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Monday, August 24, 2015

Olney Reads: Siblings' Summer Sci-Fi Picks


Readers:  Pratham and Arnav 

Books: Xenocide by Orson Scott Card and
The Serpent's Shadow by Rick Riordan


Brothers Pratham and Arnav holding up their favorite summer books

Looking for some high-octane adventure for the last few days of summer? Rick Riordan and Orson Scott Card never disappoint, and they come highly recommended by brothers Pratham (age 11, at left) and Arnav (age 12).

Xenocide is book 3 in the classic series featuring videogamer "Ender" Wiggins, who ends up battling real aliens instead of animated ones. The series began with Ender's Game.  Pratham likes these books because "they have lots of action -- it's a little bloody!" Pratham explains further: "The stories always have an unexpected twist. They were recommended to me by a friend and they pulled me into reading." Pratham enjoys horror books, too.

Arnav, Pratham's older brother, also enjoys a good thrill ride when reading. He is reading The Serpent's Shadow, book 3 in the popular Kane Chronicles series by Rick Riordan. Says Arnav, "The author is a great writer and he has multiple series, so I can always find something fun to read." Arnav enjoys adventure and Egyptian mythology. He can't get enough of the battles between the book's protagonists (who are also siblings) and the gods and goddesses who wreak havoc on their world.

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