Posts Tagged ‘adventure’

The Abominables

February 13, 2014

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By Eva Ibbotson

Illustrated by Fiona Robinson

Years ago in the Himalayan Mountains, a young aristocratic girl by the name of Lady Agatha Farlingham was kidnapped by a yeti father who needed someone to raise his motherless children.  Luckily Agatha discovered that the yetis (also known as Abominables) were not in the least monstrous. In fact they were vegetarians and were so gentle that they apologized to grass and fruit before they ate it.  Lady Agatha loved her yetis and spent a long and happy life with them, teaching them human speech as well as English values and manners.

Fast forward 100 years….Lady Agatha is now an old lady who has led a very happy life with her yeti family.  Knowing that she cannot live much longer, she realizes that her family of yetis are in danger of being discovered by the outside world.  With sensation-seeking tourists hot on the yeti’s trail, Lady Agatha recruits two English children to come to their rescue and lead the yetis on a long journey to her ancestral home in England.

Along the way, the children and the yetis have unforgettable adventures, many of which are quite puzzling to the yetis whose only knowledge of the outside world comes from Lady Agatha’s experiences 100 years before.  These gentle creatures with backward-facing feet (which make them hard to track) are a mixture of gentle kindness and naiveté resulting in a touching yet humorous story which extends to the line drawings that suitably enhance the storyline.

Published posthumously by Eva Ibbotson’s son Toby and her editor Marion Lloyd, this is a memorable and fitting finale for a talented and treasured author.

Recommended for children in grades 4 through 6 who enjoy a bit of humor with their fantasy.  It would also be terrific as a read aloud.

Reviewed by Connie (Parr Library)

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October 30, 2013


By Aaron Becker

Embark on an adventure in this enchanting story about a friendless little girl who discovers a world unlike her own. Armed with a red marker and the desire to explore, our lead character draws her way through a realm filled with castles that surpass mountains and boats that sail the skies. But like all fantastic stories, this little girl must face a great and royal antagonist.

Will the girl with the red marker suffer a future held prisoner in a foreign land, or will she discover a path that leads her back home?

Aaron Becker brings to life a work of art that will captivate your imagination. It’s as if you’re traveling back into time, into a period that only exists in the magical world. Told entirely through illustrations, Journey explores themes of independence, creativity and friendship. It is a picture book that all can enjoy.

Recommended for ages 4-8 and those looking for inspiration.

Reviewed by Milen (Harrington Library)

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King Arthur’s Very Great Grandson

September 4, 2013

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By Kenneth Kraegel

Henry Alfred Grummorson is the great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandson of King Arthur, the noblest knight to ever wield a sword. On the day he turns six, he sets out with his trusty donkey, Knuckles, for a grand adventure that would make his VERY great grandfather proud. He tries to do battle with the mighty dragon, and the terrifying cyclops, and the mighty griffin, but these great beasts only want to play games. In one last effort to find a battle worthy of a descendant of King Arthur, he sets out across the ocean to find the mysterious leviathan. Instead, he finds a big surprise and something far more important than battle and glory.

Kenneth Kraegel creates a fun, whimsical story with his comical illustrations as well as his use of bold text. The hero, Henry, often announces himself in all caps, effectively shouting at every monster he comes across. The detailed drawings are spellbinding, down to all the individual feathers on the griffin and the beautiful rainbow scales of the dragon. It will spark the imagination for all. This is a great read for those who love adventure.

Recommended reading for ages 3-6

Nicole P. (Schimelpfenig)

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Coming soon…

August 26, 2013

Mister Max: The Book of Lost Things by Cynthia Voigt

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Book of Lost Things


Hurray! Cynthia Voigt’s new trilogy, Mister Max, offers readers delightful adventures. Opening with The Book of Lost Things, readers meet twelve-year-old Max Starling, the son of creative but somewhat self-involved actors.

One morning at the breakfast table William Starling reads out the most amazing invitation for his theatrical company to perform and teach theater in India. A request from the Maharajah himself! Of course they will go.

Feeling left out max reminds them that there are only two tickets to board the Flower of Kashmir. Remedies are made and it is settled that Max will meet his parents at the harbor after his last art lesson. Upon his arrival he finds there is no such ship, his parents have vanished and he is left with a mysterious note! Where can they be? Are they coming back?

Max refuses to be coddled by his librarian grandmother but often accepts her sage advice. While looking for work to support himself Max stumbles onto one mystery after another and discovers a knack for solving problems by using the theater company’s costumes to pose as a everything from a dogcatcher to a detective. Max recovers many lost things but can he recover what is most important to him?





