After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the wilderness, learning to survive initially with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents’ divorce.
First published in 1987, this book has made countless school reading lists and was an American Library Association Notable Children’s Book in 1988. You can’t look away from this book as Brian struggles to survive on his own. This is a gripping adventure story, and is most suitable for those older children who have moved past the I Survived series by Tarshis.
You can find Hatchet in the Juvenile Fiction section at J PAULSEN.
Today I recommend: The Empty Grave by Jonathan Stroud.
With the help of some unexpected, and rather ghostly, allies, Lockwood & Co. must battle their greatest enemy yet, as they move ever closer to the moment when the earth-shattering secret of ‘the problem’ will finally be revealed.
This is the fifth and final book in the Lockwood & Company series, and it was just as gripping as the rest of the books! This is a great book for kids who like some chills and ghosts in their books. Fast paced and full of action this was a quick page turner. I don’t want to give away any of the plot but this book has a satisfying ending that wraps up the series well.
If you’re looking for a fast paced adventure or if you enjoyed Jonathan Stroud’s Bartimaeus trilogy you should give this series a shot! You can find this as well as the other books in the series in the Juvenile Fiction section at J STROUD.
In the Shadow of the Sun by Anne Sibley O’Brien
What a timely story with all that is going on in North Korea. This fast paced book gives a good inside peek at how North Koreans today are
living under the world’s most repressive regime. Mia, her brother Simon and their father, an aide worker, are on a five day tour of North Korea. Then their father is arrested for spying and Mia accidentally comes across photographs of North Korean slave-labor camps. Mia and her brother realize that the only way to save their father is to get the pictures out of the country. Now she and her brother must escape on foot through the forests of North Korea and into China before they are caught with the pictures. An unforgettable story of courage, survival, and love for family.
Find this in our Juvenile Fiction collection under the call number J O’BRIEN.
Sophronia Temminnick is 14 and supposed to be concerning herself with becoming a lady, Sophronia however, would much rather concern herself with matters such as spying on house guests using her house’s dumbwaiter (it doesn’t end well). Sophronia’s mother decides the only thing to do with her is send her off to finishing school, Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality. However, before she (and fellow new student Dimity) arrive at Mademoiselle Geraldine’s their carriage is attacked by flyaway men (like highway men, but they, you know, fly).
Upon arrival at her new (floating) finishing school Sophronia begins to realize she’ll be learning much more than just how to become a lady (although that is still part of the process). The school’s teachers include a vampire and a werewolf (who makes sure to keep his top hat on, no matter his form) and Sophronia quickly earns herself a nemesis in a far more accomplished student, Monique de Pelouse. In between learning how to curtsy properly, how to most effectively blush and flutter her eyelashes, and making sure to always have a handkerchief on her person (“not only a communication device, but it an also be dropped as a distraction, scented with various perfumes and noxious gases for discombobulation, used to wipe the forehead of a gentleman, or even bandage a wound, and of course, you may dab at the eyes or nose if it is still clean” (p124)), Sophronia is trying to figure out what Monique is up to and keep her mechanical dog Bumbersnoot fed a steady diet of coal.
Etiquette & Espionage is a fun steampunk story that isn’t too heavy handed with the steampunk. Sophronia gets stuff done and without much waffling on weather she should or not, such as scale balconies on the airship to get coal for her mechanimal, she just does it (which is quite refreshing). It’s not your typical beach read, but this book could definitely serve as an entertaining summer read.