Now through August 10, visit the Simon & Schuster Mortal Instruments series website to read a FREE web-only version of City of Bones and get The Mortal Instruments “Sample of the CITYs”, a free introduction to the series that includes excerpts from all three books and a Q&A with Cassandra Clare.
The series page also features a book trailer video, interview videos between Cassandra Clare and bestselling authors Holly Black and Scott Westerfeld, downloadable wallpapers, excerpts of the audio books, and much more.
Sideshow: Ten Original Tales of Freaks, Illusionists and Other Matters Odd and Magical edited by Deborah Noyes
In Sideshow: Ten Original Tales of Freaks, Illusionists and Other Matters Odd and Magical popular authors such as Vivian Vande Velde, David Almond, Margo Lanagan, Cynthia Leitich Smith and others explore the strange and varied spectrum of “freaks and marvels” that originally gained popularity through traveling circuses and carnivals (Noyes does address in the introduction how these exhibits have shifted from being popular to being seen as “cruel and exploitive”). There are stories that you would expect to be in a collection like this, ones of a Bearded Lady, a dwarf, a psychic and a swami, but there were also ones that delved a little deeper into the odd side of things. Cecil Castellucci tells a story about learning to keep alive a feisty family heirloom. Annette Curtis Klause melds together carnivals and Egyptian history in “The Mummy’s Daughter.”
While all of these stories were enjoyable, I think my favorite part was the inclusion in the collection of several comic style stories, most notably Matt Phelan’s story of a Jargo* act gone wrong.
This is a great collection for anyone with an interest in the culture of carnivals or who likes their stories a little odd and creepy.
*A Jargo act was one where two men dressed as either a horse or giraffe.
Just a reminder…
Teen Artist Cafe: Altered Books
Wednesday July 7th, 2-3:30 p.m.
Teens will break all the rules as they rip, puncture, paint, and glue old, discarded books to create masterpieces of art! The goal is to alter the book’s appearance, turning it into a new kind of artistic expression. It is one part recycling, one part creativity, and fun all over! Students entering grades 7 and up are invited. Space is limited; call the library to register. 789-1555