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    In case you haven't heard, award-winning author Kenneth Oppel will be here at the Provo City Library on Wednesday, May 4 (that's one week from today!). You can get tickets at our First Floor Reference Desk, or online. While you're waiting, here are 10 things you might not have known about Kenneth Oppel!

    • He was born on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.
    • He decided to be an author when he was 12 and when he was 18 got his first novel published.
    • His first novel was published because he had a friend who was the friend of Roald Dahl.  Dahl read his manuscript and sent it on to his own publisher.
    • He double majored in college in Cinema Studies and English.
    • He has lived in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada; Oxford, England (while his wife was doing a PhD in Shakespeare Studies); and Dublin, Ireland.
    • It took about 8 months for him to write each of his Silverwing books, but 18 months to write Airborn.
    • All the different kinds of bats in his Silverwing series are based on real bat species.
    • He has written 14 novels, 9 early readers/chapter books, and 6 picture books.
    • When he is not writing he likes to travel, often by train.
    • Every morning when he wakes up, he tries to write down what he dreamed during the night. He uses material from his dreams in some of his books.

    Pick up Kenneth Oppel's books at the library, and then come and meet him next Wednesday!

  •  1000books

     

    It is that time of year when cute little kids with back packs as big as they are start off for their first day of kindergarten.  New clothes, shiny faces, and superhero pencil boxes are all a part of exciting scene as children start on the long journey of their formal education.  Unfortunately not all kids start kindergarten on equal footing. Studies show that kids in families where they talk and read together can be two years further ahead in their language development than those who do not. Sadly, all too often these educational discrepancies continue through grade school, secondary school and even to college. 

     

    The Provo Library has fun program to encourage parents and preschool age children to read together.  It is called 1000 Books Before Kindergarten.  When participants sign up with their library card at the children’s reference desk, they receive a book bag and a colorful reading chart with 1000 stars on it. Each time parents and children read a book together they can mark off a star.  When they have marked off all the stars, they can bring the chart back to the library and receive a nice certificate and a small toy for the child. Of course, the real reward is a child who is enters kindergarten ready to learn.  So as you see the little four-foot-tall scholars trekking off to school for the first time, and think, that will be my child in 1, 2, 3, 4 or even 5  years, come to the Provo Library and commit to read 1000 Books Before Kindergarten!

     

     

  • friendships and fighting evil

    Ever wonder how librarians hone their recommendation skills? Sometimes, our librarians play a game we call the 6 Degrees of reading. The rules are simple: choose six books, each connected somehow to the book above it, with the last book in the list connecting to the first. Periodically, we like the results enough to share them with you. 

    So, with no further ado, we bring you 6 Degrees of Reading: Friendship and Fighting Evil (in Juvenile Fiction).  

    THE CURSE OF THE BOGGIN
    by D. J. MacHale
    (2016)

    Marcus, an orphan, starts having random supernatural experiences.  As he tries to figure out what is going on, he finds out that his birth parents left him a large brass key that opens the door to a magical library.  In the library are histories of supernatural experiences, some of which are still being written. Marcus finds himself battling terrors to discover the truth about the library and himself.  

    LOST IN A BOOK
    by Jennifer Donnelly
    (2017)

    This take on the classic Beauty and the Beast offers well-known characters intriguing new challenges. Soon after Belle arrives at the Beast’s castle she discovers a magical book in the library that takes her to the wonderful land of Nevermore. She knows it isn’t a real world, but the Countess of the world promises it could be real if she gives up her life with the Beast.  

    THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL
    by Shannon & Dean Hale
    (2017)

    You may not recognize Squirrel Girl immediately, but she is a well-known character to avid Marvel fans. Doreen was born with a squirrel tail and the ability to talk with squirrels.  Her parents urge her to keep her tail hidden (so that other kids don't feel bad that they don't have one), but when Doreen moves to another state and another middle school. As the new kid in school, Doreen finds it hard to both make friends and keep her amazing Squirrel Girl abilities a secret.  

