Mixed Ages

The Color Monster

One day, Color Monster wakes up feeling very confused. His emotions are all over the place; he feels angry, happy, calm, sad and scared all at once! To help him, a little girl shows him what each feeling means through color. As this adorable monster learns to sort and define his mixed up emotions, he gains self-awareness and peace as a result. Caregivers will enjoy sharing this concept book that taps into both socio-emotional growth and color concepts in a simple, friendly way.

The Color Monster

Anna Llenas
Ej Lle

One day, Color Monster wakes up feeling very confused. His emotions are all over the place; he feels angry, happy, calm, sad and scared all at once! To help him, a little girl shows him what each feeling means through color. As this adorable monster learns to sort and define his mixed up emotions, he gains self-awareness and peace as a result. Caregivers will enjoy sharing this concept book that taps into both socio-emotional growth and color concepts in a simple, friendly way.

"This book associates monsters' colors with emotions. It is a fantastic way for preschoolers (and adults) to explore their feelings in a fun, easily understood way. Black: 'This is fear. It hides and runs away like a mouse in the night. When you're afraid, you feel tiny. You think you don't have the courage to face the shadows. But I can help you find your way.'"—Mandy H., Communications & Marketing Manager

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Madame Blavatsky: The Mother of Modern Spirituality

Chronicles the life of the cofounder of the Theosophical Society, examining her legacy and the controversy surrounding her.

Madame Blavatsky: The Mother of Modern Spirituality

Gary Lachman
921 Blavatsky Lac

Chronicles the life of the cofounder of the Theosophical Society, examining her legacy and the controversy surrounding her.

"Madame Blavatsky (1831-1891) was a Russian occultist, philosopher, author, feminist, and gifted psychic. She was fluent in several languages, traveled worldwide, including Tibet and was/is extremely controversial. The author, Gary Lachman was a bassist for the band Blondie and has authored many metaphysical books. Blavatsky is one of the most fascinating persons I've ever read about. She was very brave and outspoken and I find her life journey very inspiring."—Ruth G., Cataloger

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The Silmarillion

The tales of The Silmarillion were the underlying inspiration and source of J.R.R. Tolkien's imaginative writing; he worked on the book throughout his life but never brought it to a final form. Long preceding in its origins The Lord of the Rings, it is the story of the First Age of Tolkien's world, the ancient drama to which characters in The Lord of the RIngs look back and in which some of them, such as Elrond and Galadriel, took part.

The Silmarillion

J.R.R. Tolkien
SF Tolkien
Series: The Lord of the Rings

The tales of The Silmarillion were the underlying inspiration and source of J.R.R. Tolkien's imaginative writing; he worked on the book throughout his life but never brought it to a final form. Long preceding in its origins The Lord of the Rings, it is the story of the First Age of Tolkien's world, the ancient drama to which characters in The Lord of the RIngs look back and in which some of them, such as Elrond and Galadriel, took part.

"This book is the history of Middle-Earth and details the battles, quests, victories, and defeats that shaped this epic world. I love this book because it answered all the questions I had about Middle-Earth and dove deeply into the epic events that shaped this world, when the elves, dwarves, and other peoples of Middle-Earth were at the height of their power, fighting the forces of darkness."—Sam O., Teen Librarian

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My Favorite Thing is Monsters, Book One

Set against the tumultuous political backdrop of late 1960s Chicago, and narrated by 10-year-old Karen Reyes, Monsters is told through a fictional graphic diary employing the iconography of B-movie horror imagery and pulp monster magazines. As the precocious Karen Reyes tries to solve the murder of her beautiful and enigmatic upstairs neighbor, Anka Silverberg, a holocaust survivor, we watch the interconnected and fascinating stories of those around her unfold.

My Favorite Thing is Monsters, Book One

Emil Ferris
Ferris
Series: My favorite thing is monsters

Set against the tumultuous political backdrop of late 1960s Chicago, and narrated by 10-year-old Karen Reyes, Monsters is told through a fictional graphic diary employing the iconography of B-movie horror imagery and pulp monster magazines. As the precocious Karen Reyes tries to solve the murder of her beautiful and enigmatic upstairs neighbor, Anka Silverberg, a holocaust survivor, we watch the interconnected and fascinating stories of those around her unfold.

