The much awaited new book from Michael Grant has arrived and a few have already flown out the door. The fifth book in the series that started with Gone, a book thats been apart of our Top Fifteen for Teens since its beginning. We didn’t even know it was going to be a series then! But we stand by our choice and by the looks of it theres some kids out there who agree with us.
Everyone in town over the age of fourteen has completely disappeared and the chaos you might expect rapidly unfolds, from blind panic to the band of bullies who want to take control. 13-yr-old Sam becomes a sort of leader without meaning to, that is until the secretive but seemingly organised boarding school kids come back to town. Did I mention they can’t get past the painful dome to the nuclear power plant enclosing them that seems to be the reason for all this madness? Then there’s talking seagulls and people start getting interesting abilities and powers… And that’s just the first book. If your looking for a new series to hook your young teen into these Lord Of The Flies-esque adventures could be it.
Gone, Hunger, Lies, Plague and Fear are all out now and in stock at Fairfieldbooks, $22.95.
For some years I’ve been aware of the Ishmael books by Michael Gerard Bauer and have had people whose opinion I respect tell me how good they are. I’ve finally read the first book, Don’t Call Me Ishmael and it is now on our recommended shelves for teens. It’s terrific.
Ishmael is 14 years old and his unusual name has become the bane of his existence. His father insists on telling anyone who makes a comment on the name the ‘hilarious’ circumstances which led to his newborn son being given that particular moniker. The boys at Ishmael’s new school don’t find it amusing though, in fact it causes him a great deal of grief from the school bully, Barry Bagsley. An alliance forms between Ishmael and the other ‘unusual’ boy, James Scobie.
What I really like about this book, apart from the fact that is well written, funny and believable is that everything isn’t neatly tied up by the end. The bully is still a bully and Ishmael ends the school year knowing that Barry will still be the same next year, but he is learning to deal with it and knows that he doesn’t want to be cruel like Barry, even when the opportunity arises.
Don’t Call Me Ishmael is the first of three books, and they are terrific for boys and girls aged 12 and up. Highly recommended. $20
British publishing house, Gollancz, have been championing science-fiction and fantasy for over 50 years, and have recently had a poll going to choose the public’s top ten favourite releases of all time. The Top Ten titles chosen have all been beautifully repackaged in fantastic retro hardback covers in the classic yellow Gollancz style. Very hard to miss!! Titles chosen include the brilliant and ahead-of-its-time Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K Dick, the classic Time Machine by H.G. Wells, Dune by Frank Herbert, and Hyperion by Dan Simmons (to name but a few!).
The Top Ten include five favourite Sci-Fi titles and five favourite Fantasy titles, and are a ridiculously cheap $20 for a beautiful hardback.
All are currently in stock. Open up your mind to other worlds now!
Gollancz: 50 Years of Science Fiction and Fantasy
Our wall of Top Tens got expanded to Top Fifteens a little while ago now, with the exception of our Young Adult list. With our original 20 books for teenagers we had, loosely, 10 for boys and 10 for girls. We’re having a really hard time deciding how many to add, and what books! So even though we haven’t finished deciding what books to add to the twenty we can all agree on is these;
Five Books for Teenager Boys AND Girls
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
(The link above will take you to our other blog, where this review is)
Six Impossible Things by Fiona Wood
Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
Dreaming of Amelia by Jaclyn Moriarty – also on the other blog
Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rebecca Cohn and David Levithan
We haven’t blogged about all of these but rest assured someone, often more than one of us, has read them and loved them! Just ask us in store if you’d like to hear more. 3 out of the 5 are also by Australian authors. Go Aussie.
The next five books for First Readers are:
Billie B Brown by Sally Rippin
Bob the builder and the Elves by Emily Rodda
The Bugalugs bum thief by Tim Winton
Goblin in the Bush by Victor Kelleher
Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown
Our next 5 suggestions for Preschoolers are:
Alfie Gets In First by Shirley Hughes
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
Crusher is Coming by Bob Graham
Cock a doodle do, Farmyard Hullaballo by Giles Andreae
Mog the Forgetful Cat by Judith Kerr
Our next five favourites for Toddlers are:
MrGumpy’s Outing by John Burningham
Bertie and the Bear by Pamela Allen
Amy & Louis by Libby Gleeson
Sunshine & Moonlight (2 books) by
Zou by Michael Gray