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The Mostly True Story of Jack by Kelly Barnhill

The Mostly True Story of jack book cover

The Mostly True Story of Jack

by Kelly Barnhill

I really liked the feel of this book. Throughout the story it was really easy to connect with Jack and the other characters and get wrapped up in the story. Jack has always felt invisible in his family and when his mother drops him off at his Aunt Mabel’s and Uncle Clive’s for a visit, he starts to unravel the mystery and magic behind why he never felt loved or part of his family, especially when he realizes in Hazelwood he can make friends and people do care about him.
Jack is very resistant to this whole idea of magic that the kids he meets in town keep mentions and that his uncle keeps nudging him to read about in book of the town’s history at first. Once Jack starts unraveling what really happened in Hazelwood and how he’s connected to it all things start to get interesting, with Mr. Avery, the richest man in town, who’s also the town bully’s dad, wanting him dead, his and Aunt and Uncle’s house starts talking to him, the nature around Jack seems to be reaching out to him and that’s just the beginning.

By MPPL on December 12, 2011 Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Middle School, Mystery

Book Trailer of the Week– The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch

This week’s book trailer is for Jeff Hirsch’s The Eleventh PlagueClick here to find The Eleventh Plague at the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on December 9, 2011 Categories: Book Trailer, Fiction, Science Fiction

Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton

Angelfire Book CoverAngelfire

by Courtney Allison Moulton

Ellie believes that the nightmares she has are only nightmares, but the horrifying dark monsters that terrify her in the night seem so real.  When Ellie turns 17, her nightmares become reality and she meets Will.  Will is Ellie’s Guardian, because Ellie is a Preliator, an ancient warrior that is given the power to kill reapers (the dark monsters that she dreams of).  As Ellie begins to train and spend more time with Will, she learns that she has lived the life of the Preliator for hundreds of years and every time she is killed she comes back without the memories of her life and powers before.  Will has been her Guardian all this time and he has to find her every time she is reborn and helps her remember her true self.  This life for Ellie is different, however, because she is only remembering bits and pieces of her old lives which makes it harder for her to access her true power.  This life is also different for Ellie because the dark reapers are getting closer to waging war on humanity, but in order to do that they must destroy Ellie’s soul so that she cannot be reborn to protect the human race once more.

Angelfire is a great read for anyone who wants an action packed supernatural read.  The mythology in Angelfire is centered on angels; one that Moulton has carefully crafted and explained. The main character of Ellie is strong but flawed: since she cannot remember her true nature, Ellie does have a hard time becoming a true warrior.  However, the battles that she endures in the book and the way she handles not knowing her true self make her a very relate-able character.  Ellie is a character that is molded after the Buffy type: a strong, kick-butt female who struggles with what it takes to stay strong with also wanting to be a normal teenage girl.  She also has a funny, surly attitude that gives this novel a humorous undertone (much like Buffy).

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on December 8, 2011 Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Staff Pics, Supernatural/Paranormal

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke and Bone book coverDaughter of Smoke and Bone

by Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke and Bone centers around Karou, blue haired, lanky, artist and wickedly awesome errand runner.  In her sketchbook Karou draws monstrous characters like Brimstone, Kishmish, Issa and their adventures. Her friends and classmates think these stories and characters are brilliant except, what they don’t know because no one really knows anything about Karou, is that all those character are real.  Brimstone, the Wishmonger, raised her and trained her and now she runs errands for him around the world collecting teeth to exchange for wishes. While Karou is running her errands, frustrated that Brimstone never completely fills her in about why teeth in exchange for wishes, there’s danger mounting as black hand prints are found burned into doors all over the world. The same doors Karou uses as a portal to complete her errands.  Whose hand prints are on the doors? Some claim they’ve seen shadows with wings, others claim the felt a feather grace their skin.  In the middle of Morocco on an errand Karou finds herself face to face with exactly who’s been leaving those hand prints and who’s out to exact revenge on Brimstone, and once they’ve met neither of their worlds will ever be quite the same.

Marie Lu Talks About Legend

Legend is the latest hot dystopian novel to hit the shelves.  It was published in November and even before it appeared on bookshelves it had a movie deal.  The author, Marie Lu, has a pretty interesting background as a director for a video game company and says that the idea for Legend came to her while she was watching Les Miserables.

To read more about Lu’s background in video games, click here to read her interview with EW’s Shelf Life.

To read more about the her inspiration for Legend, click here to read her interview with MTV’s Hollywood Crush blog.

Click here to find Legend in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on December 6, 2011 Categories: Action/Adventure, Dystopian, Fiction, Interview

Book Trailer of the Week– Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

This week’s book trailer is for Cassandra Clare’s Clockwork Prince.  Clockwork Prince isn’t published until this Tuesday 12/6, but the trailer is an excellent teaser if you’re a fan of Clare’s Infernal Devices series.  Click here to find Clockwork Prince in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on December 2, 2011 Categories: Book Trailer, Fantasy, Fiction, Supernatural/Paranormal