Friday, October 27, 2006
Tom is a seventh son of a seventh son, and his parents make him the apprentice of the Spook. In this fantasy world, there are ghosts, ghasts, witches, and boggarts, and Tom must learn how to deal with them all. He's not at all sure he wants to spend his life as the new Spook, but he does show some talent for the work. However, he makes a couple of mistakes and a powerful witch is released from captivity and coming after him for revenge. It's a fun story that is surprisingly believable, and I hear there is already a sequel published. Good for kids who like fantasy and kind of creepy books.
Friday, October 06, 2006
Maybe you've read the first book about Jenna, called Rules of the Road. This one is just as good, maybe even better. Jenna sells shoes, and she is great at it. She's only 16, but she's an expert sales person and she's the assistant to Mrs. Gladstone, who is in charge of shoe quality. In this book, Jenna has to train a new shoe salesman--who has a criminal record and is out on parole, and she uncovers lies and deceptions within her shoe company. And she also finds a little bit of romance. Jenna is also going to Al Anon meetings as she deals with her father's alcoholism. Jenna puts her Al Anon wisdom to use to help her cope with her troubles in the show industry. She's a smart and interesting teenager. Highly recommended!