Mar 252013
 

What the Raven Saw

Samantha-Ellen Bound

What the raven saw

An unlikely hero. An extraordinary story.

The raven doesn’t want you to read his story. What if you find out the location of his treasure? Or worse, what if you learn his secret – that ravens can talk?

But you should read it, even though the raven wants to be left alone. A pesky pigeon, a beady-eyed weatherhen, a ghost boy and a lovestruck scarecrow will make sure this story isn’t just about one grumpy raven. With their help, the raven will uncover a thief, sing his own song, and discover there’s more to life than being magnificent. => http://bit.ly/YQxFLf

Sep 192011
 

Nanberry

Jackie French

EAN:978-0732290221
Format: Paperback 320 p.
Published in:2011
Published by Harper Collins (Australia)

It’s 1789, and as the new colony in Sydney Cove is established, Surgeon John White defies convention and adopts Nanberry, an Aboriginal boy, to raise as his son. Nanberry is clever and uses his unique gifts as an interpreter to bridge the two worlds he lives in. With his white brother, Andrew, he witnesses the struggles of the colonists to keep their precarious grip on a hostile wilderness. And yet he is haunted by the memories of the Cadigal warriors who will one day come to claim him as one of their own. This true story follows the brothers as they make their way in the world – one as a sailor, serving in the Royal Navy, the other a hero of the Battle of Waterloo. No less incredible is the enduring love between the gentleman surgeon and the convict girl, saved from the death penalty, to become a great lady in her own right.

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Sep 062011
 

Lionsgate has just rolled out the second phase in its new viral campaign for the upcoming film, The Hunger Games.

The studio launched the first teaser trailer for the film — which is based on a trilogy of books — at the MTV VMAs on Sunday. At the end of the trailer was a hashtag: #whatsmydistrict. This hashtag led intrepid Twitter users on a chase to find a hidden website. More here => http://on.mash.to/n3c5TT

More about the book and the exciting movie poster here => http://bit.ly/n0MdUE

Aug 142011
 

The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins

EAN:978-0439023528
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Published in: Unknown
Published: July 2010
Series: The Hunger Games trilogy

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, “The Hunger Games,” a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed.

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Aug 072011
 

The Lost Hero

Rick Riordan

EAN:978-1423113393
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Hyperion Books
Published in: United States, October 2010
Published: October 2010

After saving Olympus from the evil Titan lord, Kronos, Percy and friends have rebuilt their beloved Camp Half-Blood, where the next generation of demigods must now prepare for a chilling prophecy of their own:

Seven half-bloods shall answer the call,
To storm or fire the world must fall.
An oath to keep with a final breath,
And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death.

Now, in a brand-new series from blockbuster best-selling author Rick Riordan, fans return to the world of Camp Half-Blood. Here, a new group of heroes will inherit a quest. But to survive the journey, they’ll need the help of some familiar demigods.

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Aug 022011
 

There is No Dog

Meg Rosoff

EAN:978-0141327167
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Puffin Books
Published in: United Kingdom
Published: August 2011

In the beginning there was Bob. And Bob created the heavens and the earth and the beasts of the field and the creatures of the sea, and twenty-five million other species including lots and lots of gorgeous girls. And all of this, he created in just six days. Six days! Congratulations Bob! No wonder Earth is such a mess. Imagine that God is a typical teenage boy. He is lazy, careless, self-obsessed, sex-mad – and about to meet Lucy, the most beautiful girl on earth. Unfortunately, whenever Bob falls in love, disaster follows. Let us pray that Bob does not fall in love with Lucy.

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Mar 062011
 

The Goose Girl

by Shannon Hale

She can whisper to horses and communicate with birds, but the crown princess Ani has a difficult time finding her place in the royal family and measuring up to her imperial mother.

More about the book, discussion notes, excerpt, and where to buy the book => http://bit.ly/e321wJ

Jan 062011
 

The Wee Free men
by Terry Pratchett

A young witch-to-be named Tiffany teams up with the Wee Free Men, a clan of six-inch-high blue men, to rescue her baby brother and ward off a sinister invasion from Fairyland

A Teaching Guide to Terry Pratchett
Spark discussion about A Hat Full of Sky, The Wee Free Men, and The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents with the pre-reading activities and discussion questions in this printable teaching guide to these books by Terry Pratchett.

Discussion module

Teaching guide

Secrets of The Wee Free Men and Discworld: The Myths and Legends of Terry Pratchett’s Multiverse

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Dec 042010
 

maze_runnerThe Maze Runner is by James Dashner, and was released on October 6th.

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

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Sep 282010
 

Katherine, in the middle of her senior year in high school, finds herself strongly attracted to Michael, a friend, after a party. As their relationship unfolds, the issue of sex comes up early on, more as an emotional and health issue than as a moral one. Both of them are aware that physical intimacy is both common and complicated. Michael has been sexually active, Katherine hasn’t. Their relationship progresses slowly; they are accompanied on various meetings by her friend, Erica, a realist, who has known Katherine since 9th grade and believes that sex is a physical act and not a romantic act. They are also joined by Michael’s friend, Artie, who, with Erica’s help, explores and acknowledges some uncertainty about his own sexuality.
When they do, by mutual consent, have sex on Michael’s sister’s bedroom floor, they are sure it seals a love that will be “forever.” However, separated for the summer by work that takes them to two different states, Katherine finds herself aware of the limitations of the relationship and ultimately attracted to a tennis instructor, Theo, who is older and more experienced in life. She takes responsibility for breaking the news to Michael when he comes on a surprise visit, the summer she knew was over, and Katherine recognizes the loss as a stage in movement towards more complex, probably more satisfying relationships in the future.

more here => http://bit.ly/dwINKL