Zita the Spacegirl. Book 1, Far from home by Ben Hatke - Zita's life took a cosmic left turn in the blink of an eye. When her best friend is abducted by an alien doomsday cult, Zita leaps to the rescue and finds herself a stranger on a strange planet. Humanoid chickens and neurotic robots are shocking enough as new experiences go, but Zita is even more surprised to find herself taking on the role of intergalactic hero. Before long, aliens in all shapes and sizes don't even phase her. Neither do ancient prophecies, doomed planets, or even a friendly con man who takes a mysterious interest in Zita's quest.Zita the Spacegirl is a fun, captivating tale of friendship and redemption from Flight veteran Ben Hatke. It also has more whimsical, eye-catching, Miyazaki-esque monsters than you can shake a stick at.
This is an excerpt from one of the poems on Jose Padua’s blog.
“I wonder how different
things would have been,
if instead of calling the first
track on Electric Ladyland,
“And the Gods Made Love,”
Jimi Hendrix had called it,
“And the Dogs Made Love”.”
Can I Just Take a Nap? by Ron Rauss - The newest winner of the General Mills Spoonfuls of Stories contest is a young boy who’s very tired from his busy day, but can’t seem to find enough peace and quiet to fall asleep. Can I Just Take a Nap? is the winner of the 4th annual Cheerios® New Author Contest. Selected from more than 8,000 entries by a team of editors, teachers, librarians, and General Mills staff, Can I Just Take a Nap? will also appear in a bilingual (English/Spanish) mini-paperback edition in 3 million specially marked boxes of Cheerios.
The Christmas Truce by William Shifflett - Tommy Howell loves Christmas invitations. But this year the celebration is threatened by a dreaded invitation to a place filled with memories of deception and pain. Recollections provoked by the invitation inflame the anger he's successfully avoided for years. It's the last place on earth he intends to go for Christmas, and he resolves to decline the invitation.
But something gets in his way: his children. He must confront his painful memories, a dark secret known only to himself, and the man behind it all.
Can he find the strength to forgive? Will he carry angry resentment the rest of his life or will this season of peace bring a Christmas Truce?
Wolf Pie by Brenda Seabrooke - These are the Pygg brothers: James, Marvin, and Lester. And when they get a visit from a wolf named Wilfong, what you think is going to happen doesn’t. And what you think couldn’t possibly happen actually might. But one thing that will definitely happen is that everyone is going to learn how to make wolf pie—and you know what the main ingredient in that is, right? (It’s probably not what you’re thinking.)
Bloodroot Cantons: An Alternative Story of Virginia and the Blue Ridge by Larry Lamar Yates - In 1729, enslaved Africans made a well-planned, well-equipped flight from eastern Virginia to the Shenandoah Valley. Their brave effort, history records, ultimately failed. But in Bloodroot Cantons, history takes a different turn. The escaped Africans meet a Shawnee band, whose own ugly history with whites makes for an alliance that defeats the pursuing slavecatchers. The two linked communities create a refuge from British colonial power for native people and for the enslaved. Then call of justice, good farmland, and dissatisfaction with increasingly ungodly Pennsylvania, bring in a third group – Anabaptists and Quakers
The Authors Fair will be held at Samuels Public Library on Saturday, January 25th from 1-4 p.m.