Tag Archives: science fiction

Boys of Blur, by N.D. Wilson

7 Jul

My heart is racing because I just finished a really great book! Check out the cover of N. D. Wilson’s Boys of Blur:

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Because there are two boys running on the cover, I thought this book was going to be about sports – but it’s not. It’s got magic, mystery, and zombies! The setting of this book is really unusual. It takes place in a fictional town in Florida. In this town, they grow sugar cane, and much of the story takes place in these sugar cane fields – “the muck.” Creepy!!

I love the way that N.D. Wilson writes – I was on the edge of my seat! If you are looking for a slightly scary, fast-paced read, this is the book snack for you!

 

Not So Scary Ghosts

8 Jul

Summer is a good time to stretch your reading and try books that you wouldn’t normally pick up. This week I’ve read two books involving ghosts – but they’re probably not what you are thinking. 🙂 

Small Medium at Large

The first book is Small Medium at Large, by Joanne Levy. I chose to read this book because I thought the title and cover were very interesting. Do you know what a “medium” is? It doesn’t just mean a shirt size! A medium is someone who can communicate with dead people – or ghosts! When Lilah Bloom, a regular 12-year-old girl, discovers her new talent after being struck by lightning at her mom’s wedding. 

One of the things I really like about this book was how surprisingly realistic it is. Lilah seems like a totally normal girl, dealing with totally normal problems (parents, friends, boys, school). It just so happens that she can also talk to her dead grandmother, and any other spirits who happen to be around. This book snack is perfect for fans of realistic fiction in grades 4-6 who want to try out a science fiction book. 

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The second book I read was Radiance, by Alyson Noel. This short novel really surprised me because I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did. The main character, Riley, isn’t technically called a ghost in the book, but it takes place after she dies. When Riley is 12 years old, her family is in a car accident and only her sister survives. Riley is having a hard time adjusting to her new surroundings, and is finally given a job to do. I can’t really tell you much more except that it involves returning to earth to help other souls choose to “move on.” Some parts of this book are a little scary, so I definitely recommend this book snack to students in grades 5 and up. It is part of a series, so you can keep snacking if you enjoy it! 🙂

 

The Emerald Atlas, by John Stephens

13 Dec

The Emerald Atlas, by John StephensHello my friends! I have just finished the most fantastic book! The Emerald Atlas, by John Stephens, is an exciting and original fantasy adventure. Kate, Michael, and Emma’s parents left under mysterious circumstances ten years ago, and since then, the three siblings have been bounced from orphanage to orphanage. Finally, they are taken in by the orphanage of Dr. Pym in Cambridge Falls – only there are no other children there when they arrive.

The real adventure begins when the children are snooping about and stumble upon an office in the basement. In the office, they discover a beautiful book which transports them into the past to a dark and frightening time. Cambridge Falls, is under the control of an evil Countess who has stolen all the children. She won’t give them up until she finds something very powerful. Will the children escape back into their own time? Can they save the children? Will they ever see their parents again? Find out in The Emerald Atlas, by John Stephens.