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October Hot Reads

 The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

From beloved author Alice Hoffman comes the spellbinding prequel to her bestseller, Practical Magic.

Find your magic.

For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man.

Hundreds of years later, in New York City at the cusp of the sixties, when the whole world is about to change, Susanna Owens knows that her three children are dangerously unique. Difficult Franny, with skin as pale as milk and blood red hair, shy and beautiful Jet, who can read other people’s thoughts, and charismatic Vincent, who began looking for trouble on the day he could walk.

From the start Susanna sets down rules for her children: No walking in the moonlight, no red shoes, no wearing black, no cats, no crows, no candles, no books about magic. And most importantly, never, ever, fall in love. But when her children visit their Aunt Isabelle, in the small Massachusetts town where the Owens family has been blamed for everything that has ever gone wrong, they uncover family secrets and begin to understand the truth of who they are. Back in New York City each begins a risky journey as they try to escape the family curse.

The Owens children cannot escape love even if they try, just as they cannot escape the pains of the human heart. The two beautiful sisters will grow up to be the revered, and sometimes feared, aunts in Practical Magic, while Vincent, their beloved brother, will leave an unexpected legacy. Thrilling and exquisite, real and fantastical, The Rules of Magic is a story about the power of love reminding us that the only remedy for being human is to be true […]

By |October 12th, 2017|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL||0 Comments

Fun Fall Magazines

Need some Fall inspiration?
Look no further!  Update your home, make some scary treats for find a great local fall event.  Don’t forget to check back often for new issues, or sign up for new issue notifications.

 

 

By |October 11th, 2017|Categories: Featured Post||0 Comments

A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to Books about Halloween and Fall

Welcome, Autumn!

A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to Books about Halloween and Fall

The season we call autumn was once referred to as “harvest,” when farmers gathered their crops for winter storage. However, in the early 1600’s when more people moved to cities, that term fell out of use. People began using the phrase “fall of the leaf” to refer to this season of the year when trees typically lose their leaves. Over time, “fall of the leaf” was shortened to “fall.” And today the terms fall and autumn are used interchangeably. No matter what you call it, the season is upon us. It’s time for getting out our sweaters and enjoying the spectacular colors and the cool, crisp autumn air. So why not bundle up and celebrate the season with some great books!

New Books about Fall and Halloween

Autumn by David Carter

This is the author’s third book in his pop-up series about the seasons. This serene book, written in verse, reveals the wonder of the season as animals prepare to harvest in anticipation of winter.

 

 

Bonaparte Falls Apart by Margery Cuyler, illus. by Will Terry

A young skeleton has a hard time keeping himself together – literally! Various creatures, including Franky Stein, Blacky Widow, and Mummicula, come up with different problem-solving ideas, none of which quite work. Humor abounds and the illustrations are just darling … more silly than scary!

 

 

 

Crayola Fall Colors by Mari Schuh

This is part of the Crayola Seasons series. Kids are invited to explore the colors of fall through the engaging text and photographs. They are also encouraged to create art based on the season’s changing colors.

 

 

Creepy Pair of Underwear by Aaron Reynolds, illus. by Peter Brown

From the creators of Creepy Carrots comes […]

September Hot Reads

The World of Tomorrow by Brendan Matthews

June 1939. Francis Dempsey and his shell-shocked brother Michael are on an ocean liner from Ireland bound for their brother Martin’s home in New York City, having stolen a small fortune from the IRA. During the week that follows, the lives of these three brothers collide spectacularly with big-band jazz musicians, a talented but fragile heiress, a Jewish street photographer facing a return to Nazi-occupied Prague, a vengeful mob boss, and the ghosts of their own family’s revolutionary past.

When Tom Cronin, an erstwhile assassin forced into one last job, tracks the brothers down, their lives begin to fracture. Francis must surrender to blackmail, or have his family suffer fatal consequences. Michael, wandering alone, turns to Lilly Bloch, a heartsick artist, to recover his lost memory. And Martin and his wife, Rosemary, try to salvage their marriage and, ultimately, the lives of the other Dempseys.

From the smoky jazz joints of Harlem to the Plaza Hotel, from the garrets of artists in the Bowery to the shadowy warehouses of mobsters in Hell’s Kitchen, Brendan Mathews brings prewar New York to vivid, pulsing life, while the sweeping and intricate storytelling of this remarkable debut reveals an America that blithely hoped it could avoid another catastrophic war and focus instead on the promise of the World’s Fair: a peaceful, prosperous “World of Tomorrow.”

