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Staff Picks: Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy

October 12, 2017
Catherine

Kristin reviews Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, a new short story collection that will appeal to fans of other books by Cassandra Clare. 

Kristin says, "The New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling collection of short stories revealing the adventures of Simon Lewis as he trains to become a Shadowhunter is now available in a beautiful hardcover edition at your library! I was very excited when this book was added to our collection and for long time fans of Cassandra Clare and her intoxicating fantasy world it is sure to be an instant hit!"

Staff Picks: Before We Were Yours

October 4, 2017
Catherine

Marg Wood of the Napanee Branch of the County Libraries recently enjoyed one of the biggest new releases in historical fiction. “I love historical fiction especially when it is grounded in fact!” she says. “Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate is based on a real-life scandal that occurred in the southern states between the late 1930s and the early 1950s.

Staff Picks: Ultimatum

September 27, 2017
Catherine

Andree Duval, Relief Librarian for the County of Lennox & Addington Libraries, recently read Ultimatum by Karen Robards which she describes as a breakneck speed thriller that kept her turning pages well into the night.

Staff Picks: The Last Days of Summer

September 7, 2017
Catherine

Karen from the Bath Branch of the County of L&A Libraries recently enjoyed The Last Days of Summer by Sophie Pembroke. She says it's a "warm and engaging family drama, with a little romance, and a little humour to lighten things up."

Staff Picks: Emmy & Oliver

September 7, 2017
Catherine

Caitlyn from the Napanee Branch of the County of L&A Libraries recently enjoyed Robin Benway's Emmy & Oliver, a contemporary YA romance with heart.

Staff Picks: Scarborough

August 24, 2017
Catherine

Kelly, Coordinator of the Yarker Branch, recently enjoyed reading one of the biggest new CanLit releases, Scarborough by Catherine Hernandez.

Scarborough is the debut novel from playwright Catherine Hernandez,” Kelly explains. The book focuses on a passage of one year in the lives of community members that are associated with a literacy program at a school in Scarborough.”

Staff Picks: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

August 22, 2017
Catherine

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman has been one of the summer’s biggest surprise hits.

For a debut novel with an unassuming cover, it is very impressive that it has already been read by nearly 20,000 Goodreads members and has a 4.34/5 rating. It has also been nominated for several UK literary awards, which is doubly impressive since it’s not the standard kind of highbrow literary fiction that usually dominates this realm.

Staff Picks: Blackout

August 16, 2017
Catherine

Julie, Readers’ Services Coordinator for the County of Lennox & Addington Libraries, recently enjoyed a new thriller that looks at what would happen if a large scale blackout occurred.

“In these dog days of summer brown outs are all too common and even the occasional blackout,” says Julie. “In August of 2003, on a hot summer day the power went out across Ontario and much of the Eastern Seaboard affecting the population from hours to days in some places. Imagine if a blackout happened for Europe in the dead of winter -- Marc Elsberg’s book Blackout does just this.”

Staff Picks: Trouble is a Friend of Mine

August 4, 2017
Catherine

Caitlyn, a student Page from the Napanee Branch of the County of L&A Libraries, recently enjoyed Trouble is a Friend of Mine, a character-driven YA novel by Stephanie Tromly.

Staff Picks: The Dry

July 31, 2017
Catherine

Marg Wood of the Napanee Branch, recently enjoyed The Dry, an intriguing and page-turning thriller that was suggested to her by a patron.