Monday, November 30, 2015


Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson takes on the story of Peter Pan before he meets Wendy.  When Tiger Lily and Peter Pan meet they quickly form a lasting bond.  However, when Wendy Darling arrives, Tiger Lily will discover how far she is willing to go in order to keep Peter with her in Neverland.  This retelling of Peter Pan is told from the perspective of Tinkerbell as she watches everything unfold.

Want more Jodi Lynn Anderson?  Here is a list of her novels:
The Vanishing Season
The Secrets of Peaches
Love and Peaches
Tiger Lily

Did you love Tiger Lily?  You may like one of these similar works too!

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
Enchanted by Althea Kontis
Green Angel by Alice Hoffman
Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama
The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
In the Time of Dragon Moon by Janet Lee Carey

And, if you are looking for more Peter Pan retellings, you may find something you like listed below.

The Child Thief by Brom

Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry
Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen
Tigerheart by Peter David

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Monday, November 23, 2015


The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 is now in theaters!  We've seen plenty of people reading and rereading Suzanne Collins' Mockingjay in order to get ready for the movie release.  But, now that the movie series is over, what will you read next?

If you haven't read The Hunger Games yet, place a hold on the books today!
1. The Hunger Games
2. Catching Fire
3. Mockingjay

If you loved The Hunger Games trilogy, then you may enjoy some of these series too.

Divergent by Veronica Roth
1. Divergent
2. Insurgent
3. Allegiant

Matched by Ally Condie
1. Matched
2. Crossed
3. Reached

The Maze Runner by James Dashner
1. The Maze Runner
2. The Scorch Trials
3. The Death Cure

Seven Kingdoms Trilogy by Kristin Cashore
1. Graceling
2. Fire
3. Bitterblue

The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
1. Clockwork Angel
2. Clockwork Prince
3. Clockwork Princess

The Lunar Chronicles
1. Cinder
2. Scarlet
3. Cress
4. Winter
**Fairest is an additional novel to this series.

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
1. Uglies
2. Pretties
3. Specials
4. Extras

The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry
1. The Giver
2. Gathering Blue
3. Messenger
4. Son

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia
1. Beautiful Creatures
2. Beautiful Darkness
3. Beautiful Chaos
4. Beautiful Redemption

Book of Ember series by Jeanne DuPrau
1. City of Ember
2. The People of Sparks
3. The Prophet of Yonwood
4. The Diamond of Darkhold

Shadow Children series by Margaret Peterson Haddix
1. Among the Hidden
2. Among the Imposters
3. Among the Betrayed
4. Among the Barons
5. Among the Brave
6. Among the Enemy
7. Among the Free

Birthmarked by Caragh O'Brien
1. Birthmarked
2. Prized
3. Promised

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Monday, November 16, 2015


The Eager Free Public Library is participating in the Big Read, and our book discussion will take place on Tuesday, November 17th.  This year's book is My Antonia by Willa Cather.  My Antonia is a classic American novel written in the early 1900s.  This book tells the story of an immigrant woman's life in Nebraska and is told through Jim Burden's reflections on his childhood friend Antonia Shimerda.

Willa Cather is the author of numerous novels, short fiction, poetry, and collected writings.  A list of her novels is below.

Alexander's Bridge
O Pioneers!
The Song of the Lark
My Antonia
One of Ours
A Lost Lady
The Professor's House
My Mortal Enemy
Death Comes for the Archbishop
Shadows on the Rock
Lucy Gayheart
Sapphira and the Slave Girl

If you enjoyed reading My Antonia, you may like some of these similar works:

The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman
Close Range by Annie Proulx
Ahab's Wife, or the Star Gazer by Sena Jeter Naslund
Comanche Moon by Larry McMurtry
Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
Possession by A.S. Byatt
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
The Tie That Binds by Kent Haruf

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Monday, November 9, 2015


It's time to start thinking about the December Book Club pick!  Next month we will be reading and discussing Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe.  Chinua Achebe was the author of numerous novels, children's books, short stories, poetry, and essays.  Things Fall Apart was his first novel and was written in the late 1950s.  This novel tells two stories, both focusing on Okonkwo, a man of an Ibo village in Nigeria.

Chinua Achebe's Novels:
Things Fall Apart
No Longer at Ease
Arrow of God
A Man of the People
Anthills of the Savannah
Chike and the River

Achebe's Children's Books:

How the Leopard Got His Claws
The Flute
The Drum

Works similar to Things Fall Apart:
Lyrics Alley by Leila Aboulela
Say You're One of Them by Uwem Akpan
Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Inheritors by William Golding
A Bend in the River by V.S. Naipaul
Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko
The Good Earth by Pearl Buck
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu

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Monday, November 2, 2015


Sharon Creech was a favorite author of mine when I was growing up, and I am happy to say that she is still writing today!  And, it is always good to remember that you are never too old to read children's books.

Sharon Creech grew up in Ohio and now lives in Maine with her husband.  She has written 19 books, and she plans on writing more.  If you are interested in learning more about this author, you can visit her website:

Enjoy one of her books today!

Picture Books:
A Fine, Fine School
Fishing in the Air
Who's That Baby?

Absolutely Normal Chaos
The Wanderer
Walk Two Moons
The Boy on the Porch
The Unfinished Angel
Ruby Holler
The Castle Corona
Chasing Redbird
Pleasing the Ghost
Granny Torrelli Makes Soup
The Great Unexpected
Love That Dog
Hate That Cat

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