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Have You Heard About... Manga Man

…the funny-looking high school student?

Have You Heard About... Murder at the PTA

… the unpopular principal who was murdered? Laura Alden’s Murder at the PTA* is set in Wisconsin. Bookstore owner and divorced mom of two, Beth Kennedy gets talked into running for a slot on the PTA board when the school principal is murdered.

Have You Heard About... Welcome to Bordertown

…the hidden city on the border between our world and the Realm of the elves? Welcome to Bordertown, edited by Holly Black and Ellen Kushner, brings readers back to one of the first shared worlds of urban fantasy.

Have You Heard About... No Such Thing as Ghosts

… the young dragon who has had adventures with ninja frogs and giant bats? Danny Dragonbreath investigates a haunted house on Halloween night in his latest adventure – Ursula Vernon’s No Such Thing as Ghosts*. Danny, his best friend Wendell, and their classmate Christiana are out trick-or-treating when a bully challenges them to check out a spooky abandoned house.

Have You Heard About... Lobsters Scream when You Boil Them

…the screaming lobsters? This food myth is debunked in Lobsters Scream when You Boil Them: And 100 Other Myths about Food and Cooking by Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough. Lobsters don’t have vocal cords.

Have You Heard About... Old Man’s War

… the military retirement plan?  At age seventy-five, you can join the army and go to war in outer space.  That’s the basic premise of John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War*.  Despite the vast reaches of space, habitable planets are few and far between, so competition for them is fierce, and mankind must fight to defend Earth and find our own space to colonize.

Have You Heard About... A Decadent Way to Die

… the Georgia gal whose sassy southernisms and love of good chocolate and food make some great mysteries? Savannah Reid stars in A Decadent Way to Die*, the sixteenth book in the series by G. A. McKevett.

Have You Heard About... Delirium’s Party

… the “Little Endless” – childlike versions of the characters from Sandman? In Delirium’s Party* by Jill Thompson, Delirium wants to cheer up her sister Despair. She decides to throw a big party and invite all of their siblings.

Have You Heard About... Lamb

… the stories of Jesus’ life that didn’t make it into the Bible? Christopher Moore’s Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal goes far beyond the Apocrypha.

Have You Heard About... Cherries in Winter

…how to get through hard times?  In Cherries in Winter: My Family’s Recipe for Hope in Hard Times, Suzan Colón writes with candor of her family history in hard times and includes a few wonderful, old fashioned, stick-to-your-­ribs recipes.

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