Steles of the Sky (The Eternal Sky)

September 19, 2014 0 Comments the_category Category:Speculative Fiction
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By Elizabeth Bear Tor Books, $26.99, 432 pages Steles of the Sky is the concluding volume to the Eternal Sky trilogy and, although it starts quite slowly, it picks up pace in the final third, and produces a tragic but satisfying ending. The world …

The Magician’s Land: A Novel (Magicians Trilogy)

September 19, 2014 0 Comments the_category Category:Speculative Fiction
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By Lev Grossman Viking Adult, $27.95, 416 pages Quentin Coldwater, former Brooklyn honors student, former King of Fillory and now former Brakebills faculty member, suddenly finds himself back where he started — alone in the real world, in need of a purpose …

The Wurms of Blearmouth: A Malazan Tale of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach

September 19, 2014 0 Comments the_category Category:Speculative Fiction
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By Steven Erikson Tor, $14.99, 208 pages What is it that makes Steven Erikson’s writing so compelling? For me, it’s the ability to craft a dark, brutal, horrific world and still find a thread of ludicrous humor in it. Enter the intrepid …

How the World Was: A California Childhood

September 19, 2014 0 Comments the_category Category:Nonfiction
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By Emmanuel Guibert, Kathryn M. Pulver (translator) First Second, $19.99, 160 pages California was a very different place 85 years ago, but childhood experiences are timeless. Emmanuel Guibert captures this dichotomy beautifully in How the World Was: A California Childhood. The artist’s …

The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth

September 19, 2014 0 Comments the_category Category:Kids' Books
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By Ian Lendler, Zack Giallongo (illustrator) First Second, $12.99, 80 pages At night, after the visitors have gone home and the zookeepers have locked up, the animals of the zoo entertain one another by performing classic plays. Tonight’s performance: Shakespeare’s Macbeth, in …

The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains: A Tale of Travel and Darkness With Pictures of All Kinds

September 19, 2014 0 Comments the_category Category:Fiction
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By Neil Gaiman, Eddie Campbell (illustrator) William Morrow, $21.99, 80 pages Neil Gaiman’s novelette The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains was originally published in the collection Stories: All New Tales edited by Gaiman, which went on to win an award. It …

Rites of Passage

September 19, 2014 0 Comments the_category Category:Teens
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By Joy N. Hensley HarperTeen, $17.99, 416 pages Sam McKenna has never been able to say no to a dare, and this year she’s about to embark on her most meaningful dare yet. Before her brother’s death, he dared her to enroll …

The Jewel

September 19, 2014 0 Comments the_category Category:Teens
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By Amy Ewing HarperTeen, $17.99, 368 pages In this dystopian fantasy, the Jewel is the inner ring on an island walled from the sea. Only wealthy nobility live in the Jewel, which is divided into four sections for various nobles, while the …

The Lovely and the Lost (The Dispossessed)

September 19, 2014 0 Comments the_category Category:Teens
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By Page Morgan Delacorte Press, $18.99, 368 pages The Waverly siblings have discovered that there are dark and creepy things, demons to be precise, that lurk in the shadows and that they may be able to fight these demons. But it’s not …

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

September 19, 2014 0 Comments the_category Category:Teens
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By Jenny Han Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, $17.99, 368 pages Lara Jean Song Covey is a middle child, older than rambunctious Kitty, younger than studious Margot. When Margot heads off to college, Lara Jean steps up to keep the …

Because They Marched: The People’s Campaign for Voting Rights That Changed America

September 19, 2014 0 Comments the_category Category:Tweens
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By Russell Freedman Holiday House, $20.00, 83 pages It has been nearly 50 years since the Voting Rights Act of 1965 changed the South nearly as much as the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Russell Freedman has written an astonishing account of …

Family Ties

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By Gary Paulsen Wendy Lamb Books, $12.99, 144 pages Kevin Spencer is back, and his ideas are, ahem, more interesting than ever. He decides to heal a rift between his father and his Uncle Will, and invites him to visit. Will shows …

Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods

September 19, 2014 0 Comments the_category Category:Tweens
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By Rick Riordan, John Rocco (illustrator) Disney-Hyperion, $24.99, 336 pages There are so many books about Greek mythology; one must ask why the need for a new one? Well, for one reason, to find a way to get young people interested in …

The Secrets of Tree Taylor

September 19, 2014 0 Comments the_category Category:Tweens
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By Dandi Daley Mackall Knopf Books for Young Readers, $16.99, 288 pages It’s 1963 and Tree Taylor, 13, has just two goals for the summer: she wants a real kiss from a boy who is not a relative, and she wants to …

Retronaut: The Photographic Time Machine

September 19, 2014 0 Comments the_category Category:Nonfiction
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By Chris Wild National Geographic, $28.00, 352 pages Based on the popular Internet website of the same name, this hardcover book contains historical ads, photographs, illustrations and various ephemera meant to change the common perspective of history. It is divided into five …