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Aug 30

Summer of '69 by Elin Hilderbrand Book Club Discussion Questions / Guide

Posted on August 30, 2019 at 2:23 PM by Lindsey Kult

We noticed that there aren't any book club questions for Elin Hilderbrand's Summer of '69 online. We are problem-solving librarians and set out to help fellow book lovers by creating a list of 9 questions for book clubs. We hope this list helps many book clubs have a meaningful discussion of this book.

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Apr 05

Series Saturday - Artemis Fowl

Posted on April 5, 2019 at 3:16 PM by Lindsey Kult

Artemis Fowl Series Collage with Movie Poster in the Center

It's time for a Series Saturday!  This week we are talking about a tween science fiction series - Artemis Fowl.  A movie based on the first two books is being released in August 2019, so it is the perfect time to start the series! Artemis Fowl is an anti-hero is the early books.  He is the product of a failing crime family and uses his genius for selfish motivations.  This changes as the books progress, but the charm and wit of Artemis remains.  All of the books are at the library and for download through Libby/OverDrive.  The Spanish and graphic novel editions are also available on Libby/OverDrive. 

Genre: 

Tween, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Fiction

Location in Howard Miller: 

Tween, TW COLFER

Setting: 

Alternate Earth with an Underworld full of mythical races (dwarves, leprechauns, fairies, etc.).  Colfer is an Irish author and much of the book takes place in Dublin or other areas of Ireland. 

Meet the Characters:

Artemis Fowl II is the 12 year-old evil genius descendant of a long line of criminals.  He is a socially awkward boy who dropped out of boarding school to take over the family business. 
Artemis Fowl I is Artemis II's father and former head of the Fowl criminal family.  The Russian Mafia kidnap him and is he presumed dead. 
Angeline Fowl is Artemis II's mother and wife of Artemis I.  After her husband's kidnapping she goes into a state of depression and insanity. 
Butler is the Fowls' manservant and Artemis II's best friend and bodyguard.  He is highly skilled as a martial artist and has many contacts in the criminal world.
Juliet Butler is Butler's younger sister and friend of Artemis II.  She is charming yet clueless.  She is as powerful and dangerous as her brother. 
Holly Short is an elf and the only female captain of the LEPrecon (Lower Elements Police recon).  She is kidnapped by Artemis II and held for a high ransom.  Her personality is loud and sarcastic. 
Foaly is a super intelligent centaur who works for the LEP.  He is as sarcastic as he is paranoid - he wears a tinfoil hat to keep human intelligence agencies from reading his mind!  His inventions help both Artemis II and Holly Short with their missions. 
Opal Koboi is a deranged, paranoid genius pixie who wants to take over the world and destroy LEP in the process.  She is as smart as Artemis II and quickly becomes his arch-nemesis. 
Mulch Diggums is a former mining dwarf, but decided stealing from "Mud Men" (humans) is a better gig.  He lacks the magic of fairies, but can speak numerous languages.
Julius Root is a commander of the LEP.  He is in charge of keeping fairies from contacting humans.  His personality is stiff and no-nonsense.
Briar Cudgeon is a deranged elf who works with Opal Koboi to attack Julius Root. 

Number in the Series: 

There are eight books in the series and we own all of them!  We also have them on hoopla (ebooks and graphic novels) and Libby/OverDrive (ebooks, graphic novels, Spanish ebooks, and audiobooks). 
  1. Artemis Fowl
  2. The Arctic Incident
  3. The Eternity Code
  4. The Opal Deception
  5. The Lost Colony
  6. The Time Paradox
  7. The Atlantis Complex
  8. The Last Guardian
Final Word: 

These books are funny, action-packed, and suspenseful for upper elementary students all the way through adults!  Underlying themes throughout the series includes greed, trust, good vs. evil, and doing the right thing because it is right or doing the wrong thing for personal gain. 
Jan 18

Series Saturday Tea Shop Mysteries

Posted on January 18, 2019 at 4:28 PM by Lindsey Kult

Tea Shop Mysteries 20 book collage Square

This week's Series Saturday is Laura Child's Tea Shop Mysteries!  This is a fun cozy mystery series that is perfect for a cold month like January! Even better, January is hot tea month. I would like to credit The Cozy Mystery List Blog for writing a great blog post about this series. You can read it in full here. Thank you Danna for your work!

Genre: 

Mystery, Cozy Mystery

Location in Howard Miller: 

Mystery, MYS CHILDS

Setting: 

This series takes place in Charleston, South Carolina

Meet the Characters: 

Theodosia Browning (Theo) is the proud owner/manager of Charleston's Indigo Tea Shop. It's a far cry from her previous profession as an advertising executive. She's very intelligent and street smart. You'll love her rescue dog, Earl Grey!

Drayton is Theo's employee and star tea taster. He is the genius behind Indigo Tea's tea blends. Drayton is the acting manager when Theo is off sleuthing and her "in" to Charleston society.

Haley is the shop's clerk and baker. She provides some wonderful comic relief! Her delicious recipes are in the back of the books. Between her and Drayton, Theo wouldn't be able keep the shop running and solve mystery. 

Delaine Dish is the town gossip and is an excellent source of information. She is the fashionista of the town and can get annoying. 

Jory Davis is the love interest of Theo. He's a lawyer who is torn between his devotion to Theo and to his job. 

Historic Charleston plays such a large role in these mysteries that we decided to add it as a character! Laura Childs is huge on descriptions. 

Number in the Series: 

There are currently 19 books in the series, but the 20th comes out in March! Click here to put a hold on her books.  

  1. Death by Darjeeling
  2. Gunpowder Green
  3. Shades of Earl Grey
  4. English Breakfast Murder
  5. The Jasmine Moon Murder
  6. Chamomile Mourning
  7. Blood Orange Brewing
  8. Dragonwell Dead
  9. The Silver Needle Murder
  10. Oolong Dead
  11. The Teaberry Strangler
  12. Scones & Bones
  13. Agony of the Leaves
  14. Sweet Tea Revenge
  15. Steeped in Evil
  16. Ming Tea Murder
  17. Devonshire Scream
  18. Pekoe Most Poison
  19. Plum Tea Crazy
  20. Broken Bone China
Final Word: 

While these books are quintessentially cozy mystery, down to the recipes listed in the back, Theo is not the cookie cutter cozy heroine. For one, she isn't afraid of technology (an odd stereotype for cozies, but noticeable). She also knows when to back off a case and only decides to investigate to protect her business or friends - at least in the first few books. Like all cozy mysteries, you have to wonder when her friends will realize that most people don't find a dead body once a year!