Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth by Frank Cottrell Boyce tells the story of a young boy named Prez who is staying with a foster family for the summer. While staying with the family, a visitor comes knocking on the door. Prez sees the visitor as one thing, while many others see something else. The visitor, named Sputnik, works with Prez to, hopefully, write a guide to life on earth and save it from destruction. If you like science fiction novels, this book is a must read!
You can find this book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J COTTRELL BOYCE.
Road Trip is a fictional novel about a spontaneous road trip to rescue a Border Collie puppy. On the way, a father and his son end up inviting many other people on board, all ready to adopt an adorable puppy, and embark on an exciting journey. On this humorous and adventurous journey, the group faces many challenges on the highway, making the Border Collie pup seem farther and farther away. The main characters include a father who spontaneously does everything, his son who is fed up with his father, a Border Collie named Atticus who notices everything, and many other interesting characters with intriguing backstories revealed throughout the novel.
I enjoyed this novel because it is humorous, and not sad or scary. It was a quick read (114 pages) but an amazing story. My favorite parts of the book was Atticus’ point of view. He thinks he is not a dog, and realizes things before the humans do. His sections were interesting, but also summed up what had happened in the previous chapter, making me think about it differently. I recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys dogs, humor and road trips.
~Elizabeth, Teen Blogger
You can find this book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J PAULSEN.
For this Throwback Thursday I recommend: The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster.
A bored young boy, Milo, drives his small electric car through a toy tollbooth and finds himself in the Land Beyond. A journey through a land where Milo learns the importance of words and numbers provides a cure for his boredom.
First published in 1961, The Phantom Tollbooth has been adapted into a movie as well as published as an annotated version. Lovely illustrations just add to the appeal of this witty book about a boy searching for a cure for his boredom.
You can find this book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J JUSTER, and the movie in the Juvenile DVD section at jDVD FIC TOL.
This week we suggest: Webster: Tale of an Outlaw by Ellen Emerson White.
When Webster the dog arrives at Green Meadows Farm he has already been adopted, mistreated, and given away three times and is done with people, but the other animals of the shelter will not let him give up on the possibility of a special family.
For those who love books which have a variety of animals with distinct personalities and who “talk” – as well as books which will leave you smiling at the end – the loveable Webster is a character you will root for as he searches for his “Forever Home.”
This book is highly recommended for animal lovers! You can find this book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J WHITE.