Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Female Power in Young Adult Literature

Welcome to my new update for my blog. In this post, I will be looking at three books where Teenage girls overcame large obstacles and grew into women of power. Please enjoy my reviews.

Young Adult Books

“Story of a Girl”- This book was written by Sara Zarr, National book Award finalist published by Little Brown and Company 2007 New York and Boston. In this book the main character Deanna Lambert was caught by her father while she was making out with an older boy from school. She has been humiliated not only by her dad, but later by her classmates. She thought her life would be ruined forever. In this book, Deanna struggles to gain respect from others and move on with her life. Only by using the power within helped her grow into a beautiful woman. Girls can find this book very helpful in guiding them through their teenage years. The novel is realistic fiction at its best. The author succeeded making this book great, with the help of very intense emotional language, dialogues, monologues and relationships. She was able to reveal the inner struggles and victory of the main character. A great read for teenagers especially girls.

“Eon”- This book was written by Alison Goodman, published by Viking then Firebird books, an imprint of the Penguin Group. New York 2008. Imagine a world where Dragon Eyes are chosen every 12 years. Throughout history, this job was for boys only. Girls were believed not to have the same power as males. In this, book traditions have a way to be changed. It all starts on a salt farm where Eona works. She eventually found by a master who trains Dragon Eyes. She can see all 12 dragons, but how can she grow in a masculine run world?  There is only one way; to hide her true sex by living like a boy. The Cycle of the Rat Dragon is underway and this is her chance to connect. After the ceremony, a journey of power begins. History says that men had made a bargain with the Dragons long ago, but the truth is hidden. This wonderful book explores the struggle for power. It is full of fantastic descriptions, dialog, vivid landscape and lots of action. Alison combines everything to show the reader the truth of the Legend Eona the last Dragon Eye. I really enjoyed this great book, and I felt like I was a part of this journey. “Eon” is full of action, surprises, and a true page-turner. It opens a door into a world dominated by male power, but is this truly the case? “This book is a great fantasy for all teens.  

“Eona”-   This book was written by Alison Goodman, published by Viking Books an imprint of Penguin group New York, London and Ontario 2011. This is a sequel to “Eon”. The truth has been unveiled, but the struggle continues. The empire dies and a new battle for the thrown has begun.  Ten Dragon Eyes have been murdered and Eona learns that the convent of Dragons was really a prison for them. She is the first Lady Dragon Eye in 500 years. Her Dragon is The Mirror Dragon also known as the Queen of Dragons. In this sequel, she struggles to control her power. It is also a race against time to save the 12 dyeing Dragons and her land. An evil Uncle of the Empire has taken over the thrown. He only believes in greed, torture, power, and not in the love of the land. I really enjoyed this book. It asks the question can one powerful girl improve the world for the better or does her new power change her forever? Like the first, book “Eona” keeps the reader at the edge of the chair. It has action, beautiful landscapes, realistic characters and adds a love triangle between Kygo the true empire, Eona and Lord Ido a power hungry Dragon Eye, who Lady Eona healed. It has everything a teenager can ask for and it also creates a fantastic world that any reader can be immersed in.   
 Next update will be mid-February covering three picture books. Please share you Comments.            

Monday, January 14, 2013

Middle Grade Magic

Hello folks it is time for another update. This update will focus on Middle Grade Readers. The three books all have fantasy and Historical information to make a new type of book. I will call it Historical Fantasy. The books below will take young readers on a wonderful journey through worlds. I hope you all will enjoy this update. Next update will be Young Adult book

Middle Grade Books

The Dragon's Tooth"-This book was written
by N.D Wilson and published by Random House Children Books 2011, a division of Random House, Inc. A strange man visits the main characters: Cyrus, Antigone and Denial Smith, living in the Archer Motel, their world turns upside down. Their Hotel burns down, and the kids find out about a secret society, and the important role they will play in keeping it alive. The book takes us on a visual journey through a world where vivid descriptions and adventure meet. Mr. Wilson's words paint a lucid picture of his world and characters while adding the right sprinkle of action. The book is a page-turner that middle grader will really get into. If your child loves great characters, fantastic worlds, mystery and action this book is for them.

"Infinity Ring, a Mutiny in Time. Book 1"- This book was written by James Dashner and published by Scholastic Inc. 2012. Imagine a world where history has been changed and the future of it depends on two geeky kids. Our main characters are 11 year olds Dak and Sera. They see their world, change after they perfect a time travel device. They learn about two top secret societies: SQ and The Hystorians that have been fighting for centuries over control of humanity. The two friends fight the evil society SQ by going back in time and fixing breaks in history with the help of The Hystorians. In this book, the children assist Columbus in surviving a Mutiny at sea. The story is full of humor, fantasy, history and puzzles which work together to create a living world. I highly recommend this book to everyone.

"Infinity Ring, Divide and Conquer, Book 2"- This book was written by Carrie Ryan and published by Scholastic Inc. 2012. This imaginative world is revisited by a new author that connects both books closely together. Our main characters have a mission to travel back in time and stop war between Vikings and French leaders. Their first attempt to change history fails, and they find themselves in the mist battle. A bit later, under different circumcises the children finally succeed in fixing the break. They bring peace to both sides. The Characters and story jump off the page. The story is a wonderful combination of everything children will like.

Thank you very much everyone and I hope you find these Middle Grade Books fun reads for your children. I will see you in the next update.