Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tuesday's New DVD Releases

Here are the DVD releases for next Tuesday, 7 December 2010:


This documentary chronicles the deployment of a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley. The movie focuses on a remote 15-man outpost, Restrepo, named after a platoon medic who was killed in action. It was considered one of the most dangerous postings in the U.S. military. This is an entirely experiential film: the cameras never leave the valley; there are no interviews with generals or diplomats.

Shrek Forever After

Longing for the days when he was a 'real ogre,' Shrek signs a deal with Rumpelstiltskin to get his roar back, but turns his world upside down in the process. Donkey suddenly can't remember his best friend, Fiona is now a tough warrior princess, and Puss in Boots is one fat cat! Together, they have just 24 hours to reverse the contract and restore happily forever after.


Dom Cobb is the best there is at extraction; stealing valuable secrets inside the subconscious during the mind's vulnerable dream state. His skill has made him a coveted player in industrial espionage, but also has made him a fugitive and cost him dearly. Now he may get a second chance if he can do the impossible; inception, planting an idea rather than stealing one. If they succeed, Cobb and his team could pull off the perfect crime.

Which of these will have the most requests next week?

This week’s release with the most requests is The Twilight Saga - Eclipse with 763 requests.

The Sorcerer's Apprentice had 738 requests,
Knight and Day had 692 requests,
Vampires Suck had 342 requests,
Fantasia / Fantasia 2000 had 78 requests,
Denise Austin Quick Burn Cardio had 15 requests,
Denise Austin Shrink Your Fat Zone Pilates had 13 requests,
President's Photographer had 9 requests and
MLB 2010 World Series - Fall Classic had 2 requests.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Becky's Romance Picks

Becky, out at the Sunrise Library, always has a great romance at her fingertips. If you need a great book to tickle your heartstrings, she's the woman to see. Each month, Becky suggests three wonderful books in the romance genre.

Here are Becky's picks for the month:

Perfect Poison
Amanda Quick

Plagued by rumors that she poisoned her fiance, Lucinda Bromley manages to live on the fringes of polite society, tending her beloved plants - and occasionally consulting on a murder investigation. For the notorious botanist possesses a unique talent: She can detect almost any type of poison, especially ones that have their origins in the botanical kingdom.

But the death of a lord has shaken Lucinda to her core. At the murder scene, she picks up traces of a poison containing a very rare species of fern. So rare, in fact, that only one specimen exists in all of England - and it was stolen from her conservatory just last month.

To keep her name out of the inquest and to find the murderer, Lucinda hires fellow Arcane Society member Caleb Jones who runs a psychical investigation agency. A descendant of the founder of the Society, Jones is very skillful at protecting its secrets - and frighteningly good getting at the truth. Immediately, Lucinda senses both a raw power and an undeniable intensity in the imposing man.

But as a nearly overwhelming desire blooms between Caleb and Lucinda, they are drawn into the dark heart of a deadly conspiracy that can be traced to the early days of the Arcane Society - and to a legacy of madness that could plunge Caleb into the depths of his own tortured soul.

Darkest Passion
Gena Showalter

For weeks, the immortal warrior Aeron has sensed an invisible female presence. An angel—demon-assassin—has been sent to kill him. Or has she?

Olivia claims she fell from the heavens, giving up immortality because she couldn't bear to harm him. But trusting - and falling for - Olivia will endanger them all. So how has this "mortal" with the huge blue eyes already unleashed Aeron's darkest passion?

Now, with an enemy hot on his trail and his faithful demon companion determined to remove Olivia from his life, Aeron is trapped between duty and consuming desire. Worse still, a new executioner has been sent to do the job Olivia wouldn't....

That Perfect Someone
Johanna Lindsey

Nine years ago, Richard Allen fled England and his controlling father. Determined to live his own life, he took to the sea and settled in the Caribbean, joining a band of treasure-hunting pirates and adopting the persona of a carefree, seductive Frenchman named Jean Paul to guard the secrets of his past.

When he slips back into England to carry out an urgent task, Richard becomes infatuated with a married woman, Georgina Malory. But his reckless attempt to woo Georgina at a masked ball turns out to be the worst mistake of his life because it brings him face to face with another beautiful woman.