 

 

Caroline: Little House, Revisited by Sarah Miller

In this novel authorized by the Little House estate, Sarah Miller vividly recreates the beauty, hardship, and joys of the frontier in this dazzling work of historical fiction, a captivating story that illuminates one courageous, resilient, and loving pioneer woman as never before—Caroline Ingalls, “Ma” in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s beloved Little House books

In the […]

By |September 6th, 2017|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL||1 Comment

A Wynk, a Blynk and a Nod to Books About Going Back to School

We can’t deny it any longer. It is August. Though technically still summer, many of us are now thinking “back to school.”  It’s time for new school clothes, backpacks, and school supplies. Why not include new books in that list? We’ve compiled a list of new titles to help your child with the transition – books to calm those first day jitters, lessen stress, and hopefully make the first day of school go much smoother.

New School Stories:

Amanda Panda Quits Kindergarten by Candice Ransom, illus. by Christine Grove

Amanda’s first day of school doesn’t go exactly as she planned, so she decides to join her brother in second grade. The illustrations capture all of the emotion as Amanda learns that it isn’t the end of the world if things don’t always go according to plan.

 

 

 

Chicken in School by Adam Lehrhaupt, illus. by Shahar Kober

Zoey the chicken sets up a classroom in the barn for all of her barnyard friends: Sam the pig, Clara the cow, Pip the mouse, and Henry the dog. This humorous story with playful illustrations celebrates creativity, friendship, and, best of all, tasty snacks!!

 

 

 

Class Pet Mess! by Dan Gutman, illus. by Jim Paillot

This early reader is the latest in the My Weird School series. The students in Mr. Cooper’s class are excited to learn that they are getting a class pet. When they get a pet snake, lots of silly antics ensue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Curious George Ready for School by Cynthia Platt, illus. by Mary O’Keefe Young

George prepares for the first day of school, but will a curious little monkey be able to make it through the school day without getting in to trouble? This tabbed board book is told in rhyme and should be a […]

Beat the Back to School Blues with Music from HooplaDigital

Divide – Ed Sheeran(Teen Choice Nominee)

Evolve – Imagine Dragons
(Teen Choice Nominee)

Kidz Bop 35 – Kidz Bop Kidz

Moana Soundtrack –  Various Artists

Descendants 2 – Various Artists

By |August 18th, 2017|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL||0 Comments

August Hot Reads

See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

In this riveting debut novel, See What I Have Done, Sarah Schmidt recasts one of the most fascinating murder cases of all time into an intimate story of a volatile household and a family devoid of love.

On the morning of August 4, 1892, Lizzie Borden calls out to her maid: Someone’s killed Father. The brutal ax-murder of Andrew and Abby Borden in their home in Fall River, Massachusetts, leaves little evidence and many unanswered questions. While neighbors struggle to understand why anyone would want to harm the respected Bordens, those close to the family have a different tale to tell—of a father with an explosive temper; a spiteful stepmother; and two spinster sisters, with a bond even stronger than blood, desperate for their independence.

As the police search for clues, Emma comforts an increasingly distraught Lizzie whose memories of that morning flash in scattered fragments. Had she been in the barn or the pear arbor to escape the stifling heat of the house? When did she last speak to her stepmother? Were they really gone and would everything be better now? Shifting among the perspectives of the unreliable Lizzie, her older sister Emma, the housemaid Bridget, and the enigmatic stranger Benjamin, the events of that fateful day are slowly revealed through a high-wire feat of storytelling.

Lizzie Borden took an ax
And gave her mother forty whacks
When she saw what she had done,
She gave her father forty-one.

Or did she?

The Driver by Hart Hanson

Michael Skellig is a limo driver waiting for his client in the alley behind an upscale hotel. He’s spent the last twenty-eight hours ferrying around Bismark Avila, a celebrity skateboard mogul who isn’t going home any time soon. Suddenly the […]

By |August 1st, 2017|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL||0 Comments

Looking for Something Different to Read?

Homesick for Another World: Stories
Ottessa Moshfegh
The Animators
Kayla Rae Whitaker
 

Lincoln in the Bardo
George Saunders
 

Norse Mythology
Neil Gaiman

Things We Lost in the Fire Stories
by Mariana Enriquez
 

 

 

By |July 29th, 2017|Categories: Featured Post||0 Comments

What is Kenton County Listening to this Week?

Top Freegal Album Downloads:
Download and keep 5 free songs each week, and stream 3 hours each day:

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
The Nashville Sound

The Chainsmokers
Something Just Like This/Closer

Rag’n’Bone Man
Human

Train
a girl a bottle a boat

Foster The People
 III

By |July 15th, 2017|Categories: Featured Post||0 Comments

Why Wait? Download Popular Audiobooks Now

Hillbilly Elegy – A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
J.D. Vance

Every Last Lie
Mary Kubica

Confessions Of A Domestic Failure
Bunmi Laditan

The Lotterys Plus One
Emma Donoghue
 

 

By |July 7th, 2017|Categories: Featured Post||0 Comments