Wednesday, August 31, 2011

World War Z

Looking for a book to read with advanced middle grade readers and high school students, try World War Z by Max Brooks. Max's website is awesome, click here to learn more.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Winter's Knight

The battle awaits in Richard Agent's fantastical Crusades novel Winter’s Knight. As a boy, Andrew was touched by the otherworld when the ghost of a dead murderer sought out his village, showing him his fate. And though his father is just a blacksmith, nothing will keep Andrew from riding to the Crusades to seek the honours he has been promised. He lives battles of the imagination, seeing harsh midday sun glint off sword and armour, where he rides his horse into war in a riot of colour and noise. But dead men keep secrets, and much of the future has been kept from him. Andrew may find the glory of the Crusades and skirmish with Saladin's most powerful warriors. Or he may become entangled in Templar politics and wander in the desert haunted by jinn and demons. What is certain is that Andrew will face tests of blade and spirit. And his dreams will be measured in blood before he sees home again.

To learn more about Winter's Knight, click here.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Sea Cutter

Whew! Talk about cliff-hanger chapter endings! When 14-year-old Nathaniel Childe decides to search the South Atlantic for a legendary island where he feels convinced his ship-wrecked father is, the adventure never lets up. Nat, no goody-two-shoes, tricks his old friend Wayland into the voyage on Wayland's sloop Sea Cutter, but the trick puts Nat under the power of Snake--one of the scariest villains we've met in a long time. Snake stows away on Sea Cutter and the suspense gets higher.

This seafaring adventure tale is by Timothy Davis. Before he went to college, he wrote In Search of Perlas Grandes and The Indian's Ruby, both published by Accent Books. Afterwards, he earned his doctorate in English and became a professor of Children's Literature. Now, he has decided to return to writing the kind of books that young people read under their blankets at night. He started by completely rewriting In Search of Perlas Grandes into Sea Cutter: Book I of the Chronicles of Nathaniel Childe, and just rewrote The Indian's Ruby into Red Stone: Book II of the Chronicles of Nathaniel Childe.

To learn more about Mr. Davis' books, click here.