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Brisingr, or, The seven promises of Eragon Shadeslayer and Saphira Bjartskular book cover
Brisingr, or, The seven promises of Eragon Shadeslayer and Saphira Bjartskular book cover

Brisingr, or, The seven promises of Eragon Shadeslayer and Saphira Bjartskular

Christopher Paolini

eBOOK
Fantasy

The further adventures of Eragon and his dragon Saphira as they continue to aid the Varden in the struggle against the evil king, Galbatorix.

In the third installment of the Inheritance Cycle, I was still enthralled by Christopher Paolini’s dedication to the intricate construction of this fantasy world. The kingdom of Alagaesia is as familiar as an old friend by the time you reach the end of the third book. I was also impressed by the wide range of characters, readers become invested in the battle campaign of the Varden as they learn about many of those involved. As I read about Eragon and the Varden slowly advancing towards Uru’Baen to confront Galbatroix, I was expecting to be impatient with the endless battle scenes. However, there is variety in the character perspectives, plot twists, and settings which made the campaigning portion of this series enjoyable. Throughout the series, there are many subtle quests and mysteries built into the larger storyline. This continues in the third book, much to my delight. Keep your eyes peeled for when events of seemingly small significance reappear later in the storyline. -Lauren

The evolution of Calpurnia Tate book cover
The evolution of Calpurnia Tate book cover

The evolution of Calpurnia Tate

Jacqueline Kelly

eBOOK
Kids

In central Texas in 1899, eleven-year-old Callie Vee Tate is instructed to be a lady by her mother, learns about love from the older three of her six brothers, and studies the natural world with her grandfather, the latter of which leads to an important discovery.

Calpurnia has to deal with breaking the mold for girls in her place and time and come to terms with growing up. The chapters are a series of vignettes in her life with six brothers in a small Texas town on the cusp of the 20th century. The writing is clever, funny, and beautiful. -Anne W

Harry Potter and the sorcerer's stone book cover
Harry Potter and the sorcerer's stone book cover

Harry Potter and the sorcerer's stone

J. K Rowling

eBOOK
Kids, Fantasy, Adventure

Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Wizards and Witches. This is the first Hary Potter book.

My daughter and I are taking this opportunity to read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone together. This is the first time I’ve stepped back into Rowling’s world since finishing the series thirteen years ago. -Casey

The birchbark house book cover
The birchbark house book cover

The birchbark house

Louise Erdrich

eAUDIO
Kids

This is a vital and dramatic novel of a year in the life of a young Ojibwa girl in the mid-1800s.

Birchbark is a great parallel for readers who enjoy the Little House books. Louise Erdrich provides a unique perspective into Ojibwa daily life during the nineteenth-century. The story is divided into the four seasons and told through the eyes of 7-year-old, Omakayas. Readers learn about a Native American family’s daily life, traditions, and connection with nature. Erdrich, a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwa, was able to weave in her research, observations, and conversations with Ojibwa elders into a narrative that is accessible to middle-grade children. -Becky

Vegan with a vengeance : over 150 delicious, cheap, animal-free recipes that rock book cover
Vegan with a vengeance : over 150 delicious, cheap, animal-free recipes that rock book cover

Vegan with a vengeance : over 150 delicious, cheap, animal-free recipes that rock

Isa Chandra Moskowitz

eBOOK
Nonfiction, Cookbooks

One thing I dream about in my imagined post-quarantine life is visiting Isa Chandra Moskowitz's restaurant Modern Love in Omaha, Nebraska. I am a big fan of her cookbooks. I've never met a recipe of hers that I didn't like. We have more of her cookbooks in print at ICPL, but I'll take this e-book while I wait to be able to hold her books with my own, garlic-scented fingers. -Melody

Anne of Green Gables book cover
Anne of Green Gables book cover

Anne of Green Gables

L. M. (Lucy Maud) Montgomery

eBOOK
Kids, Fiction

Anne, an eleven-year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely, middle-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm and proceeds to make an indelible impression on everyone around her.

Someone gifted me a box set of the Anne of the Green Gables books when I was ten or so, since plucky orphan Anne Shirley and I share a first name, and I never read them. They sat on my bookcase through the whole remainder of my childhood without ever being touched. Now that I’ve finally gotten around to reading Anne of Green Gables, I’m totally kicking myself for what I’ve been missing all these years. Who knew the humor in a book published in 1908 could hold up so well? I laughed out loud several times. Anne is a delightful character and her bold, dramatic dialogue is fun to read. To quote from the book itself, this book is one full of “tang and zest.” -Anne W

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