September 26, 2015
Myles and the Monster outside by Philippa Dowding
Published by Dundurn Press
Series: Weird Stories gone Wrong
Author Philippa Dowding succinctly sets the tone, on page 7, with one sentence, “you should know, before you even start this book, that it’s a little scary” in Myles and the Monster outside, the second book of her new series “Weird Stories gone Wrong”.
Within the short span of 154 pages, a reader is taken on a roller coaster collision of fear, imagination and the unknown.
“Myles and the Monster outside” begins with mundane and monotony as invisible companions that accompany Myles as he and his family embark upon the adventure of leaving all that is familiar behind and beginning anew.
Mist-like fingers, glowing red eyes, a windshield that cracks are all elements that keep a reader gripping the binding of this book with white-knuckled apprehension and at the same time pushing deeply into the back of a chair!
Once again, Dowding has created a story that challenges a reader to seek ‘courage’ in the face of the unknown……no matter what form the unknown takes.
This is truly a tale that borders upon being an urban legend stirred with a splash of truth!
Highly recommended for Grade 3,4,5 !!!!!
March 30, 2011
"Haunting, mysterious and full of wonders" E. Bunce
Plain Kate by Erin Bow
The writing is lyrical, moving and beautiful. I love Erin Bow’s writing style, she has a sparse descriptive style, which I found it to be fresh and inventive. While reading, I frequently re-read passages just to savor her words and images that they conjured. The book has a Eastern European flavour, which is dark, somber and foreboding. The main character, Plain Kate, is endearing and a tenacious survivor, she so badly wants to belong and is looking desperately for a family. When in dire circumstances she gives away her shadow to a mysterious stranger. As events transpire we learn the terrible reason behind this magical transaction and the consequences for Kate and those around her. At times I wanted to cry, and I would have found the book too dark without the introduction of a delightful talking cat who almost steals the show. The talking cat is terrific and he serves to lighten mood, plus move the story along. Without the cat, Kate would have been totally alone in a hostile world.
March 27, 2011
September 1st 2005 by Disney Editions
Hardcover, 336 pages
‘Disney’ ….. a word that is recognizable in what ever language and being an avid Disney fan, I naturally gravitated towards this book by Ridley Pearson.
This story ‘Disney after dark’, is the first in the series “Kingdom Keepers”. It is not a story that will envoke the warm and fuzzy feeling that one usually associates with ‘Disney’! Action, suspense, fantasy and threats taunt and plague the five young characters that are central in this story. These five teens find themselves pitted against all the traditional and not so traditional villianous characters that inhabit Disney. Being that this is the 21st century, technology now plays a vital role for these protagonists, but it ends up leaving them with unexpected side effects!
If you never have had the opportunity of experiencing the Magic Kingdom…then you are in for a wonderful ‘magical ride’ in Ridley Pearson’s book “The Kingdom Keepers.”
Genre: Fantasy/Thriller/ Suspense
Interest Level: Grade 6 to 9
Book Weblink: http://www.thekingdomkeepers.com/
Author Talk about the Book:
You Tube Keepers Movie tr:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtQOdGj7A1g&NR=1
Book Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npCAlQwiL_0&feature=related