Friday February 15, 2013
Of adventures and secrets
JUNIOR READING ROOM: Compiled by SHEELA CHANDRAN
Author: Jacqueline Wilson
Publisher: Random House Children’s Publishers, 432 pages
IN Jacqueline Wilson’s final book of the Hetty Feather trilogy, feisty Hetty changes her name to Emerald and leaves her mother’s deathbed in search of her long lost father.
After weeks of journeying, she finally meets her father, his new wife and two children.
Emerald tries to settle in with her new found family but soon learns that she isn’t welcome. Dismayed, she leaves for her childhood village and learns that a circus has arrived in her town.
As she becomes more attached to members of the circus, she realises her plans for the future. Will she take a step in the right direction?
Through The Ever Night
Author: Veronica Rossi
Publisher: HarperCollins, 341 pages
THE second book in the Under The Never Sky series continues to centre around Aria, a formerly privileged “Dweller” from climate-controlled domes who is now struggling to survive in the unprotected wasteland that is scoured by deadly lightning storms.
Aria finally reunites with the boy who rescued her but Perry is very different now from the rebel who dared to help a Dweller. He has been named “Blood Lord” of the Tides tribe and the tribe does not take kindly to their leader having a former Dweller for a friend.
And is Aria truly the reason why the storms seem to be increasing? Will she have to leave Perry to save his life?
Author: Andrew Fukuda
Publisher: St Martin’s Griffin, 293 pages
ANDREW Fukuda draws readers into a dark post-apocalyptic world in which humans are almost extinct, and where society is ruled by cannibalistic vampire-type beings.
In this first book, we are introduced to Gene, a 17-year-old human teenager who lives among these creatures, hiding his identity by erasing human characteristics like laughter and smiles, and even body hair.
But Gene’s carefully constructed life begins to crumble when he is selected to participate in a hunt to track down the last remaining humans.
Days Of Blood & Starlight
Author: Laini Taylor
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company, 517 pages
INTENSITY and colour are added to the sequel to Daughter Of Smoke & Bone, which is about art student and monster’s apprentice, Karou, who suffers from memory loss and must come to terms with who and what she is.
The second instalment picks up with Karou finally finding some of the answers she has always sought. In the process of digging up her past, though, Karou learns the truth about the enemy whom she had loved and how he had betrayed her.
Cross My Heart, Hope To Die
Author: Sara Shepard
Publisher: HarperTeens, 321 pages
SARA Shepard – author of the bestselling young adult fiction series Pretty Little Liars and The Lying Book series, which have been turned into TV shows – dishes out the sixth book in The Lying Book series.
Emma Paxton assumes her long-lost twin sister Sutton’s identity to solve her murder only to be thrown for a loop when her birth mother, Becky – who abandoned the twin sisters – shows up after 12 years. Becky recognises Emma immediately. Is it a mother’s intuition or does she know that Sutton is dead?
Do Noses Grow Long When Lies Are Told?
Author: C.K. Koh & Quek Sue Yian
Publisher: Magicbird Publishing THE moral behind the story of Pinocchio, which is “don’t lie or your nose will grow”, is reinforced in this delightful picture book about the importance of being truthful. It revolves around young Box Boy who journeys across the land, sky and space to find out if noses really grow when lies are told.
Featuring lovely illustrations by C.K. Koh.
Author: Anthony McGowan
Publisher: Puffin, 272 pages
THE Adventure series was a collection of 14 books for children written by natural historian Willard Price between 1949 and 1980.
The books are about the exploits of budding teenage zoologists Hal and Roger Hunt as they travelled the world to capture rare animals for their father’s collection.
In 2011, young adult fiction writer Anthony McGowan was commissioned to write four new books starring Hal and Roger’s children in a modern setting.
Shark Adventure is the second of the new books – the first was Leopard Adventure, published last year – and once again has Amazon Hunt and her cousin Frazer travelling on a green mission. This time, it’s about saving rare leatherback turtles on a remote Polynesian island. When a huge typhoon strikes, Amazon and Frazer are swept away into shark-infested waters. Can they save the turtles and themselves? — Compiled by Sheela Chandran