by Ian Sifton, Canada Blogger jaBlog!
Artwork by Lucy Zhang
WARNING: Some of these stories may not be suitable for younger readers.
1. Here, There be Dragons by James A. Owen
Have you ever wondered if the myths, legends, and fairy tales could be true? Wonder no more. Author James A. Owen brings them to life in Here There be Dragons, a story composed with adventure, honour, friendship, and sacrifice. Three Oxford scholars, John, Jack, and Charles, are entrusted with a sacred book called The Imaginarium Geographica, the atlas of a world where dragons once flew overhead. Atlantis lies beneath the sea and is where the stories we tell by firelight have come to life. It is this book that is being sought by the enemy known as the Winter King, who believes the Geographica contains the key to conquering both worlds. Readers of historical fantasy will love this ride!
2. Bone: Out from Boneville by Jeff Smith
The Bone cousins are lost, separated, and on the run from their town. One by one, they each find their way into a mysterious valley. As they journey on, the tranquil landscape appears to hold some strange secrets. Something stirs in the mountains–a force awakened by the Bones. As events unfold, they themselves in a fight for their lives. I can only describe this series as awesome! If you like this book, you will be hooked on the rest of them!
3. Morpheus Road: The Light by D.J. MacHale
Marshall Seaver is being haunted. No, more like hunted. When his friend Cooper disappears, strange things begin to happen. A whisper here, a fleeting image at the window, at first Marshall thinks he’s just seeing things. But then Gravedigger, a character he created, shows up in his house. The tension never lets up in this awesome thriller! Check it out!
4. CHERUB: The Recruit by Robert Muchamore
A special division of MI5 uses children as undercover agents. The reason: adults never suspect that kids are spying on them. James, a troublemaker and a hothead, is about to begin his first chapter into CHERUB. The ball never stops rolling in this series; it is one thrill of a ride that will keep you turning the page.
5. Henderson’s Boys: The Escape by Robert Muchamore
The prequel series to CHERUB, Muchamore brings readers to the origins of the secret division of British Intelligence. Hitler’s army is conquering ground and heading toward Paris. Between them are two children carrying valuable information the Nazis want. British spy Charles Henderson is also looking for them. When he recruits orphan runaway, Marc Kilgour, to help him in his mission, Henderson realizes he has probably stumbled upon the element that could help turn the tide of the war. Tension and filled with action, readers of historical fiction, CHERUB, or any young adult book will be hooked by this story.
6. The Walking Dead: Days Gone By by Robert Kirkman
The first entry of the best-selling graphic novel series that spawned the hit AMC show. Rick Grimes, a sheriff’s deputy from Kentucky, is wounded in action and falls into a coma. When he awakens, the world he knew is gone. The dead have risen and his wife and son are missing. One of my favourite stories that delve into what the human condition can be when the rules of civilization are taken away. This is one that will keep you glued to the page.
7. Sutton by J.R. Moehringer
One of the greatest stories I have ever read; follow the life of America’s most charismatic bank robber, Willie “the actor” Sutton. At a time when banks were out of control and the rich were getting richer, Sutton saw only one way out of the cycle of depressions and unemployment to win the girl of his dreams. Cheered on by the public and despised by the authorities, Sutton’s story is told with vivid imagination to bring you a tale of sadness, triumph, and a man who gave it all for love.
8. William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher
Need I say more? Take everything you know and love about the first Star Wars movie and turn it into a Shakespearean play! Sounds boring? Wrong! This book had me laughing for what an awesome adaptation it was. Star Wars or Shakespeare fan? There is something here for you to enjoy this year.
9. The Diviners by Libba Bray
Ghosts in New York City, a girl who can read objects, and a mystery so unbelievably scary you can’t look away. And looming over it all is a darkness that threatens much more than life on this earth. I could not put this book down once I’d started reading. An unbelievably good story!
10. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
One of the classics! Crusoe is the only survivor of a shipwreck that washes him on the beach of a tropical island. The book is an account of his life as he lives and survives on the island for many years. If you haven’t read this yet, you’re missing out!
11. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
When he arrived at the Glade, all Thomas could remember was his name. It’s the same case for the other boys living here. As events unfold, it appears Thomas holds the key to their escape from the gigantic maze that surrounds them. But who is Thomas? Why were they brought to the maze in the first place? What is waiting for them if they get out? And who is the mysterious Teresa, the first girl to arrive, who somehow seems connected to Thomas’s past?