It’s been ten years since Alanna of Trebond made it possible for both males and females to train as knights. Despite this, no other girl has been brave enough to try. Not, at least, until Keladry “Kel” of Mindelan decides that she is up to the challenge and steps forward.
Knighthood training may have been tough for Alanna, but things are far worse for Kel. In addition to the traditional hazing and grueling schedule that all knights-in-training must deal with, Kel must also face the challenges that come with everyone knowing her true identity. Unlike her predecessor, Kel does not disguise herself as a boy. Everyone knows that Kel is a girl, and not everybody is happy with that fact. Many still think that girls should not be knights, and some of them are willing to act on that belief. Unfortunately for Kel, this includes her training master, Lord Wyldon.
Lord Wyldon is a traditionalist and is absolutely against girls becoming knights. To stop Kel from becoming a knight, he makes her life a living nightmare by putting her through an intensely grueling probationary period that no other knight-in-training has ever had to endure. Further set apart from her fellow trainees, Kel's path to knighthood is now that much harder. But she is determined to try. To say the least, Kel is not to be underestimated, as everyone is about to discover....
- The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley,
- Graceling by Kristin Cashore,
- Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith,
- Eon by Alison Goodman,
- Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder -- much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?
This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother?
Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare's ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.
- The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong,
- Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr,
- Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout,
- Tithe by Holly Black,
- A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
Meg's father has been missing for over a year. Some believe him dead. Others prefer to think of him as a cruel man who abandoned his lovely wife and children. Meg's mother continues to hang on to hope that her husband will someday return, but after more than a year without hearing even one word from him, even that hope is beginning to fray. As for Meg herself...well she doesn't really know what to think. Not, at least, until one dark and stormy night, when a mysterious stranger arrives at her doorstep with the most unbelievable news:
Meg's father is alive, but only just. Ever since disappearing more than a year ago, he has been an evil ruler's prisoner...on another planet.
Now the time has come for Meg to rescue him. With the help of her friend, Calvin, and her younger brother, Charles Wallace, Meg must travel across space and time to save her father. But are these three children really strong enough to outwit the forces of evil they will encounter on their heart-stopping journey through space?
- A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L'Engle,
- Over Sea and Under Stone by Susan Cooper,
- The Girl With the Silver Eyes by Willo Davis Roberts,
- The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster,
- The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm by Nancy Farmer
When Alyss Heart, heir to the Wonderland throne, must flee through the Pool of Tears to escape her murderous Aunt Redd, she finds herself lost and alone in Victorian London. Befriended by an aspiring author named Lewis Carrol, Alyss tells the violent, heartbreaking story of her young life. Alyss trusts this author to tell the truth so that someone, somewhere will find her and bring her home. But he gets the story all wrong. He even spells her name incorrectly!
Fortunately, Royal Bodyguard Hatter Madigan knows all too well the awful truth of Alyss' story and he is searching every corner of our world to find the lost princess and return her to Wonderland so she may eventually battle Redd for her rightful place as the Queen of Hearts.
The Looking Glass Wars unabashedly challenges our Wonderland assumptions surrounding mad tea parties, grinning Cheshire cats, and a curious little blond girl to reveal an epic battle in the endless war for Imagination.
- Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll,
- The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima,
- Monster Blood Tattoo: Foundling by D. M. Cornish,
- Faerie Wars by Herbie Brennan,
- Splintered by A. G. Howard
Why not try reading something REALLY scary for Halloween this year?
From a top secret government laboratory come two genetically altered life forms. One is a magnificent dog of astonishing intelligence. The other, a hybrid monster of a brutally violent nature. And both are on the loose…
Bestselling author Dean Koontz presents his most terrifying, dramatic and moving novel: The explosive story of a man and a woman, caught in a relentless storm of mankind’s darkest creation…
- Salem's Lot by Stephen King,
- Shadows by John Saul,
- Ghost Story by Peter Straub,
- The Keep by F. Paul Wilson,
- Lightning by Dean Koontz
What would YOU think if you woke up one day only to discover that you could suddenly see ghosts? Would you think you were crazy? Sleep-deprived? Cursed?
