Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Boys Are Back In Town

A few suggestions for the girls as they try to get under the skin of the boys for challenge #10 in our Summer Reading Challenge. I will start by recommending the three books that have influenced girls and their idea of a romantic hero for generations:

Mr Darcy, Mr Rochester and Heathcliffe in some of the greatest love stories ever told - and not a Cullen in sight!

Who could resist a fallen angel? Angels are all the rage at the moment and picking up where the vampires left off, in 'Hush Hush' we meet Patch and Nora who become involved in a century's old battle between the immortal and the fallen - and what a cover.

The second part of the story 'Crescendo' is out on 14th October.

And so that we are fair to all magical species, why not curl up with Sam in Maggie Stiefvater's 'Shiver'. Sam is a werewolf who must fight not to change into his wolf form if he is to stay with Grace. The next instalment of Sam and Grace's story, 'Linger', is due out on 5th July so you won't have to wait too long to find out what happens next.

John Green's novel 'Looking for Alaska' deals with all the big milestones - first drink, first prank, first friend, first girl, last words. In a wonderful coming of age story Miles Halter must make his way in the new boarding school he has been sent to, negotiate all those firsts and deal with the clever funny and sexy Alaska Young.

What would happen if you were sitting in class and you teacher disappeared, and not just your teacher but everyone over the age of 14 years. How would you manage, how would you survive and how would you deal with the kids who want to take over your world? Add some superpowers to the mix and Sam and Astrid have some big problems.

'Hunger' the second book in the series is available and with 'Lies', book number three, published in the US you could spend the whole summer with Sam and the kids from Perdido Beach.

Finally, Tim Bowler's fusion of real life and the supernatural 'Bloodchild' will have you on the edge of your seat as Will tries to piece together who he is and what has happened in the town, which has a secret - a secret that some will do all in their power to preserve. Even kill.

It's over to you now girls as the boys out there are waiting to provide you with an action packed summer.

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