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Monthly Bookseller Feature: In February, Summer and J.C. Love...

Sweep by Jonathan Auxier

Books Inc in Laurel Village runs two monthly book groups for readers 9 to 12 years old. The Adventurous Readers’ Club reads—surprise!—action and adventure books. Wild Girls Mother-Daughter Book Club is for, you guessed it, girls and their moms.

February 2019 marks a very special occurrence: both ARC and Wild Girls have chosen SWEEP: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster by Jonathan Auxier as our discussion book. It is a book packed with both emotion and tension, fact and fiction, the historical and the fantastical. It is both familiar and refreshing, classic and modern. In a word, it is wonderful.

And what is the book about, you ask?

It's been five years since the Sweep disappeared and left Nan Sparrow orphaned and alone in the stark, gritty streets of Victorian London. She is left with no other choice but to work for a ruthless man named Wilkie Crudd, spending her days sweeping out chimneys. The job is dangerous and thankless, but with her wits and will, Nan has managed to beat the deadly odds time and time again.

When Nan gets stuck in a chimney fire, she fears the end has come. Instead, she wakes to find herself unharmed in the abandoned attic of Miss Mayhew’s Seminary for Young Ladies. And she is not alone. Huddled in the corner is a mysterious creature—a golem—made from soot and ash.

Sweep is the story of a girl and her monster. Together, these two outcasts carve out a new life in the House of 100 Chimneys—saving each other in the process. Lyrically told by one of today's most powerful storytellers (Peter Nimble or The Night Gardener anyone?), Sweep is a heartrending adventure about the everlasting gifts of friendship and wonder.

Won’t you join us one of these Sundays in February? We really want to talk about this book with you!

Sincerely,

Summer & JC at Books Inc. Laurel Village

Summer and JC

 

New Review! - The Raven's Tale

 

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Teen Advisory Board Member Sophia Reviews The Raven's Tale

The Raven's Tale by Cat Winters

The Raven's Tale by Cat Winters

 

The Raven's Tale, by Cat Winters, takes a modernized, ghoulish twist on the life of revered poet and short-story author Edgar Allan Poe, who is known for his macabre and blood-chilling writing.

 After his mother dies when he is three years old, Edgar is taken in by John Allan and his wife, where he lives lamentably in a society that shuns the arts. Still, Edgar is consumed with his passion for writing, and longs for the day he will be sent to sent to the University of Virginia to escape his current life. Yet, leaving his town would mean leaving Elmira Royster, the woman he desperately wishes to marry. After a fight with his adoptive father, Edgar is confronted by his muse: a gruesome wraith he calls Lenore who threatens to disrupt the entirety of his life by revealing the darkness inside him. 

This thrilling, new novel offers an entirely different perspective of Edgar Allan Poe by personifying his muse, which is further enhanced by Winters' dazzling writing and penchant for the dark and mysterious. By taking historically accurate elements of Poe's life and combining them with imagination, a novel perfect for lovers of horror, mystery, or Edgar Allan Poe emerges.


The Raven's Tale hits shelves April 16, 2019. Preorder your copy now! 

Sherlockian Book Recommendations Based on Seasons 1 & 2 (Part 1)

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- Written by By Ava and Amanda


 

Calling all Sherlockians (especially all you Johnlock shippers)! While waiting for Sherlock Season 5, read these six novels that remind us of our favorite episodes from Season 1 & 2 (hint: we favorite all of them. We don’t have many to choose from, anyway). Part II with Season 3 & 4 coming soon!

1. A Study In Pink with THE DUKE OF BANNERMAN PREP

The Duke of Bannerman Prep by Katie al. Nelson

Both with captivating secrets, developing relationships, and a fascinating plot, A Study In Pink and THE DUKE OF BANNERMAN PREP go hand in hand. Although they take place in different settings, they somehow both share a similar aura. Tanner McKay won against Bannerman Prep’s debate team and is invited with a scholarship—and a ticket out of his life being poor. Flashy and popular, the Duke rules the school with his extravagance. However, things are not as straight-forward as they seem, and there may be secrets which can lead to their downfall.

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2.The Blind Banker with CARAVAL

 Caraval by Stephanie Garber

A mysterious night circus, mysterious codes, an elusive mastermind… are we talking about The Blind Banker or CARAVAL? Both, actually. Follow Scarlett Dragna as she receives an invitation to a once-in-a-lifetime game. To win, the contestants have five days to find Scarlett’s sister, Tella, by following clues. But Scarlett fears the worst: if she doesn’t find Tella soon, her sister will be gone forever.

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3. The Great Game with THE ECHO ROOM

The Echo Room by Parker Peevyhouse

A single text informs Sherlock that he must solve each puzzle before someone dies. Rett from THE ECHO ROOM wakes up in a dark room, then discovers a girl who says she’s named Bryn—but can he really trust her? They try escaping only to wake up in the same room with no recollection of what happened, but when they begin fitting the pieces together (shout out to Sherlock), they realize the room is not as safe as it seems—and they’re not alone…

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4. A Scandal In Belgravia with POISON’S KISS

Poison's Kiss by Breeana Shields

Isn’t it quite scandalous to kill with a single kiss? Marinda had been subjected to snake venom treatment - making her both immune and poisonous - and is a visha kanya, known as a poison maiden. She is an assassin who kills enemies of the country until they order her to kill Deven, someone who could never be who they say he is.

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5. The Hounds of Baskerville with THE HOUSE OF THE SCORPION

The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

Sherlock and John go undercover at a secretive government lab in Baskerville, discovering cloned animals and countless experiments kept from the public’s eye. Matteo Alacrán breaks out of a cottage in the land of Opium, only to discover he is a clone, and his sole purpose in life is to provide organs for El Patrón, the lord of the drug for which the land is named. Matt escapes only to be imprisoned in a labor camp, where he meets other orphaned boys and finds himself the leader of a rebellion.

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6. The Reichenbach Fall with THIS MORTAL COIL

This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

Hacking and breaking in - with some of the UK’s greatest places or with genes? Either way, everyone is sure to love THIS MORTAL COIL, where Catrina can code genes, possible in a future where people are able to change their bodies. Dr. Lachlan Agatta, Cat’s father, is the only one who could save the world from a plague but was kidnapped by an organization called the Cartaxus. Cole, a Cartaxus soldier, brings news of her father’s death with the news that he had created a vaccine before he died. Cat needs to learn who she can trust—and how to survive in this changing world.

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