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This week’s Staff Pick is Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones.  This children’s/YA read is great for all ages and shows how you can make your own destiny even when you don’t mean to.  Funny and charming, you won’t want to put this down.

Hayao Miyazaki even made an anime version of the book, which we also have at the library.  The movie does differ from the book on several points, so it may be worth checking them both out.

“Sophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate. But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrid spell that transforms her into an old lady. Her only chance at breaking it lies in the ever-moving castle in the hills: the Wizard Howl’s castle. To untangle the enchantment, Sophie must handle the heartless Howl, strike a bargain with a fire demon, and meet the Witch of the Waste head-on. Along the way, she discovers that there’s far more to Howl—and herself—than first meets the eye.”–Taken from Goodreads.com

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Howl's Moving Castle

Diana Wynne Jones

Published: Apr 15, 2008 by Greenwillow
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It’s safe to say that almost everyone has heard about Neil Gaiman.  He’s written comic books, books, movie scripts, the occasional TV script… and he seems, lately, to be everywhere.  He writes for all levels of readers, and he is quite prolific.  Three of his works are on our Staff Pick Bookmarks so far (Neverwhere, Stardust, and American Gods), and he is a widely respected and wildly popular fantasy author.

So why bring up a man who really doesn’t need any publicity to be a success?  Because he gave a fantastic speech at The Reading Agency‘s annual lecture about how important reading and imagination are. He also discusses how important libraries are, so of course we’re predisposed to like it.  Aside from this however, the speech is about the importance of literacy, imagination, and reading anything and everything which we fully support.  There have been studies that show that reading fiction is good for us, especially children, improving empathy and socializing skills.

If you want to know more about Neil Gaiman, he is all over the internet, and a prodigious Twitter user. You can also check out his pages on Facebook and Goodreads.com.

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The Shattered Gates by Ginn Hale is this week’s Staff Pick. It’s the beginning of a fantasy series, and the great news is that the entire series is published! So if you like it you can read them all.

“When John opens a letter addressed to his missing roommate, Kyle, he expects to find a house key, but instead he is swept into a strange realm of magic, mysticism, revolutionaries and assassins. Though he struggles to escape, John is drawn steadily closer to a fate he shares with Kyle—to wake the destroyer god, the Rifter, and shatter a world.”–Taken from Goodreads.com

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Join our Second Saturday Bookclub on November 8 for a discussion of A House in the Sky : A Memoir by Amanda Lindhout.  New members always welcome!  Meetings take place from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Community Room.

“The dramatic and redemptive memoir of a woman whose curiosity led her to the world’s most beautiful and remote places, its most imperiled and perilous countries, and then into fifteen months of harrowing captivity—an exquisitely written story of courage, resilience, and grace.

As a child, Amanda Lindhout escaped a violent household by paging through issues of National Geographic and imagining herself in its exotic locales. At the age of nineteen, working as a cocktail waitress in Calgary, Alberta, she began saving her tips so she could travel the globe. Aspiring to understand the world and live a significant life, she backpacked through Latin America, Laos, Bangladesh, and India, and emboldened by each adventure, went on to Sudan, Syria, and Pakistan. In war-ridden Afghanistan and Iraq she carved out a fledgling career as a television reporter. And then, in August 2008, she traveled to Somalia—“the most dangerous place on earth.” On her fourth day, she was abducted by a group of masked men along a dusty road.

Held hostage for 460 days, Amanda converts to Islam as a survival tactic, receives “wife lessons” from one of her captors, and risks a daring escape. Moved between a series of abandoned houses in the desert, she survives on memory—every lush detail of the world she experienced in her life before captivity—and on strategy, fortitude, and hope. When she is most desperate, she visits a house in the sky, high above the woman kept in chains, in the dark, being tortured.

Vivid and suspenseful, as artfully written as the finest novel, A House in the Sky is the searingly intimate story of an intrepid young woman and her search for compassion in the face of unimaginable adversity.”–Taken from Goodreads.com

Limited copies available at the Reference Desk.  For more information about bookclubs and bookclub kits at FTPL please visit: bookclubs.

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A Man Called Ove is heartbreaking, uplifting, and completely, wonderfully about the highs and lows of life and old age.  Our staffer literally laughed out loud and cried several times reading this fast moving novel, and can’t recommend it enough.  This cranky and quirky old man will make you fall in love with him and wish he was part of your life.  This book will live with you forever, and our staffer easily sees this becoming a book club favorite.

“In this bestselling and delightfully quirky debut novel from Sweden, a grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.

Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon — the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?

Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.

A feel-good story in the spirit of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, Fredrik Backman’s novel about the angry old man next door is a thoughtful and charming exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others.”– Taken from Goodreads.com

 

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