January 2014

These are the books the Children's Area staff reviewed in January 2014. Click on the "check the catalog" link to see if the book is available. If it isn't, ask a librarian to put it on hold for you.

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Iron Hearted Violet

In most fairy tales, princesses are beautiful, dragons are bad, kings are bold, and enemies are clear-cut and easily defeated. In most fairy tales, the princess doesn't save the world. Actually, in most fairy tales, everyone's pretty boring. This is not the case in Iron Hearted Violet, where the characters are as complex as they are unconventional. Princess Violet is not beautiful, but she is clever and brave. Along with her best friend, Demetrius, the son of the stable master, she explores the castle and "plays at stories." One day, the two children discover a hidden library, a mysterious book, and a strange and frightening painting. Violet's father goes on a quest to find the last known dragon for research purposes. While he is away, Violet's mother dies. Violet, angry and lonely, turns to the mysterious book and the story it holds- a forbidden story of a forgotten and long-sleeping evil, just beginning to awaken.

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Ike's Incredible Ink

Ike wants to write a story. But there are so many interesting things that are distracting. How can he ever write his story? He must need the PERFECT ink. Ike goes on a fantastical journey to create the perfect ink. Where will he go and what will he find? Will he ever get to write his story? Find out when you read Ike's Incredible Ink!

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