March 28, 2010
Name of book: Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City by Kirsten Miller
Themes: Adventure, girl power, middle school, fun
At first I didn’t think that I would enjoy this book, however after the first chapter which I found a little shaky, I really started to enjoy the originality of the characters and plot. Kirsten Miller has created a fabulous book for middle school girls, and of course adults too, her group of Irregulars are entertaining to say the least. The Irregulars are a misfit band of outcasts from the Girl Scouts, all with interesting talents and abilities. Kirsten used the name Irregulars “as a tribute to another group of young delinquents — Sherlock Holmes’s Baker Street Irregulars. The original Irregulars were Victorian street urchins who worked as spies and errand boys for the world’s most famous detective. They were given the tasks no adult could perform.” While Sherlock’s group was missing a female presence, we are fortunate to have Kirsten give us a group of strong, curious and intelligent girls who are ready to take on any adventure.
This book will definitely develop devotees among middle school girls, the writing is witty and engaging and the lists that the narrator, Ananka Fishbein, makes are terrific! Check-out http://www.kikistrike.com/
February 16, 2010
The book Dragon Seer by Canadian Author, Janet McNaughton, had me from the first pages! A book set in what are the Orkney Islands and the long forgotten race of people known as the Picts, makes for a wonderful read. The reader is caught up with Madoca story; a strong character who struggles with revenge and her impulsiveness — and her diemma of how should she rescue her beloved charges from annihilation? We watch how Madoca training , determaintion and personal growth also earns her Tollie’s respect and admiration. Her eventual maturity allows her to reach a painful decision for saving her dragons.
Though a teen read, this book of magic, history and dragons will definately appeal to the more mature reader as well!
Reading ability: Intermediate; Senior
Genre: Fantasy; Historical fiction; Romance
Theme: Magic ; Dragons; Orphans; Love
Who would like this book? Girls looking for strong women role models; readers interested in dragons, history and magic!
Authors, Website: http://www.janetmcnaughton.ca/
February 5, 2010
In 1916, a young woman named Ruth Law attempted to fly from Chicago to New York City in one day-something no one else had been able to do. This is the story of that thrilling attempt.
RUTH LAW THRILLS A NATION is a non fiction read aloud that chronicles the pilot’s journey from the morning of the flight, when she woke up in a tent on the roof of a Chicago hotel, to her landing in New York City the next day. Although circumstances prevented her from achieving her goal, Ruth Law broke all United States nonstop flight records.
It is an amazing story of a dangerous journey made by a pilot whose courage deserves to be more widely known.
Reading Ability: Primary and Junior
Curriculam tie-in: Flight; Biography; Women as role models
Genre: Realistic fiction; Adventure;
Theme: Adventure; Courage; Determination
WHo would like to read this books? Girls looking for heroines and strong women role models