Title: The Forbidden Library
Author: Django Wexler
Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books (Penguin)
Release Date: April 15, 2014
Alice always thought fairy tales had happy endings. That--along with everything else--changed the day she met her first fairy.
When Alice's father goes down in a shipwreck, she is sent to live with her uncle Geryon--an uncle she's never heard of and knows nothing about. He lives in an enormous manor with a massive library that is off-limits to Alice. But then she meets a talking cat. And even for a rule-follower, when a talking cat sneaks you into a forbidden library and introduces you to an arrogant boy who dares you to open a book, it's hard to resist. Especially if you're a reader to begin with. Soon Alice finds herself INSIDE the book, and the only way out is to defeat the creature imprisoned within.
It seems her uncle is more than he says he is. But then so is Alice.
Django vs. Seth
Seth to Django: Speaking of Ender's Game, what would Alice do with to get past the giant in the fantasy game?
The Giant's Drink game would be very frustrating for Alice, as it was frustrating for Ender. She has a pretty logical mind, and figuring out that the game is rigged so that you always lose would be infuriating. She's not quite as angry as Ender got, though, so I doubt the solution of killing the giant would occur to her. She might try talking to it -- Alice's first instinct is always to talk to creatures, even scary-looking ones, and see if she can work out a solution that way.
I have always thought that, if Alice lived in a more modern time, she would be very into computers -- she has the right sort of attitude for them. So if she'd grown up in the Ender's Game universe, I like to think she might be an accomplished hacker. In that case, she's definitely the sort of person who would break into the code and change the rules so it was possible to win the game, like Captain Kirk at the Kobayashi Maru.
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The Well's End by Seth Fishman
Title: The Well's End
Author: Seth Fishman
Publisher: Putnum Juvenile (Penguin)
Release Date: February 25, 2014
Half a world away, the Chinese military has a target list of ten US cities in case of war. Most are obvious (DC, NY, LA) and some a little less so (Atlanta for instance has the CDC) . . . but one is an absolute mystery: Fenton, Colorado. Unfortunately for her, sixteen-year-old Mia Kish is about to find out what makes Fenton so special when emergency sirens start blaring and ritzy Westbrook Academy is put on lockdown. No students in or out until otherwise notified. For the rich boarders whose homes are safely states away, their concerns are missed vacations and trips home, but for the handful of townies, like Mia and her friends Jo and Rob, there’s no escaping the danger.
The situation becomes dire when students and faculty are stricken with a strange illness that ages them years in a matter of hours, the end result death, seemingly from old age. No one knows what to do, but Mia and her friends are not just going to sit there while their parents might be in mortal danger. They escape the school grounds in search of a cure and answers; answers they hope to find in the sealed off mountain bunker where her father supposedly runs Fenton Tech. But along the way, they discover that the military presence is not what it seems, and that the long buried secret of Fenton is a fabled object of myth and legend that may actually exist deep within the earth below.
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About Django Wexler
Django Wexler is the author of The Thousand Names. He lives near Seattle, Washington.
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About Seth Fishman
Seth Fishman is best known as a New York literary agent at the Gernert Company whose client roster includes ingenue National Book Award Finalist, Tea Obreht. Seth is also the recipient of an MFA from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. The Well's End is his first novel.
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