Posted tagged ‘Future’


October 18, 2013

galaxy zackHave you ever wondered what it would be like to live on another planet? Are you interested in what the future might be like? The “Galaxy Zack” books might be a good series for you!

In this new  easy chapter book series, a boy named Zack moves with his family from Earth to a planet called Nebulon. The sky, land, and water are different colors than on Earth, the cars fly, and the Nebulites speak very differently. Zack is nervous to move and he thinks no one will like him at school. He has to get used to everything on Nebulon.  There are amazing gadgets; for instance, when Zack pushes a button, his bed comes down from the ceiling at night!   There’s  an Indoor Robotic Assistant (IRA) that is wired throughout the house and does almost everything for Zack and his family.   There are fun pictures on every page, making these books great for beginning chapter book readers, but they would be great for a family read-aloud, too.

SON by Lois Lowry

March 14, 2013

SonI just finished SON by Lois Lowry, the fourth book in THE GIVER quartet (THE GIVER, GATHERING BLUE, MESSENGER, and SON ).    For those of you who have read THE GIVER, a haunting dystopian Newbery Award winner published 20 years ago, this is a must-read!  Even if you didn’t read THE GIVER, this book can stand alone.  This is also a series for all of you HUNGER GAMES fans out there.  (Note:  a fifth grade student, Lily Drew, is a passionate Lois Lowry fan who read this first and urged me to move SON to the top of my very large “to-read” pile.  I’m glad I did.  Thank you, Lily!)

The setting of THE GIVER and SON is a world very different from our own.  It is a futuristic, controlled world with no violence, war, poverty, or crime.  But there is also no  love, no color, no choice!  Every person is assigned a role in the Community at age  12, such as  Birthmother, Nurturer, Engineer, or Caretaker of the Old.  In this last book, SON, we follow Claire who is a Birthmother. All Birthmothers are separated from their “product” , but Claire alone  formed an attachment to hers that she cannot forget.  Her quest to find him will bring her face to face with evil itself.  The twists and turns her life takes will leave you breathless.