Sandry’s Book by Tamora Pierce is about four kids who are believed to have no magic in them. When a man called Nikolaren Goldeye finds them caught in various situations, he sees that they do have magic, but that it is different from most mages. Sandry has magic through weaving, Daja has hers in fire and metal, Tris’s in the weather, and Briar’s in plants and earth. Niko takes them back to Winding Circle, a temple of the four elements, for them to be trained and looked after. But earth quakes of various sizes are happening constantly, and it looks like one massive earthquake is on the move towards Winding Circle, and they must do something to calm it so that it doesn’t rip apart the country. Sandry must weave together the magic of the four to have a chance of surviving, but resisting nature is almost impossible! The friends will have to fight it with everything they have.
I loved this series! The characters were fabulous, and the writing was very good as well. I can’t even begin to say how much I enjoyed myself while reading this. I admit, I wasn’t sure about it in the beginning, but when the plot started to really take form, I found I couldn’t put it down! My mom occasionally would occasionally have to yell at me to notice that she was calling me to dinner because I was so wrapped up in it. I would say this book is for nine and up, and I give it four out of five stars.
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie is about ten people who have been invited to a mansion on a little island called Soldier Island, by the mysterious Mr. N.Owen, who poses as a friend of a friend or a client. Once there the people find that their host is not actually there. Instead, people start to die one at a time, in accordance to a rhyme in each bedroom. Soon the murderer is going to be the only one left on the island if the others don’t get it together and find the murderer before it’s too late.
I LOVED this book. Agatha Christie is the best mystery writer I have ever read, and this one is my favorite of all her books. The characters are so real, and the solutions to the crime is so unexpected, but so clever. Some people are afraid that her books are too violent, but they really aren’t. They have death and murder in them, but it is never very graphic. Trust me, I’m not a fan of guts and blood. I would say kids from nine to a hundred and fifty would enjoy this book.
Dragon Keeper, by Carole Wilkinson, is about a poor slave girl who works for the Imperial Dragon Keeper. The dragon keeper, Master Lan, looks after the dragons, but he is a cruel hard man, and never looks after the dragons, making it the slave girl’s job. Soon it is discovered that Lan is in on a plot to kill the last dragon and sell the parts to necromancers and other evil doers. The dragon selects the girl to help him escape and get to the ocean, where he can be healed in order to get back to the wild. The dragon, Danzi, brings with him a beautiful stone that he puts in front of his own safety. Can the now free slave help the dragon? And what is this strange stone?
I wasn’t sure at first that I was going to like this book, because it wasn’t me who decided to read it, but when I started it, I really began to love it. The author was so good, that she made me hate and love characters almost as though they were real people. I recommend this book to any girl who loves adventure and fantasy. If you read this book and loved it, try the sequel, the Garden of the Purple Dragon. I give this four out of five stars.
In the Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins, a girl named Katniss lives in Panem, a country ruled by the Capitol, which is surrounded by twelve districts, which are full of poverty and hunger. Every year, to remind the Districts who is in charge, the Capitol holds the Hunger Games, where a boy and a girl from each of the districts is chosen to fight to the death in an arena for entertainment. When she is chosen to be a part in the hunger games, Katniss vows to do whatever it takes to get home to her family.
Everyone I have talked to about this book loves it, and I must admit it is very engrossing. The action never stops, and the characters are very human. I was a little disturbed by the fact that children were dying left and right, but all in all, I liked it. If you are wondering if this book is too violent for your kids, I would say that they would be fine if they read it. I give this book three out of five stars.
In Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz, twelve year old Alex Rider learns of the death of his uncle, caused by an accident on the road with a truck. Supposedly he wasn’t wearing a seat belt, but Alex finds that a little strange considering that his uncle was obsessed with safety on the road. When he comes back from the funeral, all of the supplies in his uncle’s office have been removed. Soon, Alex is blackmailed into taking a job as a spy in the place of his uncle, who apparently was killed in a car chase with one of the most deadly killers alive. Now Alex is going to try and stop possibly the most powerful person in the UK from killing everyone in Europe.
What a shame. All the boys in my class loved this book and read every one in the series, but I can’t stand it. I had to read it for summer reading, so maybe I’m a little sour, but I still think that Alex Rider is without character because of his lack of feeling. He never struggles, and he never feels any emotion towards his uncle, even though in the begining, it says that his uncle was his closest friend. Not all that violent, though certainly some shooting and punching that isn’t graphic. I would say that reading this at about nine would be best.
In Emilie and the Hollow World by Martha Wells, Emilie is running away from her Uncle Yeric, and plans to stow away on the passenger ferry Merry Bell, but her plans are turned around when one of the guards finds her. Quickly, she swims over to the nearest ship and hides within it, but she is in for a surprise when the ship sinks below the surface and all those aboard are protected by a magical barrier that keeps the pressure and water at bay. Emilie is then told that they are going to travel through a chasm in the ocean floor to the center of the earth, where a whole different kind of world makes their home. The objective of the mission is to retrieve Doctor Marlende from the place where he is trapped, but Emilie and the crew will have to travel through hostile territory to get to him.
What a wonderful book! This author has a fabulous imagination to write a book as creative as this one. Full of adventure, this book has a few expletives, like the s-word(I don’t mean stupid). I’m not really sure what age group to put this in because of the swearing, but if you know all the four letter words, and you are older than eight, this is probably a good read for you, especially if you love discovery and magic. Also, for all you romance haters, this book is for you. There is no falling in love from the main character, and the little love that is there isn’t mushy and gross.
Septimus Heap: Magyk by Angie Sage is about a family of wizards who’s seventh son died on the day he was born. If he had survived, he would have been hugely powerful being the seventh son of the seventh son. On the very same day of his death, Silas Heap, the father of the large family, finds a baby girl in the snow with violet eyes. Ten years later, several mysteries arise that question the true fate of Septimus Heap, who’s magykal powers would make him the target of many evil wizards trying to use him as a weapon against society. Soon the Heaps and the ExtraOrdinary Wizard, Marcia Overstrand, are hunted by the necromancer DomDaniel, and forced into hiding.
I must say, I loved this book, though it was a little confusing at times because the author switched back and forth between characters points of view constantly. I don’t think I ever stopped laughing once I got started on the book. If you loved this book, there are six more in the series. I would say that this book should be read by kids starting at eight and ending at 1000 years old. I certainly recommend this book for anyone who loves comedy, magic, fantasy, and excitement.