Category Archives: Roben

Best of 2018: Roben

Happy Monday everyone! As we roll towards Valentine’s Day, we are going to continue to post our Best Of 2018 posts for your enjoyment. This time, we’re posting Roben’s! Roben is a children’s services librarian here at Smith Public Library … Continue reading

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Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – YA F TAY (Fantasy) WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Lazlo Strange is a librarian and a dreamer; Sarai is blue-skinned godspawn; Thyon is a charlatan, and Eril-Fane is the Godslayer.  The city of Weep, shrouded … Continue reading

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Roben’s Best of 2017!

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The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black About:  Want a creepy read for Halloween?  Look no further than Holly Black’s The Coldest Girl in Coldtown.  Meet Tana, who lives in a world where the monsters have crept out of … Continue reading

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YVAIN, THE KNIGHT OF THE LION by M. T. Anderson; Illustrated by Andrea Offermann

YVAIN, THE KNIGHT OF THE LION by M. T. Anderson; Illustrated by Andrea Offermann WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Questing!  Knights and their fair ladies!  Battles! Dragons! Yvain is a young knight in King Arthur’s court.  After a cousin is nearly killed … Continue reading

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Heartstone by Elle Katherine White

Heartstone by Ella Katherine White – SFF WHIT About: As our story opens, Aliza Bentaine is conversing with one of the many hobgoblins that live in the Merybourne Manor gardens. Without warning, a dragon alights nearby and the rider, Alistair … Continue reading

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Maresi, Book 1 in the Red Abbey Chronicles by Maria Turtschaninoff

Maresi, Book 1 in the Red Abbey Chronicles by Maria Turtschaninoff What It’s About: Maresi’s world is one that many would envy. She is a Novice at the Red Abbey, a refuge for women and girls.  Situated on an island … Continue reading

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The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Andieh About:  In this re-imagining of One Thousand and One Nights, Shahrzad plans to avenge the death of her dearest friend, Shiva,  by volunteering to marry the murderous boy-king of Khorasan, but discovers … Continue reading

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Bruiser by Neal Shusterman

Bruiser by Neal Shusterman  About:  Shusterman says that he wanted to write about an empath and thus, Bruiser was born.  The blurb in Smith’s on-line catalog states “Inexplicable events start to occur when sixteen-year-old twins Tennyson and Brontë befriend a troubled … Continue reading

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A Tyranny of Petticoats: 15 Stories of Belles, Bank Robbers and Other Badass Girls edited by Jessica Spotwood

A Tyranny of Petticoats: 15 Stories of Belles, Bank Robbers and Other Badass Girls edited by Jessica Spotwood ABOUT: “Crisscross America – on dogsleds and ships, stagecoaches and trains – from pirates ships off the Carolinas to the peace, love, … Continue reading

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