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Outrun The Moon

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

by Stacey Lee, 391 pages, Grade 7 and up26192915

Mercy is a Chinese American growing up in San Francisco’s Chinatown.  Luckily she is resourceful and industrious because getting ahead as a Chinese American girl is not easy in the early 1900s. She knows if she can get a good education she will be able to own and run a successful business one day, but the good schools will not admit her. Mercy uses her intelligence and cleverness to get admitted to the private school called St. Clare’s – albeit for one year only at first – but she has to hide her true identity from the other girls. Fitting in and finding friends and allies is problematic to say the least, and in the midst of all this tension and deception, the 1906 San Francisco earthquake strikes. Will Mercy’s resourcefulness be enough to overcome even this devastation?

If you enjoy books about surviving natural disasters you might also like: Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere, by Julie Lamana or Zane and the Hurricane, by W. R. Philbrick. Books that have earthquakes in their plot include: Night of the Howling Dogs, by Graham Salisbury, and Dragonwings, by Laurence Yep.

Killer of Enemies

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

by Joseph Bruchac, 361 pages. Grades 8 and up

17946249In the not too distant future people had relied on technology for everything. Anyone with money and power has so much faith in tech that they use it to enhance not only their homes and their world but also augment themselves physically. Those with the most power were called the “Ones.” But then the cloud came and all tech ceased to function. Some of the Ones survived and became leaders of walled communities where all people had to live to stay alive; Lozen lives in a walled city called Haven and she is the Killer of Enemies. People in pre-cloud times had also done a lot of genetic splicing and engineering to create incredible zoos, and personal collections of invented creatures. Now that the tech no longer keeps their cages locked and now that their owners have hidden themselves in walled cities and no longer feed their pets, giant alligator-sharks, sabertooth-lion-apes and other giant, hungry creatures roam the earth looking for food. Lozen’s job is to clear an area of these beasts for the Ones that control Haven. It is not only dangerous outside the walls; people die every day inside Haven. The Ones are harsh rulers and they are using the safety of her family to coerce her into working for them. She is just hoping she can stay alive long enough to get her family out of Haven.

If you enjoy science fiction adventure you might also like: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, or Shipbreaker, by Paolo Bacigalupi. If you enjoy science fiction with strong female characters you might also like: Cinder, by Marissa Meyer, or Illuminae, by Jay Kristoff.

The Case of the Peculiar Pink Fan: An Enola Holmes Mystery

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

peculiar pink fanby Nancy Springer.  p. 181  Grades 6-8

Fans of feisty, nonconformist Enola Holmes will enjoy this fourth installment in the Victorian mystery series.  Sixteen-year-old Lady Cecily has been kidnapped and is being forced into an arranged marriage.  Enola, the fourteen-year-old much younger sister of Sherlock Holmes, is trying to locate and rescue the poor girl while avoiding being captured herself by  older brothers Sherlock and Mycroft, who do not approve of her independent ways.  Disguises, humor, and high jinks abound.

Connections:  The Case of the Missing Marquess; The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline are titles in this series by Nancy Springer.  Other mystery series with strong female sleuths include:  Grace Cavendish by Patricia Finney; Herculeah Jones by Betsy Byars; Sammy Keyes by Wendelin Van Draanen;  and Gilda Joyce by Armstrong.  For a more challenging read, try The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie King, which introduces fourteen-year-old Mary Russell and another great series based on Sherlock Holmes or read the Arthur Conan Doyle short stories featuring Sherlock Holmes himself.