July 2010

These are the books the Children's Area staff reviewed in July 2010. Click on the "check the catalog" link to see if the book is available. If it isn't, ask a librarian to put it on hold for you.

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The Death-Defying Pepper Roux

The Death-Defying Pepper Roux, by Geraldine McCaughrean, tells the story of Paul "Pepper" Roux, a French boy whose Aunt, on the day he was born, made this prediction: Pepper would die on his fourteenth birthday. When that day came, a series of events led Pepper to steal his father's ship and his identity as Captain Roux. From there, he has a series of adventures and identities. In his quest to avoid dying, Pepper experiences more living in a few months than most do in a lifetime. Throughout the novel, Pepper is unwaveringly kind and considerate of others. While these characteristics rarely work in Pepper's favor immediately, they do endear him to a host of characters. The novel does not gloss over some of life's more difficult aspects, but Pepper's optimistic outlook affirms life to himself and to the reader as he strives to keep his. Fans of Roald Dahl will enjoy the story and its dark humor; fans of adventure stories will enjoy Pepper's many adventures at sea and on land. I LOVED this book!

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A Walk In Wolf Wood

When John and Margaret went for a long walk in Wolf Wood, they had no idea that they would end up befriending a werewolf or get transported back in time. Amidst the confines of an ancient castle, magic is in the air. The children attempt to help the werewolf conquer a devious enemy who has stolen his identity and is plotting to kill the King. Although there isn't much time to warn the King of his pending doom, John and Margaret remain brave. But will their cleverness afford them enough time to bring about a happy ending to this story? You’ll just have to read the book to see.

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The Hidden Boy

Hold on to your seats as you get on board Captain Bontoc's Blue Moon Mobile with Bea Flint, her little brother Theo, and the rest of the family as they travel to Bell Hoot. The family has won the trip and believes they are on a holiday adventure. But something terrible happens on their journey, and Bell Hoot ends up being farther away from home than the family ever imagined. What is this place where strange and mysterious things happen? Fantasy lovers will enjoy this first installment of the Bell Hoot saga. Expect more books to come at a later date.

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The White Mountains

The White Mountains is the first book in the Tripod series. It is a fast-paced, engaging book that grabs the reader's attention. The novel is set in the future, after all of today's advanced technology has been destroyed, and the humans have been enslaved by Tripods. Three boys; William, Henry and Beanpole, must work together on the long and dangerous journey to join the freemen and fight against the enemy Tripods.

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The City of Ember

Lina and Doon live in the underground city of Ember. The city was created by "the Builders" as a refuge for humanity. They only intended for the city to last for 220 years, at which point a locked box would open providing instructions for leaving. Unfortunately the box was lost and time is running out fast. The city is plagued by sporadic blackouts and a dwindling food supply. Can Lina and Doon find the way out before it is too late?

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