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Delacorte Press – April 14, 2009

Mary’s world is surrounded by the moans and shuffles of the Unconsecrated.  The Unconsecrated look for ways to breach the fences that protect her village.  They try to find weakness in the metal links.  They reach through trying to grab hold of anyone unfortunate enough to walk too close to the fence.  Mary’s world is based in fear.  Fear that the Unconsecrated will one day break through and devour everyone in the village.

Mary’s mother goes to the fences everyday to look into The Forest of Hands and Teeth.  She is searching for a glimpse of her husband who disappeared in the Forest months ago.  Mary’s mother is the only one that remains hopeful that he’ll come back to her unharmed.  Mary and her brother Jed, a Guardian, makes sure their mother never goes to the fences alone – afraid she’ll get too close if she sees her husband.  When Jed is off on a fence repair mission and Mary gets held up doing laundry, her mother does the unthinkable.  She gets too close to the Forest and is bitten by an Unconsecrated.  

The ramifications of this disastrous event leave Mary with no choice but to live with the Sisters.  The Sisters hold the knowledge of the village and make the rules for the community.  They never marry, but instead devote their lives to the Scriptures.  Mary must decide if she can settle for a life with the Sisters or if she is going to keep faith in the stories of a life outside the village and beyond The Forest of Hands and Teeth that her mother always told her about. However, after a major fence breach, her decision is made for her as she must brave the Forest along with Jed and his wife, Mary’s best friend, the man Mary loves, and the man who loves her.  Emotional complications just add to the stress of staying alive when they are surrounded by the Unconsecrated.

THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH is an enthralling post-apocalyptic masterpiece.  Carrie Ryan’s description of the unrelenting Unconsecrated comes through loud and clear to the reader.  At times, the suspense will cause you to put the book down for fear of what you might read next only to pick it up again because you can’t wait to find out.  You’ll be able to feel the boney fingers of each and every Unconsecrated reaching for you as you turn page after page of this amazing novel.  The ending definitely leaves the reader begging for the next installment in this amazing series.

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The Forest of Hands and Teeth

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Grace Cahill changed her will moments before she died.  For Amy and Dan, the loss of Grace, their grandmother, is a terribly sad event.  They will miss their weekends spending time at the family mansion hearing stories of Grace’s past adventures and exploring the many rooms.

After the funeral, certain family members are invited to the reading of the will.  Amy and Dan are included.  Everyone is anxious to find out what their inheritance will be.  No one expects what happens.  Everyone is given a choice – take one million dollars or give it up for a clue.  A clue that will lead to a deep family secret.  The one who follows all 39 clues and uncovers the secret will become the most powerful Cahill in the world.

Amy and Dan are 1 of 7 teams competing for the clues.  The other teams may be made up of family members, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t dangerous.  Everyone wants Amy and Dan out of the way.  They think they have inside information since they were Grace’s favorites.  The problem is, Amy and Dan know even less than everyone else.  They were never told how much influence the Cahill family has had in the world throughout the years.  Because of their lack of knowledge and kind natures, Amy and Dan’s lives are put in danger several times as they fly to Paris and search for Clue #2.

39 CLUES: THE MAZE OF BONES is a fast-paced, adventure-filled, mystery.  Each book comes with a set of clue cards.  You are encouraged to visit the website, create an account, and begin solving the puzzle.  You can win over $100,000 in prizes.  The second book in the series is called ONE FALSE NOTE and is written by Gordon Korman and will be released December 2, 2008.  Book Three is THE SWORD THIEF by Peter Lerangis and will be available on March 3, 2009.  Seven more books are planned and the series will be completed in 2010.  OH – and if this the clue cards and interactive website aren’t enough, the books have already been optioned for a movie.  Word has it, Steven Spielberg is going to direct.  WOW! 

