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The Winners Are...

The winners of the 2016 Agatha and Edgar awards have been announced.  The awards are to materials published during the calendar year 2015 (January 1 - December 31).  A complete list of the winners and nominees are available on Malice Domestic's (Agatha Christie Award) and the Mystery Writers of America's (Edgar Allan Poe Award) websites.  

Agatha Awards

Long upon the land by Margaret Maron
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Margaret Maron, New York Times bestselling author and Mystery Writers of America Grand Master, returns to Colleton County with an exciting new Deborah Knott mystery . . . LONG UPON THE LAND On a quiet August morning, Judge Deborah Knott's father Kezzie makes a shocking discovery on a remote corner of his farm: the body of a man bludgeoned to death. Investigating this crime, Deborah's husband, Sheriff's Deputy Dwight Bryant, soon uncovers a long-simmering hostility between Kezzie and the slain man over a land dispute. The local newspaper implies that Deborah's family may have had something to do with the murder-and that Dwight is dragging his feet on the case. Meanwhile, Deborah is given a cigarette lighter that once belonged to her mother. The cryptic inscription inside rekindles Deborah's curiosity about her parents' past, and how they met. For years she has wondered how the daughter of a wealthy attorney could have married a widowed, semi-illiterate bootlegger, and this time she's determined to find the answer. But why are Deborah's brothers so reluctant to talk about the dead man? Is the murder linked to Kezzie's illegal whiskey business? And could his courtship of Deborah's mother have something to do with the bad blood between the two families? Despite Deborah's promise not to interfere in Dwight's work, she cannot stop herself from doing everything she can to help clear her brothers and her father from suspicion . . .

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It's going to be an unforgettable day of thrilling discovery as Kipper and his friends go exploring. Includes 7 episodes.

For generations, Richard Scarry has entertained and educated children with the beloved characters of Busytown, including Huckle and Sally Cat, Lowly Worm and Hilda Hippo. Now the whole gang's here and they are all having The best outside fun ever in their new DVD adventure!.

Babies will smile at everything there is to see, hear, and discover at the park! Smell the flowers, bounce the balls, enjoy the playground, and settle in for a picnic. A play-along program specially designed for a babies' social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Highlights include: sizes and shapes; peek-a-boo play and visual exploration of the world; concepts of "up" and "down"; relationships, emotions; cause-and-effect, events sequencing; diverse musical styles.

Join Barney and his friends on magical journeys filled with fun and excitement as they branch out and enjoy the outdoors with activities, exercising, discovery, and just relaxing along the way. Come along with Barney, Baby Bop, and BJ for big-time fun under the stars that the whole family will enjoy.

Canton Public Library's CONNECT YOUR SUMMER reading program kicks of this month. Any of these selections could earn the YOU CHOOSE badge.

"Both dispatch and dissertation, NPR contributor Diane Roberts, an English professor at Florida State University, gives a insider's account of a big time college football program in the midst of controversy, while examining the impact and legacy of the sport's popularity in America today"--.

"This intimate portrait by his former personal assistant and confidante reveals the man behind the legendary filmmaker--for the first time. Stanley Kubrick, the director of a string of timeless movies from Lolita and Dr. Strangelove to A Clockwork Orange, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Full Metal Jacket, and others, has always been depicted by the media as the Howard Hughes of filmmakers, a weird artist obsessed with his work and privacy to the point of madness. But who was he really? Emilio D'Alessandro lets us see. A former Formula Ford driver who was a minicab chauffeur in London during the Swinging Sixties, he took a job driving a giant phallus through the city that became his introduction to the director. Honest, reliable, and ready to take on any task, Emilio found his way into Kubrick's neurotic, obsessive heart. He became his personal assistant, his right-hand man and confidant, working for him from A Clockwork Orange until Kubrick's death in 1999. Emilio was the silent guy in the room when the script for The Shining was discussed. He still has the coat Jack Nicholson used in the movie. He was an extra on the set of Eyes Wide Shut, Kubrick's last movie. He knew all the actors and producers Kubrick worked with; he observed firsthand Kubrick's working methods down to the smallest detail. Making no claim of expertise in cinematography but with plenty of anecdotes, he offers a completely fresh perspective on the artist and a warm, affecting portrait of a generous, kind, caring man who was a perfectionist in work and life. "--.

