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Snow White: a Graphic Novel

Snow White: a Graphic Novel

Snow White

This book is a graphic novel of the classic Snow White story set after World War I. During the war while many men were serving in the military, many women did things they had not done before, like working outside the home in factories and businesses. During this time more women went to college and they won the right to vote. It is a really interesting time to set a story like Snow White, a story about a girl who seems to rely entirely on other people to rescue her or take care of her.

In this telling, Snow is strong and resilient and brave. She relies on her friends. Seven friends. I bet if you try to guess who they are, you’ll be wrong! This time around, Snow is rescued, but she does her own rescuing too! A great ending to a book that changes up the Snow White story to highlight how you get by with a little help from your friends!

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More Graphic Novels by Matt Phelan:

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If You Like Harry Potter

If You Like Harry Potter

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

 

Harry Potter. We’ll probably never see the likes of his phenomenon again – it sure was fun while it lasted! And now – there’s more! The movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them comes out of Friday, November 18th!

If you saw the original movies, don’t miss the books, if you read the books, don’t miss the CD or Audiobook.

1: Sorcerer’s Stone on CD, eBook, eAudio
2: Chamber of Secrets on CD, eBook, eAudio
3: Prisoner of Azkaban on CD, eBook, eAudio
4: Goblet of Fire on CD, eBook, eAudio
5: Order of the Phoenix, CD, eBook, eAudio
6: Half Blood Prince on CD, eBook, eAudio
7: Deathly Hallows on CD, eBook, eAudio


 

Here are some related books that are great companions for the originals:
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Harry Potter Cinematic Guide: Albus Dumbledore Harry Potter Cinematic Guide: Harry Potter
Harry Potter Cinematic Guide: Hermione Granger Harry Potter Cinematic Guide: Ron Weasley Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Magical Movie Handbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Character Guide
J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World Movie Magic Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (the illustrated edition) Harry Potter Handbook: Movie Magic
J.K. Rowling Creator of Harry Potter The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook Harry Potter Should Have Died The Unofficial Harry Potter Vocabulary Builder
The Tales of Beedle the Bard Daniel Radcliffe No Ordinary Wizard The Magical Worlds of Harry Potter Ultimate Harry Potter Trivia Book
The Plot Thickens Harry Potter Investigated Kids Letters to Harry Potter The Sorcerer's Companion Quidditch Through the Ages
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Official Guide to Pottermore

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If You Liked Harry Potter Try These:

Listed below are several other adventure series about friends like Harry, Ron and Hermione. Some of them are just as good. Seriously. Trust me.

DungeoneersThe Dungeoneers by John David Anderson
When his gift for pickpocketing is noticed by the mysterious Finn Argos, Colm begins training to become a member of Thwodin’s Legions, a strange group of warriors, mages, and hunters who search for treasure.
The Dungeoneers

ArtemisFowl100Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
When a twelve-year-old evil genius tries to restore his family fortune by capturing a fairy and demanding a ransom in gold, the fairies fight back with magic, technology, and a particularly nasty troll.
#1 Artemis Fowl on CD, eBook, eAudio
#2 The Arctic Incident on CD, eBook, eAudio
#3 The Eternity Code on CD, eBook, eAudio
#4 The Opal Deception on CD, eBook, eAudio
#5 The Lost Colony on CD, eBook, eAudio
#6 The Time Paradox on CD, eBook, eAudio
#7 The Atlantis Complex on CD, eBook, eAudio
#8 The Last Guardian on CD, eAudio

RecklessReckless by Cornelia Funke
Jacob and Will Reckless have looked out for each other ever since their father disappeared, but when Jacob discovers a magical mirror that transports him to a warring world populated by witches, giants, and ogres, he keeps it to himself until Will follows him one day, with dire consequences.
#1 Reckless on CD
#2 Fearless on CD
#2 The Golden Yarn

AmuletSamarkandBartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathon Stroud
Nathaniel, a magician’s apprentice, summons up the djinni Bartimaeus and instructs him to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from the powerful magician Simon Lovelace.
#1 The Amulet of Samarkand on CD, eAudio
#2 The Golem’s Eye on CD, eAudio
#3 Ptolemy’s Gate on CD, eAudio

