Wednesday, November 29, 2006

SEA OF MONSTERS, PRINCESS ACADEMY



Rick Riordan. THE SEA OF MONSTERS

The sequel to THE LIGHTNING THIEF was equally as awesome as its predecessor. I had forgotten how funny the author was. At the beginning of the book, the half-blood camp is in danger. The borders are no longer protected because someone has poisoned Thalia’s tree. The campers must continually fight off monster attacks. Percy discovers he has an unexpected relative, the new quest he must go on involves saving his best friend Grover, as well as saving the camp and perhaps Mount Olympus itself. This was a jam-packed adventure story that also cracked me up!



Shannon Hale. PRINCESS ACADEMY

This is not in any way the "fluffy" book that the title would seem to indicate. This is a wonderful adventure of a small mountain town and its young girls. One day the prince, who lives down in the main town, says that he will choose his princess from the mountain town of Mount Eskel. The main character, feisty 14-year-old Miri, along with all of the other teenage girls must go the Princess Academy to learn what it takes to become a princess & to get ready for a ball where the prince will choose his bride. The girls are schooled by a mean headmistress who severely punishes them. There is a little danger and some magic too. This was a wonderful, highly satisfying book. It completely deserved the Newbery Honor it received.