Saturday, September 20, 2008

Fiction: Cosmic

Bestselling author Frank Cottrell Boyce has written another smash hit. In Cosmic, Liam is too big for his boots. And his football strip. And his school blazer. But being super-sized height-wise has its advantages: he's the only eleven-year-old to ever ride the G-force defying Cosmic rollercoaster - or be offered the chance to drive a Porsche. Hey, if people are always mistaking you for an adult, why not take advantage?
But when Liam finds out that he could have a shot at winning a spot on a rocketship, his masquerade turns serious. Travelling into space is his dream; so what if he has to go to China while his parents think he's on a school trip? So what if he has to pretend to be his friend Florida's dad? He might be going into SPACE!
Of course, this rocket ship is somewhat...experimental. And things go...not quite right. This is possibly the funniest book I've read all year. I was bent over laughing for most of it, and I highly recommend it for anyone who has ever, even in their dreams, wanted to be an astronaut. (isn't that all of us?)
Grades 5-8
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Fantasy: The Dragon in the Sock Drawer

Kate Klimo has written a great new book for young fantasy fans. Ten year old cousins Jesse and Daisy have always wanted something magical to happen, so it's a dream come true when they find an egg that hatches into a tiny, helpless baby dragon! After some frantic research into baby dragon care, the two kids discover that they are now Dragon Keepers, and that they are responsible not only for keeping Emmy (short for Emerald) fed, but that they must also keep her safe from the villainous St. George! This nefarious character has kept himself alive for centuries by drinking dragon's blood. Jesse and Daisy are determined that Emmy will not be his next meal!
Grades 3-5
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