Wii Gaming in March and April!

Tomorrow, Thursday, March 31, is our next Wii gaming event! We’ll be there from  about 3:45 to 5:30 ready to play. Come play Wii games, card games, and board games with your friends. Snacks will be provided.

The next gaming event will be Thursday, April 28, same time, same place. Hope to see you one of these afternoons!

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RIP Diana Wynne Jones

For those of you who haven’t heard the sad news yet, fantasy author Diana Wynne Jones, creator of one of my favorite books, Howl’s Moving Castle, passed away over the weekend. Here’s one of many well-done obituaries.

Many, many young adult and children’s authors have posted on their blogs and on Twitter honoring the memory of this amazing author, but here is one of the best, from Neil Gaiman: “Rest in Peace, Diana Wynne Jones. You shone like a star. The funniest, wisest writer & the finest friend. I miss you.”

If you haven’t discovered this author yet, I urge you to her  try. Some of her most recent and/or most well-known fantasy novels we have available in the library are Enchanted Glass, Dark Lord of Derkholm, and Howl’s Moving Castle, as well as her hilarious send-up of fantasy novel conventions, in The Tough Guide to Fantasyland.

Katniss has been cast in Hunger Games movie!

Jennifer Lawrence, from Winter’s Bone, has been cast as Katniss in the upcoming Hunger Games movie! Click here for an exclusive article about the decision at The Wrap. What do you think — is she who you envisioned?

Casting for other characters, including Peeta and Gale, is still undergoing.

February 2011 New Books

Drought, by Pam Bachorz. Y Bachorz.
Ruby’s blood holds the secret to the Water that keeps her and her fellow Congregants alive and enriches Darwin West, who has enslaved them for two centuries, but when her romance with an Overseer, Ford, brings her freedom in the modern world, she faces a terrible choice.

You Killed Wesley Payne, by Sean Beaudoin. Y Beaudoin.
When hard-boiled, seventeen-year-old private investigator Dalton Rev transfers to Salt River High to solve the case of a dead student, he has his hands full trying to outwit the police, negotiate the school’s social hierarchy, and get paid

Trickster’s Girl (Raven Duet, Book One), by Hilari Bell. Y Bell.
In the year 2098, grieving her father and angry with her mother, fifteen-year-old Kelsa joins the magical Raven on an epic journey from Utah to Alaska to heal the earth by restoring the flow of magic that humans have disrupted.

The Nascenza Conspiracy (Cassaforte Chronicles, Book Three), by V. Briceland. YPB Briceland.
Petro Divetri, younger brother to a famed sorceress, tries to avoid unwanted attention by switching identities with his best friend while in far-off Nascenza for the Midsummer rituals, but when Adrio is kidnapped Petro must rescue his friend and defeat a political plot that threatens to wipe out all of Cassaforte.

Consumed, by Kate Cann. Y Cann.
A new manager brings many changes to Morton’s Keep, capitalizing on its gothic atmosphere and history, but Rayne sees ominous signs indicating that the one thing that has not changed is the evil presence she had thought was destroyed.

Stolen, by Lucy Christopher. Y Christopher.
Sixteen-year-old Gemma, a British city-dweller, is abducted while on vacation with her parents and taken to the Australian outback, where she soon realizes that escape attempts are futile, and in time she learns that her captor is not as despicable as she first believed.

Unearthly, by Cynthia Hand. Y Hand.
Sixteen-year-old Clara Gardner’s purpose as an angel-blood begins to manifest itself, forcing her family to pull up stakes and move to Jackson, Wyoming, where she learns that danger and heartbreak come with her powers.

More new books under the cut

January 2011 New Books

Beat the Band, by Don Calame. Y Calame.
Paired with the infamous “Hot Dog” Helen for a health class presentation on safe sex, tenth-grader Coop tries to regain his cool by entering his musically challenged rock group in the “Battle of the Bands” competition.

Pathfinder, by Orson Scott Card. Y Card.
From the internationally bestselling author of Ender’s Game comes a brand-new series that draws readers into the world of Rigg. Thirteen-year-old Rigg has a secret ability to see the paths of others’ pasts, but revelations after his father’s death set him on a dangerous quest that brings new threats from those who would either control his destiny or kill him.

I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls, Book One), by Ally Carter. YPB Carter.
As a sophomore at a secret spy school and the daughter of a former CIA operative, Cammie is sheltered from “normal teenage life” until she meets a local boy while on a class surveillance mission.

Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy (Gallagher Girls, Book Two), by Ally Carter. YPB Carter.
In this follow-up to “I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You,” Carter delivers more spy-girl intrigue and romance, as trouble crops up once again for Cammie Morgan, a CIA legacy-student at Gallagher Academy, the world’s premier academy for spies.

Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover (Gallagher Girls, Book Three), by Ally Carter. YPB Carter.
Cammie Morgan arrives in Boston, where Macey’s father is about to receive the vice presidential nomination. The girls soon find themselves trapped in a kidnapping plot, in the third installment of the Gallagher Girls series.

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares, by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. Y Cohn.
Told in the alternating voices of Dash and Lily, two sixteen-year-olds carry on a wintry scavenger hunt at Christmas-time in New York, neither knowing quite what–or who–they will find.

The Miracle Stealer, by Neil Connelly. Y Connelly.
Andi Grant adores her six-year-old brother Daniel, a “miracle child” who fell down a mine shaft and survived. People regularly come to him for blessings and healings (which sometimes seem to work), and Andi is horrified by his exploitation, especially when she finds signs of a stalker around their home.

The Painted Boy, by Charles de Lint. Y De Lint.
Jay Li should be in Chicago, finishing high school and working at his family’s restaurant. Instead, as a born member of the Yellow Dragon Clan–part human, part dragon, like his grandmother–he is on a quest even he does not understand.

Bloody Valentine: A Blue Bloods novella, by Melissa De La Cruz. Y DeLaCruz.
Presents three tales of love, passion, and heartbreak featuring various Blue Blood vampires and the Red Blood humans who keep them alive, including Oliver, Allegra, and Schuyler.

The Lost Saint (Dark Divine, Book Two), by Bree Despain. Y Despain.
When Grace Divine receives a frightening phone call from her brother Jude, whom she then cannot find, she knows she must turn to her supernatural powers, even though it threatens her relationship with her boyfriend Daniel.

Enchanted Ivy, by Sarah Beth Durst. Y Durst.
A teenage girl discovers that she is the key that opens a secret gate between Princeton University and a magical realm, in this latest novel by the author of “Ice.”

Sapphique (sequel to Incarceron), by Catherine Fisher. Y Fisher.
After his escape from the sentient prison, Incarceron, Finn finds that the Realm is not at all what he expected, and he does not know whether he is to be its king, how to free his imprisoned friends, or how to stop Incarceron’s quest to be free of its own nature.

Z, by Michael Thomas Ford. Y Ford.
In the year 2032, after a virus that turned people into zombies has been eradicated, Josh is invited to join an underground gaming society, where the gamers hunt zombies and the action is more dangerous than it seems.

More new books after the cut

Hunger Games movie has release date!

The highly anticipated movie version of Suzanne Collin’s blockbuster trilogy has a release date — director Gary Ross has said it will open March 23, 2012 — and now speculation abounds on who will play the two main roles: Katniss and Peeta. No casting announcements have been made yet, but possible contenders for the role of Katniss are Hailee Steinfeld from True Grit and Jennifer Lawrence from Winter’s Bone, while I’ve heard that Alex Pettyfer has been approached to play Peeta.

What do you guys think? Who would you cast in your dream version of The Hunger Games?