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Show why you love the library, and you could win some $$$$

The American Library Association is running a contest. Check this out. If teens create and enter a video about why they need their  library, the library in question could earn up to $3,000, and the creators of the winning video get $50 gift certificates each to an online bookseller. So, aspiring, young video makers, now's your chance to show your library love!
[photo courtesy of j.gresham]

Legal Suspense Thrillers

If you enjoy books by authors like John Hart, then check out this list:

Reversible errors by Scott Turow

The rainmaker by John Grisham

False testimony by Rose Connors

Fast Facts about Countries!

Looking for that fast fact about a country for school? Check out geognos.com. For instance, I just learned there are 1,084,748 people living in Cyprus, that they speak French, Swahili, and Kirundi in Burundi, that 42.4% of the people in Thailand work in the agricultural industry, and that there are only 34,000 cellular phone users in Micronesia. Plus, it's got neat lists like the 'Top 20 debtor Nations' (U.S. is #1, of course) and "Where the highest mountains in the world are'. Great for school projects.
[photo courtesy of Boston Public Library]

Fantasy, Adventure, and a Touch of the Unexpected

The tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler; illustrated by Sarah Gibb

Hippolyta and the curse of the Amazons by Jane Yolen and Robert J. Harris

Palace of Mirrors by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Want Adventure Books?

You get 'em (cue heroic music)! If you enjoyed Percy Jackson and 39 clues, and you're looking for more books with that same sense of adventure, here's a list for you:

Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz

The angel experiment by James Patterson

Beautiful Clothing; Cute Stuffed Dog

Drama and friendship? Check. Gorgeously drawn clothing? Check. Stuffed animal as a main character? Double Check. Everything you love about CLAMP is here in their new series, Kobato. It's about a girl on a mission with a magical bottle that fills a little each time she helps heal someone with a broken heart. The only rule is that she can't fall in love with aynone whose heart she's helped fix. Yep, you know where this going... drama aplenty. So, what are you waiting for? Check it out.

Drama + Friendship + Romance

So, you like teen books with lots of drama, friendship, and romance? Well, check out this list:

This lullaby by Sarah Dessen

Dramarama by E.

Batman: Under the Hood

It's hard to talk about Batman: under the red hood without giving anything away, but suffice it to say this comic forever changed the Batman mythos. "The Red Hood", a moniker once used by the Joker before he became "The Joker", is now being used by a new, mysterious figure in Gotham City who's killing off drug lords, and Batman has to stop him. DC has now brought this classic comic to life as the next in their series of animated, comic movies! Check it out!

Euchre Tournament Sunday, 2:00-5:00PM

Do you rule the Euchre table? Join us for a day of socializing and showmanship on Sunday, November 21 2:00-5:00PM for our Euchre Tournament. You can sign up with a partner if you've got one in mind (just put their name in the notes when you register), or by yourself and we'll team you up. Adults and teens welcome!

New Fantasy Epic

So, you've read Robert Jordan and Terry Goodkind and you're looking for that next fantasy epic… well, try Patrick Rothfuss. The 1st book of his Kingkiller Chronicles, The Name of the Wind, revolves around the legendary Kvothe recounting his life story, and what a life it is. Musician. Actor. Magician. University prodigy. Assassin. Thief. Expelled student. Innkepper… All these contradictory rumors can't be true, can they? With some very original mythology and a fiendishly clever hero, this book is all entertainment. Check it out.

Comic Collage Remix Contest

Saturday, November 13, 1:00-4:00PM
We've got horrible comics from the '80s; mix, match and add your own art to make something fantastic and Comic City will display your creation at their store. Plus, get expert advice from comic writer Rob Worley and Comic City staff.

[photo courtesy of jillallyn]

Bakuman

The legendary team that brought you the best-selling, suspense-horror manga Death Note is back! There's more of that singature, jaw dropping art, but this time it's used to tell a much different story: Bakuman is about two artists trying to get their first manga published! Yes, seriously. Self-referential, and totally different, this manga is definitely worth checking out.

Fantastic Fairy Tales

Do you enjoy curses, trapped princesses, and impossible tasks? If you enjoyed books like Ella Ehcanted, here's some more for you:

Ever by Gail Carson Levine

The fairy-tale detectives by Michael Buckley ; pictures by Peter Ferguson

Into the Wild : a novel by Sarah Beth Durst

Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

The frog princess by E.D. Baker

Fantasy for Fiends

Can't get enough fast paced magic, sorcery, and adventure? Check out this list:

The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud

Firelight by Sophie Jordan

The alchemyst by Michael Scott

Uglies.

Chasing Lincoln's Killer

Tense, gripping, and even at times gruesome, this mystery has an extra punch from the fact that it's true. If you are looking for a great bit of historical non-fiction that reads as well as any fictional thriller then check this out. Chasing Lincoln's Killer chronicles the manhunt for John Wilkes Booth in all its harrowing detail. It's excellent as an audio book too with voice work by Will Paton.