Awk the Awkward Penguin
When baby penguin is born in the Antarctic with extra-long flippers, he is at first criticized and made fun of by the other young penguins in the neighborhood, for his impairment. All, that is, except for one dear friend, Floe, who offers loving support. Although nicknamed Awk the Awkward Penguin by the local bully, Bill, Awk never gives up. Through his adventures he meets some new friends: a kind Walrus, a Seagull and a Cormorant, who help him to discover that being different is not a bad thing. With their help, Awk discovers the amazing talent that this difference affords him and finds his place in the world when he saves the day because of it.
Orphans of the Storm
Book Review: Orphans of the Storm
By Piers Anthony
I read Orphans of the Storm by Vance Bessey, a manuscript looking for a publisher. This is young-adult science fiction. The bare outline is simple, but the details are complicated. 17 year old Lucas Fish and 16 year old Katie Byrd are orphans living at the Blackthorne Children's Home with no memories of their original families. They discover that they have special powers. Lucas is quite heavy and strong, especially when he's near water. In fact his fish component makes him a phenomenal swimmer with gills. Katie is light and can fly; she can also carry heavy things into the air, somehow lightening them enough. She can also scream hard enough to shatter glass. They discover each other, and conclude they're related, maybe brother and sister. They work together; he can protect her, and she can carry him to different places. Meanwhile a tough gang of weird mutant teens, maybe human/animal crosses but far stranger, are messing up Crescent City, making it tough for the authorities. Lucas and Katie decide to help the chief of police, who privately deputizes them after seeing what they can do. Then it gets wild and woolly as mutant faces mutant. It turns out to be a plot by crazy Dr. Alan Thanatos, who made the mutants, to conquer or maybe destroy the city and the world. There are way too many variants to describe here, but one example is a boy who can fling sticky tape that entangles anyone it touches. I'm not sure I've ever seen more oddball mutants in one novel that there are here; there is great imagination. Overall this is a fun adventure novel that teens should like. What kind of crossbreed would you like to be, with what special powers?