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Harry Harrison 1925-2012

Harry Harrison, an American science fiction author, died at 87. He is best know for his Stainless Steel Rat series and the novel Make Room! Make Room! which became the movie Soylent Green.

Unwholly

Unwholly by Neal Shusterman — The long awaited sequel to Unwind is almost here. Unwholly picks up where Unwind left off, introducing the reader to new characters and new questions about the practice of unwinding. If you haven't already read Unwind, now is a perfect time!

Time Travel Trip (Youth Book)

Bridge of time by Lewis Buzbee is a perfect book for older readers who are interested in earning the Time Travel badge. A wrinkle in time propels best friends Lee Jones and Jones Lee back to the summer Mark Twain spent in San Francisco. The class trip they were on was a total loser, so they snuck away to discuss the pending divorces of their parents. Upon awaking from a nap in a lighthouse they find the Golden Gate bridge has fanished, their cell phones don't work, and they are clueless as to how to get back to their class and/or time. Then they meet this young man named Sam Clemens who is on the run from a mysterious stranger, who soon is after Lee and Jone, too. A suspenseful summer, sci-fi, time-travel treat for all those who delve into its pages.

Steampunk for Teens

Enjoy steampunk? Try these books out:

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

Cinder by written by Marissa Meyer

Clockwork angel by Cassandra Clare

Airborn by Kenneth Oppel

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

Armchair Traveler

Time Travel Science Fiction

Youth Time Travel Series

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

It's About Time (Youth Books)

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

Author Ray Bradbury 1920-2012

Legendary writer Ray Bradbury has passed away at the age of 91. Author of classics such as Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles, Bradbury saw several of his works turned into movies, among them The Illustrated Man and Something Wicked This Way Comes. His career of over 70 years earned him many honors, including 2000 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the 2004 National Medal of Arts, and a 2007 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation.

2011 William L.Crawford Fantasy Award Winner

Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti by Genevieve Valentine is the recipient of this year's William L. Crawford Fantasy Award. This annual award honors talented, up-and-coming authors who published their first novel in the year previous to the award. Previous winners of this award are Charles de Lint and Judith Tarr.

The Hunger Games Read-Alikes

While the world is watching The Hunger Games, you may be waiting to read a title in the series or wanting to read something similiar. Try these read-alikes, and may the odds be ever in your favor.

The running man by Stephen King writing as Richard Bachman ; with an introduction by the author

Among the hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Daylight runner by Oisin McGann

For Those Who Like 'Among the Hidden'

If you enjoyed Among The Hidden and you're looking for a new series, give one of these a try:

The city of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

The giver by Lois Lowry

Virus on Orbis 1 by PJ Haarsma

Connie Willis Wins Prestigious Writer's Award

Connie Willis, the prolific science fiction author, has won the prestigious Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award for 2011. The award is given by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) and celebrates lifetime achievement in science fiction or fantasy. The library owns many of her titles, including Blackout/All Clear, which won the Hugo Award for 2011.

Adventure and Mystery Books

Enjoy books like The 39 Clues? Looking for something else with adventure and mystery? Try some of these:

NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society by Michael Buckley

A world without heroes by Brandon Mull

The name of this book is secret by Pseudonymous Bosch

In Memoriam: Anne McCaffrey (1926-2011)

Anne Inez McCaffrey (1 April 1926-21 November 2011) award-winning author of the "Dragonriders of Pern" series, has died of a stroke at her Ireland home. She was 85 years old. Ms. McCaffrey, the first woman to receive a Hugo Award for fiction and the Nebula Award, was named 22nd Grand Master of the Science Fiction Writers of America in 2005 and inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2006. She was the first science fiction writer to make the New York Times Bestsellers List.

Best of 2011

Lists, lists, and more lists. As 2011 draws to an end everyone seems to be creating "Best of" lists. For readers of all ages and tastes, holiday gift suggestions:

Do You Find School Boring?

Well then, you might try enrolling in either Master Dreadthorn's School for Wayward Villains or Blatt School for the Insanely Gifted. Granted, you must be the child of a notorious evil entity, such as Dracula, The Big Bad Wolf, or a warlock and be lacking in evil to normally qualify for entry into the former school, but heck, you could always give it a shot. "Gifted" has a lot of definitions. The deciding factor for entry into the later school is that you have the ability to invent something the headmaster might want to steal from you, thereby increasing his fame, fortune, and power — but you don't know this of course. Trust me, if you do have the opportunity to attend one of these schools, you will gain a whole new perspective on education.

Villain School : good curses evil by Stephanie S. Sanders — Join Rune, Jez, and Wolf Junior as they try to succeed at a nearly impossible Plot in order to avoid being expelled for not being bad enough.

The School for the Insanely Gifted by Dan Elish — Wild rides, literally, are in store for you with Daphna, Harkin, and Cynthia as they embark on an international search for Daphna's missing mother and prepare for the school's upcoming "Insanity Cup" competition. Don't miss this action-packed adventure fantasy. If you liked The Mysterious Benedict Society, you will love this for sure.

Fast, fun, reads, both of these weird school books are sure to please!