Young Adult

Story Time with Andrea Zuill

Join us for a special summer storytime with debut author / illustrator Andrea Zuill! Bring your little ones to hear the charming story of a dog named Homer who has one wish: to go to Wolf Camp! Attendees will enjoy snacks, refreshments, and coloring time!

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By Andrea Zuill, Andrea Zuill (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780553509120
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Published: Schwartz & Wade - May 3rd, 2016

Homer is a dog . . . but he also secretly fancies himself part wolf. So when an invitation to attend WOLF CAMP (“Where every dog can live as a wolf for a week”) falls out of his kibble bag one morning, he’s determined to go. After his people finally agree, Homer boards the bus bound for Wolf Camp, along with fellow campers Trixie and Rex. They’re greeted on the other end by wolf counselors Fang and Grrr (“they seem nice”), and what follows is an array of wolf activities, including learning to howl, mark, and hunt. Of course, Homer’s a little homesick at times, and the food isn’t very good, but that just makes heading home all the sweeter.

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ISBN: 9781626723368
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - October 4th, 2016

Set in a Venetian renaissance setting, this book has the complex world-building and strong characterization that made “Avatar: The Last Airbender” great. In this world, great artists have a bird-like daemon called a Genius. With the help of their Genius, they can work magic using their artistic talent. An oppressive ruler has killed or captured most of the Geniuses. A team of four orphans, sheltered and supported by a sympathetic duke, go questing for a sacred artifact to defeat the oppressive regime and save their Geniuses. They are pursued by a renegade sorcerer and his man-made servant, the four-armed Tulpa. The nuanced interactions, particularly between minor characters, brought an exceptional complexity and depth to both the imaginative and unique world and the ideas behind it.  I look forward to further exploring DiMartino’s creation. – Guest Reviewer Rachel Steinberger

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By Henry Herz, Lisa Woods (Illustrator), Joshua Herz
ISBN: 9780764351372
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Published: Schiffer Publishing - July 28th, 2016

 Little Mabel is an expert at not going to sleep. She knows all the best bedtime-avoiding excuses. "I'm thirsty." "I need to use the bathroom." "Will you tell me a story?" Luckily, Mom's quiver of bedtime tales includes the story of the Fae Queen, who paints children's dreams and can only visit when their eyes are closed. Inspired by Mercutio's soliloquy in Romeo & Juliet, in which he details how the tiny fairy queen influences people's dreams as she passes by in her flying chariot, the soothing story evokes images of an ant in a worn gray coat and a hazelnut-shell chariot with a roof of grasshopper wings. Told in lyrical language that adults will also appreciate, the story helps parents get their kids to sleep.

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ISBN: 9781455621460
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Published: Pel - September 12th, 2016

Little Red jets off to take fresh crab cakes to her grandmother. Everything goes swimmingly—until a big, bad tiger shark attacks! Little Red has to use her cuttlefish defenses—camouflage, quick reflexes, and squirting an ink cloud—to outwit the shark, combining science and spunk. Gorgeous illustrations depict the reef and its adorable main character with lively detail. The authors include information about cuttlefish and tiger sharks, addressing Common Core standards, as well as resources for further reading. This aquatically fractured fairy tale will tickle your cuttlebone and spark your curiosity. After reading, remember to sleep tight—and don’t let the copepods bite!

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ISBN: 9781455621446
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Published: Pel - January 27th, 2016

f you've ever given an imp a penny, then you know how outrageous things can get. If you haven't...consider yourself warned! In this vibrant new story from the writer and illustrator behind Monster Goose Nursery Rhymes, a well-meaning imp needs one tiny favor. But sometimes even the smallest of good deeds can lead to huge accidents! When he tries to help you clean house, this clumsy imp will leave everything messier than ever. And once he's done burying his money bag for safekeeping, your yard might never be the same. With colorful illustrations right out of a fairy tale and a story that will get the whole family laughing, this book is a must-have for every lover of fantasy.

