Readers Guide

By Yvonne Olson

Inside the Villains at the Oak Ridge Public Library

Have you ever wondered what makes a villain tick? Inside the Villains by Clothild Perrin tells you everything you might want to know about your three favorite villains: the Wolf, the Giant, and the Witch. Learn their favorite pastimes, favorite foods, their strengths, and their weaknesses. Read the stories that made them famous, learn what others they might appear in, but most of all, see what tricks they have up their sleeves. (JNF 398.200 Perrin)

When a renowned inventor’s airship mysteriously crashes, his pet mechanical fox, Malkin, is the only known survivor. Malkin is tasked with finding his master’s daughter, Lily, to give her an urgent, secret message. The mechanical fox teams up with the clockmaker’s son to seek the girl, but Lily was pulled out of her snooty finishing school by her housekeeper and is being followed by a man with mirrors for eyes. In Peter Bunzl’s Cogheart, the three team up to reveal what really happened to Lily’s father. (JM)

Sal has landed in the principal’s office for the third time, and it’s only the first week of school. He’s been accused of being a brujo, or sorcerer, and the other kids are afraid of him. While he’s pleading his case to the principal, he meets the fascinating Gabi and decides he could work with her, maybe even trust her. She’s the only one whose eye is keen enough to detect one of his illusions. Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez is the latest series in the Rick Riordan Presents publication, and it might just break the universe. (JF)

Jeff Zentner is back with Rayne and Delilah’s Midnite Matinee. Every Friday night, best friends Josie and Delia become horror hosts for their local cable station. Transforming into Rayne and Delilah, they play campy creature films that Delia watched with her father before he left. Determined to produce a good show her dad might watch and to keep her best friend in town after graduation, Delia hatches up a plan to take a trip to Florida to talk a successful horror host into helping them become bigger and better. (YPF)

A year after completing the quest for the ancient godsgem, the heroes are renowned in story and song. Kalanthe Ironheart and Olsa Rhetsdaughter were not meant for heroism this early in life, though – maybe not at all. Kalanthe has no intention of giving up the notoriety she’s earned, but it doesn’t pay her bills, and Olsa used the money she received to buy her freedom from the Thieves Court. Unfortunately, her fame makes her recognizable, and the only life she knows is thievery. In The Afterward by E. K. Johnston, the two girls find themselves drawn to each other and learn that the godsgem might not be finished with them yet. (YPF)

Rhea has been plagued by visions. Dark, haunting visions. Of her death, of blood, of a dark and dense forest hidden in her backyard. Hidden in this forest lies the Witch of Wishes, who grants the heart’s desires to whoever braves her forest. When a peculiar shadowed boy appears in a dream, he offers to help Rhea be free of the visions if she finds out his name. But every deal has a cost, and if she doesn’t succeed, her visions will get worse. In The Waking Forest by Alyssa Wees, Rhea struggles to hold on to what is a dream and what is reality. (YPF)

Other recommended titles:

  • Watch Hollow by Gregory Funaro (JF)
  • To Night Owl from Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan (JF)
  • Angryman by Gro Dahle, illustrated by Svein Nyhus (362.829 Dahle)
  • Heroine by Mindy McGinnis (YPF)
  • The Fever King by Victoria Lee (YPF)
  • We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Mejia (YPF)
  • Just for Clicks by Kara McDowell (YPF)

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YP February 2019