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Tuesday, October 31

  1. page Contemporary edited ... 6-10 Suspense, Multicultural Crowley, Cath Words in Deep Blue Excellent 8 & up Des…
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    Words in Deep Blue
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    Dessen, Sarah
    Along for the Ride
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  2. page Authors C - D edited ... The life of a chorister seems like it would be an easy one but such is not the case for young …
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    The life of a chorister seems like it would be an easy one but such is not the case for young John, crippled by a horrible accident that killed his father. He is brutalized by a bully and beaten for things he did not do. The only bright spot is his friendship with Hugh, another chorister. When one of the canons is murdered and Hugh disappears, everyone thinks the worst. Everyone except John. As he seeks to discover the truth, he finds himself embroiled in sinister forces at work in and around the Cathedral.
    Crowley uses a deft hand to tell this chilling tale. Her characters are well-rounded and the plot twists believable and the tension palpable. A sophisticated reader might be disappointed not to have some more detail of John's back ground and how he came to be in his situation but most young adult readers will root for John and admire his bravery. This is an excellent title to add to any historical fiction collection.
    Crowley, Cath
    Words in Deep Blue deepblue
    No matter how you deal with it, losing someone hurts. It leaves a them-shaped hole in your soul. In the book Words in Deep Blue, Rachel has pushed her grief deep inside. So deep, in fact, that she feels almost nothing at all. She has finished school, for now, and has moved back to where she grew up; back to where the boy who was her best friend and secret crush (who broke her heart) lives. No one there, save her aunt, knows about her brother's death. They do know that something has changed the once-carefree girl into a quiet, sometimes cruel person. Her one refuge is the bookshop where she works but it is also a curse because "The Boy", also known as Henry, works there, as well. As they work together, they find a comfortable rhythm. Her job is to catalog the stories in the Letter Library. It is the heart and soul of the bookstore where people have left notes to others, known and unknown, inside of books. His job is to help his slowly disintegrating family decide whether to sell their beloved bookshop or not. Together, they reveal themselves to each other and help heal the hurt that each one caused.
    Cath Crowley's poignant love story is powerful and sweet, painful and healing. The characters move through their own lives like feathers on the wind, coming to rest at odd places but always picking up bits and pieces along the way. Her "Letter Library" is a brilliant creation; one that every bookstore and library needs.

    Cypess, Leah
    Mistwood mistwood
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  3. page Authors C - D edited ... Lady Midnight ladymidnight When last we saw Julian, Emma and the passel of children (Julian's…
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    Lady Midnight ladymidnight
    When last we saw Julian, Emma and the passel of children (Julian's younger siblings), they had lost more in a few days than most people do in a life time. They were healing but that didn't end the problems for the valiant young people. Julian had a full plate. He was basically running the Institute and raising his siblings since his older brother and sister were taken from him. Still, they had allies; people they trusted to help. Unfortunately, there are few people whose betrayals hurt more than those we trust the most. When the worst happens, they land roughly on their feet and must begin to pick up the pieces of their lives...again.
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    of Shadows lordshadows
    With the pieces of their lives scattered, Julian's older brother Mark has returned to them, but he's a bit at sea as to his role in a family that has grown up without him. With mounting pressure to find The Black Volume and what is causing the influx of sea demon attacks, Julian and Emma have to keep things together but keep themselves apart to keep their secret. Keeping secrets is what Julian is best at, making him calculating and sometimes vicious when there are threats against his family. Not everything is peaceful outside of Los Angeles either. A battle is brewing within the Shadowhunter community which threatens to tear apart their ancient bonds. The family is called to account for the nefarious activities of their institute when suddenly a dagger flashes and finds its mark. Blood flows and one life hangs in the balance.
    Clark, Judith
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  4. page Authors C - D edited ... It's not often that authors can write sequels and keep the momentum going through to the end. …
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    It's not often that authors can write sequels and keep the momentum going through to the end. Cassandra Clare is definitely in a very exclusive group of master storytellers along with Juliet Marillier, J.R.R. Tolkien, Cinda Williams Chima, Robin McKinley and very few others. Clockwork Angel is the beginning of a prequel trilogy to her Immortal Instruments trilogy, which was beyond excellent!!! From the prologue, the story grabs hold and doesn't let go until the infuriating cliffhanger of an ending. Her characters are well drawn and wholly believable. While there are definite similarities between them and the ones from the Immortal Instruments, they fit with the story and leave you wanting to know more about them. The mysterious Will has a mouth and wit that rivals Jace's and both boys have secrets they are unwilling to share with anyone. Tessa and Clary have the same dogged determination to take care of themselves, even though they are woefully unequipped. Both girls also are not what or who they thought they were, a secret identity hidden from them by those wishing to protect them. These similarities aside, the characters in Clockwork Angel are their own people with their own follies and foibles and in the hands of a master storyteller, they will be cleverly revealed in the coming books so stay tuned!
    Clockwork Prince clockworkprince is the next installment and the story just keeps getting better! Will has been under a curse for many years and he has been searching for the demon who placed the curse. Jem is getting weaker but his bond with Tessa is growing stronger. What happens between them will surprise everyone. The Magister is still very much in the picture and has cast a pall over the Shadowhunters. His actions have called into question Charlotte's running of the Institute and Benedict Lightwood is poised to take over but he has his own secrets that might just destroy him! Full of intrigue, romance and betrayal, Clockwork Prince more than lives up to expectation! If you've not already discovered these wonderful characters, you don't know what you are missing!
    Clare, Cassandra
    Lady Midnight ladymidnight
    When last we saw Julian, Emma and the passel of children (Julian's younger siblings), they had lost more in a few days than most people do in a life time. They were healing but that didn't end the problems for the valiant young people. Julian had a full plate. He was basically running the Institute and raising his siblings since his older brother and sister were taken from him. Still, they had allies; people they trusted to help. Unfortunately, there are few people whose betrayals hurt more than those we trust the most. When the worst happens, they land roughly on their feet and must begin to pick up the pieces of their lives...again.
    Lord of Shadows
    With the pieces of their lives scattered, Julian's older brother Mark has returned to them, but he's a bit at sea as to his role in a family that has grown up without him. With mounting pressure to find The Black Volume and what is causing the influx of sea demon attacks, Julian and Emma have to keep things together but keep themselves apart to keep their secret. Keeping secrets is what Julian is best at, making him calculating and sometimes vicious when there are threats against his family. Not everything is peaceful outside of Los Angeles either. A battle is brewing within the Shadowhunter community which threatens to tear apart their ancient bonds. The family is called to account for the nefarious activities of their institute when suddenly a dagger flashes and finds its mark. Blood flows and one life hangs in the balance.

