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Fairy quest. [Volume one], Outlaws

Jenkins, Paul, 1965- author.


In the enchanted forest of Fablewood, all of the stories that have ever been told live together. But under the watchful eye of Mister Grimm and his Think Police, you either learn to keep your story straight, or face the dreaded Mind Eraser. Against all odds, Red Riding Hood and Woof 'The Big Bad Wolf' form an unlikely friendship and risk everything to escape the evil clutches of Mister Grimm.

Suggested by Sandra @ the Brier Library.

This one summer

Tamaki, Mariko, author.


Rose and her parents have been going to Awago Beach since she was a little girl. It's her summer getaway, her refuge. Her friend Windy is always there, too, like the little sister she never had, completing her summer family. But this summer is different. Rose's mom and dad won't stop fighting, and Rose and Windy have gotten tangled up in a tragedy-in-the-making in the small town of Awago Beach. It's a summer of secrets and heartache, and it's a good thing Rose and Windy have each other.

Suggested by Sandra @ the Brier Library.

Roller girl

Jamieson, Victoria, author.


A graphic novel adventure about a girl who discovers roller derby right as she and her best friend are growing apart.

Suggested by Sandra @ the Brier Library.

How animals work

Burnie, David.

J 571.1 BURNIE

Describes the anatomy of many animal species and explains how their bodies work to help them survive. Covers such animals as birds, butterflies, elephants, crocodiles, and wolves, and includes color photos, illustrations, and diagrams.

Suggested by Sandra @ the Brier Library.

Red queen

Aveyard, Victoria, author.


In a world divided by blood--those with common, Red blood serve the Silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities--seventeen-year-old Mare, a Red, discovers she has an ability of her own. To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. But Mare risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard --a growing Red rebellion--even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction.

Suggested by Sandra @ the Brier Library.

Geek girl

Smale, Holly, author.


When she is accidentally discovered by a modeling agent, fifteen-year-old Harriet jumps at the chance to transform herself from a geek to a fashion model.

Suggested by Sandra @ the Brier Library.

Lying out loud

Keplinger, Kody, author.


High school senior Sonny Ardmore is an accomplished liar who uses lies to try and control her out-of-control life which has been further complicated by the fact that she is secretly staying every night in her best friend Amy's house because she has been kicked out by her own mother--but when she gets into a online conversation with the stuck-up new boy Ryder, who has a crush on Amy, she finds herself caught up in one lie to many.

Suggested by Sandra @ the Brier Library.

Nothing can possibly go wrong

Shen, Prudence.


Charlie is the laid-back captain of the basketball team. Nate is the neurotic, scheming president of the robotics club. Their unlikely friendship nearly bites the dust when Nate declares war on the cheerleaders and they retaliate by making Charlie their figurehead in the ugliest class election campaign the school has ever seen. At stake is funding that will either cover a robotics competition or new cheerleading uniforms-- but not both. Bad sportsmanship? Sure. Chainsaws? Why not. Running away from home on Thanksgiving? Nothing can possibly go wrong.

Suggested by Sandra @ the Brier Library.

Super Dinosaur. [Volume 1]

Kirkman, Robert.


The evil Max Maximus is determined to get to Inner-Earth to get the dinosaurs and the powerful DynOre mineral that originates there, and ten-year-old Derek Dynamo and his best friend, a nine-foot tall Tyrannosaurus Rex, are the only ones who can stop the evil plot and save the world.

Suggested by Sandra @ the Brier Library.

Because they marched : the people's campaign for voting rights that changed America

Freedman, Russell, author.


To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1965 march for voting rights from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, Newbery Medalist Freedman presents a riveting account of this pivotal event in the history of civil rights.

Suggested by Sandra @ the Brier Library.

Find Momo coast to coast : my dog is taking a road trip : can you find him? : another hide-and-seek photography book

Knapp, Andrew, 1982- photographer, author.

793.73 KNAPP

Travel across the United States and Canada, visiting iconic landmarks and unique off-the-map marvels. Look for Momo hiding in Grand Central Station, in front of the White House, and in the French Quarter of New Orleans . . . as well as at diners, bookstores, museums, and other locales that only a seasoned road-tripper like Andrew could find. It's part game, part photography book, and a whole lot of fun.

Suggested by Sandra @ the Brier Library.

Black : a celebration of a culture

770.8996 BLACK

Willis (photography, Tisch School of the Arts, New York U.) has assembled an exhilarating collection of black & white photographs in this handsome oversize volume that celebrates Black culture.

Suggested by Sandra @ the Brier Library.

Nocturne : creatures of the night

Scott, Traer.

