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Bookcation 2016 #10: The Genius Factor: How to Capture an Invisible Cat

18 Mar

Triskaidekaphobia I do not have! I love Friday the 13th, which is what led me to this book. Also, how does one capture an invisible cat?


Genius Factor - How to Capture an Invisible Cat 

Nate Bannister does three very unbrilliant things: he teaches a caterpillar math (ick … about math, not the caterpillar), mails a love letter (that doesn’t sound too bad), and enlarges his cat (Proton, lovely name) before making him invisible (normal reaction). So, of course, with his new-found gigantic-ness, what else would Proton do but roam about town? Nate and his friend, Delphine, try to stop Proton from smooshing everyone and everything into smithereens, but then Sir Jakob Maculte, the leader of the Red Death Tea Society, get in their way. What’s a guy (and his gal pal) to do? Run, probably.

The Genius Factor: How to Capture an Invisible Cat has just pubbed, and rest assured, Paul Tobin’s LOL first book of a brand-new series is on its way to our library. While you wait for its arrival, might I suggest you visit his site to discover more about his writings? Check in with me to see what the ETA is on this book when you come back!


Bookcation 2016 #6: Simon Thorn and the Wolf’s Den

16 Mar

Another book that you might have seen me toting about lately is Aimée Carter’s Simon Thorn and the Wolf’s Den. As a huge mythos nerd, I really enjoyed Carter’s The Goddess Test series, which centres on Persephone’s trials, so I was super excited to begin her new MG series.

  Simon Thorn and the Wolf's Den 

Simon Thorn is your typical 12-year-old. Well, typical in the sense that he lives in a tiny apartment in a large city (Manhattan), and he often gets bullied in school. Oh, and he can talk to animals and change into one at will. Not to mention that he might be the key to peace on Earth. Pretty typical, right? No? Well, neither is this book. It’s a really fun ride and a great series starter that I’m positive you’ll enjoy.

Simon has tons of flaws and a lot of figuring-stuff-out to undergo, but he’s got heart, self-worth, and loyalty towards his family. He makes some infuriating decisions sometimes, but you just can’t help but root for him through and through. This first book, which pubbed just last month, will definitely leave you excited for the next one (though I have no idea when that will be released). But rest assured: Carter has left lots of nooks and crannies waiting to be filled with backstory and plot points to fill up many more books in the series. Come find me when you’re done reading Book 1, and let me know how you enjoyed it!

Coming Soon: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition

14 Sep

Hello, Squinks!  I hope your first week back at school was great and that you’re settling in with your classmates and teachers nicely.  What books did you pick up over the weekend?

I’m here today to whet your appetites about a book I’m super excited for.  It really needs no introduction, except to tell you to expect a few copies in our library when it comes out on October 6!


Harry Potter - Illustrated Edition 

If the cover is this awesome, can you imagine how much cooler the pictures on the inside must be?  Hypable has a great article with some of the other wonderful illustrations by Jim Kay, so check it out here.

And if you want even more, Bloomsbury’s got a 15-page preview for all of us!

Once you’re done oohing and aahing over the gorgeous images that accompany J.K. Rowling’s words, head on over to Bloomsbury UK’s site for fun stuff like:


  Harry Potter - Name Generator      Harry Potter - Best Friend


I can’t wait to share this new book with you all in less than a month!  And if you haven’t gotten sorted into your houses yet, what are you waiting for?

A to Z: H is for the Harry Potter Series

8 Apr

H is for Harry Potter.  Does this series even need any introduction?  There are so many wonderful things about these books that have been discussed and dissected through the years – the colourful characters, the tortuous plot that inevitably gets tied up in the end, the wonderful word play that makes my lessons on morphemes so much easier – but there is one thing that always strikes a chord in my heart whenever I read through the series again: empathy.  J.K. Rowling lends a voice to the oft-unheard, the oft-misunderstood, and the oft-dismissed.  If a reader really claims to have appreciated her work, he/she should have walked away from Book 7 a better person – a more empathetic human being.  I know I did.  The Harry Potter series is funny, heartwarming, gutwrenching, and intricately plotted.  I never get tired of reading and/or listening to Rowling’s words, and I envy those who will still experience her magic for the first time.


H - Harry Potter


Which books are your favourite (‘cause it really is difficult to pick just one)?  I like Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.  My favourite opening chapters, however, come from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, where so many concepts from previous books were tied together.  As for characters, I have a special spot for Professor McGonagall and Dobby.  How about you?

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