Engage patrons with the only global eBook club
Offered several times throughout the year, Big Library Read provides participating OverDrive library and school partners free simultaneous access to a selected title that any reader with a library card or student ID can instantly start reading without holds or waitlists.
For the first time ever we’re offering two titles to choose. To help boost engagement, the Big Library Read titles are prominently displayed on OverDrive-powered library websites and discoverable through the digital library catalog.
Big Library Read: October 7 – 21, 2015
THE DOOR IN THE HEDGE
by Robin McKinley
Suitable for ages 10 and up.
“The last mortal kingdom before the unmeasured sweep of Faerieland begins has at best held an uneasy truce with its unpredictable neighbor. There is nothing to show a boundary, at least on the mortal side of it; and if any ordinary human creature ever saw a faerie—or at any rate recognized one—it was never mentioned; but the existence of the
boundary and of faeries beyond it is never in doubt either.” So begins “The Stolen Princess,” the first story of this collection, about the meeting between the human princess Linadel and the faerie prince Donathor. “The Princess and the Frog” concerns Rana and her unexpected alliance with a small, green, flipper-footed denizen of a pond in the palace gardens. “The Hunting of the Hind” tells of a princess who has bewitched her beloved brother, hoping to beg some magic of cure, for her brother is dying, and the last tale is a retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses in which an old soldier discovers, with a little help from a lavender-eyed witch, the surprising truth about where the princesses dance their shoes to tatters every night.
Robin McKinley has won various awards and citations for her writing, including the Newbery Medal for The Hero and the Crown a Newbery Honor for The Blue Sword, and the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature for Sunshine. Her other books include the New York Times bestseller Spindle’s End; two novel-length retellings of the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Beauty and Rose Daughter; Deerskin, another novel-length fairy-tale retelling, of Charles Perrault’s Donkeyskin; and a retelling of the Robin Hood legend, The Outlaws of Sherwood. She lives with her husband, the English writer Peter Dickinson; three dogs (two hellhounds and one hellterror); an 1897 Steinway upright; and far too many rosebushes.
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IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS
by Cat Winters
Suitable for ages 14 and up.
Note: Contains mature themes/language.
In 1918, the world seems on the verge of apocalypse. Americans roam the streets in gauze masks to ward off the deadly Spanish influenza, and the government ships young men to the front lines of a brutal war, creating an atmosphere of fear and confusion. Sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches as desperate mourners flock
to séances and spirit photographers for comfort, but she herself has never believed in ghosts. During her bleakest moment, however, she’s forced to rethink her entire way of looking at life and death, for her first love—a boy who died in battle—returns in spirit form. But what does he want from her? Featuring haunting archival early-twentieth-century photographs, this is a tense, romantic story set in a past that is eerily like our own time.
Cat Winters was born and raised in Southern California. She received degrees in drama and English from the University of California, Irvine, and formerly worked in publishing. Her critically acclaimed debut novel, In the Shadow of Blackbirds, was named a 2014 Morris Award Finalist, a School Library Journal Best Book of 2013, a 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults pick, and a 2013 Bram Stoker Award Nominee. Her second novel, The Cure for Dreaming, was named to ALA’s 2015 Amelia Bloomer Project, the 2014 Tiptree Award Longlist, and VOYA’s 2014 Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror. Her upcoming novels include The Steep and Thorny Way (YA fiction, March 2016). Cat lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and kids.
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