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Again with the new books

We’ve been on holiday, so not a lot has been written on this blog! But we’re back (yay) and so are a bunch of new books.

On The Edge : My Story, by Richard Hammond (248 pages) [Non-fiction] – Richard Hammond is one of the presenters of Top Gear, a show popular with car fans and Men of a Certain Age. This is his biography (‘abridged for younger readers’) in which he writes about his near-fatal car accident a few years ago, and his recovery.

Frannie In Pieces, by Delia Ephron (374 pages) – Shortly after Frannie’s dad dies she discovers a wooden jigsaw puzzle he made shortly before his death. The puzzle helps her come to terms with her grief, which is pretty immense, I shouldn’t wonder. In a touch of magic realism* the puzzle transports her to another world.

* We’ll send out a prize to anyone (with a Wellington City Libraries YA membership) who can explain ‘magic realism’ in the comments before midnight, Friday the 31st of November October!

Dusssie, by Nancy Springer (166 pages) – Dusie wakes up one morning to find that her head is growing snakes, and that her mother is, in fact, a gorgon (like Medusa, Dusie’s aunt and namesake). What is a girl to do? Besides wear a hat all the time. She does get the ability to turn people into stone, which is pretty handy.

Wolf Island, by Darren Shan (222 pages) – This is the eighth book in the Demonata series. Just in time for Hallowe’en! It has one of the freakiest covers I’ve ever seen, though Slawter‘s cover still weirds me out. As the title suggests, Wolf Island is about werewolves.

Bewitching Season, by Marissa Doyle (346 pages) – Persephone and Penelope are the young daughters of viscounts (pronounced vye-counts, interestingly) whose governess in magic is kidnapped as part of a plot to gain control of Queen Victoria (for it is 1837). It’s up to them to sort out in this mix of romance, history and magic.

Good Enough, by Paula Yoo (322 pages) – From the catalogue: ‘A Korean American teenager tries to please her parents by getting into an Ivy League college, but a new guy in school and her love of the violin tempt her in new directions.’ Online reviews of Good Enough call it an absolute must-read.

Hamlet : A Novel, by John Marsden (228 pages) – This is a re-imagining of Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, turned into a novel. Very handy if you’re studying the play and need an idea of the tragedy (and if it’s anything it’s tragic).

More new books, briefly:

Word of Honour : The Third Volume of The Laws of Magic, by Michael Pryor (433 pages)
The Changeling, by Sean Williams (176 pages)
Give Me Truth, by Bill Condon (190 pages)
Outside Beauty, by Cynthia Kadohata (265 pages)
Paper Towns, by John Green (305 pages)
Spud – The Madness Continues …, by John van de Ruit (337 pages)
The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins (374 pages)


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  1. Melissa

    Magic realism is when magic or magical elements are used in a realistic setting, or what we would call ‘normal’. 🙂

  2. Zach

    Magic Realism:
    I think magic realism is something that is compleatly magical but it is either mostly real or could actually happen.

  3. Nice work! I’ll send you each a prize on Monday 🙂

  4. Melissa

    Thank you for my prize! 🙂

  5. Emma

    I just want to say…I love reading about new YA books in this “segment”! I just randomly clicked on the last one (Hunger Games) to find it was an excellent read and in my Top Books of ’08 list.
    Thanks =]

  6. Thanks for your kind comment! 😀

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