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Carry On, Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell won us over with Eleanor & Park, the story of two star-crossed misfits who fall in love on a school bus in 1986.  She followed that stunner with the nerd power ballad, Fangirl.  Her latest endeavor to wow the world is called Carry On.  Remember Simon Snow, the fictional character that fuels Cath's fandom in Fangirl?  Well, Carry On tells his story.

"Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who’s ever been chosen. That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right. Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he sets something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here—it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up. Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, and a mystery. It has just as much kissing and talking as you'd expect from a Rainbow Rowell story — but far, far more monsters."

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The Magnus Chase Is On!

Rick Riordan, the man who re-invigorated Greek, Roman, and Egyptian mythology for today's young readers, has turned his creative mind to Norse mythology for his latest series -- Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard.  The first book, The Sword of Summer, came out today, October 6, 2015.  Click on the title to add your name to the waiting list.

Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers. One day, he’s tracked down by an uncle he barely knows—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. Uncle Randolph tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god. The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years. When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision. Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . . .

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Full-Color Harry Potter

Muggles who love Harry Potter better watch out.  The new illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is sure to [get out your wands] STUPEFY!  Artist Jim Kay has created over 100 full-color panels for the book.

"Seeing Jim Kay's illustrations moved me profoundly.  I love his interpretation of Harry Potter's world, and I feel honored and grateful that he has lent his talent to it."
- J.K. Rowling

This is a great way to re-visit a beloved series.  It's also good for readers who are just being introduced to the magic of Harry Potter.  The illustrated edition comes out tomorrow, October 6, 2015.

All teens (grades 7-12) interested in being part of this school year's book club should come to the kick-off meeting this Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.  It's called Book Club & Pizza, so you should have a pretty good idea about what's going to happen.  You'll eat pizza and decide what books the club wants to read.  You don't have to tell us ahead of time that you're coming.  Just show up!

You're absolutely right.  If I want to be completely accurate, the title of this blog should be Westerfeld, Lanagan, and Biancotti Zeroes.  That's because three authors combined their writing superpowers to pen Zeroes, a book about six California teens with superhuman abilities.  Scam, Crash, Flicker, Anonymous, Bellwether, and Kelsie each take their turn telling the story.  It isn't always pretty.  The teens were all born in the year 2000, and they used to be friends, a team.  Then they weren't.  And now they have to work together again, using their powers to respond to a high-stakes crisis.  The problem is that all of their abilities are double-edged.  They can be helpful or a hindrance.  Which will it be this time?


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Teen Community Service Volunteer Guidelines

Volunteer applications are taken year round, but opportunities are available on a limited basis. During the school year times are available for special programs only. Applications will be held on file until opportunities arise. Volunteers are needed more during the summer to help with the library’s Summer Reading Program.