"So many authentic characters and stories intertwine from past and present. The artwork varies from simpler comic to intricate recreations of masterpieces and hits on multiple topics dealing with prejudice."—Laura W., Senior Information Assistant

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On A Sunbeam

In two interwoven timelines, a ragtag crew travels to the deepest reaches of space, rebuilding beautiful, broken structures to piece the past together; and two girls meet in boarding school and fall deeply in love, only to learn the pain of loss.

"Beautiful art and colors portray a 'space story' of navigating love, loss, and identity."—Laura W., Senior Information Assistant

On A Sunbeam

Tillie Walden
GN Walden On A Sunbeam

In two interwoven timelines, a ragtag crew travels to the deepest reaches of space, rebuilding beautiful, broken structures to piece the past together; and two girls meet in boarding school and fall deeply in love, only to learn the pain of loss.

"Beautiful art and colors portray a 'space story' of navigating love, loss, and identity."—Laura W., Senior Information Assistant

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Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale

A trip to the laundromat leads to a momentous occasion when Trixie, too young to speak words, realizes that something important is missing and struggles to explain the problem to her father.

"This book is a favorite for the way it integrates photographs and illustrations to so wonderfully portray the everyday life of a family with a young child. It also realistically and humorously depicts the panic a parent also experiences when a beloved stuffed animal friend goes missing!"—Lisa C., Strategist

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale

Mo Willems
Ej Wil
Series: Knuffle Bunny

A trip to the laundromat leads to a momentous occasion when Trixie, too young to speak words, realizes that something important is missing and struggles to explain the problem to her father.

"This book is a favorite for the way it integrates photographs and illustrations to so wonderfully portray the everyday life of a family with a young child. It also realistically and humorously depicts the panic a parent also experiences when a beloved stuffed animal friend goes missing!"—Lisa C., Strategist

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Communing With The Divine: A Clairvoyant's Guide To Angels, Archangels and the Spiritual Hierarchy

In their newest book, the authors explore the sacred art of communing with celestial beings. Reading of Martin's extensive direct clairvoyant experiences, this book will teach you to work closely with angels, archangels, and other divine beings who guide you in day-to-day living and help you achieve your destiny. You will learn how to strengthen your intuitive powers and hear what the divine is telling you, and thrill to accounts of Martin's compelling personal encounters with celestial beings and her eye-opening encounters with dark spirits.

Communing With The Divine: A Clairvoyant's Guide To Angels, Archangels and the Spiritual Hierarchy

Barbara Y. Martin and Dimitri Moraitis
202.15 Mar

In their newest book, the authors explore the sacred art of communing with celestial beings. Reading of Martin's extensive direct clairvoyant experiences, this book will teach you to work closely with angels, archangels, and other divine beings who guide you in day-to-day living and help you achieve your destiny. You will learn how to strengthen your intuitive powers and hear what the divine is telling you, and thrill to accounts of Martin's compelling personal encounters with celestial beings and her eye-opening encounters with dark spirits. Communing with the Divine is a practical training manual and an inspirational guide, with full-color illustrations of celestial beings and their auric composition. In it, you will discover: various types of angels, including joy guides, teaching angels, and guardian angels ; techniques to call on Michael, Gabriel, Uriel, Raphael, and other archangels ; ways in which leaders of the spiritual hierarchy influence your life ; the nature of evil and the importance of spiritual protection ; keys to psychic and spiritual visions and clairvoyance ; meditation tools to access celestial realms with more than fifty meditative prayers that call on Divine Light and celestial beings for wisdom, love, prosperity, healing, peace, guidance, inspiration, and much more.

