Nathaniel, known to all as the magician John Mandrake, has been promoted to the prestigious position of Assistant to the Head of Internal Affairs in tNathaniel, known to all as the magician John Mandrake, has been promoted to the prestigious position of Assistant to the Head of Internal Affairs in the Great Britain Ministry. But because of his age (only a tender 14), not every magician gives him the credibility he deserves. Once again, Nathaniel finds himself in deep trouble, which means he must summon the all-knowing djinni, Bartimaeus.1 It is Nathaniel's job to uncover a destructive group known as the Resistance, but they constantly evade him, and his status is quickly slipping in the eyes of his fellow ministry members. And on top of that, a monstrous stony Golem has attacked the city, but who is the intelligence behind the muscle? It is up to Nathaniel to discover and uncover these mysteries, so of course he passes it off to Bartimaeus.
The Golem's Eye is the second book in the Bartimaeus Trilogy, right after The Amulet of Samarkand. Both of these books are great fun to read because of all the witty and humorous remarks Bartimaeus includes on everything he has an opinion about in footnotes.2
1 A djinni is basically like your average genie you would find in any magic lamp, minus the lamp. A competent magician can summon a djinni simply by constructing a sealed pentagram in a circle on the floor and reciting the correct spell. Bartimaeus is an exceptionally pompous 4th level djinni who thinks very highly of himself, but not so highly of Nathaniel.
Dan Bancroft is growing up. Not growing tall, but becoming mature about how the "real" world works. And is finding out how complicated women are. DanDan Bancroft is growing up. Not growing tall, but becoming mature about how the "real" world works. And is finding out how complicated women are. Dan is quickly faced with the reality that there is more to life than what's inside the protective circle his parents have built around his home and school. When his parents decide to move to Geneva, Switzerland without him (his choice), he becomes roommates with his very young aunt, Jacq, and her friend Naomi. Dan's last year in school starts out with a plan to totally focus on his studies, but this becomes less and less important as his survival in the adult world and his feelings for Naomi takes more and more of a precedent.
Set in Australia, this book is laugh‑out‑loud hilarious, cover your face embarrassed, and makes you feel sixteen all over again. I really, really recommend this book. ...more
Mia Winchell is thirteen years old, and she has a cat named Mango. She found him as a tiny kitten at her grandfather's funeral a year ago. Mia kept hiMia Winchell is thirteen years old, and she has a cat named Mango. She found him as a tiny kitten at her grandfather's funeral a year ago. Mia kept him not because he makes a terrible sounding wheeze every time he breathes, but because he has eyes shaped like her grandfather's.
She begged her parents to keep him because secretly she believes a little piece of her grandfather's soul resides in Mango. But this is not her biggest secret. She told no one, not even her family or her best friend about why she named her cat Mango. He is a gray and white cat, but his eyes are orange so it is assumed that's where he gets his name.
But to Mia the sounds of his wheezes and purring are an assortment of yellow-orange cloud puffs in the air. Not only do sounds have colors and shapes for her, so do numbers and letters. She remembers people in association with the colors and textures their names have, and for this same reason, she is the best speller in her class. Mia is afraid to tell anyone because they will call her a freak like they did when she discovered in the third grade no one else saw colors as she did. Mia lied and said she made it up because no one believed her anyway.
Wendy Mass' first book is an extraordinary story about self-discovery and growth. You will laugh. You will cry. It is a book that will be enjoyed by all ages....more
A modern urban legend is a recent "true" story (and I use this term loosely) that could have actually happened and was either funny enough or creepy eA modern urban legend is a recent "true" story (and I use this term loosely) that could have actually happened and was either funny enough or creepy enough to pass on. (This book is in our library system as a non-fiction book.)
Here is a great example of one of the short stories in this book:
Harry passed though a speed trap that automatically photographed his car and indicated that he had been exceeding the speed limit by twenty-two miles per hour. He didn't know this, however, until a few days later when he opened his mail and found a ticket for $60 and a photo of his car. Instead of writing a check for the fine, he sent the police a photograph of $60. The next week, Harry got another letter from the police. When he opened it, he found two pictures—photographs of handcuffs and an empty jail cell. (p.12 - 13)
Some great places to read this book are in bed before you go to sleep, in the doctor's office, or on the toilet. Times that are not good to read this book are while you're flying a plane, while you're trying to defuse a bomb, while you're trying to put a baby to sleep, or while you're at the library behind the front desk when you're supposed to be helping people but you can't because you're laughing so hard tears start coming out and are in no condition to help anyone.
This is a great book for anyone who wants to laugh really hard!...more
Arthur Penhaligon has just moved to a new neighborhood with a new school. On top of that, he is starting his seventh grade term late because of the moArthur Penhaligon has just moved to a new neighborhood with a new school. On top of that, he is starting his seventh grade term late because of the move.
Two weeks earlier, he had a very severe asthma attack that had landed him in the hospital. So of course, on his first day at school he was required to run in gym class and couldn't get out of it. Arthur has had asthma for as long as he can remember, and figured it stemmed from surviving the deathly influenza epidemic that took both of his doctor parents when he was just a baby. After the first three or four minutes of running, he felt the familiar tightening in his lungs, and soon after that, he was on the ground struggling for oxygen.
