Sunday, February 28, 2010

Just Finished...

Bailey just finished the second Lighting Thief novel, The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 2) by Rick Riordan (see February 11th) and says these are "very good stories about the son of Poseidon." Now Bailey and Jack are starting The Titan's Curse, the third book in the Lighting Thief series.

Bailey also reports she just finished
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne.

Bailey is also reading Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix, the first book in The Missing Series. We'll look for her report when she finishes.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas from the author's web site:

Nine year-old Bruno knows nothing of the Final Solution or the Holocaust. He is oblivious to the appalling cruelties being inflicted on the people of Europe by his country.

All he knows is that he has been moved from a comfortable home in Berlin to a house in a desolate area where there is nothing to do and no one to play with. Until he meets Shmuel, a boy who lives a strange parallel existence on the other side of the adjoining wire fence and who, like the other people there, wears a uniform of striped pajamas.

Bruno's friendship with Shmuel will take him from innocence to revelation. And in exploring what he is unwittingly a part of, he will inevitably become subsumed by the terrible process.

About Found from Margaret Peterson Haddix's web site:

Thirteen-year-old Jonah has always known that he was adopted, and he's never thought it was any big deal. Then he and a new friend, Chip, who's also adoped, begin receiving mysterious letters. The first one says, "You are one of the missing." The second one says, "Beware! They're coming back to get you."

Jonah, Chip, and Jonah's sister, Katherine, are plunged into a mystery that involves the FBI, a vast smuggling operation, an airplane that appeared out of nowhere -- and people who seem to appear and disappear at will. The kids discover they are caught in a battle between two opposing forces that want very different things for Jonah and Chip's lives.

Do Jonah and Chip have any choice in the matter? And what should they choose when both alternatives are horrifying?