This month's "What's Your Fandom?" is featuring Harry Potter... aka "The Boy Who Lived." Many teens know by now that this muggle is a huge Potter fan, so I am delighted to share with you that I am JUST about finished with going back through the series via audio book (Dobby just died, btw, and I'm devastated...again!). We will be watching the film while making our very own wands with white printer paper, hot glue guns, and paint. Come and join other teens in the TeenScape tomorrow (2/26/15 @ 4pm)… Read More

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Staff Pick

by William Ritter

"Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1892, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary--including the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail has a gift for noticing ordinary but important details, which makes her perfect for the position of Jackaby’s assistant. On her first day, Abigail finds herself in the midst of a thrilling case: A serial killer is on the loose. The police are convinced it’s an ordinary villain, but Jackaby is certain it’s a nonhuman creature, whose existence the police--with the exception of a handsome young detective named Charlie Cane--deny." (Goodreads synopsis)

"It was late January, and New England wore a fresh coat of snow as I stepped along the gangplank to the shore." (Jackaby, Pg 1, Sentence 1).

If I had to rate this book, I'd give it a 4/5. I liked this book well enough, but it didn't wow me like some of the other YA books surrounding it on our New YA shelf. If you are a Sherlock Holmes fan, you'll like this book. I almost think I enjoyed the  secondary characters a little more than the primary. Captain Marlowe's relationship with Jackaby is hilarious and Jackaby's live in ghost Jenny is as cheeky as they get. The plot is fast paced as they jump from murder to murder trying to get ahead of the serial killer. With macabre crime scenes, slapping Irish women, and cute junior detectives...this book is sure to have something for everyone who enjoys a good Sherlock mystery!    ~Krystal

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