Friday, March 8, 2013

Surprise Kick by Ted Kershner

Zach Riley

       Book Description from 
Cody Ross had a hard time thinking about anything but soccer. Even at school, all he could think about was the World Cup trophy his best friend Mudman had created. Only it wasn't for an actual tourney . . . it was for the video game Soccer Slam. Now, Cody's parents think it's time for Cody and Mud to get out from behind the controllers and play with a real soccer ball. When the boys join the local team, they discover Mud is a great player--way better than Cody. Cody's a little jealous of Mud's abilities. Will Mud's talent end their friendship? Or will Cody learn sportsmanship and teamwork, and a few new moves along the way?

My 25 cents....This is an action packed sports story that boys and girls alike will probably enjoy reading.  It has black and white illustrations throughout that are a nice addition to the story.  It is a shorter book, only 80 pages, but definitely one with a message for everyone.  Our library has 3 other titles in this series as well--all are sports themed.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Tracking your Nightmare by Baron Specter
(Graveyard Diaries #1) 

Description from
Jared Jenson lives next to Woodland Cemetery at the far corner of Marshfield. He used to think it was funny that he and his best friend, Stan, live by cemeteries, but now it's starting to creep him out. In his dreams each night, he sees people dragging bodies through the cemetery . . . until he is dragged for real! Ghostly grave robbers think he is supposed to be buried in the Potter's Field grave. Can Jared, Stan, and the rest of the Zombie Hunters track down Jared's nightmare and free them all from the grave robbers before it's too late?

My 25 cents:
First in a 6 part series, five students from small town Marshfield who all happen to live next to different cemeteries in town-make up the Zombie Hunters group. This is a great series for those who want "scary books" but aren't ready for the gruesome scary ones?!  The story and the diary entries make this a suspenseful, exciting read.  Other cool titles include:  Approaching the Undead, How Not to be Killed by a Zombie, To Werewolf of Not to Werewolf; All in a Night's Work and Vampires Are Not Your Friends.