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.
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.
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
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.
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
Brave new world by Aldous Huxley
A canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
The handmaid's tale by Margaret Atwood
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
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
The time traveler's wife: a novel by Audrey Niffenegger
Kindred by Octavia E.
The traveling restaurant: Jasper's voyage in three parts: a novel for children by Barbara Else ; [illustrations, Sam Broad] is a savory story featuring twelve-year-old Jasper who must mature very quickly in order to meet the challenges of life suddenly thrust upon him. He is abandoned by his family, he thinks, and soon realizes his baby sister has been kidnapped by the ruthless Lady Gall and her soldiers. She holds the key to restoring the missing magic to Fontania and he must rescue her before they poison her and take control of the kingdom. He gets help from a most unexpected source - the Traveling Resaurant, a mysterious ship serving delicious, magically appearing food and the two owers who operate it.
The knight at dawn by Mary Pope Osborne ; illustrated by Sal Murdocca
Knights of the kitchen table by Jon Scieszka ; illustrated by Lane Smith
A wrinkle in time by Madeleine L'Engle
Honus & me by Dan Gutman
City of masks by Mary Hoffman
The Book of Time by Guillaume Prevost ; translated by William Rodarmor
The fire thief by Terry Deary
Tanglewreck by Jeanette Winterson
Justin Thyme by Panama Oxridge
The new policeman by Kate Thompson
Ruby red by Kerstin Gier ; translated from the German by Anthea Bell
Ghost knight by Cornelia Funke ; translated by Oliver Latsch ; [illustrated by Andrea Offermann] will keep you in rapt suspense with terrifying ghosts, an ancient mystery, and present day conflicts. Eleven-year-old Jon is shipped off to Salisbury Cathedral's boarding school, in part because he loathes his soon-to-be dentist stepfather. Vengeful ghosts begin attacking Jon almost immediately, but luckily he finds help from the lovely, albeit mysterious, Ella whose grandmother is a reputed ghost expert. She insists that Jon's only hope is to summon the ghost of the late knight Longspee. Will Longspee help? Can he be trusted? Why are the time-traveling ghosts of Lord Stourton and his servants so intent on killing Jon anyway?
- Michigan Chillers — will be shelved as J Fiction Rand
- American Chillers — will be shelved as J Fiction Rand
- Hannah Montana — will be shelved as J Fiction Hannah
Cold cereal by Adam Rex — If you are a cereal lover as I am, you may never be able to eat it again with impunity after reading this book. However, this zany, fast-paced, hilarious fantasy adventure by Rex is totally worth it. Scott Doe has the ability to see magical creatures that no one else can, but doesn't really realize it. Emily and Erno are super smart twins involved in an nefarious experiment, but do not know it. Goodco Cereal Company is capturing magical beings and draining the "glamour" from them to use as an addictive additive to their products, but consumers haven't a clue. A bigfoot butler, a snarky leprechaun, and a rabbit-headed man are some of the lucky few creatures who have managed to escape Goodco's ever-expanding power.
The book of wonders by Jasmine Richards is an exciting fantasy based loosely on the Arabian nights. When thirteen-year-old Zardi's sister and father are captured by the evil, saddistic sultan, Zardi knows the time has come for her to flee the realm and seek help in overthrowing this tyrant. Otherwise her sister will suffer the same horrific fate as countless other teenage girls. Along with Rhidan, who is her best friend, and an unlikely crew of sailors led by the notorious Captain Sinbad, Zardi embarks on a perilous quest in search of the lost magic of Arribitha. Only with the power of this force is there any hope of restoring peace and harmony to her homeland.
This program has been canceled.Internationally best-selling author Colleen Gleason will discuss her books and her writing process. Gleason's books include the popular Gardella Vampire Chronicles and the Regency Draculia Series that starts with The Vampire Voss. She also penned a short story, Northanger Castle, for the anthology Bespelling Jane Austen.
In addition to her works under her own name, she writes an exciting post-apocalyptic romance series under the pseudonym of Joss Ware. Gleason's publishing plans include a steampunk young adult series. Please join us on