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June 2, 2006 Edition

Gregor the Overlander

Scorpia, by Anthony Horowitz, read by Simon Prebble.

Alex Rider is a teenage spy, working for M-16, a top-secret British organization, whose rival, Scorpia, wants Alex for itself. Was Alex’s father really an assassin for Scorpia? Or is that just one more lie to convince Alex to join Scorpia? M-16 stoops to the same tactics to keep Alex with them, and the suspense grows to an explosive finish in this 5th book of the Alex Rider series. (book on tape)

Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane

Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods, all by Suzanne Collins and read by Paul Boehmer

When Gregor follows his little sister down an air chute in their apartment building, he feels like Alice in Wonderland: they’ve arrived somewhere impossible, surrounded by giant, sentient insects. Terrified and disgusted, all Gregor wants to do is take his sister Boots home, but a prophecy sends him on a quest for his missing father. In later books, Gregor, his sister, and even his mother, join forces together on even more daring and dangerous adventures. (books on cd)

Avalon High, by Meg Cabot, read by Debra Wiseman.

Ellie’s junior year starts out horribly – she and her family move to Maryland for the year while her parents are on sabbatical from their teaching positions. Things start looking up when she meets hunky Will and his friends. But there are too many coincidences and Ellie starts feeling like she’s living in Camelot in the days of King Arthur… and if that’s true, things are going to go wrong soon. (book on cd)

Charlie’s Raven, by Jean Craighead George, read by Ramon de Ocampo.

When Charlie’s grandfather has a heart attack, Charlie remembers the Teton Sioux belief that ravens can cure illness and captures a baby raven. With the help of his naturalist grandfather, whose health does improve, Charlie names the bird Blue Sky and learns to care for him. But Blue Sky and other ravens in the area are threatened by human and non-human enemies, and it becomes Charlie’s responsibility to make sure Blue Sky survives. (book on tape)

East, by Edith Pattou, read by a cast.

In this novelized retelling of the classic “East of the Sun and West of the Moon” the youngest girl in a poor family who has never felt like she fits in eagerly leaves her home in return for the promise of prosperity and health for her poor family and adventure for herself. In true fairytale form, Rose has a curse to break, a giant white bear to befriend, a malicious troll-princess to watch out for, and a suitably adventurous and romantic ending. (book on tape)

Mr. Chickee’s Funny Money, by Christopher Paul Curtis, read by Joe Holt.

One day nine-year old Steven gets a present from his neighbor, Mr. Chickee: a quadrillion dollar bill. Is it – could it be - real? As president of Future Detectives of Flint, Steven is the right person to find out, with help from his friends Russell and Zoopy. But when he turns down an offer from Agent Fondoo of the US Treasury Department, who’s got his own reasons for wanting the bill, Steven finds himself on the agent’s bad side in this laugh-out-loud story. (book on cd)

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