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Rust: Visitor in the Field / Royden Lepp PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 March 2015 00:00

altA beautiful mix of the familiar and future come together in the first volume of Royden Lepp’s graphic novel series Rust.  The first volume unwraps a very intriguing past that involved war and the rise of robotics and machinery.  Then you meet Roman, a farmer and a tinkerer, who runs into one of the great machines of the past and Jet Jones out in his field.  Jet Jones isn’t your average guy. He flies around with a jet pack.   Jet and Roman have to use all their tricks to bring the massive beast machine down.

Rust: Visitor in the Field has action and little by little pieces the past unfold as you work through the story and graphics. But everything is still clouded in mystery. Who are these characters, really? What lies in each one of their pasts? Each little bit gets the reader more intrigued and the ending leaves you wanting to grab the next volume to figure who or what Jet Jones really is. 

 

(Renee, the Loft)

 
 
Tomboy / Liz Prince PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 15 March 2015 14:07

Cover image for TomboyLiz Prince's autobiographical graphic novel, Tomboy, tells the story of her childhood in New Mexico dealing with the obstacles of not conforming to the norm when it comes to gender expression. Her story is filled with romance, heartbreak, betrayal, humor, curiosity and growth as she stumbles through bullying and friendships, Catholic private school to the punk DIY scene. Prince does a great job of exposing readers to a nuanced perspective on gender performance without alienating the reader or drifting into too-academic territory. There was so much to relate to in her story of struggling to be accepted on her own terms, and navigating the space in between what girls and boys are "supposed to be". Prince is able to capture an emotionally fraught subject with so much humor and silliness that the reader can see his or herself in Liz's Chuck Taylor shoes.

 

- Kayla, Loft staff

 
The Winner's Curse / Marie Rutkoski PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 09 March 2015 00:00

altKestrel is the daughter of a general in the Valorian army, and she inherited his gift for military strategy and tactics. Kestrel, however, doesn’t want to join the military--she spends her time playing the piano and subtly undermining the social rules of her world.

Because the world that Kestrel lives in is full of rules. She’s Valorian, a part of the ruling class who conquered the Herran Peninsula long ago. They took the homes and wealth that were there, and enslaved the Herrani people to whom it all originally belonged. Slaves are used both in the household and in manual labor, and are treated as lesser life forms. Women are expected to be accompanied by an escort when in public, and must either join the military or marry at 20. Kestrel is content to use only her sharp insights to fight the status quo until she stumbles upon a slave auction.Though she’s never bought a slave before, she’s drawn to the young man for sale and brings him home.

This starts a chain reaction of changes in Kestrel’s life and in the world she lives in. The Winner’s Curse features a world that is meticulously built, with enough political intrigue and adventure to satisfy even the most discerning fan. The romance is well-developed, with a slow build-up that seems realistic. When you finish this book, you’ll be begging for the sequel. Luckily, it was just published a few days ago!

(McKenna, the Loft)

 

 
Once Upon A Time... PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 07 March 2015 00:00

Classic fairy tales get turned inside out in these modern retellings. Check out the Loft bulletin board and book display for more titles.

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Rapunzel's Revenge by Shannon Hale

Based on "Rapunzel" and "Jack and the Beanstalk"

Rapunzel is raised by Gothel in a grand villa surrounded by towering walls. One day she climbs over the wall and learns the truth: her real mother, Kate, is a slave in Gothel's gold mine. In this Old West retelling, Rapunzel uses her hair as a lasso and to take on outlaws--including Gothel.    

Cover image for Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty by Christine Heppermann

Based on "Snow White," "Little Red Riding Hood," "Sleeping Beauty," and many more

This powerful free verse poetry collection explores how girls are taught to think about themselves, their bodies, their friends--as consumers, as objects, as competitors. From Snow White's cottage and Rapunzel's tower to health class and the prom, these poems are a moving depiction of young women, society, and our expectations.  

Cover image for BirdwingBirdwing by Rafe Martin

Based on "The Six Swans"

Prince Ardwin, known as Birdwing, the youngest of six brothers turned into swans by their stepmother, is unable to complete the transformation back into human form, so he undertakes a journey to discover whether his feathered arm will be a curse or a blessing to him.

Cover image for Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Based on "Cinderella"

As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story.

 
How it Went Down / Kekla Magoon PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 March 2015 00:00

altTold from several different POV this story ties right into events like what happened in Ferguson, MO and what happened to Trayvon Martin. Tariq Johnson a young African American man is shot by Jack Franklin, a white man. Was Tariq a gang banger robbing a local store? Or just a kid making a scene on the street? Was that a gun in his hand or just a Snickers for his little sister Tina? Was Tariq a good person? Did he deserve to die? Who's to blame?

There are so many questions raised and confronted by the characters in this book including Tariq's family, childhood friends and new friends, some of whom happen to be members of one of the local gangs.  There's the politician who comes to town trying to bring national attention to the events and maybe earn some more votes too. Can anyone be sure what they saw? Should they really admit to what they did or didn't see? Who knew Tariq's true intentions? How it Went Down  is really well done and thought provoking.

(Renee, the Loft)

 

 
Wise Young Fool / Sean Beaudoin PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 March 2015 00:00

altRitchie Sudden is spending some time in juvie, but how did he end up there? In this hilarious, honest realistic read, Wise Young Fool, Ritchie gives it to you straight and you eventually see how it all went down. First, there’s Ritchie’s band or lack thereof with his best friend. They’re determined to make their band legit and compete in a local battle of the bands to finally get some recognition.  Getting the band together turns into quite the adventure.  At the same time Ritchie is balancing having two moms, the fact that his dad bailed and that his sister passed away suddenly (something he’d rather not deal with).  Plus he’s trying to snag the super hot Ravenna Woods and survive high school.  All of these pieces come together to make a wild read and of course things don’t always goes as planned for Ritchie. Definitely worth picking up to get the details straight from Ritchie’s mouth!

 

(Renee, the Loft)

 
Notes From The Dog / Gary Paulsen PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 01 March 2015 13:59

Cover image for Notes from the dogNotes From The Dog” follows the summer of chubby, shy Finn and his more charismatic best friend, Matthew. Finn has resolved to speak to no more than a dozen people this summer. He’s spent too much time socializing in school last year, he feels, and his introverted self is just craving some lazy, lonely summer days. Until Johanna moves in next door.


Let me say right now, Johanna is NOT a romantic interest in this novel. And thank goodness for that! Johanna, a woman in her mid-twenties in remission from cancer, befriends the two boys and opens up their world to a wider, more open-hearted place. Finn learns to be more confident through the care of and caring for Johanna. She sends him life lessons delivered by slobbery mouth from Finn’s border collie, Dylan.

 

By the end of the summer, Finn has grown more than he thought he could or would. His family is completely transformed, and all his limiting ideas about himself are thrown out the window.

 

Notes From The Dog” is a book that made me smile from ear to ear and feel like crying when it was over. Finn reminded me of my high school best friend, and Johanna was a certain inspiration. I highly recommend this book to readers of all ages or skill levels. It’s a swift, pleasurable read!

 

- Kayla, The Loft Staff

 
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