Last week’s snow was something else, wasn’t it? 7.5 inches here in Indianapolis. And the whole city seemed to stop for a day. But then the sun comes out, the snow melts and spring comes back every year, doesn’t it?
But what if it doesn’t? Enter S.D. Crockett’s After the Snow. Set in a dystopian future where the Earth is in a modern Ice Age, this is the story of Willo, the son of a survivor/trapper, who is pretty good at surviving and trapping on his own. WIllo and his family live far outside the city, living on the land and on their own. But all that changes when Willo returns from a solo trip out trapping and hunting only to find his family gone, taken by the government he was taught to mistrust and stay away from. For the first time, he finds himself alone. Willo sets off across the frozen snow and ice to search for them, listening to the voice of a dog in his head. (You’ll understand when you read the book, I promise.)
During the journey, he meets and falls for a young girl. He also has to dig into his own family’s history and secrets, including who he really is and where his future lies.
Told in a dialect that is different at first, this story quickly brings you into the adventure and keeps you connected through the book. You’ll be reading this coming-of-age novel in one sitting and wanting to know more.
Remember in The Lord of the Rings, where Frodo had to take the One Ring of Power and pitch it into a volcano in Mordor? How did that Ring start in the Shire anyway? That story is called The Hobbit and comes out this Friday, December 14th.
This year’s movie is actually the first of three. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey takes Bilbo Baggins (the Hobbit) from his home in the Shire all the way to the Misty Mountains where he meets an interesting fellow named Gollum. Gollum, you may remember, was the weird looking character in the Lord of the Rings movies who went around talking about “my precious” all of the time. The next movies will deal with Smaug the dragon and the War of the Five Armies.
The book, The Hobbit, is the prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Originally published in 1937, this book has never gone out of print. We’ve ordered extra copies at the library just for the movie. Click on the cover to the right and request a copy to pick up at your favorite branch–or go to your favorite branch and ask if a paperback is available.
*And for those Trekkies out there, go see The Hobbit at an IMAX location. You’ll be treated to the first nine minutes of Star Trek Into Darkness. Hobbits and Vulcans in the same night. Niiiiiiice.
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Mummy Dogs (this link has been mummifed)
Bewitching Perfectly Poisonous Parfaits
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The votes are in! Here are the 2012 Teens’ Top 10 Books, as voted by YOU…
#1 Divergent by Veronica Roth