FarfieldCurseBran Hambric by Kaleb Nation
Very strange occurrences have long surrounded fourteen-year-old Bran, who learns of his link to a curse created by his murdered mother and strives to make things right, hindered by the ban on magic in the city of Dunce and pursued by his mother’s former masters.
#1 The Farfield Curse on CD
#2 The Spector Key on CD

CharmedLifeChrestomanci Series by Diana Wynne Jones
Adventures of the Chrestomanci, an enchanter with nine lives, whose job is to control the practice of magic in the infinite parallel universes of the Twelve Related Worlds.
#1 Charmed Life
#2 The Magicians of Caprona
#3 Witch Week
#4 The Lives of Christopher Chant
#5 Mixed Magics
#6 Conrad’s Fate
#7 The Pinhoe Egg on CD

BookThreeChronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander
Taran, Assistant Pig-Keeper to a famous oracular sow, sets out on a hazardous mission to save Prydain from the forces of evil.
#1 The Book of Three on CD, eAudio
#2 The Black Cauldron on CD
#3 The Castle of Llyr
#4 Taran the Wanderer
#5 The High King

OverSeaDark is Rising Series by Susan Cooper
Three children on a holiday in Cornwall find an ancient manuscript which sends them on a dangerous quest for a grail that would reveal the true story of King Arthur and that entraps them in the eternal battle between the forces of the Light and the forces of the Dark.
#1 Oversea, Under Stone
#2 The Dark is Rising
#3 Greenwitch on CD, eAudio
#4 The Grey King on CD
#5 The Silver on the Tree on CD

DormiaDormia by Jake Halpern
After learning of his ancestral ties to Dormia, a hidden kingdom in the Ural Mountains whose inhabitants possess the ancient power of “wakeful sleeping,” twelve-year-old Alfonso sets out on a mission to save the kingdom from destruction, discovering secrets that lurk in his own sleep.

WizardEarthseaEarthsea Cycle by Ursula Le Guin
Ged was the greatest sorcerer in all Earthsea, but once he was called Sparrowhawk, a reckless youth, hungry for power and knowledge, who tampered with long-held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow upon the world. This is the tale of his testing, how he mastered the mighty words of power, tamed an ancient dragon, and crossed death’s threshold to restore the balance.
#1 A Wizard of Earthsea
#2 The Tombs of Atuan on CD
#3 The Farthest Shore
#4 Tehanu: the Last Book of Earthsea

DealingDragonsEnchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia Wrede
Bored with traditional palace life, a princess goes off to live with a group of dragons and soon becomes involved with fighting against some disreputable wizards who want to steal away the dragons’ kingdom.
#1 Dealing with Dragons on CD
#2 Searching for Dragons on CD
#3 Calling on Dragons on CD
#4 Talking to Dragons on CD

FamiliarsThe Familiars by Jay Epstein
When a scrappy alley cat named Aldwyn passes himself off as a magical animal companion to Jack, a young wizard in training, Aldwyn and his fellow “familiars,” a know-it-all blue jay and bumbling tree frog, must save the kingdom after the evil queen of Vastia kidnaps Jack and two other wizards.
#1 The Familiars
#2 Secrets of the Crown
#3 Circle of Heroes
#4 Palace of Dreams

GregorOverlanderThe Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins
When eleven-year-old Gregor and his two-year-old sister are pulled into a strange underground world, they trigger an epic battle involving men, bats, rats, cockroaches, and spiders while on a quest foretold by ancient prophecy.
#1 Gregor The Overlander on CD
#2 Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane on CD
#3 Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods on CD
#4 Gregor and the Marks of Secret on CD
#5 Gregor and the Code of Claw on CD

HeroCrownThe Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
Aerin, with the guidance of the wizard Luthe and the help of the blue sword, wins the birthright due her as the daughter of the Damarian king and a witchwoman of the mysterious, demon-haunted North.

LostConspiracyThe Lost Conspiracy by Jake Halpern
When a lie is exposed and their tribe turns against them, Hathin must find a way to save her sister Arilou–once considered the tribe’s oracle–and herself.

