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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Revisiting THE GOLDEN COMPASS by Philip Pullman and Some Exciting News!

HIS DARK MATERIALS
(The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass)

by Philip Pullman
Publisher: Yearling; 1st edition (May 22, 2001)
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Lyra is rushing to the cold, far North, where witch clans and armored bears rule. North, where the Gobblers take the children they steal--including her friend Roger. North, where her fearsome uncle Asriel is trying to build a bridge to a parallel world.
Can one small girl make a difference in such great and terrible endeavors? This is Lyra: a savage, a schemer, a liar, and as fierce and true a champion as Roger or Asriel could want.
But what Lyra doesn't know is that to help on of them will be to betray the other...
A masterwork of storytelling and suspense, Philip Pullman's award-winning The Golden Compass is the first in the His Dark Materials series, which continues with The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass.
This fall Philip Pullman will be releasing a new book in the HIS DARK MATERIALS world called THE BOOK OF DUST. To get ready for this exciting new adventure, Random House Children's sent us a copy of THE GOLDEN COMPASS for us to revisit and fall in love with all over again.


If you haven't read this series, it's just one of those stories that you HAVE to read. It will find its way into your heart alongside books like Harry Potter and Percy Jackson. I'll also add the if you're a fan of audiobooks, this is one of the best audiobook productions I've ever heard, and I listen to a LOT.

The imaginative setting and the complex storyline in HIS DARK MATERIALS are absolutely fascinating, yet somehow seem almost real. I cannot tell you how badly I want to have my own daemon!! Lyra is an absolute joy to read about, and such a fierce and determined heroine, even if she is a bit of a liar (a bit?). And Lyra's world, where armored bears roam the North and people's souls take the shape of animals that exist outside their bodies, is such a wonderful and magical place to imagine. Pullman has a way of making it all seem possible. 

Lyra's journey is one of discovery. Discovery of the world(s) around her, the people she encounters, and mostly of herself. With loyal friendships, heartbreaking betrayal, epic journeys, multiple-worlds, talking bears, and lies, lies, and more lies, this series is one you will want to cherish forever. 

If you haven't read this series, now is the time!

More on THE BOOK OF DUST (from Amazon)

The Book of Dust will be a work in three parts, like His Dark Materials (The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass).
The cover of this first story will remain under wraps until a later date, but it can be revealed that the book is set ten years before The Golden Compass and centers on the much-loved character Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon.

Philip Pullman offers these tantalizing details: “I’ve always wanted to tell the story of how Lyra came to be living at Jordan College, and in thinking about it, I discovered a long story that began when she was a baby and will end when she’s grown up. This volume and the next will cover two parts of Lyra’s life: starting at the beginning of her story and returning to her twenty years later. As for the third and final part, my lips are sealed.

“So, second: is it a prequel? Is it a sequel? It’s neither. In fact, The Book of Dust is . . . an ‘equel.' It doesn’t stand before or after His Dark Materials, but beside it. It’s a different story, but there are settings that readers of His Dark Materials will recognize, and characters they’ve met before. Also, of course, there are some characters who are new to us, including an ordinary boy (a boy we have glimpsed in an earlier part of Lyra’s story, if we were paying attention) who, with Lyra, is caught up in a terrifying adventure that takes him into a new world.

“Third: why return to Lyra’s world? Dust. Questions about that mysterious and troubling substance were already causing strife ten years before His Dark Materials, and at the center of The Book of Dust is the struggle between a despotic and totalitarian organization, which wants to stifle speculation and inquiry, and those who believe thought and speech should be free. The idea of Dust suffused His Dark Materials. Little by little through that story the idea of what Dust was became clearer and clearer, but I always wanted to return to it and discover more.”



Thursday, May 11, 2017

UMBERLAND by Wendy Spinale // Even better than book one!

Review by Krista


UMBERLAND
by Wendy Spinale

Age Range: 12 - 17 years
Grade Level: 7 and up
Series: Everland (Book 2)
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press (May 9, 2017)

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What began with a reimagining of Peter Pan and Wendy now twists into a stunning version of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass!

