Midwinterblood is a novel made up of seven mysteriously interconnected short stories, lyrical in tone and tinged with suspense and horror.  It recently won the 2014 Printz Award for best Young Adult Book of the Year, and in this reviewer’s opinion, it definitely lives up to the hype.

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Tanked: The official companion

Tanked cover artScience, creativity, and imagination all meet up in this book detailing amazing fish tanks built by the Acrylic Tank Manufacturing (ATM) team. Just some of the tanks described include the Harry Houdini tank built for Neil Patrick Harris, the KISS aquarium built for a mini-golf course, a Dunkin Donuts tank, a prank tank created for Jack*** producer Jeff Tremaine, and themed tanks centered on pinball machines, skateboarding, and more.
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The Encyclopedia of Early Earth

A man from the North Pole meets a woman from the South Pole. It’s love at first sight, but, for mysterious reasons, they cannot touch. The man from Nord, also known as “The Storyteller,” recounts the epic tale of his journey through ancient lands filled with bloodthirsty tribes, tempestuous rulers, and fickle gods to find a lost piece of his soul.
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Goodbye, Rebel Blue

Do you have a bucket list? How about considering something pretty radical – fulfilling someone else’s bucket list? In Goodbye Rebel Blue, 16 year old Rebel meets Kennedy Green while in detention at High School. They are both given the assignment to write out their own bucket list. Rebel thinks it is a joke. But Kennedy takes it more seriously and starts to write out a well-thought out bucket list, convinced that fate has brought the two of them together.
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Rainwater will stay with you for a long time after you have read it.  This rare and beautiful story focuses on a woman struggling to run a boarding house alone with a child that has special needs. Set in the 1930’s when times were hard and life was uncertain, a man named Mr. Rainwater comes along; he will ultimately change their lives.
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A Story Lately Told

The first of Anjelica Huston’s two-volume memoir begins with tales of her storybook childhood home (a richly-decorated estate) in Ireland, her teenage home in hip sixties London, and her troubling first years in New York.

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The Diviners

Libba Bray’s The Diviners is the first in a series that follows 17-year old Evie O’Neill. It’s the 1920s and after getting into some trouble at home in Ohio, Evie has just been sent to Manhattan to live with her uncle Will, the curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition and the Occult – or as its commonly called among New Yorkers – the Museum of Creepy Crawlies.
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