    SAVE ME A SEAT
    by Sarah Weeks & Gita Varadarajan
    (2016)

    In India, Ravi was the top student and the best at cricket.   But now, as the new kid in a new school, he finds himself stuck in a remedial class. At his old school Ravi would have never associated with a kid like Joe, who is big and awkward and has a learning disability.  But now the two find themselves stuck in class together, finding unlikely friendship as they become victims of the same bully. This is a great tale of multiracial friendship without borders.  

    MURDER IS BAD MANNERS
    by Robin Stevens
    (2015)

    Hazel Wong is from Hong Kong and has come to boarding school in England.  She is befriended by one of the most popular girls in her grade, Daisy Wells, and they form a secret detective agency.  All too soon they have their first grisly case.  

    THE MARK OF THE PLAGUE
    by Kevin Sands
    (2016)

    Christopher is living in his old master's workshop while plague rages through London.   One day he hears about a strange "prophet" who is going around town foretelling who will get the plague next.  The young sleuth begins to wonder who and what the "Prophet" really is and what connection he might have to Christopher’s old master. In an attempt to save lives, Christopher and his friend Tom risk their lives to battle the forces of evil.

  • othername

     

    Finding a good title for a book and make or break it in the publishing world.  There are some titles that just grab you and make you want to pick up a book like:  

    THE NAME OF THIS BOOK IS SECRET by Pseudonymous Bosch

    DIARY OF A MINECRAFT ZOMBIE by Herobrine

    THE STRANGE CASE OF THE ORIGAMI YODA by Tom Angleberger

    SORCERY AND CECILIA OR THE ENCHANTED CHOCOLATE POT by Patricia Wrede and Caroline Stevermer

    But sometimes publishers just have a hard time coming up with an original title, so they fall back on some old standbys. As a result, some titles get used over and over again. Here are some way-too-common titles and how many different books with that title are in our catalog.

    "ABDUCTION": 10

    "HUNTED" (or "THE HUNTED"): 13

    "HUNTER(S)"(or "THE HUNTER(S)"): 11  

    "LOST" (or "THE LOST"): 11  

    "LOST AND FOUND": 12  

    "LOST BOY(S)": 10 (note, only 3 called "LOST GIRL(S)")

    "NEMESIS": 10  

    And 5 books called simply “BOOK.”  

    So if you are thinking of writing a book and thinking of giving it one of the titles above, think again! 

  • bilingual chinese

     

    Provo Library has a good collection of Spanish materials, and quite a few bilingual dictionaries in a variety of languages, but it does not really collect other foreign language materials.  There are, however a number of picture books that just happen to be bilingual.  The language most often represented is Chinese.  Since there are a lot of people in Provo with an interest in Chinese, especially through the dual emersion program at Wasatch Elementary, and since Chinese New Year is coming up, I thought I might post a list of Chinese/English picture books. 

    FULLY BILINGUAL  

    MULAN: A STORY IN CHINESE AND ENGLISH
    By Li Jian
    (2014)
    THE YEAR OF THE MONKEY: TALES FROM THE CHINESE ZODIAC
    By Oliver Chin
    (2016)   
    THE LITTLE MONKEY KING’S JOURNEY
    By Li Jian
    (2013)   
    THE SHEEP BEAUTY
    By Li Jian 
    (2015)
    ZHENG HE, THE GREAT CHINESE EXPLORER
    By Li Jian 
    (2015)
    THE WATER DRAGON
    By Li Jian 
    (2012)

    SMALL PICTURE BOOKS (BOARD BOOKS)  

    HURRY HOME HEDGEHOG!
    By Belle Yang  
    (2015) 
    SQUIRREL ROUND AND ROUND
    By Belle Yang 
    (2015)

    BOOKS WITH JUST A FEW CHARACTERS  

    THE LEGEND OF THE COWBOY NINJA BEAR
    By David Bruins 
    (2009)
    IN THE SNOW
    By Huy Voun Lee
    (1995) 
    IN THE LEAVES 
    By Huy Voun Lee 
    (2005)
    BEYOND THE GREAT MOUNTAINS
    By Ed Young 
    (2005)
    SHOULD YOU BE A RIVER
    By Ed Young 
    (2015)
  • As librarians, one of our favorite things to do is to help you find your next favorite book. We craft book lists, we talk to you at the desk, and, of course, we blog. Our children's librarians have been posting book reviews on their book review blog since 2007; here's their blog, by the numbers. 

