New Fiction – October 2009

markedHouse of Night novels: Marked; Betrayed; Untamed; Chosen. P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast. YPB Cast.
Enter the dark, magical world of The House of Night, a world where vampyres have always existed. Sixteen-year-old Zoey Redbird has just been Marked as a fledgling vampyre and joins the House of Night, a school where she will train to become an adult vampire.

hushHush, Hush. Becca Fitzpatrick. Y Fitzpatrick.
Partnered in biology with new student Patch, 16-year-old Nora Gray starts seeing things she cannot explain. At first she’s both drawn and repelled by her lab partner, but when she sees V-shaped scars on his back, Nora learns Patch is fighting an ancient battle between the fallen and the immortal.

liarLiar. Justine Larbalestier. Y Larbalestier.
Micah freely admits that she’s a compulsive liar. Over the years she’s duped her classmates, her teachers, and her parents. But when her boyfriend dies under brutal circumstances, the shock might be enough to set her straight. Or maybe not.

enterparrotEnter the Parrot. Kiki Lon. YPB Lon.
Meet Jade, the White girl in the Wong family. On the surface, Jade fits in perfectly. But just below the surface lurks the fragrance of ginger, ginseng, and a secret kung fu society. When her crazy grandpa’s deluded parrot goes missing, Jade must dive deep into the seedy underbelly of Chinatown to find him, keeping secrets from her best friends and her cute eco-mentor, Cedric: aka the hottest guy in school. She’ll need her wits about her to solve the riddle, especially when more than one bird goes missing. Could TF, the hot Chinese guy with the washboard abs, hold the key to the mystery? One girl. One parrot. One ancient kung fu mystery. Got kung fu? – Publisher marketing

rampantRampant. Diana Peterfreund. Y Peterfreund.
Astrid has always scoffed at her eccentric mother’s stories about killer unicorns. But after one attacks her boyfriend–ruining any chance of him taking her to the prom–Astrid must head to Rome to become a unicorn hunter.

homestretchHomestretch. Paul Volponi. Y Volponi.
Five months after losing his mother, seventeen-year-old Gas runs away from an abusive father and gets a job working at an Arkansas race track, surrounded by the illegal Mexican immigrants that he and his father blame for her death.

leviathanLeviathan. Scott Westerfeld. Y Westerfeld.
On the eve of World War I, the machine-loving Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their big steam-powered Clankers. Inspired by Darwin, the British have fabricated animals into warships. Their mothership is called “Leviathan,” and she is a whale-dirigible. The first book in a brand-new trilogy by the author of the “New York Times”-bestselling Uglies series.

unclaimedUnclaimed Heart. Kim Wilkins. YPB Wilkins.
The rules for a young English woman in 1799 are simple: Obey; stay out of the way; and don’t ask questions. But Constance Blackchurch is insatiable, headstrong, and complex; and the quest to find her missing mother is too much to resist–as is Alexandre Sans-Nom, the pearl diver who steals her heart.

monstrumologistThe Monstrumologist. Rick Yancey. Y Yancey.
In 1888, twelve-year-old Will Henry chronicles his apprenticeship with Dr. Warthrop, a scientist who hunts and studies real-life monsters, as they discover and attempt to destroy a pod of Anthropophagi. This is the first book of this new series by the author of The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp series.


Zombify Yourself Photos

The “Zombify Yourself” event with Todd Debreceni went well, and we have some great photographs to share. Teens left the program sporting gruesome wounds (made with 3D prosthetic transfers and special make-up effects) on arms, necks, or faces. What they did or who they freaked out after that was up to them.

Click here for photos, but be warned: some images are super gross. More photos may be coming in the future.

More ways to Zombify yourself

zombie2Our program this Saturday will teach you how to blend with the zombie hordes in case of a zombie apocalypse. But what if you want a preview first?

Check out this Zombieland site, where you can upload your picture and make yourself into a zombie: Zombify Yourself.

After seeing what you could look like, come back to the library and learn how to make it a reality at our horror movie make-up workshop. The workshop is this Saturday, October 24, at 2:30 in the Storytime Room. Hope to see you there!

Next Program: Zombify Yourself!

smefsas-maapBecome a Zombie in time for Denver’s Zombie Crawl

This Halloween season, become a zombie with professional film special effects artist Todd Debreceni, author of Special Makeup Effects for Stage and Screen, in this interactive workshop. Watch as your friends become zombies before your eyes and choose whether to join them or remain human. Learn how to use make-up to create special effects, how to make simple gelatin wounds at home, and all about 3D prosthetic transfers. Denver’s downtown zombie parade starts at 5 p.m. —

October 24, 2:30 p.m., Storytime Room. Please register for this program by calling 303-762-2555 or stopping by the reference desk.

Twilight Fan Fiction Contest Countdown

twilightWe have a new deadline for our Twilight fan fiction contest, but the earlier you get your stories in, the better. The new deadline is Monday, November 30. There are some really cool prizes to be had, including a full hardcover set of the Twilight novels, the Twilight movie on DVD, both movie soundtracks, and even the board games. But you can’t win if you don’t enter, so e-mail your submissions to me at, or drop them off at our reference desk. We have three wonderful judges standing by!

For full rules, go here.

Attica, by Garry Kilworth

Author: Garry Kilworth
Publisher: Little, Brown
Genre: Juv/YA Fantasy
Call number: JPB Kilworth

Just like valuable antiques or meaningful mementos found buried amid junk in your attic, Attica is a rare treasure in an unassuming package, the kind you pick up without expectations and are blown away by. Seriously, I love this book.

Step-siblings Jordy, Chloe, and Alex move into a duplex they share with their crotchety landlord. He sends them into the attic in search of a lost pocket watch – one that means a lot to him – and that’s where the adventure begins. One moment they are in their normal attic, searching through piles of dusty junk, but as they move further into the space, they begin to notice strange things. No matter how long they walk, the attic never ends. The walls to either side are no longer visible. Worse, they begin to feel that they are being followed. Soon, they are stumbling across villages of wardrobes and washtubs inhabited by strange, pale people who grow their own food with hydroponics, and they traverse all manner of terrain, including forests of coat racks, hills of typewriters, plains of empty floor boards, and a lake that is the largest water tank ever. They also run into all manner of creatures. Some are humans who abandoned their normal lives for the lure of Attica and became bortrekkers, adventurers and explorers, or board combers, treasure hunters who are obsessed with collecting one particular item. Some creatures are man-made objects that, after being mistreated by humans in the normal world, have developed malevolent personalities, like the mannequins who dress up their human prey in humiliating garments and mock them before killing them. Their search for the pocket watch becomes a search for the way home, but by the time they find it, one of them may not want to return.

Click here for my review