Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Two new books for sci-fi and fantasy readers

The Forbidden Library by Django Wexler is the  first book of a new fantasy series that will by enjoyed by fans of Cornelia Funk and Lewis Carrol.  It’s aimed toward a middle-school audience but older readers and adults will enjoy it as well. As the story opens, the main character, suddenly orphaned Alice, goes to live with her never-heard of uncle.  This uncle’s only instruction is to not enter the enormous library on the grounds. What follows is a wild adventure with snarky talking cats, inscrutable scruffy boys, strange creatures and a newly discovered power that turns books into dangerous gateways.  Soon Alice is fighting for her life. Readers will cheer along with Alice as she follows her intuition and becomes a strong, clever and curious heroine.  The ending will have you eagerly awaiting the second book.

Good space-travel science fiction for teens is hard to find, but Tin Star hits the mark. Cecil Castelluci’s biggest strength is his ability to create characters with immense depth. The main character, 14 year-old Tula, has strength, gritty gumption and an infinite determination to survive.  She and her family leave earth to colonize a new planet, led by the charismatic cult-like leader Brother Blue.

One day Tula sees something she shouldn’t, and Brother Blue turns on her, savagely beating her and abandoning her on the remote space station of Yertina Feray--the sole human in a place where humans are considered infinitely inferior. An alien creature named Heckleck takes her under his wing, albeit a bit reluctantly, and teaches her how to survive and even start to thrive. But even though three years pass, Tula is driven by thoughts of revenge on Brother Blue. When three new humans with ties to Brother Blue suddenly arrive on the scene, Tula has her chance.

~Sarah, Youth Services


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Matt Novak: Young Authors Guest

Only a few authors get the honor or illustrating their own books. Matt Novak is one of those authors. He has written more than 20 books, illustrating all of these and some for other authors, as well. He uses bright colors and a cartoon style with a dash of humor that appeals to young readers.

NO ZOMBIES ALLOWED is tale of two party planning witches getting ready for their annual monster party. While cleaning the house for the party, they find various photographs from last year’s gathering and begin to think about improving their guest list. They cross off the zombies who “kept dropping their eyes into the punch bowl,” the werewolves who “coughed up furballs all over the house,” and the vampires who “sucked all the juice out of the fruit.” As the guest list gets shorter and shorter, the party sounds less and less fun. You probably guessed that they ended up inviting all their friends, just like last year, and had the best time ever!

MY FROGGY VALENTINE is a twist on the story of “The Frog Prince.” In this version, Princess Polly wants to meet a wonderful prince, but is pursued by four frogs, all claiming that a kiss from her will turn them into a prince. One turns into the prince of trolls, the next into the prince of goblins, and the third becomes prince of hairy beasts; each one worse than the other. Should she take a chance on the fourth frog? Read on if you are looking for a happy ending.

This talented author will be featured at the Young Authors Conference this week. His books are available in the Youth Services area of the library.


Monday, May 5, 2014

Some Superheros

If you’ve got the comic book bug after seeing all the recent superhero movies, you may want to check out these two graphic novels, new to Peter White Public Library.

Captain America: Winter Soldier
Author: Ed Brubaker
Location: Adult Graphic Novels
If you saw the new Captain America movie, you now know who the Winter Soldier is. However, did you know that the Winter Soldier is based on a comic story written by Ed Brubaker, who wrote Captain America for 8 years, and illustrated by Eisner-Winning artist Steve Epting? Much like the film, this story is about Steve Rogers, Captain America, man out of time. Working with S.H.I.E.L.D., Rogers must take on a crew of Russian assassins working for a man named Lutkin and uncover the truth behind their secret weapon, the Winter Soldier. Along with his friend, Sam Wilson, the Falcon, the Captain discovers secrets from his past and must decide how to move forward with his future. If you liked the movie, you should certainly give this book a shot.

Guardians of the Galaxy
Author: Brian Michael Bendis
Location: Adult Graphic Novels
Brian Michael Bendis is one of the most prolific writers in the Marvel Comic Book Universe. With the new Guardians of the Galaxy movie set to hit theaters this summer, Bendis is the perfect choice to write the comic book to run alongside it. Guardians follows Peter Quill, a half human, half alien who discovers his rightful place in his intergalactic family. Then, he swiftly denies his alien family’s legacy and meets an odd group of interstellar warriors:  a talking tree, a genetically engineered talking raccoon, the daughter of an evil, intergalactic destroyer, and Drax the Destroyer. Together they make up the Guardians of the Galaxy. With the addition of Iron Man, this comic takes you on an adventure through space and what may be the beginning of an intergalactic war.