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Have You Heard About... Origins of the Specious

…the myths, legends, and real origins behind some of the most popular (and most reviled) words and phrases in English? Origins of the Specious: Myths and Misconceptions of the English Language by Patricia T.

Have You Heard About... Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

… twelve year old CeeCee Honeycutt? The star of Beth Hoffman’s Saving CeeCee Honeycutt has been taking care of her mom forever. Her mom still thinks she’s the 1951 Vidalia Onion Queen and carries her tiara around with her. You might say she’s lost her grip on reality.

Have You Heard About... Scary Godmother

…who can keep you safe from the things that go bump in the night? Jill Thompson’s Scary Godmother* loves things that are dark, creepy, or unusual. She’s friends with skeletons, witches, vampires, and monsters. Your scary godmother is with you when it’s scary, especially on Halloween!

Have You Heard About... Love Letters from Ladybug Farm

… the charming Ladybug Farm? Donna Ball’s Love Letters from Ladybug Farm* showcases best friends Cici, Lindsay and Bridget, all in their 50’s and former suburbanites. They are in their third year of renovating Ladybug Farm, a delightfully rundown farm/estate in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley.

Have You Heard About... Kitty Goes to War

… the werewolf named “Kitty”? She’s the main character in Kitty Goes to War* by Carrie Vaughn. Even on a good day, Kitty has her hands full with her talk-radio show, her pack, her husband, and the rest of her family and friends. Now she’s being sued by Speedy Mart for doing a show on strange events at their stores.

Have You Heard About... Is this Thing On?

…how you can use a computer, even if you aren’t a techie? “Is this Thing On?” A Computer Handbook for Late Bloomers, Technophobes and the Kicking & Screaming, by Abby Stokes, is a wonderful book for those of us who swear that we are not computer people.

Have You Heard About... Freedom

Jonathan Franzen’s best seller Freedom?

Have You Heard About... How to Train Your Dragon

… the Viking called Hiccup? In the DVD of How to Train Your Dragon, you’ll see him go from a scrawny Viking in training to the greatest dragon slayer in the history of Vikingdom. Hiccup needs to prove to his Dad, and the others of his tribe, that he is worthy of becoming a Viking.

Have You Heard About... I Shall Wear Midnight

… the Nac Mac Feegles and their big wee hag? I Shall Wear Midnight is the fourth book in Terry Pratchett’s series about Tiffany Aching and the Wee Free Men*. Tiffany is becoming well known as the witch of the Chalk, gaining the respect of her neighbors.

Have You Heard About... The Spirit Thief

… the world’s greatest thief, who can sweet-talk doors into opening for him? The Spirit Thief*, by Rachel Aaron, tells the story of Eli Monpress. He’s not just a thief; he’s also a wizard who can talk with the spirit inside anything – a campfire, a tree, the stones in a wall – and most of the time, he can con it into doing whatever he wants.

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