I love fractured fairy tales, and Cinder by Marissa Meyers does not disappoint. It is set in a futuristic New Beijing populated by humans, androids, cyborgs, and Lunars (natives of the Moon). Cinder is a cyborg, which means she has few rights and cannot complain when her evil stepmother forces her to work as a mechanic to support her and her stepsisters. When handsome Prince Kai stops by her shop to get his favorite android fixed, there is an instant connection between them, and it is no surprise when he asks her to his annual ball. But how can Cinder, with no dress, no way to get to the ball, etc., actually attend? And what will Prince Kai do when he finds out she is a cyborg? Read this great version of Cinderella to find out!
Everyone has one, a fictional character SO real and vital that it is almost impossible to believe that they do not exist, that they are not out there somewhere, just waiting to befriend us. For me, that character is the
Djinn Bartimaeus from Jonathan Stroud’s novels. A few words to describe Bartimaeus would be: sarcastic, chatty, mischievous, mouthy, sardonic, amusing, boastful, narcissistic, and irreverent. Just to name a few!
Distrustful of authority and full of loathing for humans, Bartimaeus still manages to save rulers and peasants alike while simultaneously cracking wise. His humorous wit and world view make for a nonstop, hilarious commentary on whatever time in history the story is set. He is so charismatic and compelling that I cannot bear it when I am finished with a book he is in, and actually read it as slowly as I can, savoring each and every page. Sound interesting? Like laugh-out-loud humor? Check out the original trilogy, The Amulet of Samarkand, The Golem’s Eye, Ptolemy’s Gate, and the new prequel, The Ring of Solomon.
Ms.G is the librarian at the Malone Middle School in Malone, NY.