Fantasy & Science Fiction

09/22/2016 - 1:41pm
Cover to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

I grew up on Harry Potter: going to the midnight release parties at Borders for the books, going to the movies as each one came out, and, of course, wishing that my Hogwarts letter would arrive, even if it was years later than Harry's, Hermione's, and Ron’s. One of the reasons that I loved the wizarding world that Harry Potter and his friends lived in was all the wonderful creatures they encountered, both the good and the bad. I would spend hours imagining how our muggle world would be different if they existed—or maybe . . . if we knew they existed.  

08/25/2016 - 12:05am
The Nest by Kenneth Oppel

"We've come because of the baby," she said. "We've come to help."

The Nest appeared soon after Steve's baby brother came home from the hospital, hanging from the eaves of the roof. Steve did not know exactly what was wrong with his new sibling, but he overheard his parents use words like "poor prognosis" and "degenerative." It was not long until Steve saw the wasps in his yard . . . and in his dreams.

08/22/2016 - 10:46am
If you like Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

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Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Eldest of three sisters, in a land where it is considered to be a misfortune, Sophie is resigned to her fate as a hat shop apprentice until a witch turns her into an old woman and she finds herself in the castle of the greatly feared Wizard Howl. (catalog summary)

If you like Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones, you might like:


 


Dark Lord of Derkholm by Diana Wynne Jones
Derk, an unconventional wizard, and his magical family become involved in a plan to put a stop to the devastating tours of their world arranged by the tyrannical Mr. Chesney. (catalog summary)

 

 

 

 


Dealing with Dragons by Patricia Wrede
Cimorene is everything a princess is not supposed to be: headstrong, tomboyish, smart...and bored. So bored that she runs away to live with a dragon and finds the family and excitement she's been looking for. (catalog summary)

 

 

08/16/2016 - 12:43pm
If you like The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

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The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of A Mouse, A Princess, Some Soup, and A Spool of Thread by Kate DiCamillo
The adventures of Desperaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin. (catalog summary)

 

If you like the fantastical adventures of Despereaux, check out these whimsicial and classic titles as well:

 


Babymouse (20: Goes for the Gold) by Jennifer L. Holm (graphic novel)
Urged by her mother to find a physical activity, Babymouse, who would rather read and eat cupcakes, tries out for the swim team. (catalog summary)
 

 

 


Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father--the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids. (catalog summary)
 


 

08/13/2016 - 10:43am
If you like Spooky Adventure Reads

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Do you want plenty of adventure, but some spookiness too? Check out these titles.

Always October by Bruce Coville
Best friends Jake and "Weird Lily" enter the monster-filled land of Always October, made famous in Jake's grandfather's books, to save a foundling who becomes a monster during the full moon. (catalog summary)

 

Books by Betty Lynn Wright
These books are great for late elementary-middle grade readers.

A Ghost in the Family
While visiting his friend Jeannie's eccentric Aunt Rosebud in a boarding house that may be haunted, ten-year-old Chad comes across a mystery involving a missing diamond bracelet.

Other books by Betty Lynn Wright: The Ghost in Room 11, Haunted SummerOut of the Dark, The Ghosts of Mercy Manor, Crandall's Castle, The Dollhouse Murders, Too Many Secrets 


 

Books by Mary Downing Hahn
These books are great for late elementary-middle grade readers.

All The Lovely Bad Ones
While spending the summer at their grandmother's Vermont inn, two prankster siblings awaken young ghosts from the inn's distant past who refuse to "rest in peace."

Other books by Mary Downing Hahn: The Doll in the Garden, Wait Till Helen Comes, Took, Closed for the SeasonThe Old Willis Place, Time for Andrew

 

08/08/2016 - 10:02am
Harry Potter & the Cursed Child (Parts 1 & 2) by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany

It was always difficult being Harry Potter.

From living with the dreaded Dursleys to deadly encounters with monstrous beings (including The Dark Lord Voldermort), Harry Potter, "the Boy Who Lived,” has faced unpredictable and thrilling moments over his school years at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry.

08/01/2016 - 9:34am
If you like the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

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J. K. Rowling's much-loved epic tale of Harry Potter, an orphan who also happens to be a magician, starts with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Wizards and Witches.

This first book in Rowling's series is followed by Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and finally Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

 

 

 

 


 

Companion books to the Harry Potter series:

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the new play, the eighth story, nineteen years later:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

07/26/2016 - 11:01am
If you like A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

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The Bad Beginning (Book One in A Series of Unfortunate Events): This series chronicles the unfortunate lives of the Baudelaire children: Violet, 14; Klaus, 12; and the infant, Sunny. In Bad Beginning, their parents and possessions perish in a fire, and the orphans must use their talents to survive as their lives move from one disastrous event to another. Surrounded by dim-witted though well-meaning adults, the Baudelaires find themselves in the care of their evil relative, Count Olaf, a disreputable actor whose main concern is getting his hands on the children's fortune. (Library Journal)

06/28/2016 - 2:59am
Cover to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

It’s always hard to say goodbye, even if it is to friends that you’ve never met and only speak to every couple of weeks. Next Friday, I will start a position as CRRL’s Deputy Director. It will be a big change, but I am excited for new adventures! Many of you may know the wonderful Darcie Caswell as the Youth Services Department Head at our Salem Church Branch, and she has recently been named Youth Services Coordinator and is taking over the column in July. I know you will enjoy sharing books with her.

In the meantime, I’m going to share some of my all-time favorite titles. My mantra, when it comes to reading, is that there are too many books to read a title more than once. Luckily, some of my favorites have been made into terrific audios, and I have plenty of time in my car to listen and enjoy them again.

05/26/2016 - 1:19am
Robo-Sauce by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri

Robo-Sauce is a strange and wondrous concoction. Its neon-orange glow hints at limitless possibilities. Oh, you've never had the pleasure of seeing this extraordinary mixture in action? Well, prepare to be robotomized!

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