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John asks…

How do read books on goodreads.com?

I’ve seen my friends on there and it says that they’re currently reading books. I’ve tried everything I can but i still can’t read books on there!! Anybody there that knows the answer?

New Niche Finder answers:

Goodreads is a site for talking about books and discovering new books. They don’t have books for sale or download – you have to find them somewhere else.

William asks…

What would be some of the best books about kids with powers?

I’m looking for an exciting book about kids who discover they have powers, such as being psychic or having control over elements, etc.

A list would be extremely helpful too.

Also, if i remember correctly, Magic the Gathering books had some books like what i’m looking for but I can’t remember. Thanks in advance.

New Niche Finder answers:

Here are just SOME of the books I’ve read where the kids discover they have powers (if you’d like any more suggestions just email me ^_^):

**Isobelle Carmodys “Obernewtyn Series”. Which goes Obernewtyn, The Farseekers, Ashling, The Keeping Place and The Stone Key (so far).

The Obernewtyn Series are set in a land ruled by the tyrannous council and more ominously by the Herders, priests of Lud. Once a mechanism for survival, the Council hunts down misfits (any person or animal born physically or mentally deformed) for purely political reasons.

This awesome heroine is a misfit of a new kind – she, and others like her, have developed mind powers which take various guises (farspeaking, coercion, beastspeaking etc). Sent to the mountain of Obernewtyn on suspicion of possessing just such powers, Elspeth meets a number of fascinating characters who become her comrades in the struggle to build a haven from persecution for all misfits. This is the story told in the first two novels of the series; however, running underneath the action and development of the haven is the development of Elspeth’s unique destiny: to save the world from a re-occurence of the Great White nuclear holocaust that has devastated the world once already.

As the legendary Seeker, she must locate and destroy the machines which created the Great White before her nemesis, the Destroyer, can find them and use them. This is the thread of this sophisticated, morally complex series which continues to improve.

**Tamora Pierces “The Song Of The Lioness Quartet”. Which goes Alanna: The First Adventure, The Hand Of The Goddess, The Woman Who Rides Like A Man and Lioness Rampant.

This story, all four books, is about the making of a hero. It’s also about a very stubborn girl. Alanna of Trebond wants to be a knight of the realm of Tortall, in a time when girls are forbidden to be warriors. Rather than give up her dream, she and her brother–who wants to be a mage, not a knight–switch places. She becomes Alan; Thom becomes a student wizard in the school where she would have learned to be a lady. The quartet is about her struggle to achieve her goals and to master weapons, combat, polite behavior, her magic, her temper, and even her own heart. It is about friendships–with the heir to the throne, the King of Thieves, a wise and kindly knight–and her long struggle against a powerful enemy mage. She sees battle as a squire and as a knight, lives among desert people and tries to rescue an independent princess. Singled out by a goddess, accompanied by a semi-divine cat with firm opinions, somehow she survives her many adventures to become a most unlikely legend.

** Tamora Pierces “The Circle Of Magic” quartet. Which goes The Magic In The Weaving, The Power In The Storm, The Fire In THe Forging and The Healing In The Vine.

Set in a different universe from the Lioness and Immortals books, this quartet centers around four unusual young mages. Sandry, a noble whose parents died recently, has power with thread, from spinning and weaving to simple knot-tying. Daja, a Trader, is the only survivor of a shipwreck in which her family drowned. Declared to be bad luck and banned from life with other Traders, she is free to learn to work metals and, through metal, to work magic. Tris, the merchant’s daughter, is no orphan, but her family doesn’t want her. Briar is a street rat, a thief and convict. Only at the temple city of Winding Circle does he learn that his strange love of growing things is more than a need to garden. Brought together in a house inside the temple city’s walls, watched over by the mages Lark, Rosethorn, Frostpine and Niko, the four struggle to be friends, to exercise their magic, and to survive. Each book centers on one of the four, but make no mistake: they are bound tightly together, and the events that affect each of them also strengthen their connections to one another.

** Garth Nixs “The Old Kingdom Trilogy” is great. It goes Sabriel, Lirael and then Abhorsen.

“Sabriel” is the story of a teenage girl living happily at a girl’s school, while her necromancer father (the Abhorsen) roams around putting the dead to rest. All that changes when a sending brings her father’s sword and bells, meaning that he is dead or incapacitated. So Sabriel takes on her father’s duties, accompanied by a Free Magic cat and a mysterious young prince, and battles the specter of a horrible evil creature that is reaching out from death to snare her.

“Lirael” takes us to the cold citadel of the Clayr, a race of seers. Young Lirael is depressed because she doesn’t have the gift of Sight yet, even though everybody else her age does. But things take a sinister turn when she sets a horrifying, bloodthirsty creature loose, and must work — with the help of the mysterious Disreputable Dog — to get rid of it. But what Lirael doesn’t know is that the outside world is in danger too, from a sinister new enemy.

