I couldn't put this down, and I did try! A spy thriller tempered with African earth magic The Devil's Breath is an exhilarating blend of Horowitz' Ale...more I couldn't put this down, and I did try! A spy thriller tempered with African earth magic The Devil's Breath is an exhilarating blend of Horowitz' Alex Rider and Isabel Allende's Alexander Cold. The son of an adventuring scientist, Max Gordon is at a rigorous boarding school when an attempt is made on his life. This coupled with his father's disappearance sets Max on a wild search across Namimbia where a bush tribe waits for his prophetic arrival. Surprising turns, layered mysteries and themes of greed, justice, friendship, talent and trust will keep you turning pages to the surprising end.(less)
Reading Funke's books is to enter a Tuetonic dream. In Reckless, Jacob is devastated at the disappearance of his father, in the night when he cannot...more Reading Funke's books is to enter a Tuetonic dream. In Reckless, Jacob is devastated at the disappearance of his father, in the night when he cannot sleep he will creep into Father's study and rattle around, enraged at his loss. One night he realizes that the mirror on Father's wall is not what it seams- placing his hand over the hand print on the mirror- he finds himself in a magical world- one that obviously holds his father. Jacob and eventually his brother, Will travel this land of ancient tales come to life where people and objects are most often more than what they appear. This appears to be book 1- a quest to save Will from being devoured by the story they have stepped into. This is a book that can be read on multiple levels and will be enjoyed by youngsters and their parents alike.(less)
There is a lot to like in the book the characters are appealing and unusual. Valerian and Callida have a daughter Desdemona who will be very powerful....more There is a lot to like in the book the characters are appealing and unusual. Valerian and Callida have a daughter Desdemona who will be very powerful. Callida flees with Desi at birth, she fears that Valerian will use Desi's power to his own ends. Twelve years later we have this story.
Desi is confused and angry with her mother who abruptly leaves her with her familiar, a cat with the lovely name, Devalandnefariel. The cat is changed into a human (now called Cat) so she can be a more effective protector for Desi in Mom's absence. This makes for insightful and humorous exchanges. There are lovely boys living next door; one Cat's age, Bob - intensely shy, and Jarrett, Desi's age who is perceptive, enthusiastic open-minded and friendly. These boys are great friends to the girls. Desi uses her mom's absence to experiment with magic. With a normal witch this would not be a big deal, but Desi is very talented and unleashes more that she bargains for. Because of her wit and talent she can also cope with the situations she creates . I liked the friendships, the perceptive observations and the family love that suffuses the novel. By the end of the book the adults characters had fleshed out a bit and the reader is left with some hope that Val and Callida will be able to manage to work together for Desi's sake. Kids will probably like the action and not worry about the missing motivation that I could deduce - but I wanted more info up front. Perhaps kids would not have patience for that...(less)
The story of young Billy- part of the dynamic duo of himself and his uber fundamentalist mother who comprise the Jesus Brigade. Mom says Dad is dead. A...moreThe story of young Billy- part of the dynamic duo of himself and his uber fundamentalist mother who comprise the Jesus Brigade. Mom says Dad is dead. As one person said this is a hard sell to the religious and too religious for the non religious. That said Billy is ready to bust out of the restrictive life his mother has laid out. It has been the two of them against the world- he has been home schooled all along- they bounce from city to city; no friends and too religious for most churches... Now Billy wants to skip Bible camp and go the the local high school. On the eve of leaving for camp Billy gets a message from his dad. This kicks off a quest as Billy jumps ship on the way to camp and follows clues laid out by his dad. Along the way he is required to confront his assumptions and grow into a real boy. (less)