Thursday, July 30, 2009

Two new books for 9-12 year olds

Bute View by Janice Marriott, Mallinson Rendel
This is the sequel to Chute Thru, and I have to admit I haven’t read the first book. But it didn’t matter – I was still able to enjoy the fast action and quirky humour of this story. Young Arlo is an accomplished inventor who lives in a future world where people dwell on rafts in polluted seas. In fact, Arlo lives on Raft 1,000,001, which he describes as a ‘no-hoper’. He’s full of anticipation as he leaves the raft to travel to SPACE in the southern hemisphere to demonstrate his inventions to a bunch of important scientists. But he soon discovers that SPACE is controlled by unscrupulous businessmen – and they want to put him in a state of hibernation and ship him to another planet!
The characters are zany, the setting is wildly inventive, and the action is non-stop as Arlo tries to extricate himself from the clutches of the bad guys. Should be enjoyed by both boys and girls aged about 9 to 12.
ISBN 978 1 877423 25 3
Reviewed by Lorraine Orman

Fire On High by David Hill, Mallinson Rendel
David Hill continues his string of gripping adventure stories with this tale about an airplane hijack. Teenager Jonno Austin has been to South America to watch an eclipse of the sun, and on the way home his plane is hijacked by rebels from the country he’s just been visiting. A passenger, one of Jonno’s party, is injected with snake venom and will die in a matter of hours if the concerns of the rebel soldiers are not dealt with by international authorities.
This is real read-in-one-gulp stuff. The tension is cranked tighter and tighter as Jonno and his fellow astronomers try to reason with the rebels and the airplane pilots try to get help via the radio. Just when it looks as though things will work out, another crisis emerges – the plane starts flying through debris from a disintegrating spacecraft. Red-hot lumps of metal are shooting past like deadly missiles. If one of them hits the plane... It’s a great read for teenage boys.
ISBN 978 1 877423 32 1
Reviewed by Lorraine Orman

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