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  • There are three major classic children’s mysteries series: Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, and The Boxcar Children. Who hasn’t read at least one of these timeless adventures? They are still hugely popular, and new incarnations are being released on a regular basis.

    Thinking about these great series reminded me of the “Head to Head” books, a series that makes predictions about what would happen if one person/animal/fantasy character went to battle with another. They analyze strengths and weakness of each opponent and make guesses about final outcomes. Just for fun, let’s pretend these mystery series were virtual warriors, and they were locked in literary battle with each other. Which one would emerge as the most “boss” children’s mystery series ever? Here are the stats. You decide.

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    If you haven’t read a Nancy Drew, Boxcar Children or Hardy Boys in a while, why not pick up a copy?

    Nancy Drew #1: THE SECRET OF THE OLD CLOCK 

    Hardy Boys #1 : THE TOWER TREASURE

    The Boxcar Children #1: THE BOXCAR CHILDREN

  • In honor of the most recent addition to the Star Wars franchise, here's a quick glance at the Star Wars offerings in the Children's Department! 

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  • People often enjoy certain types of books. Publishers like to give books titles that give the reader a clue about what is inside. If a book starts with “Once Upon a…” you know that it is probably related to/or satirizing a fairy tale theme. If you want a book to learn how to do something, chances are you can find one just by searching, “How to…”. As a result, the library has lots of books that start with the same few words. Here are some examples.

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  •  Choose Your Own Adventure

    Before there were video games there were Choose Your Own Adventure books.

    I remember the thrill I got as a kid coming to the end of a chapter and having to decide, do I go down the shadowy path (turn to page 25), or knock on the heavy oak door (turn to page 56). There was something delightfully delicious about being able to choose how the story would turn out.

    I am happy to say that even with modern computer adventure games Choose Your Own Adventure books are still popular. Now readers have a variety of adventure options in both the fiction and informational sections. 

    Choose Your Own Adventure

    11.19 Abominable SnowmanTHE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN
    By R. A Montgomery
    (2005)

    This is the classic series that you may have read as a child.  Still kind of silly, but guaranteed to be fun.The library has over 30 different titles in this series, including some featuring popular super heroes. 

     

    Choose Your Own Adventure JR.

    11.19 CaravanCARAVAN
    By R.A. Montgomery
    (1987)

    This is a version of the original series for a younger (2nd-3rd grade) reader.  It is even more silly, and has fun cartoonish illustrations. 

     

    Interactive History Adventure

    11.19 Ancient ChinaANCIENT CHINA
    By Terry Collins
    (2012)

    Do you have a kid who loves the I Survived series?  This is an informational series that has interactive adventures based on real historic events.  The library has more than 50 titles in this series, but they are scattered throughout the informational section.  The best way to find them is to type “interactive history adventure” in the search box in the online catalog. 

     

    Midnight Arcade

    11.19 Crypt QuestCRYPT QUEST/SPACE BATTLES
    By Gabriel Soria
    (2018)

    When some kids get trapped in a haunted 80's era video arcade, the Midnight Arcade, they must play their way out of danger, ultimately controlling whether they live . . . or die!  This is a new series in the Choose Your Own format.  The second in the series comes out in September. 

     
  • Christmas Read Alouds

    It's almost Christmas break and kids will be spending more time with their families. This is a great time to snuggle around the fireplace and read a novel aloud together. Or maybe you are going on a road trip and want a Christmas themed book to listen to in the car.  Here are some of my favorite feel good family Christmas novels.   