Gwen, Pete, and the others have escaped from Everland. But the safe haven they hoped to find at Alnwick Castle doesn't exist. With the Queen of England on her deathbed, Duchess Alyssa has stepped in to lead, but things have gotten worse as the cure Doc created for the Horologia virus has mutated, accelerating the disease. The only possible solution he can think of is to go back to the virus's origin: an extinct poisonous apple.
Legend has it a tree bearing the apple might be found at the center of a deadly labyrinth hidden deep within Germany. A place that no one in their right mind enters. Leaving Pete in charge of the survivors, Alyssa sets out with only her sword, her wits, and the help of Maddox Hadder, a wild boy who oversees the castle gardens. To get to the center of the maze, she'll be forced to battle monsters more terrifying than her darkest nightmares.
But can anyone truly survive the madness of the maze? And what if there's no apple to be found there?
The first book in the series (Everland) is a re-imagining of Peter Pan and it is a dark tale of the land being bomb with poisoned gas and a group of lost boys that gather to help each other, fight against Hook and hopefully find a cure. The story is told from Gwen's perspective, a girl believed to be immune and she may lead to the cure.

Umberland takes a shift on how the story continues, I found the changes to not only be unexpected but I found myself enjoying it more than the first book. It's told from several perspectives beginning just months after the first book ends. Peter, Jack and Duchess Alyssa are all on their own quests. Elisa and Jack are off to find the cure and Peter stays behind to help against the expected attach from the evil Princess Cat. This book can be read without having read the first book as it will fill you in on what previously happened.

The first half of the story takes place in the Castle as they discover new things about the virus and plot to find it's beginnings to lead them to the cure. The second half is the dangerous trek into the Labyrinth and Dark Forest. The Princess fights along side the mad Maddox fighting through poisoned gassy air, attacking eels and others that lurk within the forest to find the center, the place that hold the cure. While Hook and Jack are on the same mission, in a race to see who gets there first, and return in time to save their people. Hook and Jack fight for their mother the evil Blood Red Queen while Alyssa and Maddox fight for the countrymen, the sick and dying left back home.

Through the multiple perspectives and the thrilling settings this book is a constant movement of fast paced events with several surprises and twists. I enjoyed not knowing where the story was going to take me and the dark, grim tale of good vs evil.

 

Monday, May 1, 2017

THE TRIALS OF APOLLO: The Dark Prophecy // Giveaway Prize Pack

*Today we have partnered with Disney Hyperion to bring you this awesome giveaway prize pack!

The Dark Prophecy (The Trials of Apollo, Book 2)
By Rick Riordan
Published by Disney-Hyperion
In stores May 2nd, 2017
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Zeus has punished his son Apollo—god of the sun, music, archery, poetry, and more—by casting him down to earth in the form of a gawky, acne-covered sixteen-year-old mortal named Lester. The only way Apollo can reclaim his rightful place on Mount Olympus is by restoring several Oracles that have gone dark. What is affecting the Oracles, and how can Apollo/Lester do anything about them without his powers?

After experiencing a series of dangerous—and frankly, humiliating—trials at Camp Half-Blood, Lester must now leave the relative safety of the demigod training ground and embark on a hair-raising journey across North America. Somewhere in the American Midwest, he and his companions must find the most dangerous Oracle from ancient times: a haunted cave that may hold answers for Apollo in his quest to become a god again—if it doesn't kill him or drive him insane first. Standing in Apollo's way is the second member of the evil Triumvirate, a Roman emperor whose love of bloodshed and spectacle makes even Nero look tame. To survive the encounter, Apollo will need the help of son of Hephaestus Leo Valdez, the now-mortal sorceress Calypso, the bronze dragon Festus, and other unexpected allies—some familiar, some new—from the world of demigods. Come along for what promises to be a harrowing, hilarious, and haiku-filled ride….
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In honor of the title, THE DARK PROPHECY, Reagan will now make a prophecy of her own...

OMG GUYYYYSSSSS
I
can't
breathe
*dies*
*comes back to life because I still need to read this book*
*attempts to compose self*
*fails miserably*
*gives up*
okay okay okay okay okay.
So this is amazing amirite? I cried when the Heroes of Olympus ended because- Percy Jackson is my favorite son. BUT THEN HE CAME BACK *pterodactyl screech* MY LIFE JUST KEEPS GETTING BETTER BECAUSE LEO IS BACK AND HE IS MY SECOND FAVORITE SON!
Okay okay okay
Also I have all of these theories clamoring around in my mind, that I can't choose a favorite. Actually, that's not true, I can.

HERE IT IS:

Okay I want us all to look back to the last book in the Heroes of Olympus series (that's Blood of Olympus for you noobs). Let's remember when it was Reyna's POV. Remember when she told the readers about her first encounter with the goddess Aphrodite and she said "You will not find love where you wish or where you hope. No demigod shall heal your heart." THE KEY WORD BEING DEMIGOD!! WHAT IF -and I could be wrong here, BUT WHAT IF- APOLLO COULD HEAL HER HEART OMG CAUSE HES NOT A DEMIGOD
OKAY OKAY OKAY
okay
okay
*trying to calm self*
okay
alright
I'm done.