Thrilled that her solicitors have finally come up with a way to free her from her betrothal contract to the Earl of Manford's son who abandoned her years ago, heiress Julia Miller is ready for the marriage mart and hopes to find that perfect someone at her friend Georgina's ball.

Charmed by a masked Frenchman who gives her her first kiss, she can't help but pursue this mysterious man - until she makes a shocking discovery. Now, to avoid falling into a ruthless nobleman's trap, Julia must enter a risky, intimate charade with a man she never believed she could love.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Mike's Hardboiled Mystery Picks

Mike, out at the Enterprise Library, always has a great hardboiled mystery on tap. He's the man to see if you need to feed your gritty mystery addiction. Each month, Mike suggests three wonderful books in the down and dirty mystery genre.

Here are Mike's picks for the month:

Brian Freeman

Lieutenant Jonathan Stride is suffering from an ugly case of déjà vu. For the second time in a year, a beautiful teenage girl has disappeared off the streets of Duluth, Minnesota—gone without a trace, like a bitter gust off Lake Superior.

The two victims couldn’t be more different. First it was Kerry McGrath, bubbly, sweet sixteen. And now Rachel Deese, strange, sexually charged, a wild child.

The media hounds Stride to catch a serial killer, and as the search carries him from the icy stillness of the northern woods to the erotic heat of Las Vegas, he must decide which facts are real and which are illusions. And Stride finds his own life changed forever by the secrets he uncovers.

Secrets that stretch across time in a web of lies, death, and illicit desire.

Secrets that are chillingly... immoral.

A Perfect Evil
Alex Kava

The brutal murders of three young boys paralyze the citizens of Platte City, Nebraska. What's worse is the grim realization that the man recently executed for the crimes was a copycat. When Sheriff Nick Morrelli is called to the scene of another grisly murder, it becomes clear that the real predator is still at large, waiting to kill again.

Morrelli understands the urgency of the case terrorizing his community, but it's the experienced eye of FBI criminal profiler Maggie O'Dell that pinpoints the true nature of the evil behind the killings--a revelation made all the more horrific when Morrelli's own nephew goes missing.

Maggie understands something else: the killer is enjoying himself, relishing his ability to stay one step ahead of her, making this case more personal by the hour. Because out there, watching, is a killer with a heart of pure and perfect evil.

Vanishing Act
Thomas Perry

Jane Whitefield is a Native American guide who leads people out of the wilderness--not the tree-filled variety but the kind created by enemies who want you dead. She is in the one-woman business of helping the desperate disappear. Thanks to her membership in the Wolf Clan of the Seneca tribe, she can fool any pursuer, cover any trail, and then provide her clients with new identities, complete with authentic paperwork. Jane knows all the tricks, ancient and modern; in fact, she has invented several of them herself.

So she is only mildly surprised to find an intruder waiting for her when she returns home one day. An ex-cop suspected of embezzling, John Felker wants Jane to do for him what she did for his buddy Harry Kemple: make him vanish. But as Jane opens a door out of the world for Felker, she walks into a trap that will take all her heritage and cunning to escape....

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Tuesday's New DVD Releases

Here are the DVD releases for next Tuesday, 30 November 2010:

Fantasia / Fantasia 2000

Features the original 1940 film, an extravaganza of sight and sound, brilliantly presented with an all-new digital restoration, and the triumphant classic it inspired, Fantasia 2000. Bonus features include audio commentary, Disney Family Museum, and Musicana (Walt Disney's inspiration for a sequel to Fantasia).

MLB 2010 World Series - Fall Classic

All of the excitement, drama, and life-changing moments from the 2010 World Series are here. Only one team earns the right to call themselves winners, and the 2010 World Series will showcase all of the blood, sweat, and tears that goes into the title 'World Champions.' Included are highlights from the entire post-season, players reactions, the final three outs of the game, the celebration, and more.

President's Photographer

National Geographic follows Pete Souza, the Presidents' photographer inside the Obama White House, aboard Air Force One, backstage at the State of the Union, and into the heart of the West Wing. It's a behind-the-scenes look at the everyday grit of the American presidency and a chance to see what it's like to cover the most powerful man in the world, for history. Features intimate interviews with President Obama. Narrated by Morgan Freeman.

The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Balthazar Blake is a modern-day sorcerer with his hands full defending Manhattan against dark forces. When a seemingly average kid shows hidden potential, Balthazar takes his reluctant recruit on a crash course in the art and science of magic to become the ultimate sorcerer's apprentice.

