Fablehaven by Brandon Mull

Fablehaven by Brandon Mull

Fablehaven

by Brandon Mull

The Mother Daughter Book Club meeting for this book was held April 18, 2019, at 6:30 pm in the Community Room.

Book club reading copies were available for checkout from the circulation desk about a month prior to the meeting.

For centuries mystical creatures of all description were gathered into a hidden refuge called Fablehaven to prevent their extinction. The sanctuary survives today as one of the last strongholds of true magic. Enchanting? Absolutely. Exciting? You bet. Safe? Well, actually, quite the opposite.

Kendra and her brother, Seth, have no idea that their grandfather is the current caretaker of Fablehaven. Inside the gated woods, ancient laws keep relative order among greedy trolls, mischievous satyrs, plotting witches, spiteful imps, and jealous fairies. However, when the rules get broken — Seth is a bit too curious and reckless for his own good — powerful forces of evil are unleashed, and Kendra and her brother face the greatest challenge of their lives. To save their family, Fablehaven, and perhaps even the world, Kendra and Seth must find the courage to do what they fear most.

book 1 in the Fablehaven series

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Miranda rated it ★★★★★.

Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon Hale

Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon Hale

Rapunzel's Revenge

by Shannon Hale

A combined Mother Daughter Book Club and Books for Boys meeting for this book was held February 21, 2019, at 6:30 pm in the Community Room.

Book club reading copies were available for checkout from the circulation desk about a month prior to the meeting.

Once upon a time, in a land you only think you know, lived a little girl and her mother . . . or the woman she thought was her mother.

Every day, when the little girl played in her pretty garden, she grew more curious about what lay on the other side of the garden wall . . . a rather enormous garden wall.

And every year, as she grew older, things seemed weirder and weirder, until the day she finally climbed to the top of the wall and looked over into the mines and desert beyond.

Newbery Honor-winning author Shannon Hale teams up with husband Dean Hale and brilliant artist Nathan Hale (no relation) to bring readers a swashbuckling and hilarious twist on the classic story as you’ve never seen it before. Watch as Rapunzel and her amazing hair team up with Jack (of beanstalk fame) to gallop around the wild and western landscape, changing lives, righting wrongs, and bringing joy to every soul they encounter.

book 1 in the Rapunzel’s Revenge series

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

William rated it ★★★★.

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

The Shadow of the Wind

by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

The Library Book Club meeting for this book was held April 18, 2019, at 6:30 pm in the entry foyer.

A limited number of book club reading copies were available for checkout from the circulation desk about a month prior to the meeting.

Barcelona, 1945 – just after the war, a great world city lies in shadow, nursing its wounds, and a boy named Daniel awakes on his eleventh birthday to find that he can no longer remember his mother’s face. To console his only child, Daniel’s widowed father, an antiquarian book dealer, initiates him into the secret of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a library tended by Barcelona’s guild of rare-book dealers as a repository for books forgotten by the world, waiting for someone who will care about them again.

Daniel’s father coaxes him to choose a volume from the spiraling labyrinth of shelves, one that, it is said, will have a special meaning for him. And Daniel so loves the novel he selects, The Shadow of the Wind by one Julian Carax, that he sets out to find the rest of Carax’s work. To his shock, he discovers that someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book this author has written. In fact, he may have the last one in existence. Before Daniel knows it his seemingly innocent quest has opened a door into one of Barcelona’s darkest secrets, an epic story of murder, magic, madness and doomed love.

And before long he realizes that if he doesn’t find out the truth about Julian Carax, he and those closest to him will suffer horribly.

book 1 in The Cemetery of Forgotten Books series

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Bekka rated it ★★★★★ and said “Absolutely magical! This is a great mystery, very suspenseful, horrifying, romantic, humorous and lyrical all at once. One of the best plotted books I think I’ve ever read, and with characters that are completely unique while being very familiar at the same time. Lots of hardships in this book, but magical and deeply satisfying at the same time. I can’t recommend this one any higher! An absolute MUST READ.”

The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz

The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz

The Night Fairy

by Laura Amy Schlitz

The Mother Daughter Book Club meeting for this book was held October 18, 2018, at 6:30 pm in the Community Room.

Book club reading copies were available for checkout from the circulation desk about a month prior to the meeting.

What would happen to a new night fairy whose wings were accidentally chewed off by a sleepy hungry new bat? Flory, acorn-size, with a single small sting spell, finds the world very big and dangerous. Depicted in the lush back garden of an old giantess, garbed in delicate softly tinted petal gowns, she fiercely practices her sting, swings a thorn dagger, bribes always hungry squirrel Skuggle, and seeks to ride an iridescent hummingbird – to transform her nature into a day fairy instead.

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Vivian rated it ★★★ and said “Adventure, survival, negotiating, rescuing, learning to trust, learning to adapt — all this and more in this beautifully illustrated and enchanting little book.

