Fantasy, Adventure, Time Travel, Magic

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The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series
by Michael Scott

Once you start reading this adventure you won’t want to stop till you’ve read the whole series. There’s a lot of adventure intertwined with magical powers, immortals, and gods. I am really enjoying this series and didn’t think I’d make it through to the end. Now I’m on the 6th book and can’t believe the new twist that was just thrown in! Try this series for a suspension from reality. The first book is currently featured in our Adventure Books display in the fiction area.

Dr. Hirose, LFHS Library

Here are the summaries for the 1st & 2nd books from Goodreads.com, just to get you started….

Book #1: The Alchemyst

“Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on 28 September 1330. Nearly seven hundred years later, he is acknowledged as the greatest Alchemyst of his day. It is said that he discovered the secret of eternal life. The records show that he died in 1418. But his tomb is empty and Nicholas Flamel lives. The secret of eternal life is hidden within the book he protects – the Book of Abraham the Mage. It’s the most powerful book that has ever existed. In the wrong hands, it will destroy the world. And that’s exactly what Dr. John Dee plans to do when he steals it. Humankind won’t know what’s happening until it’s too late. And if the prophecy is right, Sophie and Josh Newman are the only ones with the power to save the world as we know it. Sometimes legends are true. And Sophie and Josh Newman are about to find themselves in the middle of the greatest legend of all time.”

Book #2: The Magician

Ashes to ashes…

California:
In the hands of Dr. John Dee and the Dark Elders, the book of Abraham the Mage could mean the destruction of the world as we know it. The most powerful book of all time, it holds the secret of eternal life—a secret more dangerous than any one man should ever possess. And Dee is two pages away from the knowledge that would bring the Dark Elders into ultimate power.

His only obstacle? Josh and Sophie Newman—who are eight thousand miles away.

Paris:
After fleeing Ojai, Nicholas, Sophie, Josh, and Scatty emerge in Paris. The City of Lights. Home to Nicholas Flamel. Only, this homecoming is anything but sweet.

Niccolò Machiavelli, immortal author and celebrated art collector, is working for Dee. He’s in hot pursuit, and time is running out for Nicholas and Perenelle. Every day they spend without the book, they age one year: their magic becomes weaker and their bodies more frail. For Flamel, the Prophecy is growing clearer and clearer. It’s time for Sophie to learn the second elemental magic.

Fire Magic.

And there’s only one man who can teach it to her: Flamel’s old student the Comte de Saint-Germain—alchemist, magician, and rock star.

Josh and Sophie Newman are the world’s only hope. If they don’t turn on each other first.”

 

Faculty Favorite: Ms. Schneider

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screenshot-2017-01-31-at-1-47-05-pmMs. Schneider has a soft spot in her heart for animal books. Her favorite read is All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot, and it’s this week’s featured Faculty Favorite.

“This a collection of stories based on the life of an English country vet. I have read this series so many times and the stories never get old,” Ms. Schneider says.

Sound intriguing? Stop by the library today if you’d like to check out a copy of this semi-autobiographical collection of stories. The book is so beloved in the United Kingdom, that the BBC created an entire television series based on the stories.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

The classic multimillion copy bestseller

Delve into the magical, unforgettable world of James Herriot, the world’s most beloved veterinarian, and his menagerie of heartwarming, funny, and tragic animal patients.

For over forty years, generations of readers have thrilled to Herriot’s marvelous tales, deep love of life, and extraordinary storytelling abilities. For decades, Herriot roamed the remote, beautiful Yorkshire Dales, treating every patient that came his way from smallest to largest, and observing animals and humans alike with his keen, loving eye.

In All Creatures Great and Small, we meet the young Herriot as he takes up his calling and discovers that the realities of veterinary practice in rural Yorkshire are very different from the sterile setting of veterinary school. Some visits are heart-wrenchingly difficult, such as one to an old man in the village whose very ill dog is his only friend and companion, some are lighthearted and fun, such as Herriot’s periodic visits to the overfed and pampered Pekinese Tricki Woo who throws parties and has his own stationery, and yet others are inspirational and enlightening, such as Herriot’s recollections of poor farmers who will scrape their meager earnings together to be able to get proper care for their working animals. From seeing to his patients in the depths of winter on the remotest homesteads to dealing with uncooperative owners and critically ill animals, Herriot discovers the wondrous variety and never-ending challenges of veterinary practice as his humor, compassion, and love of the animal world shine forth.

