THE STONEHEART (The Stoneheart Trilogy)
BOOK ONE, by Charlie Fetcher, Hyperion Books for Children; ages
Have you ever visited The Field Museum
and thought about what would happen if all the creatures came to
life? This book offers an answer.
Twelve-year-old George is on a school
field trip at the Natural History Museum in London. After getting
yelled at by his teacher, he punches a carving of a dragon. Seconds
later he's on the run for his life with a pterodactyl in
When he turns a corner, a bronze statue
of a gunner raises his gun and shoots the pterodactyl.
George has unknowingly started a new
war between the spits and the taints and George's life is in
THE CALDER GAME, by Blue Balliet,
Scholastic, ages 9-12; $17.99.
Calder joins his dad on a business trip
to London and discovers an amazing new piece of modern art by the
famous artist Alexander Calder, Calder's namesake. When Calder goes
missing, his dad calls on his friends Petra and Tommy to help. By
playing the Calder game they think finding him will easy.
SIMON BLOOM, THE GRAVITY KEEPER, by
Michael Reisman, Dutton Children's Books, ages 9-12; $15.99.
Simon is an ordinary
sixth-grader-except he can control the laws of physics.
One day while walking in a clearing in
the woods a book, "The Teacher's Editions of Physics," hits him in
the head. By reciting the formulas in the book he can reduce the
forces of gravity and float around his room or zoom down the street
as if riding an imaginary skateboard.
But the bad guys want the book so they
can control the formulas.
STORM, THE INFINITY CODE, W.L. Young,
Dial Books for Young Readers, ages 9-12; $16.99.
Will invents gadgets, Andrew is the
computer whiz and Gaia, with her photographic memory, knows a many
languages. Together they form Storm. When the threesome uncover a
plot concerning a deadly world weapon, they race from England to
Russia. By the end of the book the kids have not only saved the
world, but more importantly they have discovered some truths about
THE CHALLENGE, by Ridley Pearson,
Disney Editions, ages 9-12; $16.99
Steel is on a train to Washington,
D.C., where he will be a contestant in the National Science
Challenge. When he sees a woman get off the train without her
briefcase, he chases after her but she refuses the case. He returns
to the train and opens the case. Inside he finds something he
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