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Exploration in deep space means away missions. And everyone knows, if there’s an away mission, two things will happen; the officers will survive and someone in a red shirt is going to die. But rarely has the story been told from the ensign point of view until now. Andrew Dahl is assigned to the Intrepid, and can’t help but notice the alarming mortality rates of ensigns on away missions, and how everyone conveniently disappears when the higher ups are looking for people to go on said away missions. He and his friends get caught up in wild conspiracies, and are shocked by the answer they find.
A hilarious parody of the science fiction genre, and most noticeably the red shirts from “Star Trek”, Scalzi has written a very enjoyable adventure that pays homage to the old science fiction shows, while still standing on its own two feet. The big twist of the book is inspired and unique, and “Redshirts” is a must read for any fan of the slight campiness of the old science fiction shows.
This is the story of Harry Crewe, the Homelander orphan girl who became Harimad- sol, King's Rider, and heir to the Blue Sword, Gonturan, that no woman had wielded since the Lady Aerin herself bore it into battle. When Harry comes to live in Damar, the desert country shared by the Homelanders and the secretive, magical Hillfolk, her life is quiet and ordinary...until the night she is kidnapped by Corlath, the Hillfolk King, who takes her deep into the desert. She does not know the Hillfolk language; she does not know why she has been chosen. But Corlath does. Harry is to be trained in the arts of war until she is a match for any of his men. Does she have the courage to accept her true fate?
A breath of fresh air, this lushly written fantasy adventure novel is very deserving of its Newbery Honor. McKinley's talent for world-building and strong, likable characters shines in The Blue Sword. For enthusiasts of young adult literature and/or the fantasy genre, this novel is a must read!
“From now on I’m Alan of Trebond, the younger twin. I’ll be a knight.”
And so young Alanna of Trebond begins the journey to knighthood. Alanna has always craved the adventure and daring allowed only for boys; her twin brother, Thom, yearns to learn the art of magic. So one day they decide to switch places: Disguised as a girl, Thom heads for the convent; Alanna, pretending to be a boy, is on her way to the castle of King Roald to begin her training as a page. But the road to knighthood is not an easy one. As Alanna masters the skills necessary for battle, she must also learn to control her heart and to discern her enemies from her allies. Filled with swords and sorcery, adventure and intrigue, good and evil, Alanna’s first adventure begins—one that will lead to the fulfillment of her dreams and make her a legend in the land.
This must-read for teens and adults alike is propelled by one of the most powerful female leads in young adult literature. Once you pick up this incredible fantasy adventure, you won't be able to put it down, and it'll leave you craving for the next installment of this amazing quartet...
Jane is a middle-class, suburban, church-going wife, mother and teacher. She goes to the St. Vincent de Paul thrift store to purchase a rosary for her daughter and ends up agreeing to become a volunteer. Jane's experiences with the poor at the St. Vincent de Paul thrift store are an entertaining and enlightening glimpse into her years volunteering. Jane starts out looking at the poor as problems to be solved and ends up seeing them as saints that teach her and lead her closer to Christ. The stories are heart warming and often humorous as she learns more of what it means to be Catholic and experience her faith in a practical way. A good read for anyone who enjoys inspirational stories.
Clover is a wife and mother in her early fifties. She realizes she no longer turns heads the way she used to and is only really missed by her family when dinner isn't on the table on time. Then one day she wakes up to discover that she is invisible, literally invisible. She panics but her husband and children don't even notice although her best friend does. This relives Clover, at least she isn't losing her mind. Clover discovers there are other women like her. Women of a certain age who have disappeared. These women band together to help each other and get the recognition and appreciation that they deserve. This is an inspiring and humorous book which will appeal to anyone who has ever felt invisible.
Evie O'Neill gets herself into trouble in her little Ohio town, and is sent to live with her uncle in New York City in 1922. The thoroughly modern flapper has a secret-she can see other people's secrets. She isn't the only one with a skill, though. Memphis Campbell was a healer. Sam Lloyd can move without people seeing him. All of these skills and more are needed when ritual murders start happening around the city. It will take the work of the Diviners to stop the bizarre evil at work.
Libba Bray's adventure is steeped in Jazz Age history that makes you feel like they are really in 1920's New York City. The characters will make you want to stay. Don't miss this one.
What if the story of Cinderella was set in the future, contained cyborgs, androids, hovercrafts, political intrigue and a plague. Cinder has all of these plus a love story. Cinder is sixteen, lives with her stepmother and two stepsisters. She is considered a technological mistake by most of society and spends her days making a living as a mechanic to support her family. Her reputation as a mechanic brings Prince Kai who needs to have his personal android repaired before the annual ball. He jokingly says it is "a matter of national security". Before Cinder can repair the android her sister and only human friend becomes ill with the plague that has devasted the Earth for over a decade. Her stepmother blames Cinder for her daughter's illness and "volunteers" her for plague research. No volunteer has ever survived. The scientist who is conducting the research discovers some unusual things about Cinder. Information that others would kill for. Exciting from start to finish, this book is the first in The Lunar Chronicles series.
Nobody Owens does not have what you would call a normal life. Though he is a living child, is home has always been a graveyard, and his company is made up of the hundred-year-old ghosts and spirits who reside there. As he gets older, he wonders about his origins and life outside of the graveyard. But could the mysteries of his past turn out to be dangerous in the future?
Neil Gaiman's macabre yet whimsical tale will pull on your heartstrings and keep you on the edge of your seat. While it is a Newberry Award winner, adults shouldn't pass this one up.
When Amy Dunne vanishes from her Missouri home, her husband Nick is the prime suspect. After all, he lied to the police during questioning and his alibi is not very strong. Still, he maintains his innocence. It doesn't take long for readers to realize that Amy has secrets... lots of secrets... and Nick does too! Poor Nick had better think fast, or life as he knows it will be over.
I could not put this book down! It is a fast paced psychological thriller that managed to keep me guessing until the very end.
How can you possibly paint the sky if you don't have any blue paint? This is Marisol's dilemma as she helps her class paint a mural for their library. She shows us all that with a little observation and a lot of imagination, the sky can be everything but blue.
A fantastic picture book for all of your dreamers, young or just young at heart.
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