When James is finally allowed to play basketball on the main court with the older boys, he has to prove he can hold his own. It’s Skins against Shirts, and James is guarding Marcus, the biggest Shirt of them all. Marcus is all muscle, but James has skill and determination on his side. In the end, there’s much more than the game point riding on James’s last shot. John Coy’s energetic prose captures the intensity and emotion of the competition, while Leslie Jean-Bart’s photo collages convey the gritty pace of the game.
This selection is in preperation for John Coy’s visit to the Neenah Public Library on Wednesday August 5 2009.
Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse-Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends — one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena — Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods. (Barnes and Noble)
This is the first in the Percy Jackson and the Olympiand series. There are 4 books out now, and one more on the way later this year to complete the series.
Book 2: The Sea of Monsters
Book 3: The Titan’s Curse
Book 4: The Battle of the Labyrinth
Book 5: The Last Olympian (Due Out in May 2009)
ORPHAN, CLOCK KEEPER, AND THIEF, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, Hugo’s undercover life, and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy. A cryptic drawing, a treasured notebook, a stolen key, a mechanical man, and a hidden message from Hugo’s dead father form the backbone of this intricate, tender, and spellbinding mystery. (Barnes and Noble)
The illustrations in this book are just fantastic. The book looks huge (well, it is huge) but that is because it is really a graphic novel of sorts. The story is told equally through the text and the illustrations. A fantastic and quick read. Here is a great example of the illustrations throughout the book.
After a mean collector named Swindle cons him out of his most valuable baseball card, Griffin Bing must put together a band of misfits to break into Swindle’s compound and recapture the card. There are many things standing in their way — a menacing guard dog, a high-tech security system, a very secret hiding place, and their inability to drive — but Griffin and his team are going to get back what’s rightfully his . . . even if hi-jinks ensue.
This is Gordon Korman at his crowd-pleasing best, perfect for readers who like to hoot, howl, and heist.
This is my next book guys. Has anyone read this yet. Feel free to give me things to look for, or just tell me what you think.
Book 1: Beyond the Deepwoods Young Twig lives in the Deepwoods, among the Woodtrolls, but he isn’t one of them. In a brave attempt to find out where he belongs, Twig wanders into the mysterious, dangerous world beyond the Deepwoods. He meets a collection of odd companions, such as his wise guardian, the Caterbird; the Slaughterers, a peaceful race who
butcher animals for their livelihood; and the vicious, bile-swilling Rotsucker. Always watching out for the horrible Gloamglozer, whose presence haunts the thoughts of all the inhabitants of The Edge, Twig steadfastly pursues his quest until he discovers his roots, not among the trees, but in the skies. . . .
Book 2 Stormchaser
Book 3 Midnight Over Sanctaphrax
Book 4 The Curse of the Gloamglozer
Book 5 The Last of the Sky Pirates
Book 6 Vox
Book 7 Freeglader
Book 8 Winter Knights
Book 9 Clash of the Sky Galleons