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Pink is for Blobfish

Pink is for Blobfish

 

“The World of Weird Animals” says it all. I have never even heard of a blobfish, but there one is, right on the cover. The animals in this book are all unusual, and oddly, they are all pink! If you like the Animal Kingdom and learning about the diversity there, this is a really fun book. Each animal has a full page picture so you can see every detail of their interesting and unusual bodies. Each animal also gets a page of interesting facts, kind of like a baseball card. The facts cover species name, size, diet, habitat & predator threats. as well as some surprising stories about how the animal lives. This isn’t a book that overwhelms you with information. It isn’t the kind that includes everything you need for a report, although it would help with one. Instead, it shows you amazing members of the Animal Kingdom and makes you smile and say, “Oh!….wow!”

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Books about Animal Colorations:

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Series: My Life is a Zoo

Jess Keating also has a series of fiction books, My Life is a Zoo, about twelve-year-old Ana whose zoologist parents move her whole family into a zoo.

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Anything But Ordinary Addie

Anything But Ordinary Addie

Anything But Ordinary Addie

 

Adelaide Herrmann was a little girl who wanted to make a splash. She did not want to be ordinary, so she set out to do extraordinary things. And she did, but as soon as she accomplished one extraordinary thing, she was ready to push herself to the next one. Addie liked the “wow” factor and a little danger made her exploits even better! She even let herself be set on fire! Don’t worry – it was her husband who did it. He was a magician!

All of this was pretty extraordinary for a woman of her time. Addie was born in 1853. Oregon and Minnesota weren’t even states yet! And of the state that existed, very few allowed women to own land. NONE of them allowed women to vote. Adelaide was an independent thinking woman way ahead of her time. And to be even MORE extraordinary, Addie became a well known magician herself – even the great magician Harry Houdini thought she was good! Addie wanted to dazzle, and she did!

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Women Daredevils:

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Magicians:

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Magic Tricks:

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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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Antsy Ansel: Ansel Adams a Life in Nature

Antsy Ansel: Ansel Adams a Life in Nature

Ansel Adams was a photographer. His pictures are some of the most recognized in the world. You have probably seen many of his pictures but didn’t know it. They are often reproduced on calendars or posters or greeting cards. His favorite subjects were mountain peaks and rushing rivers and wildlife. He is most famous for photographing National Parks, especially Yosemite, in California.

When someone is good at what they do, and Ansel was REALLY good, people often want to ask them, “How did you get started?” This book shows you exactly how Ansel got started. And you’ll like this…part of his start was having his father say he didn’t have to sit still at school anymore!

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Staff Pick: The Best Man

Staff Pick: The Best Man

The Best Man

Archer has four important role models in his life–his dad, his grandfather, his uncle Paul, and his favorite teacher, Mr. McLeod. When Uncle Paul and Mr. McLeod get married, Archer’s sixth-grade year becomes one he’ll never forget.

Archer Magill is in middle school and already he’s been in two weddings.  The first one (he was a ring bearer) was a “train wreck”.  He was six, the suit was white, the pants too tight, and, maybe, just maybe, in retrospect, hiding under the porch wasn’t such a good idea.

First grade brought its own challenges, including a bully that Archer’s Uncle Paul set straight.  As Archer moves through the grades, he has three people he aspires to be like: his grandpa, his dad, and Uncle Paul.  Then he hits fifth grade, gets a student teacher named Mr. McLeod, and has a fourth name to add to the list.

School days can be tough on anybody, and Archer has his share of days when he has to navigate treacherous territory.  The ground is always shifting and just when he thinks he has things figured out, he gets another curveball; nothing and nobody is exactly what he thought.  Uncle Paul is a prime example of that.  Archer is in middle school when he writes this book, and has just been in a second wedding.  This time he was best man.  And yes, he does feel like he’s getting there, that he’s learning what it means to be a man.  But he has also learned, “It’ll take the time it takes.”  And he’s okay with that.

Recommended by: Cheryl Holtsclaw – West Indianapolis Library

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