Posts Tagged with ‘Adventure’

Down-to-Read with Daniela: War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
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WAR HORSE

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Age Group:
Child

Genre:
Adventure, Animals, Classic, Fiction, Historical, International, War Story

Summary:
Joey is a just a farm horse like any other – until the day he’s sold off to join the cavalry at the oubreak of World War 1. Beloved by his young owner Albert, and now thrust into a ruthless, deadly battlefield, Joey must adapt quickly to his new life. On the way he will make fast friends with horses and men alike. But he will also come to know the cruelty of humankind. Yet Joey is strong and determined. And he’s not about to give up now!

My Thoughts:
I was inspired to read War Horse after seeing previews for the new Spielberg movie of the same name. I am also a fan of books such as Black Beauty and movies like the Black Stallion. War Horse is on par with these classics, delivering a tight plot, charismatic characters, and a kind of magic realism. At the same time, I learned a lot about WWI through subtle but memorable details. As the narrator, Joey the horse maintains a sort of innocence that is certain to charm young readers!

I am looking forward to seeing the movie version too. I hear it is getting good reviews. Has anyone had a chance to see it yet? Check out the preview on YouTube by clicking here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7lf9HgFAwQ.

Borrow War Horse from your local Vaughan Library today! For another heartwarming period piece, try Black Beauty too and the movie!

Down-to-Read with Daniela: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
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Age Group:
Young Adult

Genre:
Fantasy, Adventure, Coming-of-age, Fairytale, Fiction, Suspense

Summary:
Meghan Chase is hiding a secret. One she never could have imagined. When life starts getting weird – a mysterious stranger’s lurking around and her prankster friend is becoming oddly protective – Meghan knows something is up. Suddenly her brother disappears and she is forced into a mysterious world of fairies, gnomes and dangerous new enemies. Meghan’s life is changed forever when she discovers she is fairy royalty. And she’s about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime to save herself and the ones she loves.

My Thoughts:
The Iron King is a fantasy novel with plenty of twists and turns, making it a very fast paced read. Meghan is a relatable character who sticks to her guns. The book also isn’t too fluffy in the romance department, making it an accessible read for both guys and girls. Readers looking for a unique concept with plenty of adventure and action will find The Iron King irresistible.

Borrow The Iron King from your local Vaughan Library today!

Down-to-Read with Daniela: Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
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Age Group:
Adult

Genre:
Science Fiction, Suspense, Thriller, Dystopia, Adventure, Classic, Horror, Social Commentary

Summary:
John Hammond aspires to build an amusement park like no other in the world. An amusement park featuring real live animals. But not just any ordinary animals. Hammond’s stocking his park with biologically engineered prehistoric dinosaurs and species ranging from the docile brachiosaurus to the deadly velociraptor.

But before Hammond can open his park, worried investors demand that the park gets endorsed by professionals. So Hammond invites paleontologist Alan Grant and paleobotanist Ellie Sattler, along with the famed mathematician Ian Malcolm. In fact, Hammond is so sure his park will be a money-making hit that he invites his two young grandchildren Tim and Lex.

What begins as a fascinating, mind boggling trip for the group, turns into a nightmare when an unexpected storm and a sabotaging computer programmer (Dennis Nedry) leave the island without any security mechanisms. Soon the group must race for cover from the ruthless T-Rex and evade detection from the wiley velociraptors. They’re sure to be in for a wild ride.

My Thoughts:
A frighteningly realistic tale, Chricton’s nearly prophetic novel warns of a future in which biotechnological advances, in the hands of greedy capitalists, threaten to wreak havoc on the planet.

Dinosaurs have always been a topic that fascinated me and I remember watching Spielberg’s Jurassic Park and being both thrilled and terrified by the prospect of dinosaurs come to life to terrorize humans.
Spielberg made many changes to the novel when he directed the 1993 megahit film adaptation. These changes make for one heck of an awesome movie. And after reading both the novel and watching the movie, I must say the movie still reigns supreme with me.

Try it out for yourself! Borrow Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park the movie from your local Vaughan library today!