    12.11 The VanderbeeksTHE VANDERBEEKERS OF 141ST STREET
    By Karina Yan Glaser
    (2017)

    The Vanderbeeker family includes two parents, four kids and three pets.  They have lived in the same brownstone in Harlem as long as any of the kids can remember.  One day, right before Christmas, their landlord and upstairs neighbor decides he is not going to renew their lease. The kids are horrified at the thought of having to move, so they start a campaign to convince reclusive old Mr. Biederman that he really does not want to make them leave. The antics of the kids are funny and each child has an individual and endearing personality.  It has great parent/child relationships, and all the protagonists are trying to do what is right 

     

    12.11 A Season of GiftsA SEASON OF GIFTS
    By Richard Peck
    (2009)

    Grandma Dowdel, the star of the Newbery winner, A Year Down Yonder, returns in this heart warming Christmas book.  It is 1958 and a new preacher and his family has moved into town.  When their son, Bob, is attacked by bullies and tied, naked to Grandma Dowdel’s privy, Grandma Dowdel decides to take the family into her care using her own brand of unconventional love. 

     

    12.11 A Boy Called ChristmasA BOY CALLED CHRISTMAS
    By Matt Haig
    (2016)

    Nicholas lives with his father, Joel, who is a woodcutter in Finland. They are poor, but Nicolas is relatively happy and enjoys spending time in the forest with his dad. When Joel goes away with some strange men and doesn’t return, Nicholas goes on a grand quest to find him. This is an origin story about how Nicolas becomes Father Christmas. The story is definitely told from a British point of view. Nicolas becomes Father Christmas, not the more American Santa Claus, but even American readers will enjoy the many references to Christmas traditions. 

     

    12.11 The Best Christmas Pageant EverTHE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER
    By Barbara Robinson
    (1988)

    The Herdman’s are the worst family in town.  They are dirty, uneducated, and wild.  When they find out that the Sunday School offers snacks, they volunteer to be in the church’s Christmas pageant. As the crazy kids take over the production, the long-suffering director and her family marvel to see how they are transformed by the Christmas story.  This one is an older book that is becoming a classic worthy of being re-read to each new generation.

     
  • substitute moms

    This time of year we think about moms and the important place they have in our hearts. It is also a time to remember that not everyone has a wonderful mother or a mother who is still a part of their lives.  For those people often other women come into their lives and give them a mother’s love.  So many wonderful women have “mothered” children not their own and they deserve to be celebrated, too.  Luckily, there have been several children’s novels published lately with great “substitute mom” characters.  Here are five of my favorites. 

    5.16 The War That Saved My LifeTHE WAR THAT SAVED MY LIFE
    By Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
    (2015)

    Ada and her little brother, Jamie, live with a abusive mother in a flat in London at the beginning of WWII.  When the children are evacuated from London because of bombings Ada and Jamie are sent to a small village in Kent.  There they are taken in by a single lady who "doesn't like children." Miss Smith soon finds that caring for the neglected children fills a space in her own empty heart. 

     

    5.16 Betty Before XBETTY BEFORE X
    by Ilyasah Shabazz
    (2018)

    When Betty Sanders is two, her aunt takes her away from her mother because she feels that Betty is being neglected.  When Betty is six her beloved auntie dies, and she goes to live with her biological mother again. Betty finds herself drawn to the women of the House Wife's League, a women's civil rights group, so when her relationship with her birth mother falls apart again, she goes to live with one of the League women who prepares her for the role she will later play as the wife of Malcom X. 

     

    5.16 Beyond the Bright SeaBEYOND THE BRIGHT SEA
    By Lauren Wolk
    (2017)

    When Crow was an infant, she washed up on the shore in a small boat on one of the Elizabethan Islands in Massachusetts. She is adopted by kindly hermit, Osh, and raised by him and a neighbor woman, Maggie.  When Crow is twelve, begins to wonder about where she was born and why she was abandoned.  Even though her curiosity is painful to Osh and Maggie, they give her the support and love she needs as she searches for her origins.   

     

    5.16 The Wardens DaughterTHE WARDEN’S DAUGHTER
    By Jerry Spinelli
    (2017)

    Cammie lives with her father who is the warden of the local prison.  Cammie's mother died saving Cammie from a pedestrian/car accident when Cammie was a toddler, and Cammie desperately misses having a mother.  She decides that one of the inmates who works as a housemaid for the Warden should be her surrogate mom.   

