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Read them while they’re hot! (And before May 8th)

In two short weeks, Shorewood will host four YA authors. Kiera Cass, Elizabeth Norris, Aprilynne Pike and Amy Tintera will be here to discuss their work including their brand new books, which are mostly hitting the shelves this week and next week. We’re getting so excited to meet all of these authors. Why not pick up some of their books before they’re here so you have lots of questions for them?!?!

the elite

4/23: The Elite by Kiera Cass – this is the sequel to last year’s The Selection. There’s a long waiting list for this one, so if you don’t get to read it before meeting Kiera Cass, you could always just buy it from Boswell Books on the night of the author visit.

In The Elite, the competition for the heart of Prince Maxon is still fierce. There are only six young ladies left in the running, and America finds herself more and more swept up in Maxon’s romantic ways. But she sees her old friend Aspen standing guard around the palace and can’t help but be overcome with memories of their time together. If she’s going to choose between the two, time is running out. Her decision gets all the more crucial as the violent rebels increase their fight and unexpected secrets come to light.

Is there going to be a third book? We’ll have to ask Kiera Cass when she’s here!

4/23: Unbreakable by Elizabeth Norris – sequel to last year’s Unraveling, which we also just got in hardcover format!

Distracted by a moment with her crush, Janelleunbreakable is killed instantly when she doesn’t see a car coming. Mysterious Ben brings her back to life, unharmed. Driven by her own involvement in strange activities – and her FBI father’s possible involvement investigating a series of gruesome deaths that may be linked to Janelle’s experience – Janelle begins to pursue answers. What she finds is bigger than anything she could have imagined and will tie her to her mysterious savior across time and space. In Unbreakable, Ben has returned to his home and Janelle has no time to dwell on their lost love. When an Interverse agent shows up unexpectedly and fills Janelle in on a human trafficking plot in which Ben is the key suspect, she is forced to face her past and her future.

4/30: Life After Theft by Aprilynne Pike – this is a stand-alone title, very different from Pike’s previous, more fantasy-driven work.

Jeff is the new kid in his school, which has it’s problems. It doesn’t really help that he’s the only one who can see the ghost of Kimberlee, a former classmate who died and can’t move forward into the afterlife until she has righted some wrongs from her life. Klepto Kimberlee must return everything she stole, and Ben agrees to help her. However, turning up unannounced and unexplained with stolen goods isn’t exactly good for a guy’s reputation and things go hilariously awry.

And coming soon: the debut title from debut author Amy Tintera that is sure to skyrocket her to popularity!

5/7: Reboot by Amy Tintera – this is a great sci fi novel with a serious kick that will definitely have us all eagerly anticipating Tintera’s next book.

Wren is one of many young people who died from a mysterious disease and were then “rebooted.” Reboots, as they’re known, come back stronger, better-looking, almost like genetically perfected humans. Because they also come back with less empathy and more aggression – depending on how long they were dead – they are confined to a special camp where they are trained to be ruthless soldiers. Wren commands respect from her fellow Reboots because of how long she was dead, but when Wren becomes inexplicably drawn to a new Reboot she begins to learn about the terrible fates of those who were dead for less time than her. She must use her position of power to uncover the truth and forge an escape for those she has come to trust and rely on.


Author Visit: Lisa McMann

At 6:30 on Monday, February 11, New York Times Bestselling YA and youth author Lisa McMann will grace Shorewood Library with her presence!

McMann is the author of the Wake trilogy (Wake, Fade and Gone), along with other YA titles Dead To You and Cryer’s Cross. Her latest YA offering, Crash, comes out this month. Check out some of her books before she arrives, plan to get some signed, and most of all, enjoy hearing this big-name author speak this February!

Haven’t read the Wake trilogy? Pick it up ASAP!

Wake tells the story of Janie Hannigan whose rare, if not exactly wonderful, gift of being uncontrollably drawn into other people’s dreams has meant her life is a little different from that of  the average high school student. When Janie starts visiting the dreams of mysterious loner Cabel,  she begins to realize the full extent of her power. In Fade, Janie uses her power for good: to unravel a mystery involving a possible sexual predator who is plaguing her high school. Janie also becomes privy to some information which may tell her more about her fate, but she might not want to know. In Gone, we delve more deeply into Janie’s personal life and the ways that her dream catching power has helped and hurt her.

Dead To You is a starkly realistic – even tragic – story of 16-year-old Ethan De Wilde, who was abducted when he was young but lost the memory of his life before then.  When Ethan seeks, and finds, his real name and story, he is reunited with his torn-up family – but nothing is that easy. There is mystery and more in this gripping psychological story.