Denise Austin Quick Burn Cardio

Melt inches faster than ever with two cardio circuit-training workouts that use powerful compound exercises to blast more fat in less time. First, give your burn a boost with Interval Training designed to crush mega calories, then add weights with Cardio Weight Training to sculpt your body slim. Turn up the burn and transform your body today! Segments include: a warm-up, interval training, cardio weight training, and a cool down.

Denise Austin Shrink Your Fat Zone Pilates

Target-tone those stubborn zones with three tailored workouts that use specialized Pilates techniques to cinch the waist, sculpt the upper body, and firm and tone the buns and thighs. Follow Denise's workout recommendation to trim and slim the entire body in as quickly as 21 days!

Knight and Day

When a small-town girl named June meets a mysterious stranger, she thinks she's found the man of her dreams. But she soon discovers he's a fugitive super-spy, who thrusts her into a thrilling cat-and-mouse chase that spans the globe. As the bullets and sparks fly, June must decide if her 'Knight' in shining armor is a dangerous traitor or the love of her life.

The Twilight Saga - Eclipse

It all begins with a choice. In the third chapter of Stephenie Meyer's phenomenal Twilight series, Bella Swan is surrounded by danger as Seattle is hit by a string of murders and an evil vampire continues her quest for revenge. In the midst of it all, Bella is forced to choose between her love, Edward Cullen, and her friend, Jacob Black, knowing that her decision may ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf.

Vampires Suck

Sink your teeth into the Extended Bite Me Edition of the hysterically funny spoof, with more outrageous humor and bloody good fun! Becca, an angst-ridden teenager at a new high school, finds herself torn between two supernatural suitors: a moody vampire and an extremely hairy werewolf. Bonus features include the unrated version, deleted scenes, and gag reel.

Which of these will have the most requests next week?

This week’s release with the most requests is Eat Pray Love with 740 requests.

The Expendables had 731 requests,
Beauty and the Beast had 165 requests,
Search for Santa Paws had 59 requests,
WWE Bragging Rights 2010 had 48 requests,
Exit through the gift shop had 29 requests and
Gulf Oil Aftermath had 3 requests.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Tuesday's New DVD Releases

Here are the DVD releases for next Tuesday, 23 November 2010:

Beauty and the Beast

Restored and remastered, this Diamond Edition features three versions of the film; the original theatrical release; Disney sing-along mode; Backstage Disney features; deleted scenes; an all-new music video; and more.

Gulf Oil Aftermath

Within days of the explosion on BPs' Deepwater Horizon oil platform on April 21, 2010, as many as 25,000 scientists, oil experts, military, and others assembled in the Gulf region to solve an expanding crisis that was quickly categorized as a Spill of National Significance by President Obama. The activities of a number of these individuals taking part in the first response is chronicled.

Search for Santa Paws

A fun-filled holiday adventure that takes us to the beginning of Santa Claus' legendary friendship with Santa Paws. In this prequel to the hit holiday classic Santa Buddies, Santa Paws and his new canine and kid friends embark on a journey in New York City to find Santa Claus and restore the spirit of Christmas.

WWE Bragging Rights 2010

Pits the biggest superstars of SmackDown versus the best of Raw in a series of matches for bragging rights. Stars include: Big Show, Undertaker, Chris Jericho, Triple H , John Cena, Randy Orton, Batista, Sheamus, Drew McIntyre, Edge, Rey Mysterio, John Morrison, The Miz, and Kofi Kingston.

Eat Pray Love

A happily married woman who is trying to get pregnant realizes that her life needs to go in a new direction. After a very painful divorce, she risks everything and embarks on a journey around the world that becomes a quest for self-discovery. Included is a featurette.

Exit through the gift shop

An eccentric French shopkeeper turned documentary maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner with spectacular results. Banksy is a graffiti artist with a global reputation whose work can be seen on walls from post-hurricane New Orleans to the Palestinian segregation wall in the West Bank. Fiercely guarding his anonymity to avoid prosecution, Banksy has so far resisted all attempts to be captured on film.

