Warren the 13th

Looking for some fun books to get into the spirit of Halloween this year?  The Warren the 13th series is the perfect series for middle-school readers.  Written by Tania Del Rio with exceptional art and design by Will Staehle, there are two books out so far with another on the way.

Warren the 13th and The All-Seeing Eye

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Warren the 13th and the Whispering Woods
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This fast-paced and beautifully-designed sequel to Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye is packed with nonstop action, adventure, and mystery for middle grade readers. Twelve-year-old Warren has learned that his beloved hotel can walk, and now it’s ferrying guests around the countryside, transporting tourists to strange and foreign destinations. But when an unexpected detour brings everyone into the dark and sinister Malwoods, Warren finds himself separated from his hotel and his friends—and racing after them on foot through a forest teeming with witches, snakes, talking trees, and mind-boggling riddles, all accompanied by stunning illustrations and gorgeous design from Will Staehle on every page. (from the publisher)

Richard Sala’s Eerie Tales

Richard Sala grew up with a fascination for musty old museums, dusty old libraries, cluttered antique shops, narrow alleyways, hidden truths, double meanings, sinister secrets and spooky old houses.  He is an American cartoonist, illustrator, and comic book creator with a unique expressionistic style whose books often combine elements of mystery, horror and whimsy.  Three of his books, for mature readers, are available to read from our Hoopla app, just in time for Halloween!  You can also check out some of his Halloween related artwork on his blog.

Peculia

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Sala’s intrepid adventuress of the macabre faces monsters, zombies, witches, madmen, evil children and a villainess who may or may not be in love with her, in this delightfully creepy collection of thrilling, chilling tales.

The Bloody Cardinal

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In this graphic novel, a series of grisly murders echo the work of the master criminal, the Bloody Cardinal. But, he’s dead! Or is he? He was trapped by police in an abandoned asylum which burnt to the ground. The charred remains found in the ashes were presumed to have been his. However, he left behind a journal which has been tied to a string of violent, unsolved murders. Who is behind these crimes? Full-color illustrations throughout.

Violenza and Other Deadly Amusements

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“Let there be no mercy or forgiveness for they have shown none.” With these words, whispered into the wind, a mysterious young woman leaps into action with wild abandon, twin automatics blazing. Is she a brave and reckless heroine taking on a monstrous evil? Or is she a deranged angel of death? One thing is clear: whether she is dropping from a high window into a crowd of red-robed fanatical cultists, or facing down a horde of psychotic hillbillies, you don’t want to get in her way. Fast moving, Violenzia is a blast of pulpy fun, told in scenes of audacious action and splashes of rich watercolors. With elements of golden age comics and old movies mixed with Sala’s trademark humor and sense of the absurd, Violenzia is a bloody enigma masked as eye candy, a puzzle box riddled with bullet holes from comics’ master of the macabre.

 

 

Booker Prize 2019

The Booker Prize is a leading literary award in the English speaking world, which has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over 50 years. It is awarded annually to the best novel of the year written in English and published in the UK or Ireland.  This year the award was given jointly to two authors for the following works.

The Testaments, by Margaret Atwood

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In this brilliant sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, acclaimed author Margaret Atwood answers the questions that have tantalized readers for decades.

The Judges Say:
“Spoiler discretion and a ferocious non-disclosure agreement prevent any description of who, how, why and even where. So this: it’s terrifying and exhilarating.”


Girl, Woman, Other
by Bernardine Evaristo

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A magnificent portrayal of the intersections of identity among an interconnected group of Black British women.

The Judges Say:
“Evaristo manages to depict a vast collective of intergenerational stories moving through different spaces with a dazzling rhythm.”

Day of the Girl

A message from Girls Who Code and March for Sisterhood:

Dear Friends,

It’s the Day of the Girl and the #MarchForSisterhood is in full swing. Already this week, thousands have joined in, posting videos of themselves marching for what matters to them. Let’s make this the biggest online march in history.

If you haven’t shared your march yet, the time is now!

Here’s how to #MarchForSisterhood:

  • Record yourself walking towards the camera (grab a friend to help, or shoot it selfie-style). You can carry a protest sign, pick a location that’s meaningful to you, put a soundtrack behind it — make it your own!

  • Post your march video to social media. Make sure the caption includes the reason you’re marching, and don’t forget to mention @girlswhocode#MarchForSisterhood, and #DayoftheGirl.

  • Tag a friend to march alongside you!

In celebration of Day of the Girl, we released a brand new video this morning about #MarchForSisterhood and the movement we are building together. Watch it now:

And if you love the video, share it on your channels to help us spread the word!

