SilverFin : the graphic novel

From Edward, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Higson, Charlie & Walker, Kev
SilverFin : the graphic novel
Silverfin is a graphic novel that explains James Bond’s origin and bits of his childhood. It starts off with teenage Bond going to Scotland to visit his uncle, a former spy. He and his new friend, Kelly go camping after exploring the town. On the trip they see a large castle called Hellebore’s castle, and begin discovering strange things about it. This is where Bond starts exploring and learning even stranger things. I recommend this book to about anybody who enjoys comic books or is interested in James Bond. The story is very interesting because of the twists and turns it makes and while the beginning wasn’t very exciting, the rest is. All together, Silverfin will make you ask for another story.

Briar Rose

From Rosalia Millan
author: Yolen, Jane
Briar Rose
Becca is Gemma’s youngest granddaughter and on Gemma’s death bead she makes Becca promise to find Briar Rose’s castle because it is all she has to leave her.  While Becca and her three sisters were growing up Gemma had always told them the story of Briar Rose and even went so far as to claim to be Briar Rose herself.  This book interweaves Gemma’s retelling of the Briar Rose tale with Becca’s search for the past in an interesting way.  Readers get to experience both Becca’s childhood through the retelling, her adulthood search into Gemma’s past and eventually follow Becca to Poland where she learns Gemma’s history which is beautifully adapted into a dark modern Sleeping Beauty tale, much closer to the Brothers Grimm’s dark original then the modern sanitized version that people usually remember.

Paris Under Water: How the City of Light Survived the Great Flood of 1910

From Eileen Effrat
author: Jackson, Jeffrey H.
Paris Under Water:  How the City of Light Survived the Great Flood of 1910
On the 100th anniversary of the catastrophic flood that put much of Paris
under  water in January 1910, historian Jeffrey Jackson vividly describes
the flooding within the political, cultural, and social context of the
time.  Although the Seine’s water level normally rose during the winter
months,  19th century technology had done much to protect the city against serious flooding. This was not to be the case in 1910.  The Seine rose 20 feet above normal—the highest level in 250 years. As water began seeping into basements, sewers, and underground channels, the Paris metro lines came to a halt as power plants filled with water and short circuited.  Lights went out across the city. City workers dumped tons of refuse into the fast flowing Seine, as garbage processing plants were knocked out of service.  Surprisingly, disease remained at bay.  Using entries from diaries, letters written by eye witnesses, and newspaper articles, the author presents the human side of a disaster that captured world-wide media coverage.