on 19 August 2014
Imagine living in a world where the ground is made of black glass. And this ground isn't flat but the side of a mountain, part of the Black Slopes to be precise. You are a Highlander in 'Sliders of Glass Mountain' and so the fun begins!
This is a great book for adventurous older kids who'd enjoy an essentially practical fantasy world. There aren't any aliens or dragons but there are Morph rats (disgusting) and Moon moths (beautiful). The 'You' in the book is a Highlander but at the bottom of the Black Slopes live the Lowlanders, your enemies. Survival depends on navigating across the glassy mountains without being attacked or captured. All part of daily life on planet Petron.
Team work is essential when facing a dangerous enemy and this book cleverly shows kids all the difficulties involved in being a leader. You receive a great deal of training, almost on an army level. What to do if you're not in tune with a member of your team? As in the case of Dagma. Can you find a way to use her skills and work in harmony when you are the leader and she resents this? You face life and death decisions and receive unexpected rewards for bravery. There are secret places hidden in the Black Slopes and magical experiences to be found there. If you make the right choice.
Learning how to be a slider is a big challenge. In line with the interactive book concept you have a choice. If you don't want to whizz around the Black Slopes you can train as a miner instead. There are diamonds in the mountains of Planet Petron and in this fascinating story.
on 11 August 2014
Secrets of Glass Mountain is another interactive masterpiece by the team of D M Potter and Blair Polly. It's quite different to the other books like In the Magician's House etc... as even though it's set on a fantasy planet it's a lot more logical and practical and I think any budding slug engineers out there will find this book not only interesting but also quite an insight! Being that it's interactive it's a lot of fun too and it naturally really involves the reader as they decide which direction to take. To top it all off there are these morph rats - so that's a huge bonus. Another fantastic book and great for those long, boring journeys.
on 23 August 2014
I love these interactive stories, and was delighted to find another one had been released!
For those who don't already know, these are stories in which you are the star! At various points throughout the story, you get to decide which of 2 different actions you will take. You then read on to see what happens next as a result of your actions. Once you get to the end of the book, you can then go back to explore lots of different storyline options!
I've just finished my first path through this new book, and have to say that I think it's the best one in the series so far. The authors have now moved their vivid imaginations to a far distant galaxy. You live on a planet moulded by violent volcanic activity, where violence may be about to erupt between your own Highland people and the people of the Lowlands. Fear between the two sets of people has been going on for generations.
Sliding is a dangerous activity. It allows your people to negotiate the treacherously slippery mountain landscape, as well as to defend themselves from attack from below. The details provided by Blair and Potter fully immerse you in this harsh alien environment. I'm sure kids will find the details given about sliding itself particularly exciting, and that any keen young snowboarders or skateboarders will enjoy comparing the techniques used to their own skills. The path I chose for myself this time also gave great advice on teamwork and getting along with others, as well as an important message to kids about thinking for themselves and showing compassion.
I'm off to try out different choices now. I'm sure they will lead to more exhilarating adventures!