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Have You Heard About... The White Devil

… the spectacularly spooky English ghost story?  The White Devil by Justin Evans follows the story of seventeen-year-old Andrew Taylor, who is sent to a British boarding school for his last year before college.  But it proves to be a tough adjustment, as Andrew’s classmates succumb to a mysterious epidemic as soon as he steps foot on campus, and Andrew begins having fri

Have You Heard About... The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb

…Vinnie Bump? In Melanie Benjamin’s The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb you’ll find out how the amazing Mercy Lavinia ‘Vinnie’ Warren Bump came to knock the Civil War off the front pages of the newspaper. This tiny, 2 ft.

Have You Heard About... Loving What Is

… how not to listen to the voice in your head? Here at the Waukegan Public Library, the staff has been undergoing a series of trainings on compassion. So far, we have focused on defining compassion and how to have compassion for each other. This month, the focus was on having compassion on ourselves. We have asked each other (and ourselves), “How are you doing?” wanting and receiving REAL answers.

Have You Heard About... One Cool Friend

… the dapper little boy and his best friend? One Cool Friend, by Toni Buzzeo and David Small, tells the story of a very proper boy who makes an unusual friend during a trip to the aquarium.

Have You Heard About... Hexes and Hemlines

… the latest cozy urban fantasy mystery that has a gobgoyle in it? The newest book by Juliet Blackwell, Hexes and Hemlines*, gives us more of a glimpse into the past of Lily Ivory, the owner of Aunt Cora’s Closet, a vintage clothing shop in the San Francisco area.

Have You Heard About... I Will Not Read this Book

… the little boy who would find any reason he could not to read a book? In I Will Not Read this Book by Cece Meng, a little boy will do anything he can think of to avoid reading a book. He has to clean under his bed and feed his fish. He will not read this book even if you hang him upside down, by one toe, while you tickle his feet, in a rainstorm.

Have You Heard About... Tempest in the Tea Leaves

… the cute new psychic in town? In Kari Townsend’s latest, the first in the Fortune Teller Mystery series, Sunny Meadows lives in an old Victorian house that she’s named Vicky. She has also inherited a cat named Morty who seems to have a certain “something” about him. Amanda Robbins, the town librarian, has come to Sunny to see what the future holds for her.

Have You Heard About... Calico Dresses and Buffalo Robes

… the clothing worn in the Wild West? Calico Dresses and Buffalo Robes*, by Katherine Krohn, looks at clothing and fashion in the American West from the 1840s to the 1890s. It covers everyone from Native Americans to cowboys and farmers to city slickers, with brief mentions of non-European immigrants and the military.

Have You Heard About... One Salt Sea

… changeling private investigator, October Daye? In Seanan McGuire’s One Salt Sea*, Toby discovers the lengths that people will reach to start a war. Someone in the fae community is trying to start a war between the land and the sea by kidnapping the Undersea Duchess of Saltmist’s two sons and implicating the Queen of the Mists in the crime.

Have You Heard About... The Great American Cookbook

… the cookbook that collects favorite foods from every state in the union? The Great American Cookbook by Clementine Paddleford has 500 time-tested recipes. Little stories throughout each state tell of how some of the recipes came to be. Ever hear of “Zimtsterne,” commonly known as Cinnamon Stars or Potato Kugel? Both are favorites in Illinois.

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