|The Flint Heart by Katherine Paterson & John Paterson|
Long ago, in the land of Dartmoor, a magic man created
an enchanted charm that granted its possessor incredible power-
at the cost of the wearer's own tenderness and compassion. After
merciless Flint Heart causes much destruction, it is lost among
the reeds and rocks of the moor, where a kindly farmer discovers
it thousands of years later. With the Flint Heart in his possession, the
once adoring father Billy Jago is transformed into a cruel and
merciless brute. Young Charles is determined to win back his father's
true nature, and with his sister Unity and a dog, Ship, he sets off into
an enchanted world where animals talk, fairies hold elaborate banquets,
and magical mischief must be resolved to bring Dartmoor and
Merripit Farm back to rights again.
|The Absolute Value of Mike by Kathryn Erskine|
So Dad has shipped me off to relatives I don't
even know because he wants me to work on this
engineering project and become a genius, like him. Well,
guess what? I have math learning disabilities! Besides, what
engineering project? Poppy (my great uncle) is frozen to his
chair and communicates only by throwing slippers. And Moo
(his wife) feeds a cat clock and watches imaginary movies in
her car, "Tyrone," which she's too blind to be driving anyway.
And then there's Gladys...she's this amazing, cool, super-gorgeous
punk rocker with stag fright..um..where was I?
Oh, right. I know all Dad cares about is the engineering
project, but everyone in town is working on a much more important
project: adopting an orphan from Romania. Now that's my kind
of project. I've got to whip this town into shape and raise like
$40,000 in three weeks! Yup, that means getting Gladys to sing,
Poppy to move, and Moo to give up Tyrone.
Just don't tell Dad! I'll have to deal with him later.
|The Bridge to Never Land by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson|
Aiden and Sarah Cooper have no idea what
they're getting into one afternoon when they discover a
mysterious coded document in a secret compartment of an
antique English desk their father recently bought at an auction.
something about the document seems familiar to Sarah, and that night
she realizes what it is: the document seems to be referring to some
books she has read - the Starcatchers series, about the origin
of Peter Pan. But how could that be? The document seems far older
than the books. And of course, the books are just stories...
Curious, Sarah and Aidan begin to decipher the mysterious document.
At first it's a game - unraveling the mystery piece by piece, each piece
leading them to a new, deeper puzzle.
But soon the game turns strange - and scary. They discover that the
"stories" are real, and that what they thought was a fictional battle
between good and evil is still going on. And the scariest part is: they
have become a part of it.
Pursued by a being that can take any form and will stop at nothing to
get what it wants from the, Aidan and Sarah embark on a desperate,
thrilling quest for help - a quest that leads them to some unforgettable
people in some unlikely places, including one that's not supposed to
exit at all. At each step they must solve new puzzles and escape new
dangers, all the while knowing that if they fail, the evil they are
fleeing will be let loose on an unsuspecting world.
|The Wizard of Dark Street by Shawn Tomas Odyssey|
Oona Crate was born to be the Wizard's apprentice,
but she has another destiny in mind.
Despite possessing the rare gift of Natural Magic, Oona
wants to be a detective. Eager for a case, she is determined
to prove that logic is as powerful as wizardry. But when
someone attacks her uncle-the Wizard of Dark Street-Oona
is forced to delve into the world of magic.
Full of odd characters, evil henchmen, and a street
where nothing is normal, The Wizard of Dark Street
will have you guessing to the very end.