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The Expatriates by Corinne O’Flynn

The Expatriates by Corinne O’Flynn

The Expatriates by Cornne O'Flynn This book was fun. It took me a while to get into it, especially after the scene at the carnival. I thought it was just going to be about a boy who spoke to animals and I thought "traveling circus and talking animals"? I'm here for that. So after THE SCENE I figured out it was a different book entirely.

 

They told him his world was destroyed.
And they were the last to escape.
They thought he was safe.
They were wrong.

Seventeen-year-old Jim Wales can communicate with animals, but that’s not why he lives with a traveling carnival. Turns out his family’s been hiding him there since he was little, since someone started hunting all the scholars. Jim is a scholar–someone who can manipulate energy using magic–and he has no idea.

When a message arrives from Jim’s father–who supposedly died twelve years ago–Jim’s whereabouts are discovered, their carnival is attacked, and his mother is kidnapped. On the run with a strange glass map and a single coin, Jim finds himself racing to reclaim the father he thought he’d lost, plotting to save his mother, and discovering the truth about who he is.

But going home isn’t the same as being safe, and trust is everything.

This book was fun. It took me a while to get into it, especially after the scene at the carnival. I thought it was just going to be about a boy who spoke to animals and I thought “traveling circus and talking animals”? I’m here for that. So after THE SCENE I figured out it was a different book entirely. For fans of The Maze Runner and maybe Percy Jackson, who like boy adventures with reluctant heroes.

Did I mention talking animals? Yeah throw in a bit of Dr Doolittle. I need a talking tiger. “Jim ok?” “Bak hungry.”

There is language so if you’re concerned about that, I’d say ages 13/14+.

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2015 Diversity Reading Challenge Books

What’s in My Ear: The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles #1) by Rick Riordan

So. You’ve probably read some of Riordan’s other books, like Percy Jackson, etc, right? But did you know that the Kane Chronicles will fit into the Diversity Challenge?

What??

Who knew??

Kids who’ve read the series, that’s who.

 

The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles #1) by Rick Riordan

If you don’t know, let me do you a solid. Don’t look at the cover because it’s been whitewashed. Yes, harsh words, it’s true but it’s the truth. The Kane Chronicles is about a brother and sister duo who are mixed race: they are half white and half black!

Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

What?

Yep, the book about Egyptian gods and goddesses, contains children who are descendants of  Egyptian gods. And where is Egypt located?

In Africa.

So, yeah. But if you’ve read the series already you know that. If you haven’t read it, then add it to your list.

I liked the book.  I didn’t love it like Percy Jackson (remember it took me two reads to like PJ)  but I liked it. It’s not great characterization but what I do like about it is the fast paced action. Kids who don’t consider themselves readers will be hooked from the start to the end.

Egyptian mythology is kinda difficult to follow but once you get into it, you’ll manage. I listened to it on audio and there were two readers, and the woman reading Sadie’s is English which really added a fun dimension to the story.

I wish they would change the cover, so that kids of color will know the book stars people who look like them.  Have you read the Red Pyramid?

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The Lightning Thief, Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

August has been a fun month of reading.  I especially love meeting with my tweenies at book club!  This month we discussed The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.

The Lightning Thief

These little bibliophiles are just as excited to read books as my adult book club members are with one exception; my tweenies get smothies! Aside from chatting about the book, book clubbers also get a few fun activities to enjoy, like word searches, crossword puzzles, etc.

Unconventional Librarian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See that purple square? That’s the Percy Jackson Bingo game we played.  That’s how one clubber colored in her game card.  I kinda like it.

A few days later, several of us met up to watch the new movie Sea of Monsters.  My little critics were well behaved AND had no shortage of opinions about the movies and the books.

Love!

Have you read Percy Jackson?  What do you think?

Did I possibly spot the  author in a cameo?