March 25, 2009

Book Reviews

Posted in 1 tagged at 3:58 am by suepenkivech

Castle of Mirrors by Margaret Peterson Haddix

If you’re looking for your traditional fairy tale story, this isn’t it.

Cecelia’s grown up in a remote town. Her life is as dull as everyone else’s – she cleans, gets the cow from the pasture, goes fishing with her friend Harper – until the sun’s gone down.

That’s when her studies begin. Because unbeknownst to her peasant neighbors, Cecelia is the true princess of the kingdom, raised in disguise to protect her from whatever enemy killed her royal parents. Only her nanny, the knight who tutors her in etiquette and government, and her friend Harper know the truth.

But is it true? The “decoy princess” in the palace has a different perspective, as do the girls already in the palace dungeon, who tell stories remarkably like Cecelia’s. But if she isn’t the kingdom’s real princess, why are forces gathering against her?

Every Soul A Star by Wendy Mass

Recipe for a great book: Pick the three most dissimilar people imaginable – a home-schooled astronomy buff who’s spent her entire life in the middle of nowhere, an A-Clique princess whose dream is to become a supermodel, and an overweight sci-fi fan/artist with a mile wide inferiority complex.

Toss them together on a campground preparing for a solar eclipse, and mix well. Let both the insecurities and strengths rise to the surface, and toss in a situation that forces them all to work together. What do you get?

A really great juvenile/YA story. If this one doesn’t win an award, I’ll be sorely disappointed.

39 Clues: The Sword Thief by Peter Lerangis

Amy and Dan’s quest for the clues takes them to Japan this time, searching for clues left by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, one of history’s greatest warriors. But this time, outsmarting their relatives isn’t enough – they need to cooperate with them!

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