"This nonfiction book has expanded my consciousness and improved my life. I have been attending classes with these authors for since 2012 and their credibility is impeccable and their knowledge is true and deep."—Ruth G., Cataloger

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Through a Life

This powerfully silent graphic novel follows the saga of a boy who grows up to be an astronaut, just like he always wanted, until a fatal space shuttle crash upends his life, and he begins to find solace in beauty here on earth. Told through a series of poignant vignettes, Through A Life is a sweeping story of dreams, expectations, nature, and loss. Rodney spends his life looking through.—Amazon.com

Through a Life

Tom Haugomat
GN Haugoma Through A Life

This powerfully silent graphic novel follows the saga of a boy who grows up to be an astronaut, just like he always wanted, until a fatal space shuttle crash upends his life, and he begins to find solace in beauty here on earth. Told through a series of poignant vignettes, Through A Life is a sweeping story of dreams, expectations, nature, and loss. Rodney spends his life looking through.—Amazon.com

"A lovely graphic novel that conveys its story and emotion without dialogue. It follows one person's lifelong aspirations to reach far beyond their immediate surroundings. Dreamers and curious minds will find a little bit of themselves in this book's protagonist. A quick read to be filed under 'mono no aware.'"—Foster G., Senior Information Assistant

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The Snow Child

Alaska, 1920 is a brutal place to homestead, and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. They are childless and are drifting apart. He is breaking under the weight of the work of the farm and she is crumbling from loneliness and despair. In a moment of levity during the season's first snowfall, they build a child out of snow. The next morning the snow child is gone—but they glimpse a young, blonde-haired girl running through the trees. This little girl, who calls herself Faina, seems to be a child of the woods.

The Snow Child

Eowyn Ivey
Ivey

Alaska, 1920 is a brutal place to homestead, and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. They are childless and are drifting apart. He is breaking under the weight of the work of the farm and she is crumbling from loneliness and despair. In a moment of levity during the season's first snowfall, they build a child out of snow. The next morning the snow child is gone—but they glimpse a young, blonde-haired girl running through the trees. This little girl, who calls herself Faina, seems to be a child of the woods. She hunts with a red fox at her side, skims lightly across the snow, and somehow survives alone in the Alaskan wilderness. As Jack and Mabel struggle to understand this child who could have stepped from the pages of a fairy tale, they come to love her as their own daughter. But in this beautiful, violent place things are rarely as they appear, and what they eventually learn about Faina will transform all of them.

"I loved the fantasy and magical aspect of this story which made it a thoroughly pleasurable reading experience!"—Leanne Z., Administrative Coordinator

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Wired

A beautiful computer hacker and a bad-boy FBI agent must collaborate—in more ways than one—in the sizzling new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood. Allison Trent doesn't look like a hacker. In fact, when she's not in college working on her degree, she models on the side. But behind her gorgeous face is a brilliant mind for computers and her real love is writing—and hacking—code. Her dream is to write a new security program that could revolutionize the tech industry. Hotshot FBI agent Liam Scott has a problem: a leak deep within his own department.

Wired

Julie Garwood
Garwood

A beautiful computer hacker and a bad-boy FBI agent must collaborate—in more ways than one—in the sizzling new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood. Allison Trent doesn't look like a hacker. In fact, when she's not in college working on her degree, she models on the side. But behind her gorgeous face is a brilliant mind for computers and her real love is writing—and hacking—code. Her dream is to write a new security program that could revolutionize the tech industry. Hotshot FBI agent Liam Scott has a problem: a leak deep within his own department. He needs the skills of a top-notch hacker to work on a highly sensitive project: to secretly break into the FBI servers and find out who the traitor is. But he can't use one of his own. He finds the perfect candidate in Allison. Only, there's one problem—she wants nothing to do with his job and turns him down flat. What Liam doesn't know is that Allison is hiding secrets that she doesn't want the FBI to uncover. But Liam will do nearly anything to persuade her to join his team, even break a few rules if that's what it takes. A temptation that could put his job—and both of their futures—on the line.—Provided by publisher.

"Actually I love all of her books. She once said that she wanted her readers to laugh and cry and to fall in love. Her books are full of family, loyalty, honor. Throw in humor and suspense and some historical or modern times...and you have an adventure. Wired is a good read if you enjoy all above mentioned."—Brenda S., Admin. Office Assist.

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