A gripping Sci-Fi adventure which will appeal to fans of Michael Grant.
After being thrown into another universe, Rev, Billie and co. fight to get back to their real world, but find themselves trapped in a nightmarish world of doppel-gangers. Surrounded by killing machines they find this nightmare is the least of their problems..!
Shadow’s Curse is Amy McCulloch’s sequel to Oathbreaker’s Shadow. Raim is in the impossible position of being bound by a magical oath to protect the Khan who has taken the person he cares most about; Wadi.
He has to find a way to keep his promises or be cursed forever but, in order to do that, he must first of all discover the truth about his past…
Click here to read a review of Oathbreaker’s Shadow by the library staff.
Morris Gleitzman has a knack for comedy which often leaves his readers laughing out loud.
This latest story centres on 13 year old Matt, discovered in a remote Australian town showcasing his soccer skills. Given the chance-of-a-lifetime opportunity to come and play for a European club, he discovers the downsides of the money and pressure at the top of the football world.
Sport stories are one of the topics on the Boys’ Division reading award certificate. If you enjoy reading stories with a sporting theme then ask the library staff to recomend some more titles.
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Michael Morpurgo is a perennial favourite, and War Horse is one of his best loved and most famous books.
In the sequel, Farm Boy,
The incredible true story of a champion who became a survivor, Unbroken is the story of Louis Zamperini.
As an athlete for USA in the 1936 Olympics, Zamperini met Hitler who commented
Set in a Victorian London where modern forensic detective work is still developing, the Gower Street Detective, as Sidney Grice is known, has a distinctly Sherlock Holmes feel. Unlike Conan Doyle, however, Kasasian does include the more violent scenes as well as the deductive logic of the crime scene!
The book rather cleverly sets itself up as the ‘true’ events that inspired the ‘fictional’ Sherlock Holmes stories. The introduction is based in the future with March Middleton, Grice’s ‘Watson’, explaining that she is setting the record straight. Fans of Sherlock will enjoy stumbling across the occassional reference, but the ‘Gower Street Detective’ will appeal to all lovers of the crime genre, as well as anyone looking for something that little bit out of the ordinary.
The tale continues in The Curse of the House of Foskett, which can be found, alongside Mangle Street Murders, in the Boys’ Senior Library.
‘You’ve never told me about the treasure. What was it?’
‘Ask Phemius. He’s our poet, isn’t he? He’ll tell you a wonderful story.’
‘I want the true one.’
‘Are you sure? The truth isn’t so interesting…’
‘For me it is.’
This passage sums up the essence of Manfredi’s novel about the life of Odysseus up to the fall of Troy. It cleverly takes Homer’s Illiad and creates a scenario that could have been an historical event. The author has even managed to incorporate the belief system of the time, with explanations to events that men, like Odysseus, may well have believed to be the case. This adds an extra dimension to the tale.
The book works on a number of levels that will appeal to different audiences. The classisist would appreciate the strains of the Illiad that run throughout, whilst it is also a good story for lovers of historical fiction. The Oath is also a good action/adventure story for those who like the genre and want to try something different.
If you find yourself enjoying The Oath, which is available in the Boys’ Senior Library, there is a sequal, called The Return, which promises to follow the lines of Homer’s other epic; the Odyssey. It is currently on order for the Senior Library.
For something similar I would also recommend David Gemmell’s ‘Lord of the Silver Bow’ trilogy, which tells the story of the fall of Troy from the Dardanean prince Aeneas‘ point of view.
Warrior. Traitor. Saviour.
There are many elements to McCulloch’s hero, Raim. This is a theme which also runs through the plotline of the novel, available in the Lower School Library, and is the key to its success. Set in a nomadic desert world, where promises are sacred and bound together with magic, the book is split into three sections. Each new section builds on what the reader already knows and develops the plotline further. It feels, therefore, that the audience is learning alongside Raim and this entices you further into the book to the point that it feels you are taking the journey with him.