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"What should be a cozy and fun-filled weekend deep in the English countryside takes a sinister turn in Ruth Ware's suspenseful, compulsive, and darkly twisted psychological thriller. Leonora, known to some as Lee and others as Nora, is a reclusive crime writer, unwilling to leave her "nest" of an apartment unless it is absolutely necessary. When a friend she hasn't seen or spoken to in years unexpectedly invites Nora (Lee?) to a weekend away in an eerie glass house deep in the English countryside, she reluctantly agrees to make the trip. Forty-eight hours later, she wakes up in a hospital bed injured but alive, with the knowledge that someone is dead. Wondering not "what happened?" but "what have I done?", Nora (Lee?) tries to piece together the events of the past weekend. Working to uncover secrets, reveal motives, and find answers, Nora (Lee?) must revisit parts of herself that she would much rather leave buried where they belong: in the past. In the tradition of Paula Hawkins's instant New York Times bestseller The Girl On the Train and S. J. Watson's riveting national sensation Before I Go To Sleep, this gripping literary debut from UK novelist Ruth Ware will leave you on the edge of your seat through the very last page"--.

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For kids or grown-ups who geek out about monsters and mythical creatures.

Monster trouble! by Lane Fredrickson

Although Winifred thinks the monsters who creep into her bedroom each night are cute, she cannot get any sleep and tries to scare them away.

If I had a gryphon by Vikki VanSickle

A story about the perils of mythological pet ownership finds Sam, initially unimpressed by her humble pet hamster, considering an array of exciting, fantastical pets that would ultimately prove to be rather troublesome.

Julie welcomes all lost and homeless creatures into her house, whether they be cats or trolls, ghosts or dragons, but soon realizes that each must have a chore in order for the arrangement to work.

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Rosie Revere, engineer by Andrea Beaty

A young aspiring engineer must first conquer her fear of failure.

Galimoto by Karen Lynn Williams

Walking through his village, a young African boy finds the materials to make a special toy.

Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood

In this outer space adaptation of the fairy tale in rhyme, Cinderella dreams of becoming a spaceship mechanic.

Offers an illustrated telling of the story of Ada Byron Lovelace, from her early creative fascination with mathematics and science and her devastating bout with measles, to the ground-breaking algorithm she wrote for Charles Babbage's analytical engine.

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Breaking Stalin's nose by Eugene Yelchin

In the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union, ten-year-old Sasha idolizes his father, a devoted Communist, but when police take his father away and leave Sasha homeless, he is forced to examine his own perceptions, values, and beliefs.

A single shard by Linda Sue Park
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Tree-ear, a thirteen-year-old orphan in medieval Korea, lives under a bridge in a potters' village, and longs to learn how to throw the delicate celadon ceramics himself.

Dodger by Terry Pratchett
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In an alternative London ruled by a young Queen Victoria, Dodger, a resourceful, homeless boy, unwittingly prevents Sweeney Todd from committing murder.

The bronze bow by Elizabeth George Speare
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Daniel Jar Jamin had but one all-consuming purpose in life--to help drive the Roman legions from his land of Israel. Only Roman blood could pay for the cruel death of his father and mother. In the end, Daniel finds love and acceptance.

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The story of Daniel Ellsberg and his decision to steal and publish secret documents about America's involvement in the Vietnam War.

Journey into Mohawk Country by Harmen Meyndertsz van den Bogaert

Examines the origins of America's debate over gun control sparked by a practical gun intended for military use that became a weapon of choice for outlaws before Congress attempted to remove it from the streets.

The true story of the man who inspired Robinson Crusoe. If you like survival stories, try another true Marooned.

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