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Happy (Chinese) New Year!

Kung-Hsi Fa-Ts'ai! Happy New Year! You might be thinking, “That was weeks ago!” But I say: “New Years is celebrated differently by culture!”  January 28, 2017 starts the celebrations for the Chinese New Year. And what better way to celebrate a new year than with a new book (or two)?

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The Year of the Rooster: Tales from the Chinese Zodiac Cover Image
By Oliver Chin, Juan Calle (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781597021258
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Published: Immedium - December 27th, 2016

Time to Get Reading

There is nothing like taking a trip. But sometimes you cannot due to time, money, how far away, it is a fictitious world or when in history you want to travel. Luckily for some friends of mine they do not have those problems. Cleo, Evan, Matt, Grace and Luis can travel through books and even time!

Have you ever loved a book so much you wanted to become a character in it? For Cleo and Eric, they can do just that in The Key Hunters series by Eric Lupar. And you can start your adventures with first two book, The Mysterious Moonstone and The Spy’s Secret.

Cleo and Evan do not care for their new school librarian, Ms. Crowley. Yet, they are curious about where she disappears to when she goes into the back of the library. When following her one day, they find a secret door and a message from their beloved previous librarian saying she is trapped inside the books,... (READ MORE)

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ISBN: 9780545822046
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - April 26th, 2016

The Westing Game

Almost 40 years ago, a book called The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin came to be. And now, all these years later, the adventures of sixteen heirs trying to figure out the mystery of an eccentric millionaire’s death and his will, still intrigues readers to this day!

Here at the Northshire, our sleuths (I mean staff members) still enjoy recommending this book to new readers, helping old fans find new copies to replace those dog-eared editions that have been loved to pieces (literally) and even reading or rereading it themselves!

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ISBN: 9780142401200
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Published: Puffin Books - April 12th, 2004

Overcoming Odds

Athletes overcome challenges every day. However, some have had to overcome things that could have derailed them at any point, leaving us to never know the likes of Tim Howard, Althea Gibson or Jim Abbott. Gregory Zuckerman's (with assistance from sons Elijah and Gabriel) Rising Above: How 11 Athletes Overcame Challenges in Their Youth to Become Stars, tells how these athletes overcame challenges in his or her life in a first person told chapter. Some issue do not surprise (drugs, neglect, poverty, gangs and racial issues) but others might (being “too small” or unable to read or write).

Howard, Gibson, Abbott, along with eight other people, are inspirations not to just people who want to excel in sports, but in other areas, too. (READ MORE)

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ISBN: 9780399173820
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Published: Philomel Books - May 3rd, 2016

More than Text to Read

Once upon a time someone said, “Welcome to the wonderful world of graphic novels!” Okay, so that isn’t exactly how I was introduced to the world of graphic novels, but close. I, like many, was under the impression that “graphic novels” where just another form of “comic books.” While they have similarities, they are radically different too. Therefore, I picked up my first one, not knowing what to expect. The name has since escaped me, but not the results of what happened.

Sure there are a lot of illustrations, but there is a lot of text. Okay, maybe not a lot but there is important text. Due to limited space, all text has to have punch. The potential of these reads was not lost on me. Many a reluctant reader has used them as a gateway to longer, more traditional novels. Yet, I hope they do not totally abandon the glory of the Graphic Novel, such as Smile by Raina Telgemeier. (READ MORE)

Life after Rita Hayworth

He was some kind of a man. What does it matter what you say about people. -- Marlene Dietrich, Touch of Evil

Orson Welles was only 26-years-old when he made his first movie. He spent the rest of his life basking in the admiration that Citizen Kane inspired and engulfed in the shadow it cast over the rest of his career. Welles had already made an impression upon the nation with a vivid and, as it turned out, notorious radio broadcast of H. G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds. It was done so convincingly that thousands of listeners believed the country was under attack by aliens from outer space. It was inevitable that Welles would be asked to apply his skill for evoking such visceral reactions from mass audiences to the big screen, but an aspiring young filmmaker is throwing down a mighty gauntlet when he writes, directs, and stars in what is generally regarded as the greatest American movie ever made his first time out.

Simon Callow has authored two previous books on Welles. The third volume, One Man Band, traces the years beginning in 1947 until 1964. Welles’ life was always tumultuous, but a more fitting adjective for this part of it might be chaotic; a frantic quest, not unlike that of the figure he most wanted to immortalize on film, Don Quixote...(READ MORE)

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ISBN: 9780670024919
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Published: Viking - April 5th, 2016


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