Books for Snowy Days

Whether you are in the ski lodge taking a break from the slopes or cozy at home with some hot chocolate, we’ve got you covered with these snowy-day books.

wintersmithWintersmith by Terry Pratchett

Tiffany Aching is a trainee witch — now working for the seriously scary Miss Treason. But when Tiffany witnesses the Dark Dance — the crossover from summer to winter — she does what no one has ever done before and leaps into the dance, into the oldest story ever, and draws the attention of the Wintersmith himself.

As Tiffany-shaped snowflakes hammer down on the land, can Tiffany deal with the consequences of her actions?

 

 

afterthesnowAfter the Snow by S.D. Crockett

Fifteen-year-old Willo was hunting when the trucks came and took his family away. Left alone in the snow, Willo becomes determined to find and rescue his family, and he knows just who to talk with to learn where they are. He plans to head across the mountains and make Farmer Geraint tell all.

Along the way, he finds Mary, a starving refugee from the city, whose father is lost. The smart thing would be to leave her alone, but Willo can’t do it. However, with the world trapped in an ice age, the odds of them surviving on their own are not good. And even if Willo manages to keep Mary safe, what about his family?

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Great Reads Published the Year You Were Born: 2002

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Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Coraline’s often wondered what’s behind the locked door in the drawing room. It reveals only a brick wall when she finally opens it; but when she tries again later, a passageway mysteriously appears. Coraline is surprised to find a flat decorated exactly like her own, but strangely different. And when she finds her “other” parents in this alternate world, they are much more interesting despite their creepy black button eyes. When they make it clear, however, that they want to make her theirs forever, Coraline begins a nightmarish game to rescue her real parents and three children imprisoned in a mirror. With only a bored-through stone and an aloof cat to help, Coraline confronts this harrowing task of escaping these monstrous creatures.

 

 

city-of-the-beastsCity of the Beasts by Isabel Allende

Fifteen-year-old Alexander Cold is about to join his fearless grandmother on the trip of a lifetime. An International Geographic expedition is headed to the dangerous, remote wilds of South America on a mission to document the legendary yeti of the Amazon, known as the Beast.

But there are many secrets hidden in the unexplored wilderness, as Alex and his new friend Nadia soon discover. Drawing on the strength of their spirit guides, both young people are led on a thrilling and unforgettable journey to the ultimate discovery.

 

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Great Reads Published the Year You Were Born: 2001

Enjoy these reads from 2001!

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A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park

Tree-ear, an orphan, lives under a bridge in Ch’ulp’o, a potters’ village famed for delicate celadon ware. He has become fascinated with the potter’s craft; he wants nothing more than to watch master potter Min at work, and he dreams of making a pot of his own someday. When Min takes Tree-ear on as his helper, Tree-ear is elated — until he finds obstacles in his path: the backbreaking labor of digging and hauling clay, Min’s irascible temper, and his own ignorance. But Tree-ear is determined to prove himself — even if it means taking a long, solitary journey on foot to present Min’s work in the hope of a royal commission. Even if it means arriving at the royal court with nothing to show but a single celadon shard.

 

 

 

howlsmovingcastleHowl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Sophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate. But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrid spell that transforms her into an old lady. Her only chance at breaking it lies in the ever-moving castle in the hills: the Wizard Howl’s castle. To untangle the enchantment, Sophie must handle the heartless Howl, strike a bargain with a fire demon, and meet the Witch of the Waste head-on. Along the way, she discovers that there’s far more to Howl — and herself — than first meets the eye.

 

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Great Reads Published the Year You Were Born: 2000

The new millennium was thrilling, and here are four thrilling books from that year.

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Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz

Alex Rider’s world is turned upside down when he discovers that his uncle, who was also his guardian, has been murdered. The 14-year-old makes one discovery after another until he is sucked into his uncle’s undercover world. The Special Operations Division of MI6, his uncle’s real employer, blackmails the teen into serving England. After two short weeks of training, Alex is equipped with several special toys, like a Game Boy with unique cartridges that allow it to scan, fax, and emit smoke bombs. Alex’s mission is to complete his uncle’s last assignment: to discover the secret that Herod Sayle is hiding behind his generous donation of supercomputers to every school in the country. When Alex enters Sayle’s compound in Port Tallon, he discovers a strange world of secrets and villains, including Mr. Grin, an ex-circus knife catcher, and Yassen Gregorovich, professional hit man.

 

 

hopeHope Was Here by Joan Bauer

Hope Yancey and her Aunt Addie, a much-sought-after diner cook, have toured the country one diner at a time. With each move, the teen leaves her mark, “HOPE WAS HERE,” in ballpoint pen somewhere on the premises. Now in Mulhoney, Wisconsin, she has no idea that the residents of this small town will make their mark on her. G.T. Stoop, the Quaker owner of the Welcome Stairways diner, has leukemia, and while the disease can keep him from running the diner he loves, it can’t keep him from running for mayor against a corrupt incumbent. Taking part in his campaign allows Hope to get to know Braverman, a fellow worker at the Welcome Stairways and G.T.’s greatest supporter.

 

 

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Awesome Audiobooks, Vol. 2

DCL audiobook lovers: Here are the award-winning YA audiobooks for 2016. They cover various genres, so challenge yourself and give one a try!

2016 Audie Award Winner:

lairofdreamsLair of Dreams (Diviners #2) by Libba Bray

The longing of dreams draws the dead, and this city holds many dreams.

After a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O’Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. With her uncanny ability to read people’s secrets, she’s become a media darling, earning the title “America’s Sweetheart Seer.” Everyone’s in love with the city’s newest It Girl … everyone except the other Diviners.

Piano-playing Henry DuBois and Chinatown resident Ling Chan are two Diviners struggling to keep their powers a secret — for they can walk in dreams. And while Evie is living the high life, victims of a mysterious sleeping sickness are turning up across New York City.

As Henry searches for a lost love and Ling strives to succeed in a world that shuns her, a malevolent force infects their dreams. And at the edges of it all lurks a man in a stovepipe hat who has plans that extend further than anyone can guess. As the sickness spreads, can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld to save the city? Continue reading “Awesome Audiobooks, Vol. 2”