Young Adult Recommends: Empire of Shadows

October 13, 2014

Empire of Shadows
by Miriam Forster
18716722Three years after she was exiled from her tribe, Mara has graduated from the Order of Khatar and is ready to pledge herself to someone and protect them until death. After a strange turn of events, she finds herself as the bodyguard of a noblewoman in the Empire’s capital. But when it becomes more dangerous than Mara expected, she will have to come to terms with her past in order to save her future. A high-stakes adventure in a beautifully imagined world, Empire of Shadows is the heart-pounding prequel to City of a Thousand Dolls, though it can also be read as a stand-alone novel.



HarperCollins, 2014, 496 pages,
This book will be available on November 4, 2014

Young Adult Recommends: Frostborn

July 22, 2014
by Lou Anders
18301308Thianna and Karn are from two different worlds. Thianna is half human, half frost giantess, and feels like she doesn’t belong. Karn is a human boy who doesn’t want to learn how to run a farm, and would rather play the board game Thrones and Bones. The two of them quickly become friends after they are forced to flee into the harsh Norrongard wilderness. Frostborn is the first book in a Norse-inspired fantasy series that has everything from trolls to dragons to the walking dead.


Crown Books, 2014, 352 pages, $16.99
This book will be published on August 5, 2014

Young Adult Recommends: One Past Midnight

June 25, 2014

“One Past Midnight”

by Jessica Shirvington


Sabine has a secret. She lives two lives. Every night, at exactly midnight, she “shifts” and lives each day twice. All Sabine wants is to have one life, but to do so she must give up the other. This book has a powerful message about being happy with what you have. Sabine’s tale will have readers absorbed in it, and leave them wondering what will happen next.


Available July 22, 2014
Bloomsbury,2014, 352 pages, $17.99

Paula Recommends: The Dead in their Vaulted Archways

April 8, 2014

The Dead in their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley
A Flavia de Luce Mystery

by Paula Longhurst


“The Gamekeeper is in jeopardy.”

So says the stranger on the station platform. Before Flavia de Luce can find out more, the stranger has an unfortunate accident.

Her mother, Harriet, is coming home to Buckshaw to be buried and to distract herself from this pending reunion, Flavia retreats to the attic, unearthing an old reel of film and realizing it is footage of her mother and father in happier times.

As Harriet’s funeral draws ever closer, questions crowd Flavia’s mind. Who shot the footage? How many branches of the de Luce family are there? And why on earth are those in the know all talking about pheasant sandwiches?

When Flavia hatches a plan to resurrect her mother and the de Luce fortunes, the scheme veers off course but Flavia and her trusty bunsen burner are about to learn a shocking secret that could take her away from her beloved Buckshaw forever.

Delacorte Press, 2014, 336 pages, $24.00

Paula Recommends: Critical Mass

December 17, 2013


by Paula Longhurst

V. I. Warshawski (or Vic to her friends) is drawn into the investigation of a missing meth addict and her genius son. Vic’s longtime friend Dr. Lotty Herschel shares a past with the missing woman’s grandmother. What seems like a simple addict-on-the-run case turns complicated as Vic uncovers connections between the great-grandmother and a Nobel-winning Austrian scientist who worked on the Manhattan project. And her investigation is ruffling some pretty high-level feathers . . .

Critical Mass, Sara Paretsky, Putnam, $26.95

Betsy Recommends: The Rosie Project

November 19, 2013



by Betsy Burton

Not many books can make me laugh out loud at four in the morning, but this one did. Meet Don, a distinguished geneticist high on the Asperger’s continuum who’s decided it’s time he found a wife—using scientific methods, of course. Meet Rosie, a feminist, extroverted barmaid who’s searching for the identity of her biologic father. Meet Gene and Claudia, two psychologists attempting to co-exist peacefully in an open marriage.

Told in the pitch-perfect voice of someone wired “differently” who has coped with his differences through his intellect, compulsive interest in his career, and an even more compulsively scheduled life, this is a love story that is also a tale of coming of age in middle age.

It is crisply written, the characters are complex and fully conceived, the dialogue is both clever and compelling, as is the plot. But most of all it is hilarious. Uproariously so. Save Simsion’s novel for the aftermath of some personal disaster when you’re sure nothing will ever make you laugh again. The Rosie Project will, I guarantee.

The Rosie Project, by Graeme Simsion, Simon & Schuster, $24

Editor’s note: Graeme Simsion will be at TKE on Saturday, December 7, at 7 p.m. to read from and sign a staff favorite we’ve picked as best stocking stuffer of the year.

The Lorax

October 24, 2013

Dr.SeussOldLoraxby Rob Eckman

Tonight we will be reading The Lorax. Amazingly, when it was first published in 1971, sales of The Lorax were slow. The environmental movement wouldn’t take off for another ten years or so, but Ted Geisel was already telling friends that it was his favorite of his books.

Filled with some of the best Seuss nonsense word–like miff-muffered moof and gruvvulous glove–reading The Lorax out loud is fun when I twist the words, say them slowly, and then watch the eyes of the children grow wide.

But no Seuss word may bring greater giggles, or more reproach, than Thneed, which, as we all know, is A Fine-Something-That-All-People-Need! Don’t remember what a Thneed is? Come on in Thursday at 7:00 p.m. and find out!