SpineOut : October 2014
Lachlan, St Edmund’s School, Wahroonga NSW The Wrath of the Lizard Lord Jon Mayhew The Wrath of the Lizard Lord is about two travellers, Dakkar and Oginski, who are on a mission to find Oginski’s evil brothers. His evil brothers are trying to take over the world. As they are hunting down one of his brothers, they are confronted by a large lizard like creature which injures Oginski and sets Dakkar to avenge his friend’s attacker. The story takes us on a journey underground, through the Earth, and all the adventures and battles along the way, including thrilling encounters with terrifying dinosaurs and other horrible creatures. It is set in the early 19th century and reminds me a bit of one of my favourite books, Jules Verne’s Journey to the Centre of the Earth. I liked this book because I like novels set in earlier times and I enjoyed the fantasy element of the story. Rating: Highly recommended Read it! Write it! Watch it! Shannon, Year 10, St Edmund’’s School Wahroonga NSW A Question of Magic E D Baker This book is called A Question of Magic. It is about a girl named Serafina who receives a letter from a great aunt that she never knew about, telling her that she has inherited something. In this letter, she was told to go to a place where she would meet this mysterious aunt and find out what she had inherited. So, she travels the long distance with her selfish uncle and finds out she had inherited a house that travels by itself. She also meets a talking cat. She then learns that fairies and magic are actually real. She discovers that she is a Baba Yaga, a witch, something she didn’t think existed either. Her goal throughout the book is to learn to stop being Baba Yaga, so she can go back to her normal life. I would recommend this book to young people who enjoy reading about magic and fairies. Rating: Good New this month! The conclusion to the glorious two- volume, four-colour graphic novel adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s #1 New York Times bestselling and Newbery Medal-winning novel.