All Staff Picks

YtHAQ:  The Forsaken World
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Two high caliber French talents the artist Adrien Floch and writer Christophe Arleston have collaborated in creating an excellent graphic sci-fi adventure that begins with a spaceship crash on a planet inhabited by diverse animal-like cultures. Imaginary cities and eco-zones are finely rendered with interesting characters wrapped into this fast moving heroic fantasy.
Skim
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The main character is a Canadian Asian tenth grade girl who is navigating awkwardly through her social world while holding on to a wry perspective on life and the people around her. She is witnessing the post-divorce attitudes of her parents, Wiccan and Goth AA groups and teen suicide and relationships. Her English teacher is a role model who leaves. This glimpse into free-flowing scenes of her life and abstract graphical interpretations of what it means to feel different and sixteen are poignant and true.
Elvis the Rooster Almost Goes to Heaven
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Elvis the Rooster has a very high opinion of himself, and rightly so since his crows bring the sun up every morning. But when a bug flies into his mouth so that he fails to crow and the sun rises anyway, Elvis is devastated. He’s ready to go to heaven. Will Little Willie’s zany plan give Elvis his pluck back?
Asterios Polyp
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This astoundingly illustrated and touching story stars a fifty year old professor of architecture who navigates life as a critic. Unfortunately this attitude overflows into his relationships, one of which is with his invisible twin brother. His life holds scenes that remain meaningful after the book has been closed
Daniel X Alien Hunter
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This graphic novel was written by the popular author of The Dangerous Days of Daniel X. In it a fifteen year old alien hunter is going down the list that his parents left of alien outlaws and trying to eliminate Number 7. The connective intelligence of ants is explored as well as friendship even if the friends are all imaginary reconstructions. The art is fanciful using effervescent colors.
I Must Have Bobo!
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When a young boy wakes up he knows something is very wrong! He can't find Bobo! He does everything with Bobo! Where can he be? Was he kidnapped by pirates?! Or are there more nefarious forces at work here?
Exit Wounds
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This beautifully drawn story is set in modern-day Tel Aviv. It’s about a young man driving a cab who lives with his aged Aunt and Uncle. A mysterious girl proceeds to tell him that an unidentified body from a bomb blast may have been his estranged father. Fragility of love and loss is gently explored as they find a more complex resolution than would seem possible. Moran a talented female artist and writer, was former editor of the Israeli version of MAD magazine.
Andromeda stories
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As an artist of manga Takemiya has won awards and also teaches about it at a Kyoto University. Her fluid style offers an enjoyable depiction of a science fiction series written by Mitsuse about the kingdoms of Cosmoralia and Ayodoya and the falling of an evil star. A mysterious female warrior aids the Princess and Prince along with an elderly healer in the forest. After the birth of twin heirs the story accelerates into an amazing adventure.
The Very Cranky Bear
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Four friends want to find a nice dry, quiet place to play until the rain stops. They look high and low and finally find a nice, cozy, dark cave where they can sit and enjoy a game of cards...but, what they don't know is that there is someone else in the cave with them...and he's not very happy!
Why I Hate Saturn
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For women who have sisters this book is a humorously dark account of two wildly differing personalities of two sisters Anne and Laura. The first is a writer with a caustic and somewhat alcoholic view of being a single adult in New York. Laura her sister is a vegetarian environmentalist neat freak who believes she is from the planet Saturn and has a spacesuit to prove it. Enter into this scenario a bit of madness and crazy relationships as well as a flamethrower and you have a great premise for a story.
The Power of Habit
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Why do we do the things we do? According to Charles Duhigg, the answer is habit. Duhigg delves deep into a fascinating world of cues, routines and rewards. With wit, interesting stories and well written prose, Duhigg sheds the light of a journalist into a sea of developing science.
Clink
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Clink has a few problems. He's a robot all right, but he's an older model and he can't make cookies or play baseball like his friends. He only plays music and makes toast. And his toast is always burnt. Every day one of his friends is taken home and he just sits there. Until one day when the boy who always looks but never buys starts playing his harmonica...and Clink starts to dance.
Rex Libris: I, Librarian
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For librarians and library users this is a funny look at the Head Librarian at Middleton Public Library which is an incredible time capsule of ancient and modern texts saved from pernicious overdue fines by this dedicated immortal with bottle glasses and an arsenal of high tech weapons. He is accompanied by a bird with world domination fantasies. Some of his fellow librarians have mysterious powers which are helpful when the barbarians invade the stacks.
My Friend Dahmer
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Derf Backderf is an award winning political cartoonist. He was also a childhood friend of one of America's most notorious serial killers. Join the author as he tries to unravel, explain but never excuse the events that turned a man into a monster.
Better Homes And Gardens You Can Can
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Great for the first time canner. Easy to follow step-by-step photographs help guide you through the process. Loaded with simple yet delicious canning recipes, the peach chutney is especially good!
Tammy Pierce Is Unlovable
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This small colorful book is based upon a 1980’s high school teenager’s diary found in a gas station bathroom. The main character Tammy is not popular, not smart, not attractive and fighting a war with her body and society. There are no perfect solutions to her search for love and understanding and it humorously reminds us of having obnoxious younger siblings also changing in the locker room.
Minnie and Moo and the Haunted Sweater
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Here’s another clever, zany adventure with those silly cows Minnie and Moo. It’s the farmer’s birthday, and while Minnie decides to give the farmer one of her cream puffs, Moo knits him a sweater. This sweater though has one sleeve longer than the other, it has a lump in it and it sneezes when washed. Oh, by the way, has anyone seen Elvis?
Lexie
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This vacation at the sea shore isn’t quite what ten-year-old Lexie expected. Sure, this was the first time after her parents’ divorce and her mom won’t be there, but she didn’t know that her father’s new girlfriend and her two sons were going to be spending the week with them! Beautifully written, this is the story of a girl who discovers that sometimes what seems like a disaster at first, can turn out to be a good thing.

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