Man Mad Boy by Jon Skovron

You’ve never seen a story about growing up quite like this.  Man Made Boy is about Boy, the son of Frankenstein’s Monster and the Bride.  It has monsters, the epitamy of misunderstood, questions about good and evil, mistakes, crazy families, love, and growing up. Our staff member said it’s well worth staying up late to finish, and we believe her. 

“Sixteen-year-old Boy’s never left home. When you’re the son of Frankenstein’s monster and the Bride, it’s tough to go out in public, unless you want to draw the attention of a torch-wielding mob. And since Boy and his family live in a secret enclave of monsters hidden under Times Square, it’s important they maintain a low profile.

Boy’s only interactions with the world are through the Internet, where he’s a hacker extraordinaire who can hide his hulking body and stitched-together face behind a layer of code. When conflict erupts at home, Boy runs away and embarks on a cross-country road trip with the granddaughters of Jekyll and Hyde, who introduce him to malls and diners, love and heartbreak. But no matter how far Boy runs, he can’t escape his demons—both literal and figurative—until he faces his family once more.

This hilarious, romantic, and wildly imaginative tale redefines what it means to be a monster—and a man.”–Taken from Goodreads.com


Man Made Boy

Jon Skovron

Published: Oct 08, 2013 by Viking Juvenile
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Upcoming this month at FTPL:

Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, young adult Yarn Club, beginner yoga, adult chess, probate a will, intro to origami, and our summer reading program!  Have you registered for an event or summer reading yet?  Check out our adult, young adult and children’s calendars and “spark a reaction” today!

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This week’s staff pick is the award winning “The Universe Versus Alex Woods” by Gavin Extence.  It’s a literally laugh out loud and cry book, and appropriate for teenagers to 100+.   It’s got a little bit of science (perfect for this summer’s reading program themes), Vonnegut, and a whole lot of crazy adventure making this a great read for just about everyone.

A rare meteorite struck Alex Woods when he was ten years old, leaving scars and marking him for an extraordinary future. The son of a fortune teller, bookish, and an easy target for bullies, Alex hasn’t had the easiest childhood. But when he meets curmudgeonly widower Mr. Peterson, he finds an unlikely friend. Someone who teaches him that that you only get one shot at life. That you have to make it count.

 

So when, aged seventeen, Alex is stopped at customs with 113 grams of marijuana, an urn full of ashes on the front seat, and an entire nation in uproar, he’s fairly sure he’s done the right thing …

Introducing a bright young voice destined to charm the world, The Universe Versus Alex Woods is a celebration of curious incidents, astronomy and astrology, the works of Kurt Vonnegut and the unexpected connections that form our world. “–Summary taken from Goodreads.com


The Universe Versus Alex Woods

Gavin Extence

Published: Jun 25, 2013 by Redhook
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Have you checked out one of our Staff Picks yet?  The Staff Pick of the Week can be followed on our blog, Facebook Album, or you could look at one of our Staff Pick Bookmarks.

We have 12 bookmarks broken up by genre, including: Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery, YA, Nonfiction, and Classics.  They’re even color-coded!  Nonfiction titles are blue, fiction is green, and YA is black.  Bookmarks can be found at the Circulation Desk, the Reference Desk and in the YA room on top of the display.   Not every bookmark is out all the time, so keep checking back!

We also want to know what YOUR favorite books are.  Tell us on Facebook or Twitter, and maybe one day we can have Patron Pick Bookmarks too!

Don’t forget to sign up for this year’s Summer Reading!  Registration just opened, get started today and earn some great prizes – check out our Summer page and look at the prizes you could win in your category. Please note that Children’s is broken into Toddlers and older children… both titled “Fizz Boom Read”.

 

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This week’s staff pick is “Fortune’s Pawn” by Rachel Bach, a sci-fi adventure that kicks off the Paradox trilogy- all of which are published, so you can read them all now instead of waiting for a couple years.  A few of our staff members have read this series and absolutely, completely love it.  If you take this to the beach, make sure you have an umbrella because you may forget to reapply your sunscreen because you’re so engrossed.

“Devi Morris isn’t your average mercenary. She has plans. Big ones. And a ton of ambition. It’s a combination that’s going to get her killed one day – but not just yet. 

That is, until she just gets a job on a tiny trade ship with a nasty reputation for surprises. The Glorious Fool isn’t misnamed: it likes to get into trouble, so much so that one year of security work under its captain is equal to five years everywhere else. With odds like that, Devi knows she’s found the perfect way to get the jump on the next part of her Plan. But the Fool doesn’t give up its secrets without a fight, and one year on this ship might be more than even Devi can handle.

If Sigouney Weaver in Alien met Starbuck in Battlestar Galactica, you’d get Deviana Morris — a hot new mercenary earning her stripes to join an elite fighting force. Until one alien bite throws her whole future into jeopardy.”–Summary taken from Goodreads.com


Fortune's Pawn

Rachel Bach

Published: Nov 05, 2013 by Orbit
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