Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Junior Reading Room: A little fairy dust

Magic, whimsy and fun are among this week’s reads for the young.

File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents by Lemony Snicket.

File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents (All The Wrong Questions #2.5)

Author: Lemony Snicket

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 272 pages, fiction

HERE’S something to appease fans until All The Wrong Questions #3: “Shouldn’t You Be In School?” comes out later this year. This book of 13 mini mysteries offers readers the chance to match deductive skills with Lemony Snicket as he investigates strange goings-on at Stain’d-By-The-Sea.

There’s the curious incident of the loyal dog that goes missing, there are paintings falling off walls for no apparent reason, and even a scary spectre!

The 39 Clues: Unstoppable Book 3: Countdown by Natalie Standiford.

Countdown (The 39 Clues, Unstoppable #3)

Author: Natalie Standiford

Publisher: Scholastic Inc, Har/Crds edition, 192 pages, fiction

THE multiple spin-offs from the original The 39 Clues books continue with the Unstoppable series that has teen siblings Amy and Dan Cahill trying to recover a lost family secret: the 39-ingredient serum that confers world-shaking power on anyone who takes it.

In this third Unstoppable book, 13-year-old Dan finds himself hopelessly trapped by the machinations of the Cahills’ enemies, and this time, older sis Amy is not around to help him. What’s she doing? Contemplating unleashing an unspeakable evil on the world just to save her little brother. Could this be the end of the Cahills?

Flight School by Lita Judge.

Flight School

Author: Lita Judge

Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 40 pages, fiction

AN eagle-hearted little Penguin is determined to fly. The problem is, penguin bodies aren’t made to soar. But, hey, what’s a little technicality like that in face of a determined little Penguin who perseveres in following his dreams?

This picture book for pre-school and early school kids is by the creator of the acclaimed Red Hat and Red Sled books.

How to Train Your Dragon: How to Seize a Dragon's Jewel by Cressida Cowell.

How To Seize A Dragon’s Jewel (How To Train Your Dragon #10)

Author: Cressida Cowell

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 416 pages, fiction

WITH the sequel to hit animated movie How To Train Your Dragon slated to hit local cinemas in June, the publishers have re-released one of the 14 Dragon books written by Cressida Cowell.

In How To Seize A Dragon’s Jewel (originally published in 2012), the Vikings’ darkest hour is upon them as the dragon rebellion begins. Our hero Hiccup is an outcast, hunted by humans and dragons alike, yet he is the only one who knows that the key to saving humankind is to find the Dragon’s Jewel. But where on earth does he even begin this quest?

Whatever After: Bad Hair Day by Sarah Mlynowski.

Bad Hair Day (Whatever After #5)

Author: Sarah Mlynowski

Publisher: Scholastic Press, 176 pages, fiction

THE Whatever After series that takes the modern world into traditional tales of magic continues with this twist on the story of Rapunzel, the girl with THAT hair who is locked away in a tower.

Hapless siblings Abby and Jonah who keep getting dragged into fairytales through a magic mirror in their basement do their very best not to mess up the stories – but their abrupt appearances always cause untold trouble! This time, Abby and Jonah need some quick thinking and a bit of magic to try to turn this bad hair day around.

Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy, Secret of the Silver Key by Jane O' Connor.

Nancy Clancy: Secret Of The Silver Key (Nancy Clancy Chapter Books #4)

Author: Jane O’Connor

Illustrator: Robin Preiss Glasser

Publisher: HarperCollins, 128 pages, fiction

FANCY Nancy, the beloved preschoolers’ picture book from 2005, graduated to chapter books (illustrated prose books for young readers) in 2012 with Nancy Clancy: Super Sleuth. In this fourth book, Nancy finds a key left behind in an old desk she buys at a garage sale. Who can resist finding out what the key unlocks? Certainly not sleuth Nancy and her best friend Bree! But the answer to their mystery is not at all what the young pair expect.

Pete the Cat: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star by James Dean.

Pete The Cat: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

Author: James Dean

Publisher: HarperCollins, 32 pages, fiction

ARTIST, musician and author James Dean not only paints Pete the Cat but also produces books for pre- and earlyschoolers with simple, rhythmical sentences accompanying his drawings of Pete doing cool things. In this book, Pete admires the stars and the moons as he gets ready for bed. Compiled by Nadine Fernandez

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