The Expendables

The Expendables are a tight-knit team of skilled combat vets turned mercenaries. Hired by a powerful covert operator, the team jets off to a small South American country to overthrow a ruthless dictator. Once there, they find themselves caught in a deadly web of deceit and betrayal. Using every weapon at their disposal, they set out to save the innocent and punish the guilty in this blistering action-packed thriller.

Which of these will have the most requests next week?

This week’s release with the most requests is The Last Airbender with 763 requests.

Cats & Dogs - the Revenge of Kitty Galore had 403 requests
Disney's A Christmas Carol had 403 requests
Lottery Ticket had 304 requests
The Kids are All Right had 275 requests
The Extra Man had 133 requests
The Lightkeepers had 67 requests
Best Worst Movie had 57 requests
Mrs. Miracle had 37 requests
WWE - The John Cena Experience had 37 requests
Great Migrations had 27 requests
The Mafia had 19 requests
Egypt: Pyramids and Mummies had 18 requests
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs had 17 requests
Gangland Complete Season 6 had 15 requests
MLB Yankeeography had 9 requests, and
The Boy who Cried Wolf had 6 requests.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Tuesday's New DVD Releases

Here are the DVD releases for next Tuesday, 16 November 2010:

Best Worst Movie

In 1989, a group of unknown Utah actors starred in what would be crowned the worst movie of all time: Troll 2. Now, after two decades of running from this cinematic disaster, the cast can no longer hide from the legion of followers who celebrate them for their ineptitude.

Disney's A Christmas Carol

Ebenezer Scrooge begins the Christmas holiday with his usual miserly contempt, barking at his faithful clerk and his cheery nephew. But when the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come take him on an eye-opening journey revealing truths Old Scrooge is reluctant to face, he must open his heart to undo years of ill will before it's too late.

Gangland Complete Season 6

This groundbreaking series gives viewers unprecedented access to the inner workings of American gang life. Looks into the past of some of America's most notorious street gangs to learn how they've shaped their times and affected the neighborhoods they've controlled. With exclusive interviews and rarely seen footage, this series is a raw look at life inside these gangs, from those who live it and the agencies that are working to stop them.

The Kids are All Right

Nic and Jules are in a long-term, committed, loving, but by no means perfect relationship. Nic, a physician, needs to wield what she believes is control, whereas Jules, under that control, is less self-assured. They have two teenaged children, Joni, who is Nic's biological child, and Laser, who is Jules' biological child. A big-hearted, sexy, and uproariously funny movie that combines comedic surprise with poignant emotional truth.

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs

Did the story of the three little pigs ever seem slightly biased to you? All that huffing and puffing, could one wolf really be so unequivocally evil? Finally, we get to hear the rest of the story, straight from the wolf's mouth. As Alexander T. Wolf explains it, the whole Big Bad Wolf thing was just a big misunderstanding. Find out the real story. plus four more animal adventures: This Is the House That Jack Built; Wallace's Lists; Henry Builds a Cabin; and The Pigs' Wedding.

WWE - The John Cena Experience

John Cena is the face of the WWE, its most popular star, and a crossover sensation. So what is it like to be The Prototype.

The Boy who Cried Wolf

Who doesn't remember hearing the tale of The Boy Who Cried Wolf as a reminder not to give false alarms? Now this notorious fable and four more stories spring to life on DVD. Stories include: The Boy Who Cried Wolf; Charlie Needs a Cloak; Rikki-Tiki-Tavi; Seven Blind Mice; and Stone Soup.

Cats & Dogs - the Revenge of Kitty Galore

In the eternal battle between cats and dogs, one crazed feline has taken things a paw too far. Former elite agent Kitty Galore has gone rogue and plans to unleash a diabolical device designed to not only bring her canine enemies to heel but also to take down her former kitty comrades and make the world her scratching post. Faced with this dire threat, cats and dogs must work together for the first time ever to save themselves and their beloved humans from global cat-astrophe.

The Extra Man

Aspiring playwright Louis Ives moves to New York, taking an environmental job with a beautiful, infatuating co-worker. Louis rents a room from an eccentric former playwright who moonlights as an 'extra man,' a social escort for the wealthy widows of Manhattan high society. The two men develop a volatile mentorship, which leads to a series of comic adventures .