I wont tell you anything about Abhorsen because it’ll give away things in the other books ^_^.

**Alison Croggons “The Books of Pellinor Series”. Which goes The Gift (or The Naming in America), The Riddle, The Crow and The Singing.

“The Gift” Maerad is a slave in a desperate and unforgiving settlement, taken there as a child when her family is destroyed in war. She doesn’t yet know she has inherited a powerful gift, one that marks her as a member of the noble School of Pellinor and enables her to see the world as no other can. It is only when she is discovered by Cadvan, one of the great Bards of Lirigon, that her true identity and extraordinary destiny unfold. Now, she and her mysterious teacher must embark on a treacherous, uncertain journey through a time and place where the forces of darkness wield an otherworldly terror.

“The Riddle” Maerad is a girl with a tragic and bitter past, but her powers grow stronger by the day. Now she and her mentor, Cadvan, hunted by both the Light and the Dark, must unravel the Riddle of the Treesong before their fractured kingdom erupts in chaos. The quest leads Maerad over terrifying seas and vast stretches of glacial wilderness, ever closer to the seductive Winterking—ally of her most powerful enemy, the Nameless One. Trapped in the Winterking’s icy realm, Maerad must confront what she has suspected all along: that she is the greatest riddle of all.

“The Crow” I’m not going to say anything about the following books because it gives away some of the past plot ^_^.

“The Singing” As above.

**”Graceling” By Kristine Cashore

If you had the power to kill with your bare hands, what would you do with it?
Graceling takes readers inside the world of Katsa, a warrior-girl in her late teens with one blue eye and one green eye. This gives her haunting beauty, but also marks her as a Graceling. Gracelings are beings with special talents—swimming, storytelling, dancing. Katsa’s Grace is considered more useful: her ability to fight (and kill, if she wanted to) is unequaled in the seven kingdoms. Forced to act as a henchman for a manipulative king, Katsa channels her guilt by forming a secret council of like-minded citizens who carry out secret missions to promote justice over cruelty and abuses of power.

Combining elements of fantasy and romance, Cashore skillfully portrays the confusion, discovery, and angst that smart, strong-willed girls experience as they creep toward adulthood. Katsa wrestles with questions of freedom, truth, and knowing when to rely on a friend for help. This is no small task for an angry girl who had eschewed friendships (with the exception of one cousin that she trusts) for her more ready skills of self-reliance, hunting, and fighting. Katsa also comes to know the real power of her Grace and the nature of Graces in general: they are not always what they appear to be.


Sharon asks…

Is the Book of Mormon genuine?

The plates that were translated into the Book of Mormon were supposedly buried in the earth from the year 420ad until september 1823 when Joseph Smith discovered them in the Hill Cumorah.The Book of Mormon contains extensive quotations from the KJV bible,but the KJV was not translated until 1611.The Book of Mormon contains modern phrases and ideas that could not have been known to its supposed author in 420ad.Does this prove that the Book of Mormon is fake?

New Niche Finder answers:

I look to historical context to identify something as either historically real or a fake. The Book of Mormon identifies animals and objects that simply weren’t here when the plates were supposedly written. That to me is proof enough that the Book of Mormon is nothing more than 19th century fiction.

And as we expand our analysis to include KJV plagarisms and analyze Joseph’s awkward use of Victorian English, it’s gets even uglier. And we haven’t even include DNA analysis, linguistic analysis, Mayan history, or a lack of archeological support for the story. You’ll find cities identified in Lord of the Rings before you find a true Book of Mormon city.

Here’s an honest assessment by an LDS scholar.

“The terms cattle, horses, sheep and so on are mentioned at several points in the Nephite record. And it is dismaying to some who wish to be dismayed, I believe and a few others who (honestly) wish an answer could be provided why there are not cows like we mean cows, horses like we mean horses, sheep like we mean sheep. The fact is that all the ancient studies say those animals simply were not present in the New World. Period. They were not here.”

– John Sorenson, LDS Apologist, FARMS article from their website

Tom Fergeson makes an interesting observation about Book of Mormon metalurgy.

“Metallurgy does not appear in the region under discussion until about the 9th century A.D. None of the foregoing technical demands are met by the archaeology of the region proposed as Book-of-Mormon lands and places. I regard this as a major weakness in the armor of our proponents and friends. (It is just as troublesome to the authors of the other correlations – those [who] have gone before – including Tom Ferguson.) I doubt that the proponents will be very convincing if they contend that evidence of metallurgy is difficult to find and a rarity in archaeology. Where mining was practiced – as in the Old Testament world, mountains of ore and tailings have been found. Artifacts of metal have been found. Art portrays the existence of metallurgical products. Again, the score is zero.

