ages 11-18

Harry Potter Read-A-Likes

So, here are some books (many the beginning of series) that should appeal to Harry Potter fans... Yes, the list could go on and on...but hopefully this will be enough to tide you over till the new book comes out.
Chronicles of Chrestomanci by Diana Wynne Jones
So You Want To Be a Wizard by Daine Duane
Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo.
Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins
Merchant of Death (Pendragon) by D. J.MacHale
Hounds of the Morrigan by Pat O'Shea
Sandry's Book (Circle of Magic) by tamora Pierce
Pure Dead Magic by Degi Gliori
The Fire Within by Chris D'Lacey
Secret of Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson
Over Sea, Under Stone (Dark is Rising) by Susan Cooper
Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander
Sabriel by Garth Nix
Five Children and It by E. Nesbit
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

Robots on the rise

I don't want to panic anyone but I don't like the way my toaster is looking at me.

If we're on the brink of a robot uprising where our hi-tech gadgets get back at us then
How To Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion. is the survival guide to have.

Robots of every size and shape

For some reason lately I've been on a bit of a "Robot Kick". Maybe its all the run up and hype for the release of the Transformers Movie or maybe I'm just geeked about the Library Lego League. (I can't wait to see how the new program works out ;0)

I remember reading a quote from Joseph Engelberger (early robotic pioneer ) about what makes a robot a robot he is quoted to have said.

"I can't define a robot, but I know one when I see one."

Chic Shoeboxes - Teen Craft

Turn ordinary shoeboxes into artful containers. Store those pictures, cd's, or whatever you've got saved that needs a container. We'll have paper and add-ons to turn those ordinary containers extra-ordinary.

New French Children's Books

There will soon be new French children's books at all branches. Some of the new titles are:
Charlie et la chocolaterie by Roald Dahl
L'enorme crocodile by Roald Dahl
Lola Rose by Jacqueline Wilson
La chenille qui fait des trous by Eric Carle
Chair de poule/Goosebumps 24 "L'horloge maudite" by R.L. Stine
La Cabane Magique/Magic Tree House 7 "Le voyage sur la lune" by Mary Pope Osbourne

Check them out! If you have any suggestions for French or any other foreign language books, please e-mail stantont@aadl.org

Liked Ida B? Try Emma-Jean

Need a good book to read? Try Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree by Lauren Tarshis. This is the author's first book.
Emma-Jean is in the seventh grade. Her beloved father died about two years ago and she's still dealing with that. She doesn't fit in well with her classmates. But Emma-Jean is soft-hearted. She tries to fix everyone's problems. A girl has best friend problems. One classmate has a big issue with a teacher. Emma-Jean's mother might be starting to date. All problems can be solved! Well, maybe.
Emma-Jean is very smart and wise beyond her years. (She brings to mind another great character who tried to be a problem-solver. Check out Ida B and her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster and Possibly Save the World.) But even smart kids need a little help sometimes.
Emma-Jean learns to take responsibility for her actions, both good and bad, as she moves through her seventh grade year. And yes, she literally falls out of a tree.

Harry Potter

Do I really need to say anything more to get your attention? Is the excitement for the new book bubbling over in your brain until you can't think straight? Have you listened to the audio version of HBP (Half Blood Prince) 24 times; have you meticulously plotted out how Luna Lovegood is really Voldemort in disguise; are you lining up a date to get a lightening bolt tattooed on your forehead? Well, if the wait till July 21 is making you a little crazy, here are a few books about Harry Potter to tide you over until then!

The Great Snape Debate
Discovering the Real World of Harry Potter (DVD)
Harry Potter and Philosophy
The Science of Harry Potter
Barry Trotter and the Unauthorized Parody
The Unauthorized Harry Potter
Ultimate Unofficial Guide to the Mysteries of Harry Potter
Fact, Fiction, and Folklore in Harry Potter's World
The Magical Worlds of Harry Potter
A Charmed Life : the spirituality of Potterworld
The Sorcerer's Companion : a guide to the magical world of Harry Potter
Triumph of the Imagination : the story of writer J.K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling Biography
Conversations with J.K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling : the wizard behind Harry Potter
God, the Devil, and Harry Potter:A Christian minister's defense of the beloved novels
We love Harry Potter! : we'll tell you why

A probability storm's a brewin'. . .

Storm Thief is as intriguing as it's cover. Orokos is a city of chaos. For as long as anyone can remember, the city has been lashed by probability storms that change anything they touch. Streets are rearranged, children turned to glass, and rivers break their banks. Nothing is stable. Everyone is vulnerable.

Rail and Moa are two thieves from the ghettoes. Rail's been bitter at life ever since the Storm Thief stole his breath. Moa just wants to get away, to a land where things are better. But there is nowhere else other than Orokos, and the city won't let them leave anyway.

Then they find an artifact; a device that opens doors. Something that anyone in the city would kill for. And it will lead them to the dark secret at the heart of Orokos. . .

Looking for something to read? Try...

In the back of Fly By Night, Frances Hardinge gives us the following warning: "This is not a historical novel. It is a yarn. Although the Realm is based roughly on England at the start of the eighteenth century, I have taken appalling liberties with historical authenticity and, when I felt like it, the laws of physics."

Two Wheel Tango BIKE Experts!

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Two Wheel Tango has recently been named the best bike store in Ann Arbor by many local publications. Check out their website for cool gear, cycling events, and bike maintenance classes.
They will be at the Downtown Library from 12 - 1pm on June 23rd. Check out gear, see a demo on quick and easy bike repairs, and ask questions from our local bike experts at the Two Wheel Tango.
A couple cycling books you might be interested in, Bicycling Magazine's New Cyclist Handbook or the Complete Bike Book

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