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A Little More Maximum Ride

If your are a Maximum Ride fan who's read everything and is still hungry for more of that trademark high-octane action then check out the Maximum Ride graphic novel that just came out. Also, did you hear they're making a movie?

One Wish, Two Wish, A Happy Birthday Seuss Wish!

March 2nd marks the 105th anniversary of Dr. Seuss's birth. Local retail stores, such as Meijer, are having birthday events for him this Saturday, February 28th, but his beloved books are always available at the library.

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Read any good books lately?  I just read The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by Irish novelist John Boyne.  Boyne wrote the entire first draft of Boy in two and a half days!  This book is about a nine year old boy named Bruno.  He is at a concentration camp but for very differant reasons than most books.  Read and find out why!

Hooked on Mysteries?

What grabs you when you pick up a book?  The characters?  The setting?  The time? Do you want to laugh out loud? Or be 'scared out of your pants'?  Did you know that it isn't until the fourth or fifth book in a series that you get hooked?  If you are looking for interesting (i.e. quirky) characters try Jeff Lindsay's Dexter, or Charlaine Harris' Harper Connelly.  Interested in setting?  Check out Grace Brophy's Italy or Karin Fossum's Norway.  Laugh out loud?  Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum is well known, but have you tried Deb Baker's Yooper Mystery series featuring Gertie Johnson?  I don't like being scared, so which author's mystery stories frighten you?

Super Adventure

Do you love superhero adventures but aren't so crazy about superhero books being checked out all the time?  Go on some great adventures with these heroes that you may not have heard of:

Picture Books
Traction Man is Here!
Traction Man Meets Turbodog
Superhero ABC
Superhero Max
Super Guinea Pig to the rescue

Biography

Gaiman's Graveyard Grabs the Newbery!

Noboby Owens, or Bod, is a 'normal' boy fated to be raised in a graveyard by ghosts and a guardian who is neither dead nor alive. Magical, terrifying, and filled with gripping adventures, The Graveyard Book is another supernatural masterpiece by Neil Gaiman and was justly awarded the 2009 Newbery Medal. Coraline, another creepy  Gaiman concoction, was made into a 3D step-motion animated film and is now showing at theaters. Check it out!

Sister Wife by Shelley Hrdlitschka

Sister Wife by Shelley Hrdlitschka is an unbiased look at a different culture. Celeste grew up in Unity, a polygamist compound with few modern conveniences. She is soon to be married, shortly after her 15th birthday, to a much older man chosen by the prophet. However, Celeste is questioning her faith and is not sold on the idea of marriage. If you enjoy this book you may also enjoy some of the other books we have on

Further Reading

If you're enjoying February's Tween book club selection (The City of Ember), make sure to check out the movie and the rest of books in this

"Great American Race"

Start your engines for the 51st running of the Daytona 500, the ulitmate in NASCAR racing, on Sunday February 15, 2009.  The field is set so brush up on your stock car knowledge with a variety of

A Pick From Pearl

Awww shucks. I know that's hardly a usual way to begin a book review, but it was my immediate response to finishing Matthew Quick's heart-warming, humorous, and soul-satisfying first novel, The Silver Linings Playbook.

It's a Birthday!

Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809.  He is considered one of our nation's greatest presidents.  Learn more about him in our Children's Biography collection, or read fictional stories about him in our Children's Fiction collection.

Sun, Sand & Romance

It's not quite as cold outside, but it still isn't a tropical paradise. If you wish you could escape the snow and slush, but can't afford a plane ticket, look on our new bookmark for a romance set on beaches, islands, and other hot spots.


 



2009 Edgar Awards Announced

The 2009 Edgar Award nominees were recently announced by the Mystery Writers of America.  The awards will be given at the 63rd Gala Banquet on April 30 in New York.

Mystery on the High Seas

If the winter weather is getting you down and your next vacation is months away, you may want to join with others who are "warming up" cruising on the high seas via a series of mystery books written by Stella Whitelaw.  You will be guided by her dancer turned sleuth "cruise director" Casey Jones while she deals with disappearing passengers, over the hill performers, and -oh yes, a gorgeous ship doctor while visiting exotic ports of call.

Puppet Kit Collection

You may have noticed that we're expanding the Children's puppet collection to include puppet kits of popular stories (like Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak). If you have a favorite children's story you'd like to see included in this collection, please let us know - we always appreciate your input!

Wimpy #3 is Here!

Will Greg be able to unwimpify himself, or will his dad really send him off to military school in order to toughen him up? Find out in the latest Diary of a Wimpy Kid - the Last Straw by Jeff Kinney.

Hey, kids - meet Marley!

Marley, the lovable Labrador who inspired a best-selling book and a hit movie, now comes to us in a format for beginning readers.  Marley & Me: Meet Marley and Marley & Me: Marley to the Rescue follow the escapades of Marley, who just can’t seem to stay out of trouble. If you love dogs, you'll definitely love reading about Marley's crazy adventures.

Is The Hunger Games the New Twilight?

It is for me at least!  Suzanne Collin's The Hunger Games is entirely different from Twilight, but for me it had the exact same effect.  I can not wait for the next book in the series, Catching Fire (The Hunger Games Series #2).  The popularity of the Hunger Game series is already evident and I am certain it will only continue to grow.&nb

New Fiction

Elegance of the Hedgehog (Muriel Barbery).  Set in a bougeois aprartment building in Paris, this is a poignant story of an unattractive, cantankerous conciege and a supersmart 12 yr. old both of whom hide their considerable intellectual talent.  A new tenant, a wealthy Japanese man detects their intelligence and ultimately changes their lives.  An unusual and appealing tale.