Sunday, January 29, 2012

Marsh's Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday!

Marsh's Marvelous Middle-Grade Book is
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

     Leviathan, by Scott Westerfeld, is my MMGM pick for this week.  What first interested me in this book was the fact that it was based on World War I, but it has a twist in it.  Leviathan has giant war machines and fabricated animals that are used for airships and as weapons--everything a Middle-Grade boy likes.  When I started reading I was hooked!  
      There are two points of view, one from an Austrian Prince named Alek, and another from a British Airman (who's really a girl), named Deryn.  They are both sixteen years old but they come from two different sides of the war.  One is a Darwinist--someone who mans and/or uses fabricated animals during wartime, the other is a Clanker--someone who prefers machines over fabricated animals.
      I recommend Leviathan, by Scott Westerfeld, to people who are interested in World War I, and people who are interested in battles, bombs, and many fights between zeppelins and metal pooping bats.

This is the Trailer for Leviathan:

You should really check this website out too, it's Scott Westerfeld's Site-

Summary of Leviathan from Goodreads:

Prince Aleksander, would-be heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, is on the run. His own people have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battletorn war machine and a loyal crew of men.

Deryn Sharp is a commoner, disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. She's a brilliant airman. But her secret is in constant danger of being discovered.

With World War I brewing, Alek and Deryn's paths cross in the most unexpected way…taking them on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure that will change both their lives forever.


  1. I adored this book! In fact, I loved the entire trilogy. Great choice for MMGM. And welcome to Marvelous Middle Grade Monday!

    1. Ms. Joanne,
      Thanks so much for welcoming us to MMG! I am glad you liked this series, I just started the second one yesterday.

      Thanks again,

  2. Hi and welcome to MMGM!

    And do you know...I have not read this yet. Yeah, I know, I need to!

    1. Ms. Deb,
      We are really glad to be a part of MMGM. Thanks for welcoming us. I hope you consider reading this book, you will really like it.