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Bookland Explorers Fantasy Fiction Reads

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It's time for Summer Reading Club again.  We have revamped our program this year and are inviting all the Bookland Explorers to come into your local branch and get signed up so you can start collecting gold coins.  This year's theme is fantasy so we wanted to share a list of some great fantasy books for you to check out to help get you ready to read this summer! Click on the book titles to get to our catalogue where you can place books on hold and, as always, contact your local branch for more information. The Girl Who Drank the Moon An epic fantasy about a young  girl  raised by a  witch, a swamp monster, and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon,  who  must unlock  the  powerful magic buried deep inside her. Every year,  the  people of  the  Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to  the  witch  who  lives in  the  forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But  the  witch in  the  forest, Xan, is kind and gentle. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Mon

What Follows After

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  By Dan Walsh Adult Fiction-Inspirational Reviewed by Shirl from the Winkler Branch     This book focuses on a dysfunctional family whose parents are going through the motions of being married but are hardly on speaking terms with each other.  Their sons are tired of pretending that everything at home is fine when it's not and they don't want to lie to everyone anymore. The boys decide to run away and they go to stay with their aunt.  They refuse to come back home until their parents get back together.  Of course, things don't go as planned and their parents are forced to work together to find their sons.     This book takes place in the 60's and it took me back to the years when I was the age of the sons.  The predicament that the boys get themselves into is something that I could see happening with my sisters and I.  The suspense kept me turning the page to see what would happen next. Click here to place this book on hold.

Project Hail Mary

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  By Andy Weir Adult Fiction/Sci-Fi Reviewed by Michelle from the Altona Branch     An amusing and wonderfully scientific book about Ryland Grace, the man who is left to save the planet from destruction.  Ryland awakes from an induced coma to find all of his fellow crew members perished and now, saving the Earth has become a one man job. Can he do it?     There is never a dull moment in this wonderful novel.   The main character is amusing and humorous as he makes friends in unlikely places.  To place this book on hold, click here.

Beach Reads

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Summer is almost here (finally, it was a long winter)!  To help you prepare for your summer vacation reads, we've compiled a list of beach reads, including everything from mysteries, thrillers and romance. We hope you find something good on this list to read while you relax in the sunshine.  As always, click on the titles to place the books on hold and contact your local branch for more information.  What are some of your favourite beach reads? The People We Meet On Vacation What happens when best friends with nothing in  common come together, fall apart, and fall in love?  The   Vacationers   meets  When Harry Met Sally..., from  the  author of Beach Read. When Poppy met Alex, there was no spark, no chemistry, and no reason to think they'd ever talk again. Alex is quiet, studious, and destined for a future in academia. Poppy is a wild child who only came to U of Chicago to escape small-town life. But after sharing a ride home for  the  summer,  the  two form a surprising frien