Enjoy books like The 39 Clues? Looking for something else with adventure and mystery? Try some of these:
NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society by Michael Buckley
A world without heroes by Brandon Mull
The name of this book is secret by Pseudonymous Bosch
Well then, you might try enrolling in either Master Dreadthorn's School for Wayward Villains or Blatt School for the Insanely Gifted. Granted, you must be the child of a notorious evil entity, such as Dracula, The Big Bad Wolf, or a warlock and be lacking in evil to normally qualify for entry into the former school, but heck, you could always give it a shot. "Gifted" has a lot of definitions. The deciding factor for entry into the later school is that you have the ability to invent something the headmaster might want to steal from you, thereby increasing his fame, fortune, and power — but you don't know this of course. Trust me, if you do have the opportunity to attend one of these schools, you will gain a whole new perspective on education.
Villain School : good curses evil by Stephanie S. Sanders — Join Rune, Jez, and Wolf Junior as they try to succeed at a nearly impossible Plot in order to avoid being expelled for not being bad enough.
The School for the Insanely Gifted by Dan Elish — Wild rides, literally, are in store for you with Daphna, Harkin, and Cynthia as they embark on an international search for Daphna's missing mother and prepare for the school's upcoming "Insanity Cup" competition. Don't miss this action-packed adventure fantasy. If you liked The Mysterious Benedict Society, you will love this for sure.
Fast, fun, reads, both of these weird school books are sure to please!
Here are some great new books if you are a fan of sci-fi, fantasy, and/or supernatural stories, especially those with a touch of romance.
The girl of fire and thorns by Rae Carson
Entwined by Heather Dixon
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
The Hunger Games [kit] by Suzanne Collins — Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen accidentally becomes a contender in the annual Hunger Games, a grave competition hosted by the Capitol where young boys and girls are pitted against one another in a televised fight to the death.
Cutting for stone [kit]: a novel by Abraham Verghese
The Hunger Games [kit] by Suzanne Collins
The postmistress [kit] by Sarah Blake
Room [kit]: a novel by Emma Donoghue
At today's Let's talk iPhone event, Apple VP Phil Shiller announced Siri, an advanced voice-activated control system included with the new iPhone 4S. Even though this is an exciting step forward, computers have had speech recognition for years, and movies and television have simulated it for even longer. Here are some examples of fictional computers in movies that could hold a conversation:
2001 [videodisc]: a space odyssey by Metro-Goldwyn- Mayer
The fatal touch: a Commissario Alec Blume novel by Conor Fitzgerald
The last stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn by Nathaniel Philbrick
Knuckler: my life with baseball's most confounding pitch by Tim Wakefield with Tony Massarotti ; foreword by Phil Niekro
The quantum thief by Hannu Rajaniemi
Dating Mr. December by Phillipa Ashley
If you are a fan of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series, you might enjoy the following authors.
Shades of gray by Amanda Ashley
Dark prince by Christine Feehan
A quick bite by Lynsay Sands
Undead and unwed by MaryJanice Davidson
Has your book group tried our Book Club in a Bag kits? Each kit has 8 books and a resource guide with book discussion questions, author information, and articles relating to the book. To reserve a Book Club in a Bag kit for your group, contact Adult Reference Desk at (734) 397-0999.
Prodigal summer: a novel [kit] by Barbara Kingsolver
The red tent [kit] by Anita Diamant
Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen
The Leisure Seeker by Michael Zadoorian
The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
March by Geraldine Brooks