Steady Beat: Volume 1 – Rivkah

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Leah is a star high school athlete with a cool older sister named Sarai and a single mom who is a state senator in Austin, Tex. One day a letter meant for Sarai finds its way into Leah’s backpack and she reads it. It’s a love letter, and it’s signed “Jessica.” Leah can’t believe her sister is gay—hasn’t Sarai dated boys? Leah imagines their harried mother finding out and killing Sarai to save her career. A mysterious phone call from someone who saw Leah reading the letter sends Leah out to find the potential blackmailer and beginning her own adventure.

This graphic novel surprised me. I had no idea what it was about when I started it, but I was surprised that it really handled the issue of Sarai’s lifestyle choice very well.  The plot was cute and I liked the drawing style.   – Jessica, Teen Librarian

The Sea of Monsters – Rick Riordan

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When Thalia’s tree is mysteriously poinsoned, the magical borders of Camp Half-Blood begin to fail. Now Percy and his friends have just days to find the only magic item powerful to save the camp before it is overrun by monsters.  The catch: they must saild into the Sea of Monsters to find it.  Along the way, Percy must stage a daring rescue operation to save his old friend Grover, and he learns a terrible secret about his own family, which makes him question whether being the son of Poseidon is an honor or a curse.

Though the plot is similar to The Lightening Thief, this is still a great read.  Not only is it just as much fun, but the adventure and battle scenes are more intense.  Percy is still coming to terms with who his dad is, and there is still the unfinished prophecy hanging over his head but he does what he has to do.  The series just gets better, so keep reading!  ~ Leila, Teen Clerk

The Titan’s Curse – Rick Riordan

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Percy Jackson is now 14, a bit older and wiser, yet still entangled with the Fates. Friends, monsters, dysfunctional gods, and the romantic stirrings of all things natural and mythological are encountered. His good friend, if oft-time rival, Annabeth (daughter of Athena) is missing, as is Artemis, goddess of the hunt. Joined by best buddy Grover-the-goat-boy and an argumentative array of accomplices, Percy sets off to fulfill, and hopefully foil, the foreboding prophecy of the Oracle. Plagued by ominous dreams, thwarted by hideous monsters, and challenged by conflicting partnerships, the search party’s success hinges on unlikely unity.

I’ve always loved Greek mythology…Percy Jackson gets to live it!  To be the son of a god is such a cool idea, unless you’re being chased by the Minotaur or other monsters!  This series is great fun.   – Jessica, Teen Librarian

The Lightening Thief – Rick Riordan

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What if the gods of Olympus were alive in the 21st Century? What if they still fell in love with mortals and had children who might become great heroes — like Theseus, Jason and Hercules?

What if you were one of those children?

Such is the discovery that launches twelve-year-old Percy Jackson on the most dangerous quest of his life.  With the help of a satyr and a daughter of Athena.  Percy must journey across the United States to catch a thief who has stolen the original weapon of mass destruction – Zeus’ master bolt.  Along the way, he must face a host of mythological enemies determined to stop him.  Most of all, he must come to terms with a father he has never known, and an Oracle that has warned him of betrayal by a friend.

This is SUCH a great book — especially if you love adventures and/or Greek mythology.  As he travels cross country looking for Zeus’ lightening bolt, Percy must battle mythological monsters, time traps, and learning that his dad is the King of the Sea.  Nothing is as it seems when you are a demigod – but it makes for amazing adventures!  ~ Leila, Teen Clerk

The Last Olympian – Rick Riordan

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Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Book 5

All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds of victory are grim. Kronos’s army is stronger than ever, and with every god and half-blood he recruits, the evil Titan’s power only grows. While the Olympians struggle to contain the rampaging monster Typhon, Kronos begins his advance on New York City, where Mount Olympus stands virtually unguarded. Now it’s up to Percy Jackson and an army of young demigods to stop the Lord of Time.

In this momentous final book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the long-awaited prophecy surrounding Percy’s sixteenth birthday unfolds. And as the battle for Western civilization rages on the streets of Manhattan, Percy faces a terrifying suspicion that he may be fighting against his own fate.

EXCELLENT!  I thought this was a really fabulous ending to the series.  If you haven’t read the rest of the series, start with the Lightning Thief.  Highly Recommended!      – Jessica, Teen Librarian

The Battle of the Labyrinth – Rick Riordan

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Percy Jackson isnt expecting freshman orientation to be any  fun. But when a mysterious mortal acquaintance appears on campus, followed by demon cheerleaders, things quickly move from bad to worse. In this latest installment of the blockbuster series, time is running out as war between the Olympians and the evil Titan lord Kronos draws near. Even the safe haven of Camp Half-Blood grows more vulnerable by the minute as Kronoss army prepares to invade its once impenetrable borders. To stop the invasion, Percy and his demigod friends must set out on a quest through the        Labyrinth sprawling underground world with stunning surprises at every turn.

The newest book in this series does not disappoint.  Percy and his friends must save their camp and the WORLD once again from Kronos, Luke and their monster pals.  Humorous and thrilling, plus this one has a little hint of romance!! – Jessica, Teen Librarian

Starcross: A Stirring Adventure of Spies, Time Travel and Curious Hats – Philip Reeve

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Somebody’s got to save the known Universe. Again.

Art Mumby, his mostly irritating younger sister, Myrtle, and their mother have been invited to take a vacation at Starcoss, the finest sea-bathing resort in the entire Asteriod Belt. Just one problem . . . there are no seas anywhere in the Asteroid Belt, and that’s just the first sign that the hotel is not what it seems.

Sure enough, Art and family quickly find themselves face to face with French spies, Yankee rebels and man-eating starfish, not to mention an awful lot of sinister top hats. As they travel to the future and back to prehistoric Mars, it’s all Art can do to keep his head about him. Which is all the more important considering everyone else is losing theirs.

This is a fun, fun book.  I love the way that this author managed to mix space travel and Victorian London.  It makes for a rollicking good read, Huzzah!  – Jessica, Teen Librarian

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