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Love this author's hair.  Don't love the scary covers of his books.  Alexander Gordon Smith penned the Escape from Furnace series -- creepy on the outside, horrific on the inside.  I am a well-established chicken, so I cannot read his stuff.  But it seems like I'm the only one.  He is über popular.  That's why I'm gathering all my courage to write a blog about his newest title The Fury, which came out today, July 23, 2013.  It is the first in a new series.

Imagine if one day, without warning, the entire human race turns against you.  Every single person you meet becomes a bloodthirsty, mindless savage, hell-bent on killing you – and only you.  Friends and family – they will turn on you, and they will murder you.  And when they have, they will go back to their lives as if nothing has happened.  The world has the Fury.  It will not rest until you are dead.

Haven't yet discovered Alexander Gordon Smith?  This list will help you start your descent into darkness.
1. Lockdown
2. Solitary
3. Death Sentence
4. Fugitives
5. Execution


Do you have the travel bug, but no money?  Or transport?  Or travel buddy?  Don't worry too much.  One, you're still young and will have lots of opportunities in your future.  Two, you can browse our travel section and start planning your dream trips.  Three, you can live vicariously through the characters in these books until it's your turn to make your own memories.
13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
Adventure at Simba Hill by Susan Runholt
Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Finding Somewhere by Joseph Monninger
Girl at Sea by Maureen Johnson
How to Be Bad by E. Lockhart
The International Kissing Club by Ivy Adams
Karma by Cathy Ostlere
Killer Cruise by Jennifer Shaw

D. J. MacHale penned the popular Pendragon series, its prequel Travelers series, and the Morpheus Road series.  That's a total of sixteen books.  Confession -- I haven't read any of them yet.  It's not because I'm not interested!  It's because I can't get my hands on one!  MacHale books have been in high demand since the first one came out in 2002.  I'm kind of hoping that today's release will distract his fans, give me a chance to discover what all the hubbub is about.  SYLO is the first in a planned trilogy.  It's about a secret military branch, an island, and a 14-year-old boy named Tucker Pierce.  I predict another hit for MacHale.
1. The Merchant of Death
2. The Lost City of Faar
3. The Never War
4. The Reality Bug
5. Black Water
6. The Rivers of Zadaa
7. The Quillan Games
8. The Pilgrims of Rayne
9.  Raven Rise
10. The Soldiers of Halla
Pendragon Before the War: Book One of the Travelers
Pendragon Before the War: Book Two of the Travelers
Pendragon Before the War: Book Three of the Travelers

1. The Light
2. The Black
3. The Blood

Wendy Mass is one of our favorite authors . . . ever!  Her books, regardless of length or theme, are amazing.  Plus, she uses her local library!  Read this excerpt from an interview: "Once I find the topic that I want to write about, I go to the library and find every book or magazine on the subject.  I start in the children's room with the simplest books . . . . Then once I understand the basics, I'll dive deeper into the subject."  Her newest book, Pi in the Sky, came out today, June 11, 2013.  I wonder what library books she read before she came up with such an out-of-this-world plot?

Joss is the seventh son of the Supreme Overlord of the Universe.  This means that his older brothers took all the really cool jobs before he was born.  All Joss gets to do is deliver pies.  That's right: pies.  Of course these pies actually hold the secrets of the universe between their buttery crusts, but they're still pies.  Joss is happy to let his older brothers shine.  He has plenty to keep his hands full: trying to improve his bowling score, listening to his best friend Kal try (and fail) to play the drums, and exploring his ever-changing home: The Realms.  But when Earth suddenly disappears, Joss is tasked with the seemingly impossible job of bringing it back.  With the help of an outspoken Earth girl named Annika, he embarks on the adventure of a lifetime and learns that the universe is an even stranger place than he'd imagined.

Explore more Wendy Mass worlds.


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March 31, 2020
During this time of staying safe and distancing from one another the Hoover Public Library will not be accepting applications for teen volunteers.  We hope to bring back this wonderful program in the future.  As circumstances change and as we make plans for the future, we will update this page with new information as it is forthcoming.

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