Tuesday, June 17, 2008

What our Kids & Companions book group is reading


Terra says: Fans of Percy Jackson and the Olympians, get ready for your new favorite read! Just like our beloved Greek mythology series, Gods of Manhattan takes on mythology and New York, but in a completely new, interesting, and different way. The gods here are the gods of history: Peter Styuvesant, Babe Ruth, Hiram Greenbaum and the native Americans who once populated what is now the Big Apple . . . only Rory can see their world running parallel to ours, and only he can help the forces of good outweigh the growing power of very bad that threatens not just New York City, but civilization as we know it!

I thought this was such an interesting combination of fantasy and history, that I made it this month's pick for Kids & Companions. Kids & Companions is the book group I run for chapter book readers ages 8-11, along with the adult of his or her choice. Some previous books we've read are The Lightning Thief, The Scarecrow and his Servant, Water Street, The Misadventures of Maude March, and The Game of Sunken Places. It's a lively group with lots of good discussion.

We're meeting July 10th at 7:45 in the store for our discussion of Gods of Manhattan, so please join us! And if my description of the book doesn't sway you to check it out, read what customer Walker thought about it:

Gods of Manhattan, by Scott Mebus, is a great book. I absolutely loved it and thought it was written very well. So well that I read it in just one day. I just could not put it down. I liked how there were lots of surprises. I think most any reader would like this book, not just fantasy book readers. It would be a good book for someone age 9 to 14.

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