Book Beginnings on Friday is now hosted by Rose City Reader. The Friday 56 is hosted at Freda's Voice. Check out the links above for the rules and for the posts of the participants each week. Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.
This week I am spotlighting Finn Finnegan by Darby Karchut. This is Darby's middle grade debut novel. As a seventh grade Social Studies teacher, Darby knows what her students are like and what they like to read. She wanted to write a book that they would enjoy. Here is the description:
Finn (not bleedin' Finnegan) MacCullen is eager to begin his apprenticeship. He soon discovers the ups and downs of hunting monsters in a suburban neighborhood under the demanding tutelage of the Knight, Gideon Lir. Both master and apprentice are descendents of the Tuatha De Danaan, a magical race of warriors from Ireland. Scattered long ago to the four corners of the world, the De Danaan wage a two thousand year old clandestine battle with their ancient enemy, the AmandÃ¡n, a breed of goblin-like creatures.Beginning:
Now with the beasts concentrating their attacks on Finn, he and his master must race to locate the lost Spear of the Tuatha De Danaan, the only weapon that can destroy the AmandÃ¡n, all the while hiding his true identity from his new friends, Rafe and Savannah, twins whose South African roots may hold a key to Finn's survival. Armed with a bronze dagger, some ancient Celtic magic, and a hair-trigger temper, Finn is about to show his enemies the true meaning of "fighting Irish."
"Son of a goat!" The boy swore and jumped back. A second squirt of bird poop landed with a plot, this time on the toe of his shoe.Friday 56:
"As I was saying, other De Danaan are reporting more and more encounters with the Amandaán. The beasties are becoming bolder."Have you seen the trailer?