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  1. Chilling sci-fi novel

    Posted Jun 30th 2005, 12:00am by John Millen

    ... John Millen Sleepwalking is a clever sci-fi novel set in a future where the State controls its citizens and where the power of language and ideas is no longer necessary. But a small group of humans has escaped state programming, and they are developing a secret weapon to overthrow the brave new world where humans are nothing more than machines. The Outsiders have been training ...

  2. Enter a parallel universe

    Posted Apr 10th 2005, 12:00am by John Millen

    ... sensitive issues in this novel, but they are all mixed in with tight storytelling and wonderfully descriptive scene setting. Felix's new world is a well-imagined, magical place that does ... novel that triggers off links lurking at the back of our minds. We read the book feeling that we should know this new world, but of course we do not. The only problem with The Divide is finding ...

  3. Historical thrills and spills

    Posted Oct 12th 2003, 12:00am by John Millen

    ... new world out there to be traded with, and Dutch merchants seized all opportunities with both hands. The House of Windjammer is one of the most powerful trading houses in Amsterdam. ... it comes to getting their hands on trading opportunities. Their best ships have been sent across the ocean to trade with the New World. Back in Amsterdam, Hercules Windjammer, the head ...

  4. Beyond the atmosphere is an existence heard of in legends

    Posted Sep 07th 2008, 12:00am by John Millen

    ... with an intriguing idea for her new novel, The Game. Parallel world stories are two-a-dollar on youth fiction bookshelves these days, but Wynne Jones has devised a neat twist for her take on what happens ... Hayley's future to take a very unexpected turn. The Game involves travelling to the mythosphere to fulfil various challenges. Hayley has to explore this new world and bring back to Earth a list ...

  5. A thought-provoking read

    Posted May 01st 2005, 12:00am by John Millen

    ... it's only fiction, but the disturbing thing about Morgan's novel is that it has a terrible ring of truth to it. Human beings are divided into two groups in Morgan's brave new world ... Set 150 years from now, Sleepwalking paints a bleak picture of the world and makes us think about our future, writes John Millen What do you think the world will be like in 150 years' ...

  6. Prepare for white-knuckle ride with this gripping tale

    Posted Jul 27th 2009, 12:00am by John Millen

    ... try to leave town to seek help, they come up against a strange barrier that has sprung up out of nowhere. They are trapped. There seems to be no way out of this terrifying new world. One ... over the age of 14 has vanished. They are alone in a world without adults. Michael Grant handles the set-up to Gone brilliantly. He is also an expert at creating authentic characters. ...

  7. When the adults are out of the picture, who is in charge?

    Posted Jul 05th 2009, 12:00am by John Millen

    ... of this terrifying new world. One of the best reads of the year so far, Gone will keep older teenagers hooked from the first paragraph to the last. There is occasional gore and violence, but nothing ... of Perdido Beach realise that everyone over the age of 14 has vanished. The kids are alone in a world without adults. Normality as they knew it has crashed and burned, and the town's young ...

  8. Paws for thought

    Posted Aug 03rd 2003, 12:00am by John Millen

    ... that's wiping out cats in this dangerous new world. Can Varjak discover the truth about the hideous evil that is spreading its net before it destroys his own family? Varjak Paw is a thrilling ... In the contessa's house, they are safe and cared for, and this is where their world begins and ends. But the youngest Paw kitten, Varjak, longs to venture Outside and seek adventure. He listens to his ...

  9. Visit the fantasy world of Oz

    Posted May 19th 2009, 12:00am by John Millen

    ... travellers to meet the mysterious Wizard of Oz? Amazing adventures Today fantasy stories about teenagers visiting weird worlds are nothing new. The Pevensie children walk through the back ... The Wizard of Oz became a highly acclaimed film in 1939. Whether you read the book, act in the play or watch a DVD of the classic movie version, Baum's fantasy world of Oz is certainly well ...

  10. A sideways step into a magic world

    Posted Mar 02nd 2009, 12:00am by John Millen

    ... John Millen The Tales of Beedle the Bard J.K. Rowling Published by Bloomsbury ISBN 978 0 7475 9987 6 The Tales of Beedle the Bard is a small, sideways step back into J.K. Rowling's richly imagined world of magic. Thanks to Hermione Granger's brilliant new translation from Beedle's ancient scripts, Rowling and her publishers have been able to put together a special ...




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