The Last Olympian

Title: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 5: The Last Olympian

Author: Rick Riordan

Summary: In the final installment of this outstanding series, Percy and company must defend the island of Manhattan from the evil Kronos and the monster Typhon. The Last Olympian has the usual plot twists and turns, but the stakes are incredibly high: If Percy, Annabeth, Grover and the other demigods from Camp Half Blood lose the battle, civilization as they (and we) know it will unravel as the evil Titans take control.

If you haven’t read Percy yet, by gods, what are you waiting for! Begin with The Lightning Thief before the movie hits theatres.

Who will like this book?: Everybody! A great adventure series for guys and girls who don’t love to read, mythology buffs and everyone in between. This is also an outstanding series for teens and parents to share.

If you like this, try this: The Keys to the Kingdom series by Garth Nix. The Mark of Solomon series by Elizabeth E. Wein. And it looks like there will be another Camp Half Blood series, featuring new campers, so keep an eye out for that as well.

Recommended by: Nicole, Teen Librarian

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Inkdeath

Title: Inkdeath

Author:Cornelia Funke

Summary:In the final volume of the trilogy, Meggie is determined to save her father. Having escaped from the evil clutches of the Adderhead, whom is now immortal, Mo is finding himself getting deeper and deeper into the role of the Bluejay.

As he and the Black Prince continue to fight against the Adderhead’s reign of despair, more troubles are brewing within the Inkword. Mortorla is back and finds alliance in an old friend. Farid has yet to revive Dustfinger and is neglecting Meggie’s feelings. Fengolio has lost his ability to write, as Orpheus starts writing more devastating trails with Fengolio’s words. With everything falling apart in the Inkworld, Meggie’s desires to leave become more urgent…Too bad that it’s too late.

Who will like this book?: If you liked the first two of the trilogy, you’re bound to like this one. If you haven’t, then the Inkworld trilogy is meant for dreamers, who see the impossible and make it real. There’s plenty of fantasy, a good love plot, and viciousness within the heroes and villains alike.

If you like this, you should try: Ella Enchanted by Gail Levine, Goose Girlby Shannon Hale, anything by Dianna Wynne Jones, The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, Faerie Wars by Herbie Brennan, and Maximum Ride by James Patterson.

Recommended by: ZZ, Fairfield resident and avid reader

Peter and the Starcatchers

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Title: Peter and the Starcatchers

Author: Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

Summary: Peter and his group of fellow orphans are on the ship Never Land headed towards becoming slaves to an evil King who wants his hands on more than just some orphan boys. On the journey, he meets Molly, an unusual girl, who eventually confides in him the importance of a trunk stashed away on board. Soon enough the notorious pirate Captain Stache comes looking for the trunk, endangering Molly’s father in the process, as well as everyone on the Never Land.  The story takes off as Peter discovers what mysteries are within the trunk – and just how far Stache is willing to go to get his hands on it.  From two different writers, the pieces come together in a new telling of how the famous Neverland came to be along with its hero Peter Pan.

Who will like this book?: Obviously if you’re into Peter Pan (or love Disney themes), this is the book to read. It’s readable for children and anyone who’s ever imagined something extraordinary will find enjoyment in reading this.

If you like this, you should try: The second and third books in the series–Peter and the Secret of Rundoon and Peter and the Shadow Thieves – as well as Peter Pan in Scarlet by Geraldine McCaughrean and Scott M. Fischer and Capt. Hook: The Adventures of a Notorious Youth by J. V. Hart and Brett Helquist.

Recommended by: ZZ, resident of Fairfield and avid reader.

The Battle of the Labyrinth

The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 4)

Title: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Battle of the Labyrinth

Author: Rick Riordan

Summary:  If you haven’t read the books in the Percy Jackson series, I only have one question for you: In the name of the gods, what are you waiting for! In this fourth volume, Percy, a young demi-god (half-human, half-god son of Poseidon), and his friends continue their quest to stop the rise of the evil lord Kronos, a titan older than the Olympian gods. This time they take the battle underground, into the famous labyrinth of Daedalus. I can’t say too much without giving the details away, but rest assured, there are appearances by cool new characters, Olympian gods and very smelly ancient monsters. Believe me when I say the book is as pulse-poundingly exciting and hilarious as the first three books in the series

Who will like this?:  This is a great series for kids still stuck in Harry Potter withdrawal, or with an interest in mythology – the author packs in enough monsters and magic to keep even a mythology buff on their toes!

If you like this, try this: The Helen of Troy stories by Esther M. Friesner, Nobody’s Princess and Nobody’s Prize. Pandora Gets Jealous by Carolyn Hennesy. Nightsong and Can’t Catch Me by Michael Cadnum.

Recommended by: Nicole, Teen Librarian

The Lion Hunter

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Title: The Lion Hunter: Mark of Solomon Part One

Author: Elizabeth E. Wein

Summary: Telemakos, a young prince of Aksum, Africa (and grandson to King Arthur of Britain) is still recovering from the horrors he endured as a government spy when he is horribly wounded by the pet lions he had trained for the emperor. But that is only the beginning of his tale: When it is feared that his identity has been revealed to Aksum’s enemies, he and his baby sister Athena are sent to live abroad with Abreha, the king of Himyar. Just as Telemakos begins to feel safe, his world is turned upside down again when he realizes that Abreha is keeping secrets of his own.

This book carries on the story from an earlier trilogy by the author, but you don’t need to read them to get into Telemakos’ story. He is a hero with real problems who has to work very hard to overcome his past injuries, both physical and emotional. While it is a fantasy book, it also provides some history of an era that people often don’t learn about – ancient Ethiopia and Arabia. And the character of baby Athena (as far as I’m concerened) is one of the coolest kids in books today. I can’t wait for the next book in the series, The Empty Kingdom.

Who will like this book?: People interested in King Arthur, mythology, or looking for a fantasy that isn’t too far-fetched or out-of-this-world.

If you like this, try this: Song of the Sparrow by Lisa Sandell, the Arthur books by Kevin Crossley-Holland, The Winter Prince, also by Elizabeth E. Wein.

Recommended by: Nicole, Teen Librarian