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Monday, October 31, 2005

Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins

Pick up Criss Cross, and you may not put it down until the end. Not because it’s a full of excitement page turner, but because there is something so familiar about it, that you’ll find yourself smiling or nodding in agreement, thinking yeah, I felt that way too. It’s the story of a group neighbors and friends who over the course of a summer find themselves one step closer to who they’re really meant to be.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

The Book of Mordred by Vivian Vande Velde

Love to judge a book by its cover? Try The Book of Mordred.
King Arthur had a son or, no, was it his nephew? Even grosser, Mordred is both. In this retelling of the famous legend of Camelot, Mordred is no longer characterized as a bloodthirsty fool, but as a mysterious man. We find out about his softer, more noble side through the eyes of three women who loved him. Along the way you will fall for Mordred and his heroic deeds and will mourn his death in the end.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

If you liked Harry Potter . . .

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simply can't wait for book the last and have a high tolerance for obviously derivative fiction, pick up The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. It's the first in a series called Percy Jackson & the Olympians. Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson discovers that he is the son of one of the ancient Greek gods, who, surprise, surprise, are still around and living in America. Well, over it. You now access Olympus through a secret elevator in the Empire State Building. Anyhoo, Percy is unaware of his own special powers until a bat-winged pre-Algebra teacher tries to slay him. He narrowly survives a second attack by fleeing to a special summer camp for half-Olympian kids. Do I even need to tell you that evil is afoot and Percy is the one the prophecy says will save the day? Yeah, you have seen this plot before. Percy even has two sidekicks whose names are not Hermione and Ron, but could be. Despite the scorn I heap upon this flagrant piece of plagiarism, however, I can't deny that I read and enjoyed every last word of it. Mr. Riordan is to be congratulated for taking a can't-lose formula and adding a genuinely fresh twist to it.

Paula Anderson