Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Maze Runner Book Review

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Fast-paced and full of suspense The Maze Runner is hard to put down. The description of the Glade sounded like an organized teenage boy Neverland. The boys have no memories of family or the past. Each one arrived in a metal box in the middle of the Glade and the only way out is for them to work together to solve the maze. Thomas is the questioning main character who wants to know why the Creators put them in the middle of a shifting puzzle. His goal is to become a maze runner, fight off the monstrous slug-like creatures that guard the maze, and get all the boys safely home. Thomas' questioning ways makes many of the boys dislike him.

I started to wonder when a "Wendy" would show up when a mysterious girl makes her debut on page 54. Her appearance makes the boys wary and they start to blame Thomas for the disturbances in the normal balance of Glade life. James Dashner brilliantly keeps the reader guessing as to what will happen next. Will the boys be able to solve the maze? If they do, will their lives be any better? Will their memories come back to them or are they better off not knowing?

This is the first book in a trilogy. The second book is The Scorch Trials (also in the Walpole High Library). The Maze Runner will be in movie theaters in September. Read the book and connect with the author, James Dashner at his website http://jamesdashner.com/.

Friday, February 14, 2014

New Fiction Titles

The ScarBoys by Len Vlahos
A severely burned teenager. A guitar. Punk rock. The chords of a rock 'n' roll road trip in a coming-of-age novel that is a must-read story about finding your place in the world...even if you carry scars inside and out. In attempting to describe himself in his college application essay--help us to become acquainted with you beyond your courses, grades, and test scores--Harbinger (Harry) Jones goes way beyond the 250-word limit and gives a full account of his life. 

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.
* A 2014 Michael L. Printz Honor Book for Excellence in Young Adult Literature
Winner of the 2013 Boston Globe Horn Book Award for Best Fiction Book. 
* A Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of 2013
* A New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of 2013
* A Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of 2013
* An NPR Best Book of 2013

Fangirl by Rainbow Powell
Cath is a Simon Snow fan. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere. Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.
A New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of 2013