The scorpions of Zahir by Christine Brodien-Jones is a riveting, fast-paced mixture of fantasy, sci-fi, adventure, mythology, mystery, family affairs, and travel. Feisty Zagora Pym sets off for Morocco with her astronomy-crazed brother and archaeologist father to connect with a long lost colleague (Pitblade Yegen) of her father and explore ruins of the ancient city of Zahir. But Pitblade had been kidnapped, mammoth scorpions have invaded the city, and the rogue planet, Nar Azrak, is on a collision course with earth. With the help of members of the Azimuth tribe, thought to have been extinct, Zagora begins a daring quest to restore order and harmony to this desert land. Key to success of this mission is returning the Oryx Stone to the apex of a buried pyramid.
The secrets of Shakespeare's grave by Deron R. Hicks ; illustrated by Mark Edward Geyer has action, humor, suspense, and family intrigue. An unscrupulous, greedy relative theatens to take control of the family publishing business from Colophon and Case's father. Enter Julian, an eccentric cousin. He and Colophon join forces to solve a centuries' old mystery about a hidden family fortune that dates back to Shakespeare's time. She is even able to enlist the help of her obtuse older brother Case in a valiant attempt to save their father from financial ruin. Puzzles, hidden clues, creepy graves, slapstick chases, and diverse family dynamics keep readers riveted. A open ending ensures at least one more gripping epsisode in The Letterford Mysteries.
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If you prefer paper, the Mystery Novel Survey ballot is available near the Mystery stacks. You can pick up an entry for the gift card drawing at the Adult Help Desk (across from the Check Out Desk). The survey will run October 22 through November 5.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most pivotal moments of the Cold War. For 13 days in October 1962, the United States and the former Soviet Union engaged in a political and military standoff over the installation of nuclear-armed Soviet missiles in Cuba — just 90 miles off the U.S. coast. President John F. Kennedy notified the country about the presence of the missiles in an historic television address on October 22, 1962. It was during this speech that he explained his decision to enact a naval blockade around Cuba. Because of this many, people believed the world was on the brink of nuclear war.
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Love Harry Potter? Why not enter our Harry Potter Fan Fiction Contest. Write about your favorite characters, objects, spells or any other aspect from the wonderful Harry Potter series. Prizes will be given for the top pieces in the following age categories: 6th-8th grade, 9th-10th grade, 11th-12th grade, and even for adults. We will begin taking submissions on November 1 and will receive entries no later than November 21. See rules and how to enter here. One entry per person, please. Join us on November 30 at 4:00 PM when we will host a Final Reception to announce the winners.
Looking for teen romance books similar to those by Meg Cabot, then try one of these:
The summer I turned pretty by Jenny Han
The truth about forever by Sarah Dessen
Angus, thongs and full-frontal snogging: confessions of Georgia Nicolson by Louise Rennison
Does the thought of eating meat make you feel just awful? Join me in celebrating National Vegetarian Month, going on now in the month of October. We have a wonderful collection of Vegetarian cookbooks that are sure to get your mouth watering. Even if cooked cow does pass your lips sometimes, don't be afraid to try some new, great meatless recipes out. You may be pleasantly surprised.
Hey Kids. LB is tells me his winter coat has started growing in because it was cold up in Mackinac City when he visited last weekend. Mackinac City is right at the tip of the Mitten where I-75 turns into the Mackinac Bridge. There's a lot to do there! LB spent a day biking around Mackinac Island. And now, he's curious about the kids who live there. So we looked online and found Mackinac Island Public School's website, which has lots of information about what it's like to live on the island year round. He went to the Fort on the island too and tried to fire the cannon, but decided it would be better to leave that to professionals.
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The 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded to Chinese author, Mo Yan. As one of mainland China's best known authors, Mo Yan has created over 10 novels and 80 short stories in his 30-year career.
Hi kids, LB wanted to share some pictures from his trip to Prince Edward Island with you. If you didn't know it already, PEI is the home a red head who has a tendency to get into trouble. Nope. Not Pippi Longstocking. I'm talking about Anne of Green Gables. You can actually visit her house (which is where LB is in this picture). LB also visited some other places in Canada and Boston on this trip. And narrowly avoided a tropical storm.
Uncanny X-Force by Rick Remender has been getting a lot of buzz lately. Huge revelations. Gut wrenching plot twists. And, characters you love that bite the dust... Equal parts philosophy, romance, and violence, this series -definitely for older teens- has been touted as one of the best x-men books out, and it's no lie. Check it out.
Batman: the Dark Knight returns — the classic graphic novel by Frank Miller is being adapted into two animated movies. We’ve got the first one coming to the library soon. This is edgy, dark and beautiful stuff, for you batman fans out there. See IGN's video review where they name it as one of the best DC animated movies to date.