MEI Secondary’s Spring Production of Gulliver’s Travels is fast approaching!
Wondering what this fantastical adventure is all about? Check out the book Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift, found on our AP Book List shelf. Want a quicker read? Check out one of the graphic novel adaptations of this classic tale!
Have you ever wanted to join Cirque du Soleil? Swing on the trapeze and experience the magic inside the tents? Well, why not pick up “The Night Circus“ and join Le Cirque des Rêves?
“The circus arrives at night, without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within nocturnal black and white striped tents awaits a unique experience, a feast for the senses, where one can get lost in a maze of clouds, meander through a lush garden made of ice, stand awestruck as a tattooed contortionist folds herself into a small glass box, and gaze in wonderment at an illusionist performing impossible feats of magic.
Welcome to Le Cirque des Rêves. Beyond the smoke and mirrors, however, a fierce competition is underway -a contest between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood to compete in “a game,” in which each must use their powers of illusion to best the other. Unbeknownst to them, this game is a duel to the death, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will.” — As seen on book cover
Rick Riordan (author of the Percy Jackson series) says “The prose sparkles, and the story itself is a feat of magical acrobatics.”
Visit Erin’s BLOG or FACEBOOK PAGE to read more about the author and the Night Circus.
Will you join the circus and be swept away with the magic of the big top?
Did you like the Books of the Infinites trilogy — Prophet — Judge — King? Don’t miss one of R.J. Larson’s newest fantasy novels: DownFallen.
“Corban Thaenfall of Siphra is a fugitive from justice, separated by his own crimes from the woman he loves. Desperate to find peace for his warring soul, he resolves to make amends. But when he impulsively joins a fight to protect a family from mercenaries, Corban realizes that he risks his life and the chance to beg forgiveness for his crimes.
Matteo of Arimna longs to repay his enemies for the massacre that nearly destroyed his family and Darzeq’s royal dynasty. But with the realm of Darzeq in chaos and all loyalties suspected, he and his cousin, Anji, must depend upon a renegade nobleman to help them reach safety.”
If you consider yourself a Tolkien fan, then embrace your inner geek and take a peek at the newest books to hit our shelves.
THE ATLAS OF MIDDLE-EARTH (find it on the shelf at 823.912 Fon)
Here is the definitive guide to the geography of Middle-earth, from its founding in the Elder Days through the Third Age, including the journeys of Bilbo, Frodo, and the Fellowship of the Ring. Hundreds of two-color maps and diagrams survey the journeys of the principal characters day by day — including all the battles and key locations of the First, Second, and Third Ages. Plans and descriptions of castles, buildings, and distinctive landforms are given, along with thematic maps describing the climate, vegetation, languages, and population distribution of Middle-earth throughout its history.
The hobbit : an unexpected journey : chronicles, art & design (find it on the shelf at 791.43 Fal)
A visually stunning celebration of the creative vision of Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The book is packed with more than 1,000 images of concept artwork, photographs and development paintings by the artists working behind the scenes to bring Middle-earth to life, who each provide detailed and entertaining commentary that reveals the story behind the vision.
Follow the journey of Matt Cruise from his start as a cabin boy in Airborn to his experience as an astralnaut in Starclimber. In Airborn Matt discovers a damaged hot air balloon whose dying pilot tell a story of beautiful creatures that no one has ever seen before. A year later Matt meets Kate and is thrown into an adventure involving pirates, a crashing airship and a mysterious island; Can he overcome all of them and get into the airship academy? In Skybreaker Matt Cruise is a student in training when his ship is caught in a storm and thrown high into the air. The lost ship Hyperion is spotted, rumored to have untold riches, and even as he fights thrown the altitude sickness to land the ship, Matt remembers where it is. Now everyone is trying to get the coordinates from him. Can Matt and Kate survive all of these people and get to the Hyperion before anyone else? In Starclimber Matt is now a pilot working on the Celestial tower, which will be used to reach the stars, but there are some people who would do anything to stop humans from reaching the heavens. Will Matt become one of the first humans to venture into space? And if he is chosen will he be able to return to Earth?