     

    5.16 The Detectives AssistantTHE DETECTIVE’S ASSISTANT
    By Kate Hannigan
    (2015)

    Recently orphaned, Nell gets sent to her maiden aunt who is her only remaining relative.  The year is 1859 and Aunt Kitty is the first and only female detective in the Pinkerton Detective Agency.  At first Aunt Kitty wants to find a respectable boarding school for Nell, but gradually she comes to realize that Nell is not such a bad detective herself. 

     
     
  • love languages

     

    In February, our thoughts turn naturally to romantic love.  A great book about keeping romantic love alive for couples of any age is The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate by Gary Chapman . My husband of 28 years and I read it together last summer and thought it was really worthwhile.  Since then I have been trying to figure out other people’s love languages.  Sometimes it is pretty obvious, and other times it is a bit trickier to figure out. The five love languages are

    • Giving or receiving gifts
    • quality time
    • words of affirmation
    • acts of service
    • and physical touch.

    The other day I was watching the A&E version of Jane Eyre (for the umpteenth time) and I suddenly thought, Wow, Mr. Rochester obviously shows love by giving gifts. He showered Adelle’s mother with expensive gifts, and then the first thing he does after becoming engaged to Jane is to take her shopping. But what is Jane’s love language? She certainly enjoys talking with Mr. Rochester, but isn’t totally hooked until he takes her hand after she saves him from the fire. I think her primary love language is physical touch.  

    Of course, that got me thinking about other literary couples.  What are their love languages?  Here is what I think:

    Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: Her primary love language is “words of affirmation.”  She is initially charmed by Wickham’s flattery, and turned off by Mr. Darcy’s first unflattering proposal.  Mr. Darcy, on the other hand, shows love through “acts of service.” He is impressed by Elizabeth’s devotion to her sister, Jane, while she is sick, and ultimately confirms the depth of his love to Elizabeth by performing the service of saving Lydia from disgrace.

    Maryanne Dashwood and Mr. Willoughby from Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility both show love through “quality time.”  That is why they hit it off so quickly, and spend so much time together.

    Margaret Hale from North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell definitely shows love through “acts of service.” It is basically what she does all day.  Mr. Thornton is a little tougher to figure out.  He is offended when Margaret won’t shake his hand, so maybe “physical touch,” but he also keeps finding excuses to hang out at her house, under the guise of taking lessons from her father, so maybe “quality time.”  What do you think?

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  • Friday Faves Chinese New Year Lantern

    As a kid, I learned almost nothing about China in school.  We studied Utah History, American History, and even “World History,” but somehow the world was about Egypt, Greece and Rome, with only a cursory nod towards Asia.  It wasn’t until I took Asian Humanities in college that I began to be aware that there were really amazing civilizations thriving in China while Grecian and Roman emperors were strutting around Europe claiming to have conquered the “known world.”  Since then I have really enjoyed reading books set in China, both ancient and modern.  Here are some of my favorites. And you just have time to read one before Chinese New Year on February 16th. 

    1.26 Where the Mountain Meets the MoonWHERE THE MOUNTAIN MEETS THE MOON
    By Grace Lin
    (2009)

    Each book in Lin’s series blends adventure with Chinese folktales.  In this one Min Li is worried about her poor village that is suffering from famine because of a lack of rain.  Plucking up her courage, she goes on a quest to meet the Old Man of the Moon and ask him how to help her family and friends. 

     

    1.26 Chu Jus HouseCHU JU’S HOUSE
    By Gloria Whelan
    (2004)

    When a baby girl is born into Chu Ju’s family in modern rural China, she runs away so that her parents—hoping for a boy and limited to two children—will not send away the new child. She goes to the city and creates a new life for herself. 

     

    1.26 Bronze and SunflowerBRONZE AND SUNFLOWER
    By Wenxaun Cao
    (2017)

    Sunflower moves from the city to a farming camp with her father during the Cultural Revolution.  When her father dies, Sunflower is adopted by a local peasant family and learns how difficult rural life in China really is. 

