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Geek Out Over Comic-Con

Comic-Con 2012 is underway this weekend in San Diego, California. Your favorite books, movies, and TV shows are all present at this pop culture extravaganza. Get into the spirit by catching up on your favorites.

The hobbit, or, there and back again by J.R.R. Tolkien — Peter Jackson adds to his Tolkien trilogy with two movies based on this book. You can also find it in adult fiction.

Great Mystery Book

The great cake mystery: Precious Ramotswe's very first case by Alexander McCall Smith ; illustrations by Iain McIntosh is a delightful read and a quick way to claim the Sleuth It badge in the CYS program. It is written by the bestselling author of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (an adult series) and introduces readers to Precious Ramotswe as a child. When treats start disappearing from the kids' school lunches, a chubby boy named Poloko becomes the likely suspect. Precious believes he is innocent and sets out to find the real culprit. Set in a vividly realistic setting of Botswana with magnificent black and red illustrations and featuring compelling characters, this mystery will have readers of all ages clammering for a sequel.

Teen Fantasy

Looking for some great teen fantasy, try one of these books:

Daughter of smoke & bone by Laini Taylor

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

The girl of fire and thorns by Rae Carson

Grave mercy by Robin LaFevers

Foodie Fiction for Kids

The case of the mystery meat loaf by David Lewman

Sleepy time crime by Sarah Hines Stephens ; illustrated by Art Baltazar

Hold the pickles by Vicki Grant

The great turkey heist by created by Gertrude Chandler Warner ; illustrated by Robert Papp

If You Liked the Mysterious Benedict Society

If you liked the Mysterious Benedict Society, then try one of these books:

The mysterious case of the Allbright Academy by Diane Stanley

Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett ; with artwork by Brett Helquist

The name of this book is secret by Pseudonymous Bosch ; illustrations by Gilbert Ford

Realistic Fiction for Tweens

Here's some great realistic fiction for tweens:

Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary; illustrated by Tracy Dockray

Every soul a star: a novel by Wendy Mass

The secret language of girls by Frances O'Roark Dowell

Murder Will Out: From Book to Screen

Are you a fan of A&E's Longmire and/or FX's Justified?  These two popular television dramas are based on books by Craig Johnson and Leonard Chang

The cold dish by Craig Johnson — the first book in the Walt Longmire's series.

Over the shoulder: a novel of intrigue by Leonard Chang — Leonard Chang is a staff writer on FX's Justified and the author of several books including an award winning noir trilogy featuring Allen Choice, a Korean-American investigator.

Picture Books Celebrating American Independence

Enjoy some wonderful picture books that celebrate America and our independence!

Apple pie 4th of July by Janet S. Wong ; pictures by Margaret Chodos-Irvine

Celebration! by Jane Resh Thomas ; illustrated by Raul Colon

Cranberry summer by Wende and Harry Devlin

Hunger Games Read-A-Likes

If you liked The Hunger Games, then try one of these out:

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Under the never sky by Veronica Rossi

Starters by Lissa Price

Partials by Dan Wells

The maze runner by James Dashner

Matched by Ally Condie

Shatter me by Tahereh Mafi

You've Got Mail!

A fascinating look at personal correspondence throughout history:

Dear America: letters home from Vietnam by edited by Bernard Edelman for The New York Vietnam Veterans Memorial Commission; [with a new introduction by Senator John McCain; foreword by William Broyles, Jr.]

The 50 greatest love letters of all time by [selected] by David H. Lowenherz

Letters of the century: America, 1900-1999 by edited by Lisa Grunwald & Stephen J. Adler