Great Migrations

Takes viewers around the world on the arduous journeys millions of animals undertake to ensure the survival of their species. Shot from land and air, in trees and cliff-blinds, on ice floes and underwater, this collection tells the formidable, powerful stories of many of the planets' species and their movements, while revealing new scientific insights with breathtaking high-definition clarity. Narrated by Alec Baldwin.

Egypt: Pyramids and Mummies

The extraordinary world of ancient Egypt comes to life in a bountiful collection of documentaries that journey back to a time of giant pyramids, mysterious hieroglyphs, and elaborate burial tombs. From the secrets of the Sphinx to the glittering sepulcher of the legendary Tutankhamen to the pharaohs and feats that created the world's very first superpower. Get an inside look at the recently discovered KV-5, believed to be the family tomb of Ramses the Great.

The Mafia

A sweeping saga of bloodshed, betrayal, and big business, this comprehensive collection of documentaries offers a cold-blooded examination of organized crime, from Prohibition and WWII to the hitmen and women who are currently administering the brutal judgments of the mob. A groundbreaking investigation into the origins, and present-day activities, of the ethnic gangs that turned criminal activities into family enterprises, The Mafia exposes an underworld of danger, money, glamour, and murder.

The Last Airbender

Join Aang, an extraordinary boy with incredible 'bending' powers, as he journeys through an exotic land filled with magical creatures and powerful friends. As the Avatar, he is the only one who can end the age-old conflict between the four nations, Air, Water, Earth, and Fire. Special features include deleted scenes, outtakes, and a featurette.

The Lightkeepers

The year is 1912. Vowing to swear off women for good, curmudgeonly Seth Atkins takes refuge tending a remote Cape Cod lighthouse. Then, a mysterious stranger literally washes up in Seth's life, with a past full of secrets and a similar aversion to females. But the arrival of two beautiful, spirited women will test the men's resolve, and send all four of them sailing into uncharted romantic waters!

The Lottery Ticket

After winning a lottery worth $370 million, Kevin Carson, a young man living in the projects, suddenly has the sexy girl who wouldn't give him the time of day wanting to hook up, a local gang boss willing to take him under his wing, and a surly thug just looking to pummel him and take the ticket.

MLB Yankeeography

In a series of small roster moves during the 1995 season, the Yankees laid four cornerstones for the Club's success over the next two decades. Starting in April and concluding in September, the Bronx welcomed the Major League debuts of Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter, and Jorge Posada. As teammates they've won double-digit division titles, many pennants, and a fistful of World Series rings. As individuals they continue to climb baseball's Mount Olympus.

Mrs. Miracle

When her acting career does not take off, but her sister does with her fiance, Reba returns home to become a preschool teacher, and director of the Christmas pageant. After his wife dies, widower Seth Webster moves to town with his rambunctious twin boys. Mrs. Merkle who is dubbed 'Mrs. Miracle' by the boys is hired as a nanny and soon has the boys behaving nicely. It isn't long before Mrs. Miracle is sowing the seeds of love for Reba and Seth too. Was Mrs. Miracle really sent from up above?

Which of these will have the most requests next week?

This week’s release with the most requests is Grown Ups with 804 requests.

Charlie St. Cloud had 435 requests,
Ramona and Beezus had 414 requests,
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World had 355 requests and
Cuba - the Accidental Eden had 7 requests.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Book Review: Indian Killer by Sherman Alexie

Indian Killer
Sherman Alexie

To celebrate Native American Heritage Month, I want to highlight a book by National Book Award winning author Sherman Alexie, of the Coeur d'Alene and Spokane tribes.

For many people, the words Native American or Indian or American Indian still conjure images of tepees, headdresses, and buffalo, or in the more modern version--pow wows.

Alexie takes the stereotypes--pretty much all of them--good and bad, and shatters them. He challenges the view that all Native Americans like powwows. He covers Indian gaming. He addresses - head on - how many Native Americans feel when white Americans who have never lived on a reservation, say, "Oh, I'm part Native American too" --Native American "wannabees."

Alexie is a master of metaphor. The book is ostensibly about a schizophrenic American Indian man living in Seattle--but really, he's not mentally ill. The book can certainly be viewed as cultural criticism, but not at the expense of the plot. This is a crime novel, but not a mystery. It is clear from the beginning who the killer is, but I would say, somewhat less obvious who or what he is killing.