Time to go wait in a dark cave with my Percy Jackson books and wait for this one to come out.



God of Poetry Prize Pack


One (1) winner receives:
  • Copy of The Dark Prophecy
  • The Trials of Apollo pen and pocket journal
*Giveaway open to US addresses only.
*Prizing and samples provided by Disney-Hyperion


***Apollo is the god of many things! To celebrate the release of The Dark Prophecy, three different prize packs will be offered in giveaways across the web inspired by Apollo’s godliness-- God of Music, God of Poetry, and God of the Sun. Collect them all!

Rick Riordan, dubbed “storyteller of the gods” by Publishers Weekly, is the author of five #1 New York Times best-selling middle grade series with millions of copies sold throughout the world: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Heroes of Olympus, and the Trials of Apollo, based on Greek and Roman mythology; the Kane Chronicles, based on Ancient Egyptian mythology; and Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, based on Norse mythology. Rick collaborated with illustrator John Rocco on two #1 New York Times best-selling collections of Greek myths for the whole family: Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods and Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes. Rick lives in Boston, Massachusetts with his wife and two sons. Follow him on Twitter at @camphalfblood.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Vote Now! 10th Annual Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards





Voting for the 10th Annual Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards is taking place NOW till May 7th. Check out the 2017 finalists here, and voice your choice at everychildareader.net/vote. Don’t forget to follow the Every Child a Reader Instagram for daily features on finalists in every category to help you make your choice!



TEEN BOOK OF THE YEAR FINALISTS

A COURT OF MIST AND FURY, by Sarah J. Maas (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)
CROOKED KINGDOM, by Leigh Bardugo (Macmillan/Henry Holt Books)
THE CROWN, by Kiera Cass (HarperCollins)
HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD, PARTS 1 & 2, Special Rehearsal Edition Script, by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany (Scholastic)
THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR, by Nicola Yoon (Random House)
THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS, by Marieke Nijkamp (Sourcebooks Fire)
A TORCH AGAINST THE NIGHT, by Sabaa Tahir (Penguin Young Readers)


Which book are you voting for?


Monday, March 27, 2017

LETTERS TO THE LOST // Review and Giveaway

Review by Andye

LETTERS TO THE LOST
by Brigid Kemmerer
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (April 4, 2017)
Language: English
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Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother's death, she leaves letters at her grave. It's the only way Juliet can cope.

Declan Murphy isn't the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he's trying to escape the demons of his past.

When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can't resist writing back. Soon, he's opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they're not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.

LINKS: Amazon | B&N | Indiebound

Guys, I don't read a lot of contemporary books. Especially ones that have "issues". I mean, I read to escape and be happy, so this was what I considered a risk. But a good friend of mine, Jen, just raved about it, so I decided to pick it up. I am SO glad that I did.

This book reminded me a lot of You've Got Mail (Meg Ryan/Tom Hanks) with angsty teens. I love stories like this where two people are connecting in different ways, and they don't even know who the other one is. It just gives me SO many feels! But I'd say that this book dives so much further, emotionally, than other stories that are similar. The things that Juliet and Declan have had to deal with in their lives, have brought them to this broken place, and they're learning to navigate their lives as completely new people.

One of the things that I adored about this book was the relationships of all the characters, whether good or bad. Their families are complex, and sometimes painful. The friendships are multidimensional and loyal. My favorite connection, besides Juliet and Declan of course, is the one between Declan and Rev. I just LOVE them! Their friendship is goals, and I can't wait to see more of Rev when he gets his own book (IT'S HAPPENING!!)

Of course with all the ups and downs of this story, what I enjoyed the most was the developing romance between Juliet and Declan. They both are dealing with so much pain, and they begin to help each other, without even realizing who they are. What makes the tension crazy, though, is the fact that they really don't like each other in real life. They have to get over their misconceptions and prejudices. Although in real life, I think maybe Declan might need a little therapy before he starts a relationship (haha), in this fictional world, I just wanted them to save each other, and for them to live happily ever after.

Giveaway:

3 Finished Copies of LETTERS TO THE LOST (US Only)

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ABOUT BRIGID KEMMERER:

BRIGID KEMMERER is author of LETTERS TO THE LOST (Bloomsbury; April 4, 2017), a dark, contemporary Young Adult romance; THICKER THAN WATER (Kensington, December 29, 2015), a New Adult paranormal mystery with elements of romance; and the YALSA-nominated Elemental series of five Young Adult novels and three e-novellas which Kirkus Reviews calls “refreshingly human paranormal romance” and School Library Journal describes as “a new take on the supernatural genre.” She lives in the Baltimore area with her husband and four sons.

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