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Picture Book Selection: The Boy and the Moon

A young boy has a nighttime adventure dancing under the moon with his animal friends. They play, they dance, they howl. But, when the moon gets stuck in a tree the boy must find a way to help the moon return to the sky. A beautiful, dreamy, magical story reminiscent of Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. (Recommended ages 4 to 6 years)

Funny Teen Novels: Dan Versus Nature

Dan Weeks has two dreams in life: to become a famous graphic novelist and to one day muster the courage to ask Erin Reilly out on a date. Dan's mom, however, has just one goal: to date every man in the state of California until she finally finds her Prince Charming. When she gets serious about her new guy Hank, she sends Hank and Dan off to a survivalist camping trip in the wilds of Idaho to bond. When a man-hungry bear starts stalking their every move, how can he scare off Hank when his very survival now depends on him?

Juvenile Book Recommendation: The Neptune Project

Nere has never understood why she is more comfortable in the water swimming with the dolphins than on land hanging out with her classmates. Then she learns the truth - she is one of a group of kids who have been genetically altered to survive in the ocean. These products of the “Neptune Project” are supposed to build a better future under the waves, safe from the wars that rock the surface world. But big challenges lie ahead, because to reach the safe haven of the new Neptune colony, Nere and the others must swim across hundreds of miles of dangerous ocean, evading sea creatures and a government that will stop at nothing to capture the Neptune kids…dead or alive. (Recommended Ages: 5th - 8th)

"The Black House" by Peter May

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Detective Finn MacLeod has been sent to the Isle of Lewis in the Scottish Outer Hebrides as a consultant to a grim murder that has the same MO as one that was committed in Edinburgh a short while ago. Having been raised on the Isle of Lewis, he is familiar with the Gaelic language, traditions, as well as, the locals and their haunts. Quickly he is at odds with the Detective Chief Inspector who is the lead investigator and he becomes enmeshed in the case which opens forgotten memories and old wounds that could destroy him. Peter May, a Scott, has written a well-crafted, dangerous, and dark mystery for those who like their reads psychologically twisted and deadly. The Black House is the first title in the Isle of Lewis trilogy.

Beads in Motion by Marcia DeCoster

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I am a seed bead jewelry making fanatic.  This book met my seed bead obsession on many levels.  The majority of this book is made for the experienced beader but a creative newbie can find fun and intriguing patterns for their seed bead indulgence.  There is an element of motion as a challenge to each beaded piece with excellent instructions and photos to support and fuel your creative confidence.  A fun and beautifully illustrated book and I can’t decide which project to do first.

A Kim Jong-Il Production: The Extraordinary True Story of a Kidnapped Filmmaker, His Star Actress, and a Young Dictator’s Rise to Power, by Paul Fischer

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In this fascinating book, film producer Paul Fischer combines interviews, research, and first-hand investigation to tell the strange story of Kim Jong-Il’s kidnapping of South Korea’s leading director and his star actress ex-wife. Obsessed with film since he was a child, Kim Jong-Il used North Korea’s Ministry for Propaganda to build his power within the regime, making the only movies that the isolated North Korean people were allowed to view. As Kim’s ambitions eclipsed his country’s limited filmmaking ability, he decided to recruit new talent—forcibly.

Choi Eun-Hee was South Korea’s biggest and most beloved star; Shin Sang-Ok, her director ex-husband, ran the largest film production company in South Korea. Kim kidnapped both in 1978, and after torturing Shin into compliance, the two began making films for North Korea’s captive audience. With success—their films played to packed theaters for months and won international awards—came the opportunity to escape via a chase straight out of a spy novel.

A must-read for anyone interested in the history and culture of North Korea. 

Chill Factor by David Paitson and Craig Merz

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Do you remember when outsiders used to refer to Columbus as a cow-town or pronounced the city as Cow-lumbus? No longer. Columbus now has a vibrant downtown including the Arena District, where you can catch a Columbus Clippers baseball game, or cross the street and catch the National Hockey League’s Columbus Blue Jackets. “Chill Factor” by David Paitson and Craig Merz chronicles the events that led Columbus from being seen as a minor league town to a major league sports city. The authors describe how a minor league hockey team, The Columbus Chill, through their hard-working players and ingenious marketing campaigns helped develop interest in hockey. This hard work led to the building of five public ice rinks in central Ohio and eventually the landing of The Columbus Blue Jackets. Now there are over 3,000 central Ohio men and women playing recreational hockey in these five Chiller ice rinks. The authors do an excellent job describing the struggles, the support, and the city leaders behind the sporting growth of Columbus.

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