Tuesday, December 27, 2011
1) Peters, Andrew. Ravenwood. 2011. Chicken House/Scholastic. Hardbound: 354 pages. Price: $16.99 U.S.
SUMMARY: Who holds the seeds to save a sky-high world?
Arborium is at risk, the sharpened blades of rival Maw poised to saw off its bark and branches. What can a poor plumber's apprentice armed with little more than a monkey wrench do to stop the chopping?
Carved into a massive, mile-high canopy, the forest kingdom of Arborium stands upon the tallest of trees. Within them, 14-year-old Ark holds the lowest of jobs: unclogging toilets. He's already up to his elbows in gunk when he REALLY steps in it. He overhears a plot echoing through the pipes: Maw, a ruthless glass-and-steel superpower, is scheming to wield its axes of evil to strip Arborium of its wood - a natural resource now more precious than gold.
The fate of a kingdom in the filthy hands of a plumber boy?
Plunged into danger, Ark must make the treacherous climb down to the darkest roots of RAVENWOOD if there's any hope of rescuing his threatened tree home!
RECOMMENDATION: An entertaining tale in the "eco-punk" genre. Although the listed ages are 9-14, the battle scene at the end of the book may scare younger kids.