The extraordinary Glower
Castle is alive with
magic. It is a castle that constantly changes itself, moving rooms around and
creating new ones along the way. Above all, it is a castle with a fierce
loyalty to the royal Glower family, particularly young Celie, who understands
the castle better than anyone. The family lives in the castle happily until the
King and Queen leave one day and are ambushed. Local and foreign royal
councilors all presume them dead. But Celie and her siblings know better. With
the castle's help, they must figure out what the royal councils are up to, what
happened to their parents, and how to protect themselves.
This is a well-written and charming story. Though we only ever see
the inside of the castle, we never get bored, as the action starts right away
and never really stops. The best part of this novel is easily the castle, which
strongly resembles Hogwart's Room of Requirement and Howl's Moving Castle.
However, with a simple plot and cartoonish villains (who plot to kill, but can
be somehow defeated by a 11 year old girl stomping on their toe) make this more
of a read for a strong 8 year old to 9 year old. Overall, it is done very well
and is perfect for budding fantasy readers. -- Reviewed by Kelly of Books Inc. Laurel Village
This series somehow fell off the radar, no one seems to know it. Filled with
powerful magic, quests and mystery, The Book of Three introduces us Taran,
an orphan being raised by an old soldier and an ancient sorcerer. Taran
dreams of glory on the battlefield but slowly learns just what that means.
Steeped in Welsh mythology, this first installment will draw in anyone, boy
or girl, who will just open it up. Written by Lloyd Alexander, for ages 8-12.
--reviewed by Elizabeth of Books Inc. Alameda
People are always asking us what book we are reading for Not Your Mother's Book Club, which is a TOTALLY REASONABLE question, considering we're called Not Your Mother's Book CLUB. But the truth of the matter is, for the last 5 years, this has been an author salon, only. NOT SO ANYMORE! Thanks to Anna, the newest member of our Books Inc. Palo Alto team, we are now launching Not Your Mother's ACTUAL Book Club, a book club that reads books! HIGH FIVES ALL AROUND! So join us for our first meeting, no reading required. Yet. :)
I loved every agonizing heartbreaking moment of this book! Set in a
small town in Maine best friends Dinah & Skint couldn't be more
different, they both want to help and make things better for those around
them but while Skint rages against the injustices of the world Dinah's main
concern is trying to get Skint to wear a winter coat. Their friendship also
around an elephant in the room, Skint's father is homebound with dementia a topic Skint has made clear is not to be broached. But his family
may be in desperate need of help and by the time Dinah opens her eyes and
sees it things will never be the same for them.
--Reviewed by Shannon, Senior Children's Buyer
This novel snuck under the wire to get into my top three young adult novels
for 2012. I read it in one breathless night, and the next morning, when I saw
an airplane flying overhead, I burst into tears. Which, I admit, probably seems like a crazy response, and fairly so. But like all the best, most special books, Ask The Passengers doesn't just satisfy the mind while it's being read-- it also colors life long after it has been put down, making otherwise banal things, like the sight of airplanes overhead, illuminated.
King uses complicated ideas,
recurring imagery and deceptively simple language to craft a story of
incredible honesty and pathos. Those who were unlucky to be around me
in the days after I read it were
subjected to my many gushings-and even with the amount of hyperbolic gushery
I put forth in those days, I'm not sure I did this novel justice. Gorgeous.
Wise. Vibrant. For those who love any of the following authors: David Levithan, Nina LaCour, Sarah Dessen or John Green should certainly take a look.
I cannot wait to pick up more of A. S. King's work. Because if
it's even a FRACTION as good... I may have a new favorite author. For ages 15+ --Reviewed by Maggie, Books Inc. Children's Department Director