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Briana, Evergreen Library

I am a dog lover. Few things make me happier than spending time with dogs, although in a pinch I will settle for looking at pictures of dogs. That's why I love this new book, Maddie on Things: A Super Serious Project About Dogs and Physics by Theron Humphrey. The book is an offshoot of the author's blog, in which he documented Maddie's year-long trip around the country, meeting people and balancing on everything from basketball hoops to shopping carts and soup cans.

Theron (who adopted Maddie from a Georgia rescue group) is traveling the country again with a new project - documenting rescue dogs and their families. He's still taking pictures of Maddie, though. You can even meet this photogenic coonhound when Theron's book tour swings through Colorado later this summer.

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Tana, Arvada Library

Pacific Rim, written by Guillermo del Toro and Travis Beacham and directed by del Toro, is a fast, flashy, beautiful sendup of two fun Manga/Anime genres, Kaiju and Mecha. Kaiju, Japanese for 'strange creature', is usually translated in English to being "monster" or "giant monster"... as in Godzilla, Rodan or Mothra.  Mecha, on the other hand, is all about Robots and other mechanical objects.  Cyborgs, cars, toasters and those giant Voltron type 'suits,' all count as Mecha in this popular Japanese genre.  Pacific Rim lovingly combines the genres, in the hope that you too, will come to love humongous monsters and ginormous robots!
Here are some examples of Mecha and Kaiju in our collection:

               

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Tana, Arvada Library

In this crazy, intense fire-breathing heat, a little white water rafting sounds like it might be just the thing to cool you down, right?  But not if there's a crocodile!  And not if the entire river is made of chalk!  Check out these FANTASTIC chalk creations by artist Julian Beever

Pavement Chalk Artist: the Three Dimensional Drawings of Julian Beever  741.092 BEEVER

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Tana, Arvada Library

Alice fell down a Rabbit Hole and landed in another world, far Beneath the Surface of the reality we all know. Published in 1865 by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson AKA Lewis Carroll, it has enjoyed numerous renditions, from the Disney version in 1951 to the Tim Burton 2010 variation.  Here are some recent books which play with the Wonderland story to create a whole new adventure!

Splintered: a novel by A.G. Howard - Alyssa Gardner hears the thoughts of plants and animals. She hides her  delusions for now, but she knows her fate: she will end up like her mother, in an institution. Madness has run in her family ever since her great-great-great grandmother Alice Lidel told Lewis Carroll her strange dreams inspiring his classic Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. But perhaps she's not mad. And perhaps Carroll's stories aren't as whimsical as they first seem.

Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter - When her entire existence is shattered in the blink of an eye, Ali is forced to partner with secretive bad boy Cole Holland to avenge the deaths of her loved ones by returning an undead army to their graves.

The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor - When she is cast out of Wonderland by her evil aunt Redd, young Alyss Heart finds herself living in Victorian Oxford as Alice Liddell and struggles to keep memories of her kingdom intact until she can return and claim her rightful throne.  Follow-up books in this series are: Seeing Redd and Archenemy. 

 

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Jessie, Columbine Library

The outside world is full of dangerous hybrids: two souls in one body. Everyone starts out this way, but it can become very unstable as the two souls age and begin to disagree. Luckily, the citizens of America have worked hard to keep the population pure. In America, one soul eventually becomes dominant until the other fades away completely. And if a hybrid never settles? The government takes care of those unfortunate cases. 

Eva and Addie are two souls living in one body well beyond the standard age of settling. Addie is the dominant soul, the one that controls the body and does the talking, but Eva is always there in the backgroud. They pretend they are settled because it's far too risky to let on that Eva is still there. But when someone from school offers Eva a chance to grow stronger and eventually speak and move for herself, Addie and Eva have to make a very difficult and potentially deadly decision.

What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang is a great story of an alternate universe that feels like it could be real.

 

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Pam, Standley Lake Library

Did you know that you can check out DVD's of some of your favorite manga titles? The library buys several animated Japanese television programs such as Death Note, Bleach, Claymore, Gray-man and Strike Witches to name just a few of them.  Search the catalog for animated japanese television programs to find them all.

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Arra, Lakewood Library

Here are the titles the Lakewood Teen Advisory Board is reading now:

24 Hours by Greg Isles 
Every year a group kidnaps a kid, holds him / her for 24 hours and then collects the ransom.  This year things don't go according to plan when the kidnapped kid turns out to be a diabetic.

Shutout by Brendan Halpin
Amanda and Lena are best friends until Lena makes the varsity soccer team and Lena only the junior varsity.  Amanda begins to feel shut out of Lena's new life.

Bunheads by Sophie Flack
Hannah has finally realized her dream and joined the Manhattan Ballet company.  Handsome musician Jacob may put a kink in her plans.

Here, There be Dragons by James A. Owen
John, Jack and Charles and entrusted with the Imaginarium Geographica.  This leads them on a fantastical journey into the Arcipelago of Dreams, pursued by the forces of evil.

Maximum Ride Series by James Patterson
Genetically engineered teens must evade capture by the corporation that made them if they want to survive.

 

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Arra, Lakewood Library

Looking for something subversive to read?  Try one of these steampunk novels: 

        
 

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Briana, Evergreen Library

Looking for something unique to do? It's not too late to enjoy a signature Colorado summer event: Film on the Rocks at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre in Morrison. Hosted by the Denver Film Society, Film on the Rocks features cult-classic films, show under the stars at stunning Red Rocks. Each film is preceeded by a music performance with movies beginning at dusk. Tickets are $12, available here or at King Soopers locations.

Check out one of these upcoming films!

The Hunger Games: Monday, July 15
The Princess Bride: Tuesday, July 23
The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Tuesday, August 13

Photo credit: The Denver Film Society

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Pam, Standley Lake Library

 The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan is a compelling story of forbidden love, secrets and the lengths people will go to keep both. The Irving School is a prestigious boarding school; their motto is "enter here to be and find a friend." Every year the departing seniors leave a gift in their room - food, clothing, maybe booze - for the senior who inherits their room the next year. Duncan finds a surprising and intriguing gift: a stack of CD's that not only gives him the material he needs to write his tragedy paper (the grueling senior English thesis), but tells the story of Tim MacBeth. Tim transferred to the Irving School the last semester of the previous year. He was 17, an albino and shy. The last thing Tim expected was to find a friend let alone fall in love and perhaps, have that love returned.
If you liked 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher, Looking for Alaska or The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, then this is a must read book! 

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