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Do you like a little bit of magic in your fiction?

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The power of fictional writing is that there are no set parameters on settings, characters or themes. A story can be about a completely unknown place, known only in some author's mind. I like a good, realistic setting (contemporary or in the past) with just a little something that is unexplainable or has a slightly magical feel. These books deliver with compelling mysterious magic.

bone gap book coverBone Gap by Laura Ruby is the winner of the 2016 Printz award! The town of Bone Gap is full of gaps where people can hide and disappear. A town favorite disappears and the only witness is a boy named Finn who cannot distinguish faces.  

 

weight of feather book coverThe Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore. Two competing show families in one California town. One family dominates the trees, the other the water. The show and the family are everything, there is no escaping. Romeo and Juliet meets The Night Circus.

 

strange and beautiful sorrows of ava lavender

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton is a haunting generational tale full of family secrets and stories.  

 

 

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Skellig by David Almond. Unhappy about his baby sister's illness and the chaos of moving into a dilapidated old house, Michael retreats to the garage and finds a mysterious stranger who is something like a bird and something like an angel.

 

the apothecary book coverThe Apothecary by Malie Meloy. It is 1952 and Janie has just moved to London from Los Angeles. Her life becomes more transformed after meeting a mysterious apothecary whose son and gets swept up in a race to prevent nuclear war.

 

cure for dreaming book coverThe Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters.  In Portland, Oregon, in 1900, seventeen-year-old Olivia Mead, a suffragist, is hypnotized by the intriguing young Henri Reverie. Henri is paid by Olivia's father to use the hypnosis to make her more docile and womanly, but instead it gives her the ability to see people's true natures, while she secretly continues fighting for women's rights.

Book Sculpture

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snowman sculpture made from stacked books

It's fun to create sculpture from a stack of books. Here's the Youth Services Department snowman. What sculptures could you make with your own collection? We'd love to see pictures!

Book Quotes

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“I wish, as well as everybody else, to be perfectly happy; but, like everybody else, it must be in my own way.” - Jane Austen

Some of the best books leave us with words that can help or guide us throughout our lives; or, at the very least, with passages that ring true to how we live or what we believe. The quote above seems fitting for this time of year when we think of gratitude.  

Do you keep bookquotes or have any special ones to share?  

Happy Thanksgiving week everyone. We hope your holiday brings you your particular happiness.

Frankenstein's Monster

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Planning on going to see the new movie, “Victor Frankenstein”?  Before you go, brush up on the original story or read a book inspired by Mary Shelley’s classic.

Read the real thing, Frankenstein. Or try some variations of the classic: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein or Frankenstein adapted by Chris Mould.  Are graphic novels more your style?  How about these: Frankenstein: the graphic novel: quick text version Frankenstein: the graphic novel, or Frankenstein.

Then you can sample newer books about this gruesome topic.  This Dark Endeavor the apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein by Kenneth Oppel. UnWholly by Neal Shusterman, Man Made Boy by Jon Skovron, and This Monsterous Thing by Mackenzi Lee all bring a fresh eye to this timeless tale.

 

'Tis the season for something scary

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One of my favorite things about the month of October is having a good excuse to read some horror in time for Halloween. It's not a genre that I read all the time but every once in a while I get in the mood for something a little creepy and dare myself to read a horror or dark supernatural story. Whether it's filled with ghosts, monsters, witches or murder, a good horror story will keep you turning the pages all night long despite your unease. I have picked out a selection of some of my favorite spooky stories that I would recommend for this time of year.