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I Was Here

Gayle Forman, author of If I Stay and Just One Day, has a brand new book.  I Was Here is "a taut, emotional, and ultimately redemptive story about redefining the meaning of family and finding a way to move forward even in the face of unspeakable loss."  Not surprising.  After all, it was written by Gayle Forman.

When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything—so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there’s a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, and some secrets of his own. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can’t open—until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend’s death gets thrown into question.

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Bronze Age Adventure

Michelle Paver knows how to weave epic fantasy into historical fiction.   Her first series, Chronicles of Ancient Darkness, was set over 6,000 years ago.  Tarak fulfills an oath to a dying father -- to destroy a demon-possessed bear that threatens all the clans.  Tarak's adventures filled six books.  Her latest series, Gods and Warriors, is set during the Mediterranean Bronze Age.   Hylas, a lowly goatherd (and thief), must overcome many obstacles of nature and the gods on his journey from the Greek mountains to Crete and Egypt.  The third title in the series, The Eye of the Falcon, came out today.  Find all of Michelle Paver's books at the Hoover Library.


  1. Wolf Brother
  2. Spirit Walker
  3. Soul Eater
  4. Outcast
  5. Oath Breaker
  6. Ghost Hunter


  1. Gods and Warriors
  2. The Burning Shadow
  3. The Eye of the Falcon
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Library Skills 102 -- The Lesson Continues

It's almost time for this semester's class for homeschoolers.  Library Skills 102 has been scheduled for Friday, February 6, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.  It is open to grades 4-12 and focuses on online resources.  Students will learn how to use the Alabama Virtual Library, Homework Alabama, Universal Classroom, Mango Languages, and Zinio.  We'll also briefly cover Overdrive, Hoopla, Goodreads, and DAWCL.  The class is limited to 40 students, and registration is open!  You can sign up online or by phone (444-7830).

We are just two weeks away from the big day -- the announcement of the American Library Association's Youth Media Award winners on Monday, February 2, 2015.  I can't wait to see if my favorites made the cut, especially Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson.  Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement.  It already won the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, but I think it deserves a Newbery nod too.  Biographies are well-represented on past award lists.  You didn't know?  Why not browse these titles while you wait for the big news on February 2?  All of these books are Newbery, Coretta Scott King, or Sibert medalists and honorees.  Find them in the Kid Zone at Hoover Public Library!

Holly Black's new book is a super-dark fantasy book.  What a surprise!  Luckily, that's what Ms. Black does best.  The Darkest Part of the Forest features a haunted wood, a boy in a glass coffin, and a monster that sounds like a woman weeping.  Is that tempting tidbit not enough for you?  Here's the official synopsis:

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries' seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once. At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointy as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking. Until one day, he does... As the world turns upside down and a hero is needed to save them all, Hazel tries to remember her years spent pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?


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