Saturday in the Park

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Did you catch the awesome article about Dawson’s Lego creation, “Saturday in the Park”? It really is something and we are so pleased to host it at the Library through June. You can catch the Saturday in the Park, but here are some highlights:

“The park displays are enchanting, from kids on a seesaw and canoeists paddling down a river, to a zipline, climbing wall, a swing, a merry-go-round, a golfer, an angler and a “man selling ice cream” (just like that old song by the group Chicago, Saturday in the Park, which, by the way, Dawson does not yet know).”

We are so proud to showcase Dawson and his talents. Thank you to the Conway Daily Sun for the fantastic article.

Book Review: The Darkest Path

The Darkest Path
by Jeff Hirsch
YA F HIR

Civil war has torn the U.S. apart, with Federal forces trying to prevent a complete take-over of the country by the militant Glorious Path. Callum and his brother James were captured by The Path six years ago, and in order to survive, they had to pledge them their loyalty. Despite certain death if they fail, and the increased fighting in California, Cal now believes it is time to escape the clutches of the “beacons.” This page-turner is filled with action and suspense from start to finish! Fans of The Eleventh Plague won’t want to miss this new book by Jeff Hirsch.

Book Review: The Shadow Hero

The Shadow Hero
by Gene Luen Yang
YA F YAN (Graphic Novel)

Crime is running rampant in the neighborhoods around where Hank lives with his parents. His father must pay a monthly bribe to the local thugs to keep his shop open. His mother, meanwhile, wants her son to become more than just a shopkeeper and sews him a superhero costume. What ensues is an action-packed adventure as Hank tries to stand up for his father, face the discrimination piled on Asian Americans of the 1930s and understand his connections to his parents’ homeland, China, and the mysterious powers that brings him. The graphic novel format of this tale works well as the images are alive and captivating.

Book Review: The Fortunes of Indigo Skye

The Fortunes of Indigo Skye
by Deb Caletti
YA F CAL

Have you ever wondered what you would do if you suddenly came into possession of 2.5 million dollars? Enter Indigo Skye. She’s 18 and about to graduate from high school. She loves her job waitressing at a small local diner and can’t think of doing anything else. She lives with her mom, brother and sister near Seattle, and even though money is tight, life is pretty good. She can’t imagine that anything would change who she is. But this resolve is tested when she receives an unbelievable tip from a customer and she begins to face choices she never imagined possible.

Book Review: Infinite Sky

Infinite Sky
by C.J. Flood
YA F FLO

Iris is still struggling with her mother’s abandonment of the family when a gypsy caravan squats on a piece of her family’s property. Meanwhile, her father is spending more and more time in the pub, while her brother, Sam, has started hanging out with a rough and unpleasant group of local kids. Only Trick, the gypsy, seems to understand and listen to her, and despite her father’s warnings, she is drawn to him. Iris watches helplessly as the tensions between her family and the gypsies escalate and tempers boil out of control. Is there nothing she can do to avert the oncoming disaster?

Book Review: Half Bad

Half Bad
By Sally Green
YA F GRE

A gripping fantasy page-turner right from the start! Set in contemporary England, this story revolves around the struggle between the white and black witches who live, unrecognized, among the general population. Told from the point of view of Nathan, a “half code” who’s mother is a white witch and father a black one, nothing is as simple as it seems. At seventeen he is trapped, beaten, and kept in a cage like a wild animal in an attempt to determine his true characteristics. There’s plenty of action in this first-of-a-trilogy book, and you will be eager to get your hands on the next installment, “Half Wild,” due out in March 2015.

Book Review: The Screaming Staircase

by Jonathan Stroud
YA F STR

YA readers, do not be fooled by the light tone of this book, it is one scary tale and a must read for fans of horror stories. This story takes place in a time when ghosts wander around freely at night, and it is only children and teens who are able to detect them before it’s too late. Enter Lockwood & Co., a company of three teens set on tackling the fiercest ghouls of all in what will be a terrifying adventure full of unexpected twists and turns. But beware, it is a chilling and scary tale – best not to read it at night!

Book Review: In the Shadows

In the Shadows by Kiersten White (text); Jim Di Bartolo (illustrations).

Creepy and mysterious, this tale is not to be missed! Told in two parallel stories, one in words and one in illustrations, tightly woven together and perfectly complimenting each other. The written story, set in a coastal Maine town of long ago, is about five teenagers. The other story, told only in illustrations, depicts the search for evil across many continents and many years. Take your time, you will want to flip back and forth between tales.

Book Review: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Tana’s world is inhabited by both humans and vampires, living in an uneasy and delicate balance. The vampires are quarantined, along with some unlucky human inhabitants, in old, derelict cities called Coldtowns. Most other people live in relative safety outside the walls. But life can change suddenly, and Tana finds herself on the run after a party that ends in bloodshed. Riveting and intriguing, you don’t want to miss this tale that casts a new light on human and vampire coexistence.