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08/16/2010 - 4:45pm

Talk about hearing voices in your head. On New World, all men, boys, and animals can hear each other's thoughts, also called "noise." There's ways to cover up or mask your thoughts, but it's hard to do. Todd Hewitt is the last boy in Prentisstown, on the cusp of his 13th birthday, which will make him a man. One day, while running an errand, he notices a silence in the noise - something that has never happened before - and comes upon someone who changes his perception of his world forever.

12/09/2009 - 11:26am

Published on August 1, local author Maggie Stiefvater's novel "Shiver," is already a hit, debuting on the New York Times Best Sellers list. It's your basic teen love story: Girl meets boy. Boy meets girl. Boy is a werewolf ... fans of "Twilight," this is for you!

Watch the book trailer, created by Maggie (she's an artist too!) below:

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Maggie is also author of "Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception" and "Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie" Check out Maggie's web site (http://www.maggiestiefvater.com/) and blog (http://m-stiefvater.livejournal.com/), and follow her on Twitter, http://twitter.com/mstiefvater.

12/09/2009 - 11:27am

 This fall has a lot to offer vampire lovers. "Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant" (see the trailer) hits theaters October 23, and "New Moon" will be out November 20.

For more great blood-sucking stories, check out our Fang Fiction book list!

 

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.

08/28/2009 - 9:50am

If you haven't already read her
other books like "How to Deal," "That Summer," "The Truth About
Forever," and "Just Listen", you might want to check them out. Also, you might enjoy:


Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer. (and anything by Joan Bauer)
When sixteen-year-old Hope and the aunt who has raised her move from
Brooklyn to Mulhoney, Wisconsin, to work as waitress and cook in the
Welcome Stairways diner, they become involved with the diner owner's
political campaign to oust the town's corrupt mayor.

08/28/2009 - 3:40pm

Here are some other books that I think you may like:

 

Angels and Demons by Dan Brown.

World-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss
research facility to analyze a cryptic symbol seared into the chest of a
murdered physicist. (This story was written before/takes place before
The Da Vinci Code).

 

Tamar : A Novel of Espionage, Passion, and Betrayal by Mal Peet.

12/12/2016 - 1:33pm
Fairest by Gail Carson Levine

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Fairest by Gail Carson Levine
In a land where beauty and singing are valued above all else, Aza eventually comes to reconcile her unconventional appearance and her magical voice, and learns to accept herself for who she truly is. (catalog summary)



Curse of the Thirteenth Fey: The True Tale of Sleeping Beauty by Jane Yolen
Accident-prone, thirteen-year-old Gorse, the youngest fairy in her family, falls into a trap while on her way to the palace to bless the newborn princess, Talia, but arrives in time to give a gift which, although seemingly horrific, may prove to be a real blessing in this take-off on the classic tale of Sleeping Beauty. (catalog summary)

 



Dearest by Alethea Kontis
When Friday Woodcutter, a kind and loving seamstress, stumbles upon seven sleeping brothers in her sister Sunday's palace, she takes one look at Tristan and knows he's her future. But the brothers are cursed to be swans by day. Can Friday's unique magic somehow break the spell? (catalog summary)

 

 

08/28/2009 - 5:47pm

Have you also read Garden of the Purple Dragon and Dragon Moon also by Carole Wilkinson?

Here are some other titles I think you may enjoy:

 

In an interview, Carol Wilkinson said she was reading The Amulet of Samarkand and was enjoying it immensely.

The Amulet of Samarakand by Jonathon Stroud.

Nathaniel, a magician's apprentice, summons up the djinni Bartimaeus and instructs him to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from the powerful magician Simon Lovelace.

 

Dragon's Keep by Janet Lee Carey.

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