– Thomas Ferguson, “Written Symposium,” pp. 20-21, reprinted in Stan Larson, Quest for the Gold Plates, p. 257

Bellows: “And it came to pass that I, Nephi, did make a bellows wherewith to blow the fire, of the skins of beasts; and after I had made a bellows, that I might have wherewith to blow the fire, I did smite two stones together that I might make fire.” 1 Nephi 17:11, Book of Mormon

There is no evidence of bellows in Book of Mormon times. None. Nada. Zilch. Zip.

Brass: “And I did teach my people to build buildings, and to work in all manner of wood, and of iron, and of copper, and of brass, and of steel, and of gold, and of silver, and of precious ores, which were in great abundance.” 2 Nephi 5:15, Book of Mormon

There is no evidence of brass in Book of Mormon times. Wasn’t here until later. This proves historical fraud just as a quote from Shakespear in a book that was billed as William the Conquer’s journal would give it away as a fraud.

Michael asks…

help me with my book!! how should my heroine discover her powers?? ?

i was gonna have a bully be chasing her and she would say something and poof it would happen….but its kinda cliche right? what would be a cool way to discover one had magical powers?
the book is for middle grade girls.

it will be about an 11 year old girl (as a baby a fairy saved her life) that fairy blood didnt make her a fairy but she has some unknown powers.
i want the powers to be made known in a dramatic way.

she will be taught to use/control powers by faeries but will be kinda shunned by them since she isnt one….

theres tons more but i dont want to say it all here. that was just an inkling.

New Niche Finder answers:

Just discover it accidentally, like discovering how to wriggle ears, or raise one eyebrow at a time. The muscle controls are there, use of them just has to be learnt. Pull a face at yourself in a mirror.

Mark asks…

What is book Looking For Lost Bird: A Jewish woman Discovers Her Navajo Roots?

New Niche Finder answers:

A Jewish Woman Discovers Her Navajo Roots
by Yvette D. Melanson
Avon Books, 1999

Reviewed by Kathy Forward

Looking for Lost Bird is the story of a woman who was adopted as a three-year-old by a Jewish couple from New York, although they got her in Florida. To this day, she does not know how she got to Florida from the Navajo Reservation, where she was born, or how the Silvermans, her adoptive parents, obtained her. She grew up without a clue that she was Navajo.
Yvette discovered over the years that she was born to Betty Jackson and Yazzie Monroe in 1953 in Tolani Lake, Arizona, and that she was a twin. Born at home, she and her twin brother were taken to the IHS Hospital in Winslow in a few days, as she appeared ill. The parents were told to leave both babies. When they came back, the babies were gone, and someone had severed their parental rights. The babies had been literally stolen, with the hospital’s complicity. Apparently, they were taken to Ft. Defiance, then to Salt Lake City, and Yvette (then Minnie Bob) was taken to Florida. It was there, at the age of three, that she was picked up at the Fountainbleau Hotel by the Silvermans and taken to New York.
Her life after that went well, with loving adoptive parents, who gave her the advantages of a middle-class Jewish life, until her adoptive mother, Beatrice, became ill and died when Yvette was twelve. By the time she was 14, Larry Silverman remarried, to a woman named Blanche who despised Yvette, for reasons she does not know. She was sent to a boarding school and not allowed home, even for vacations, and was nearly homeless by age 16. At 18, just out of high school, Blanche and Larry sent her to Israel, where she joined the Israeli Army for two years and fought in the Yom Kippur War. The day she was to marry a young man there, he was killed.
When she returned to the States, she joined the U.S. Navy, briefly married and had a son, Brad, who she later lost to the court system. A few years later, she married an older man named Dickie Melanson, an alcoholic who eventually found recovery. They had two daughters together.
In 1995, Yvette bought a computer and soon started looking for her history. She had no knowledge that she was Native American, and with light hair and green eyes, did not suspect it. Looking under adoption.com, one of her postings attracted the attention of Sue Stevens, of the Lost Bird Network, seeking to find Native American adoptees who had been lost from their Native families. Through this network and other postings, she was connected with a woman in Arizona, Lora Chee, searching for her lost twin siblings. In the papers given to Yvette by her adoptive father, she found dates that matched, and a number, which turned out to be her Navajo Census Number.
After finding her birth family (her mother was deceased, but father still living), Yvette and her husband traveled to Arizona to meet the family in person, and ended up moving to Tolani Lake with their daughters. Still there, they have embraced the Navajo life, which was not easy for Dickie and the girls, particularly. She even learned to weave and started a company to market her family’s art.
The book spends a lot of time comparing Navajo and Jewish beliefs and spiritual practices and their meanings, and how Yvette has integrated all of them for herself. It also details the search to find her twin brother, which she eventually found. Yvette has been overwhelmed by her family’s acceptance of her, and surprised by her ability to change her life and become part of the Diné way of life.
Last November, a Hallmark Hall of Fame television movie, The Lost Child, was based on Looking for Lost Bird. The book has many more details, of course, including her life in Israel and the search for her twin, who was found in Ohio.

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