    Clark, Judith
    Wolf on the Fold wolf
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    9:52 am
  5. page Fantasy edited ... Excellent 6 & up Clare, Cassandra Lady Midnight Lord of Shadows Excellent 8 & u…
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    Clare, Cassandra
    Lady Midnight
    Lord of Shadows
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    8 & up

    Clement-Davies, David
    The Telling Pool
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    9:30 am
  6. page Authors E - G edited E Earls, Nick After Summer aftersummer Is there life after graduation? Alex's is spent waiti…
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    Earls, Nick
    After Summer aftersummer
    Is there life after graduation? Alex's is spent waiting for his university confirmation. Besides that, his life after graduation seems like it's going to be the same as every other summer of his life...surfing, watching cricket on TV, playing pool with Len.... But then something happens. A girl on a board slices through the waves just behind him. Her body is perfectly balanced, all graceful muscles and movements. Alex's summer and his life are about to change.
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    What is it that makes the moon revolve around the earth and the earth around the sun? Gravitational pull, that's what. Alaska Young has enough gravitational charisma to attract almost everyone who passes close to her. She is beautiful but dangerous; funny but damaged. Miles Halter is one of those whose orbit brings him too close to the dangerous side, the damaged side but close enough to be dazzled by the beauty and humor of her but will he be able to pull her back, as she begins to spin erratically out of control?
    It always amazes me when a man writes a female character really well. John Greene creates quite a remarkable girl in Alaska and she is completely believable. We've probably all known someone very much like her. This debut novel successfully deals with life in boarding school, lost lives, and lost love. It also shows what happens when there's too much alcohol available and breaking rules is too easy.
    Green, John
    Turtles All The Way Down turtles
    Spirals are cool looking figures. They seem to continue in an ever-tightening circle to infinity (and beyond?). Aza is not particularly fond of spirals, though. Her thoughts can sometimes spiral out of control and take her with them. It might start as a simple question, "Did you change your band-aid this morning?" Then, as fast as a machine gun, more questions, doubts, terror crowds out her world and all she knows is the spiral. Her best friend Daisy has stuck by her for most of their lives, no matter what. When the two girls decide to play detective and find the town's missing millionaire who disappeared under suspicious circumstances, their road diverges into uncharted territory for Aza; boys, a particular boy named Davis Pickett who also happens to be the missing millionaire's son. It's a roller coaster ride for Aza as she has to figure out a way to navigate the budding relationship with Davis, maintain her friendship and also deal with her worsening OCD symptoms. It all comes to a head with a crash and Aza must learn to move forward even if it hurts.
    John Green addresses the difficult subject of mental illness is his latest book. He has a particular understanding because he also suffers with OCD. With tenderness, humor, and insight, he gives us a glimpse into his world and what it feels like to be stuck in a spiral. The scene when Aza and Daisy are in the tunnel and Aza uses the situation to help Daisy understand a little of what she goes through each day is poignant and heartbreaking.

    Griffin, Bethany
    Masque of the Red Death reddeath
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Monday, October 30

  1. page Contemporary edited ... Very good 8 & up Green, John Turtles All the Way Down Excellent 8 & up Grime…
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    Green, John
    Turtles All the Way Down
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    8 & up

    Grimes, Nikki
    Bronx Masquerade
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    9:45 am

Wednesday, October 25

  1. page Fantasy edited ... Very good 6-8 Meyer, Marissa Heartless Excellent 8 & up Mordun, P.R. The World…
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    Very good
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    Meyer, Marissa
    Heartless
    Excellent
    8 & up

    Mordun, P.R.
    The World of Eldaterra: The Dragon Conspiracy
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