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Have You Heard About... The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

… the ten year old girl who solves a murder before the police do? C. Alan Bradley’s cozy mystery novel, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, introduces us to Flavia de Luce, one of the most precocious and inventive heroines in recent literary memory.

Have You Heard About... Otherbound

… the Dunelands and Alinean Islands in the Gray Sea? Neither has anyone else in Nolan’s world, but he can’t get away from them. Every time he closes his eyes — to sleep, to rest, even just to blink — he is transported from his own life in Arizona to that of Amara, a slave on another world. Nolan has no control over what Amara does or sees or thinks, but he shares her thoughts, sees through her eyes, and feels all of her pain and pleasure. He would do anything to be free of her, and she doesn’t even know that he exists.

Have You Heard About... The Winter People

… the haunted woods in the middle of Vermont? West Hall, Vermont, was the home of the mysterious Sara Harrison Shea, who was found dead just months after the tragic death of her beloved daughter, Gertie. Sara’s presence lives on as a local legend, but the legend suddenly becomes more real when nineteen-year-old Ruthie discovers Sara’s diary under the floorboards of her house.

Have You Heard About... The Shadow Hero

… the Green Turtle, hero of Chinatown? His origin story is the focus of Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew’s The Shadow Hero. As the son of Chinese immigrants in the early 20th century, Hank never really wanted to be a superhero.

Have You Heard About... The Troop

… the horror novel that scared the living daylights out of Stephen King?

Have You Heard About... The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons

… the wonders of the human brain? Sam Kean brings us another great nonfiction book, The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons: The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness, and Recovery. While scientists can learn a lot about most of our bodies by studying other animals, some aspects of the human brain (and mind) are unique.

Have You Heard About... Bird Box

… the horror novel that preys upon our fear of the unknown?

Have You Heard About... Half-Off Ragnarok

… the family of cryptozoologists and some-time monster hunters? With Half-Off Ragnarok, Seanan McGuire’s InCryptid* series shifts focus to Verity’s brother Alexander Price.

Have You Heard About... I Remember You

… the book that’s part compelling Scandinavian crime thriller, part creepy-as-hell ghost story?

Have You Heard About... The Cat with Seven Names

… the cat who brought together a neighborhood? In The Cat with Seven Names, Tony Johnston and Christine Davenier introduce us to a very social cat. He seems to be a stray as he goes to different houses and apartments begging for food.

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