This would make a wonderful read-aloud in the early grades or in the home. There are plenty of big questions to stop and talk about. For instance, how Flory handles her difficulties and how they change her or might have changed her depending on the choices she makes and her actions.

Follow up studies and activities about the flora and fauna she encounters would engage the imaginations of children and adults alike. Use this novel as a springboard to exploration!”

Bekka rated it ★★★ and said “This is a cute little book! I liked that the fairy was as feisty as she was. Not a typical fairy story, but a great read!”

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

by Rick Riordan

The Books for Boys Book Club meeting for this book was held January 10, 2019, at 6:30 pm in the Community Room.

Book club reading copies were available for checkout from the circulation desk about a month prior to the meeting.

Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse – Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea.

Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena – Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.

book 1 in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Vivian rated it ★★★ and said “My teenage daughter LOVES these books. In fact, back when she was eleven, she and her then teen-aged older sister both read the entire series in just a week. I’ll admit, it is clever, and different from the movie in good ways (although I enjoyed the movie).”

Bekka rated it ★★★★.

Cathy rated it ★★★★.

Valerie rated it ★★★★.

Miranda rated it ★★★★.

Patty rated it ★★★★.

Johnathan rated it ★★★.

Bunnicula – A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery by Deborah Howe

Bunnicula – A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery by Deborah Howe

Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery

by Deborah Howe

The Books for Boys Book Club meeting for this book was held October 11, 2018, at 6:30 pm in the Community Room.

Book club reading copies were available for checkout from the circulation desk about a month prior to the meeting.

BEWARE THE HARE!
Is he or isn’t he a vampire?

Before it’s too late, Harold the dog and Chester the cat must find out the truth about the newest pet in the Monroe household — a suspicious-looking bunny with unusual habits… and fangs!

book 1 in the Bunnicula series

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

William rated it ★★★★.

Miranda rated it ★★★.

Book Trailer: Dark Life by Kat Falls

Book Trailer: Dark Life by Kat Falls

Book Trailer: Dark Life

by Kat Falls

A thrilling futuristic adventure set deep undersea, Dark Life follows the settlers of the world’s first subsea settlement as they defend their homesteads against a brazen band of outlaws.

Set in an apocalyptic future where rising oceans have swallowed up entire regions and people live packed like sardines on the dry land left, DARK LIFE is the harrowing tale of underwater pioneers who have carved out a life for themselves in the harsh deep-sea environment, farming the seafloor in exchange for the land deed.

The story follows Ty, who has lived his whole life on his family’s homestead and has dreams of claiming his own stake when he turns eighteen. But when outlaws’ attacks on government supply ships and settlements…

book 1 in the Dark Life series

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Miranda rated it ★★★.

Moonsilver by Kathleen Duey

Moonsilver by Kathleen Duey

Moonsilver

by Kathleen Duey

The Mother Daughter Book Club meeting for this book was held February 15, 2018, at 6:30 in the Community Room.

Book club reading copies were available for checkout from the circulation desk about a month prior to the meeting.

Heart Trilby has no family. She lives a hard and lonely life in the dusty village of Ash Grove — until she finds a scarred, skinny mare in the forest. Against the wishes of her guardian, mean-spirited Simon Pratt, Heart adopts the mare and names her Avamir. Heart is thrilled when she realizes Avamir is in foal. But when the colt is born weak and disfigured, Simon decides to sell Heart’s beloved horses to be slaughtered by the town’s soapmaker. Can Heart find a way to protect them — and the only love she has ever known?

book 1 in The Unicorn’s Secret series

Samurai Kids: White Crane by Sandy Fussell

Samurai Kids: White Crane by Sandy Fussell

Samurai Kids: White Crane

by Sandy Fussell

The Books for Boys meeting for this book was held November 9, 2018, at 6:30 in the Community Room.

Book club reading copies were available for checkout from the circulation desk about a month prior to the meeting.

Niya Moto is the only one-legged Samurai kid in Japan, famous for falling flat on his face in the dirt. The one school that will accept him is the Cockroach Ryu, led by the legendary sensei Ki-Yaga. He may be an old man overly fond of naps, but Ki-Yaga is also known for taking in kids that the world has judged harshly: an albino girl with extra fingers and toes, a boy who is blind, a big kid whose past makes his loath to fight. A warrior in his time, Ki-Yaga demands excellence in everything from sword-fighting to poetry. But can the rag-tag Cockroaches make the treacherous journey to the Samurai Trainee Games, never mind take on the all-conquering Dragons? In a fast-moving, action-filled tale that draws on true details of feudal Japan, Niya finds there’s no fear they can’t face as long as they stick together – for their friendship is more powerful than a samurai sword.

book 1 in the Samurai Kids series

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