Unfortunately for Chloe Saunders, she doesn’t get to decide that for herself right away. When an unexpected visit from a dead school janitor causes her to have a mental breakdown, Chloe finds herself placed in Lyle House, a group home for troubled teenagers. Overnight, she goes from being a normal high school girl to a diagnosed schizophrenic. And that’s not even the worst of it.
Besides the fact that she is now seeing things she shouldn’t be able to see, Chloe is still the same “good girl” who follows the rules, does well in school, and works towards her dream of becoming a movie director. Normally, this would not be a problem. In Lyle House, though, where one of her nicer housemates is a pyromaniac who might have set her own mother on fire, being the only good girl in a group of troubled teenagers may be a weakness…one that could get her killed.
As if things aren’t already bad enough, Chloe becomes suspicious that Lyle House isn’t all it seems when her roommate is suddenly taken away, never to be heard from again. After doing a little digging, Chloe finds evidence suggesting that she might not be the only Lyle House resident parading unusual abilities around under the guise of a mental illness...
This suspense-packed, page-turner is no Twilight! Be warned: Pick this up and you'll want to read the whole trilogy!
- City of Bones by Cassandra Clare,
- A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray,
- Tithe by Holly Black,
- Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr,
- The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong
Aerial combat brings a thrilling new dimension to the Napoleonic Wars as valiant warriors rise to Britain’s defense by taking to the skies . . . not aboard aircraft but atop the mighty backs of fighting dragons.
When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes its precious cargo, an unhatched dragon egg, fate sweeps Capt. Will Laurence from his seafaring life into an uncertain future–and an unexpected kinship with a most extraordinary creature.
Thrust into the rarified world of the Aerial Corps as master of the dragon, Temeraire, he will face a crash course in the daring tactics of airborne battle. For as France’s own dragon-borne forces rally to breach British soil in Bonaparte’s boldest gambit, Laurence and Temeraire must soar into their own baptism of fire.
- Dragon Champion by E. E. Knight,
- Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey,
- Tooth and Claw by Jo Walton,
- Joust by Mercedes Lackey,
- The Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb
Kaeldra is an outsider. Her wavy, blonde hair and tall stature alone are enough to single her out as a foreigner. But what the people of Elythia really don't like about Kaeldra is her uncanny, green "Dragon-Sayer" eyes. According to legend, people with green eyes possess the power to commune with dragons. And on one fateful, stormy night, Kaeldra learns that this legend is not just some fairy tale...she really can understand dragons.
When her younger sister falls deathly ill, Kaeldra must put her special ability to the test. Seeking out the mother dragon who is nesting with her newly born draclings in a nearby cave, Kaeldra makes a dangerous bargain. In return for some of the mother dragon's milk, the only existing cure for her sister's illness, Kaeldra agrees to help care for the draclings.
Unfortunately, Kaeldra is not the only person who knows of the dragons' existence. And when the mother dragon is killed while out on a hunt, the fate of the draclings is left in Kaeldra's hands. Will she turn them over to her mighty King, who demands their blood? Or will she defy his will and take on the dangerous task of reuniting the draclings with their kyn?
In this exciting fantasy adventure, readers will fall in love with Susan Fletcher's colorful cast of characters. Readers will sympathize with Kaeldra, suffering with her in her sacrifices, rejoicing with her in her successes, and falling in love with the draclings. This is a book you don't want to miss!
- Into the Land of the Unicorns by Bruce Coville,
- Dealing With Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede,
- Eragon by Christopher Paolini,
- Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey,
- Dragon's Blood by Jane Yolen
Twice, Earth has been under attack. And twice, the aliens have nearly succeeded in wiping out the human species. If the Buggers attack a third time, eradication is inevitable. So rather than waiting for the end, Earth is pulling out all the stops and taking the war to them.
In preparation for the impending battle, the Earth’s world government has been breeding military geniuses trained for war. During their search for the perfect general to lead these elite soldiers, the government stumbles across one Andrew “Ender” Wiggin. Ender is a genius among geniuses. He has broken every record and defied every expectation. A respected leader among his Battle School peers, Ender shows plenty of promise.