Thank you for supporting a better world for women and girls, and making the #MarchForSisterhood a powerful showing of what girl change-makers can do.

In Sisterhood,
Reshma Saujani

https://girlswhocode.com

https://marchforsisterhood.com

The Christmas Train by David Baldacci

We have added David Baldacci’s The Christmas Train to our Book Club Kit list.  This is a great choice for those interested in reading a Christmas themed story for the holiday season.  There are ten copies of the book as well as a reader’s guide in the kit.

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Summary:

Disillusioned journalist Tom Langdon must get from Washington to Los Angeles in time for Christmas. Forced to take the train across the country because of a slight “misunderstanding” at airport security, he begins a journey of self-discovery and rude awakenings, mysterious goings-on and thrilling adventures, screwball escapades and holiday magic.

He has no idea that the locomotives pulling him across America will actually take him into the rugged terrain of his own heart, as he rediscovers people’s essential goodness and someone very special he believed he had lost.

Equal parts hilarious, poignant, suspenseful, and thrilling, The Christmas Train is filled with memorable characters who have packed their bags with as much wisdom as mischief… and shows how we do get second chances to fulfill our deepest hopes and dreams, especially during this season of miracles. (From the publisher.)

Contemporary Graphic Novels

The following are notable contemporary graphic novels that can be enjoyed by mature readers without prior comic book knowledge.  These subtle stories deal with mature themes and emotional content.  In each of these works the cartoonist brings their own unique vision and style to their art.

Swain, Carol. Gast. Fantagraphics Books, 2014.

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From the Publisher:

Helen is an amateur bird watcher and naturalist who lives in a rural community in Wales. When a local farmer Bill tells Helen that a “rare bird” named Emrys killed himself at Cuddig farm, she decides to investigate. One of the dogs at the farm tells her, by way of explanation, that Emrys had no feathers and couldn’t fly.  She plucks an old cosmetic kit from a dumpster and discovers it belonged to Emrys. Inventorying the kit’s contents, she finds a spent .12 gauge shotgun shell. Her attempt to learn more about Emrys turns into a journey of self-discovery and ultimately a hard-fought reconciliation with the world ‘as it is. Carol Swain’s Gast is the rare kind of contemporary graphic novel critics are conjuring when they exult over the promise of the art form’s a philosophically mature vision, uniquely executed by an artist wholly in control of her craft. In Gast, Helen’s inner life is slowly revealed through a mixture of naturalistic detail and phantasmagoric occurrences.

Tomine, Adrian. Killing and Dying: Six Stories. Drawn & Quarterly, 2018.

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From the Publisher:

In six interconnected, darkly funny stories, Tomine forms a quietly moving portrait of contemporary life.

“Amber Sweet” shows the disastrous impact of mistaken identity in a hyper-connected world; “A Brief History of the Art Form Known as Hortisculpture” details the invention and destruction of a vital new art form; “Translated, from the Japanese,” is a lush, full-color display of storytelling through still images; the title story, “Killing and Dying,” centers on parenthood, mortality, and stand-up comedy.

Adrian Tomine is a master of the small gesture, equally deft at signaling emotion via a subtle change of expression or writ large across landscapes illustrated in full color. Killing and Dying is a fraught, realist masterpiece.

Contest Open to High School Students

Vibrant Publishers is excited to announce the launch of a new book, Winning Strategies for ACT Essay Writing: With 15 Sample Prompts by Dr. Aimee Weinstein.

To celebrate the launch of this new book, Vibrant Publishers is hosting My Thoughts: ACT essay writing contest.

  • The ACT Essay follows a predictable pattern. This contest will help the students to practice and prepare beforehand
  • The ACT Essay can be used to show off the student’s writing skills to a prospective college

The contest is open to any U.S. high school student between Grades 9-12. Encourage your patrons/students to participate in this contest and win lots of exciting cash and giveaways.

To register and for more information, visit their site here:

https://www.vibrantpublishers.com/act-contest-page/

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Eligibility:
Any real person who is a permanent resident of the United States and is a high school student between Grades 9-12 is eligible to enter the contest. Students attending a public, private or home school are eligible to submit their entries. Teachers/Youth Directors can submit a collection of essays on behalf of their class. In such a case, request a Teachers’ form by emailing us at reachus@vibrantpublishers.com
Submission Criteria:
Those entering the contest will be emailed an ACT essay prompt. The student needs to write the essay on the printable sheets provided in the email. Essays not written on the given Answer sheets will be disqualified. Your name or your school’s name should not be written on the Answer sheets. The handwritten essay responses should be scanned and emailed to actessaycontest2019@vibrantpublishers.com. Entries sent to any other email id will not be accepted. On receipt of your essay, you will receive a confirmation email from Vibrant Publishers. One person can send the essay only once. Essays should be written by a single person; co-authored essays will not be accepted.
Judging Criteria:

Submissions will be juried by a qualified panel of judges. Panelists will judge the essays on ideas and analysis, development and support, organization and language use and conventions, in line with the ACT essay writing guidelines. The essay should be original, unpublished and plagiarism free.

