ages 11-18

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. . .

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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

Fullmetal Alchemist: The Movie

If 51 episodes of the Fullmetal Alchemist anime tv series weren’t enough for you, you won’t want to miss the movie sequel: Fullmetal Alchemist: The Conqueror of Shamballa. Although the anime is originally based on the manga by Hiromu Arakawa, the storylines diverge after a certain point, so the movie represents an entirely new adventure of the Elric brothers—with all the steampunk action that you loved from the tv series and manga. Don’t miss it!

Fabulous Fiction Firsts #72

I am sure if you are a reader of mysteries, you would have come across some very famous feline detectives. Occasionally, a dog or two have tried to get in on the act. Clever, I am sure, but they have always relied on their two-legged sidekicks.

Now Leonie Swann, in her debut mystery (translated from German) Three Bags Full* introduces fleecy ones who work alone!

In the bucolic Irish village of Glennkill, a flock of sheep has just come across the murdered body of its beloved shepherd George Glenn. Led by the very smart Miss Marple, they are determined to bring the killer to justice, not withstanding all the obstacles in their way (they can’t talk, their chief suspects is the BUTCHER!).

Already a bestseller in Europe, U.S critics are calling Three Bags Full a “quirky philosophical mystery”, “refreshingly original” and “magical”. Swann also “peppers the text with literary allusion that add humor and lighten the existential gloom of both people and sheep”.

* = Starred Review

Fabulous Fiction Firsts #71

If you enjoyed The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, (Did you like the movie too?) I would suggest The Last Summer (of you and me). It is teen author Ann Brashares's break into the adult market, and a summer read, perfect for the beach.

Paul (McCartney) named after Sir Paul by his wayward father, and sisters Riley and Alice have been pals since they were babies, growing up next door to each other summering on Fire Island. Tomboy older sister Riley and Paul have a strong connection that transcend the seasons, until the summer when Alice turns 21 and heading to law school.

That summer, she and Paul decide to act on their mutual attraction with unforeseen consequences. When a family tragedy strikes, it forever alters the course they have set for themselves. A coming-of-age story sure to please the Brashares fans.

Rash wins 2007 Thumbs Up!

The Thumbs Up! Award committee has voted Rash by Pete Hautman as the 2007 winner. Rash is a chilling satire that tells the story of Bo, a struggling teen. It's 2076. Anyone who litters or verbally assaults another person in the Safer States of America goes to prison. Bo has five family members in jail, and due to his temper he is sent to a remote work camp where he has to make fast food pizzas, play the dangerous and illegal game of football, and battle the bears that live in the cold north. It’s a great read or listen on audio CD.

The committee also chose four Honor books. They are An Abundance of Katherines by John Green, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock, and Notes from the Midnight Driver by Jordan Sonnenblick.

Paradise Kiss

Fashionistas won’t want to miss Paradise Kiss, one of the new series in the library’s anime collection. Adapted from the popular manga of the same name by Ai Yazawa, it’s the story of Yukari, a high school student focuses on preparing for her college entrance exams. By chance she meets a group of teens studying fashion design at an art high school. And when they ask her to be the model for their label, Paradise Kiss, in their school competition, Yukari has to decide what her priorities are-—and what she really wants to do with her future.

1st Annual Kid’s Art Fair

Youth in grades Kindergarten through 12th from Washtenaw County are invited to submit their artwork to be juried for the very first Kid’s Art Fair at the Townie Street Party on July 16.

Interested young artists should bring samples of their artwork to the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room on Saturday, June 16 between noon and 1 PM. Art jurors will score the work between 1 PM and 3 PM. Everyone is invited to watch the process.

Jurors will announce the young artists invited to exhibit their work at 4 PM. These artists will be allowed to sell their work at a booth at the Townie Street Party!

Check out the library's great art book collection to get some ideas!

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