More pre-teens to early teens books

Posted on 19 August 2009. Filed under: Book Reviews | Tags: , , |

Altar of Shulaani – Margaret Pearce
This is a corker of a science fiction book. It rattles along at a great pace and I had great trouble taking my eyes off the page. The cover bills it as a science fiction adventure and it’s certainly that. With mentions of space travel and episodes of time travel it qualifies. Anyway, here’s the blurb from the back cover:

Mike welcomed the chance to spend his holidays with his father on an archaeological dig. Tracing the ancient caravan routes across the baking desert turned into a completely different kind of adventure, however, when Mike stumbled through a time warp into ancient world.

Skiffy – William Mayne
Skiffy is no 49 in the spacecraft team. They’ve just landed on a new world and now have to fully evaluate and settle on it. Skiffy is young and doesn’t yet know his talent so he has no duties assigned to him. On this mission everyone is useful so Skiffy works hard to find out about himself. In the end he finds he is a very good team member and works well with Autumn.

I thought this a very sweet book. It teaches a lot about team work, communication and consideration for others. It’s short with short chapters. The cover illustration being by Nicholas Fisk is a bonus. His books are really lovely. My favourite is Trillions, a delightful story about a young boy who learns to communicate with aliens.

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