Do you love dogs and puppies?!?  Check out these two new books on dogs!  They are super cute!

Puppies at six weeks!  What could be cuter?


Dogs underwater!  Crazy, funny photographs!

Award Winners!

Printz Award:  Excellence in literature for young adults:

In Darkness by Nick Lake
Summary provided by our catalog:  "In the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake, fifteen-year-old Shorty, a poor gang member from the slums of Site Soleil, is trapped in the rubble of a ruined hospital, and as he grows weaker he has visions and memories of his life of violence, his lost twin sister, and of Toussaint L'Ouverture, who liberated Haiti from French rule in the 1804."

Printz Award Honor Books:


"The White Bicycle" by Beverley Brenna (The library does not own this title yet!  Stay tuned!)


More 2012 Staff Picks!

Recommended by Sandra at Central                              Recommended by Sandra at Central



Recommended by Sandra at Central                              Recommended by Sandra at Central



Recommended by Rachel at Central

2012 Staff Picks


Recommended by Kathy D. at Central                           Recommended by Kathy D. at Central



Recommended by Genny & Kathy D. at Central           Recommended by Geoffrey at Central



Recommended by Geoffrey & Kathy D. at Central       Recommended by Kathy D. at Central



Recommended by Tiffany at Sebastopol                     Recommended by Rebecca at Central

              & Charity at Healdsburg



Recommended by Rebecca at Central                             Recommended by Genny at Central



Recommended by Nancy at Northwest                            Recommended by Kim at Northwest








Recommended by Rebecca & Kathy D. at Central    Recommended by Nancy at Northwest

                 & Tiffany at Sebastopol         





Scholarship Opportunity!

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Teen Book Review: Icefall

Icefall by Matthew Kirby

Review by:  Anna, Sonoma Valley Branch

Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby is a dramatic, keeps-you-guessing novel. During the time of the Vikings (I believe), Solveig, her brave younger brother, and her gorgeous older sister get sent with a small caravan to an ice fortress to wait while their father, a king, rages a battle in their homeland. At some point, people start to believe that there is a traitor among them, and that they’re waiting for an ambush in their so-called sanctuary. The fact that her brother will inherit the crown and beauty of her sister has always shadowed Solveig. It is during this time of suspicion and deciding where her allies lie that Solveig finds her voice and steps out of the shadows.

I really liked this book, even though it’s hard to find a book that I don’t like. There aren’t that many books about Vikings so I thought that it was an interesting storyline. It’s a common loser-turned-hero story, only better. I would recommend this to pretty much anyone. Girls would probably like it more because it’s from Solveig’s point of view but I think that boys would like any book with Vikings in it.

Gingerbread Games

The Hunger Games with Gingerbread Men? Has to be seen to be believed....


Book Spotlight: Chopsticks

Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony

Several authors are now presenting their stories through pictures and random items instead of the traditional written word.  This short mystery story is told mostly through pictures, newspaper articles and short computer messages.  It's very unique.  To find out more check out the Chopstick website.

For another book in this style check out our review of The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt.



Teen Book Review: Seraphina

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Review by Fallon D., Northwest Branch

Seraphina Dombegh has just moved out of the house and works as the court musical assistant in her hometown of Lavondaville.  But this is no ordinary land. Dragons know fold themselves into human shapes to help with ruling, and as the 40th anniversary of the peace is almost upon them, Prince Rufus is murdered and dragons are the key suspects. Seraphna and Prince Lucan Kiggs, second heir to the throne, are dragged into the mystery, and find something much bigger than they ever expected.  All the while, Seraphina is trying to hide her secret.  Her secret behind her musical talent, her secret that could cost her life.

I loved this book!!  It was extremely well written, the depth of the storyline was intriguing, ans I sincerely cared about the characters. When I saw that both Christopher Paolini ans Naomi Novik, two of my favorite authors, praised it, I had to read it.  I was  not disappointed.  Although it was a little bit confusing in the beginning and took a little while for the storyline to pick up, once it did I couldn't stop reading.  I absolutely loved the two main characters, Seraphina and Kiggs.  Seraphina herself is a flautist, and so am I, so I could really connect with her.  Seraphina was a great tale of adventure, mystery, and identity.

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