LostMerlinThe Lost Years of Merlin by T.A. Barron
A young boy who has no identity nor memory of his past washes ashore on the coast of Wales and finds his true name after a series of fantastic adventures.
#1 The Lost Years of Merlin on CD
#2 The Seven Songs of Merlin on CD
#3 The Fires of Merlin on CD
#4 The Mirror of Merlin on CD
#5 The Wings of Merlin on CD

MagicThiefThe Magic Thief by Sarah Prineas
A young thief is drawn into a life of magic and adventure after picking the pocket of the powerful wizard Nevery Flinglas, who has returned from exile to attempt to reverse the troubling decline of magic in Wellmet City.
#1 The Magic Thief on CD, eBook, eAudio
#2 The Magic Thief: Lost on CD, eBook, eAudio
#3 The Magic Thief: Found on eBook, eAudio
#4 The Magic Thief: Home on eBook, eAudiodigital short story eBook A Proper Wizard

LightningThiefPercy Jackson & the Olympians by Rick Riordan
Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson learns he is a demigod, the son of a mortal woman and Poseidon, god of the sea. His mother sends him to a summer camp for demigods where he and his new friends set out on a quest to prevent a war between the gods.
#1: Lightning Thief on CD, eBook or eAudio
#2: Sea of Monsters on CD, eBook or eAudio
#3: Titan’s Curse on CD, eBook or eAudio
#4: Battle of the Labyrinth on CD, eBook or eAudio
#5: Last Olympian on CD, eBook or eAudio

RuinsGorlanRanger’s Apprentice by John Flanagan
When fifteen-year-old Will is rejected by battleschool, he becomes the reluctant apprentice to the mysterious Ranger Halt, and winds up protecting the kingdom from danger.
#1 The Ruins of Gorlan on CD, eBook
#2 The Burning Bridge on CD, eBook
#3 The Icebound Land on CD, eBook
#4 The Battle for Skandia on CD, eBook
#5 The Sorcerer of the North on CD, eBook
#6 The Siege of Macindaw on CD, eBook
#7 Erak’s Ransom on CD, eBook
#8 The Kings of Clonmel on CD
#9 Halt’s Peril on CD
#10 The Emperor of Nihon-Jin on CD
#11The Lost Stories
#12The Royal Ranger

alchemystThe Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott
While working at pleasant but mundane summer jobs in San Francisco, fifteen-year-old twins, Sophie and Josh, suddenly find themselves caught up in the deadly, centuries-old struggle between rival alchemists, Nicholas Flamel and John Dee, over the possession of an ancient and powerful book holding the secret formulas for alchemy and everlasting life.
#1 The Alchemyst on CD, eBook, eAudio
#2 The Magician on CD, eBook, eAudio
#3 The Sorceress on CD, eBook, eAudio
#4 The Necromancer on CD, eBook, eAudio
#5 The Warlock on CD, eBook, eAudio
#6 The Enchantress on CD, eBook, eAudio

MagykSetpimus Heap by Angie Sage
After learning that she is the Princess, Jenna is whisked from her home and carried toward safety by the Extraordinary Wizard, those she always believed were her father and brother, and a young guard known only as Boy 412–pursued by agents of those who killed her mother ten years earlier.
#1 Magyk on CD, eBook, eAudio
#2 Flyte on CD
#3 Physik on CD
#4 Queste on CD
#5 Syren on CD, eBook, eAudio
#6 Darke on CD
#7 Fyre

SkulduggerySkulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
When twelve-year-old Stephanie inherits her weird uncle’s estate, she must join forces withSkulduggery Pleasant, a skeleton mage, to save the world from the Faceless Ones.
#1 Skulduggery Pleasant
#2 Playing with Fire on eAudio
#3 The Faceless Ones
#4 Dark Days
#5 Mortal Coil
#6 Death Bringer
#7 Kingdom of the Wicked
#8 Last Stand of Dead Men (2013) (unreleased)
#9 Skulduggery Pleasant: Book 9 (2014) (unreleased)

