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Fiction Audiobooks for October 2012

BCD Amis
     Lionel Asbo: state of England
by Martin Amis.   Read by Alex Jennings.  8 discs.  9+ hours.
     “Amis’ phenomenal vim and versatility, anchoring roots in English literature, and gift for satire power this hilariously Dickensian, nerve-racking, crafty, bull’s-eye tale of a monster and a mensch. Lionel, a volatile and brutal thug much feared in his destitute Liverpool neighborhood, proudly changed his last name to Asbo, the English acronym for anti-social behavior order. Loyal to blood, Lionel has taken in his orphaned teenage nephew, Desmond. Gentle, smart, bookish, and half-black…”
     Booklist 6/1/12

BCD Anderson
     Clockwork Angels
by Kevin J.  Anderson.  Read by Neil Peart.  7 discs.  8 hours.

BCD Black
     Black Heart
by Holly Black.  Read by Jesse Eisenberg.  6 discs.  6+ hours.

BCD Blake

Book Review: Witches of East End

 Witches of East End by Melissa del al Cruz

Recommended Age: 15 and up 

Reviewer: Rathna Ramanathan

“There is nothing I can do for her. Not without breaking the
bonds of the restriction. Not without putting myself in danger as
well,” thought Ingrid Beauchamp. Yet it seems that throughout Melissa
de la Cruz’s novel, “Witches of East End”, Ingrid, Freya, and Joanna
Beauchamp continually risk losing their privileges as members of an
incognito Long Island witch family as they succumb to their inner
desires in a mortal world.

I found myself pulled under the spell of Cruz’s simple, yet
flavorful language that will surely draw any older teen or adult.
Witches of East End” represents a novel with wonderful character
development as well as a unique plot design of interwoven narratives
outlining the moral crisis faced by the three most powerful witches of
North Hampton. The only disappointment of novel, if any can be found,
was the slightly cliché ending with the usual made-up names and

Summer and Bird by Katherine Catmull

Summer and Bird by Katherine Catmull

Review by Katie Byrnes

Summer and Bird is a unique, and unusual book that tells a story unlike any other.  In Summer and Bird, Katherine Catmull brings to life a sad, frozen world of birds, and a vivid and life-like set of characters to save it.  Two sisters, Summer and Bird, discover this world while searching for their missing parents, and begin an adventure that changes their world forever.  The characters in this book, along with their thoughts and feelings, seem so real that if they could jump out of the pages at any time, you wouldn't be surprised to meet them.  Summer and Bird may be most well suited for ages 10 to 13.  In this novel, first-time author Katherine Catmull brings such original and creative ideas to the table that it will not be quickly forgotten.  I greatly enjoyed reading Summer and Bird.

This book wil be published October, 2, 2012

Almost Home by Joan Bauer

Almost Home by Joan Bauer

Book review done by Caitlyn Wletzky

Almost Home was an interesting book to read.  Although it started out kind of slow, Almost Home picked up the pace towards the middle and finished with a great ending.  The story was realistic-fiction and started with a mom and her daughter, named Sugar, getting kicked out of their house.  Desperate to find a new home, they move to Chicago.  I thought that the author of this book used a great voice in the story and that the book really connects to some kids today.  I recommend this book for kids ages 10 and up.  If you read Almost Home you won’t be disappointed!
This book will be published on  September 13, 2012.

August Fiction Audiobooks

BCD Adler
     A Place in the Country
by Elizabeth Adler.   Read by Charlotte Anne Dore.   8 discs.  8+ hours.

BCD  Amirrezvani
     Equal of the Sun
by Anita Amirrezvani.  Read by Simon Vance.  11 discs.  14 hours.

BCD Andrews
     Spring Fever
by Mary Kay Andrews.  Read by Kathleen McInerney.  12 discs.  15+ hours.

BCD Britton
    The Operative
by Andrew Britton.  Read by Christopher Lane.  10 discs.  12+ hours.

BCD Chen
     The Red Chamber
by Pauline  Chen.  Read by Grayce Wey.  14 discs.  16+ hours.

BCD Conway
     The Last Trade
by James Conway.  Read by Peter Berkrot.  9 discs.  10+ hours.

Reader Reviews

This review was submitted by Caitlyn Waletzky for our Raving Reviews program.  If you would like to write reviews for our Teen Page, please come to our Monday, June 30 program downstairs in the Story Time Room.  You too can be a critic.

The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens, published-2011

Summer Reading Club for Teens

 

Registration for the teen Summer Reading Club is happening now.  Register by going to the "TEENS" menu above and click on Summer Reading Program.  Check out our teen programs under EVENTS and OUR CURRENT NEWSLETTER on pages 6-7.  Our Night Snacking the Asian Connection on the evening of July 11  is rapidly filling up.  Hands-on preparation and instruction will get you cooking and afterwards we get to eat!  No need to register for our Murder Mystery Party "The Book Fair of Death" on the evening of July 12.  You get to be the detective on the case.  Prizes and ice cream sundaes at this program. Just come On July 12 and bring your friends.  See you @Library

Join the Summer Reading Club -- Registration has started!

 

Register online by clicking here or come in the library and have a librarian help you register. After you register, come to the Adult Reference Desk to pick up your Reading Club Bag with special information and gifts.    Select a book or graphic novel from Young Adult, Children’s or the Adult Section of the library.  Whatever interests you!  It can be fiction or nonfiction.  Then fill out a simple online Book Report Form starting July 9.  Again, you can have assistance from a librarian on filling out the form.  Prizes will be given each week, starting Monday, July 9 and ending Friday, August 17.

June Fiction Audiobooks

BCD Science Fiction Bacigalupi
     The Drowned Cities
by Paolo Bacigalupi.  Read by Joshua Swanson.  8 discs.  9+ hours.

BCD Baldacci
     The Innocent
by David Baldacci.  Read by Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy.  10 discs.  12+ hours.

BCD Berry
     The Columbus Affair
by Steve Berry.  Read by Scott Brick.  12 discs.  13+ hours.

BCD Black
     Black Hear
t by Holly Black.  Read by Jesse Eisenberg.  6 discs.  6+ hours.

BCD Bond
      Exit Plan
by Larry Bond.  Read by Dick Hill.  15 discs.  17+ hours.

BCD Clare
     City of Lost Souls
by Cassandra Clare.  Read by Molly C. Quinn.  14 discs.  17 hours.

BCD Cross
     Kill Me Softly
by Sarah Cross.  Read by Kim Mai Guest.  9 discs.  10+ hours.

June NonFiction Audiobooks

BCD B Bissinger
      Father’s Day
by Buzz Bissinger.  Read by the author.  8 discs.  8+ hours.
      “Bissinger’s twin sons, Gerry and Zach, were born three minutes apart, and although both boys were born prematurely, Gerry left the hospital after two months able to breathe on his own; Zach remained in the neonatal intensive care unit, struggling to breathe and to survive. Although Zach never recovered from the brain injuries caused by lack of oxygen, he grew into a lovable man who loves people and who is a savant who memorizes people’s birthdays, features of maps, but who also loves the familiar and the routine structure of his life. So when Zach turns 24, Bissinger proposes that the two of them set out on the open road and drive across the country. In this wrenchingly honest road tale, Bissinger searches desperately to discover who his son really is as well as to come to terms with his own feelings of inadequacy and insecurity as a parent.”
     Publishers Weekly May 2012

BCD B Chanel

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