Here is 21st century Native American life that is as close to authentic as you will find in a book. (The term "Native American" annoys Alexie. To him, it is just another label imposed by outsiders, glossing over the huge variety among the over 500 tribes in the United States.)

Normally, I read non-fiction, but I found the social commentary in this novel strong enough to hold my interest. It did help that I had the chance to meet Alexie when he was a guest author at the Clark County Library in 2008, but I had never read this book until now. What pushed me over the edge to read it was finding the book listed in, of all places, a footnote in a law journal article.

The overall effect is genius for giving a truly nuanced view of modern Native American life. Some of Alexie's writing does seem a bit rough compared to the polish of his more recent books, but I still highly recommend this book for its originality.

Other recommendations:

The movie Smoke Signals--screenplay by Sherman Alexie

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian--winner of the National Book Award

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Tuesday's New DVD Releases

Here are the DVD releases for next Tuesday, 9 November 2010:

Charlie St. Cloud

Charlie St. Cloud is a small-town hero and an accomplished sailor who has it all: the adoration of his mother and younger brother and a Stanford scholarship. His bright future is cut short when tragedy strikes and takes his dreams with it. Now Charlie is torn between honoring a promise he made years ago and pursuing his newfound love with a former high school classmate.

Cuba - the Accidental Eden

Cuba's unspoiled tropical terrain, closed for decades by a U.S. trade embargo, escaped the commercialization of its Caribbean island neighbors. A title wave of hotels, asphalt, and pollution may be just ahead, if tourism experts are right. Look inside the long-closed paradise to see what the future holds for Cuba's unusual species of amphibians, reptiles, and fresh water fish.

Grown Ups

Five friends and former teammates reunite on the Fourth of July weekend to honor the passing of their former high school basketball coach. It doesn't matter that these five guys are now respectable businessmen, husbands, and fathers. Once they get back together, nothing is going to stop these kids-at-heart from having the time of their adult lives.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Meet charming and jobless Scott Pilgrim. A bass guitarist for garage band Sex Bob-omb, the 22-year-old has just met the girl of his dreams, literally. The only catch to winning Ramona Flowers? Her seven evil exes are coming to kill him. As Scott gets closer to Ramona, he must face an increasingly vicious rogues' gallery from her past, from infamous skateboarders to vegan rock stars and fearsome identical twins. If he hopes to win his true love, he must vanquish them all.

Ramona and Beezus

Ramona is a little girl with a very big imagination and a nose for mischief. Her playful antics keep everyone in her loving family on their toes, including her older sister Beezus, who's just trying to survive her first year of high school. Through all the ups and downs of childhood, Ramona and Beezus learn that anything's possible when you believe in yourself and rely on each other. Based on the best selling books by Beverly Cleary.

Which of these will have the most requests next week?

This week’s release with the most requests is Toy Story 3 with 1008 requests.

The Pacific had 320 requests,
WWE Hell in a Cell 2010 had 47 requests,
Deadliest Catch Complete Season 6 had 31 requests,
Van Gogh - Brush with Genius had 24 requests,
Crash of Flight 447 had 16 requests,
Building the Great Cathedrals had 12 requests and
Colossal Squid had 9 requests.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Book Review: The Red Pyramid

The Red Pyramid
Rick Riordan
Juvenile Fiction (Ages 9-13) - Action/Adventure

Meet Carter and Sadie Cane. They are siblings who barely know each other. Sadie lives in England with her grandparents while Carter travels around the world with his father, a brilliant Egyptologist. On Christmas Eve, Carter and Sadie are reunited and learn that they share an incredible link. When their father disappears under mysterious circumstances, Carter and Sadie join together for an amazing adventure to save their family and defeat an evil Egyptian god who threatens to destroy the world.

Carter and Sadie take turns telling the story of their adventure, and Riordan does a good job of creating distinct voices for the two main characters. Good old sibling rivalry and teasing between the two serve to lighten the mood, as do fun characters like Khufu, the basketball playing baboon.

Packed with historical references to Ancient Egypt, The Red Pyramid, is an excellent book for kids interested in history. The story is also full of magic, which will appeal to fantasy lovers. Imagine The Lightning Thief meets Harry Potter. This book is on the long side (over 500 pages), so I wouldn't recommend it to struggling readers. Fans of Riordan's other series Percy Jackson and the Olympians, will love this story, packed with action, heroism, and humor.