epic page turner

“The Skin Map”, a Bright Empires Novel, by Stephen R. Lawhead is a hold-your-breath beginning to a new series. This novel mixes ancient history, time travel, alternate realities, mystery, physics, and fantasy, to create a story so compelling that I find myself recommending it to any who will listen.
The unlikely Kit Livingstone finds himself in the center of a life threatening race to find the Skin Map; a map of symbols tattooed onto the abdomen of a brave explorer. These symbols hold the mystery of ley line travel, pathways to other worlds, and not merely British legend. As all good epic stories include, evil plots to destroy good and unexpected twists and turns maintain a heart-pounding pace. The only disappointment I felt was that I have to wait until the fall of 2011 for the next installment of the Bright Empires series!

Jesus around the world

Want to take a closer look at Jesus in the lives of people around the world? Want to learn more about prayer? Come have a look at these new books.
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***”After the Heavy Rain” is by the same author as “The Tears of My Soul”.
***Ms. Penner says that “Power through Prayer” is a must-read. It will change the way you think and do prayer and conversations with God.

novel study suggestions

Are you looking for a book for your novel study assignment? Here’s a searching tip for you: On the library catalogue, type in “AP Book List” in the search bar, then click on the “subject” icon. This will bring up a list of over 100 items that your teachers will be happy to see you read!

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come visit harmony

You like books about quirky people? Small towns? Simple joys? Then this series is for you! You’ll find yourself giggling and then holding your breath to see what happens next.

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Mrs. Froese says: “SUCH a refreshing look at the foibles of standard “Christian” outlook on events in life! And really apt insights into human nature, together with gentle reminders to look at life as a blessing. I expected to be bored, but there is nothing boring about this book.

Set adrift

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“Although this story is set in 2001, the fabric of time itself fluctuates in Peck’s thrilling novel. Following the 9/11 attacks, Susan and her half-brothers, Charles and Murray (could the brothers’ names be a nod to Charles Wallace Murray, one of the time-traveling children in Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time?) are sent to live with their Uncle Farley in Canada, until things are calmer in America. But the children notice strange things about the boat-like mansion that is to be their new home: Drift House seems “crooked,” a dumbwaiter magically delivers whatever food they desire, and Uncle Farley’s parrot has a better-than-average grasp of the English language. When they awake one morning to find the house adrift on the Sea of Time, Uncle Farley reveals that Drift House is a “transtemporal vessel,” capable of navigating time. Murray, the youngest, disappears into the dumbwaiter and returns with hazy memories of his own future, and Susan is drafted by mermaids for a special mission. Peck depicts an affectionate bond among the siblings (Charles, brilliant but ignored as the middle sibling states, “I am not a boy-slave and I am not a baby and I am tired of being sent away!”), and an eccentric but credible guardian in Uncle Farley. Readers will flip madly through the many pages of this book to see how the siblings navigate the hazards on the Sea of Time and get Drift House safely back to shore.”
— Publishers Weekly, starred review

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Be MISTified

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“The Sliver of Infinity, the Lord Ruler, is the locus of religious and temporal order in a world in which the skaa are slaves or worse. Half-skaa erstwhile thief Kelsior is the only person to survive and escape the Lord Ruler’s most brutal prison, in which, however, he discovered he has the powers of the Mistborn, which are based on the internal “burning” of certain metals, all of which the Mistborn can use, while most others can burn only one. Now Kelsior plans his most daring raid ever, into the center of the palace to discover the secret of the Lord Ruler’s power. Beforehand, his band finds the half-skaa orphan Vin in another thieving crew, where she’s useful because she brings good luck. She is also Mistborn and, if she can master and learn to trust her powers, will enable Kelsior’s crew to infiltrate the nobility and possibly overthrow the status quo. Intrigue, politics, and conspiracies mesh complexly in a world Sanderson realizes in satisfying depth and peoples with impressive characters. “(Booklist: Regina Schroeder)

Check out the author’s blog at http://www.brandonsanderson.com/blog/ or search for him on facebook. 

Staff say: “Read it!”

book thiefMrs. Kuipers gives two thumbs up to “THE BOOK THIEF” by Markus Zusak. Here’s what she has to say about it: “A young German girl is adopted during the second world war. Her adoptive father teaches her how to read and she is hooked on consuming books (figuratively speaking). Because books are so rare and many books have been burned she begins to steal books. It’s a coming of age story of a German girl growing up in Nazi Germany.”
Curious about what else she recommends? Check out “Peace Like A River” by Leif Enger.