     

    1.26 The Kite RiderTHE KITE RIDER
    By Geraldine McCaughrean
    (2002)

    Haoyou is given the amazing opportunity to escape his family’s poverty and become a circus performer in medieval China.  As he rides on a giant kite and performs tricks before commoners and noblemen, other forces are pulling him back to his family. 

     

    1.26 The Empty PotTHE EMPTY POT
    By Demi
    (1990)

    The emperor proclaims that whoever can grow the most beautiful plant from the seeds he provides will be his heir. Ping accepts the challenge, but no matter what he does, his seeds won’t grow.  As the day of the judging approaches, Ping must decide what to bring to the all-powerful emperor. The other books in this list are novels, but I couldn’t resist including this folktale because it is one of my favorite picture books of all time.

     
  •  pen names 1

    Since the publishing’s beginning, authors of children’s literature have used pen names.  Did you know that Lewis Caroll is a pen name?  His birth name was Charles Lutwidge Dodgeson.  Dr. Seuss, of course, was a pen name for Theodore Geisel, as was Theo LeSieg (Lesieg is Geisel backwards).  More recently, Daniel Handler became famous as the author Lemony Snicket.  A few children’s authors have gone even more creative with their pen names. 

    Here are 5 of my favorite funny pseudonyms: 

    11.30 CreepoverTHE CREEPOVER series
    By P. J. Night 

     

     

     

     

     

     

    11.30 Tales from the ScaremasterTHE SCAREMASTER series
    By B.A. Frade 

     

     

     

     

     

     

    11.30 Dumb BunniesDUMB BUNNIES 
    By Sue Denim (say it fast, and look at the last word in my above paragraph) 

     

     

     

    11.30 Diary of a Minecraft ZombieDIARY OF A MINECRAFT ZOMBIE series
    By Zach Zombie (of course.) 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    11.30 The Name of this Book is SecretTHE SECRET SERIES 
    By Pseudonymous Bosch

     

     

     

     

     

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    Often when a children’s librarian thinks of an illustrated novel, the first thing that comes to mind is Diary of a Wimpy Kid.  There are a plethora of recent children’s books have that cartoon style illustration, but what about books with a more traditional style of illustration?  In the J Fiction section there are some books with amazingly beautiful illustrations.  Of course there are wonderfully illustrated versions of most of the children’s classics like Peter Pan, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz, but there are more contemporary books that also have great illustrations.   Here are some illustrated children’s novels that are worth taking a peek at.

     

    searchforwondlaTHE SEARCH FOR WONDLA
    by Toni DiTerlizzi
    (2010)

    This captivating storyline is set apart by fabulous illustrations that give a whole new level of dimension to the adventure. Living in isolation with a robot on what appears to be an alien world populated with bizarre life forms, a twelve-year-old human girl called Eva Nine sets out on a journey to find others like her. Features "augmented reality" pages, in which readers with a webcam can access additional information about Eva Nine's world.

     

     

     

    dinotopiaDINOTOPIA: A LAND APART FROM TIME
    by James Gurney
    (1998)

    In 1862, after being shipwrecked in uncharted seas, Professor Arthur Denison and his twelve-year-old son Will find themselves washed up on a strange island where people and dinosaurs live together peacefully. This fun storyline is enriched with colorful, intricate illustrations that give vibrant insights to the new discoveries Arthur and Will encounter at every turn as they embark upon their own separate journeys to unearth the mysteries of Dinotopia.  

     

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    MOTEL OF THE MYSTERIES
    by David Macauley
    (1979)

     It is the year 4022; all of the ancient country of USA has been buried under many feet of detritus from a catastrophe that occurred back in 1985. Imagine, then, the excitement that Howard Carson, an amateur archeologist at best, experienced when he stumbles upon a still-sealed burial chamber! This is an amusing satirical tale of how a future anthropologist would interpret what we view as contemporary civilization, complete with meticulous illustrations to give life to the story as Carson attempts to unravel the mysteries of the past.

