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Top 15 of 2015

It’s time for the obligatory top 15 of the year 2015. Now, as a disclaimer, not all books came out in 2015; this is just a list of my favorites that I read this year.

15. The Misadventures of Edgar & Allan Poe by Gordon McAlpine

edgar & allen poe

So yes, this is a middle-reader book, but when you’re aiming to be a children’s librarian, you’re never too old to hang out in the “kids’ section.” Anyway, this is the first book in a series about these two twins, Edgar and Allan, named for their ancestor (of course), Edgar Allan Poe. These two aren’t just any ordinary twins, though. They’re so similar and so close that they can read each other’s minds and know where the other is if they’re apart (they may be closer than Fred and George Weasley… although I doubt it). This interests some scientists, who wish to experiment on the boys to see exactly how powerful their connection is.

It’s a really cute, fun, and short read, and I really enjoyed it! I wasn’t itching to read the next book, though (although I am older than the intended age, which might have something to do with that).

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New in YA

We’ve had a few good books come in recently. Check them out before someone else does!

Etiquette & Espionage cover artIn an alternate England of 1851, spirited fourteen-year-old Sophronia is enrolled in a finishing school where, she is suprised to learn, lessons include not only the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also diversion, deceit, and espionage.

Etiquette and Espionage is the newest from Gail Carriger, author of the Parasol Protectorate series, and the first in the new Finishing School series. If you like your paranormal mixed with steampunk, this might be for you.


The Fall of the House of Usher cover art The Murders in the Rue Morgue cover art The Pit and the Pendulum cover art The Tell-Tale Heart cover art

If you find yourself assigned to read the works of Edgar Allen Poe, but you’re having trouble understanding him, check out these graphic novel adaptations. They won’t take the place of the real thing (and your teacher probably won’t accept reading these instead). After you creep yourself out with these, try the full text and see how much easier it is without the pictures to give you nightmares.

Homeland cover artWhen Marcus, once called M1k3y, receives a thumbdrive containing evidence of corporate and governmental treachery, his job, fame, family, and well-being, as well as his reform-minded employer’s election campaign, are all endangered.

Homeland is the sequel to Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, which you might remember as the story of what happens after the government turns California into a police state after a terrorist attack and one kid’s mission to solve injustice by hacking. When it comes to the tech stuff, Doctorow, fellow of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and co-editor of the blog Boing Boing, is legit. Little Brother was great, so expect the same from Homeland.


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