Down-to-Read with Daniela: Daughter of Xanadu by Dori Jones Yang
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Age Group:
Young Adult

Themes:
Adventure, Coming-of-age, Historical Fiction, Realistic Fiction

Summary:
The year is AD 1275 during the illustrious reign of Khubilai Khan, revered commander of the powerful Mongol Empire. This too is the year when the athletic and courageous Princess Emmajin, granddaughter to the Khan, will prove to her family that she has what it takes to be the first female soldier in the Mongol army. But will Emmajin’s aspirations be jeopardized by the arrival of the witty, enigmatic Marco Polo?

My Thoughts:
Yang has masterfully woven a compelling historical fiction narrative. Her choice of characters and her seamless connection of true and fictionalized events results in a powerful story of a young woman’s passion and strength. Reminiscent of the story of Mulan, Daughter of Xanadu tackles the challenges of cross-cultural love, of friendship, loyalty and bravery.

Borrow Daughter of Xanadu from your local Vaughan library today!

Down-to-Read with Daniela: Good for Nothing by Michel Noel
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Age Group:
Marketed to childen, but might be more appropriate for an adult audience due to mature themes

Themes:
Adventure, Canadian, Children’s Literature, Coming-of-age, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Native Issues, Realistic Fiction, Social Commentary, Young Adult

Summary:
In 1959, fifteen-year-old Nipishish, a Métis, returns to his reserve in Quebec after being kicked out of a residential school. Life has changed on the reserve, and Nipishish doesn’t know where he fits in or where his future lies–until he gets some help from his friends.

My Thoughts:
Good for Nothing is a unique and important novel grappling with human rights and the strength of community. Nipishish is a humble, tenacious youth in search of redemption. His head and heart are fiercely directed ahead in the battle to perserve his culture and nation.

While this novel is appropriate for a younger audience, mature readers will enjoy Crazy Dave by Basil Johnston, a touching true life account of reservation life.

Borrow Good for Nothing and Crazy Dave from your local Vaughan library today!

Great books to read this summer!
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Summer is here, and hammocks and beaches are calling! Wondering what to read? Come to Dufferin Clark Library at 7 pm tonight (Wednesday, July 13) to hear about a variety of titles covering many tastes and interests! Whether you love mysteries and crime novels, thrillers and adventures, romance and domestic stories, non-fiction, literature, or just want to find authors who write just like some of the biggest bestsellers, we’ve got a book for you!

And even better, copies of (almost all) of the books to be discussed will be available for checkout after!

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Down-to-Read with Daniela: Delirium by Lauren Oliver
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Age Group:
Young Adult

Genre:
Adventure, Coming-of-age, American, Fiction, Dystopian, Mystery, Science Fiction

Summary:
Imagine a world in which love is a disease to be cured of, a world in which you are stripped of the choice to love against your will. This is the America that young protagonist Lena finds herself living in.

Lena is looking forward with anticipation to the surgery that will prevent her from contracting the ‘deliria.’ She’s witnessed first hand the dangers of not being cured after her mother committed suicide. She is determined not to suffer the same fate.

Everything’s going on schedule for Lena. But then she meets Alex, an Invalid from the Wilds, who teaches her that life is better with freedom and choice. When they discover an eerie truth about Lena’s mother, Alex and Lena realize their lives will never be the same.

My Thoughts:
This is a strong second novel from author Lauren Oliver. The novel’s plot is an interesting concept and one that is easily explored from many dimensions. The ability to love, and with it, to experience great sorrow and overwhelming passion is the source of many a great fictional tale.

Oliver provides a unique and stunning twist to the traditional narratives, forcing readers to imagine a world stripped of strong emotions and immense joy. The reader must decide for themselves which world is more threatening: the safety, peace and calm of routine, or the floodgate of feelings stirred by love.

A great spin-off choice for fans of The Hunger Games, borrow Delirium from your local Vaughan library today!

Share: Is it just me, or who else is excited about the upcoming Hunger Games movie? Sooo pumped!