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Troubletwisters: The Mystery

August 21, 2013

TroubletwistersThe Mystery (book 3 in the Troubletwisters series) by Garth Nix and Sean Williams

The Troubletwisters, Jaide and Jack, are back in another adventure fighting off The Evil.  Grandma X is in the hospital having been run off the road on her way to a rather strange castle on the outskirts of Portland.  There is a mysterious pull that draws them to the castle and what might be held within its walls.

The Twins are on their own in quest of the golden Card of Translocation.  They are confronted by secret passages, a rather irritating parrot, and walking armor.  Many more dangers await the twins as they try to keep The Evil at bay.

Will they make the right decisions or will The Evil win out?

Reviewer:  Brent B. (Davis Library)

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The Wig in the Window

August 5, 2013

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by Kristen Kittscher

When best friends Sophie Young and Grace Yang think they’ve witnessed a terrible crime while spying on their school counselor late one night, they find themselves in for a mystery that just might be too much for them to handle, and the deeper they go, the more difficult it is to know whom they can trust–including each other!

Sophie and Grace make a good team (most of the time), and with the addition of Sophie’s school friend Trista they’re even better! While the mystery side of the story is a lot of fun, Kittscher also explores identity, judging people based on appearance, and the ups and downs of friendship.

A humorous middle-grade adventure with non-stereotypical characters and a couple of great twists, The Wig in the Window is sure to be an entertaining read for young mystery fans.

Reviewed by Lara (Haggard Library)

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Bo at Ballard Creek

July 29, 2013

Bo at Ballard Creek by Kirkpatrick Hill

I love stories about life on the frontier and those who made their lives in a world without television, stocked freezers at the corner grocery store, and central air and heat.  Bo at Ballard Creek is set in 1920’s Alaska in a gold mining town and Eskimo village, where Bo lives with her two papas and the other people who work together to create a thriving community.

One summer vacation we went to the Rocky Mountains and tried our hands at panning for gold.  Chapter Ten, “Sluicing and Cleanup,” opened my eyes to the gold mining process; panning is just a small part of the work intensive process.

The characters in Bo at Ballard Creek are interesting, and humorous daily situations fill each chapter.  Especially endearing is how the community takes loving care of each other.

I would recommend this for third grade through fifth grade, and families might also enjoy it as a read-aloud.

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Super Hair-O and the Barber of Doom

July 16, 2013

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By John Rocco

Every superhero gets his power from somewhere. For Rocco, the source of his awesome powers is his hair! The bigger his curly Afro grows, the more incredible his powers become. His friends watch in amazement as he leaps streams in a single bound, zooms around on his bike, and swings from the tire swing with no hands! They have their own superpowers, all fueled by their super long hair. Together, they’re unstoppable.

One day, Rocco is dragged to the evil lair of a barber who steals the source of his power. When Rocco escapes, he barely makes it to his hideout, worrying of what his super friends will think when they learn his power is gone. He discovers that his friends have suffered the same fate! When they’re called into action, can they save the day? Packed with graphic illustrations and fun characters, this is the story to share with your little hero.

Recommended for ages 4-8.

Nicole P. (Schimelpfenig)

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The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas

June 4, 2013

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by David Almond

When fish-obsessed Uncle Ernie turns their house into a fish canning plant, young Stanley Potts thinks things can’t get any worse. But then Ernie does the unthinkable and Stanley knows he’s got to get out. Luckily, he’s been offered a job at the hook-a-duck stall with a traveling carnival, and Stanley decides it’s the perfect opportunity. New friends and adventures follow! Meanwhile, Uncle Ernie and Aunt Annie are in for an adventure of their own…

Reminiscent of stories by Roald Dahl, it’s whimsical, humorous and light-hearted, but with a tinge of darkness as well. There are lots of plays on words, fun British vocabulary, and Almond often addresses his readers directly to ask questions or to set the stage for what’s about to happen next in the story. And the illustrations by Oliver Jeffers fit perfectly, and have a sense of humor all their own.

A delightful story about family and friendship and aiming high. Recommended for Roald Dahl fans and anyone who’s ever dreamed of running away to join the circus.

Reviewed by Lara (Haggard Library)

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Ace Lacewing, Bug Detective

June 3, 2013

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By David Biedrzycki

Ace Lacewing is a private detective in Motham City, and bad bugs are his business. When Queenie Bee of the Hive Rise goes missing, it’s up to Ace to help get her back safely. With the lovely butterfly Doctor Xerces and his pal Sergeant Zito the mosquito at his side, Ace must unravel the clues of the missing queen bee and face the dastardly Al the Drone.

A classic detective story with a buggy twist, Ace Lacewing is a fun read-aloud adventure to share. Bug puns abound, with plenty of mystery and suspense to keep readers guessing through the big finale. If your little one enjoys Ace, you can continue his adventures in:

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Recommended for ages 6 and up.

Nicki P. (Schimelpfenig)

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