unRequired Reading Blog

Fall = Fangs: "Cirque du Freak" and "New Moon"

 This fall has a lot to offer vampire lovers. "Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant" (see the trailer) hits theaters October 23, and "New Moon" will be out November 20.

For more great blood-sucking stories, check out our Fang Fiction book list!

 

For an action-packed read, pick up "The Lightning Thief" today!

Percy Jackson is not a normal 12-year-old. Strange things always seem to happen around him, and he has a problem with getting into situations that lead to getting kicked out of school. Things get even stranger when, on a class field trip, Percy vaporizes his (really creepy) math teacher (a monster in disguise) and learns that he himself is a demigod. A whole new world is opened to Percy when he goes for the summer to Camp Half-Blood, where he meets other demigod friends and finds out his father's identity. Of course, he immediately gets plunged into a quest to save the world.

Three at Once: titles like Tale of Desperaux, City of Ember, and The Series of Unfortunate Events.

If you are looking for a book like The Tale of Despereaux, you may like

Redwall by Brian Jacques.

The peaceful life of ancient Redwall Abbey is shattered by the arrival of an evil rat and his villainous hordes. Matthias, a young mouse, seeks the legendary sword of Martin the Warrior which he thinks will help Redwall's inhabitants destroy the enemy. This is the first of many books in the Redwall series.

 

Here is a possible match for City of Ember:

Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins.

If you like How to be Popular by Meg Cabot

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And Sometimes Why
by Mame Farrell.
Eighth grader Jack is confused when he finds his relationship changing with his best friend, an athletic girl named Chris who has suddenly become attractive.

 

Bloomability
by Sharon Creech.
When her aunt and uncle take her from New Mexico to Lugano, Switzerland, to attend an international school, thirteen-year-old Dinnie discovers an expanding world and her place within it.

If you like Lady J by L. Divine

Lady J by L. Divine

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16 Isn’t Always Sweet by Cassandra Carter.

 

From the Reading Chair: Alastair Reynolds

Alastair Reynolds is a Welsh astrophysicist who writes spectacular stories and novels about the future. A future where there are several types of humans, and not all of them get along. Interstellar travel is possible; it will take a while, even on a lighthugger, traveling just under light speed. Orbital habitats form the Glitter Band above the planet Yellowstone in the Epsilon Eridani system, all doomed. They just don’t know it yet. 

If you like Emo Boy by Stephen Emond

I really am glad you asked about this book, because I had not heard of it before! So, now I'm learning about a new author.

Sorting Out J.K. Rowling

The blockbuster summer film, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, is making new fans and having the long-time legions of readers thumbing through their beloved collections of the Potter chronicles. Old aficionados  and first-year initiates alike may delve deeper into J.K. Rowling and her world with our scintillating sources.

If you like The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

Green Mansions by W. H. Hudson.
Abel, a young European, falls in love with Rima, a lovely and mysterious girl of the jungle, and the two travel through the South American jungle to Rima's distant homeland.


The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo.
Quasimodo, the horribly misshapen bell-ringer of Notre Dame, rescues and defends the beautiful gypsy, Esmeralda.


Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.
A young governess falls in love with her master but their love is
threatened when a terrifying mystery is exposed.

If you like time travel stories

An Angel for May by Melvin Burgess.
Tam travels back in time to his small English town at the time of World War II, where his friendship helps a traumatized girl living on a farm just outside the town.


Blossom Culp and the Sleep of Death by Richard Peck.
Blossom, high-school freshman and possessor of "second sight," helps an Egyptian princess, dead for 3500 years, to regain her tomb, and in
addition saves a suffragette school teacher from losing her job in 1914.