Down-to-Read with Daniela: Coppermine by Keith Ross Leckie
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Age Group:
Adult

Genre:
Wilderness Adventure, Canadian Literature, Historical Fiction, Humourous, Mystery, Native, Realistic, Suspense

Summary:
Wow, part murder-mystery, part wilderness adventure, part courtroom drama, part budding romance; this book has it all! Leckie succeeds in skillfully fusing these genres in a story that really keeps the pages turning!

Coppermine tells the remarkable tale (based on true events) of the disappearance of two Catholic priests in a remote Arctic region known as the Coppermine. Determined to solve the case, Northwest Mounted Police officer Jack Creed is joined by Angituk McAndrew, a young Inuit interpretor, on a year-long journey to uncover the mystery.

In a place called Bloody Falls, they discover the dismembered remains of the two missionaries. After some investigation, they track down the two Eskimo hunters responsible for the crime and the four begin the dangerous journey back to Edmonton. When the two hunters are brought to justice, no one can predict their fate, but Jack is determined to save them at all costs.

My Thoughts:
Kudos to Ruthanne for discovering this gem. It’s not usually the kind of book I would pick up to read, but I ended up really getting into it. I loved that it was full of many surprises and twists and turns, right until the very end. It had so much of what makes great fiction: an intriguing plot, charming characters and mysterious, magical surroundings. I highly recommend it!

Borrow Coppermine from your local Vaughan library today! If you’re interested in the true account of the Coppermine case, try Bloody Falls of the Coppermine: madness, murder, and the collision of cultures in the Arctic, 1913.

Share: Have you already heard of the Coppermine murders?Tell us what you know!

Down-to-Read with Daniela: Kiss of the Fur Queen by Tomson Highway
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Age Group:
Adult

Genre:
Native, Realistic Fiction, Canadian, Adventure, Survivalism, Coming-of-age, Historical, Humourous

Awards:
Nominee for the Canadian Booksellers Association Libris Award and the Books in Canada First Novel Award in 1998.

Summary:
Champion and Ooneemeetoo Okimasis are young men growing up in a magical Cree world in northern Manitoba. They live a charmed life with their brave father Abraham and nurturing mother Mariesis. But their innocence ends much too soon when they are forced to abandon culture and tradition to live in a Catholic residential school.

At school, the newly renamed Jeremiah and Gabriel are abused by priests. It is only through music and dance and their spirit guide – the Fur Queen trickster – that they learn to come to grips with the trauma they endure. Together Jeremiah and Gabriel become successful young men who struggle with their identity as they are drawn back to their home at Mistik Lake year after year.

My Thoughts:
A poignant and humourous story with a cinematic tone. I enjoyed this novel. It is raw and real and passionate. The stories of Jeremiah and Gabriel are the collective stories of Native Canadians living in the 20th century – pressured to adopt Catholic values and take on new identities. And yet, there is such a sense of hope, survival and strength from these two young men who refuse to be silenced.

Borrow Kiss of the Fur Queen from your local VPL library today!

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Intrigued by this title? Try Tomson Highway’s award winning The Rez Sisters, a hilarious play portrayal of seven women from a reserve attempting to beat the odds by winning at bingo.

I read this play for a university course but it also makes a great leisure read

Have you read either of these books? If so let us know what you thought.

Alexandra’s Picks – Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown
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Adult

Story:
While on business in Paris, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call – the elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered among a number of mysterious clues, codes, and ciphers. While working to solve the enigmatic riddle, Langdon is stunned to discover it leads to a trail of clues hidden in the works of Leonardo Da Vinci.

Awards:
Winner of the 2004 Book Sense Book of the Year, 2005 Galaxy British Book Award, and 2005 Teen Buckeye Book Award.

My Thoughts:
An exciting and exhaustively researched page turner about secret societies.

Borrow Da Vinci Code from your local VPL Library!

Top Three Similar Reads:

  1. The Mephisto Club, by Tess Gerristen
  2. The Color of Death, by Elizabeth Lowell
  3. Suspect, by Michael Robotham

Have you read Da Vinci Code yet? If so, what did you think?