Thursday, January 29, 2015

Mrs Keane recommends ...

Senior Fiction:

Princess Ben by Catherine Gilbert Murdoch
Benevolence is not your typical princess! Oh she's used to the luxury, but she's far more interested in lazing about eating sweets than wearing beautiful gowns and attending lavish balls. When tragedy strikes Ben becomes heir to the throne and her strict aunt takes on the task of preparing her for the role. Ben can't help but test her new boundaries and her aunt is forced to confine her to a tower cell. It's here Ben discovers the entrance to a secret room and learns what it takes to become someone worthy to wear the crown.

Feed by M.J. Howes
(Science Fiction/Horror/Thriller):
Lola and Patrick don't go to school much any more, not many kids do these days, there are not that many left. Earth has been invaded and nights are spent hiding from the terrifying Sweeper raids, those taken don't come back and now the government has stopped fighting them. When Lola's dad, a scientist working on a way to fight the invaders, is taken in an unprecidented daylight raid Lola decides she must be taken too to try and rescue him and to continue his fight against these monsters.

Six Days by Phillip Webb
(Science Fiction/Adventure):
Cass and Wilbur are scavengers in the ruins of a future London. Every day they travel with their Vlad masters, from their dismal homes on one side of the River Thames to search the ruined buildings on the other side. Searching for "treasures" from the past, whispers say the Vlad's are looking for one treasure in particular, one that has tremendous power, one that no one has ever seen - some think it doesn't even exist.

I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore (Lorien Legacies)
(Science Fiction/Love stories):
Nine aliens left their home planet of Lorien when it fell under attack by the evil Mogadorian. Nine aliens who look like ordinary teenagers living ordinary lives, but who have extraordinary, paranormal skills. The Nine had to separate and went into hiding on Earth. The Mogadorian caught Number One in Malaysia, Number Two in England, and Number Three in Kenya. All of them were killed. John Smith, of Paradise, Ohio, is Number Four. He knows that he is next. (review adapted from

Freaks by Kieran Larwood
Born with weird abnormalities that make them misfits, these Freaks spend their nights on public display, trapped in a traveling Victorian sideshow. But during the day, they put their strange talents to use: They solve the most sinister crimes. And in a dank, desperate world of crooks and child-snatchers, they're determined to defend London's most innocent victims: the street urchins disappearing from the city's streets. (review from

Friday, January 23, 2015

Mrs Keane recommends ...


The Dragonfly Pool by Eva Ibbotson
(Historical/School/Adventure) Tally is furious to hear she’s being sent from London to a stuffy boarding school in the country - all because of the stupid war. But Delderton Hall is a far more "unusual" and "interesting" place than Tally ever imagined. She has even organized an exciting school trip to the kingdom of Bergania ... though Tally never expected to meet royalty or to be in danger. (Review adapted from

Wild Stories by Colin Thompson
(Humorous/Short Stories) Sid the mosquito isn't the only one exploring the delights of house Number Fourteen and its overgrown garden. Derek the rat is sniffing out old socks for supper. Ethel the chicken is busy trying to persuade the world she is not an orange, while Arnold the mouse is spending more time in the trap than out of it. Frank the ant has a terrible headache and just wants to be left alone, and Joey the budgie is having a bath in the dog's bowl... (Review from

The Princess and the Foal by Stacey Gregg
(Horse Stories) Princess Haya, daughter of the King of Jordan, loves her family more than anything. So when tragedy strikes at its heart, she is devastated. The Princess becomes ever more withdrawn until, on her birthday, the King gives her a life-changing present. An incredible new friendship grows and the heartbroken princess begins to dream of an extraordinary future. (Review from

Stone Rabbit: BC Mambo and series by Eric Craddock
(Humorous/Graphic Novel) Stone Rabbit is a bored little bunny who lives a humdrum existence in the sleepy town of Happy Glades. But all that changes when he discovers a time portal of doom—right under his bathroom rug! Suddenly, Stone Rabbit finds himself on a Jurassic journey in a prehistoric world, facing off against vicious velociraptors, terrifying       T. Rexes and more... (Review from

The Worst Witch and series by Jill Murphy
(Fantasy/Humorous) Mildred is the worst witch in the history of her special boarding academy for witches. No matter what she does, it always turns out wrong. Still, things are okay until she turns goody-goody Ethel into a pig. Making an enemy of the best witch in your class is not a good idea -- especially when you happen to be the worst one! (Review from kissthebook)

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