July 15th Picks - The Sweetest Books Ever!

Library Picks - July 15, 2007

By Thais Rousseau

The suspense of waiting is almost too much to bear, but just one week is left until the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows!  After the mad rush to secure a copy, the frenzied reading and accompanied total immersion in the story, you’ll emerge bleary-eye and satisfied, knowing all the surprises and secrets, who lives, and who um…. you know. But the letdown will also arrive as you wonder what to read next.

Here are some more great stories about young people who start out thinking they are just normal folks and then find themselves in extraordinary circumstances doing extraordinary things.  They’re not Harry, but they are all terrific in their own right.

            In The Akhenaten Adventure John and Phillipa are twelve-year old twins whose wisdom teeth arrive precipitously one night.  This turns out to be a result of an amazing secret- they are both djinn (that’s genies to the mundane)!!! This incredible discovery leads to a harrowing adventure involving a long-dead Egyptian Pharaoh.  The adventures continue in The Blue Djinn of Babylon and The Cobra King of Kathmandu.

            My son used to believe a herd of deer lived down our heating grate.  In Gregor the Overlander Gregor finds a lot more down the ventilation shaft in the laundry room of his New York City apartment.  He discovers an entire civilization complete with strange looking humans, and giant talking insects, rats, and bats. Not only does Gregor discover some pretty amazing things about himself in this underworld, he also discovers the secret to his father’s mysterious disappearance.  When you finish this book you’ll long for more, so thankfully there’s Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane, Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods, Gregor and the Marks of Secret, and the final adventure, Gregor and the Code of Claw.

            Learn about the life of an “ordinary” orphan named Peter, who becomes involved in an adventure involving a ship, pirates and something called “starstuff.”  You’ll be amazed as you discover the story behind the boy who never grows up- in Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. The story continues in Peter and the Shadow Thieves.

            This week, though, there is still plenty of time for Harry Potter Mania!  From Thursday, July 19 – Saturday, July 21 the Napoleon, Eastern, Springport, Concord, and Summit branches will all be hosting Harry Potter events and/or movies. The ultimate Harry Potter Mania will be taking place Friday, July 20 at 8:00 p.m. – Saturday, July 21 1:00 a.m. at the Carnegie Library: you can dress up as your favorite character, play Harry Potter Jeopardy, visit a confectionary shop with strange and unusual candy, listen to live music, take Hogwarts classes, maybe win a free copy of the book, all culminating in a book sale at midnight!  All are welcome, wizards and muggles alike, so stop by the Jackson District Library this week and discover the magic of reading!


Harry Potter Mania

My  (then) 7-year old son (he's 8 now) had SOOOOOOOOO much fun at the release party at the Carnegie branch of the library.  Thanks for having it!

 He gobbled up the new book by Thursday too!  Not bad for such a youngin!  But then again, that just proves he's his mother's son!