AlannaSong of the Lioness by Tamora Pierce
After learning that she is the Princess, Jenna is whisked from her home and carried toward safety by the Extraordinary Wizard, those she always believed were her father and brother, and a young guard known only as Boy 412–pursued by agents of those who killed her mother ten years earlier.
#1 Alanna: The First Adventure on CD, eAudio
#2 In the Hand of the Goddess on CD, eAudio
#3 The Woman Who Rides Like a Man on CD, eAudio
#4 Lioness Rampant on eAudio

SoWizardYoung Wizards by Diane Duane
Thirteen-year-old Nita, tormented by a gang of bullies because she won’t fight back, finds the help she needs in a library book on wizardry which guides her into another dimension.1058357
#1 So You Want to be a Wizard on CD, eBook
#2 Deep Wizardry on CD, eBook
#3 High Wizardry on CD, eBook
#4 A Wizard Abroad on CD, eBook
#5 The Wizard’s Dilemma on CD, eBook
#6 A Wizard Alone on CD, eBook
#7 Wizard’s Holiday on CD, eBook
#8 Wizards at War on eBook
#9 A Wizard of Mars
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Staff Pick: Lunette the True Story of the Tooth Fairy

Staff Pick: Lunette the True Story of the Tooth Fairy

Lunette the True Story of the Tooth Fairy

Lunette is a little fairy with a big dream. A dream to be brave, clever, and kind–and to help her home of Moonglow Glen to shine a little brighter. Little Lunette has many talents–sewing, collecting shiny things, and making friends. But she can’t quite see how these things will help her become something truly special. Then, one day, she meets a human boy who’s quite scared to lose his first tooth. Through their friendship and a little fairy magic, Lunette discovers her unique talent and changes the world forever.

Once upon a time there was no Tooth Fairy. Children lost teeth and no one collected them. Lunette was a young fairy who had not discovered her talent and wished she could do something great. She wanted to make her little home of Moonglow Glen a better place. Also, Lunette just wanted to be herself. Upon finding a human friend Lunette does exactly what she set out to do: be herself. Was being herself enough? Did she make Moonglow Glen a better place? To find out read this tale of the Tooth Fairy and how she came to be.

Recommended by: Kamara Shonhai – Spades Park Library

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Happy 100th Birthday Roald Dahl!

Happy 100th Birthday Roald Dahl!

Roald Dahl 100 Cake

 

Born on September 13, 1916, today marks Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday! With a writing career that spanned more than 30 years, Dahl’s books are cherished favorites. Choose one and settle in for an amazing adventure!

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Books:

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Each of five children lucky enough to discover an entry ticket into Mr. Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory takes advantage of the situation in his own way. Print, CD, eBook, eAudio
Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator – Taking up where Charlie and the Chocolate Factory leaves off, Charlie, his family, and Mr. Wonka find themselves launched into space in the great glass elevator. Print, CD, eBook, eAudio
The Missing Golden Ticket The Missing Golden Ticket – Presents a series of anecdotes from the English author’s early life and writing experiences, in a text that includes a chapter that was not included in the author’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” Print, eBook
Inside Charlie's Chocolate Factory Inside Charlie’s Chocolate Factory – Explores the lasting legacy of Roald Dahl’s popular book, examining the development of the original story and characters, its social history, and the varying film and stage adaptations. Print
James and the Giant Peach James and the Giant Peach – A young boy escapes from two wicked aunts and embarks on a series of adventures with six giant insects he meets inside a giant peach. Print, CD, eBook, eAudio
The BFG The BFG – The Big Friendly Giant is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and it’s lucky for Sophie that he is. If she had been carried off by any of the other giants she would have been breakfast. When Sophie hears that the giants are headed to England to steal some little children, she and the BFG decide they must stop them once and for all. Print, CD, eBook, eAudio
Matilda Matilda – Matilda applies her untapped mental powers to rid the school of the evil, child-hating headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, and restore her nice teacher, Miss Honey, to financial security. Print, CD, eBook, eAudio
The Witches The Witches – A young boy and his Norwegian grandmother, who is an expert on witches, together foil a witches’ plot to destroy the world’s children by turning them into mice. Print, CDeBook, eAudio
Fantastic Mr. Fox Fantastic Mr. Fox – Three farmers, each one meaner than the other, try all-out warfare to get rid of the fox and his family. Print, CDeBook, eAudio
Danny the Champion of the World Danny, the Champion of the World – A young English boy describes his relationship with his father and the special adventure they share together. Print, CD, eBook, eAudio
The Twits The Twits – The misadventures of two terrible old people who enjoy playing nasty tricks and are finally outwitted by a family of monkeys. Print, CD, eBook, eAudio
George's Marvelous Medicine George’s Marvelous Medicine – George decides that his grumpy, selfish old grandmother must be a witch and concocts some marvelous medicine to take care of her. Print, CD, eBook, eAudio
The Enormous Crocodile The Enormous Crocodile – The enormous crocodile devises secret plans and a few clever tricks to secure his lunch only to have them foiled by his neighbors. Print
The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me The Giraffe, and the Pelly & Me – A small boy with a desire to own a candy shop meets a window-washing team of a giraffe, a pelican, and a monkey and together they go to work for the wealthy Duke of Hampshire, who makes all their dreams come true. Print
The Magic Finger The Magic Finger – Angered by a neighboring family’s sport hunting, an eight-year-old girl turns her magic finger on them. Print, eBook, eAudio
Esio Trot Esio Trot – Old Mr. Hoppy, a shy and lonely man with a secret unrequited love for Mrs. Silver, tries to think of a way to win her attention away from her beloved pet turtle. Print
The Minpins The Minpins – Ignoring warnings against it, little Billy enters the Forest of Sins, only to be pursued by the fearsome Grinder, a creature who chases him high up an ancient tree, where he encounters a city of tree-dwelling, matchstick-sized people. Print, eAudio
Revolting Rhymes Revolting Rhymes – Humorous retellings in verse of six well-known fairy tales featuring surprise endings in place of the traditional happily-ever-after. Print, eAudio
Dirty Beasts Dirty Beasts – Roald Dahl’s inimitable style and humor shine in this collection of poems about mischievous and mysterious animals. From Stingaling the scorpion to Crocky-Wock the crocodile, Dahl’s animals are nothing short of ridiculous. A clever pig with an unmentionable plan to save his own bacon and an anteater with an unusually large appetite are among the characters created by Dahl in these timeless rhymes. This new, larger edition is perfect for reading aloud and makes Quentin Blake’s celebrated illustrations even more enjoyable. Print, eBook
Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories Roald Dahl’s Book of Ghost Stories – Dahl read some 749 supernatural tales at the British Museum Library before selecting the 14 that comprise this anthology. “Spookiness is, after all, the real purpose of the ghost story,” Dahl writes. “It should give you the creeps and disturb your thoughts.” For this superbly disquieting collection, Dahl offers favorite tales by such masterful storytellers as E. F. Benson, J. Sheridan Le Fanu, Rosemary Timperley, and Edith Wharton. Print
Roald Dahl's Mischief and Mayhem Roald Dahl’s Mischief & Mayhem – Offers step-by-step instructions for pranks and tricks, along with jokes, quizzes, and excerpts from such Dahl classics as “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “The Witches.” Print, eBook
Boy Tales of Childhood Boy: Tales of Childhood – Presents humorous anecdotes from the author’s childhood, including his summer vacations in Norway and life at an English boarding school. Print, eBook, eAudio
Going Solo Going Solo – As a young man working in East Africa for the Shell Company, Roald Dahl recounts his adventures living in the jungle and later flying a fighter plane in World War II. Print, eBook, eAudio
The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar & Six More – An account of how the author came to be a writer and selections from his writer’s notebook augment stories juxtaposing fantasy and truth, and peopled with outrageous and courageous characters. Print, CD, eBook, eAudio

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Treasured Reads from 1964 – 52 Years Old This Year

Treasured Reads from 1964 – 52 Years Old This Year

In 1964, Lucky Charms first appeared on the shelves in grocery stores, Martin Luther King, Jr. won the Nobel Peace Prize, and Mary Poppins premiered at the movies.  It was also a year which saw the release of a crop of children’s books.  Here are 9 titles  which of have stood the test of time and celebrated 50 years in 2014 as treasured reads.

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Across Five Aprils_1 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory_1 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flat Stanley_1
Harriet the Spy Mountain Top Mystery_1 Ribsy Shadow of a Bull_1
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