591.518 SCOTT

Whether fierce, cuddly, startling, mysterious, or some indefinable combination of all of the above, nocturnal animals never fail to fascinate. Bats, big cats, flying squirrels, tarantula, owls, kangaroo mice, giant moths, sloth, several species of snakes, and a Madagascar hissing cockroach are only a few of the animals illuminated in these lushly detailed portraits.

Suggested by Sandra @ the Brier Library.

Rutabaga, the adventure chef. 1

Colossal, Eric, author, illustrator.


In a world where there are dragons, wyverns, and haunted squash, you'd figure someone would have recipes for them, right? Rutabaga and his magic cooking pot, Pot, join young adventurers Winnifred, Manny, and Beef on a quest to defeat a dragon, discover new ingredients, find monsters to have for and/or to dinner, and to save the day through cooking. Rutabaga will dare any danger to uncover new tastes, and there's a whole world full of food to try--from roasted mud leech to spider soup to peanut butter on crackers.

Suggested by Sandra @ the Brier Library.

Metal cats

Crockett, Alexandra, photographer.


Headbanging felines and their best friends!

Suggested by Sandra @ the Brier Library.

Finding bigfoot : everything you need to know

Brockenbrough, Martha.


Presents information about Bigfoot, covering details about sightings and evidence for the existence of the controversial animal, as well viewpoints of skeptics and scientists on the subject.

Suggested by Sandra @ the Brier Library.

How to speak cat : a guide to decoding cat language

Newman, Aline Alexander, author.

J 636.8 NEWMAN

A guide on how to understand a cat's body language and behavior; illustrates 55 different feline poses with detailed explanations of their meanings.

Suggested by Sandra @ the Brier Library.

Barbarian lord

Smith, Matt (Illustrator), author, artist.


Cheated of his lands and banished through the trickery of his enemies, Barbarian Lord recruits allies and battles monsters, ghouls, and bad poets in his quest for justice.

Suggested by Sandra @ the Brier Library.

Afterlife with Archie. Book one, Escape from Riverdale

Aguirre-Sacasa, Roberto, author.


All hell breaks loose when a fateful accident sets in motion a series of terrifying events that will threaten the town of Riverdale like never before! When the dead begin to rise, craving human flesh, it's up to Archie, Betty & Veronica, and the Gang to fight for their lives against the zombie hordes led by their former pal, Jughead.

Suggested by Sandra @ the Brier Library.

Chernobyl's wild kingdom : life in the dead zone

Johnson, Rebecca L. author.


Looks at the events of the Chernobyl Nuclear Accident in the Ukraine, describing how scientists are monitoring the effects of radiation on the wildlife that continue to live there and what this means for the human population surrounding the area.

Suggested by Sandra @ the Brier Library.

No-where but here

McGarry, Katie, author.


When a reluctant visit turns into an extended summer vacation among relatives Emily never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both.

Suggested by Sandra @ the Brier Library.


Arnold, David, 1981- author.


After the sudden collapse of her family, Mim Malone is dragged from her home in northern Ohio to the "wastelands" of Mississippi, where she lives in a medicated milieu with her dad and new stepmom. Before the dust has a chance to settle, she learns her mother is sick back in Cleveland. So she ditches her new life and hops aboard a northbound Greyhound bus to her real home and her real mother, meeting a quirky cast of fellow travelers along the way. But when her thousand-mile journey takes a few turns she could never see coming, Mim must confront her own demons, redefining her notions of love, loyalty, and what it means to be sane.

Suggested by Sandra @ the Brier Library.

Will & Whit

Gulledge, Laura Lee.


Wilhelmina "Will" Huxstep is a creative soul struggling to come to terms with a family tragedy. She crafts whimsical lamps, in part to deal with her fear of the dark. As she wraps up another summer in her mountain town, she longs for unplugged adventures with her fellow creative friends, Autumn, Noel, and Reese. Little does she know that she will get her wish in the form of an arts carnival and a blackout, courtesy of a hurricane named Whitney, which forces Will to face her fear of darkness.

Suggested by Sandra @ the Brier Library.

Cryer's Cross

McMann, Lisa.


Seventeen-year-old Kendall, who suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder, lives with her parents on a potato farm in a tiny community in Montana, where two teenagers go missing within months of each other, with no explanation.

Suggested by Sandra @ the Brier Library.

Monsters! : & other stories

Duarte, Gustavo, 1977-


Newcomer Gustavo Duarte spins wordless tales brimming with humor, charm, and delightfully twisted horror! In Monsters!, oversized beasts wreak havoc on a coastal city in the tradition of Godzilla and King Kong. In Có!, an alien abduction disarms a gentle farmer, and in Birds, two business partners run from fate, only to find themselves hopelessly unable to change the future.

Suggested by Sandra @ the Brier Library.

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