NovelCon: Costume Contest

Voting is open for our 2017 NovelCon Costume Contest! Check out these amazing designs and then vote for your top-three favorites in the comments section below the photos!

Number 1 Harry Potter


Number 2 Hermione Granger


Number 3 Queen Of Hearts and Card Soldier


Number 4 Ranger Maddie


Number 5 Ranger Gilan 


Number 6 Ranger Samuel 


Number 7 Link

Please vote for your three favorite designs in the comments section below (click here if you don’t see it). You must vote for three different designs for your vote to be counted. Simply list them like this:


First Place: photo # [fill in favorite costume number]

Second Place: photo # [fill in second-favorite costume number]

Third Place: photo # [fill in third-favorite costume number]


All positive comments will be published, votes will not be displayed. One online vote per person please.

Thanks for participating in this year’s costume contest, please share with friends and family so they can vote as well!

Free Audiobooks: Week 9 – SYNC 2017

Get two free audiobook downloads a week through August 16, 2017, through the SYNC 2017 program from AudioFile. You can download your audiobooks to the OverDrive app for free! Sign up for email or text alerts from AudioFile to learn about the weekly releases or check back on our blog for regular updates.

Here are this week’s free audiobook downloads.

More About This Week’s Giveaways

the Witch's Vacuum Cleaner

The Witch’s Vacuum Cleaner & Other Stories by Terry Pratchett

Do you believe in magic? Can you imagine a war between wizards? An exciting journey in an airship or down in a submarine? Would you like to meet the fastest truncheon in the Wild West?

The Witch’s Vacuum Cleaner is the second fabulously funny short-story collection from the late acclaimed storyteller Terry Pratchett. A follow-up to Dragons at Crumbling Castle, this second batch of storytelling gems features stories written when Sir Terry was just 17 years old and working as a junior reporter. In these pages, new Pratchett fans will find wonder, mayhem, sorcery and delight — and loyal readers will recognize the seeds of ideas that went on to influence his most beloved tales later in life.

As Neil Gaiman says, “a Terry Pratchett book is a small miracle” — and The Witch’s Vacuum Cleaner proves to be another miracle taking its place alongside Pratchett’s astounding and cherished body of work. –

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The Witches

The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff

The panic began early in 1692, over an exceptionally raw Massachusetts winter, when a minister’s niece began to writhe and roar. It spread quickly, confounding the most educated men and prominent politicians in the colony. Neighbors accused neighbors, husbands accused wives, parents and children accused one another. It ended less than a year later, but not before 19 men and women had been hanged and an elderly man crushed to death.

Speaking loudly and emphatically, adolescent girls stood at the center of the crisis. Along with suffrage and Prohibition, the Salem witch trials represent one of the few moments when women played the central role in American history. Drawing masterfully on the archives, Stacy Schiff introduces us to the strains on a Puritan adolescent’s life and to the authorities whose delicate agendas were at risk. She illuminates the demands of a rigorous faith, the vulnerability of settlements adrift from the mother country, perched — at a politically tumultuous time — on the edge of what a visitor termed a “remote, rocky, barren, bushy, wild-woody wilderness.”

With devastating clarity, the textures and tensions of colonial life emerge; hidden patterns subtly, startlingly detach themselves from the darkness. Schiff brings early American anxieties to the fore to align them brilliantly with our own. In an era of religious provocations, crowdsourcing, and invisible enemies, this enthralling story makes more sense than ever.

The Witches is Schiff’s riveting account of a seminal episode, a primal American mystery unveiled — in crackling detail and lyrical prose — by one of our most acclaimed historians. –

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Free Audiobooks: Week 8 – SYNC 2017

Download two free audiobooks a week through August 16, 2017, through the SYNC 2017 program from AudioFile. You can download your audiobooks to the OverDrive app for free! Sign up for email or text alerts from AudioFile to learn about the weekly releases or check back on our blog for regular updates.

Download this week’s free audiobooks.

More About This Week’s Giveaways


the red umbrella

The Red Umbrella by Christina Diaz Gonzalez

The Red Umbrella is the moving tale of a 14-year-old girl’s journey from Cuba to America as part of Operation Pedro Pan — an organized exodus of more than 14,000 unaccompanied children, whose parents sent them away to escape Fidel Castro’s revolution.

In 1961, two years after the communist revolution, Lucía Álvarez still leads a carefree life, dreaming of parties and her first crush. But when the soldiers come to her sleepy Cuban town, everything begins to change. Freedoms are stripped away. Neighbors disappear. Her friends feel like strangers. And her family is being watched.

As the revolution’s impact becomes more oppressive, Lucía’s parents make the heart-wrenching decision to send her and her little brother to the United States — on their own.

Suddenly plunked down in Nebraska with well-meaning strangers, Lucía struggles to adapt to a new country, a new language, a new way of life. But what of her old life? Will she ever see her home or her parents again? And if she does, will she still be the same girl?

The Red Umbrella is a moving story of country, culture, family, and the true meaning of home. –

the souls of black folk


The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois

William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (1868-1963) is the greatest of African-American intellectuals — a sociologist, historian, novelist and activist whose astounding career spanned the nation’s history from Reconstruction to the civil rights movement. Born in Massachusetts and educated at Fisk, Harvard and the University of Berlin, Du Bois penned his epochal masterpiece, The Souls of Black Folk, in 1903. It remains his most studied and popular work; its insights into life at the turn of the 20th century still ring true.–

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Fiction Feature: New Mysteries

Start off your summer with some thrilling new mysteries! Check these out:

The Pearl Thief

by Elizabeth Wein

When 15-year-old Julia Beaufort-Stuart wakes up in the hospital, she knows the lazy summer break she’d imagined won’t be exactly like she anticipated. And once she returns to her grandfather’s estate, a bit banged up but alive, she begins to realize that her injury might not have been an accident. One of her family’s employees is missing, and he disappeared on the very same day she landed in the hospital.