Her newest book, Crash, out now, is similarly dark, supernatural and psychological. Jules Demarco is suddenly plagued by the same vision repeated everywhere – of an accident involving a snow plow crashing into a building and killing nine people. Why is she the only one who sees this? Has it already happened, or is it something yet to come? As she realizes what she is seeing, she knows it is her mission to try to stop it from happening.

McMann’s offerings for a slightly younger audience, The Unwanteds series, show how skilled of an author she is. The Unwanteds is a fun, fantastical adventure story – completely devoid of the supernatural and psychological details that make her YA books so riveting. In Quill, a sort of dystopian land where 13-year-olds who show any creativity are sent away, twin brothers Alex and Aaron are abruptly separated when Alex is proven to be a creative Unwanted and Aaron is named a Wanted. While Aaron gets to continue to live his life in Quill, distinguishing himself in university, Alex is sentenced to death. But when he meets the man who is supposed to take him to his death, he learns what really happens to Unwanteds – and takes us to the wondrous and magical land of Artime.

Reminder: John Flanagan is here TOMORROW

Just a reminder that John Flanagan will be at Shorewood Library at 6:30 pm tomorrow, Thursday, November 8th. Read more about Flanagan here.

Come get a book (or two) signed, hear all about his writing, stories, and newest book, and possibly win a free autographed book!

It’s going to be a lot of fun, and it’s going to be busy so get here early to get a great seat. It’s in the Village Center meeting room on the lower level of the library building.

Hope to see you there!

Amazing Authors: Pierce, Oppel and Paolini in Milwaukee

We have some amazing indie bookstores in the Milwaukee area!  Boswell Books continues to bring great teen authors to Milwaukee; coming up in November you can meet Tamora Pierce and Kenneth Oppel.  And Next Chapter Books in Mequon is bringing Christopher Paolini to the Pabst Theater!

Tamora Pierce, author of dozens of amazing fantasy novels including the Beka Cooper trilogy, will be at Boswell Books on Monday, November 7 at 7 p.m.

Then hear Christopher Paolini talk about the fourth book in the Inheritance series at the Pabst Theater on Saturday, November 12 at 1:30 p.m.  This is a ticketed event so make sure you get your tickets in advance, here’s more info.

Finally, Kenneth Oppel, who wrote one of my favorite book series, Airborn, will be at Boswell Books on Thursday, November 17 at 7 p.m. talking about his latest book This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein.


Wisdom’s Kiss by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Trudy, an orphaned maid, loves Tips, a soldier away protecting the king.  Princess Wisdom, Dizzy to her friends, is set to marry a Duke, but then she meets Tips…  And what about Tips, who does he love?

Wisdom’s Kiss is a wonderfully complex story involving a love triangle, a secret, a lovable grandmother, a smart cat, and a little bit of magic.  Told from multiple perspectives including an encyclopedia, a play, a diary, and letters, Wisdom’s Kiss is filled with wonderful characters, humor, and grand adventure.

If you like Wisdom’s Kiss, I recommend reading Princess Ben, a companion novel that tells the story of how Princess Benevolence became Queen after much turmoil and with the help of a bit of magic.

And don’t forget…Catherine Gilbert Murdock will be at the library on Monday, October 17 at 6:30 p.m. talking about Wisdom’s Kiss, Princess Ben, Dairy Queen and her other books.  Boswell Books will be selling books and Ms. Murdock will meet fans and autograph books.  I’m super excited to meet her!

Author Awesomeness

There are 7 amazing authors coming to Milwaukee this fall!

We’re super excited to host Catherine Gilbert Murdock on Monday, October 17 at 6:30 p.m.  Catherine is the author of such fabulous books as Dairy Queen, The Off Season, Front and Center, and Princess Ben.  She’s touring to promote her latest book, Wisdom’s Kiss, a magical story about a princess and a serving girl and the acrobat they both fall in love with.  Meet Catherine Gilbert Murdock, hear about her books, and get yours autographed!  (Books will be available for purchase.)

And here is even more author awesomeness…

Margaret Peterson HaddixFranklin Library on Monday, Sept. 19 at 5:30 p.m.
Lisa McMannWest Allis Public Library on Thursday, September 22 at 4 p.m.
Patrick CarmanGreenfield Public Library on Tuesday, September 27 at 4 p.m.
Lauren OliverNorth Shore Library on Tuesday, October 11 at 6:30 p.m.
James HoweCudahy Family Library on Thursday, October 13 at 4 p.m.
Catherine Gilbert Murdock:  Shorewood Library on Monday, Oct. 17 at 6:30 p.m.
James DashnerGreenfield Public Library on Tuesday, October 25 at 6:30 p.m.

All of this author awesomeness is courtesy of Boswell Book Company!  For more info check out the Boswell Blog or get their email newsletter (this one has all the info about these author visits).

Hope to see you at these amazing author events!