Thursday, January 28, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Hey there guys, Master Jedi Zack here again. I know Bill and Carl have both talked about this book, so I'm only going to say that I just reread Lost Worlds and it is AWESOME! Be sure and pick it up, it is a great read.
Second, I wanted to let everyone know that the Bruner's stopped by the Matthew's Branch Library and told me that I had to read the first Dragon Slayer's Academy book. So that is what I'm going to do, and you should too.
That is all for now, I need to get back to making sure that Evil Sithy over there behaves.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Don't Touch Anything
by James Valentine
When Theodore Pine Four TimeJumps from Fifteen Billion and Seventy Three to Mil 3 (the present), he meets two kids of that time, Jules Santorini and Geneveive Corrigan, and the adventure is endless. They visit the future, the dinosaur age, and they get chased by Neanderthals! It's non-stop action, humor, and suspense as Jules, Gen, and Theo TimeJump again and again. But suddenly, Theo gets a cold, and parts of his body are disappearing and reappearing everywhere! Theo says that he can't go back to his time or else he'll wipe everybody out! What will Jules and Gen do? Will Theo survive? Find out in this constant page turner of a book. Jumpman Rule #2: Don't Even Think About is also available.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
If you want to learn more and read the first few paragraphs, click on this link.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
The Original Choose Your Own Adventure, book 160
The Computer Takeover
by Edward Packard
It's the mid 21st century. You are a computers genius and work with different computers all over the world. One day you get a call from your friend Maria on the moon. She tells you that the computer that helps them run the moon, Acorn, is doing something extra. Late at night, Acorn is having the robots carry out an extra project. You think it's no big deal. Acorn did stuff like that sometimes. Once it made a laser shield around the moon for better protection against meteors. But then Maria tells you that it's not telling them what it is. That's a problem. Now you must make a choice. Do you go to the moon and deal with Acorn yourself? Do you go to the creator of Acorn, a frail, old scientist incapable of much travel, and who needs frequent naps? The choice is up to you. I personally chose to visit the scientist, and then I... well, I'm not telling you. You'll just have to read it for yourself. There are many other Choose Your Own Adventure books. The original series, the new series, and the younger kids series. So pick one up today!
Thanks, Michael! Your reviews are always great. The library has several of these Choose Your Own Adventure books--come on in and take a look.
Today is January 12. Do you know what that means? ONE MORE MONTH UNTIL THE LIGHTNING THIEF MOVIE!!! Woo-hooooo!! Are you guys as excited as I am?? Who's going to see it right away? Who's going to see it the first day? Who's going to Master Jedi Zack's Camp Half Blood program at the Matthews library? (see his post of 1-08 to find out more) One. More. Month!! Can't wait!!
Monday, January 11, 2010
Friday, January 8, 2010
On Thursday February 11 at 6:30, we will have trivia, games, Greek style snacks and even some prizes. In case you don't know, this is the day before the movie comes out.
Registration is currently open and you can register online by clicking on this link, come into the library or give us a call. I hope to see everyone there, it is going to be electric! Get it, electric? Just like lightning? Oh well, I tried.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
(PS to Augustin--since you sent in so many reviews at the last minute, I'll give you a prize package too!)
And now for a couple of good books. Both are mysteries. The first is The Baker Street Irregulars: In Search of Watson by Tracy Mack and Michael Citrin. Sherlock Holmes sometimes used a group of street kids to help him track down criminals or look for clues. He called them The Baker Street Irregulars. This series takes those kids and makes up new adventures. In this book, the third in the series, a famous archaeologist has been murdered and the famous detective calls on the kids for help. In the middle of the case, however, Dr. Watson disappears! Sherlock Holmes REALLY needs their help now! I'm a big Sherlock Holmes fan and I enjoyed this one. The mysteries pile up and the story moves along.
The second is Ziggy and the Black Dinosaurs: The Buried Bones Mystery by Sharon M. Draper. Rico and his friends Ziggy, Rashawn, and Jerome find a mystery right away. Someone has cut down basketball goals in the neighborhood playground. Who'd do such a thing? They decide to build a clubhouse in Ziggy's backyard and form a club for the summer--but they also find a box of bones buried in Ziggy's back yard! And who's that old man who comes around at night? And what's the talk about an old cemetery in Ziggy's backyard? I enjoyed this one too. I'd recommend it to our younger reader guys--if you've read the A to Z Mysteries, you'd like this.
And if want to learn about more good mysteries, click on the word "mysteries" under this post.
Happy reading! Keep writing to us!
Choose Your Own Adventure miniseries The Golden Path, book 1
Into the Hollow Earth
by Anson Montgomery
You are a student at a boarding school. When you and your friends and you go to your house, you find your dog dead, and your neighbor in your garage chanting something strange. Then you find the e-mail. Something has happened to your parents. The e-mail says to go one place, but when you call their attorney, he says to come to New York. Which will you choose? Your choice will effect the entire story, and it may decide your death or your survival. As you flip through the pages of this book, you will encounter many surprises, but will your journey end here, or will it continue in the next book, Burned By the Inner Sun? Only one way to find out. I have read this book and was accepted into the next book, so we'll have to see what happens. The Golden Path is not the only way to read Choose Your Own Adventure. Their are hundreds of original and new Choose Your Own Adventure books, with cyber hackers, globe-trotting, and time travel, but the ending can only be decided by you.
