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Ice Ice Baby

There's twice the ice in today's blog post.  That's because there are two wintry fiction books coming out tomorrow, November 25, 2014. 

  1. Whatever After: Cold as Ice by Sarah Mlynowski (#6)
    Brrrrrrrr. This fairy tale is FREEZING!  Even though my brother and I had decided to stay away from the magic mirror, our puppy had other plans — he bounded right in. What choice did we have but to go in after him?  When we land in a winter wonderland, we realize we must be in the story of The Snow Queen. And this fairy tale is nothing like the movie. This Snow Queen is super-mean, and she turns our dog into an ice sculpture!
    To get home we'll have to:  

    - Defrost our furry friend
    - Ride a very chatty reindeer
    - Learn to ice-skate
    - Escape from a band of robbers

    And if we're not careful . . . we could end up frozen ourselves!

  2. Recon Team Angel: Ice War by Brian Falkner (#3)
    February 2033. Things are not good. Recon Team Angel has been shut down, and if the alien forces manage to cross the frozen Bering Strait from Russia into Alaska, then humanity has lost the war. So far the aliens seem to be marshaling their resources, preparing for their invasion. But something isn’t right—at the control center, two Navy Seal teams have vanished without a trace. Did they lose their way on the ice? Or is something terrible happening? Recon Team Angel is secretly reinstated and authorized to investigate. What will they find in the frozen tundra? This could be their most chilling mission yet.

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If I Stay

My sister Laurie loves Gayle Forman.  She's read everything Forman has ever written.  Laurie has repeatedly chastised me for only reading Just One Day and Just One Year.  "Why haven't you read If I Stay?  It's so amazing.  Jaw-dropping amazing."  I can only imagine what will happen tomorrow when the movie comes out on DVD.  "WHAT?!?!?!  You still haven't read the book?!?!?  What in the world is wrong with you?!?!?!"  Luckily, I have it checked out.  I just need to move it to the top of my to-read pile.  Immediately.

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Reading Snapshot #27

This snapshot includes lots of spooky titles.  We got carried away during the Halloween season.  But don't worry.  There are plenty of titles for people who do not enjoy being scared.  Like me.
NOVEMBER 2014
KIDS

Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff
The Badger Knight by Kathryn Erskine
The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan (#5)
The Case of the Weird Blue Chicken by Doreen Cronin (#2)
Courage for Beginners by Karen Harrington
Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor by Jon Scieszka
The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall by Mary Downing Hahn
The Ghost of Graylock by Dan Poblocki
The Graham Cracker Plot by Shelley Tougas
Listening for Lucca by Suzanne M. LaFleur
The Map Trap by Andrew Clements
The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy

Tomorrow is Veteran's Day.  The Hoover Public Library has been celebrating for the last week.  Did you get a chance to see the uniforms, the posters, and the Wall of Honor?  There's still time if you haven't.  Have you made a thumbprint flag to send to a local veteran?  You can stop by the Kid Zone anytime before 9 p.m. to make one.  Have you read any of the books in C. Alexander London's Dog Tags series?  Each explores the bond between soldier and dog in times of war.  Perfect for fans of animal, historical, or military fiction!

The Hunger Games movie franchise is HUGE!!!  There's already tons of hype for the third installment, Mockingjay Part 1, which opens in theaters on November 21.  Hmm, I wonder what movie everyone's going to be watching over Hoover's weeklong Thanksgiving break?  Before you see the movie, read the book.  That's a no-brainer.  Also, make sure you come to Let the Hunger Games Begin on Friday, November 21, 2014 at 4:30 p.m.  Teens (grades 6-12) will represent Districts 1-12 in a series of games and challenges.  There will be lots of prizes, including movie passes to see Mockingjay Part 1.  Registration is required and begins today.  You can register online or call 444-7826.

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