Friday February 1, 2013
Journeys of self discovery
Compiled by Sheela Chandran
Big Nate All Work and No Play: A Collection of Sundays
Author: Lincoln Peirce
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing, 144 pages
THIS New York Times bestseller contains over two years of the popular comic strip, Big Nate, which appeared in that paper’s Sunday edition. It follows the colourful and rebellious life of Nate Wright, a spunky 11-year-old who has little interest in school and is no stranger to the detention room but whose heart is in the right place.
I Funny: A Middle School Story
Authors: James Patterson & Chris Grabenstein
Illustrator: Laura Park
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company, 272 pages
BESTSELLING thriller writer James Patterson moved into young adult fiction territory successfully with several ongoing series, including Maximum Ride and Daniel X, and then kicked off the Middle School series with the hit opener, Middle School: The Worst Years Of My Life.
In this second instalment, Patterson revisits the life of wheelchair-bound student Jamie Grimm who dreams of becoming a great comedian. He’s a pretty funny kid, judging by the reaction he gets whenever he practises his stand up routine on friends, family members, and customers at his uncle’s diner. Then, his uncle hears about a contest called “The Planet’s Funniest Kid Comic”, and Jamie is all set to take part – until he begins wondering: what if the judges only give him sympathy votes because of his disability?
Mal And Chad #03: Belly Flop! Author: Stephen McCranie
Publisher: Dial, 160 pages
THE third book in the children’s series about geeky Mal and his best friend, the talking dog Chad, takes readers into Mal’s love life – or lack thereof. While young scientist Mal can build all manner of clever gadgets and machines, he can’t seem to build up enough courage to woo Megan, the girl of his dreams.
But then, Megan invites him to her birthday party! Wow! Mal’s so excited, he creates all sorts of disasters, including destroying the party! Oh dear. Can his fierce science skills help Mal find a way of saving the situation?
The Great Wall Of Lucy Wu
Author: Wendy Wan-Long Shang
Publisher: Scholastic Press, 320 pages
WENDY Shang dishes out a humorous and heartfelt tale about cultural identities and a tween’s complicated life. Aspiring basketball star 12-year-old Lucy Wu is ready to take on new challenges with hopes of becoming the captain of the school basketball team. At home, she’s excited to take over the room she has always shared with her older sister.
However, things take a twist when she learns that her grandaunt is coming to visit for several months and is staying in that coveted room!