Friday, November 21, 2008

Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale; illustrated by Nathan Hale

In this graphic novel, Rapunzel is relocated to a fantastical version of the Old West. But this Rapunzel is no helpless damsel. Upon discovering that the woman she knows as her mother is really her kidnapper, Rapunzel finds the strength to stand up against cruel Mother Gothel. She gets locked in a tower for her troubles, but ultimately uses her remarkable hair to escape. That hair turns out to be handy for a lot of other purposes, too, like fightin' off villains and wild animals. Rapunzel must then rally the oppressed people to throw off Gothel’s tyrannical yoke. And, okay, maybe she does meet a cute boy along the way, too. :^) Grades 5-8.
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Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Up and Down the Scratchy Mountains
by Laurel Snyder
Lucy, who always has a song on her lips and a skip in her step, is forgotten one day by her best friend Wynston, who just happens to be a prince. Lucy’s not sure whether to be angry or sad; she’s confused, and she doesn’t like it at all. Feeling all mixed up inside, and longing more than ever for her missing mother, Lucy decides that she must head off on an adventure. She will solve the mystery of her mother by going to the mountains where her mother was born, and she will do it all by herself- who needs a rule following prince as a friend anyway? Well, it turns out that there are many surprises in store up the Scratchy Mountains, for Lucy, her animal companions, and a certain prince too. For as the book says, when you are trying to have an adventure, the adventure is also trying to have you!
Recommended for grades 3 and up