ISBN 9781743624067

After a dreadful attack on Wolfhaven Castle, there are only four who manage to escape. It will be up toTom, Elanor, Sebastion and Quinn to save their people but danger is all around. Their mission is to find four magical mythical beasts but the task is not an easy one. Nowhere is safe and they are the most unlikely of heroes. Will they escape, will they find the beasts? This is the first book out of five in a new fantasy series.

Fast paced and perfect for middle grade readers.

Click to visit the Impossible Quest site and find out more info and have some fun.

 

Where is Rusty?

By Sieb Posthuma

Translated by Bill Nagelkerke

ISBN 9781927271469

Gecko Press

 

rusty (Small)

Rusty, Henrietta, Toby and Rusty’s mum hop on a bus and go in to town. The department store they enter is busy so like any caring mum, Rusty’s mother asks them all “So what do we do?”

“We all stay together” they chant. And of course like any good story – someone doesn’t listen.  Yes! Rusty is just a little too curious for his own good and ends up getting lost. Upon hearing some guards discussing what they will do to stray dogs, Rusty flees through the ventilation pipes where it is dark and scary. Will he find his way back? Has his family even noticed he has gone missing?

Bright colours, and quirky illustrations, Rusty’s  little adventure will definitely delight younger children.

Nightmares

By Jason Segel and Kirsty Miller

ISBN: 978-0-385-74425-6

 

Nightmares is the first book in a trilogy about a boy named Charlie and his friends who must  find the courage to save their town.

Charlie is sure his new step mother is secretly a witch. After moving in to a purple mansion which is very scary, especially after dark, he is even more convinced.

Scary nightmares are coming out of his dreams and in to the day time world. Will he have to courage to defend himself and will he ever be able to sleep without the lights on again.
This sounds so cool and just perfect for middle graders who love to scare themselves silly but enjoy a laugh or two as well.
I will be keeping an eye out for this one and I just hope it won’t be long as I want to read it right now!
Just look at the trailer – perfect.