December 28, 2010

Museum of Thieves

By Lian Turner
Rating: 4 1/4 stars

In this exciting opening to a new series, The Keepers Trilogy, Goldie is thrilled to be finally at Separation Day.  In the city where she has grown up, children are kept safe by the feared Blessed Guardians and perpetually wear silver guardchains, never being allowed to be away from adult supervision.  But when Separation Day is unexpectedly canceled, Goldie can't take the thought of continuing to be chained, and she does the unthinkable--she runs away.  Then the hunt is on for her!  Goldie is herded unknowingly towards the Museum--a tiny dusty building she knows nothing about.  But once inside she discovers that the Museum is bigger on the inside than on the outside, that the rooms can shift, that creatures thought extinct still exist, and that the Keepers are all important to soothe the Museum and prevent it from letting its wildness escape into the city of Jewel.  As Goldie remains hidden at the Museum and learns new tricks and trades, much like the boy Toadspit who is also there, forces are set into motion by the powers that be in the city, looking to discover the secrets of the Museum.  Soon, a conflict will be set in motion as someone makes a bid to take control of both the museum and the city.  Can Goldie and the ragtag group of Keepers stop a catastrophe?  This is a real pageturner of a book, and happily a second book, City of Lies, will be out soon.  Fans of the book The City of Ember will find much to like here.


By Ingrid Law
Rating: 3 3/4 stars

This is a companion book to the award-winning Savvy.  As we discovered in Savvy, in certain families when a child reaches their 13th birthday, they get a "savvy" or magical talent.  It could be anything from the ability to can music in a jar to moving mountains to being able to read your mind if you have a tattoo.  When Ledge gets his savvy, he is dismayed that it seems to be the ability to destroy things, as anything metal or mechanical falls apart whenever he is nearby.  His parents leave him at the family ranch for the summer to see if he can work out how to control his new "talent."  While there, Ledge discovers a friend Sarah Jane, but it is complicated by her father trying to foreclose on everyone in town, including his uncle's ranch.  As Ledge struggles with his own abilities, he also finds that others are also struggling with their own demons, like his cousin Rocket.  Can Ledge pull everything together and help his uncle save the ranch at the same time?  An enjoyable fantasy that doesn't require reading of the first book to understand, but readers may well go back to read Savvy after finishing this one.