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World Origami Days

Origami doesn't have a day devoted to its awesomeness.  It doesn't have a week, either.  World Origami Days (notice the plural, people) runs October 24-November 11, 2014.  Fill the next two weeks with paper-folding fun!

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Blue Lily, Lily Blue

Maggie Stiefvater has quite a following in Hoover.  I've only read one of her books, The Scorpio Races, but I enjoyed it immensely.  Her most recent release is the third book in the current fan favorite, The Raven Cycle.  Blue Lily, Lily Blue continues the story of Blue Sargent and the Raven Boys.  If you're looking for a paranormal thriller steeped in Welsh mythology and brimming with romance, you've found what you're looking for.  Just make sure you start with the first book.  And, if you prefer to listen to your books, you're in luck.  I have it on good authority that the audiobooks are amazing.

  1. The Raven Boys
  2. The Dream Thieves
  3. Blue Lily, Lily Blue 
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Clariel . . . At Last

When I started working at Hoover Public Library, the most popular teen series was Garth Nix's Abhorsen trilogy -- Sabriel, Lirael: Daughter of the Clayr, and Abhorsen.  These fantasy books focus on necromancy, magical control of the dead.  So, yeah, they're a bit creepy.  Especially the audiobooks, which are read by Tim Curry.  The public (and several of our staff members) continue to clamor for them, especially around this time of year.  That's why we're so excited that the long-awaited prequel Clariel was published today, October 14, 2014!  It takes place approximately 600 years before the birth of Sabriel.  Here's a sneak peek of the plot:

This year's Teen Read Week theme is Turn Dreams Into Reality.  That makes it REALLY EASY to do this blog.  There are so many amazing books about teens dreaming big.  I'll list a few here.  But you can find even more great books when you visit YALSA's Teens' Top Ten Tumblr and YALSA's Reads4Teens.  Teen Read Week runs October 12-18, 2014.  But feel free to read to your heart's content any day of the year.

You might notice that many of these titles are perfect for sports fans.  That's because our staff has recently started a Reading Wildly campaign, focusing on a different genre each month.  We recently tackled sports fiction.

Athlete Vs Mathlete: Time-Out by W. C. Mack (#3)
The Books of Elsewhere: Still Life by Jacqueline West (#5)
The Castle Behind Thorns by Merrie Haskell
The Contract by Derek Jeter
Double Reverse by Fred Bowen
Emperor Pickletine Rides the Bus by Tom Angleberger (#6)
Fenway Fever by John H. Ritter
GuysRead: The Sports Pages edited by Jon Scieszka
The Kicks: Saving the Team by Alex Morgan (#1)
The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern


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