September 24, 2017

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Carry On

Rainbow Rowell. Macmillan/St. Martin's Griffin.

Gr 8 Up–In this ode to “Harry Potter,” “The Chosen One” trope, and fanfiction, Rowell creates an amusing but layered world filled with relatable protagonists, hero quests, and unforgettable friendships. Simon Snow, first introduced in Fangirl (2013), is fated to change the world of magic but can’t seem to control his powers. When he realizes that he would rather kiss than kill his nemesis, the teen wizard is finally able to fulfill his destiny. Equal parts fantasy and realistic fiction, this genre-bending title, overflowing with joy and magic, tackles big questions, such as identity, love, class, and power.

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Coinciding with Brooklyn Book Festival, this special-engagement event on September 15 will feature both Festival and metropolitan-area authors with panels modeled on Library Journal and School Library Journal’s long-running and annually sold-out Day of Dialog events. Get the inside scoop on the hottest new books—plus book giveaways and author signings!