There’s just one problem. He’s only ten years old. Earth’s final battle is quickly approaching, and humanity’s only hope of survival rests in the hands of a child.
Winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards, Ender’s Game is a rare gem and a shining example of what the Science Fiction genre can offer readers. Whether you are a Science Fiction lover or not, Card’s intense novel should be at the top of your reading list, For aficionados, it is a definitive work of the genre; and for those new to Science Fiction, Ender’s Game is the perfect introduction.
- Old Man's War by John Scalzi,
- Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein,
- The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks,
- Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott Card,
- Dune by Frank Herbert
Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight–she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme and often-feared skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug. Now, Katsa must struggle for redemption from her own horrifying Grace while teaming up with another young fighter to save their land from a mad king's corruption...
The winner of more than ten literary awards, including the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature, the School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, and the ALA Teens' Top Ten, Kristin Cashore's debut novel will draw you into a vivid world of magic and intrigue. The strong-willed Katsa and her warrior friend Po will take you on a wild adventure that will keep you turning pages!
- Page by Tamora Pierce,
- The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley,
- Seraphina by Rachel Hartman,
- The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson,
- Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
On a snowy night, Cara and her grandmother are pursued into St. Christopher's church by an unknown man. Clutching her grandmother's mysterious amulet, and following the old woman's instructions, Cara escapes their pursuer by taking a leap of faith...literally!
When Cara throws herself from the roof of the church's bell tower, she finds herself falling into an unexpected place...Luster, the world of the unicorns. There, Cara must embark on a journey across Luster to deliver a message from her grandmother to the queen of the unicorns. With the help of a few of Luster's strange inhabitants, Cara sets out to reach the Unicorn Queen before the unknown man chasing her does. But can they make it in time to prevent the destruction of all unicorns forever?
Don't let the unicorns fool you! In this page-turning fantasy, Bruce Coville will keep you on the edge of your seat. Into the Land of the Unicorns provides just the right amount of danger, twists and turns, and magic for any lover of a thrilling fantasy adventure.
- Dragon's Milk by Susan Fletcher,
- The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis,
- Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones,
- Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine,
- The Unicorn Sonata by Peter S. Beagle
Exploration in deep space means away missions. And everyone knows, if there’s an away mission, two things will happen; the officers will survive and someone in a red shirt is going to die. But rarely has the story been told from the ensign point of view until now. Andrew Dahl is assigned to the Intrepid, and can’t help but notice the alarming mortality rates of ensigns on away missions, and how everyone conveniently disappears when the higher ups are looking for people to go on said away missions. He and his friends get caught up in wild conspiracies, and are shocked by the answer they find.
A hilarious parody of the science fiction genre, and most noticeably the red shirts from “Star Trek”, Scalzi has written a very enjoyable adventure that pays homage to the old science fiction shows, while still standing on its own two feet. The big twist of the book is inspired and unique, and “Redshirts” is a must read for any fan of the slight campiness of the old science fiction shows.
This is the story of Harry Crewe, the Homelander orphan girl who became Harimad- sol, King's Rider, and heir to the Blue Sword, Gonturan, that no woman had wielded since the Lady Aerin herself bore it into battle. When Harry comes to live in Damar, the desert country shared by the Homelanders and the secretive, magical Hillfolk, her life is quiet and ordinary...until the night she is kidnapped by Corlath, the Hillfolk King, who takes her deep into the desert. She does not know the Hillfolk language; she does not know why she has been chosen. But Corlath does. Harry is to be trained in the arts of war until she is a match for any of his men. Does she have the courage to accept her true fate? A breath of fresh air, this lushly written fantasy adventure novel is very deserving of its Newbery Honor. McKinley's talent for world-building and strong, likable characters shines in The Blue Sword. For enthusiasts of young adult literature and/or the fantasy genre, this novel is a must read!
- Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce,
- Graceling by Kristin Cashore,
- Sabriel by Garth Nix,
- The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman,
- Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
“From now on I’m Alan of Trebond, the younger twin. I’ll be a knight.”
And so young Alanna of Trebond begins the journey to knighthood. Alanna has always craved the adventure and daring allowed only for boys; her twin brother, Thom, yearns to learn the art of magic. So one day they decide to switch places: Disguised as a girl, Thom heads for the convent; Alanna, pretending to be a boy, is on her way to the castle of King Roald to begin her training as a page. But the road to knighthood is not an easy one. As Alanna masters the skills necessary for battle, she must also learn to control her heart and to discern her enemies from her allies. Filled with swords and sorcery, adventure and intrigue, good and evil, Alanna’s first adventure begins—one that will lead to the fulfillment of her dreams and make her a legend in the land.
This must-read for teens and adults alike is propelled by one of the most powerful female leads in young adult literature. Once you pick up this incredible fantasy adventure, you won't be able to put it down, and it'll leave you craving for the next installment of this amazing quartet...
- The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley,
- Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith,
- Graceling by Kristin Cashore,
- Eon by Alison Goodman,
- Arrows of the Queen by Mercedes Lackey
Jane is a middle-class, suburban, church-going wife, mother and teacher. She goes to the St. Vincent de Paul thrift store to purchase a rosary for her daughter and ends up agreeing to become a volunteer. Jane's experiences with the poor at the St. Vincent de Paul thrift store are an entertaining and enlightening glimpse into her years volunteering. Jane starts out looking at the poor as problems to be solved and ends up seeing them as saints that teach her and lead her closer to Christ. The stories are heart warming and often humorous as she learns more of what it means to be Catholic and experience her faith in a practical way. A good read for anyone who enjoys inspirational stories.
Clover is a wife and mother in her early fifties. She realizes she no longer turns heads the way she used to and is only really missed by her family when dinner isn't on the table on time. Then one day she wakes up to discover that she is invisible, literally invisible. She panics but her husband and children don't even notice although her best friend does. This relives Clover, at least she isn't losing her mind. Clover discovers there are other women like her. Women of a certain age who have disappeared. These women band together to help each other and get the recognition and appreciation that they deserve. This is an inspiring and humorous book which will appeal to anyone who has ever felt invisible.
Evie O'Neill gets herself into trouble in her little Ohio town, and is sent to live with her uncle in New York City in 1922. The thoroughly modern flapper has a secret-she can see other people's secrets. She isn't the only one with a skill, though. Memphis Campbell was a healer. Sam Lloyd can move without people seeing him. All of these skills and more are needed when ritual murders start happening around the city. It will take the work of the Diviners to stop the bizarre evil at work.
Libba Bray's adventure is steeped in Jazz Age history that makes you feel like they are really in 1920's New York City. The characters will make you want to stay. Don't miss this one.
What if the story of Cinderella was set in the future, contained cyborgs, androids, hovercrafts, political intrigue and a plague. Cinder has all of these plus a love story. Cinder is sixteen, lives with her stepmother and two stepsisters. She is considered a technological mistake by most of society and spends her days making a living as a mechanic to support her family. Her reputation as a mechanic brings Prince Kai who needs to have his personal android repaired before the annual ball. He jokingly says it is "a matter of national security". Before Cinder can repair the android her sister and only human friend becomes ill with the plague that has devasted the Earth for over a decade. Her stepmother blames Cinder for her daughter's illness and "volunteers" her for plague research. No volunteer has ever survived. The scientist who is conducting the research discovers some unusual things about Cinder. Information that others would kill for. Exciting from start to finish, this book is the first in The Lunar Chronicles series.
Nobody Owens does not have what you would call a normal life. Though he is a living child, is home has always been a graveyard, and his company is made up of the hundred-year-old ghosts and spirits who reside there. As he gets older, he wonders about his origins and life outside of the graveyard. But could the mysteries of his past turn out to be dangerous in the future?
Neil Gaiman's macabre yet whimsical tale will pull on your heartstrings and keep you on the edge of your seat. While it is a Newberry Award winner, adults shouldn't pass this one up.
