Archive for February, 2007

Kiki Strike by Kristen Miller

Kiki StrikeDo you know any girls who like the Alex Rider books, but wish they could read something with a female protagonist?  A girl longing for a book about modern-day girls who doesn’t want to read about romance and fluff?  Any kid at all who likes urban adventures, intrigue and spies?

Kiki Strike is a book you cannot let slip under your radar.  Twelve-year-old Ananka Fishbein describes her everyday life as ‘flavorless mush.’  Soon after an unexpectedly eventful Saturday when the park across the street turns into a sinkhole, she meets a new student at school: Kiki Strike, a white-haired, doll-sized girl with an air of mystery.  Before long, Ananka is recruited to join Kiki’s all-girl team of explorers, the Irregulars,  to map The Shadow City–the tunnels and hidden rooms buried under New York City.   If this doesn’t sound exciting enough for you, consider this:  Who IS Kiki Strike?  Why does she want to explore the underground tunnels?  Why are men in suits and dark glasses following the Irregulars’ every move?  What does the exiled princess of Pokrovia have to do with any of this?  Add international espionage, danger, daring, and characters that any kid, boy or girl, would love to hang out with, and you’ve got a fabulous and exciting read.

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Fly By Night by Frances Hardinge

CoverThis was one of my favorite books of 2006–I read it a long time ago, but I wanted to start the blog off with a GREAT read.  Mosca Mye and her pet goose, Saracen, escape from her uncle’s mill (accidentally burning it down while doing so); she loves words and cannot stand to be trapped in her small, humorless hometown of Clough.  When Mosca meets a man named Eponymous Clent, who claims to be a poet, she and Saracen immediately join him in his journey to Mandelion, the capital city.   She ends up in a town where any unapproved books have been banned and revolutionaries hide a printing press, where schools are kept in secret since reading is supposed to be so dangerous, and where highwaymen, royalty and ordinary people all collide in a cannon battle between floating coffeehouses!  If this review sounds garbled, it’s because I had to leave so much out–there are more astonishing adventures in this book than I could possibly fit into a tiny blog post.  If you like fantasy or historical fiction, this book is for you.  (And if you’ve read this book and liked it, you might try The Strange Affair of Adelaide Harris by Leon Garlfield next!)

 Posted by: Sarah

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