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Parvani's October Book Recommendations

We have so many different books to talk about!

This month's recommendations:

  • Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

Ender Wiggin has been recruited to Battle School, a station in space to help train young children to fight in the war with the Buggers, ant-like alien creatures. Ender was recruited at the age of six, but time goes by quicker in Battle School. Ender advances very quickly, but in the back of his mind he also worries because Ender has a fear. Ender's brother was mean to him, and loved to see the pain in others. And more than anything, Ender doesn't want to be a murderer. But back on Earth, Valentine and Peter Wiggin (his siblings) are hatching plots to conquer the world. This fantastic novel (now a movie) is sure to make kids question adults and the world around them.

  • The Mortification of Fovea Munson by Mary Winn Heider

Fovea Munson is not an Igor, and you'd better believe it! Sure, her parents own a cadaver lab and perform surgeries on dead bodies, but she is not gross just because her parents are. Right? When Fovea gets a summer job working at the lab, she realizes that the old receptionist had a very interesting life. What do I mean? Let me give you a hint: Fovea meets talking heads. Mary Winn Heider crafted a perfectly funny book out of this pretty grusome idea, so why don't we give her a hand? (No, not literally.)

  • Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale writen by Lauren Myracle and illustrated by Isaac Goodhart

If you met Selina Kyle at 15, you wouldn't know that she would later become Catwoman. Sure, there were little signs, but nothing made her seem like a villain. In fact, she was the result of people being mean to her, namely her mom's boyfriends, who kept getting worse and worse. When Selina ends up homeless, she wonders if the only way to truly survive is to hurt others. But is it? Unlike the others, this is a graphic novel, but that doesn't make it any less complex. Though it does have adult language and a lot of troubling scenes, this is a very good book.

Research Orson Scott Card here, learn about Mary Winn Heider here, and check out Lauren Myracle's work here.

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