Chris Conlan is the coolest kid in sixth grade—the golden-armed quarterback of the football team and the boy all the others look up to. Scott Parry is the new kid, the boy with the huge brain, but with feet that trip over themselves. These two boys may seem like an odd couple, but each has a secret that draws them together, and proves that the will to succeed is even more important than raw talent.
It is the cusp of World War I, and all the European powers are arming up. The Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their Clankers, steam-driven iron machines loaded with guns and ammunition. The British Darwinists employ fabricated animals as their weaponry. Their Leviathan is a whale airship, and the most masterful beast in the British fleet.
Our book to be discussed on March 21, 2010 will have great appeal to “horse-mad readers, girls like Lidie who have photos and drawings of horses tacked up on their bedroom walls,” writes Norah Piehl in her book review posted on Kidsreads.com. Piehl goes on to say that WILD GIRL “shouldn’t be dismissed as merely another ‘horse book.’ It also provides an insightful glimpse into the immigrant experience, particularly for the large number of i
Six kids. One shipwreck. One desert island.They didn’t want to be on the boat in the first place. They were sent there as punishment, or as a character-building experience. Now the adults are gone, and the quest for survival has begun.