Despite title, edgy fantasy-fable isn't geared toward kids.
TV show is much better; some mature themes, violence.
Arty Japanese animated drama is too complex for little ones.
Sweeping owl fantasy adventure is impressive but intense.
Enchanting fantasy turns teen into sweet, selfless princess.
Eldest picks up where
Eragon left off, at the end of the battle between the
Varden, aided by Eragon, Saphira, and their friends, and the evil
emperor Galbatorix's forces in Farthen Dûr. With barely time
to mourn his fallen friends Eragon is first caught up in
political intrigue among the humans, and between the humans,
elves, and dwarves, and then sent across the empire to complete
his training as a Rider with the elves in the vast forest of Du
At the same time, Eragon's cousin Roran is sought by
Galbatorix, who sends soldiers and two of the vicious Ra'zac to
Carvahall, Eragon's home. Roran leads the villagers in holding
them off, but Roran's fiancé is captured and the villagers
are force to flee across the mountains, pursued all the way, to
try to make their way by land and sea to Surda, the stronghold of
As the story flips back and forth between Eragon and Roran we
get to see both of them grow in maturity and power, Eragon as a
result of his training with the last survivor of the old Riders,
and Roran in a trial by fire as the de facto leader of his
villagers fighting their way across the empire. These parallel
streams, of course, converge in a climactic battle which once
again ends the book.
Includes map and language guide.
We've all heard that history is told by the winners. What
if Greek myths were too?
Corydon, a young shepherd boy with a goat-leg, is cast out of
his village, then kidnapped by pirates gathering monsters for a
freak show: Medusa, the Sphinx, the Minotaur, the Nemean Lion, a
Harpy, a Hydra, and a snake-girl. Corydon helps them all to
escape, and they scatter across the island, while Corydon and
Medusa go to live with two other gorgons in a cave.
Corydon finds in Medusa a mother figure, and a brother in her
infant son. But Perseus has heard about the island from one of
the pirates, and he gathers an army of heroes to wipe them out.
So Corydon must travel into the Underworld to find the power to
protect his new friends.
At the end of
The Great Good Thing, Princess Sylvie and her fellow book
characters were written into a new book. Now their book is a
bestseller, and about to be uploaded onto the Internet. Since
they must perform any time a Reader is reading, they are harried
and stressed, so much so that Sylvie asks Lily, the Writer, to
add a character who can help them. Enter Rosetta Stein, a yoga
instructor, who helps them learn to cope with stress.
But being uploaded onto the Net not only brings more stress,
it also brings a computer virus that is eating away at the Story.
So Sylvie, along with Rosetta and the girl with the dark blue
eyes, must venture into the corridors of the Net to find the
source of the virus, and destroy it.
Heckie has just graduated from Good Witch school with the
power to turn humans into animals (using her Knuckle of Power and
Toe of Transformation), and she is determined to Do Good.
Unfortunately she and her best friend, Dora Mayberry, have a
terrible quarrel at graduation, so she is on her own.
Moving to a small town to make the world a better place,
Heckie gathers a group of children and other witches to help her
find bad people who deserve to be turned into animals. But when
an unscrupulous furrier discovers her power, he charms and
deceives her into a scheme to turn prisoners into snow leopards
for fur coats.
When Fern convinces her father not to kill the runt pig of
the litter, she names him Wilbur and raises him with a bottle.
Soon Wilbur goes to live in her Uncle Homer Zuckerman's barn down
the road, where she visits him every day. But when she's not
there, Wilbur is lonely -- the sheep, cows, geese, even the rats,
don't want to play and be his friend.
Then he meets Charlotte, a grey spider whose web is in a
corner of the barn door, and they become good friends. But soon
after, they learn that Wilbur is to be slaughtered next Christmas
to make hams and bacon. So Charlotte hatches a plan to make the
Zuckermans want to keep Wilbur around forever.