Staff Picks by Neen

Neen and Pippi having out together among the books

Inkheart (Inkheart Trilogy, Book 1) Cover Image
By Cornelia Funke, Anthea Bell (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780439709101
Availability: Recently On Our Shelves
Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - May 1st, 2005

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Realm of the Blue Mist: A Graphic Novel (The Rema Chronicles #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781338115130
Availability: Recently On Our Shelves
Published: Graphix - April 5th, 2022

This graphic novel has some serious Ghibli vibes, and in all the best ways. A young, truth-seeking girl trying to get back home, an honest and no-nonsense hero with a heart of gold, and ferocious but virtuous friends that would abandon their way of life to stand up to wickedness and corruption.
This is a beautifully drawn story, the colored panels paint the world in such soft shining beauty! Over all a very wonderful read!

(Graphic Novel, ages 10+) - Reviewed by Neen

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The Aquanaut: A Graphic Novel Cover Image
By Dan Santat, Dan Santat (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780545497619
Availability: Recently On Our Shelves
Published: Graphix - March 1st, 2022

A really sweet story about some endangered sea critters learning to pilot an antique diving suit to find help on the surface. They make friends with an excitable little girl and her hard working uncle and attempt to save more than just themselves while they try their hardest to maintain a low profile on land.

Wonderfully illustrated with really great character designs!

(Graphic Novel, ages 8+) - Reviewed by Neen

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Gallant Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062835772
Availability: Recently On Our Shelves
Published: Greenwillow Books - March 1st, 2022

Even as I flipped through the very first pages of Gallant, I understood immediately why V.E. Schwab's work comes highly recommended. Through her beautiful storytelling she hits all the right notes of Gothic Horror and displays the decrepit and long-forgotten dead occupying the world of a mute and long-forgotten orphan.

Not only is the story captivating, but the style in which this novel is written and presented is artful. While Olivia is alone for much of her journey, Schwab includes the reader as a constant companion by sharing journal pages. We pour over her mother’s frantic words along with her, pondering her disappearance, the beautiful ink drawings, and the warning in the very last entry.

This is a must-read for any aspiring Horror fan; especially one fascinated by the mystery shrouding Death.

(Young Adult, Ages 14+) - Reviewed by Neen

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The Last Unicorn Cover Image
ISBN: 9780451450524
Availability: Available to Order from Our Warehouse
Published: Ace - January 1st, 1991

A quintessential fantasy novel that truly feels like it is written from the heart. Truly breathtaking & magical not only in the adventure, but also in the prose. Anyone looking to dive deeper into "classic" 1960s fantasy should read this.

(YA Fantasy, ages 15+) - Reviewed by Neen

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Akata Witch (The Nsibidi Scripts #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780142420911
Availability: Recently On Our Shelves
Published: Speak - July 11th, 2017

Pick this book up if you have even a passing interest in witches, Nigeria, leopard-people, & magic. Nnedi Okorafor brilliantly depicts teenage self-discovery with a uniquely non-European lense & adds not a little, bbut a LOT of magic. Fitting in with physical differences is hard enough, but add a mogical society surrounding African Jujuism & pursuit of a serieal killer in the mix & you've got one heck of a complicated coming of age story. Seriously recommend.

(YA Fantasy, ages 12+) - Reviewed by Neen