Tuesday, October 5, 2010

SIXTY-EIGHT ROOMS By: Marianne Malone
Deep in the Art Institute in Chicago live the Thorne Rooms. These fabulous rooms are in miniature. When Ruthie and Jack's class visit the
museum they find a key that is magical. So begins the adventure of two kids who find that if Ruthie holds the key in her hand she can shrink and be able to go into the rooms. But the adventure wouldn't be right if she had to go by herself, so holding Jack's hand they travel in the rooms. But these are not ordinary rooms, for if you go outside on the balcony you are magically transported to another time. Go on these exciting adventures in history with two feisty, gutsy kids. Loved it! Ages 8-12 Random House $16.99

Monday, October 4, 2010

Renee had the perfect life, a great best friend, understanding parents, and the cutest boy in school for a boyfriend. She never dreamed that one day she would be attending Gottefried Academy after a mysterious accident leaves her in the care of her grandfather. It is at Gottefried that she meets Dante Berlin, a mysterious boy with an even more mysterious past. But Dante is not the only7 mystery at Gottefried. Students keep disappearing and the teachers are definitely hiding something. As Renee begins to uncover the schools secrets, she finds herself in grave danger. and its not from who she suspects. Mysterious and suspenseful, Dead beautiful will leave you wanting more. Ages 12 up. Hyperion $16.99 Reviewed by Maggie
CLOAKED By: Alex Finn
Johnny had always wanted an adventure. Working at his family's shoe repair business, he had always found is life rather boring. But the Princess Victoriana enters the picture his life is turned up0side down. Before he knows What's happening he is engaged to the Princess, rescuing a frog Prince form the clutches of an evil witch, traveling the world and taking advice from talking animals. Now Johnny has everything he has ever dreamed of, but is it really all its cracked up to be? Join Johnny as he embarks on an adventure of a lifetime and discovers that nothing is as it seems. Ages 12 and up. HarperTeen $16.99 Reviewed by: Maggie
WILDTHORN By: Jane Eagland
Seventeen-year-old Louisa Corgrove was tired of her life as the daughter of a Victorian doctor. She longed to move to London and follow in the footsteps of her brother, but her dreams soon become nightmares when she is sent to Wildthorn Hall, an insane asylum, instead. Louisa is labeled a lunatic and stripped of all of her possessions, even her real name. And the longer she is Wildthorn the more she begins to unravel the betrayals and lies that led to her imprisonment. Louisa must find a way to escape before her time runs out and she looses herself to the horrors of Wild thorn Hall. Ages 14 and up $16.00 Houghton Mifflin
Reviewed by Maggie

FLIP By: Martyn Bedford
Alex was normal before he woke up in another boys body. He might not have been the most popular guy in school, but at least he knew who he was. Now he really has no clue. He's lost and confused and everyone keeps calling him Flip. Alex soon discovers that his soul has moved into this boy Flip's body, which stinks because that means that Flip is probably stuck in his body too. But the truth is Alex's body is in a coma and Flip's soul is trying desperately to get back into his. Now Alex has to make a choice as to what's more important; his life or Flip's? Ages 14 and up Wendy Lamb 4/5/2011 $16.99 Reviewed by: Maggie
JASPER JONES By: Craig Silvey
Jasper Jones was a thief and a liar. Or so thirteen year old Charlie Bucktin was told. but despite all of the warnings Charlie still followed him to his secret grove late one summer night where he discovered something horrible, a girl named Laura Wishart hanging dead from a tree. Jasper swears that he did not kill her and enlists Charlie to help him find who did. But the deeper the boys dig the more dangerous things become. the boys soon realize that everything is not as it seems and find that Laura's murderer is last person that anyone would suspect. Ages 12 and up ( rated PG-13 for strong language).
Knopf 4/5/2011 $16.99 Reviewed by: Maggie
The sequel to The Maze Runner. Thomas and his friends thought that they were safe, but they were wrong. Their escape from the maze was just another part of the test that the evil organization WICKED has created and now they are in more trouble than ever before. They have to cross the Scorch, the hottest place in the world, in two weeks in order to get the cure to a terrible disease that has infected them all. But crossing the Scorch is going to be anything but easy with WICKED involved and the farther the boys get, the more they realize that the Scorch Trials are just the beginning. They have a long way to go if they want to be cured and an even longer way to go if they want to stop WICKED. Ages 12 and up Delacorte $17.99 Reviewed by Maggie
Nastasya is over four-hundred years old. She is a spoiled party girl and has seen a lot in her immortal life, but is still caught off guard when she witnesses her best friend torture an innocent human being. Frightened she flees to a place called River's Edge where she begins to learn how to control her immortal magic. But the more she learns about magic the more she learns about herself, which may not be a good thing. Nastasya is in danger from dark immortals, one of which is living just a few doors sown from her at River's Edge. The worst part is she may be falling in love with him. The first book of Immortals series. Ages 12 up $16.99 Little Brown