Thursday, May 31, 2012

Mrs Keane recommends ...

Senior Fiction:

Leviathan series by Scott Westerfeld (Science Fiction/Steampunk):
In an alternate 1914 Europe, Prince Alek is on the run from the Clanker Powers who are attempting to take over the world using machinery, he forms an uneasy alliance with Deryn who, disguised as a boy, is learning to fly genetically-engineered beasts.

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead (Time travel):
Miranda and Sal are best friends but when Sal gets punched by a new kid for no apparent reason, he shuts Miranda out of his life. Then she finds a mysterious note scrawled on a tiny slip of paper: I am coming to save your friend’s life, and my own. I ask two favours...

Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer (Science Fiction):
A story of a catastrophic natural disaster which catapults one into a terrifyingly real world - where life as we know it has gone for ever... Through journal entries sixteen-year-old Miranda describes her family’s struggle to survive.

Spooks Apprentice series by Joseph Delaney (Horror):
Thomas Ward is the seventh son of a seventh son and has been apprenticed to the local spook. The job is hard, the spook is distant and many apprentices have failed before him. Somehow Thomas must learn how to exorcise ghosts, contain witches and bind boggarts.

H.I.V.E. series by Mark Walden (Thriller/Science Fiction):
Swept away to a hidden academy for training budding evil geniuses, Otto, a brilliant orphan, Wing, a sensitive warrior, Laura, a shy computer specialist, and Shelby, an infamous jewel thief, plot to beat the odds and escape the prison known as H.I.V.E.

Princess Plot
by Kirsten Boie (Suspense):
When auditions take place for a movie about a princess, Jenna is amazed to be chosen over her more talented friends. Strangely, even Jenna’s strict mother gives permission for her to fly off to begin filming in the small, romantic kingdom of Scandia. But soon Jenna discovers things aren’t what they seem. She’s the spitting image of the real Princess of Scandia - who’s mysteriously gone missing... An extraordinary coincidence - or is Jenna caught up in some sort of dangerous plot?"

Tunnels series by Roderick Gordon & Brian Williams (Fantasy/Adventure):
Will Burrows has little in common with his family except for a passion for digging which he shares with his father. When his father suddenly disappears down an unknown tunnel, Will decides to investigate with his friend Chester. Soon they find themselves deep underground, where they unearth a dark and terrifying secret.

Beauty by Robin McKinley (Fairytale adaption):
A retelling of the story of Beauty and the Beast. Contrary to her name, Beauty is not the prettiest girl in her family. But she is the cleverest, bravest, and most honorable. When her father makes a promise with a beast who lives in an enchanted castle, Beauty fulfills her father’s pledge.

Mortal Engines series by Philip Reeve (Science Fiction/Steampunk):
Set in the distant future, when cities move about and consume smaller towns. Tom lives in London and has a boring job at the Museum.  He unexpectedly gets a chance to fulfill his day-dream of being a hero, as he attempts to save a famous adventurer from a would-be assassin. But Tom is not at all prepared for what happens next...

Star of Kazan by Eva Ibbotson (Historical-Germany/Suspense):
After twelve-year-old Annika, a foundling living in late nineteenth-century Vienna, inherits a trunk of costume jewelry, a woman claiming to be her aristocratic mother arrives and takes her to live in a strangely decrepit mansion in Germany.

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