Grace Cahill changed her will moments before she died.  For Amy and Dan, the loss of Grace, their grandmother, is a terribly sad event.  They will miss their weekends spending time at the family mansion hearing stories of Grace’s past adventures and exploring the many rooms.

After the funeral, certain family members are invited to the reading of the will.  Amy and Dan are included.  Everyone is anxious to find out what their inheritance will be.  No one expects what happens.  Everyone is given a choice – take one million dollars or give it up for a clue.  A clue that will lead to a deep family secret.  The one who follows all 39 clues and uncovers the secret will become the most powerful Cahill in the world.

Amy and Dan are 1 of 7 teams competing for the clues.  The other teams may be made up of family members, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t dangerous.  Everyone wants Amy and Dan out of the way.  They think they have inside information since they were Grace’s favorites.  The problem is, Amy and Dan know even less than everyone else.  They were never told how much influence the Cahill family has had in the world throughout the years.  Because of their lack of knowledge and kind natures, Amy and Dan’s lives are put in danger several times as they fly to Paris and search for Clue #2.

39 CLUES: THE MAZE OF BONES is a fast-paced, adventure-filled, mystery.  Each book comes with a set of clue cards.  You are encouraged to visit the website, create an account, and begin solving the puzzle.  You can win over $100,000 in prizes.  The second book in the series is called ONE FALSE NOTE and is written by Gordon Korman and will be released December 2, 2008.  Book Three is THE SWORD THIEF by Peter Lerangis and will be available on March 3, 2009.  Seven more books are planned and the series will be completed in 2010.  OH – and if this the clue cards and interactive website aren’t enough, the books have already been optioned for a movie.  Word has it, Steven Spielberg is going to direct.  WOW! 

In the nation of Panem, formerly known as North America, the Capitol rules the twelve outlying districts harshly.  Because of a past uprising, the Capitol requires each district to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games – a fight to the death broadcasted on live TV.

When Katniss hears her twelve-year-old sister’s name called to serve for their district in the Games, she doesn’t hesitate to volunteer herself to go in her place.  Katniss resolves herself to the idea that she will never see her family again.

Once Katniss is transported to the Capitol with the male counterpart from her district, she is put through several days of rigorous training before being thrown into the unknown landscape of the competition.

The HUNGER GAMES is a mix between The Lottery, The Most Dangerous Game, and Stephen King’s The Running Man.  Heartpounding action runs throughout the entire book.  You’ll be holding on to the edge of your seat until you find out who survives this barbaric form of governmental control.

Well, this is it!  My 100th post.  To celebrate, I’m having a contest so help spread the word.  Answer these two questions to be entered to win the following wonderful prizes.  If your name is drawn you’ll win a MP3CD Audiobook of both I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You by Ally Carter and Born To Rock by Gordon Korman.

So, here are the questions:

1)  What connection does Ally Carter have to Oklahoma?  (I’m from Oklahoma so this was interesting to learn about her.)

2)  What is the new Scholastic series that Gordon Korman has been signed to write called?

If you want to be entered into the drawing a second time, post about this contest on your blog.  Send me the link to the specific post along with your answers to the trivia questions to karinlibrarian@gmail.com by Thursday, September 4th at Midnight.

HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins

In the nation of Panem, formerly known as North America, the Capitol rules the twelve outlying districts harshly.  Because of a past uprising, the Capitol requires each district to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games – a fight to the death broadcasted on live TV.

When Katniss hears her twelve-year-old sister’s name called to serve for their district in the Games, she doesn’t hesitate to volunteer herself to go in her place.  Katniss resolves herself to the idea that she will never see her family again.

Once Katniss is transported to the Capitol with the male counterpart from her district, she is put through several days of rigorous training before being thrown into the unknown landscape of the competition.

The HUNGER GAMES is a mix between The Lottery, The Most Dangerous Game, and Stephen King’s The Running Man.  Heartpounding action runs throughout the entire book.  You’ll be holding on to the edge of your seat until you find out who survives this barbaric form of governmental control.