Monthly Archives: January 2009

Book Review of Tunnels

Have you ever wanted to dig a hole to China? Well, the characters in the book Tunnels do something like that. A father and son go on a digging expedition that wasn’t anything that they expected. They find a whole new world on the flipside of London that nobody in the whole city is aware of. They find history, and their discovery will change our whole world forever.

Will burrows and his father are obsessed with digging. They spend all of their free time digging holes and hoping to find artifacts. One day, without a word to anyone, Will’s father disappears. It seems that he has left on a dig, but he didn’t tell Will anything about it. This plot leads Will on a great adventure to an underground world that includes civilized people and evil Styx that will do anything to stop Will from finding his father. Could the inhabitants of “The Colony,” as they call it, be Will’s real family?

Will’s brother Cal is also a main character. Cal helps him save Chester, Will’s best friend. Other characters include Rebecca, Will’s “sister,” and Tam, his uncle. Tam is especially important because he comes up with the plan to rescue Chester and escape.

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Book Review of Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston

Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston
As 17 year old, Kelley Winslow gets her big theater break as Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Sonny Flannery, a changeling( a human child stolen by faeries) has the job of gaurding the Samhain Gate to stop faeries from entering the human world. Easier said than done. Every couple years, the gate, that is located  Central Park in New York City,  opens for nine nights, getting wider every night. When Kelley decides to walk through the park on the first night, her whole life begins to change dramatically. She is tied to the faerie world more than she knows, but can she and Sonny piece it all together while an unknown enemy is out to kill her? I give this book 4 1/2 stars out of 5. The characters are charming and loveable, the plot is suspenseful and the world the author brings the reader to is beautiful, full of magic, tragedy, romance, comdey, and suspense. The missing half of the rating for the book is because the ending doesn’t seem satisfying enough, which hopefully means there will be a sequel to make the wonderful story complete!
                                                                                                                 Book review by Amanda M.

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December Teen Book List- New Teen Books at the Granby Library

Young Adult Fiction

A Brief Chapter In My Impossible Life – Dana Reinhardt

Every Moon a Star – Wendy Mass

Everything Beautiful in the World – Lisa Leve

Flavor of the Week – Tucker Shaw

Full Moon: Book 1

Full Moon: Book 2

Full Moon: Book 3

Full Moon: Book 4

Full Moon: Book 5

Inside the Mind of Gideon Rayburn – Sarah Miller

Kiki Strike Inside the Shadow City – Kristen Miller

The Looking Glass Wars – Frank Beddor

The Luxe – Anna Goodbersen

Nobody’s Princess – Esther Friesner

Paper Towns – John Green

Perfect – Sara Shepard

The Princess and the Hound – Mette Ivie Harrison

Simpson Comics: Belly Buster – Matt Groenig

Skinned – Robin Wasserman

Storm Thief – Chris Wooding

Twilight – Stephenie Meyer

When It Happens – Susane Colasanti