Thanks, Michael! Keep up the outstading work. Your reviews are first-rate and make me want to read these books. How about all you in blogland? Does he make you want to find them?
Monday, January 4, 2010
My favorite JS book? Would have to Knuckleheads, his autobiography. Funny, funny, funny and very real. He and the CARLMAN grew up in the same era, so I can especially relate. (especially with the chapter that talks about the time he ordered some plastic soldiers, ships, and tanks through the mail--the EXACT SAME THING happened to me!) But all guys can relate to his story--and laugh with it! See my original review here.
The Ghost of KRZY
by Bill Myers
When brother and sister detective team Sean and Misty Hunter see strange lights coming from their father's radio station late at night, they are determined to find out what it is. A few nights later, they stake out at the radio station, and suddenly, all the electronics turn on by themselves! They see something strange moving inside of them, going from one electronic to the next. Sean and Misty know what their dad has told them about not coming back to Earth once you die, but could this really be... a ghost?! Great action; at one point, Sean and Misty are driving an out-of-control motorcycle, and the side-coach pops off with Misty in it! Great story, funny. And an excellent life lesson, as Sean and Misty find the truth about the mysterious character, which isn't a ghost, and they realize how foolish they were thinking that it really was a ghost. Sean, Misty, and this strange character star in many other books in the Bloodhounds, Inc. series!
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Double or Die: A James Bond Adventure by Charlie Higson - Wow, 13 year-old James Bond is back in this great book that packs one heck of a punch!!!!! This adventure starts with the kidnapping of one of Professor Fairburn, who teaches at Eton, where James goes to school. The kidnappers are two cutthroat brothers; one rather normal looking guy named Wolfgang, the other Ludwig, who looks like a skeleton with rotting teeth. They are employed by a mysterious man whose identity when revealed will shock the reader. It seems that this professor and another colleague where/are working on something that could quite literally change the world overnight. After Professor Fairburn's disappearance, one of James' friends at Eton receives a letter that gives clues as to what has happened to him, what he was working on, and where he is now located. The clock is ticking and James must figure out what is going on quickly or very bad things will happen. One thing I really liked was the reappearance of Red Kelly (if you have read the first Young Bond Book Silverfin, you will be familiar with this roguish friend of James). Bond is back and better than ever!!!!!!!
I hardly ever need an excuse to put something about Bond on the blog and since we just talked about "Double or Die," check out this alligator stunt from the Bond flick "Live and Let Die."
Pretty Cool, right???!!!!!!!
Batman The Brave and The Bold - The Fearsome Fangs Strike Again by J. Torries and Carlo Barberi - This is a really cool comic that the library is considering adding to it's collection in the near future. Right now, we just happen to have a few issues. In this series, Batman teams up with different superheroes each month. In this issue he teams up with one of my favorite superheroes, Green Arrow (Master of the Bow and Arrow). Talk about action-packed, the issue starts with a brief apperance by The Huntress with Batman helping her take on the supervillian, Sports Master, and his henchmen.
<-- The Fearsome Fangs
This features superheroes doing what they do best against nasty villains doing what they do best. Starts off smoking and never comes off the gas petal. So either give it a try at your local Comics Shop (in Charlotte I would recommend Heroes Aren't Hard To Find) or check out the couple of issues we have here at ImaginOn. Great Stuff!!!!!!!
Tom Corbett, Space Cadet: Service Call by Bill Spangler and John DeCosta - This is the first issue of a space-oriented series featuring Space Cadets Tom Corbett (Leader), Astro, and Roger serving aboard the spaceship Polaris. The story starts out with a lone Life-Pod zooming through space; it is carrying what appears to be the only survivor of the Space Station Nia (located near Jupiter). Soon afterward Tom and his fellow Cadets make a stop at a nearby Rescue Station for needed supplies and general inspection. What should be a boring inspection and pickup turns into a situation of life or death for the Cadets. How are these two events tied together and how do our Cadets fair in this exciting first issue? Well, there are two ways you can find out. You can either register for our January 21, 2010 Comics Camp here at ImaginOn (for 8 - 12 year olds at 704-416-4630) and possibly win an issue or check out your local Comic Book Store (again in Charlotte the place to go is Heroes Aren't Hard To Find). The artist for this book is one of our very own Comics Camp Instructors John DaCosta. So if you win an issue at the Comics Camp or buy an issue and bring it with you, he can sign it for you!!!! How cool is that?????? This is an excellent comic that I highly recommend!!!!!
Well until we meet again on that dusty trail Cowpokes, here's looking at ya,