Thursday, September 10, 2009
A wormhole is a connection to time travel in the future. Herbert and Alex travel through their video grame's wormhole to a future ruled by aliens.Herbert meets his future self who along with Sammi the girl next door, are instrumental in them defeat the aliens in a ball game and return home.
Brian Tacang has written a story about true friendship in the format of candidates for election to school council. The fashion design and modeling school in town has closed temporarily for renovationsand the student will be attending the regular school in town. Of course the 2 groups don't mix or even get along and when it looks like the fashionable Fiona might win the election to class president,ordinary Millicent needs to find a way to be herself and win the election. Her true friends come through and help. Fortunately, the renovations are completed quickly and Fiona and friends can return to their own school.
Avi has written the last book in the Poppy series. In this book Poppy's husband, Rye, dies unexpectedly, Poppy and Ereth both mourn him in their own ways. But Poppy's grandson Spruce is able to bring the family and friends together and look forward to new life in Dimwood forest.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
I was interested in reading this because of a review which compared it to Mark Twain. the review was right on! The book takes place on the Mississippi river, riverboat, gamblers, and runaways all included. The main character, Zebulon Crabtree, age 12, is sent downriver by his parents to apprentice with a great uncle in a tannery. He falls under the influence of a riverboat gambler, Chilly, and never makes it to his great uncle's place. Instead he learns alot about who he is and life in general from the gamblers, a runaway slave and a blind Indian chief and his daughter. At the end he decides of course that gambling is not for him. The fun is watching the tale unfold and seeing how Helgerson puts it all together. Wonderful characters and lots of fun.