Egyptian gods on the loose
Author: Rick Riordan Publisher: Puffin Books, 528 pages
SINCE their mother’s death, Carter and Sadie have become near strangers. While Sadie lives with her grandparents in London, her brother travels the world with their father, the brilliant Egyptologist, Dr Julius Kane. One night, Dr Kane brings the siblings together for a “research experiment” at the British Museum, where he hopes to set things right for his family. Instead, he unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes him to oblivion and forces the children to flee for their lives. Soon, Sadie and Carter discover that the gods of Egypt are waking, and that Set has his sights on the Kanes. To stop him, the siblings embark on a dangerous journey across the globe – a quest that brings them ever closer to the truth about their family, and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs. Author: B.R. Collins Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing, 320 ZACH and his sister Annis have been uprooted by their parents from their comfortable home to a remote and half-built barn in France. It’s a desperate attempt to save not only a marriage but also the family. When Zach defies his parents’ wishes and explores a nearby ruin, things take a turn for the worse. A horrific accident leaves him broken on the ground. Annis sees him seemingly dead, but moments later, Zach is up, with hardly a scratch on him. What has Zach done to cheat death and what is the price of the life he has snatched? Author: Catherine Cooper Publisher: Infinite Ideas, 384 pages WHEN Jack Brenin finds a golden acorn lying in the grass, little does he know that it is the beginning of a thrilling and magical adventure. Just an ordinary boy, Jack has been chosen for a hugely important task, and enters a world he believed only existed in legend. Full of twists and turns, talking ravens and mischievous Spriggans, The Golden Acorn is the winner of the Brit Writers’ Awards. Author: Alexander Gordon Smith Publisher: Square Fish, 304 pages FURNACE Penitentiary, the world’s most secure prison for young offenders, is buried a mile beneath the Earth’s surface. Convicted of a murder he didn’t commit, sentenced to life without parole, “new fish” Alex Sawyer knows he has two choices: find a way out, or resign himself to a death behind bars, in the darkness at the bottom of the world. Except in Furnace, death is the least of his worries. Soon Alex discovers that the prison is a place of pure evil. With some fellow inmates, Alex plans an escape, but, as he starts to uncover the truth about Furnace’s deeper, darker purpose, Alex’s actions grow ever more dangerous, and he must risk everything to expose this nightmare that’s hidden from the eyes of the world. A DRUG deal goes south and a cop has been shot. Lil J’s on the run and he’s starting to get dope sick. He’d do anything to change the last 24 hours, and when he stumbles into an abandoned building, it actually might be possible. Elements of magical realism intensify this harrowing story about drug use, violence, perceptions of reality, and second chances. Author: Adam Rex Publisher: Balzer + Bray, 336 pages DOUG Lee is undead quite by accident – attacked by a desperate vampire, he finds himself cursed with being fat and 15 forever. When he has no luck finding some Goth chick with a vampire fetish, he resorts to sucking the blood of cows under cover of night. But it’s just not the same. Then he meets a new Indian exchange student and falls for her. Yeah, he wants to bite her, but he also wants to prove himself to her. But like the laws of life, love, and high school, the laws of vampire existence are complicated, especially when the star of Vampire Hunters is hot on your trail in an attempt to boost ratings. Author: Polly Shulman Publisher: Putnam Juvenile, 327 pages ELIZABETH has a new job at an unusual library – a lending library of objects, not books. In a secret room in the basement lies the Grimm Collection. That’s where the librarians lock away powerful items straight out of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales: seven-league boots, a table that produces a feast at the blink of an eye, Snow White’s stepmother’s sinister mirror that talks in riddles. When the magical objects start to disappear, Elizabeth embarks on a dangerous quest to catch the thief before she can be accused of the crime – or captured herself! Author & Illustrator: Mo Willems Publisher: Balzer + Bray, 32 pages JOIN spunky Cat the Cat as she introduces the very youngest readers to her world. In Time To Sleep, Cat prepares for bedtime. Her friends, including Pig the Pig, Hsark the Shark and, of course, Sheep the Sheep are going through the usual before-bed rituals like reading a story, taking a bath and brushing their teeth. In the end, only Owl is awake, watching over his friends from his perch against a dark blue sky. A delightful, fun and soothing bedtime book.
Walter Dean Myers
Amistad, 209 pages