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New Book Wednesday – Evil Librarians and Beyond

Today I’m focusing on the author Brandon Sanderson. I first became a fan years ago when I read Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians, which many of you know I consider a how-to guide for librarianship.

Mr. Wesler was intrigued when I spoke about Sanderson once because he knows him as the author who took over Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series after Jordan passed away.

In other words, Brandon Sanderson is prolific and has an incredible breadth of writing styles. And three of his books are new to our library.


First, let’s talk Alcatraz. We’ve got the final installment in the story of the kid who has a gift of breaking things, Alcatraz Versus the Shattered Lens.

Then there’s The Rithmatist. This is the first in a steampunk series. Rithmatists have the power to bring two-dimensional drawings to life. These creatures are known as Chalklings and the Rithmatists are the only ones who can defend the American Isles against Wild Chalkings. There is, of course, a young boy who admires the Rithmatists and becomes the only hope when they start disappearing. One of the Goodreads reviews said, “Brandon Sanderson just made chalk figures scary.”

Finally, the first in another series, Mistborn (also titled The Final Empire). I haven’t read this one yet, so I’m just going to quote the publisher’s blurb because they make it sound really cool, “In a world where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, an evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. The future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice. Together, can they fill the world with color once more?” Sounds intriguing.

I have a feeling I’m going to be spending some quality time with Mr. Sanderson this summer.


Winter Break Reading – Historical Fiction Edition

Winter break is coming up (just 4 more school days, but who’s counting, right?). So, it’s time to start putting together you list of books you’re going to read over the break. Today’s recommendations come from the historical fiction realm, since I know some of you are still looking for a book for Mrs. Selinsky’s next independent reading assignment.
First up is Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan. This is a fabulous steampunk revision of World War I. The story starts out, as all WWI stories do, with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. In this version of history, Ferdinand has a son, and his bodyguards whisk him away for his own protection. Meanwhile, in England, Deryn Sharpe is disguising herself as a boy to join the British Air Service. The story shifts perspective between these two until, of course, they come together. Don’t forget to add the steampunk twist where the Axis powers are the “clankers” relying on machines, and the Allies are the naturalists with floating whales. It’s a fantastic story and the first in a trilogy. Also available on CD (although the audiobook doesn’t have the fantastic illustrations).
In Katherine Marsh’s Jepp, who Defied the Stars, Jepp is a dwarf who is taken from his mother’s home to be a court jester. After he is caught trying to escape with another court dwarf, Jepp is banished to a remote island to serve a scientist. While there, Jepp learns about science, falls in love, and earns a higher place among the scholars. But he still wants to know if he can control his fate or if he is destined by his stars. I loved this story!
More suggestions to come tomorrow, but you can also check out the library’s new tumblr for additional suggestions!