- Coraline-Neil Gaiman,
- Stardust-Neil Gaiman,
- M is for Magic-Neil Gaiman
When Amy Dunne vanishes from her Missouri home, her husband Nick is the prime suspect. After all, he lied to the police during questioning and his alibi is not very strong. Still, he maintains his innocence. It doesn't take long for readers to realize that Amy has secrets... lots of secrets... and Nick does too! Poor Nick had better think fast, or life as he knows it will be over.
I could not put this book down! It is a fast paced psychological thriller that managed to keep me guessing until the very end.
How can you possibly paint the sky if you don't have any blue paint? This is Marisol's dilemma as she helps her class paint a mural for their library. She shows us all that with a little observation and a lot of imagination, the sky can be everything but blue.
A fantastic picture book for all of your dreamers, young or just young at heart.
- The Dot-Peter H. Reynolds,
- Ish-Peter H. Reynolds
What can your peas do? Are they astronauts? Bakers? Construction workers? If they just sit on your plate, then they are not as talented as these peas. These peas even know their alphabet!
A Young Hoosier Book Award nominee for 2012-2013, LMNO Peas is not one you will want to miss!
- 123 Peas-Keith Baker,
- Shiver Me Letters: A Pirate ABC-June Sobel
Humans and dragons have maintained a peace for 40 years, but as the anniversary of the treaty approaches, tensions are rising. Seraphina is a uniquely talented musician and is quite unique herself. She has to hide the fact that she is half-human, half-dragon. If anyone found out, the consequences would be dire, but Seraphina may be the only person that can prevent war between the two worlds. Is she the only one of her kind?
Hartman has created a captivating story against one of the richest and most detailed worlds in fiction. Seraphina is a must-read for fans of fantasy, intrigue, and adventure.
Ever wonder what Neverland was like before Wendy and her brothers arrived? Jodi Lynn Anderson presents this dark imagining of Neverland with Princess Tiger Lily as the main character. Tink, who like all fairies, can't speak, tells the story of how Tiger Lily meets Peter Pan. Being the shaman's daughter, running around in the forest with the fierce and feared Lost Boys is frowned upon. What will happen when her worlds collide?
If you enjoy dark and gritty reimaginings of classic tales, Tiger Lily is for you.
Joleen Zarkades is busy raising two children and trying to salvage her failing marriage when she is unexpectedly called to deploy to Iraq. The war has just begun, and Joleen's training as a pilot puts her in high demand. Her husband, who has been married to his job for many years, suddenly finds himself responsible for both a preschooler and a teenager, as well as the day to day chores required to keep their household running. Hannah does a wonderful job of exposing the realities of military life, including the impact of deployment on every single member of a military family.
- You know when the men are gone / Siobhan Fallon.
Imagine a love that crosses time and distance. Kate is a Wall Street analyst and Julian is a British hedge fund billionaire. She is surprised when he makes a point of meeting her and seems to know her. Next we find Kate and Julian in France during World War I. How did they get there and what has happened bring them there? Kate and Julian fall in love but there is always a shadow of danger over them. Their story travels back and forth through time. Julian loves Kate and is protective of her but seems to always keep a part of himself from her. Kate and Julian's happiness is clouded by corporate espionage, secrets from the past and questions about how and why they have traveled through time . Overseas is a romantic and exciting read from beginning to end.
- Time Traveler's Wife,
Working dogs are a valuable asset to our Armed Forces. They are hardworking, loyal and more disciplined than a lot of people! They have saved countless lives and their dedication to their assignments is nothing short of remarkable.
This book is a must read for animal lovers as well as US history buffs.
