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Books Inc. Kids Review - The Jupiter Pirates: Hunt for Hydra by Jason Fry

The Jupiter Pirates: Hunt for Hydra by Jason Fry
Publication Date: November 11th, 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genre: Action/Adventure
Ages: 8-12

Treasure Island meets Battlestar Galactica in book one of the swashbuckling sci-fi adventure series SLJ called "space opera in the classic style" in a starred review, from New York Times bestselling author Jason Fry.

The relationship between Tycho Hashoone, his twin sister, Yana, and their older brother, Carlo, isn't your average sibling rivalry. They might be crew members together aboard the Shadow Comet, but only one of them can be the next ship captain. So when the Hashoones find themselves in the midst of a dangerous conspiracy--one that will pit them against space pirates, Earth diplomats, and even treachery from within the family--each sibling is desperate to prove his or her worth. The only trouble is, if they don't work together, none of them may make it out alive.

Perfect for fans of fantasy adventures like Ranger's Apprentice and such space-age epics as Star Wars, The Jupiter Pirates: Hunt for the Hydra is a wholly original saga about a galaxy on the brink of war and one unforgettable family caught in the cross fire.

Don't miss the action-packed sequel, Curse of the Iris.

The Hashoones are a tight-knit clan that ply the ebon void beyond the orbit of Mars and follow their noble family tradition as space privateers (NOT pirates, mind you... well, maybe Grandfather Huff). They prey upon spaceships of those snooty jerks from Earth who try to opress the former colonists of the proud Jovian Union. It's a dangerous life out there and the Hashoon kids know that sticking to shipboard discipline and family responsibilities can keep them from turning into a big glowing cloud or trying to breath in the vacuum. Vividly imagined life in outer space and colorful characters take you on an edge-of-your-seat adventure while also including very digestible moral instuction and useful information. There is even a "Spacer's Lexicon" filled with terms mainly taken from actual maritime lore!
Reviewed by Chris at Books Inc. in the Airport

Books Inc. Kids Review - The Ice Dragon by George R.R. Martin

The Ice Dragon by George R.R. Martin, Illustrated by Luis Royo
Publication Date: October 21st 2014
Publisher: Tor Books
Genre: Fantasy/Action
Ages: 12+

"The Ice Dragon" is an enchanting tale of courage and sacrifice for young readers and adults by the wildly popular author of the #1 "New York Times" bestselling Song of Ice and Fire series, George R.R. Martin. Lavish illustrations by acclaimed artist Luis Royo enrich this captivating and heartwarming story of a young girl and her dragon.

In the world of A Song of Ice and Fire the ice dragon was a creature of legend and fear, for no man had ever tamed one. When it flew overhead, it left in its wake desolate cold and frozen land. But Adara was not afraid. For Adara was a winter child, born during the worst freeze that anyone, even the Old Ones, could remember.

Adara could not remember the first time she had seen the ice dragon. It seemed that it had always been in her life, glimpsed from afar as she played in the frigid snow long after the other children had fled the cold. In her fourth year she touched it, and in her fifth year she rode upon its broad, chilled back for the first time. Then, in her seventh year, on a calm summer day, fiery dragons from the North swooped down upon the peaceful farm that was Adara's home. And only a winter child--and the ice dragon who loved her--could save her world from utter destruction.

This new edition of "The Ice Dragon" is sure to become a collector's item for fans of HBO's megahit "Game of Thrones.

Adara was born with the winter in her, and as a child she and everyone around her knew she was not like most children. Adara had a secret, she had tamed the feared ice dragon. Every year she eagerly counted the days till when her winter friends would come and play. Her greatest friend of all the beastly Ice Dragon. Tragically, as time went on the Great War from the North raged closer to her home land and soon there would be no winters to play merrily in. Just when all was lost Adara called on her Ice Dragon to save her and her family. This is a fast but wonderful read for young fantasy readers! Plus Luis Royo creates extraordinary art work to complement the story.
Reviewed by Aili at Burlingame