Sunday, July 24, 2016

Reading - Together for Christmas

Together for Christmas by Carol Rivers
August 1914, London. Britain has just declared war on Germany, and the whole country seems to be in uproar. Flora, Hilda and Will, who grew up together in St Boniface orphanage sit in the sunshine in Hyde Park on a rare day off, discussing the impending war and the changes it will bring to their lives. Will means to go off to fight, Hilda hopes to better her current lot in life as a maid at the charitable institute, Hailing House, but Flora is content with her job as assistant to the Isle of Dogs' kindly Doctor Tapper. Taking a vow, they pledge to always be there for each other, come what may.

It soon becomes clear that the war will not be over by Christmas, as so many thought, and the first zeppelin raids bring casualties flooding into the surgery where Flora works. Tragedy strikes in the trenches, too, and Will returns home with physical and mental wounds too deep for Flora to be able to nurse back to health.

In the meantime, Hilda has taken herself away from London to work as a maid at the sumptuous house of Adelphi. But it is not long before she finds herself out of her depth. And the consequences of her choices will lead to a shocking discovery that will change the course of the three orphans lives forever.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Reading - Rooftoppers

Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell
A Junior Fiction
Everyone tells Sophie that she was orphaned in a shipwreck,  but Sophie is convinced her mother also survived.  When no one believes her, Sophie sets out to prove them wrong.
On the run from the authorities, Sophie finds Matteo - a boy walks tightropes and lives in the sky ....  In a race across the rooftops of Paris, will they be able to find her mother, before it's too late ?

Monday, July 18, 2016

Reading - The Wyrm King (Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles, Book 3)

The Wyrm King (Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles, Book 3)
by Tony Diterlizzi and Holly Black
A Junior Fiction
In the final installment of Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles, Nick and Laurie had thought they solved their giant problems when they drove all the giants into the sea. But now, the Grace kids have come back to tell them they may have more trouble coming their way!

It turns out the giants control the population of Hydra, a dragon like creature that is creating sinkholes all over Florida. But with the mermaids refusing to return the giants to the shore, the nixie's still missing and the threat of a destroyed Florida drawing closer, the kids have to take matters in their own hands.

Will Nick and Laurie be able to stop the destruction they unwittingly caused? Can a new giant hunter help save the day? Can Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide help them out of this or are they on their own?

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Reading - A Giant Problem (Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles, Book 2)

A Giant Problem (Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles, Book 2)
by Tony Diterlizzi and Holly Black
A Junior Fiction
Starting where A NIXIE'S SONG ended, the story has Nick and Laurie facing a calamitous invasion of giants. When the giants burn down their housing development, Nick and Laurie turn to the mermaids for advice. The rippling, echoing voices of the cruel mermaids add an exotic element to the audio performance.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Reading - The Wrath of Mulgarath (The Spiderwick Chronicles) - Book 5 of 5

The Wrath of Mulgarath (The Spiderwick Chronicles) - Book 5 of 5 by Tony Diterlizzi and Holly Black
A Junior Fiction
Thirteen-year-old Mallory and nine-year-old twins Jared and Simon return to the Spiderwick Estate only to find their home in shambles, with trash and broken furniture scattered across the lawn and Simon's griffin chasing a "goblin" across the roof. The faerie world that the Grace kids have so slowly probed in this series has finally come home to roost.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Reading - The Ironwood Tree (The Spiderwick Chronicles) - Book 4 of 5

The Ironwood Tree (The Spiderwick Chronicles) - Book 4 of 5 by Tony Diterlizzi and Holly Black
 A Junior Fiction
The Grace children are back for their fourth adventure in the quest to understand and protect Arthur Spiderwick's guide, a book that offers information about the faerie world. Mallory, the oldest, goes missing from a fencing match. The twins, Jared and Simon, must solve a riddle to save her from evil dwarves who want to create a world totally out of metal with their sister as their queen.

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Reading - Lucinda's Secret (The Spiderwick Chronicles) - Book 3 of 5

Lucinda's Secret  (The Spiderwick Chronicles) - Book 3 of 5 by Tony Diterlizzi and Holly Black
A Junior Fiction
The Grace kids--13-year-old Mallory and 9-year-old twins Jared and Simon--get to catch their breath in the third installment of the Spiderwick Chronicles, as they visit their "crazy old" Aunt Lucinda for some help in deciding the fate of the troublesome Field Guide.
Fresh from near-fatal goblin and troll attacks in the previous book (The Seeing Stone), the children are torn over whether to hang onto their long-lost great-great-uncle's book or to turn it over to the menacing faeries. Thimbletack--the house brownie who's transmogrified into an angry "boggart"--has lost his patience with the kids, and he starts subjecting Jared to increasingly nasty pranks. Hoping that Lucinda might know something about Uncle Arthur's fate (or at least have some advice on how to fend off the faeries), the three children talk their mom into a trip to the asylum for a visit--but there they learn their situation might be even more dangerous than they imagined. (And, as readers of the series know, the kids already thought they were in hot water.)