Series of Unfortunate Events

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Take three orphans, a mysterious narrator, and oodles of gothic misfortune, and you get these addictive, hilarious tales of woe. Villains, gruesome creatures, and cold food are just a few of the dreadful things the Baudelaire children encounter daily. And as the ever-present narrator warns, your child would be better off “putting the books down at once.” But as this series’ popularity proves, he’ll adore these satires where nothing good ever happens.

Links:

Lemony Snicket Website     

Artemis Fowl

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From a strikingly original new voice comes the story of Artemis Fowl, a very unusual hero. Artemis is a genius, a criminal mastermind, and a millionaire…and he is only twelve years old! A combination of Sherlock Holmes, James Bond, and Attila the Hun, even Artemis doesn’t know what he’s taken on when he kidnaps a fairy — because these fairies are armed and dangerous, and don’t play by any rules!

Links: 

     Artemis Fowl Website

     Artemis Fowl Website #2

Chasing Vermeer

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When a book of unexplainable occurances brings Petra Andalee & Calder Pillay together, strange things start to happen. Before they know it, the two find themselves at the center of an international art scandal. As Petra & Calder are drawn clue by clue into a mysterious labyrinth they must draw on their powers of intuition, their skills at problem solving, and their knowledge of Vermeer. Can they decipher a crime that has left even the FBI baffled?

Links:

Scholastic’s Chasing Vermeer Site

Vermeer’s Lady in Waiting (interactive)

Vermeer’s The Geographer (interactive)

Online Pentominoes