Battle Royale: Jane Austen's Novels

Over 200 years ago Jane Austen wrote 

6 books.

Pride and Prejudice
Pride and Prejudice
Sense and Sensibility
Sense and Sensibility
Northanger Abbey
Northanger Abbey
Emma
Emma
Persuasion
Persuasion
Mansfield Park
Mansfield Park

These books have remained immensly popular and have been made into plays, television productions, and movies  – and have had countless book spinoffs and look-alikes written from them.

Judging by the first lines written in each book, which one would you want to read first?

For Fun JUST DANCE

The Mysterious Benedict Society vs. N.E.R.D.S.: National Espionage, Rescue and Defense Society

In today’s Teen Book Battle I’m pulling a couple of awesome titles from the Juvenile shelves. Meet our contenders:

The Mysterious Benedict Society

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On the left we have The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart.

 

On the right we have N.E.R.D.S.: National Espionage, Rescue and Defense Society.

The Mysterious Benedict Society introduces us to the orphaned urchin Reynie Muldoon, whose life as a weird outcast seems firmly established until he happens across an advertisement seeking gifted and talented children. The advertisement brings him to a test that changes his life and gives him some clever friends that will help uncover a treacherous plot at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened. Using quick thinking, strategic problem solving, a few codes and a bit of luck the gang puts their smarts to the test!

N.E.R.D.S. introduces us to the golden boy turned outcast Jackson Jones. Jackson used to be one of the cool kids, popular, lucky and witty- often at the expense of other classmates. Unfortunately for Jackson his days as the favored jock come to an end and he is re-branded an outcast. While he is out of the spotlight Jackson begins to notice other kids that seem to be pretty invisible and when he follows them he uncovers N.E.R.D.S.

Both books have elements of James Bond for tweenagers. The Mysterious Benedict Society takes a more serious approach, while N.E.R.D.S. is laugh-out-loud funny at times. Both books are quite marvelous in their own ways, for a younger tween I’d suggest N.E.R.D.S. and for anyone older The Mysterious Benedict Society is an excellent choice!!

Sci-Fi Advisory: Awaken

Following an outbreak of violence at schools across the country, every youth in America is enrolled in a Digital School. Imagine rolling out of bed in your pajamas and doing your school work whenever it is convenient. Imagine never needing to leave the house; you can shop online, travel virtually and make as many friends and contacts as you wish.  It sounded like a pretty good idea to me, so I downloaded the ebook from Overdrive and settled into the story. This is a good book I recommend it to all rebels.

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