The Doll Graveyard by Lois Ruby
If you don’t mind creepy stories, and can leave your rational thought at the front cover, The Doll Graveyard by Lois Ruby is a great book for a rainy Saturday afternoon!
First, we have a family in turmoil (divorce) making a change (big move to inherited house) in the near countryside (Colorado) with daughter Shelby (12) and son Brian (9) protesting all the way.
Next, add in a possible haunting of not only the big house, but also two smaller houses up the road and then a very strange doll graveyard out back, and it’s time for full creep factor. One creepy problem is that the dolls won’t stay where they’re put! First they’re in the dirt, and then they’re in the attic in a doll house that’s the exact replica of the house.
Finally, toss in a possibly wicked former resident, a possible murder, and a possible wish by the dolls to do harm.
Stir in all sorts of little twists and turns, and come out with a satisfactory answering of all the questions that showed up along the way.
This was a Sequoyah Award nominee for 2017. It’s fun and quick and has a few really creepy pages!
Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt
Reading Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt is like reading an old friend. The narrative is of a story spun by Keturah in order to stave off Lord Death’s intentions in her small village. It is reminiscent of the story of Scheherazade and the One Thousand and One Arabian Nights.
Keturah is from a small village in Angleland, rich in poverty and characters. She has two very best friends, Gretta and Beatrice, who remain staunchly at her side throughout. She assists her grandmother as a midwife, but it is known that if the child or mother is going to die, Keturah absents herself from the room.
There is already an aura around her when she encounters Lord Death in the woods. She is to be taken by him, but she bargains with him – one, with a story which she must return to finish, and two – if she can find and marry her true love by day’s end, she will be allowed to live.
Each villager ultimately is touched by Keturah, including Lord Temsland’s handsome son, John, and finally, she does find her true love. The ending is sweetly predictable, but the journey is pleasant.
This is a National Book Award Finalist from a previous year, and can be found in the new book display at the front of the library.
Stitching Snow by R. C. Lewis
Stitching Snow by R. C. Lewis combines several genres to make a really good book! Lewis mixes science fiction – especially robots – romance, and government resistance to form a narrative about a hidden princess.
Essie “ran away from home” at a young age and lived on the fringes of a mining community on the planet of Thanda. She makes her spare money by cage fighting, and has earned the wary respect of most of the miners who come into contact with her. Her love and her job is robotics, with the robots sharing duties in the mines and saving lives due to her expert “stitching.” “Stitching” is how she refers to the almost mystical task of programming and rewiring the robots.
She is kidnapped/rescued by, of course, a prince in disguise, Dane. Dane is a young man of many talents, and he assumes the role of Essie’s bodyguard. And thus their adventure together begins with the goal of reuniting the four planets of this dysfunctional world into their proper whole. In the process, they have to deceive not only Essie’s (Princess Snow) father, the king, but others in the royal palace. And they have to bring to light the hidden parts of the king’s wife, Princess Snow’s evil step-mother.
Only after reading the book does the meaning of the title come clear, and Ms. Lewis has been very clever in her choice. This is an engaging book and easy to like. It was one of the 2017 Sequoyah Award nominees, and is available in our library.
—Reviews by Jan Cravens, Youth Services Assistant
You may have seen the ad in the B-Monthly magazine regarding the author’s visit to Bartlesville this week. Unfortunately, due to hurricane & flight issues, all presentations planned this week by Patricia Polacco have been postponed until Spring. She will NOT be at the Bartlesville Public Library this Friday evening.
Overdrive is a free service offered by the Library that lets you borrow e-Books and audiobooks. Learn how to search on Overdrive, and how to check out and download e-books and audiobooks. You are welcome to bring your charged and registered tablet to the class. The class will be held in the Library’s Meeting Room C.
This free class will be on September 19 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Class size is limited, so please register with the Reference desk at 918-338-4169.
Our new gazebos and picnic tables have arrived! and just in time for the lovely late summer, early fall weather. Our maintenance guys have been working hard to get them up in the south parking lot, and patrons have already started to enjoy them. Soon there will be two more on the north side of the building too, stay tuned!
Join us Monday, September 11 from 6 pm to 7 pm as we discuss ways to protect your computer and your identity while on the Internet. We’ll discuss easy actions you can take to keep you safe and avoid phishing, viruses, spyware and other malware. We’ll also talk about privacy concerns with social media, shopping online, and how to spot a scam. This class is free and open to the public and will be held in the Library’s meeting room C. For more information, please call the Reference desk at 918-338-4169.