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Surviving Antarctica: Reality TV 2083
Surviving Antarctica: Reality TV 2083

mimagirl, September 4, 2006

In the year 2083 not long after the U. S. government went broke, the only form of education is EduTV. All school subjects are learned by watching television. For History, the popular Historical Survivor reality show is the learning tool. It includes reenactments of the Alamo, Civil War, and Roman Gladiators. Once you are done with your TV education, only rich kids get to move on to highschool and college. . . . unless you win a random toss of the dice. So when it is announced that the newest Historical Survivor show will feature kids, and the prize money is $10, 000, kids all over America sign up. Five kids are chosen, and they are sent to the Antartica to reenact Robert F. Scott's tragic journey of 1912 to the South Pole. How can they survive when a team of professional adults could not?

My brother Brady picked up this book in the "new books" section at the library. The inside cover grabbed his attention and so we checked it out. He breezed through this exciting, fast-paced novel and afterwards I eagerly picked it up to read it as well. I was not disappointed. It chronicles the story of the five teenagers as they fight to survive against amazing odds; the people back home; and the almost eerie "nearness" of the America of 2083. I would highly recommend this book for kids 13-and up.
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Door in the Hedge by Robin Mckinley
Door in the Hedge

mimagirl, August 26, 2006

This collection of re-told and brand new fairy tales is a delight to the senses. The author weaves the fabric of each tale with enchantment and allurement. She creates worlds and stories in which fairies, magic, and spells abound - yet with more depth and richness than your everyday fairytale. (That is, if any fairytale can be called everyday!) This collection of tales will captivate your imagination and fill you with a feeling of satisfaction when you have finished.
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Chinese Cinderella: The Secret Story of an Unwanted Daughter by Adeline Mah
Chinese Cinderella: The Secret Story of an Unwanted Daughter

mimagirl, August 24, 2006

Chinese Cinderella is a heart-wrenching and sorrowful tale of a young girl growing up in a classic Cinderella setting. Treated harshly by her step-mother and ignored by her father, Adeline's life seems doomed to perpetual sadness. Every time something arrives to lighten up her life, it is taken away from her. She has to deal with loneliness and despair, but throughout the story she never gives up hope, that someday, somehow, things will get better.
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Fairest by Gail Carson Levine

mimagirl, August 23, 2006

In a country where singing is as everyday as talking, Aza is blessed to have a beautiful voice . . . but she is not equally blessed with good looks. When she travels to the King's wedding she is afraid everyone will shun her because of her ugliness. Therefore she is pleasantly surprised when she is befriended not only by the Prince but the new Queen herself! But what if those people are not what they seem - or look - to be? What if she herself is not what she always thought? Before she knows it, Aza has delved deep into the intrigues of the court . . . perhaps too deep to stay alive.

I had a wonderful time reading this romping fairytale by the author of Ella Enchanted. One part that disappointed me was that the romance wasn't as charming or well played out as the one in Ella Enchanted. Nevertheless it was full of rich descriptions, colorful characters and an engaging plot.
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Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Howl's Moving Castle

mimagirl, August 21, 2006

Sophie is the eldest of three sisters, which everyone knows is terribly unlucky. When the Witch of the Waste turns up and transforms Sophie into an old woman, things go from bad to worse!

Sophie goes to seek help from the Wizard Howl and discovers that he is not what many believe him to be. Will she ever be able to gain help to break the spell?

Full of memorable characters and quirky situations, Howl's Moving Castle is a fully-fleshed fantasy enjoyable for readers 13 and up.
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