     

    harrypotterandthesorcerersstoneHARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE
    by J.K. Rowling, Illustrated by Jim Kay
    (2015) 

    By now, we're all familiar with the tale of the young orphan who discovered he had magical powers, was whisked away to wizarding school, and fought against forces of evil. This best-selling book has entirely enchanted readers since it was first published in 1999-- but this new illustrated version is even better! With whimsical illustrations by Jim Kay, an already classic novel is colorfully reframed in this vivid telling of Harry Potter's first year at Hogwarts.

     

    marvelsTHE MARVELS
    by Brian Selznick
    (2015)

    The journey begins on a ship at sea in 1766, with a boy named Billy Marvel. After surviving a shipwreck, he finds work in a London theatre. There, his family flourishes for generations as brilliant actors until 1900, when young Leontes Marvel is banished from the stage. Nearly a century later, Joseph Jervis runs away from school and seeks refuge with a reclusive uncle in London. Albert Nightingale's strange, beautiful house, with its mysterious portraits and ghostly presences, captivates Joseph and leads him on a search for clues about the house, his family, and the past. This book is told both in both beautiful pictures and striking words, where the two stories collide and connect in a way that makes it a powerful, memorable read.

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    The Provo Library will soon host two amazingly awesome authors, James Dashner and Brendan Reichs. They will be visiting March 25 at 7:30 PM in The Attic (Located on the 4th Floor of the Academy Wing at the Provo City Library). If you are as excited as I am for their visit you might like to learn a little bit more about these great writers.

    James Dashner

    James Dashner was born in 1972 in Austell, Georgia, one of six children. He was an avid reader and, by the age of 10, started to write stories on his family’s old typewriter. He graduated from high school in Georgia, then came to Utah to attend BYU where he got a master’s degree in accounting in 1991. He worked as an accountant for a while but continued pursuing his interest in writing. In 2003, his first book, THE DOOR IN THE WOODS, was published by Cedar Fort, the first in the Jimmy Fincher Saga. That series was followed by the popular 13TH REALITY series. Dashner’s international fame was assured with the MAZE RUNNER series, the first book of which made the New York Times bestseller list for 100 weeks. MAZE RUNNER was, of course, made into a hit movie. Dashner loves his career as a writer and doesn’t miss accounting at all. He lives in Utah with his wife, Lynette, and four children. 

    Brendan Reichs

    Brendan Reichs is also a southerner, born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. He had an interesting childhood. His mother, Kathy Reichs, is a forensic anthropologist and a New York Times bestseller adult mystery writer. She is also a writer for the long-standing TV series BONES. Brendan Reichs attended WakeForest University in North Carolina and then received a law degree from George Washington University. He worked as a litigation lawyer for three years but left law to co-write the VIRALS series with his mother. His new solo YA series, NEMESIS, is coming out this year. He lives in North Carolina with his wife, Charlotte, two children, a dog, and two ferocious cats.

    door in the woodsThe Door in the Woods
    by James Dashner
    (2003)

    From Duluth, Georgia, fourteen-year- old Jimmy Fincher sets off on a quest that takes him across the country and to other, sometimes terrifying, worlds, armed with a powerful gift and a mission: to prevent the evil Stompers from destroying Earth.

     

     

     

    journal of curious lettersTHE 13TH REALITY: THE JOURNAL OF CURIOUS LETTERS
    By James Dashner
    (2008)

    Thirteen-year- old Atticus "Tick" Higginbottom begins receiving mysterious letters from around the world signed only "M.G.," and the clues contained therein lead him on a journey to the perilous 13th Reality and a confrontation with evil Mistress Jane.

     

     

     

    maze runnerTHE MAZE RUNNER
    by James Dashner
    (2009)

    Sixteen-year- old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape.

     

     

     

    ViralsTHE VIRALS
    by Kathy and Brendan Reichs
    (2011)

    This series spins off of the Bones TV show that Kathy Reichs wrote. Tory Brennan, Temperance Brennan’s niece, and her friends must race against time to solve a murder after being exposed to a virus that gives them animal-like abilities.