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Archive for June, 2010

New Science Fiction and Fantasy

Posted by Kristi on June 23, 2010

Restoring Harmony by Joelle Anthony 

The year is 2041, and Molly McClure has lived a quiet life on an isolated island in Canada, but when her family fears the worst may have happened to her grandparents in the US, Molly must brave the dangerous world left after global economic collapse—one of massive oil shortages, rampant crime, and abandoned cities. Molly is relieved to find her grandparents alive in their Portland suburb, but they’re financially ruined and practically starving. And when Molly witnesses something the local crime bosses wishes she hadn’t, Molly’s only way home may be to beat them at their own game.

The Gardener by S.A. Bodeen 

Mason has never known his father, but longs to. All he has of him is a DVD of a man whose face is never seen, reading a children’s book. One day, on a whim, he plays the DVD for a group of comatose teens at the nursing home where his mother works. One of them, a beautiful girl, responds. Mason learns she is part of a horrible experiment intended to render teenagers into autotrophs—genetically engineered, self-sustaining life-forms who don’t need food or water to survive. And before he knows it, Mason is on the run with the girl, and wanted, dead or alive, by the mysterious mastermind of this gruesome plan, who is simply called the Gardener.

Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken 

Sydelle’s world changes forever after the appearance of Wayland North, a mischievous wizard who lives on the fringes of society. He enlists her help in a race to the capital to prevent all-out war with countries bordering their homeland. North claims to have chosen Sydelle, a weaver, because she is able to repair his cloaks without damaging their magic. But as they are chased through the countryside by wild weather and a vengeful sorcerer, and held back by North’s sudden bouts of illness, Sydelle suspects he has selected her for other reasons.

For the Win by Cory Doctorow 

Millions of people around the globe are engrossed in multiplayer online games, questing to win virtual “gold”. Meanwhile, others run electronic sweatshops in the world’s poorest countries, where countless “gold farmers” harvest virtual treasure for their employers to sell to First World gamers. In India, Mala’s leadership skills have earned her the title of “General Robotwalla.” In China, Matthew is defying his former bosses to build his own gold-farming team. Leonard lives in Southern California, but spends his nights fighting virtual battles alongside his buddies in Asia. All of these young people will become entangled with the mysterious woman called Big Sister Nor, who will use her experience and her connections with real-world organizers to build them into a movement that can challenge the status quo.

The Kings of Clonmel by John Flanagan 

Mankind puts its faith in many things—gods, kings, money—anything for protection from the world’s many dangers. When a cult springs up in neighboring Clonmel, promising to quell the recent attacks by lawless marauders, people flock from all over to offer gold in exchange for protection. But this particular group, with which Halt is all too familiar, has a less than charitable agenda. Secrets will be unveiled and battles fought to the death as Will and Horace help Halt in ridding the land of a dangerous enemy.

Lies by Michael Grant 

It’s been seven months since all the adults disappeared. A girl who died now walks among the living; Zil and the Human Crew set fire to Perdido Beach; and amid the flames and smoke, Sam sees the figure of the boy he fears the most: Drake. But Drake is dead. Sam and Caine defeated him along with the Darkness—or so they thought.  As Perdido Beach burns, battles rage: Astrid against the Town Council; the Human Crew versus the mutants; and Sam against Drake. And all the while deadly rumors are raging like the fire itself. Conditions are worse than ever and kids are desperate to get out. But are they desperate enough to believe that death will set them free?

Worldshaker by Richard Harland 

Colbert Porpentine is in line to be the future supreme commander of Worldshaker, a huge roving community, more than two miles long and nearly one mile wide. Col’s refined life as an Upper Deck citizen is shaken when Riff, a Filthy from below decks, escapes, and he finds her hidden in his room. Through Riff and her fellow Revolutionaries, Col expands his naive understanding of his high society’s practices, especially the injustices and cruelties that Upper Deck folks commit against the Menials, Filthies, and even the native villagers that Upper Decker people pillage from and crush under their ship.

Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson 

Claire is having the perfect sixteenth birthday. Her pool party is a big success, and gorgeous Matthew keeps chatting and flirting with her as if she’s the only girl there. But that night, she discovers something that takes away all sense of normalcy: she’s a werewolf. As Claire is initiated into the pack of female werewolves, she must deal not only with her changing identity, but also with a rogue werewolf who is putting everyone she knows in danger. Claire’s new life threatens her blossoming romance with Matthew, whose father is leading the werewolf hunt. Now burdened with a dark secret and pushing the boundaries of forbidden love, Claire is struggling to feel comfortable in either skin.

Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead 

Dimitri gave Rose the ultimate choice. But she chose wrong…After a long and heartbreaking journey to Dimitri’s birthplace in Siberia, Rose Hathaway haws finally returned to St. Vladimir’s – and to her best friend, Lissa.  It is nearly graduation, and the girls can’t wait for their real lives beyond the Academy’s iron gates to begin.  But Rose’s heart still aches for Dimitri, and she knows he’s out there, somewhere.  She failed to kill him when she had the chance.  And now her worst fears are about to come true – Dimitri has tasted her blood, and now he is hunting her.  Only this time, he won’t rest until Rose joins him…forever.

Birthmarked by Caragh M. O’Brien 

It’s been 300 years since Lake Michigan became Unlake Michigan; the “cool age” is only hazily known to residents of Wharfton, a small village that sits alongside the walled city of the Enclave.  In the Enclave, your scars set you apart, and the newly born will change the future. Sixteen-year-old Gaia Stone and her mother faithfully deliver their quota of three infants every month. But when Gaia’s mother is brutally taken away by the very people she serves, Gaia must question whether the Enclave deserves such loyalty.

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Tomorrow, When the War Began

Posted by Kristi on June 17, 2010

Looking for a fast-paced, exciting summer read? You can’t do better than John Marsden’s Tomorrow, When the War Began series. First published in Australia, these seven books tell the story of Ellie and her friends, who decide to spend their summer vacation camping in the Australian bush, only to find out when they try to return home that their country has been invaded and their families killed or captured.  Now they have some choices to make: Do they return to the bush and stay hidden to avoid capture?  Do they let themselves be taken so they can at least be reunited with their families?  Or…do they fight back?

Since, as I mentioned, it’s a seven-book series full of crazy action, you might be able to guess what these teenagers choose.  With only the weapons available to them from raiding abandoned farms and ranches, they become guerrilla warriors, fighting back against their country’s occupation.  I promise, once you start reading these books, you won’t be able to put them down!  You can find all seven in the series section of the YA department here at the Normal library.  Plus, if you finish the books and still can’t get enough, Marsden later wrote The Ellie Chronicles, a trilogy covering what happens to Ellie and her friends when the war is finally over.

While interest in the series has been picking up recently here in the States, in Australia, these books were absolutely HUGE, selling millions of copies.  Now, a movie is getting ready to be released there in September.  I can only hope it eventually makes it over here so I can see it!   Here’s the most recent trailer to be released – the cast looks great, and from what I can tell it sticks fairly close to the book:

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Duct Tape DIY is tomorrow!

Posted by Kristi on June 10, 2010


It’s back by popular demand!  Come out to the library tomorrow (Friday) afternoon from 2:00 to 3:30 to get crafty with duct tape.  Don’t be fooled by the image above: sure, we’ve got your standard-issue gray duct tape, but we also have duct tape in red, blue, orange, green, purple, pink, and every other color of the rainbow.  Plus we’ve got patterns for duct tape wallets, roses, and more.  So join us tomorrow for a little Duct Tape DIY.

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You may have noticed a change…

Posted by Kristi on June 7, 2010

…in what you can access on the Internet on the computers in the library.  That’s right, effective this month, you can now visit your favorite social networking sites like Facebook or Twitter, and video and picture sites like YouTube and Flickr, RIGHT HERE at the Normal Public Libary!  You asked for it, and we’ve delivered!

Now, if you’re under the age of 18 and you’ve tried recently to use your library card to get online here at NPL, you may have had some difficulties.  This is because, along with our new, open Internet policy, we’ve also made a few changes in how we register users’ library cards.  Children and teens under 18 do need to have a parent’s approval to be able to access the Internet and check out DVDs and CDs.  So if you get a chance sometime soon, bring your parent along with you to the library and we’ll update your card so you can enjoy all of the new websites you can visit.  Meanwhile, let’s celebrate our new policy with a video.  Here’s one of my favorites, featuring the band OK Go and the crew of Synn Labs and their creation of a massive Rube Goldberg machine to illustrate their song “This Too Shall Pass.”  Enjoy!

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