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Library trip

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I went to the library today to pick up one book that I had requested. I really did plan to just get the one book, but somehow, I left with five. And they are all young adult novels. Last time I went to pick up one book, I left with seven, three of which I haven’t even read yet. Oh well, better the library than the bookstore I suppose.


Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool

“Abilene Tucker feels abandoned. Her father has put her on a train, sending her off to live with an old friend for the summer while he works a railroad job. Armed only with a few possessions and her list of universals, Abilene jumps off the train in Manifest, Kansas, aiming to learn about the boy her father once was.

Having heard stories about Manifest, Abilene is disappointed to find that it’s just a dried-up, worn-out old town. But her disappointment quickly turns to excitement when she discovers a hidden cigar box full of mementos, including some old letters that mention a spy known as the Rattler. These mysterious letters send Abilene and her new friends, Lettie and Ruthanne, on an honest-to-goodness spy hunt, even though they are warned to “Leave Well Enough Alone.”

Abilene throws all caution aside when she heads down the mysterious Path to Perdition to pay a debt to the reclusive Miss Sadie, a diviner who only tells stories from the past. It seems that Manifest’s history is full of colorful and shadowy characters—and long-held secrets. The more Abilene hears, the more determined she is to learn just what role her father played in that history. And as Manifest’s secrets are laid bare one by one, Abilene begins to weave her own story into the fabric of the town.”

This is the book I went to pick up in the first place. I love to read Newberry Medal & Honor books as well as historical fiction in general so this book fits in perfectly. And, Erik from thiskidreviewsbooks.com reviewed it last week and gave it four out of five bookworms so I am really looking forward to starting it this weekend.


The Awakening (Vampire Diaries #1) by L.J. Smith

“A deadly love triangle

Elena: beautiful and popular, the girl who can have any guy she wants.

Stefan: brooding and mysterious, desperately trying to resist his desire for Elena . . . for her own good.

Damon: sexy, dangerous, and driven by an urge for revenge against Stefan, the brother who betrayed him.

Elena finds herself drawn to both brothers . . . who will she choose?”

I’ve been hearing about this series for several years, it was originally published when I was still in high school, but I’ve just never gotten around to reading it. So when I came across a copy of the first book in the series in the YA section tonight I figured I’d try it out and see how I like it. It has a four star rating average on goodreads so I have high hopes.


So You Want to Be a Wizard (Young Wizards #1) by Diane Duane

“Long before Harry Potter made wizards a fixture on the bestseller lists, Kit and Nita were working magic with readers.

Something stopped Nita’s hand as it ran along the bookshelf. She looked and found that one of the books had a loose thread at the top of its spine. It was one of those So You Want to Be a . . . books, a series on careers. So You Want to Be a Pilot, and a Scientist . . . a Writer. But this one said, So You Want to Be a Wizard.

I don’t believe this, Nina thought. She shut the book and stood there holding it in her hand, confused, amazed, suspicious–and delighted. If it was a joke, it was a great one. If it wasn’t . . . ?”

This book was originally published in 1983. I don’t know how I didn’t read this as a kid but I’m planning to make up for lost time now.


The Christopher Killer (Forensic Mystery #1) by Alane Ferguson

“As the daughter of a Colorado County coroner, seventeen-yearold Cameryn Mahoney is no stranger to death. in fact, she’s always been fascinated by the science of it. so she’s thrilled to finally get some hands-on experience in forensics working as her father’s assistant. but Cammie is in for more than she bargained for when the second case that she attends turns out to be someone she knows—the latest victim of a serial killer known as the Christopher Killer. And if dealing with that isn’t hard enough, Cammie soon realizes that if she’s not careful, she might wind up as the killer’s next victim.”

I picked this one up because the title intrigued me. Once I read the blurby I was sold. I love forensic stuff and murder mysteries so I’m expecting a good read with this one.


Once Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris

“A young man with a mysterious past and a penchant for inventing things leaves the troll who raised him, meets an unhappy princess he has loved from afar, and discovers a plot against her and her father.”

I’m a fan of any type of fairy tale whether it be old school or a story with a modern twist. This book has won several awards, including the American Library Association Teens’ Top Ten in 2003. It seems to have a good sense of humor about it so it should be a pretty good read as well.