“I was born in Port Alberni, a mill town on Vancouver Island, British Columbia but spent the bulk of my childhood in Victoria, B.C. and on the opposite coast, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. At around twelve I decided I wanted to be a writer. I started out writing sci-fi epics then went on to swords and sorcery tales and then, during the summer holiday when I was fourteen, started on a humorous story about a boy addicted to video games. It turned out to be quite a long story, really a short novel, and I rewrote it the next summer. We had a family friend who knew Roald Dahl – one of my favourite authors – and this friend offered to show Dahl my story. I was paralysed with excitement. I never heard back from Roald Dahl directly, but he read my story, and liked it enough to pass on to his own literary agent. I got a letter from them, saying they wanted to take me on, and try to sell my story. And they did.Taken from author website
Are you counting down the days until The Hobbit hits theaters?!
It was a bestselling book before a blockbuster movie.
Check out Tolkein’s The Hobbit, or the Lord of the Rings trilogy on eReader’s available at MEI Secondary Library.
Got Questions? Ask your librarian.
Written by Professor Tolkien for his own children, The Hobbit met with instant critical acclaim when published and is the classic bestseller behind this year’s biggest movie.
The Hobbit is a tale of high adventure, undertaken by a company of dwarves in search of dragon-guarded gold. A reluctant partner in this perilous quest is Bilbo Baggins, a comfort-loving unambitious hobbit, who surprises even himself by his resourcefulness and skill as a burglar. Encounters with trolls, goblins, dwarves, elves and giant spiders, conversations with the dragon, Smaug, and a rather unwilling presence at the Battle of Five Armies are just some of the adventures that befall Bilbo. (kobobooks.com)
All three parts of the epic masterpiece The Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers & The Return of the King –featuring the definitive edition of the text, hyperlinked footnotes and page references, and 3 maps including a detailed map of Middle-earth.
Sauron, the Dark Lord, has gathered to him all the Rings of Power; the means by which he intends to rule Middle-earth. All he lacks in his plans for dominion is the One Ring – the ring that rules them all – which has fallen into the hands of the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins. In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as the Ring is entrusted to his care. He must leave his home and make a perilous journey across the realms of Middle-earth to the Crack of Doom where he must destroy the Ring forever and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.
Meet the Halflings … half human, half angel … all trouble.
Meet Nikki … she finds herself being hunted by evil, and drawn into a supernatural world she hasn’t ever acknowledged even exists. Can the Halflings keep her safe as her world tilts and crashes? Nikki is faced with decisions of epic consequences — but who can she trust her heart to? Mace or Raven? Decisions, decisions…
Book 1: Halflings, and Book 2: Guardian are both available now at MEI Secondary Library. You’ll find yourself left hanging and wanting more at the end of Guardian, but have no fear! Book 3: Avenger is headed our way as soon as it is published, in February. For free eBooks, a Halflings app, and other insider tidbits, visit author Heather Burch online.
Come check out a couple of new Draw & Paint books available at MEI Secondary Library
The author — Keith Thompsonis a renowned illustrator and conceptual designer who specializes in fantasy and science fiction art. His surreal and innovative work has been featured in numerous books and magazines around the world. He is the author of 50 Robots to Draw and Paint, also published by Barron’s. He lives in Ottawa, Canada.
Have you finished the Hunger Games trilogy and are still hungry for more? Looking for the “what next” to read?
Well here you go . . . a list of books that you might enjoy if you enjoyed the Hunger Games. They are in no particular order, other than alphabetical (I am a librarian after all — it’s what we do!).
For more info., simply click on the book that looks interesting and you will be linked to that book in the MEI Secondary Library catalog. Of course you are welcome to drop by the library and I can point you in the right direction as well.