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ISBN: 9781944816520
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Published: Month9Books, LLC - September 27th, 2016

Skybright is plunged into the terrifying Underworld where demons are bred, while Stone, stripped of his immortal status, must find a way to close hell's breach before more mortals die. Meanwhile, Zhen Ni, Skybright's former mistress and friend, is now wed to the strange and brutish Master Hou, and she finds herself trapped inside an opulent but empty manor. When she discovers half-eaten corpses beneath the estate, Zhen Ni worries that Master Hou is not all he seems. As Skybright begins the dangerous work of freeing Zhen Ni with the aid of Kai Sen and Stone, nothing can prepare them for an encounter so dark that it threatens to overtake their very beings.

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ISBN: 9781944816926
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Published: Month9Books, LLC - September 27th, 2016

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ISBN: 9781942664338
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Published: Month9Books, LLC - September 8th, 2015

Inspired by the rich history of Chinese mythology, this fantasy is set in the ancient Kingdom of Xia and tells the coming-of-age story of Skybright, a young girl who worries about her growing otherness. As she turns 16, Skybright notices troubling changes. By day, she's a companion and handmaid to the youngest daughter of a very wealthy family. But nighttime brings with it a darkness that not even daybreak can quell. When her plight can no longer be denied, Skybright learns that despite a dark destiny, she must struggle to retain her sense of self--even as she falls in love for the first time.

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ISBN: 9780061730252
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Published: Greenwillow Books - March 29th, 2011

 The sequel to the epic, romantic, and action-packed fantasy "Silver Phoenix" continues the sweeping quest of Ai Ling, a young woman with astonishing powers granted by the gods.

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ISBN: 9780061730214
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Published: Greenwillow Books - April 28th, 2009

With a sweeping quest and Chinese-inspired mythology, this debut fantasy introduces a heroine who sheds the constrictions of her sheltered life, discovers the well of power within herself, and vanquishes an age-old evil.

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By Greg Grunberg, Lucas Turnbloom (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780545826037
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Published: Graphix - June 28th, 2016

Ben has a problem. When he sleeps he dreams, and when he dreams, they're all nightmares! But he can also jump into other people's dreams. So when his friends start falling victim to an evil dream-monster that prevents them from waking, Ben knows he has to help them. Easier said than done when dreams can shift and the monster knows his way around the ever-changing landscape of the mind! With help from a talking rabbit-companion who has a mysterious past, Ben might just be able to defeat the monster and save his friends . . . if he can figure out how to use the power within him against his enemies.

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ISBN: 9781595148568
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Published: Razorbill - June 21st, 2016

For Tara Krishnan, navigating Brierly, the academically rigorous prep school she attends on scholarship, feels overwhelming and impossible. Her junior year begins in the wake of a startling discovery: A message from an alternate Earth, light years away, is intercepted by NASA. This means that on another planet, there is another version of Tara, a Tara who could be living better, burning brighter, because of tiny differences in her choices. 
The world lights up with the knowledge of Terra Nova, the mirror planet, and Tara s life on Earth begins to change. At first, small shifts happen, like attention from Nick Osterman, the most popular guy at Brierly, and her mother playing hooky from work to watch the news all day. But eventually those small shifts swell, the discovery of Terra Nova like a black hole, bending all the light around it. 
As a new era of scientific history dawns and Tara's life at Brierly continues its orbit, only one thing is clear: Nothing on Earth--or for Tara--will ever be the same again.

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ISBN: 9780553537048
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - May 10th, 2016

As the daughter of an astrologer, Wilamena Carlisle knows the truth lies within the stars, so when she discovers a rare planetary alignment she is forced to tackle her worst astrological fear--The Fifth House of Relationships and Love--but Wil must decide whether a cosmically doomed love is worth rejecting her mother's legacy when she falls for a sensitive guitar player.

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ISBN: 9780374368869
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - January 12th, 2016

Ever since the mass shooting at her California high school, junior Morgan Grant has become increasingly agoraphobic until even the idea of stepping outside her door can bring on a panic attack, a situation not made any easier by the fact that her parents are divorced--but when Evan moves in next door she finds herself attracted to him and begins to find herself longing for the life she has been missing.

