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Great Nordic Fantasy

If you enjoyed Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods you should give the Norse Gods and Jack a try. The Nancy Farmer triology which began with the Sea of Trolls is now complete with The Islands of the Blessed which was just published. (Books #2 is The Land of the Silver Apples, in case you are wondering!) It is high fantasy at it best, with bards and apprentice bards, trolls and elves, captures and narrow escapes, trials and learning, humor and wisdome, lads and lasses.

Omen of the Stars #1 is Here...

and will soon be ready for check-out for all the Warriors series fans.

Jayfeather and Lionblaze are prophesied to be two of three cats who hold the power of the stars in their paws. Now they must wait for a sign from StarClan to tell them which of their Clanmates will complete the prophecy. Soon, a StarClan warrior will visit a new ThunderClan apprentice - and the lives of the three chosen cats will be forever linked.

While waiting for The Fourth Apprentice, visit the Warriors website or find out if Erin Hunter really writes this multi-volume series all on her own by visiting the Wikipedia entry for her.

In Honor of the Indians of North America

With Thanksgiving upon us, it is time to reflect on and honor the Native Americans and their rich culture, traditions, and wisdom. Check out some of the fictional works on them, or read some of the delightful and sage folklore tales from America's first peoples. Let's truly be thankful for all they have given us.

Kids to the Rescue!

If you are on the hold list for Zoobreak, you might want to try some other amazing animal rescues while you wait. Carl Hiaasen wrote some real winners - if you haven't already read them: The movie Hotel for Dogs also comes in several formats. The library has well over a hundred animal rescues involving courageous, animal-loving kids. Check some out!

Oh PLEASE...No More Parched Parents!

If you have read Book #6 in The 39 Clues series you will know what I am talking about. Maybe it started with Harry Potter, but A Series of Unfortunate Events definitely fried the poor orphans parents. Teen books have long been notorious for killing off the parents, but now it is becoming increasingly standard fare for fantasy/sci-fi books for younger readers. As if the poor orphans don't have enough challenges with their quests and learning to discern real friends and guides from evil posers out to thwart their success, they are now burdened with guilt since their parents were torched trying to save them.

Steampunk?

Steampunk appears to be gaining steam… but what exactly is it? Well, here is a definition from Wikipedia: "Steampunk is a sub-genre of fantasy and speculative fiction that came into prominence in the 1980s and early 1990s. The term denotes works set in an era or world where steam power is still widely used—usually the 19th century, and often Victorian era England — but with prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy, such as fictional technological inventions like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or real technological developments like the computer occurring at an earlier date.

Ghostly Tales

With Halloween fast approaching, it is time to read some great new ghostly tales. Spellbinder (Helen Stringer) features a twelve-year-old girl, Belladonna Johnson, who lives with the ghosts of her parents in the north of England. She teams up with an always-in-trouble classmate to investigate why all of the ghosts in the world have suddenly disappeared. Another book dealing with disappearing ghosts is by Daniel Pinkwater - The Yggyssey : how Iggy wondered what happened to all the ghosts, found out where they went, and went there. In the mid-1950s, Yggdrasil Birnbaum and her friends, Seamus and Neddie, journey to Old New Hackensack, which is on another plane, to try to learn why ghosts are disappearing from the Birnbaum's hotel and other Hollywood, California, locations.

Pumpkin Chapters

It's pumpkin time! And there are some great stories about them beyond the picture book collection. Pick one of these pumpkin plots:

Me and the pumpkin queen by Marlane Kennedy

Ninjas don't bake pumpkin pies by Debbie Dadey and Marcia Thornton Jones; illustrated by John Steven Gurney

The squampkin patch: a Nasselrogt adventure by J.T. Petty

"Doomed to Dance!"

Ivy & Bean will soon appear in another hilarious adventure - Doomed to Dance. After begging their parents for ballet lessons, Ivy and Bean finally get what they want...well, not exactly. Much to their surprise, ballet lessons do not include karate chops and roundhouse kicks to the villain's heart. Ivy and Bean could care less about learning how to dance gracefully, but they promised their parents they would finish the entire ballet course! When it comes time for them to participate in the ocean-themed class recital, they must plot a way to get out of it without breaking their promises. Check out the YouTube video on this latest Ivy & Bean escapade and read the first 5 books starring this dynamic duo if you haven't already!

Calling All Dragons!

In the mood for another daring and delightful dragon tale? Check out some of our new arrivals: Dragon Kiss (E.D. Baker), City of Fire (L. Yep), The Runaway Dragon (K. Coombs), or Silver Dragon Codex (R.D. Henham). No need to wait for a great dragon story if these aren't available either. There are many other recent dragon delights. Eragon move over! Dozens of dragons are on your tail.

Holiday Mysteries on Chickadee Court

Eleven-year-old sleuths Alex Parakeet and his best friend, Yasmeen, are on a new case; a yummy one. The only copy of a valuable recipe has disappeared from the Parakeet kitchen days before Alex's father is scheduled to appear on a TV cooking show. Since word has gotten out that a celebrity chef will be filming a "tailgate" special from the college's parking lot before the big Thanksgiving weekend game, plenty of locals are plotting to get on TV. Could a neighbor or even a friend have gone so far as to steal the recipe, hoping to get Mr. Parakeet's spot? Find out by reading the new Chickadee Court Mystery - Who Stole Grandma's Million-Dollar Pumpkin Pie? (Martha Freeman). Martha is known for her humorous novels for children and young adults.

Batman Meets Superman...

at the Canton Public Library! Are you in the mood for some great superhero adventures? Check out our new DC Super Hero books and enter a world of incredible missions and heroic feats. There's never a dull moment in a superhero's life!

Princesses, Princesses, Princesses!

Everyone loves a good princess tale, whether young or old, and the Children's Department has an awesome selection of titles for you to pick from. For the early readers we have such series as: The Tiara Club and Pony-Crazed Princess. For those who like humorous/fractured adaptations of traditional tales, try these spin-off series: The Frog Princess or Princess School. Historical fiction fans will soon learn that some real-life princesses of old did not have a fairy-tale existence at all when they read Girl in a Cage.

Totally Tomato Tales

As my father always said, "There is no point to living in Michigan unless you can eat home-grown tomatoes in the summer." There is absolutely NOTHING that compares with a Michigan tomato from your own backyard. August without tomatoes is like FaceBook without a face....or something like that. All year long I think, fantasize, and plan for the next tomato season. However, I have lived long enough to meet people who are not so totally taken with tomatoes - strange aliens to Michigan is all I can say who haven't a clue about what is truly of value in life. Be that as it may, everyone can enjoy these totally terrific tomato tales: Mystery of the Hairy Tomatoes (Stanley); Tomatoes from Mars (Yorinks); The Great Fake-Out (Phil of the Future).

Rainbow Magic Read-alikes

Do you love animals? Do you love magic? Do you love the Rainbow Magic series, but have a hard time finding one on the shelf? If so, try some of these other series books.There are more magical creatures than you ever imaged to read about!