Haunting and whimsical, Neil Gaiman’s Fragile Things (2006) is an interesting compilation of short works featuring dark and lovely stories and poems including a particular favorite, “October in the Chair.” This specific tale is evocative of Gaiman’s distinctive and romantic style and his charming and eerie prose. In this short story, the months of the year are personified and are gathered for a board meeting around a campfire. Each month demonstrates his/her own personality traits and skills for storytelling as they share tales with the group. October is presiding over the autumnal meeting, and his story of a young boy who makes a ghostly friend after he stumbles into a cemetery will appeal to Gaiman fans who have read The Graveyard Book. In this Gaiman collection of tales and poems, vivid imagery and sensory diction weave a dream-like web to catch the reader’s attention, particularly those partial to the science fiction and fantasy genres. Excerpt: “October was in the chair, so it was chilly that evening, and the leaves were red and orange and tumbled from the trees that circles the grove. The twelve of them sat around a campfire roasting huge sausages on sticks, which spat and crackled as the fat dripped onto the burning applewood, and drinking fresh apple cider, tangy and tart in their mouths.”
- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle,
- Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury,
- The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Tales by H. P. Lovecraft
After two women from very different backgrounds and situations meet, their lives become entwined in life-changing ways. Diedre Clark-Morris is a faithful christian professional woman with a loving husband and family but no children. Kenisha Smalls has no faith, lives in poverty and has suffered abuse. She has three small children by three different fathers. When the two meet Kenisha has just been diagnosed with cervical cancer and Diedre is facing the fact that she may never have a child. Kenisha's desperate desire to find a family for her children and Diedre's decision to help with the search bind the two women together as they experience forgiveness and unexpected blessings.
John Constantine (Reeves), a long time self-proclaimed exorcist, can see into the world of angels and demons by witnessing what he calls half-breeds. He is cast into a demonic plot when he crosses paths with a detective (Rachel Weisz) whose sister, haunted by demons herself, just committed suicide. Constantine's own life is at risk by his own hand due to his excessive smoking habit. As the clock ticks, he must help the detective solve her sister's death before John's soul is collected by the Devil himself.
The visual effects are stunning, offering a unique look into the world that Constantine's sees. And for those interested, there is enough deep symbolism to delve into for hours. But I recommend Constantine for both the initiated and the profane.
Two little girls go missing; one, Callie, has been mute since she was a toddler, the other, Petra, the best friend, acts as her voice. Why won’t Callie speak? Who took them? Where did they go? The answers are found at the end of old family secrets. The story is unfolded little by little, each from a different point of view: Callie, Petra, Callie’s mom, the sheriff, and others.
- Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens,
- Unexpected Blessings by Barbara Taylor Bradford,
- Cage of Stars by Jacquelyn Mitchard
When March Went Mad is the story of “Magic” Johnson and Larry Bird and the dramatic season leading up to that magical March 26, 1979 game where they met for the only time in college. That game is what made March as we now know it – complete madness, and a multibillion dollar business that sports lovers look forward to every year. It also spurred the resurgence of the NBA.
- The Book of Basketball by Bill Simmons,
- When the Game was Ours by Larry Bird and Magic Johnson
A dictionary of the dead that tells about the eccentricities of historical figures of the world famous (Freud, William Blake) to the forgotten (Mary Seacole, Titus Oates). It covers embarrassing and downright weird facts often left out of traditional biographies such as who kept monkeys for pets, died a virgin, cross-dressed or had extremely bad taste. A behind the scenes look at personalities who made their
mark on the world for trivia buffs and the curious alike.
It's 1968, Martha a lonely elderly widow opens her door to Homan, a deaf black man, Lynnie a young white woman with a developmental disability, and Lynnie's newborn baby, Julia. The couple are runaways from a School for the Incurable and Feebleminded who are deeply in love and desperate to save the baby. The couple seek help from Martha, a childless, retired schoolteacher. Lynnie is soon captured and returned to the School. Homan escapes but ends up far away and unable to find his way back. The baby Julia is hidden and raised by Martha. Over the course of 40 years as they try to reunite their story is told.
Aaron and Dorothy are two independent souls who meet, fall in love and marry. Aaron is crippled in his right arm and leg and resists his sister and others who want to take care of him. Dorothy is outspoken, brusque and non-maternal, just what he is looking for. They have a relatively happy marriage. This ends when a tree crashes onto their house and Dorothy is killed. Aaron is devastated and unable to deal with the loss of his wife until she begins to appear to him guiding him toward a future he hasn't been able to see. This book deals with the subject of loss honestly and with humor.
