ages 11-18

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

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.

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