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ISBN: 9780316324786
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 3rd, 2015

An Appalachian summer walks the line between toxic and intoxicating in this debut novel about first loves, broken hearts, and moonshine.
Luisa "Lulu" Mendez has just finished her final year of high school in a small Virginia town, determined to move on and leave her job at the local junkyard behind. So when her father loses her college tuition money, Lulu needs a new ticket out.
Desperate for funds, she cooks up the (illegal) plan to make and sell moonshine with her friends. Quickly realizing they're out of their depth, they turn to Mason, a local boy who's always seemed like a dead end. As Mason guides Lulu through the secret world of moonshine, it looks like her plan might actually work. But can she leave town before she loses everything? "My Best Everything" is Lulu's letter to Mason--but is it a love letter, an apology, or a good-bye?

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ISBN: 9780062317322
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Published: HarperTeen - May 24th, 2016

Joy killed Adam Gordon for what he did to her sister, Grace. At least, that s what she thinks happened. Now Adam can t hurt anyone ever again, and her sister can be free from the boy who harmed her.

But someone else knows what Joy did, and they re going to out her as a cold-blooded killer if she doesn t expose the scandalous secrets bubbling just below the surface of her mundane town. As the demands escalate, and she finds herself falling for Adam s half brother, Joy must figure out the blackmailer s identity before everything spirals out of control.

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ISBN: 9780553522310
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Published: Delacorte Press - June 28th, 2016

In this first book in a trilogy a girl child is born to Vlad Dracula, in Transylvania, in 1435--at first rejected by her father and always ignored by her mother, she will grow up to be Lada Dragwlya, a vicious and brutal princess, destined to rule and destroy her enemies.

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ISBN: 9780062135902
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Published: HarperTeen - September 8th, 2015

When she left her island home to study in gray, dreary Albion, Jessamin never thought she'd discover a secret world. She never expected to be caught in a power struggle between sinister Lord Downpike and charming Finn Ackerly. And she never imagined that she'd win Finn's affections--or that it might be up to her to save him. Fortunately, fate has other ideas...

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ISBN: 9780062135858
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Published: HarperTeen - February 17th, 2015

For years, Annie and Fia have been in an endless battle for survival against the Keane Foundation. Now the sisters have found allies who can help them escape. But Annie's visions of the future and Fia's flawless instincts can't always tell them who to trust. The sisters can only rely on each other--and even their extraordinary gifts may not be enough to save them.

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ISBN: 9780553511192
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - May 24th, 2016

Middle school crushes are WAY more complicated when you have a love potion. 
Everyone knows love potions don t really work. But Cleo got one as a gift. And it would be crazy not to at least try it . . . right? The plan is simple: make Cleo s ex best friend Samantha and her (secret) crush Larry fall in love. If it works, Sam will be so happy, she ll want to be Cleo s friend again! But when Sam gets suspicious, only Larry drinks the love potion. And now suddenly Larry is in love with . . . Cleo?
And then it gets worse. Cleo s dad drank the other glass of punch, and suddenly he s in love with Samantha s mom. Which would have been really cool when Cleo and Sam were still friends . . . but now that they re frenemies? Disaster! Is there a potion to make everything go back to normal?

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ISBN: 9780553511185
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Published: Yearling - April 26th, 2016

When a package arrives in the mail for Cleo Nelson, she can t wait to open it. The birthday present is seven months late, but it s from Uncle Arnie and that can only mean one thing: magic! Inside is a voodoo doll complete with instructions for making happy, wonderful things happen to Cleo and her friends err, friend. Just one, really. But maybe the doll can change that. . . .
Cleo can t wait to try out the magic with her friend, Samantha. They start small by wishing for treats (surprise pizza!), but then their spells start to grow. And when they wish for popularity, they accidentally get the popular girl in school in major trouble with the principal. Can happy spells be twisted into bad magic


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