Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War by
Clive Barker, BAR
Candy Quackenbush's adventures in the Abarat continue as she makes a startling realization as to who she is, and the forces of
Night begin plans for war.
Oddest Yet by Steve Burt
Third in a series by well-known
school-author-visitor Steve Burt, a Ray Bradbury Benjamin Franklin Award-winner
and Bram Stoker Nominee who delights radio listeners across the country every
October with over live readings.
Robot Santa: The Further Adventures of Santa's Twin by
Grade 2-5 In this sequel to Santa's Twin, the big man's brother Bob
tries to help out by building a robotic Santa and reindeer, and trains a gorilla
to drive the rocket-powered sleigh. Sure enough, things go wrong; by the
time the surrogate St. Nick reaches his first house, he's having major software
trouble and is downright scary. Meanwhile, the gorilla takes over the
kitchen and starts cooking up a storm. Luckily, Emily and Lottie
(stars of the first book), restore order and sanity, with some help from their
dog Woofer and the real Santa. The tale is told in many, many rhyming
stanzas, which can be rather exhausting to read, but there are enough laughs,
wordplay, and slick, smooth, and rather stiff, which works well with the robotic
characters but not so well with the real ones; Emily and Lottie look as though
they are made of plastic.
Fall (Witch Season series) by
Jeff Mariotte YA MAR
Grade 7 - up College freshman Kerry and her friends continue the hunt for
the evil which Season, who killed Kerry's boyfriend, Daniel Blessing. With
the help of his mother, a powerful witch in her own right, Kerry begins to learn
the basics of witchcraft, teams up with old friends and faces Season in a Las
Vegas casino. Mariotte continues the saga that began in Summer, and
it is apparent that there will be Winter because Season has yet to be
bested. Kerry is a determined protagonist. Mother Blessing is
equally strong with the patience and wisdom of age.