Scoring will be based on the ACT essay scoring rubric.

The decision of the panel in respect of all matters to do with the contest will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Deadline:
The last date for receiving the entries is Oct 31, 2019, 23:59 Pacific Time. Any essay received after the deadline will be disqualified.
Awards:

Winner

Top-scoring essay will be awarded $100(Visa Debit Card) and a signed copy of Winning Strategies for ACT Essay Writing: with 15 Sample Prompts by Dr. Aimee Weinstein. The winner will also get a chance to have a 15 min skype conversation with Dr. Weinstein. The top scoring essay will be published on Vibrant Publishers website. The winner’s school will receive a donation of 5 copies of the book, Winning Strategies for ACT Essay Writing: with 15 Sample Prompts.

Runners up

5 runners up will get suggestions for improvement on their essays and a signed copy of Winning Strategies for ACT Essay Writing: with 15 Sample Prompts by Dr. Aimee Weinstein.

Code Club Grant

Apply to be a part of the IMLS grant “Code Club for Small & Rural Libraries.”

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https://prendacodeclub.com/imls/

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is funding a grant to deliver all the resources necessary to run a code club in small and rural libraries. Those resources include one-on-one training sessions, code club software, Ozobot and Sphero robots, and ongoing coaching and support. 50 libraries will be selected to participate in this grant.

A code club is an informal program that takes place at a library where kids ages 8-18 learn computer programming skills. Teaching kids computer programming skills can dramatically impact your community by providing kids with 21st century career opportunities and instilling a valuable set of life skills, like computational thinking and problem solving.

With Prenda’s help, code club does not require any coding knowledge to run. It does, however, require:

  • Computers (laptops or desktops)
  • High-speed internet
  • A space in the library
  • Library staff/volunteer to facilitate

To be eligible for this grant you must qualify as a “small or rural library.”

  1. Small = any library with a service area of 15,000 or less
  2. Rural = any library more than 25 miles from an ‘urbanized area’ (as defined by the US Census)

This project is funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and is administered by the North Dakota State Library, in collaboration with Prenda. (IMLS Grant information)

Application due date is October 31, 2019. Recipient selections will be made by November 8th, 2019, with the expectation that your Code Club will begin in January 2020.

Musnet by Kickily

We have recently added many children’s graphic novels to our collection including the Musnet series by Kickily.  There are four volumes in all.  You can browse our comic collection in our catalog here.

Musnet: The Mouse of Monet is a gorgeous and friendly story about a mouse discovering his calling in life and also what he wants to be called. Take a friendly and likable orphaned mouse, place him in a beautifully rendered watercolor and ink medium with miniature Monet masterpieces and you get a stunning and engaging story of a mouse learning to become an artist. He makes friends, finds a mentor, and even gets to sneak a peek inside Monet’s studio. It’s incredibly well executed, entertaining, informative, and absolutely absorbing. It is one of the best books I’ve read this year.”—The Picture Book Review

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Musnet is the sort of book I’d have absolutely loved as a child, and it’s something I hope lots of children get to read. Kickliy weaves lots of lessons into the narrative; Musnet presents a very natural combination of art and history with the sorts of motivational messages you expect to find in a children’s story. […] I would recommend Musnet to everyone. It’s a really enjoyable story that brings Monet’s paintings to life through some incredibly sweet and memorable characters. If you know any children who are expressing an interest in drawing, get them a copy of Musnet. It’s challenging and imaginative and I’m sure it will spark an obsession with painting (and maybe also mice).” — Girls Like Comics

 

Kickily is also the author of the adult graphic novel Perdy which is available to read via our Hoopla app.

Unusual Pets

Here are some funny stories about unusual pets that would make great read alouds for a pet-themed storytime.

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I Want A Dog by Jon Agee

A girl visits an animal shelter in hopes of getting a new dog.  Instead, the man at the shelter offers her various other animals as a substitute.

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The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton

A young princess dreams of getting a horse for her birthday.  Instead she gets a weird looking pony that farts.

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Hiding Dinosaurs by Dan Moynihan

At the breakfast table a boy realizes that dinosaurs are hatching from his eggs.  He hides the dinosaurs from his parents and keeps them as pets.