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Mon, 07/30/2018 - 8:45am
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

All of us have had that sense, at one time or another, of seeing something inexplicable out of the corner of our eyes. It may be a flash of light, a reflective glint, or just a shimmery difference in the air around us. And then it usually goes away. But for Aislinn in Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely, it’s a different story. She has always been able to see faeries around her, and they aren’t cute and precious like Tinkerbell. The fey are at times hideous or breathtakingly beautiful, cruel or mocking, and always a danger. They often pinch and mock the humans that they follow and then don glamours to blend in with humans (and often lead them astray) when it suits the faeries’ needs.

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 12:40am
If you like Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews

This readalike is in response to a customer's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading recommendations, fill out the book-match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. Available for adults, teens, and kids. You can browse other book matches here

Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews
They were a perfect family, golden and carefree—until a heartbreaking tragedy shattered their happiness. Now, for the sake of an inheritance that will ensure their future, the children must be hidden away out of sight, as if they never existed. Kept on the top floor of their grandmother's vast mansion, their loving mother assures them it will be just for a little while. But as brutal days swell into agonizing months and years, Cathy, Chris, and twins Cory and Carrie realize their survival is at the mercy of their cruel and superstitious grandmother - and this cramped and helpless world may be the only one they ever know. 

If you like the novels of V.C. Andrews, check out these other similar-themed titles as well.

Wed, 07/25/2018 - 9:16am
The Good Neighbor Cookbook by Sara Quessenberry and Suzanne Schlosberg

There are definitely times when friends and neighbors need a little comfort food. It might be a joyful event--new baby, new house--or it might be in sorrowful times such as a long illness, death, or divorce. Chef Sara Quessenberry and writer Suzanne Schlosberg’s The Good Neighbor Cookbook is an excellent source for the family cook who needs some fresh ideas for food to share.

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 9:02am
Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

Originally published in 2010 by Jacob Puckett, an 11-year-old guest reviewer

"Deep within me, words pile up in huge drifts. Mountains of phrases and sentences and connected ideas. Clever expressions. Jokes. Love songs . . . But only in my head. I have never spoken one single word. I am almost eleven years old." (Excerpt from Chapter 1)
 
Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper is a striking book about a girl named Melody Brooks who has cerebral palsy, a disease that disables you so you can’t walk, can’t control your body movements, and, most frustrating to Melody, can’t talk. Every "normal" kid at school thinks that all the "special" kids are either dumb as dirt, crazy, or both! But most kids don’t know that just because you can’t speak or walk doesn’t mean that you’re not smart. Melody is a genius, but nobody suspects it, except Ms. V, Melody’s sitter.
 
Wed, 07/25/2018 - 9:38am
Needful Things by Stephen King

This readalike is in response to a customer's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading recommendations, fill out the book-match form, and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. Available for adults, teens, and kids. You can browse the book matches here.

Needful Things by Stephen King
A wonderful new store has opened in Castle Rock, Maine. It's a place where you can get anything your heart desires - pleasure, wealth, power . . . but for a nerve-shattering price.

Castle Rock is a fictional town in Maine that has served as a nexus for paranormal, supernatural, and metaphysical events through Stephen King's writing. Multiple works by King have been set in Castle Rock, including Needful Things, Bag of Bones, Cujo, The Dead Zone, and more. Multiple novellas, such as The Body and Gwendy's Button Box have also taken place in Castle Rock. The Shawshank Prison (from The Shawshank Redemption) is also located right outside of the town. Not too far from Castle Rock, is the infamous town of Derry - the fictional location for King's horrifying novel, It

Castle Rock is an upcoming American psychological horror web television series based on the stories of Stephen King, intertwining characters and themes from the fictional town of Castle Rock. It premiered ob July 25, 2018, on Hulu. It stars André Holland, Bill Skarsgård, Melanie Lynskey, and Sissy Spacek.

If you enjoy Castle Rock or the King books that took place in Castle Rock, check out these suggested titles filled with spooky happenings in small towns.

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 10:28am
Joint Use Branch at the Barbara J. Fried Center

Thanks to generous support from the Stafford Board of Supervisors and in partnership with Germanna Community College, CRRL will be opening the Joint Use Branch at the Barbara J. Fried Center on August 20, 2018.

CRRL will provide a small collection, hold pick-up, Chromebooks, and the same outstanding customer service and expertise that you can depend on receiving at any CRRL location. At a later date, we’ll also offer Grow a Reader classes on Tuesday evenings and Saturdays.

We are excited about partnering with Stafford County and Germanna Community College in this new adventure.

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 12:33am
Lore: Wicked Mortals by Aaron Mahnke

Previously in his book Monstrous Creatures, author and podcast guru Aaron Mahnke discussed mythological beasts, such as the Jersey Devil, the Wendigo, and sneaky elves. In his new collection, Wicked Mortals, Mahnke relates evil of a different kind - a more human kind. Sometimes, the truth can be more terrifying in fiction.

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 8:21am
Cover to Jasper Dash and the Flame-Pits of Delaware, by M.T. Anderson

Greetings, brave adventurers! So you are looking for uncharted territory to claim and conquer, eh? You've already climbed the highest peaks and had lunch in the craters of the moon. So, where do you go next to do your exploring? Look no further than this hidden gem. This is a land of mystery and danger, a land of wonder and fright, a land with tyrannosaurs, tentacled creatures, and scariest of all....toll booths. Behold, Delaware!

Jasper Dash and the Flame-Pits of Delaware is part of M.T. Anderson's Pals in Peril series, a highly absurdist take on children's detective and adventure series of decades past, the most obvious being Nancy Drew, Goosebumps, and Tom Swift. The title character of this particular book is the star of his own fictional series that has fallen into obscurity. Just looking at Jasper Dash, you can see that he's from another time. Aviator goggles perched atop a perfectly parted swath of blonde hair. And that's when he opens his mouth and 19th-century slang falls out: "Hello, chums...What-ho and tippy tippy dingle and all."

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 8:59am
If you like The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

This readalike is in response to a customer's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading recommendations, fill out the book-match form, and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. Available for adults, teens, and kids. You can browse the book matches here.

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
One dusty postwar summer in his home of rural Warwickshire, Dr. Faraday is called to a patient at lonely Hundreds Hall, the residence of the Ayres family for more than two centuries. Its owners, mother, son, and daughter, are struggling to keep pace with a changing society, as well as conflicts of their own. But the Ayreses are haunted by something more sinister than a dying way of life.

The Little Stranger is an upcoming British supernatural horror-thriller film directed by Lenny Abrahamson and written by Lucinda Coxon, based on the novel of same name by Sarah Waters. The film stars Domhnall GleesonRuth WilsonWill Poulter, and Charlotte Rampling. It is scheduled to be released on August 31, by Focus Features.

Looking for more Gothic novels in the vein of The Little Stranger? Check out these titles below.

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