Reviews and Blog Posts: adventure

Life of Pi

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  I normally don't watch movies that are based on books but the premise behind this story seemed so intriguing that I decided to give it a whirl.  The movie details the adventures of a young Indian boy called Piscine (French for swimming pool) but who goes by Pi. His...

Fortunately, the milk

by Neil Gaiman

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Dad goes out for milk so his kids can have breakfast (and, more importantly, so he can have his tea). He's gone for longer than he should be. His story involves dinosaurs, pirates, wumpires, a volcano, a hot air balloon, a time machine, and some aliens...Fortunately, he never lets go...


by Rachel Ward

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Jem is a teenager with an unusual ability.  She can look into someone’s eyes and see the date they will die.  Jem doesn’t like to look at people.  It’s too difficult to know how long they will live.

Jem has always been an outsider with a difficult life.  Jem’s mother died...

The kingdom keepers

by Ridley Pearson

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Five teens, including Finn Whitman, are hired by Disney World to be Disney hosts.  Holographic images of the teens wander Disney World interacting with park visitors.  Everything seems fine until Finn and the others start having strange, very realistic dreams of Disney World after closing.  Evil powers are at work. ...

Mirage : Napoleon's scientists and the unveiling of Egypt

by Nina Burleigh

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Napoleon Bonaparte's loss was the world's gain when a group of trained scientists followed him into Egypt. Through the scientists efforts, and sometimes life-ending dedication, they began cataloging the contributions of a little understood culture resulting in a 26 volume encyclopedia. Great read for those who like stories of discovery.

November is Thrilling!

Death of a Nightingale

If you're fan of thrillers and mysteries, November is going to be a great month for you! Place your holds on these hot books now! (and don't worry, we have other great stuff coming, too!)

Mysteries & Thrillers:

Death of a Nightingale by Lene Kaaberbol

Dust by Patricia Cornwell

King & Maxwell by David Baldacci

Mirage by Clive Cussler

Doll bones

by Holly Black

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Zach, Poppy, and Alice are best friends who share in a secret, made-up game based on collected action figures and dolls. This game is presided over by a Queen, a delicate china doll locked away in a glass cabinet. But then one night the Queen appears to Poppy in a...

Navigating Early

by Clare Vanderpool

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A new book written by Newberry winning author Clare Vanderpool.  It's 1945 and Jack's mother dies before his father returns home from war.  Jack's father decides to have him move from Kansas to Maine to attend a boarding school near the base where Jack's father is stationed.  At his new...


by Neal Stephenson

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Relocating to a mountainous and isolated corner of British Columbia, Richard Forthrast managed to both dodge the Vietnam draft and amass a small fortune by smuggling high-grade grass into the middle-of-nowhere Idaho.  By using the proceeds to develop T’Rain, a wildly popular MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game), the stage...

The National Outdoor Book Awards

Buried in the Sky

Living in Colorado, many of us enjoy being connected to the outdoors, whether we hike, ski, rock climb, or enjoy a beautiful day in a city park. When you just can't get outside, or when you want to have a virtual adventure, checking out winners of the National Outdoor Book Awards might satisfy your need for nature.

The National Outdoor Book Awards have been around since 1997, and are given out every November. The Awards are sponsored by the National Outdoor Book Foundation, the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education, and Idaho State University. They recognize excellence in outdoor writing and publishing in a number of categories, including Outdoor Literature, Natural History Literature, History/Biography, Design & Artistic Merit, Classic, Children's, Nature & Environment, Instructional, and Guidebooks.

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