Thursday, December 1, 2011
India doesn't want to leave her friends and school, and she can't believe her mother is making her babysit her younger brother and sister on the way to Colorado. They are so annoying!
Finn is worried about everything and sad about leaving his manager position on the basketball team. Things will never be the same, and they barely even know Uncle Red. He just doesn't see how everything can work out with so many problems in their path.
Mouse notices everything, and while her older brother and sister are worried and annoyed that she will drift away, she is frustrated because no one is listening when she tries to point out important signs and information.
When the land, they aren't in Colorado. They are in a place that seems too good to be true. They soon discover that what seems like paradise really isn't and that they might just want to go back to their normal lives. But is it too late? Time is strange in this new place, and it's running out fast.
This book is told from the perspectives of the three kids, so you get different versions of the story. It gets a little confusing as you read, but it will all make sense in the end, even the reasons why it is a little confusing. :) Visit Gennifer Choldenko's website for more information. I recommend this for everyone, especially if you like a little fantasy in your life!
But Gideon isn't happy about his award at all. He is filled with guilt about what he has done and determined to do something to make things right.
As Gideon, Tessa, and an orphan named Dek set out on one final mission, they begin to realize a shocking truth about this always war that has consumed everyone's lives for generations.
This is a quick read and interesting perspective on war and intelligence. The Always War will make you think about war and truth in a different way. As you read, look for place names that sound familiar but are a little off. See if you can figure out the real places Dek, Gideon, and Tessa discuss and visit. I recommend this for everyone, 6-8. Enjoy!
Life is relatively peaceful until Konrad becomes unexpectedly ill, and all medical efforts fail. Victor remembers a dark library hidden in the house with alchemy books and papers. He struggles to create an Elixir of Life to save his brother and to glorify himself. Victor and Elizabeth must battle vicious creatures and cunning enemies to meet their goal, but Victor finds the danger exhilarating.
This book was a heart pounding thrill ride that manages to be character driven at the same time. Oppell looks further into Victor's motivations than the original story does, and he creates a character who is believable and disturbing.
This Dark Endeavor was also named as part of the 2012-2013 Lone Star List!