A dear friend recommended this book to me, the first in the “Repairman Jack” series of horror/fantasy novels set in present-day New York. I dithered for a long time, though. One one hand, it looked like it might be cut out of the same cloth as the Dresden Files, and I wanted to get through as much of that series as possible before starting something new but similar. On the other hand, it looked like little more than the typical paperback thriller, of which I have forgotten nearly as many as I have read. Only one thing about this particular paperback raised an eyebrow: a glowing accolade by Stephen King, quoted on the front cover not as the author of The Stand or Carrie, but as the President of the Repairman Jack fan club. If Stephen King was the president of my fan club, I would have it made. But I guess, before that could happen, I would have to write a story as gripping and scary as this one.
This sequel to The Golden Hour and The Hour of the Cobra continues the adventures of four young Time Detectives who owe their history-hopping powers to a strange, abandoned hotel on the coast of Maine and its founder, the brilliant inventor Archibald Weber. Twins Xanthe and Xavier Alexander, together with siblings Rowan and Nina Popplewell, must now attempt an assignment that has long eluded the skills of older and more experienced time travelers. If they can’t find Weber’s missing son and bring him back, the future of time travel – and of the world itself – may be in jeopardy.
Here’s another interesting book from the author of Freak the Mighty. It concerns a fat kid named Arthur who sends in for a mail-order device guaranteed to make him lose weight in his sleep. What he gets is a weird kind of helmet. He goes down into his basement, lies down on his late father’s workbench (yes, he’s grown up without a father) and puts the helmet on, and goes right to sleep.
The two boys form a friendship so close, it is more like a symbiotic relationship, like they become one person–brains and brawn–as the big kid carries the little one around on his shoulders and they fantasize about fighting dragons and rescuing damsels in distress. Unfortunately, their own distress is the real problem.
If you are ever tempted to write poetry, you must read this book.
This 1948 Newbery Medal winner, illustrated by the author, is a colorful utopian tale about a stressed out, retired arithmetic professor (William Waterman Sherman) who decides to get away from it all, in a gigantic lighter-than-air balloon.
This Newbery Medal-winning sequel to A Long Way From Chicago has Mary Alice coming to live with Grandma Dowdel for a whole year, while her brother is in the Civilian Conservation Corps and her parents are tightening the belt due to the Depression and unemployment.
This Newbery Honor Book was followed by a sequel, A Year Down Yonder, which won the Newbery gold in 2001.
Though he had written several novels for adults, it was the events of September 11, 2001, that inspired Dale Peck to write this, his first young-readers novel.
Bubble-and-squeak is more than just a fry-up of leftover cabbage, potato, and sausage. In this story by the author of Tom’s Midnight Garden, Bubble and Squeak are two gerbils that become the focal point of a family war.