We’re pleased to announce the following are our October selections for the Featured Book of the Month program!
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
“To enter the black-and-white-striped tents of Le Cirque des Rêves is to enter a world where objects really do turn into birds and people really do disappear. Even though visitors believe the performances are all illusion, they are obsessively drawn to this extraordinary night circus. Those who run and perform in the circus are its lifeblood. Marco Alisdair runs the operation from London as assistant to the eccentric proprietor. Celia Bowen holds it all together from her role as illusionist. As magicians, Marco and Celia are bound to each other in a deadly competition of powers, creating ever more fantastical venues for circus goers to marvel at. But falling in love was never part of the game, and the players struggle to extricate themselves from this contest while keeping the circus afloat. Debut novelist Morgenstern has written a 19th-century flight of fancy that is, nevertheless, completely believable. The smells, textures, sounds, and sights are almost palpable.”
— Library Journal
Restoring Harmony by Joëlle Anthony
What would happen to the world’s economy if oil suddenly ran out? What industries would suffer or survive? How would people power their homes, acquire medicine, or preserve food? Restoring Harmony, this year’s Teen On the Same Page selection, tackles these questions and more in a coming-of-age story set in a futuristic North America, where governments and economies have collapsed due to the lack of oil. The novel follows 16-year old Molly who is making the long and potentially dangerous trek from Vancouver, British Columbia to Portland, Oregon to convince her aging grandparents to return to Canada and live with Molly’s family. With themes of survival, environmental awareness, music, and the importance of friends and family, Restoring Harmony has something to appeal to every reader.
Meet the Author!
Meet author Joëlle Anthony, who will visit Cincinnati for free programs with teens, including a talk and book signing at the Main Library on Wednesday, October 17 at 7:00 p.m. See the On the Same Page website for more details.
The Adventures of Nanny Piggins by R.A. Spratt
“Mary Poppins, move over—or get shoved out of the way...Nanny Piggins has arrived! Most recently employed at the circus as the pig shot out of a cannon, she assumes the title of Nanny when she spies a “Help Wanted” sign on the lawn of the Green family. Mrs. Green is dead, and Mr. Green is so tightfisted he refuses to pay a human nanny. So when a pig applies...But as the three Green children soon realize, Nanny Piggins is a jewel. Extraordinarily clever, she knows when to morph that quality into deviousness, which certainly becomes necessary when dealing with the dull, pompous Mr. Green. The children, Derrick, Samantha, and Michael, promptly fall in love with Nanny Piggins because she lets them eat sweets all day and comes up with the most marvelous ideas, like taking a boat to China to get Chinese takeout. Even when things don’t exactly work out as planned (and they rarely do), the high jinx and hilarity make them excellent adventures. This is smart, sly, funny, and marvelously illustrated with drawings that capture Nanny’s sheer pigginess.”
— Booklist Reviews
Look for displays of all our Featured Book of the Month titles at your local branch and the Main Library!