Jane Ryan has always loved horses, which is why she's taken horseback riding lessons at Sunny Acres for half her life. But when she goes to summer camp there the summer before ninth grade, her favorite school horse, Beau, is sold. She feels empty, heartbroken, and plain sad. But an opportunity opens to ride Lancelot, a crazy warmblood, in the camp's dressage-showjumping-cross country competition. Should she, or should she not? Find out in this funny reality fiction!
In The Alchemyst,twins Josh and Sophie Newman are living normal lives in San Francisco. Josh works at a bookstore run by the Flemings. Sophie works at the coffee shop across the street. One day, their lives change forever. The Flemings are actually the immortal Flemings, and the twins are the twins of legend.
I liked the plot, concepts and nuances of this book, but the writing and dialogue were...off. It also seems a little contrived, but overall it's a good series.
One True Way is about middle schoolers finding out who they are. Every page has some kind of drama or event that can't be missed. One of the best parts is that it's a perfect book for readers that are easily bored at the slow climax at the start of most books.
In Grendel, John Gardner retells the epic poem Beowulf from the monster's point of view. The novel deals with themes of fate, religion, existence, and truth. Grendel grapples with his identity as he terrorizes the humans. Despite Grendel's immoral behavior, Gardner manages to make Grendel a sympathetic character. This balance between philosophy and entertainment makes Grendel an interesting and enjoyable read.