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Staff Pick: Dealing With Dragons

Staff Pick: Dealing With Dragons

Dealing With Dragons

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.

Cimorene is not your typical princess. In fact, she’s interested in everything a princess is not supposed to be: Magic, Juggling, Economics, Sword fighting, Latin and quite frankly anything that would make life more interesting than the mundane rituals of what is “proper.” And by proper, they mean: being a Princess waiting for some Prince to come and do everything for her. Cimorene is strong-minded, smart, stubborn and bored. She’s so bored that she runs away to live with a dragon – and finds the family and excitement she’s been looking for.

In Dealing with Dragons, Patricia C. Wrede weaves a wonderful tail of action and adventure along with finding and being true to yourself. Readers young and old will enjoy this playful trip through a world full of fairy godmothers, dragons, wizards and witches that reflects on some of silliness of fairytales altogether. Read along as Cimorene discovers that you can decide your own future in a world that is constantly telling her, “It’s simply not done.”

With classes on how loudly it’s permissible to scream when being carried off by a giant to references of characters from other famous fairytales (King Author, Jack and the Beanstalk, etc), Wrede weaves a fantastically fun not your everyday fairytale that will leave you wanting more. Thankfully there is. Dealing with Dragons stands well enough on its own but it’s also the first book in the Enchanted Forest Chronicles.
All of which are available at the Indianapolis Public Library!

Recommended by: Jason Walters – Brightwood Branch Library

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Staff Pick: The Thickety a Path Begins

Staff Pick: The Thickety a Path Begins

The Thickety

When twelve-year-old Kara discovers her mother’s grimoire in the dangerous forest, she must decide if she’ll use it, even though such magic is forbidden.

When Kara is a child, she is accused of being a witch like her mother. Years later, Kara is an outsider in her village and has few friends. When a bird with one eye wants Kara to follow it into the Thickety (a dark foreboding woods that no one ventures into) it steals the necklace Kara’s mother gave her and flies into the terrible woods. In order to get the necklace back, Kara has no choice but to follow the bird into the Thickety. When she is in the Thickety she finds a strange book and later learns that she can communicate with the unusual creatures of the Thickety. Is Kara a witch like her mother after all?

Recommended by: Angi St. Clair – Lawrence Branch Library

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Minion

Minion

Minion

Michael Morn lives in New Liberty, “the City without a Super” – no superheroes, not even one. New Liberty is kind of sketchy. It’s a place where a boy like Michael can live quietly with his father building top secret electronics and selling them to the highest bidding villain. It’s not a bad gig. Lucrative. Michael and his father are doing fine, as long as they lay low, don’t cause any trouble and watch each other’s back. Michael’s father is the  engineer genius and Michael helps out, learns, and does what he’s told – he’s his Dad’s minion. On the side, they rob banks!

Sidekicked

 

It’s a little known fact that Michael can control other people’s minds. In a city full of villains, it’s really best to keep that kind of information to yourself. It’s always best to be underestimated and having a secret power as the ace up your sleeve helps you keep an edge. In a city of villains, the competition is intelligent and ruthless.

And also, Michael doesn’t want to overuse his power…to take advantage. Michael might be a villain but he’s got some standards! So even though Michael’s a bad guy…he’s not such a bad guy! One of the many interesting, complicated ironies in this non-stop adventure. The characters are full of surprises and not often what you expect at first. They make you re-think how you figure out who the bad guys even ARE.

A companion to Anderson’s Sidekicked.

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More Books If You Like Superheroes:

Avengers Assemble Marvel Avengers The Avengers Movie Storybook Avengers The Origins
Iron Man and Thor Pt 1 Captain America Pt 1 Young Justice Flash and Flame
Sidekicks NERDS HIVE Sky High
How to Draw Superheroes Heroes Draw Your Own Superheroes How to Draw Justice League How to Draw Comic Book Heroes
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Staff Pick: City of Fire

Staff Pick: City of Fire

City of Fire

Twelve-year-old Scirye and her companions travel to Houlani, a new Hawaiian island created by magic, where they enlist the help of volcano goddess Pele in an attempt to stop an evil dragon and a mysterious man from altering the universe.

Scirye’s sister died preventing the theft of a great treasure. Now Scirye must go after the thieves, Mr. Roland and the evil dragon, Badik, to recover the treasure and avenge her sister’s death. Her companions are Bayang- a dragon, Leech- a boy with mysterious powers, and the secretive Koko. Together they find the thieves on a magical new Hawaiian island, and meet the volcano goddess Pele. This is the first book in the City trilogy.

Recommended by: Karen Perry – Franklin Road

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Staff Pick: Come to the Fairies’ Ball

Staff Pick: Come to the Fairies’ Ball

Come to the Fairies' Ball

All the fairies are excited to be invited to the King’s ball, except for one young fairy whose only party dress is in tatters.

“Come to the Fairies’ Ball” is a children’s book, written in rhyme with a cadence as delightful as it is rhythmic, good for reading aloud to a child. The story features a magnificent ball to which all fairies are invited, but one female fairy who finds her dress ruined almost does not make it—until she becomes determined and finds a way. This story teaches children success is mostly a matter of making one’s own luck. Good story, lovely illustrations, happy ending!

Recommended by: Patricia Fogleman – Southport

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