50. Scat

By: Carl Hiaasen
Level: J

Nick and Marta are afraid of their Biology teacher Mrs. Starch. Duane, aka Smoke, threatens Mrs. Starch and bites her pencil in half, eating the part he bites off. Then during a field trip to the Black Vine Swamp the next day Duane is absent, a fire starts in the swamp, and Mrs. Starch disappears. Nick and Marta feel they have to find out what happened. It gets complicated when Duane comes back to school a model student, Mrs. Starch leaves school for a family emergency when she has no family, and a strange man is driving Mrs. Starch’s car around with Duane inside. How do endangered panthers and a corrupt oil company figure in? You’ll have read this enjoyable book to find out.

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Published in: on June 13, 2009 at 10:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

49. Dandelion Fire

By: N.D. Wilson
Level: J
Series: Book Two of the 100 Cupboards

Henry York is going home to Boston in two weeks. The problem is that Henry has found that he came from the cupboards and he wants to know where exactly he came from. Before he can start his explorations he is kidnapped by an evil wizard named Darius. Darius wants the secret of moving between worlds. Henrietta thinks that Henry left without her and tries to follow him through the cupboards but finds herself being chased by Faeren in a world that is being sucked dry by the evil Witch Queen of Endor. When Henry escapes from Darius, Darius arrives at the house in Kansas to find what he is looking for and ends up pulling the house into another world where it becomes stuck. Those who are stuck in this new world find they need basic necessities and so they go through the cupboard doors to find Uncle Frank’s old home. Everyone finds themselves in the middle of a war with the evil of Endor.

Published in: on June 8, 2009 at 8:03 pm  Leave a Comment  

48. Hunted

By: P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
Level: YA
Series: House of Night, Book 5

Zoey is hiding out with Stevie Rae and the red fledglings. Kalona, his Raven Mockers, and Neferet are aboveground wreaking havoc in Tulsa. Zoey is having nightmares with Kalona and her boy troubles aren’t any better than regularly with Zoey getting back together with Eric and then having Heath show up. When Zoey is mortally wounded it becomes clear that she has to go back to the House of Night but will she and her friends be safe there? This is another typical installment in this series with questions of what happens next at the end.

Published in: on June 8, 2009 at 7:54 pm  Leave a Comment  

47. Flora Segunda: Being the Magickal Mishaps of a Girl of Spirit, Her Glass-gazing Sidekick, Two Ominous Butlers (One Blue), a House With Eleven Thousand Rooms, and a Red Dog

By: Ysabeau S. Wilce
Level: YA

Flora is sick of being treated like a slave while Mamma has an important job, Popop is crazy, and her fourteenth birthday is coming. Flora wants to be a Ranger but Mamma expects her to go into the military like all Fyrdraaca’s. Then, Flora gets mixed up with the banished butler, Valefor, and has to find a way to save herself as well as the butler and the Dainty Pirate, who is a famous Ranger. Flora has to decide where she lives in her world and how to transition into an adult.

Published in: on June 8, 2009 at 7:38 pm  Leave a Comment  

46. The Last Invisible Boy

By: Evan Kuhlman
Illustrated by J.P. Coovert
Level: J

Finn Garrett is convinced that he is disappearing. It has been happening ever since the Horrible Day in June. His hair is going white and his skin is pale white, not pink. Everyone in the house has their quirks, Mom just blanks, Derek sleeps in Finn’s room, and Grandpa keeps telling Dad stories. There are lots of good and bad reminisces of Dad but Finn does not want to talk about the Bad Day. Finally, we learn what happened to the dad and Finn gradually begins to see life after Dad.

Published in: on June 8, 2009 at 7:32 pm  Leave a Comment