Friday, March 26, 2010

Spring Break Hot Sheet

For those of you eagerly waiting for the winners of the Spring Break 2010 prize pail, I will be posting the winners tomorrow morning! We had such a tremendous turnout that I am still compiling names! It's been such a great week. My daughter is growing up to be such a fan of middle-school and young adult books that I wanted to share with you a few of her most recent discoveries. She gives all of the below solid two thumbs up.


For centuries, mystical creatures of all description were gathered into a hidden refuge called Fablehaven to prevent their extinction. The sanctuary survives today as one of the last strongholds of true magic. Enchanting? Absolutely. Exciting? You bet. Safe? Well, actually, quite the opposite. Kendra and her brother, Seth, have no idea that their grandfather is the current caretaker of Fablehaven. Inside the gated woods, ancient laws keep relative order among greedy trolls, mischievous satyrs, plotting witches, spiteful imps, and jealous fairies. However, when the rules get broken -- Seth is a bit too curious and reckless for his own good -- powerful forces of evil are unleashed, and Kendra and her brother face the greatest challenge of their lives. To save their family, Fablehaven, and perhaps even the world, Kendra and Seth must find the courage to do what they fear most.

The series is five books long so far with the fifth being released just this week. My daughter is deeply immersed in the tales of Kendra and Seth.

Suddenly Supernatural

We found this little gem while vacationing in Washington D.C. She picked it up off the shelf and couldn't stop reading it. For Kat, life in Medford, NY, is complicated. Her mom's a professional medium, communing with spirits. After Kat's 13th birthday, she starts seeing ghosts, too, and she fears being ostracized and perpetually friendless. She becomes friendly with Jac, a talented cellist who lugs around her instrument but hasn't played since an incident of intense stage fright, and together the reluctant medium and reluctant musician share their secrets, Kat's new dog, and a supernatural experience in the school library. The ghost of a flute-playing former student needs their help.

This series is at least four books long and is in my daughter's succinct evaluation "totally cool".

Phillipa Fisher's Fairy Godsister

A great twist on an old fairytale device, ideal for fun and entertainment. Definitely populated with some laugh out loud moments. In the book, Philippa Fisher's life is a disaster. Her parents embarrass her in front of her friends; they are party entertainers and drive a bright yellow VW camper with pictures of clowns and jesters and rabbits painted on the side. Then her best friend moves away and she feels totally alone. She is so miserable, in fact, that the ATC (Above the Clouds) sends her a fairy godmother from 3WD (the Three Wishes Department). But Daisy, the fairy godmother (called a godsister because of her age), has serious attitude and is vexed at being paired with a human. She and Philippa get off to a dreadful start when her charge unknowingly leaves the transforming fairy with a limp and bruises. Just wanting to get the job done, Daisy delivers three wishes that give the girl the opportunity to change her life forever, which results in near disaster. Philippa, a self-conscious 11-year-old who desperately wants to be part of the popular crowd, is forced to rethink what friendship and parental love are all about.

What's on your hot sheet for recent reads?


  1. I read Hex Hall and Party last weekend... enjoyed both of them. =) Party would be for the older teens, I think, but Hex Hall could dip lower which makes it a great book. But darn that cliffie.... =P

  2. The Iron King and actually I'm reading Palace of Mirrors right now, gonna read Anastasia's Secret fairly soon as well!

    Palace of Mirrors by Margaret Peterson Haddix I think would be good for any age and has a companion novel, Just Ella, that also good. Fairy tale re-imaginings. Can't beat'em!

  3. I have Archangel's Kiss by Nalini Singh and The Vampire Diaries as my hot read.

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