James Herriot’s memoirs have sold 80 million copies worldwide, and continue to delight and entertain readers of all ages.

Faculty Favorite: Ms. Frye

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Ms. Frye holding an artistic depiction of  Pride and Prejudice. Her Faculty Fave is so popular, it was checked out at press time!

Want to read a great book that’s over 200 years old and is still relevant today? Check out Ms. Frye’s Faculty Favorite: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. “It’s funny, definitely romantic and Elizabeth is one of the best female characters I’ve ever read,” says Ms. Frye.

Pride and Prejudice is one of the most-read and most loved books of all time. It’s sold over 20 million copies and has been adapted into various plays, a TV mini series, movies, and book knock-offs.

Stop by the library if you’d like to check out your copy of Pride and Prejudice today. And thanks, Ms. Frye, for your contribution!

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Synopsis:

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” So begins Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen’s witty comedy of manners—one of the most popular novels of all time—that features splendidly civilized sparring between the proud Mr. Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet as they play out their spirited courtship in a series of eighteenth-century drawing-room intrigues. Renowned literary critic and historian George Saintsbury in 1894 declared it the “most perfect, the most characteristic, the most eminently quintessential of its author’s works,” and Eudora Welty in the twentieth century described it as “irresistible and as nearly flawless as any fiction could be.”
–penguinrandomhouse.com

Faculty Favorite: Mr. Lakin

 

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This week’s Faculty Favorite belongs to Mr. Lakin and his book The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa. “This book is a math and baseball book, but it’s a more interesting story about a relationship between a professor that struggles with memory and a housekeeper’s son. They grow together, and end up learning about math and life along the way,” says Mr. Lakin.

Yoki Ogawa is a Japanese-born author who has written over 20 fiction and non-fiction books. One of her books, The Professor and His Beloved Equation, has been made into a movie.

Thanks, Mr. Lakin, for sharing your favorite read with us this week!

screenshot-2017-01-31-at-9-12-42-amSynopsis from Goodreads:

He is a brilliant math Professor with a peculiar problem–ever since a traumatic head injury, he has lived with only eighty minutes of short-term memory.  She is an astute young Housekeeper, with a ten-year-old son, who is hired to care for him.  And every morning, as the Professor and the Housekeeper are introduced to each other anew, a strange and beautiful relationship blossoms between them. Though he cannot hold memories for long (his brain is like a tape that begins to erase itself every eighty minutes), the Professor’s mind is still alive with elegant equations from the past. And the numbers, in all of their articulate order, reveal a sheltering and poetic world to both the Housekeeper and her young son. The Professor is capable of discovering connections between the simplest of quantities–like the Housekeeper’s shoe size–and the universe at large, drawing their lives ever closer and more profoundly together, even as his memory slips away.  The Housekeeper and the Professor is an enchanting story about what it means to live in the present, and about the curious equations that can create a family.

Faculty Favorite: Mr. Boruszak

Question: Which medieval fantasy book series was made into an HBO series that has won more awards than you can count on two hands? Ding, ding, ding… if you guessed “Game of Thrones,” you’re CORRECT!

George R. R. Martin’s series A Song of Ice and Fire, otherwise known as the “Game of Thrones” series on HBO, is a NY Times #1 best-seller. It also happens to be Mr. Boruszak’s favorite read. He’s a “Huge fan of anything fantasy!” he says.  He also recommends the “Wheel of Time” Series by Robert Jordan.

Read the synopsis from Goodreads below and let us know if you’d like to dive into this series.

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Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.

As Warden of the north, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of the Hand. His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must … and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty.

The old gods have no power in the south, Stark’s family is split and there is treachery at court. Worse, the vengeance-mad heir of the deposed Dragon King has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities. He claims the Iron Throne.