Jan 232013

Brotherband 3: The Hunters

John Flanagan

It’s time for a showdown. Pirates vs Skandians. Bring it on, Herons! 

Hal and his brotherband crew are hot on the trail of the pirate Zavac and they have one thing only on their minds: Stopping the bloodthirsty thief before he can do more damage. If Hal is to succeed, he will need to go beyond his brotherband training. He will need to challenge the pirate one-on-one, knowing only one of them will survive. The epic series from “Ranger’s Apprentice” author John Flanagan continues, delivering pulse-pounding adventure and fun.

Read an excerpt and watch the trailer => http://bit.ly/Xz4Rnj

Aug 222010

Rascal and the Bad Smell
Author: Paul Jennings
Illustrator: Bob Lea
Real books for beginners

Someone made a bad smell. But who?

Like a bloodhound on a case, Rascal puts his nose to the task of finding the culprit.

Read a Rascal story to your children and before long they’ll read it to you.

You can buy the book here => http://bit.ly/dd083c

Jun 232010

Tomorrow, When the War Began (The Tomorrow Series #1)
by John Marsden

Australian teenager Ellie and six of her friends return from a winter break camping trip to find their homes burned or deserted, their families imprisoned, and their country occupied by a foreign military force in league with a band of disaffected Australians. As their shock wears off, the seven decide they must stick together if they are to survive. After a life-threatening skirmish with the occupiers, the teens retreat to their isolated campsite in the bush country and make plans to fight a guerilla war against the invaders. Writing in a distinct voice and showing rare intelligence and sensitivity, Ellie recounts their courageous battles against the Goliath in control of their land. She also records her feelings and observations about the romantic partnerships that develop within her small circle of friends, and shows how they mature and blossom during this time of crisis. Though readers are left wondering whether these heroes and heroines will survive (one is severely wounded at the end of the novel), Ellie’s uncommonly honest and clear narration makes this coming-of-age adventure a story they won’t forget. Fast-paced and provocative, it’s a natural for book talking.
Jack Forman, Mesa College Library, San Diego
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

A gripping tale, told with Marsden’s customary incisiveness.

The movie is due for release on September 2nd 2010

Teaching with Tomorrow when the war began
Introducing and teaching Tomorrow, When The War
Year 10 Context study: Close study of a novel and its author
Tomorrow When the War Began Booktalk
2007 Student Essays Tomorrow, When the War Began

May 042010

The Book ….

Guys Read: Funny Business

Authors: Jon Scieszka, Mac Barnett, Adam Rex, David Yoo, Paul Feig, Kate Dicamillo, Christopher Paul Curtis, Eoin Colfer, Jack Gantos

Jon Scieszka has been writing books for children since he took time off from his career as a teacher. He wanted to create books that boys would enjoy by enticing them with witty humor. He is the author of the crazy best-selling picture books The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and The Stinky Cheese Man. He has received several honors, including mentions on the ALA Notable Book and Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book lists, the Children’s Choice Award, and the Caldecott Honor Medal. His original trade chapter book series, the Time Warp Trio, has sold over two million copies. Born in Flint, Michigan, Jon now lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.

Reading level: Ages 9-12
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Walden Pond Press (September 21, 2010)
ISBN-13: 978-0061963735

You can order it now from Amazon

Feb 032010

Maze Runner

James Dashner

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can
remember is his first name.

Watch the book trailer video

play the game

Read an excerpt

May 312009

It seems that young readers in China like getting goosebumps. Published in the U.S. by Scholastic, R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps novels have sold more than five million copies in China since 2002, when Jieli Publishing House launched the series there. When that publisher invited Stine to China to meet his fans in person, the author happily accepted. Last month he spent two weeks touring five cities across the country, and at every stop received a welcome that was anything but chilling.

Apr 122009


Sam Fox is on a trip to North America with his scout cub pack when their bus crashes down a steep canyon. Some of the group are seriously injured, so Sam and two cubs set off to find help.

But Sam is thousands of miles from home, in the middle of the American wilderness. A wilderness full of howling wolves, voracious snapper turtles, rabid raccoons, and a massive, unpredictable grizzly bear that’s following them and just won’t give up…

Click here to read an excerpt from the book, to play the game, and catch up with Justin d’Ath, the author.

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Jan 122009

Project X (OUP)

The books are aimed at school children up to the age of nine

Books illustrated with computer- generated images are the latest attempt to get boys to enjoy reading.

Oxford University Press (OUP) claims the “truly boy-friendly” content and structure of its Project X books will appeal to boys up the age of nine.

The books have been tested in 2,000 schools and can be used interactively through CD-Roms and whiteboards.

But critics dismissed the publications as “ghastly” and a shallow attempt to mimic computer games.