After a devastating hurricane turns her life upside down, Laurel Daneau is forced to start over. On the surface, Laurel seems to be doing well in her new school. She is a cheerleader and she has a popular boyfriend nicknamed T-Boom. Privately, though, she is struggling with the loss of her mother and her grandmother and she is hurting. When T-Boom introduces Laurel to meth, she believes that she has finally found a way to numb her pain. But a meth addiction proves to be more than she bargained for.
- Ellen Hopkins
This title is part of a new nonfiction series called "Life's Challenges" and offers a basic overview of what children can expect when their parents divorce. The book is suitable for reading aloud, and would serve as a good starting point for discussion of separation and visitation arrangements.
- The Night Dad went to Jail,
- Good-bye, Jeepers
Do you ever feel overwhelmed by connectivity? Have gadgets taken over your household? Do you ever wish for just five minutes of unplugged time? Then you have to read this book! Goodnight, iPad is a parody of Goodnight Moon, and it is quite entertaining for children and adults alike. The family elder decides that she is fed up with the electronic gadgetry that is keeping her children and grandchildren occupied. So, she starts eliminating devices, beginning with the iPad. Of course, her actions are met with protests, and readers can't help but smile as they try to imagine life without cell phones, computers, and handheld games. Rapper Eminem gets a brief mention, making this a thoroughly modern parody.
Secret libraries, antiquarian books and unrelenting investigators intertwine in this narrative to create a gothic tale of mystery and adventure. Daniel Sempere is taken by his father to the “Cemetery of Forgotten Books” where, as a rite of passage, he selects one book to love and protect from obscurity. Daniel picks The Shadow of the Wind by Julián Carax, and after reading the novel, his quest to find any novel by Carax is thwarted by a mysterious person who is dedicated to burning each and every copy of any book ever written by Carax. With the help of an investigator, Fermin Romero de Torres, Daniel strives to lift the veil from Carax’s life, which leads him to discover the forbidden romance at the heart of Carax’s demise.
In this beautiful tale, the reader is transported to Franco’s Barcelona, Spain circa 1950. As Daniel grows into a young man, his view of the world gradually becomes more complex during his pursuit to uncover the fate of the author of the book he has sworn to protect.
- The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield,
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak,
- I Heard That Song Before by Mary Higgins Clark
There are some strange people in this world, and sixteen year old Jacob is one of them. So is his grandfather. The two men have always been close. When a tragedy strikes the family, Jacob decides it is his responsibility to seek answers to some long buried family mysteries and restore honor to the family name. He wants to learn more about his grandfather, and who he was as a child. Unfortunately, his visit to Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children leaves him with more questions than answers. What kind of a man was Jacob's grandfather, and how did he become involved with children whose behaviors seem extremely odd?
This book features several vintage photographs that add an extra dimension to the story and leave readers scrambling to turn the pages!
I read the picture book, "The Biggest Thing in the World", when I was looking for books to read for story time with young children. I would definitely recommend this book as a read aloud for children, ages 3-5. This book could be read from a parent to child to talk about how much parents love their children, or it could be read in the classroom to talk about topics such as hibernation, size, or nature. Another reason to read, "The Biggest Thing in the world is becasue of it's illustrations. The pages in the book are filled with big, colorful, warm, and inviting pictures.
Part WWII love story, part coming-of-age fiction, this book will appeal to several different audiences. Jacob, 17, visits Amsterdam to honor his grandfather who died during WWII. During his trip, he meets individuals who cared for his grandfather and learns valuable lessons about love and loss. The author does an excellent job of retelling the events from two perspectives. Contemporary fans will find themselves rooting for Jacob as he explores the world around him. Historical fiction fans will appreciate the character Geertrui and her insights into the WWII era. This is not a light read, instead it is a thought-provoking novel that makes the reader examine complex issues.
