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Christmas Gift List

1. Nightrise, by Anthony Horowitz
Mindreaders Jamie and Scott find themselves in Reno, stalked by a profiteering company based in L.A. Jamie learns that he and his twin brother are two of five gatekeepers, sent to protect the world from the Old Ones.

A must-read for fans of the Gatekeepers series (Raven’s Gate, Evil Star). A good read for anyone else, as well.


2. Ranger’s Apprentice: The Burning Bridge, by John Flanagan
Will is sent on a mission to Celtica, but they find the Celtic villages empty. Morgarath is using the Celts as slaves to build a bridge across the Great Fissure. Will and his friends decide the only solution is to burn the bridge.


3. The War of Mirrors, by E.J. Stewart
Pride and envy launch a civil war in the kingdom of Larkwood when one of the creatures discovers the destructive power of mirrors. When you look into a mirror of your own free will, you see what you want to see. When you are forced to look into the mirror, you see yourself as you really are. The plot thickens when the Worm Warden begins scheming for his own benefit. The kingdom is saved from destruction by the boldness of the king's bodyguard, and by the righteous intervention of the prince. A lovely story that will make an attractive addition to anyone's library.

This book has an interesting website at www warofmirrors com.


4. The Titan's Curse, by Rick Riordan
The third book in the Percy & the Olympians series, in which Percy enjoys entangling alliances with the "gods." Artemis and Athena Jr. go missing, and 14-year-old Percy sets out with the Goat Boy to find them. Great 21st century mythology!


5. The Magician's Nephew, by C.S. Lewis
A perennial favorite. Obviously the most personal of Lewis's tales, The Magician's Nephew describes the inner wish of a child whose mother is ill to find a way to heal her. Along the way, Lewis reveals how Narnia was created, where the lamppost came from, as well as the magical origins of the wardrobe. The space between the rooms and the wood between the worlds arguably demonstrate Lewis's creativity at its best.

The description of Charn, on the other hand, is not appealing. It reminds me of "The Dark Tower." Lewis did not complete this short story, possibly because the story goes nowhere. However the concept of a dying world, degenerating with sin, fits right into the story of The Magician's Nephew. Exciting reading. This book should be read before The Lion, Witch, and Wardrobe.