This Sunday tag is created and run by Steph over at A Little But A Lot. There are some very interesting and fun prompts coming up this autumn so check it out. Today’s topic is books you read in school. Problem is, we only read extracts… And I don’t remember any of them. So here are 6 books I read during school that was not part of the curriculum. There seems to be a lot of fantasy in my life from an early age…
Let’s dive into the list of my 6 books I read when I was supposed to do homework. And I’ve excluded Harry Potter, becasue it’s way too obvious.
Keys to the Kingdom by Garth Nix
This is an epic adventure series with portal magic divided into seven books all related to the days of the week.
Synopsis for book 1 “Master Monday”:
Arthur Penhaligon’s first days at his new school don’t go too well, particularly when a fiendish Mister Monday appears, gives Arthur a magical clock hand, and then orders his gang of dog-faced goons to chase Arthur around and get it back. But when the confused and curious boy discovers that a mysterious virus is spreading through town, he decides to enter an otherworldly house to stop it. After meeting Suzy Blue and the first part of “the Will” (a frog-looking entity that knows everything about the House), Arthur learns that he’s been selected as Rightful Heir to the House and must get the other part of the clock hand in order to defeat Monday. That means getting past Monday’s henchmen and journeying to the Dayroom itself. Thankfully, Arthur is up to the challenge, but as he finds out, his fight seems to be only one-seventh over.
With a weapon-wielding hero and a villain who doesn’t make Mondays any nicer, Nix’s Keys to the Kingdom launch is imaginative and gripping. After an action-packed crescendo to the book’s middle — when Arthur finally learns his destiny — Nix keeps the drama going and doesn’t let it fall. By the end, you might be winded from all the fantastic explanation, but you’ll definitely be salivating for what’s to come.
The Hobbitt by J. R. R. Tolkien
This is a classic and I owned the most beautiful illustrated edition wrapped in gold (it’s still on my shelf).
Synopsis for The Hobbit:
In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.
Written for J.R.R. Tolkien’s own children, The Hobbit met with instant critical acclaim when it was first published in 1937. Now recognized as a timeless classic, this introduction to the hobbit Bilbo Baggins, the wizard Gandalf, Gollum, and the spectacular world of Middle-earth recounts of the adventures of a reluctant hero, a powerful and dangerous ring, and the cruel dragon Smaug the Magnificent. Unforgettable!
Children of the Red King (Charlie Bone) by Jenny Nimmo
I read most of this series over a period of years. I’m still not 100% sure if I finishined it, but I do think I read the last book at least.
Synopsis for book 1 “Midnight for Charlie Bone”:
A magical fantasy that is fast-paced and easy-to-read. Charlie Bone has a special gift- he can hear people in photographs talking!
The fabulous powers of the Red King were passed down through his descendants, after turning up quite unexpectedly, in someone who had no idea where they came from. This is what happened to Charlie Bone, and to some of the children he met behind the grim, gray walls of Bloor’s Academy.
His scheming aunts decide to send him to Bloor Academy, a school for geniuses where he uses his gifts to discover the truth despite all the dangers that lie ahead.
Ravnejenta (Raven Girl) by Torill Thorstad Hauger
This is a classic childrens literature in Norway. Every Norwegian child has read or knows of this book. It was one of my faviorite books, but I don’t remember much from it. It’s definitely a younger YA book about a viking medicine girl.
Synopsis/Summary for “The Raven Girl”:
In 900 century Norway lives the little outcast “Raven Girl”. She is skilled in medicine and fleeing from her wicked mistress up in the mountains. Unaware she carries on a big secret that changes her life. When her mistress gets sick, she tries to help her with herbs.
The Snow Spider Trilogy by Jenny Nimmo
Anothere Jenny Nimmo series. I’m not sure which I discovered first or whether I discovered both without knowing it was the same author. I wasn’t that focused on who wrote it, only if it was interesting or not.
Synopsis from book 1 “The Snow Spider”:
On Gwyn’s 9th birthday, his grandmother tells him he may be a magician, like his Welsh ancestors. She gives him five gifts to help him–a brooch, a piece of dried seaweed, a tin whistle, a scarf, and a broken toy horse. One blustery day, unsure what to do with his newfound magic, Gwyn throws the brooch to the wind and receives a silvery snow spider in return. Will he be able to use this special spider to bring his missing sister, Bethan, home? THE SNOW SPIDER spins an icy, sparkly web of mystical intrigue that sets the stage for the next two books in this outstanding trilogy!
The Solitair Mystery by Jostein Gaarder
Jostain Gaarder is a philosophy professor and writer of childrens books; they can be complicated and the Solitair Mystery is one of them. It’s fasinating exiting and intricate mystery with a mystery within a mystery or a book within a book.
Synopsis for The Solitair Mystery
Hans Thomas and his father set out on a car trip through Europe, from Norway to Greece—the birthplace of philosophy—in search of Hans Thomas’s mother, who left them many years earlier. On the way, Hans Thomas receives a mysterious miniature book—the fantastic memoir of a sailor shipwrecked in 1842 on a strange island where a deck of cards come to life.
Structured as a deck of cards—each chapter is one in the deck—”The Solitaire Mystery” weaves together fantasy and reality, fairy tales and family history. Full of questions about the meaning of life, it will spur its listeners to reexamine their own.
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