November 2011 Update

Author special info: This Sunday, November 6th, Powells Cedar Mill location:  Author of Ranger’s Apprentice – John Flanagan will be visiting at 2pm.
Chris Van Allsburg is visiting Powells Cedar Mill at 7pm on Thursday, November 10th!  This is the author of Polar Express, Jumanji, and numerous other brilliant picture books!

Favorite books of the month:  I enjoyed reading the following titles:

The Flint Heart by Katherine and John Paterson, Fantasy- 3rd grade and up- FIC PAT
Substantial adaptation of this long told tale.  Interesting and beautiful illustrations.

Mister  Lemur’s Train of Thought by Hans/Jen Harvickson, Poetry- 3rd grade and up- 811 HAR
Be prepared for entertaining poetry with a nod towards Shel Silverstein and a smidge here and there of fun learning/science information mixed in.

Storm Runners- The Surge by Roland Smith- Adventure fiction, 4th grade and up- FIC SMI — This is a non-stop adventure which is the 2nd book in a trilogy.  It doesn’t leave you “hanging” as much as the first book, but you will be anticipating the next book’s release!

Heroes of the Valley by Jonathan Stroud- Fantasy, 5th grade and up (more middle school/high school due to the violence.)  — FIC STR– I recommend listening to the audiobook, entertaining story with various names to keep track of in addition to the dual story lines during each chapter.

Sprinkles and Secrets by Lisa Schroeder- Realistic Fiction, 3rd grade and up, FIC SCH
I loved this sequel/partner title to It’s Raining Cupcakes.  I especially appreciated the angst that the main character was experiencing as she felt stuck between pursuing her life dream and supporting her best friend.

Dark Eden by Patrick Carman- Fantasy/Horror- mature 5th grade and up.  FIC CAR
I loved reading this suspenseful, scary story following children all sent to get “cured” of their fears.  The main character’s voice was compelling and I think the new genre including online videos to reinforce/watch the stories is an interesting approach/genre to creating books.

The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan, Fantasy, 4th grade and up, SER FIC RIO.
Be prepared for another non-stop action adventure and enjoy every minute since Percy Jackson is fully back within this portion of (hopefully) the trilogy.  There certainly is a good cliffhanger!

Sidekicks by Dan Santat, Graphic Novel, 3rd grade and up, GN 741.5 SAN
Imagine a burned out, aging super hero who plans to find a new sidekick… who would want to back him up?  His pets of course!  Entertaining, funny, and cute (with a little violence mixed in.)

Pumpkin Fair Movie (we’re now celebrating book fair!)



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