Have You Heard About... Nimona

… the supervillain Ballister Blackheart? His new sidekick is the shapeshifter Nimona. She’s a huge fan of his villainy, but she’s actually far more bloodthirsty and amoral than he is. Lord Blackheart is an old-school anti-hero, with style and cunning plans where almost no one actually gets hurt. Ambrosius Goldenloin has been his nemesis since they were in training together at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics.

Have You Heard About... From a High Tower

… the long-haired woman living in an isolated tower in a German forest? Mercedes Lackey adapts another folktale for her Elemental Masters series* with From a High Tower. Giselle is very different from Rapunzel, however!

Have You Heard About... Hilo

… the boy with super powers? I’m sure you’ve heard of lots of different ones, but none of them are like Judd Winick’s Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth. DJ comes from a big family, and all of his siblings are amazing at something. DJ’s the kid in the middle, and he thinks he’s just sort of … boring.

Have You Heard About... My Neighbor Seki

… the serious students in Japan? My Neighbor Seki, by Takuma Morishige, certainly turns that ideal on its ear! Rumi Yokoi is a diligent student who tries to focus on her teachers. However, she is constantly being distracted by Toshinari Seki, the boy at the next desk.

Have You Heard About... Shadowshaper

… the amazing people who can give strength to spirits through their artwork? In Daniel Jose Older’s Shadowshaper, Sierra Santiago is a high school student looking forward to a relaxing summer with her friends and her art.

Have You Heard About... The Clockwork Dagger

… the Lady’s Tree, source of great healing power? Decades of war and mismanagement have given Caskentia a ruined economy, a population riddled with disease and injury, and a desperate need for medicians. Octavia Leander is a young medician with strong ties to the Lady and great healing abilities. She wants to do what she can to help the sick and injured of her homeland, but word has spread of her power. More than one group would like to control Octavia’s abilities, and someone has decided that if they can’t have her, no one will.

Have You Heard About... Everything under the Heavens

… the glories of the Silk Road? Dana Stabenow takes us back in time and around the world to 14th century Asia with Everything under the Heavens, the first book in the Silk and Song series.

Have You Heard About... Roller Girl

… the thrills (and spills) of roller derby? Astrid hadn’t until her mom took Astrid and her best friend, Nicole, out for an Evening of Cultural Enlightenment. As an ECE, roller derby is a vast improvement over the opera and the modern art gallery.

Have You Heard About... Shutter Island

… the suspicious rumors circulating around an isolated mental asylum? This forms the premise of Dennis Lehane’s classic work, Shutter Island. Two US Marshalls are sent to Shutter Island in order to investigate an escaped prisoner from a mental asylum for the criminally insane, but their investigation indicates that there is something far stranger at work here.

Have You Heard About... Harriet the Invincible

… the beautiful princess who suffers under a dreadful curse? At her christening, the princess is cursed to prick her finger and fall into a deep sleep on her twelfth birthday. You may think this story sounds familiar, but this version was written by Ursula Vernon, who looks at things … differently.

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