BOB Book Winner 2018 – Fantasy

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke


Have you ever wondered what would happen if a character in a book you were reading suddenly came to life?  Meggie’s father is a book binder. Nine years ago he read a story aloud called “Inkheart” and accidentally released an evil character from the book into our world!  Whenever this happens, of course, a living person is always sent back into the book to replace the one that is let out.  That’s why Meggie’s mother disappeared.  Now Meggie and her father – and a mysterious man called Dustfinger- have to flee from the villain and find the author for help.

This is book one of a trilogy. Each chapter begins with a quote from a children’s classic where book lovers are given a hint about what may happen next.

Beware of Chapter 14!

“The reason there’s no use looking,” said Mr. Beaver, “is that we know already where he’s gone!”  Everyone stared in amazement.  “Don’t you understand?” said Mr. Beaver.  “He’s gone to her, to the White Witch.  He has betrayed us all.” – C. S. Lewis,  The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

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Readers Wanted


The Chesapeake Public Library System will be holding a local author event at the Central Library on Saturday, October 29th from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. We will have local authors on hand to talk about their books, sell and autograph their books, discuss their work and writing process, and speak with any budding author who needs that spark of confidence. Laura Kitchell, author and editor, will give a talk on editors and what they can and can’t do for you at 11:30 am, and Denise Jeffries, Allie Marie, and Kristine Overbrook will discuss traditional publishing vs. self-publishing at 2:00 pm.

The following authors will be attending:

Alanea Alder Nikolas Larum
E. Ayers Andrew Linke
Karl Bogott Cecilie Linke
T.B. Bond Allie Marie
James Boyd Chris Martineau
Michelle Capucci Sophia McGregor
Kathy Collins Frank Monahan
J.D. Cunegan Kristine Overbrook
Dani Jace Ella Rite
Denise Jeffries Brenda Seabrooke
Barry Jordan Jr. Delona Southerland
Laura Kitchell Carolyn Spear
Daniele Lanzarotta

Attention Local Authors


Calling all local authors who want to meet up with readers and future writers! The Chesapeake Public Library will be holding its annual local author event, Read Local, on Saturday October 29, 2016 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. We will have local authors on hand to discuss their work and writing process, sell and autograph their books, and speak with any budding author who needs that spark of confidence. Here is the link to the registration:

We hope to see you there.

And the winner is…

Every January, I look forward to the announcement of the American Library Association (ALA) award winners for children.  Since I read reviews and order titles for my branch, it is interesting to see if I selected the titles that win.  A number of years ago, CPL staff had a Mock Newbery Award where staff read qualifying titles and discussed them before having their own vote. Many winners have become classics like Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell.


Island of the Blue Dolphins

Some years, a nonfiction title has won, such as Lincoln: a Photobiography by Russell Freedman.

    Lincoln: a Photobiography


Starting in 1994, with The Giver by Lois Lowry,  there was a trend where the winners were Teen titles.

 The Giver

Last year’s winner, CrossOver was  by Chesapeake’s very own Kwame Alexander, which was exciting and we were able to have him come to autograph copies.


In  2007 , a  533  page book (half illustrations) called The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick won not the Newbery but the Caldecott award for illustrations.

     Invention of Hugo Cabret

This year is even more unusual.  The winner, Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena, is a picture book, and also won as a Caldecott honor book.  Be sure to take a look for yourself, and enjoy the poetic writing and moving illustrations.

 Last Stop on Market Street

 What are your favorite award winners?

ALA Newbery Award Winners

Staff Review: Hunter by Mercedes Lackey

Mercedes Lackey has a new series out. Always good news in my world. I’ve been reading her books, from almost the beginning. In fact the two books I bought that introduced me to her world were Arrows of the Queen and Magic’s Pawn; books literally set in a world of her making. This time she has taken our world, set her stories in the future, and taken all of the monsters of myth and legend… and made them real. The monsters required people skilled at and trained in hunting them, which is where Joyeaux Charmand comes in. She has been hunting the monsters for the people in her tight knit mountain community since she was a child. But now she has been called to serve in Apex City, where the never ending battle for the safety of the city has been turned into a sporting event, which is used to hide the truth about how dangerous the monsters truly are. Continue reading “Staff Review: Hunter by Mercedes Lackey”