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09/03/2009 - 4:48pm

Percy Jackson is not a normal 12-year-old. Strange things always seem to happen around him, and he has a problem with getting into situations that lead to getting kicked out of school. Things get even stranger when, on a class field trip, Percy vaporizes his (really creepy) math teacher (a monster in disguise) and learns that he himself is a demigod. A whole new world is opened to Percy when he goes for the summer to Camp Half-Blood, where he meets other demigod friends and finds out his father's identity. Of course, he immediately gets plunged into a quest to save the world.

08/20/2009 - 3:26pm

Alastair Reynolds is a Welsh astrophysicist who writes spectacular stories and novels about the future. A future where there are several types of humans, and not all of them get along. Interstellar travel is possible; it will take a while, even on a lighthugger, traveling just under light speed. Orbital habitats form the Glitter Band above the planet Yellowstone in the Epsilon Eridani system, all doomed. They just don’t know it yet. 

09/03/2009 - 9:23am

The blockbuster summer film, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, is making new fans and having the long-time legions of readers thumbing through their beloved collections of the Potter chronicles. Old aficionados  and first-year initiates alike may delve deeper into J.K. Rowling and her world with our scintillating sources.

08/27/2009 - 11:42am

Down the Rabbit Hole: an Echo Falls Mystery by Peter Abrahams.
Like her idol, Sherlock Holmes, Ingrid uses her intellect to solve a
murder case in her hometown.


Twisted Summer by Willo Davis Roberts.
Fourteen-year-old Cici hopes for a romantic summer at the beach but
instead finds herself trying to solve a murder which had occurred there the previous year.

08/27/2009 - 11:56am

Boston Jane by Jennifer L. Holm.
Schooled in the lessons of etiquette for young ladies of 1854, Miss Jane Peck of Philadelphia finds little use for manners during her long sea voyage to the Pacific Northwest and while living among the American traders and Chinook Indians of Washington Territory.


The River Between Us by Richard Peck.
During the early days of the Civil War, the Pruitt family takes in two mysterious young ladies who have fled New Orleans to come north to Illinois.

08/27/2009 - 11:58am

Since you say you really enjoyed the Lasky book about Elizabeth I, I
think you should be aware that there are 19 more books in that series by a variety of authors. They cover many female world leaders such as
Queen Victoria, Mary: Queen of Scots, Anastasia, etc. You can find them
in our catalog by searching "series" and typing in "royal diaries."

08/27/2009 - 12:08pm

Here are some other titles you might enjoy reading.


Sabriel by Garth Nix.
This is a part of a trilogy. The 1st book is called Sabriel, and introduces us to the daughter of the necromancer Abhorsen, who must journey into the mysterious and magical Old Kingdom to rescue her father from the Land of the Dead. The 2 books that follow are Lirael and Abhorsen.

08/27/2009 - 12:10pm

Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen.
In alternating chapters, two teenagers describe how their feelings about themselves, each other, and their families have changed over the years.

Once Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris.
A young man with a mysterious past and a penchant for inventing things leaves the troll who raised him, meets an unhappy princess he has loved from afar, and discovers a plot against her and her father.

08/28/2009 - 9:19am

Acceleration by Graham McNamee.
Stuck working in the Lost and Found of the Toronto Transit Authority for the summer, seventeen-year-old Duncan finds the diary of a serial killer and sets out to stop him.


Black Mirror by Nancy Werlin.
Convinced her brother's death was murder rather than suicide,
sixteen-year-old Frances begins her own investigation into suspicious
student activities at her boarding school.

08/28/2009 - 9:35am

Hopefully you will enjoy some these titles, all of which feature a smart female sleuth!


The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer.
Enola, the niece of Sherlock Holmes, is drawn into two mysteries, both surrounding missing persons.


Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett.
When seemingly unrelated and strange events start to happen and a
precious Vermeer painting disappears, Petra and Calder combine their
talents to solve an international art scandal.

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