Friday, September 23, 2011

Peter and What Came Before

I am currently in the midst of reading Peter and the Shadow Thieves which is the second book about Peter Pan by Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry. This book had me hooked right away with it's plot and characters. The book consists of all the original characters (Peter, the Lost Boys, Captain Hook etc.) but a few new ones are thrown in as well. Molly Aster is introduced, as well as William Slank and Little Richard.

This series of books takes place before the real story. Taking you back to what happened before the classic book by J.M Barrie. These books offer an origin for Captain Hook, fairies, and the Lost Boys. Each book is about 400 pages long and divided into many chapters. The novels are also illustrated by Greg Call.

The series is as follows:
1. Peter and the StarCatchers
2. Peter and the Shadow Thieves
3. Peter and the Secret of Rundoon
4. Peter and the Sword of Mercy

Don't even think about reading this book unless you have a comfy chair and plenty of time. It's the classic adventure story. Dangerous pirate duals, unforbidding weather and a secret chest leave you awaiting more!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

A Little About...Nora Raleigh Baskin

Nora Raleigh Baskin is a middle grade novelist who has written several award winning books.

About Nora
Nora grew up in Brooklyn, New York where her childhood was filled with books and the theater. Nora was one of five children. She started writing seriously in the 5th grade. Writing has always been her way of dealing with the drama of life. Before publishing her first book, Nora worked as a preschool teacher for several years.

Nora's Books
Anything But Typical
Jason is an autistic 12-year-old struggling to survive in a neurotypical world. Most days, it's just minutes before something goes wrong. Then, he meets PhoenixGirl, who posts stories similar to his on an online story chat. PhoenixGirl knows nothing of his Autism, so when they meet at a writer's conference out-of-state, Jason wonders if she will like him for who he really is.
Winner of the ALA Schneider Award.

The Summer Before Boys
Julia and Eliza are best friends. They've shared everything, from school troubles to the imaginary worlds they've created. Now, Julia's mother has gone to serve overseas in the Iraq war, and Julia is going to spend the summer living with Eliza and her parents. As the summer throws them new adventures, the two friends begin to grow apart. Can they find a way to stay together?

The Truth About My Bat Mitzvah
Caroline's mom is Jewish, but her dad is not. When her Nana dies and leaves her a Star of David Necklace, Caroline wonders which religion suits her. Should she have a Bat Mitzvah like her friend Rachel? Will that just upset her dad?

What Every Girl (except me) Me Knows
This novel is based on the sad and funny events of Nora's life. She was advised by many people not to write it; "It's too personal" but after six months of writing, this book has been brought to the shelves to touch people's hearts.

Other books by Nora Raleigh Baskin include: Almost Home, Basketball (or something like it), In the Company of Crazies, All We Know of Love.

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Friday, September 9, 2011

Would You Care For a Waffle with Your Steak?

Get ready to laugh as you read Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath! Primrose Squarp's journey is  full of humorous experiences that will leave you wanting more.

Primrose's (the main character in this story) parents have disappeared in a terrible storm at sea, but she refuses to believe they are dead. Although the towns-people try to persuade her otherwise, Ms. Bowzer the owner of the restaurant Girl on the Red Swing keeps Primrose's spirits up. At the Girl on the Red Swing, where everything is served on a homemade waffle, Primrose learns to cook.

This book is beautifully written and although it is short, it leaves a big impact. So, join the journey as Primrose discovers the answer to this question:

Have you ever known something deep in your heart,
even though you don't know why?

At the end of each chapter, the author includes a special recipe from the book.

Everything on a Waffle is a Newbery Honor book, as well as a bestselling novel.