Desperate to figure out what happened, she befriends Euan McEwen, the Scottish Traveller boy who found her when she was injured, and his standoffish sister, Ellen. As Julia grows closer to this family, she experiences firsthand some of the prejudices they’ve grown accustomed to, a stark contrast to her own upbringing, and finds herself exploring thrilling new experiences that have nothing to do with a missing-person investigation.

Julia’s memory of that day returns to her in pieces, and when a body is discovered, her new friends are caught in the crosshairs of long-held biases about Travellers. Julia must get to the bottom of the mystery in order to keep them from being framed for the crime.

One of Us Is Lying

by Karen M. McManus

Pay close attention and you might solve this. On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention. Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule. Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess. Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing. Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher. And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom alive, and according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose? Everyone has secrets, right?  What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

Firebrand (Alternative Detective #2)

by A.J. Hartley

Once a steeplejack, Anglet Sutonga is used to scaling the heights of Bar-Selehm. Nowadays she assists politician Josiah Willinghouse behind the scenes of Parliament. When government plans for a secret weapon are stolen, their investigation leads right to the doorsteps of the city’s super-exclusive social club, Elitus. Ang has a chance to catch the thief, but only if she can pass for a foreign princess. Her best chance to learn the ways of royalty lies in the aloof Dahria Willinghouse and the intense Madame Nahreem, a woman possessing high standards and unusual pets.

Yet Ang has other things on her mind. Refugees from the north are trickling into the city, but an ambitious politician is proposing extreme measures to get rid of them. She soon discovers that one theft could spark a conflagration of conspiracy that threatens the most vulnerable of Bar-Selehm. Unless she can stop it.

Sherlock: A Study in Pink

by Steven Moffat
Adapting the episodes of the smash-hit BBC America/Hartswood Films TV show that sees Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Watson (Martin Freeman) tackling brain-teasing crimes in modern-day London, this stunning manga is presented in its original right-to-left reading order, and in the full chapters as originally serialized. Meet Sherlock and Watson for the first time … all over again!

The Disappearances

by Emily Bain Murphy

What if the ordinary things in life suddenly disappeared? Aila Quinn’s mother, Juliet, has always been a mystery: Vibrant yet guarded, she keeps her secrets beyond Aila’s reach. When Juliet dies, Aila and her younger brother, Miles, are sent to live in Sterling, a rural town far from home — and the place where Juliet grew up. Sterling is a place with mysteries of its own, a place where the experiences that weave life together — scents of flowers and food, reflections from mirrors and lakes, even the ability to dream — vanish every seven years. No one knows what caused these “disappearances,” or what will slip away next. But residents of Sterling always suspected that Juliet Quinn was somehow responsible, and Aila must bear the brunt of their blame while she follows the chain of literary clues her mother left behind.

As the next disappearance nears, Aila begins to unravel the dual mystery of why the disappearances happen and who her mother truly was. One thing is clear: Sterling isn’t going to hold on to anyone’s secrets for long before it starts giving them up.

New Releases in June

These are some of the most anticipated YA releases in June. Make sure you have these hot, new books on hold.

Our Dark Duet

by Victoria Schwab

Release Date: June 13

The sequel to This Savage Song examines what makes a monster and what makes a human. It takes place six months after the first book, and Kate and August don’t know what could possibly throw their world more out of sync.

Now I Rise

by Kiersten White

Release Date: June 27

In this second book in the And I Darken series, Lada and her brother must decide what is worth sacrificing in order to achieve their destinies as the world crumbles around them.

Dividing Eden

by Joelle Charbonneau

Release Date: June 6

When the monarch is assassinated, a Trial of Succession is the only way to determine a new ruler. Twins Carys and Andreus have always protected each other, until the throne comes between them.

Midnight Jewel

by Richelle Mead

Release Date: June 27

Set in the same world as The Glittering Court, Richelle Mead delves into the underbelly. Mira has a questionable past but seizes the opportunity to join the Glittering Court, though her secrets may impede her success more than she could have ever imagined.

The Possible

by Tara Altebrando

Release Date: June 6

Kaylee’s mother is serving a life sentence for murdering Kaylee’s little brother. All she has tried to do is escape her mother’s infamous past. But when Kaylee gets the offer to investigate the supernatural rumors surrounding her mom, she might have to confront not only her mother’s secrets, but also her own.

Once and for All

by Sarah Dessen

Release Date: June 6

Louna is the daughter of a wedding planner and she has seen it all: the good, the bad, and the ugly. It’s made her skeptical about love and the point of it all. But when serial dater Ambrose enters her life, it’s all Louna can do to keep him at arm’s length.

Obsidian & Stars

by Julie Eshbaugh

Release Date: June 13

It’s Mya’s turn in this anticipated sequel to Ivory and Bone. While she may be planning her life with Kol, Mya learns of a surprise proposal between her younger sister and abusive Morsk. The only way to avoid this tragedy is for Mya to marry Morsk herself. Set in prehistoric times, it is a classic tale of love versus duty as Mya must decide between her future and the future of her loved ones.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice & Virtue

by Mackenzi Lee

Release Date: June 27

Set in 18th century Europe, best friends Monty and Percy stumble upon a magical artifact that leads them from Paris to Venice. Along the way they face pirates, become the center of a dangerous manhunt, and must confront their more-than-friends feelings for each other.


What are you looking forward to reading in June? Let us know in the comments below!