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Glitter Kiss

posted Nov 19, 2012, 1:59 PM by Ardis Francoeur

Glitter Kiss, by Adrianne Ambrose
Due out December 2012

Ever wish the men in your life understood what it was like to be female?  Trinka does, after finding out her secret boyfriend is talking smack about her in public.  Distraught, she takes off into the woods and runs into a practicing witch-and by practicing, I mean, literally practicing how to do magic.  Nothing much seems to happen at the time, and its only in the days that follow that we realize that Trinka's lip gloss isn't all sparkles and glitter, its magic too.   

Coming Soon

posted Nov 19, 2012, 12:40 PM by Ardis Francoeur   [ updated Nov 19, 2012, 12:41 PM ]

If We Survive, by Andrew Klavan

Will Peterson was excited about a new experience; traveling to Central America, building a school for a small village, meeting new people.  But one experience he wasn't counting on was being held prisoner by armed militants intent on toppling the government.  

The militants are angry, power-hungry, and they've already proven that they aren't afraid to kill.  Will and his group need to escape, but even if they get away from the militants, how will they get back to the US?

Pieces of Us

posted Jan 17, 2012, 4:18 PM by Ardis Francoeur

4 Teens from two different families meet every summer at their grandparents' homes in the Catskills.  Alex & Kyle are brothers with a dead father and a mother who strips to earn a living. Julie and Katie are sisters with a distant dad and a mom who's concerned only with looks.  Despite their differences, each teen looks forward to their summers with their Russian grandparents.  In the Catskills, they don't have to conform to the roles that have been set out for them, they can be whomever they choose.  Kyle looks forward to getting away from his abusive older brother.  Alex has been in love with the "pure" Katie for years and treasures his summers with her.  Katie sees Alex as the one person she can be herself with, and Julie can finally forget that she can't measure up to her sister.

But life isn't that cut and dry, and when Katie finds out the hard way that being perfect won't keep her safe, the impact affects everyone.

Pieces of Us, by Margie Gelbwasser comes out in March, 2012

Katana, by Cole Gibsen

posted Jan 12, 2012, 7:22 AM by Ardis Francoeur

For most people, getting mugged is a terrifying experience.  And it is for Rileigh too, only not for the reasons you'd expect.  For Rileigh, the entire experience is muddled, but everyone is telling her that she went all Chuck Norris on not just one, but three muggers.  For a skater-girl like Rileigh, this is unbelievable.  

Soon, however, the unbelievable becomes her reality, and Rileigh learns that some very bad people have taken a keen interest in her newfound skills.  In order to survive, Rileigh must learn to deal with her new abilities.   With the help of some new friends, and one very good-looking martial arts instructor, Rileigh takes the first steps from skater-girl to bad-ass.

Katana, by Cole Gibsen comes out in March 2012.

Crogan's Loyalty

posted Dec 20, 2011, 12:48 PM by Ardis Francoeur

Telling the tale of yet another branch of the Crogan family tree, Crogan's Loyalty, 3rd in a series by Chris Schweitzer, delves into the start of the Revolutionary War.  Here we meet Charles and William Crogan, two brothers fighting on opposites sides of the war.  Schweizer takes us on a quick woodland adventure involving pretty girls, angry native Americans, Hessians, and big guns.  

Crogan's Vengeance & Crogan's March can be found in the Graphic Novel Section.  Crogan's Loyalty will be released on June 6, 2012

The Last Dragon

posted Dec 6, 2011, 1:18 PM by Ardis Francoeur

Once upon a time, dragons roamed the earth, but for 200 years or more, they'd been extinct.  Or so people thought.  
Tansy lives in a remote village  where she's the daughter of a healer. He's taught her much of his work, so when she's out gathering herbs she instantly recognizes the crop of Dragonsbane.  The only problem is that Dragonsbane only grows when a dragon is nearby.  And dragons are extinct, aren't they?
Soon its evident that dragons are clearly NOT extinct and the little village of Meddlesome needs a hero.
This graphic novel by fantasy superstar Jane Yolen, and artist Rebecca Guay is a stunner and a great fairy tale with a twist.
Available soon at the Library.


posted Dec 6, 2011, 12:47 PM by Ardis Francoeur   [ updated Dec 6, 2011, 3:04 PM ]

Savannah doesn't understand why her best friend growing up, Tristan, doesn't talk to her anymore.  Nor does anyone else in his family.  She's a nice girl, smart, good-looking, so why, when they do acknowledge her existence, do they go out of their way to be mean?
Then one day Savannah gets sick. REALLY sick.  In bed for weeks sick.  And when she finally gets out of bed, her whole world changes.  She understands why the kids in Tristan's family, the Clann, are told to stay away from her. She understands that she is a creature like none on earth.  And she understands that the love she feels for Tristan, and he feels for her, is forbidden.
Crave, by Melissa Darnell is available now at the Library

New Girl

posted Dec 6, 2011, 12:01 PM by Ardis Francoeur   [ updated Dec 6, 2011, 3:03 PM ]

The "New Girl" is Callie, just starting her senior year at a prestigious New Hampshire prep school, after spending the previous three years in her hometown high school in Florida.  She's never seen snow, never lived in dorm, and never met the girl who's place she's taking.  Becca was only at Manderley for one year, but she made quite an impression- one that was cemented upon her disappearance.  She left behind two confused boys, a broken-hearted and disturbed roommate, and several devoted followers.  
How could Callie ever hope to live up to the legacy that gorgeous Becca left behind?  Simple, she can't.
New Girl by Paige Harbison comes out on January 31, 2012.


posted Sep 19, 2011, 9:36 AM by Ardis Francoeur

Slayers, by C. J. Hill comes out on the 27th of this month.

Tori is just your average girl, rich, gorgeous, athletic, and a dragon slayer.  Yes, she's hit the genetic jackpot, along with a select few she meets at camp.  Only, Tori doesn't know she's a Slayer, and thinks this is just another summer camp, albeit one which is based around a love of dragons.  She can't figure out why everyone is looking at her funny, or why other campers keep testing her on her archery or skeet-shooting skills...

It doesn't take long before the truth is revealed to Tori and in a big way.  The question is, will she accept her responsibility?  Or go back to being a pampered princess?

A dragon book with a unique spin, this book is a lot of fun.

Saving June

posted Sep 19, 2011, 8:53 AM by Ardis Francoeur

Harper Scott is the baby sister, the disappointment, and she's okay with that:  Her older sister June is the flawless one- the pride and joy of not only their parents, but of the entire school.  Harper learned her place in the family a long time ago and never tried to compete.  So when she finds her sister's body in her parked car, running and locked in the garage, she's shocked.  She can't understand why her perfect sister with her perfect life would commit suicide.

So she's upset, angry, and sad when she decides to steal her sister's ashes and take them to California (where her sister had always dreamed of living) to say goodbye properly.  Along with her best friend, and a mysterious boy she encounters at June's funeral, Harper strikes out across the country, learning more about her sister, and herself, along the way.

Saving June, by Hannah Harrington is out on November 22nd.  

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