If You Like Star Wars…

The movie, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, premieres today and once you see it you might find yourself wondering what else you might enjoy as much as Star Wars. Fear not, we have a list of Star Wars books, TV shows, and movies that you can find here at the library:

Star Wars, the Prequel Trilogy: a Graphic Novel – Relive the beginnings of the ultimate tale of good versus evil! Join Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Padmé Amidala, Yoda, Darth Maul, and the rest of the heroes and villains from the Star Wars universe in this graphic novel collection that retells the prequel trilogy. Juvenile Graphic Novels section J Graphic STAR.

Star Wars Rebels (TV Show) – Continue the epic tradition of the legendary Star Wars saga. It is a dark time in the galaxy as the evil Galactic Empire rules with an iron fist. Imperial forces have occupied a remote planet, ruining the lives of its people. A ragtag band of rebels, Ezra, Hera, Kanan, Sabine, Zeb and Chopper, have taken a brave stand against the ruthless oppression of the Empire in a fight to restore peace and freedom to the galaxy. Juvenile DVD section jDVD STAR.

Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know by Adam Bray – This is crammed with weird and wonderful Star Wars trivia. Find out who cleans the floors of the Death Stars and what takes 1,000 years to digest its victims! From movie-making trivia to quirky facts you never knew, this guide will excite new and old fans alike of Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars: The Clone Wars and the Star Wars movies I-VIJuvenile Nonfiction section j791.437 BRAY.

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi: Beware the Power of the Dark Side! by Tom Angleberger Presents a retelling of the third Star Wars movie, featuring Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia as they battle the Empire. Juvenile Fiction section J STAR.

~aw

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Throwback Thursday: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: The Magical Car

chitty chitty bang bang.jpgFor this Throwback Thursday I recommend: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming.

Two children persuade their father, an inventor, to purchase and restore an old car which turns out to have magical powers and leads its owners on a series of adventures.

Do you like going on adventures?  Did you ever wish that you had an object with magical powers?  If you answered yes to these questions, then Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming is the classic novel for you!  First published in 1964, this book has been adapted in a movie and has sequels written by another author who was inspired by this classic. In this book, you will learn how children convince their father to restore an old car.  During the restoration process, the family discovers that the old car has magical powers.  So, jump on into this book and go on a series of adventures with this fun family and their magical car!

You can find this book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J FLEMING.

~kf

Goodreads Choice Awards Winner!

magnus chase ship of the deadThe Goodreads Choice Award Winner for the Middle Grade and Children’s Category is The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan! You can find this book at the library in the Juvenile Fiction section at J RIORDAN.

From Goodreads:

WINNER 34,516 votes

The Ship of the Dead

by Rick Riordan (Goodreads Author)
A titan in the Middle Grade & Children’s category, Rick Riordan claims another victory for The Ship of the Dead. No stranger to mythological reimaginings, Riordan continues the story of a once-homeless teen and his epic transformation into one of Odin’s chosen warriors. This is the second time this series has been nominated, and it marks the seventh consecutive Goodreads Choice Award win for Riordan.

~aw

Throwback Thursday: A Long Way from Chicago

long way from chicagoFor this Throwback Thursday I recommend: A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck.

A boy recounts his annual summer trips to rural Illinois with his sister during the Great Depression to visit their larger-than-life grandmother.

Originally published in 1998, this book was awarded the Newbery Honor in 1999. The sequel, A Year Down Yonder, won the Newbery Medal for children’s literature in 2001. This historical fiction class is available in large print and as an audiobook! You can find it in the Juvenile Fiction section at J PECK.

Magnus Chase

If you’re a fan of Rick Riordan’s series, Magnus Chase, you may already know (or have read!) the third book, The Ship of the Dead, which was released this October.  For those of you who haven’t heard of Magnus Chase yet, here’s a quick synopsis:
Magnus Chase is a kid living on the streets of Boston. A strange man finds him and reveals that he is the son of a Norse god!  Adventure ensues.

If you like Norse mythology or the Thor movies, you may be interested in reading the Magnus Chase Trilogy.

Here’s a book trailer for the latest book, The Ship of the Dead.

Book Review: The Tea Dragon Society

tea dragon societyToday I recommend: The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill.

After discovering a lost Tea Dragon in the marketplace, apprentice blacksmith Greta learns about the dying art form of Tea Dragon caretaking from the kind tea shop owners.

First of all, the art in this graphic novel is stunning. It feels a little manga-like as an art style but everything is a soothing pastel color scheme. This is a sweet fantasy story about the importance of patience and friendship. The book also has a lovely cast of characters and tea dragons with an array of different skin colors, orientations, and abilities. The whole graphic novel is whimsical and drama free – a sweet happy story! Also charming is the section at the end that gives tips for raising a tea dragon and information about the different types of tea dragons.

You can find The Tea Dragon Society in the Juvenile Graphic Novel section at J Graphic O’Neill.

~aw

Middle School Graphic Novels!

I loved Awkward and Brave by Svetlana Chmakova (J GRAPHIC CHMAKOVA) and I can’t wait until the third in the series, Crush, is published in the fall of 2018.

While we wait here are some other middle school graphic novels:

Real Friends by Shannon Hale (J GRAPHIC HALE): When her best friend Adrienne starts hanging out with the most popular girl in class, Shannon questions with whether she and Adrienne will stay friends, and if she is part of the clique.

All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jaimeson (J GRAPHIC JAIMESON): Homeschooled by Renaissance Fair enthusiasts, eleven-year-old Imogene has a hard time fitting in when her wish to enroll in public school is granted.


~aw

 

Throwback Thursday: Anne of Avonlea

anne of.jpgHappy Throwback Thursday! Today I recommend: Anne of Avonlea by L. M. Montgomery.

Anne is half past 16 and she’s ready to begin a new life teaching in her old school. She’s as feisty as ever and is determined to inspire young hearts with her own ambitions. But some of her pupils are as boisterous and high-spirited as Anne, and so life in her Avonlea classroom becomes a lesson in discovery and adventure.

If you enjoyed Anne Shirley’s adventures as a young child in Anne of Green Gables, this book is for you!  In Anne of Avonlea, you will discover a heart-warming tale of a former orphan who is now a young lady as she realizes her dreams of going to college, becoming an author, and finding love. First published in 1909, this book has also been made into a movie available on DVD.

You can find Anne of Avonlea in the Juvenile Fiction section at J MONTGOMERY.

~kf

Word-count Wednesday #5

Hello fellow writers!

This is it! The final Word-count Wednesday! Can you believe that Nanowrimo is almost over? If you reach 50,000 words by midnight be sure to validate your word count. The validator might become a little slow in the last hour so try not to wait until last minute.

I crossed the finish line, the official final word count was 50,518 words! This is slightly more words than Microsoft Word said I had, so be sure to keep in mind that the validator might not match whatever program you are writing in.

Grant Falkner, in his nanowrimo pep talk this year had a wonderful description of what we’ve accomplished:

You’ll know that you can keep going by simply putting one word in front of another, and you’ll sense this great gift waiting for you. The gift of your novel. The gift of your journey. The gift of your accomplishment. Plus, you’ll know how to deal with quicksand the next time you step into it—in writing and in life.

Thanks for another great November and congratulations no matter how much you wrote!
~aw