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When Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book won the 2009 Newbery Medal, the literary world was a-buzz.  Now that P. Craig Russell has turned it into a two-part graphic novel, the buzz begins anew.  The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel: Volume One was released yesterday, July 29, 2014.  Volume Two will be available on September 30, 2014.  Need a refresher on the plot?  Ok, but try not to get too freaked out.  This story is not for the faint of heart.

A toddler's family is murdered by a mysterious stranger, and the denizens of the neighboring cemetery (ie. ghosts, vampires, and even a werewolf-type creature) take on the responsibility of being his caretakers.

Gaiman and Russell also collaborated on the Coraline comic adaptation. 

I struggle with reading graphic novels.  I'm a words-obsessed person and can't get fully drawn in by drawings.  Plus, I never seem to know which order to read the panels in.  Yes, I'll give you a moment to laugh at my ineptitude.  Ok, let's move on to the real point of this blog.  My graphic novel phobia almost kept me from reading Jeffrey Brown's Star Wars Jedi Academy, even though I'm a big Star Wars fan.  Luckily, my coworker Jeremy convinced me to try it.  AND I LOVED IT!  And I can't wait for the sequel, Star Wars Jedi Academy: Return of the Padawan, which comes out today, July 29, 2014.  I wonder what will happen in Roan's second year of middle school in a galaxy far, far away?

Jeff Brown also wrote two hilarious picture books featuring Star Wars characters.
Darth Vader and Son & Vader's Little Princess


This Friday and Saturday, Hoover Library is bringing a host of authors to town to mark the end of our summer-long celebration of the romance genre.   Friday evening at 7 pm, we’ll be joined by Lauren Willig who will talk about her best-selling Pink Carnation series and other works of historical fiction.  Bestselling authors Abbi Glines, Suzanne Johnson (aka Susannah Sandlin), and Beatriz Williams (aka Juliana Gray) will also speak about romance writing in a panel discussion led by our own romance-reading librarians, Theresa Davis and Stephanie Beaver.  Following the panel, Barnes and Noble will be on site selling these authors’ fabulous books, and all four will stick around to sign them for you.  A dessert reception will also take place, catered by C

Under the Microscope #11

Element fundamentals lead to cool chemistry and atomic power.  Take a closer look at NUCLEAR ENERGY.  (Click here for a printable list complete with call numbers.)

  1. Atomic Universe: The Quest to Discover Radioactivity by Kate Boehm Jerome
  2. Atoms by Chris Oxlade
  3. Atoms and Molecules by Louise & Richard Spilsbury
  4. The Chain Reaction: Pioneers of Nuclear Science by Karen Fox
  5. The Elements by Dan Green
  6. Elements and Compounds by Lynnette Brent
  7. Energy: Investigate Why We Need Power & How We Get It: 25 Projects by Kathleen M. Reilly
  8. Ernest Rutherford and the Birth of the Atomic Age by Robert Baxter
  9. The Ever-Changing Atom by Roy A. Gallant
  10. Fizz, Bubble & Flash!: Element Explorations and Atom Adventures for Hands-On Science Fun! by Anita Brandolini
  11. From Greek Atoms to Quarks: Discovering Atoms by Sally Morgan
  12. Grab a Seat at the Periodic Table!: A Chemical Mystery by Laura Layton Strom

The Order of the Unicorn

When Suzanne Selfors debuted her Imaginary Veterinary series, I blogged about it.  I assumed that would be that.  But then the series became popular.  And then I introduced it to my co-worker and her first grade son (who are crazy about it).  And now the fourth book, The Order of the Unicorn, has been published.  Unicorns!  I cannot let this opportunity pass me by.  When you finish book 4, grab one of these amazing unicorn stories.