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Newbery Award Winners for 2014

The John Newbery Medal for 2014 has been awarded to:


Flora & Ulysses: the illuminated adventures by Kate DiCamillo ; illustrated by K.G. Campbell



Newbery Honor books for 2014 are:



Doll bones by Holly Black ; with illustrations by Eliza Wheeler


The year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes


One came home by Amy Timberlake


Paperboy by Vince Vawter

Canton Seniors Book Discussion Group January-June 2014

Looking for a lively book discussion? The Canton Seniors Book Discussion Group meets on the fourth Thursday of the month from 2:00-3:00PM in Group Study Room A at Canton Public Library. 

January 23              Annie's Ghosts: A Journey into a Family's Secret by Steve Luxenberg

February 27           The Closers by Michael Connelly

March 27                Detroit: An American Autopsy by Charlie LeDuff

April 24                   The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian

May 22                     Crank by Ellen Hopkins

June 26                    The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

Great New Tween Sci-Fi & Fantasy

The Wells Bequest by Polly Shulman

Hammer of witches by Shana Mlawski

The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani ; illustrations by Iacopo Bruno

The apprentices by Maile Meloy ; with illustrations by Ian Schoenherr

SYLO by D.J. MacHale

The reluctant assassin by Eoin Colfer

A world without heroes by Brandon Mull

New Teen Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Paranormal with a Bit of Romance

Check out one of these highly recommended new teen books:

Etiquette & espionage by Gail Carriger

The Elite by Kiera Cass

The darkest minds by Alexandra Bracken

Altered by Jennifer Rush

The archived by Victoria Schwab

Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

Poison by Bridget Zinn

Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan

Fantasy With Political Intrigue

If you liked A Game of Thrones, then give one of these a try:

The eye of the world by Robert Jordan

A shadow in summer by Daniel Abraham

The black prism by Brent Weeks

Gardens of the moon by Steven Erikson

Tracing the shadow by Sarah Ash

The gilded chain: a tale of the King's Blades by Dave Duncan

The immortal prince by Jennifer Fallon

Books for Kids Who Love Fantasy Novels

The Floating Islands by Rachel Neumeier

City of fire by Laurence Yep

Poison by Bridget Zinn

Dragon run by Patrick Matthews

The flame in the mist by Kit Grindstaff

Winterling by Sarah Prineas

Bad unicorn by Platte F. Clark

The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson ; illustrations by Ben McSweeney

Fantastic Fantasy for Tweens & Teens

Here's some great books for those who like fantasy with a little wonder and humor:

The false prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen


The chaos code by Justin Richards


The scorpions of Zahir by Christine Brodien-Jones


The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann

Teen Paranormal Romance

Looking for some paranormal adventure mixed with a little romance? Try one of these books:

Daughter of smoke & bone by Laini Taylor

The Raven Boys [sound recording] by Maggie Stiefvater

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

The iron king by Julie Kagawa

Year 2012 Top Fiction Picks

Our favorite reads this year from the Adult and Children/Tweens/Teens Librarians:

The age of miracles: a novel by Karen Thompson Walker

The art forger: a novel by B.A. Shapiro

The dog stars by Peter Heller

Before I go to sleep: a novel by S.J. Watson

City of thieves: a novel by David Benioff

Every day by David Levithan

The expats: a novel by Chris Pavone

Dog Daze

Lovers of dogs and/or dog stories will be delighted to know that a deluge of delights awaits them this publishing season. Here is but a sampling of some recent dog tales. Take your pick of the litter!

A dog called Homeless by Sarah Lean

The vanishing by Christopher Holt

The dogs of winter by Bobbie Pyron

Historical Fantasy

If you enjoyed A Great and Terrible Beauty, try one of these:

Clockwork angel by Cassandra Clare

Grave mercy by Robin LaFevers

The diviners by Libba Bray

Bewitching Season by Marissa Doyle

Far Out Fantasy

The scorpions of Zahir by Christine Brodien-Jones is a riveting, fast-paced mixture of fantasy, sci-fi, adventure, mythology, mystery, family affairs, and travel. Feisty Zagora Pym sets off for Morocco with her astronomy-crazed brother and archaeologist father to connect with a long lost colleague (Pitblade Yegen) of her father and explore  ruins of the ancient city of Zahir. But Pitblade had been kidnapped, mammoth scorpions have invaded the city, and the rogue planet, Nar Azrak, is on a collision course with earth. With the help of members of the Azimuth tribe, thought to have been extinct, Zagora begins a daring quest to restore order and harmony to this desert land. Key to success of this mission is returning the Oryx Stone to the apex of a buried pyramid.

Dystopian Fantasy or a Fantastic Dystopia

The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann is like Harry Potter entering the Hunger Games, according to one Kirkus reviewer. Other reviews also rave about this new teen/tween Fantasy/Sci-Fi series. In the dystopic land of Quill, when you reach age 13, you are deemed Wanted, Necessary, or Unwanted. Alex is too creative and is thereby judged Unwanted and sentenced to be cast into the Lake of Burning Death along with the other Unwanteds.  His identical brother, Aaron, is rated Wanted, turns his back on his brother, enters Wanted University, and rises quickly, becoming the protege of High Priest Justine. Meanwhile, Alex is pleasantly surprised when instead of suffering a painful death, he is welcomed into the magical realm of Artime by the kindly mage Mr. Today.

Book Club Choices: Banned Books

If your book group is looking for a reading challenge--each of these books has been challenged by a parent or a community.  This year marks the 30th Anniversary of American Libraries Association's Banned Books Week, September 30 - October 6, 2012.
 

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald ; preface and notes by Matthew J. Bruccoli

Meet the Greatest Paleozoologist

The wondrous journals of Dr. Wendell Wiggins: describing the most curious, fascinating, sometimes-gruesome, and seemingly impossible creatures that roamed the world before us by Lesley M.M. Blume ; illustrated by David Foote. If you don't know what a paleozoologist is, then read this extremely informative and entertaining work by Dr. Wiggin. It reveals the secrets of the very ancient earth and long-extinct plant, animal, and humanoid species. Wiggins provides detailed sketches and descriptions of such bizarre creatures as: Thunder Vulcusts, "Land" Whales, Bunny Fluffs, Cloud-Dwelling Hummingbird People, and Hapless Vampire Glow Bats.

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

Another Time, Another Fantasy

If you love fantasy set in another time and universe, try these titles for a change of place.

Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb
Cast in Shadow by Michelle Sagara West
Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
by N. K. Jemisin

Time Travel Fiction

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's court by written by Mark Twain ; illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman


From time to time: a novel by Jack Finney


The house on the strand by Du Maurier, Daphne, Dame, 1907-1989


Hyperion by Dan Simmons