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The Phantom of the Opera Sequel

Monday, March 21st, 2016

love-never-diesI am a huge Phantom fan but I had never even heard of a possible sequel to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s production of The Phantom of the Opera!  Luckily, a patron told me about “Love Never Dies” and KDL already had copies circulating. (So some of you already knew.)  The production has never been brought to the Unites States and the movie is actually a filming of a live stage production in Melbourne.

Love Never Dies is set about 10 years after the end of the Phantom.  The Phantom escaped the fire, and along with Madam Giry and Meg, moved to New York and created a show for Coney Island.  The show is part circus and part vaudeville, with Meg as the star.  But Christine is lured to New York to perform, bringing along Raoul and their son Gustave.  (It turns out that Raoul gambled away his fortune and Christine is singing to help pay debts.)  Needless to say, the Phantom does reveal himself to Christine and wants her to sing for him once more.

I loved the sequel so Thank You to the patron who told me about it!

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Author Pat Conroy Dies at Age 70

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

pat-conroyAuthor Pat Conroy died last week Friday at the age of 70Pat Conroy was well known for his books “The Great Santini“, “The Lords of Discipline” and “The Prince of Tides“.  He drew inspiration and stories from his own childhood in the marshlands of coastal Georgia and under the control of his domineering father.

Pat Conroy earned a BA in English from the Citadel and taught English while he was working on his first book.  His first few books didn’t receive much attention until 1974 when “Conrack” was turned into a movie.  “One of the greatest gifts you can get as a writer is to be born into an unhappy family,” Mr. Conroy told the writer John Berendt for a Vanity Fair profile in 1995. “I could not have been born into a better one.” He added: “I don’t have to look very far for melodrama. It’s all right there.”

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Author Louise Rennison Dies at Age 64

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

louise+rennisonLouise Rennison, beloved author of the hilarious Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series, passed away February 29, 2016.  Louise Rennison had a way of writing Georgia that was amusing to all ages but also very touching and realistic.  “The research period for each book usually included a visit to a secondary school, an experience the author likened to a “rock concert”. While some head teachers thought her subject matter too frank, she was unrepentant. “Surely they know what to expect [from my books]; they know they’re all about boys and snogging and all those experiences. What else am I going to talk about?

Each Georgia book also included British slang definitions which were liberally used throughout her books.  For those alone, you might want to check out a book and have a good laugh because that is what Louise would want.

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ALA 2016 Youth Media Award Winners

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

On Monday in Boston, the ALA announced the 2016 Youth Media Award Winners!laststoponmarketst

John Newbery Medal for the most Outstanding contribution to Children’s literature:

Winner: Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena
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findingwinnieRandolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children:

Winner: Finding Winnie illustrated by Sophie Blackall
Honor Books:

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for bonegapyoung adults:

Winner: Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
Honor Books:

For a complete listing of all the awards, click here.



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Space Related Teen Books

Saturday, December 26th, 2015

If you are looking for some out of this world reads, give these books a try!

Earth Girl by Janet Edwards: “2788. Only the handicapped live on Earth. While everyone else portals between worlds, 18-year-old Jarra is among the one in a thousand people born with an immune system that cannot survive on other planets. Sent to Earth at birth to save her life, she has been abandoned by her parents. She can’t travel to other worlds, but she can watch their vids, and she knows all the jokes they make. She’s an ‘ape’, a ‘throwback’, but this is one ape girl who won’t give in.

A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix: “Khemri learns the minute he becomes a Prince that princes need to be hard to kill—for they are always in danger. Their greatest threat? Other Princes. Every Prince wants to become Emperor and the surest way to do so is to kill, dishonor, or sideline any potential competitor. There are rules, but as Khemri discovers, rules can be bent and even broken.

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New Year Teen Series Alert

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

willtosurviveSo January is fast approaching bringing the release of new to the series books.  So yes, if you start now, you can read the first books and still catch the release of these great books!

Will to Survive by Eric Walters:  This is the third book in the series about Adam and his neighborhoods quest for survival after a global computer failure.  They have survived armed attacks and food shortages but can they survive an attack from a former ally, someone who knows all their defense strategies?  Set to be released in January.calamity

Calamity by Brandon Sanderson:  This is also the third book in the series about David and the Reckoners fight to bring down the Epics.  After the exciting events in New York, is David ready to take on one of the most powerful Epics of all time?  And salttoseawhat exactly is Calamity?  Set to be released in February.

The last one is not exactly a series but a companion book, Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys: this historical novel is about the tragedy of the Wilhelm Gustloff and the mysterious cousin mentioned by Lina in Between Shades of Gray.  Set to be released in February.

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Vera B. Williams, author and illustrator, dies at age 88

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

VeraWilliamsVera B. Williams, award-winning illustrator and author died last Friday at the age of 88.  Vera Williams received her BFA from Black Mountain college in North Caroline and worked as an artist and teacher for the first part of her career.  At the age of 46, she started illustrating children’s books.

In 2004, Vera Williams was the first U.S. nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award.  She won the NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature in 2009 and a Caldecott Medal in 1983 and 1991.  While Vera B. Williams wrote & illustrated many books, she is best known for A Chair For My Mother, although my personal favorite is More, More, More, Said the Baby.

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Author Henning Mankell Dies At Age 67

Saturday, October 10th, 2015

Henning-MankellSwedish novelist, Henning Mankell died Monday in Sweden at the age of 67.  In terms of Scandinavian novels, Henning Mankell‘s gritty Inspector Kurt Wallander lead the way for other authors from that region to find a broader audience.  Henning Mankell did end his well loved series 2009 with the publication of “The Troubled Man“.

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Who Is Your Favorite Author?

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

As someone who works with books all day, one of the hardest questions to answer is: “Who is your favorite author?”  Truthfully, we all have more than one favorite author, that author who we will read no matter what they publish.

Combining almost 10 years of staff favorite lists and about 40 different authors, here are the two authors that stand out from the many beloved authors.










JoJo Moyes has only recently become a sensation in the United States but staff LOVE her books!  Her books are generally historical fiction with two voices, one current and one in the past.   Favorite book of staff is Me Before You with a recently published sequel called After You.

Harlan Coben has been writing for a while and is best known for mystery/suspense stand alone books.  His books are suspenseful but not too graphic and they feel like something that could actually happen.  My two personal favorites are The Woods and Hold Tight.

So, who is YOUR favorite author?

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Author Jackie Collins Dies at Age 77

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

jackie-collinsBest selling author Jackie Collins died from breast cancer last Saturday.  Her books have sold over 500 million copies in 40 different countries.  Jackie Collins was born in London but was a rebellious teenager. Rather than go to reform school at the age of 15, she moved to Hollywood where her older sister Joan was already working.

Her first book “The World is Full of Married Men” was published in 1968 and was banned in both Australia and South Africa.  Her novels generally give her readers a glimpse of the “glamorous lives of the rich and famous.”  Additional, many of her books have been adapted for movies and television series.

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