Ellen Hopkins debut title for adult readers does not disappoint! Hopkins tells the stories of Andrea, Holly and Marissa,30-somethings whose lives are full of drama.The women are dealing with the struggles associated with day to day living including a terminally ill child, a pregnant teenager, and a husband who is married to his job. Already close friends,these women have no idea how completely their lives will eventually intertwine.Written in free verse, this is a quick read and an interesting addition to Hopkins offerings.
Do you want to laugh out loud? This audiobook featuring Stephanie Plum, read by Lorelei King, is definitely not for the prudish, so stick to something safer if you're easily offended. Bounty hunter Stephanie has skipped through 16 other books before this one. The plot is familiar - dead bodies, explosions, and her confusion over the very sexy Ranger versus Italian high school sweetheart turned detective Joseph Morelli. The antics of hooker turned bounty hunter Lula and Stephanie's outrageous gun-toting grandmother Mazur keep the story lively. There are murders to solve, and this time the murderer is dedicating his victims to Stephanie. Has mom finally found the perfect man for Stephanie - he cooks! Listen or read (regular or large print).
This audiobook set (7 discs) is read by Alan Sklar, who has an excellent reading voice. Your impressions of many presidents will change after hearing of life from the Secret Service Agent's viewpoint. The Bush families, with the exception of adventurous twin teenage daughters Jenna and Barbara, treated them well, but other presidents' interactions with those who are to take a bullet for them will surprise you. The book serves also as a history of the Secret Service. You will learn that agents work long hours, and were treated poorly by both the agency and some of the presidents. It's a fascinating story to read or listen to, and next time you see them on TV, you'll have a new respect for the men and women of the Secret Service.
The Young and the Digital follows the migration to social networks while pointing out the pros and cons of living in a tech savvy environment. Teens and Young Adults spoke candidly with the author about their online presence and the digital footprints they are creating. Readers may be interested in learning how members of the first generation to be considered "digital natives" view the internet, e-mail, instant messaging, and social networking sites.
Developmental Psychologist and Author Susan Engel has created a guide to identify the most accurate predictors of a child's future success.This is a good resource for parents as well as individuals who work with children and families in professional capacities. Engel draws heavily from traditional research in the field of child development and then presents her message in a straightforward manner, giving readers easy to understand, practical examples of effective behavioral analyses. Engels overall message, that adults should support children to be the best of who they are rather than who they may want them to be, will definitely resonate with readers who care about children.
Christine wakes in a strange bedroom. How did she get there and who is that man asleep. Carefully dressing she glances in the mirror and stares at that woman looking back. She has wrinkles. Christine is bewildered by what she sees. The man wakes and explains that she suffers with amnesia. Each night of sleep erases Christine's memory. Her husband, Ben, patiently explains again who he is and how she arrived in that house. An accident in her late twenties has erased her memory until she starts to work with a new doctor and to write daily in her journal. The writing triggers memories that recall pieces of her life. Is Ben being truthful and why hasn't he told her more. Why did she write, "Don;t trust Ben?";
- Shutter Island by Dennis LeHane,
- The Escape Artist by Diane Chamberlain,
- Red Leaves by Thomas Cook
This book is especially meaningful if you are a fan of the show Pawn Stars on the History Channel. Rick Harrison, his father "Old Man", Rick's son Corey "Big Hoss" and family friend Russell Austin "Chumlee" are the colorful characters who run the 24-hour Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in a quasi-seedy part of Las Vegas. Saints they are not, and some have had drug problems and brushes with the law. Several of them have come back from rock bottom and with the popularity of the show, become TV celebrities. There are many surprises in the book, especially about Rick. Anything and everything comes in the door for pawn or sale. Customers range from nuns to hookers, billionaries to the flat broke. There is profanity, but it';s still a page turner.
This book introduces readers to the "Princess in Pink" culture and offers a thought provoking look at the commercialization of our society. Parents who are curious about the impact of marketing campaigns on their children will find Orensteins research eye opening, if not anger inducing, as she describes efforts by internationally recognized corporations to capture not only the tween/teen market but the preschool market as well. The book also discusses the impact of social media on todays teens.