March 17, 2021

Think you know books?

Which one starts like this? Click on a book below to answer

On the morning I was scheduled to die, a large barefoot man with a bushy red beard waddled past my house. The thirty degree temperature didn't seem to bother him, but he must have had a lousy breakfast because he let out a burp as loud as a tuba.
The Maze Runner (Maze Runner #1)
James Dashner

The Maze Runner (Maze Runner #1)

By: James Dashner
Recommended for grade(s): 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

If you ain't scared, you ain't human. When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He's surrounded by strangers-boys whose memories are also gone. Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade. Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It's the only way out-and no one's ever made it through alive. Everything is going to change. Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying. Remember. Survive. Run. —from the website at Penguin Random House

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The Colossus Rises (Seven Wonders #1)
Peter Lerangis

The Colossus Rises (Seven Wonders #1)

By: Peter Lerangis
Recommended for grade(s): 6, 7

The Colossus Rises is the first book in a seven-book series. This first installment chronicles the story of Jack McKinley, an ordinary kid with an extraordinary problem. In a few months, he’s going to die—unless he finds seven magic Loculi that have been hidden in the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Rick Riordan calls Seven Wonders “a high-octane mix of modern adventure and ancient secrets. The Colossus Rises is Lerangis’s most gripping work yet. Young readers will love this story. I can’t wait to see what’s next in the Seven Wonders series!”  --From Harper Collins

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Everlost (Skinjacker Trilogy #1)
Neil Shusterman

Everlost (Skinjacker Trilogy #1)

By: Neil Shusterman
Recommended for grade(s): 8, 9, 10

Nick and Allie don't survive the car accident, but their souls don't exactly get where they're supposed to go either. Instead, they're caught halfway between life and death, in a sort of limbo known as Everlost: a shadow of the living world, filled with all the things and places that no longer exist. It's a magical, yet dangerous place where bands of lost kids run wild and anyone who stands in the same place too long sinks to the center of the Earth. When they find Mary, the self-proclaimed queen of lost souls, Nick feels like he's found a home, but Allie isn't satisfied spending eternity between worlds. Against all warnings, Allie begins learning the "Criminal Art" of haunting, and ventures into dangerous territory, where a monster called the McGill threatens all the souls of Everlost. —from the website of Simon & Schuster

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A Confederacy of Dunces
John Kennedy Toole

A Confederacy of Dunces

By: John Kennedy Toole
Recommended for grade(s): 12, College Plus

Ignatius J. Reilly is a flatulent frustrated scholar deeply learned in Medieval philosophy and American junk food, a brainy mammoth misfit imprisoned in a trashy world of Greyhound Buses and Doris Day movies. He is in violent revolt against the entire modern age. Ignatius' peripatetic employment takes him from Levy Pants, where he leads a workers' revolt, to the French Quarter, where he waddles behind a hot dog wagon that serves as his fortress. A Confederacy of Dunces is an American comic masterpiece that outswifts Swift, whose poem gives the book its title. Set in New Orleans, the novel bursts into life on Canal Street under the clock at D. H. Holmes department store. The characters leave the city and literature forever marked by their presences—Ignatius and his mother; Mrs. Reilly's matchmaking friend, Santa Battaglia; Miss Trixie, the octogenarian assistant accountant at Levy Pants; inept, bemused Patrolman Mancuso; Jones, the jivecat in space-age dark glasses. Juvenal, Rabelais, Cervantes, Fielding, Swift, Dickens—their spirits are all here. —Grove/Atlantic

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