That's when the strangest thing happened. In his dazed state, he saw a man in what looked like a bathtub wheelchair being pushed by another very gnarled-looking man. They were babbling on about The Heir, Monday and the Will. It made no sense to Arthur, and vaguely thought he was hallucinating from lack of oxygen.
But then a strange metal object was thrust into his hand and he could suddenly breath again! He recognized it as a large intricate minute hand of a clock. Not only does Arthur receive this key, but along with it comes the Fetchers, dog-faced men trying to reclaim the key, and leaving behind a burning school and a sleepy plague in their wake.
Arthur has no idea how to use his key, but knows that only he can save his community from these deadly Fetchers, and even deadlier plague they brought with them. But will he be able to do it before more people die?
Garth Nix is a mastermind at writing fantasy, and Mister Monday is the first in a new series called "The Keys to the Kingdom." Seven days, seven books. This is a great read for ages 10 and up. ...more
Septimus Heap is the seventh son of a seventh son, born on a snowy frosty morning on the shortest day of the year. But his life is a short one, and thSeptimus Heap is the seventh son of a seventh son, born on a snowy frosty morning on the shortest day of the year. But his life is a short one, and the midwife rushed off with the small bundle wrapped from head to toe after only a few hours of life. On her way out, she passed the father, Silas, who had a bundle of his own that he had found outside in the freezing snow. It was a baby girl, whom they named Jenna, and she grew up well-loved as the only daughter of Silas and Sarah Heap.
As the years pass, all the Heap children grow, and their eyes turn a piercing green to show the mark of a wizard, except for Jenna's, whose eyes refuse, and stay a dark violet instead. Their eyes were not the only thing to change; soon after Jenna was brought home, Magyk was forbidden in school, and all classes were stopped. This didn't stop Silas and Sarah from teaching their children at home, and a good thing too, because when Jenna turns 10, the new dark Extraordinary Wizard begins to hunt her down, and her mysterious lineage soon catches up with her.
This is a great read for kids and adults who like Harry Potter: Magyk is full of adventure and mystery that keeps the pages turning very quickly indeed....more
Taylor has a fear: that her identity will soon be discovered and she will no longer be able to live the peaceful life she has always known. She livesTaylor has a fear: that her identity will soon be discovered and she will no longer be able to live the peaceful life she has always known. She lives on the orangutan reserve on the jungle island of Borneo, which is close to Singapore. Her secret that has been released to the world is that there have been five successful human clones, all teenagers now, but the identities were kept confidential.
Tay knew she was adopted and even that she was a test-tube baby. It did not bother her when she found out two years ago that her parent's best friend, Pam Taylor, was her gene mother, and that she has no father. But now that the news has been released, Taylor is anxious that the media will come chasing after her with unanswerable questions. She even feels strange with her brother, Donny, when he comes home from school for his summer holidays.
But that quickly passes and they fall into their familiar ways and spend an entire Saturday exploring miles of caves and beautiful stalagmites and stalactites. Then, tragedy strikes. While Tay and Donny are in the caves, a forest-fire rages outside, and all the workers of the orangutan refuge, including their parents, are kidnapped by rebels of the Sultan of Kandah. An adult orangutan with exceptional intelligence named Uncle finds the children and helps them travel through miles of jungle and desert. With his guidance, Tay must find her inner strength to reach safety in the face of tragedy and an unknown future.
Taylor Five gives insight to true friendship, happiness and tragedy. I haven't cried this much over a book since I read Where the Red Fern Grows in the fifth grade. It shows great appreciation of one of our closest animal relatives, and makes us question the ethics of science and creation....more
Wow; how quickly I was sucked into the pages of this book- I only hope I can give it some small amount of justice with a review...
Stephenie Meyer hasWow; how quickly I was sucked into the pages of this book- I only hope I can give it some small amount of justice with a review...
Stephenie Meyer has a true gift for giving her characters emotional depth enough to make you experience their feelings and exuberance with the same intensity they are- you can feel the joy and passion between Bella and Edward when they are together, and their terror when Bella is tracked by the hunter. Yes, this book is full of undying love, but I would not group it in the "romance" category. The emotions run deep enough that even though there is no actual sex involved, it doesn't need to be for the reader to feel Bella and Edward's ardent fervor and adoration for each other. This book is well balanced between love and suspense, and will keep you flipping the pages as fast as you can, only to leave you grasping immediately for "New Moon" after the last page. I don't want to give any spoilers here, but if you are on the fence on whether to read this saga, I want to erase all doubt from you mind- READ IT!...more
**spoiler alert** While this one wasn't quite as good as the previous three, I felt like there were a lot of things in this series that needed wrappin**spoiler alert** While this one wasn't quite as good as the previous three, I felt like there were a lot of things in this series that needed wrapping up, and Stephenie Meyer did a very satisfying job of this. What I needed to happen, happened. A friend of mine mentioned why she though this last book didn't do quite as well- you have to be a mom to really understand the emotion and absolute feelings behind Bella's actions. Of which I understood perfectly. I did watch Stephenie's Amazon interview, and she said she might write something more from Edward's perspective~ looking forward to that if she does! Now I just have to wait my turn for for "The Host" ......more