Nominations for the December 20 Capitol Choices agenda will be due at 11:59 PM on Thursday, December 12. Nominations for the 2014 List will still be accepted for the January 17 meeting as long as the books were published in 2013. The last date for any nominations of 2013 books will be on January 9, 2014.
A fascinating beach read for both genders. The point of view alternates between that of seventeen-year-old Sam, at the beach with his dad and older brother after his parents’ separation, and the collective narration of the summer girls. These beautiful mer-girls are compelled by a spell to leave the ocean and work at the beach until age 21. Why they are there and what will release them is a slowly-resolving mystery, as is the unusual attraction Sam holds for them. Lyrical and dreamlike, yet focused, with a true boy-voice. Fourteen and Up. Valerie Diamond
Jennifer Strange thought she was a fairly normal 15-year-old foundling indentured servant managing a magician's employment agency. Then came the prophecy of the last dragon's death. Now Jennifer's life is inextricably caught up in Maltcassian's fate. Subtle humor and gradual world-building combined with excellent narration make this an enjoyable and satisfying audiobook. -Colleen Beaupre
Blue, a clairvoyant teen, avoids the boys of Aglionby Academy until three youths on a mysterious quest visit her home for a psychic reading. This series’ opener offers unique magical elements, convincing characters, surprises, and action. In the fine audio, narrator Will Patton creates a distinct voice for each character that brings the story to life.
After a wealthy family hires Grisini, a talented street puppeteer, and his orphaned apprentices to entertain for their daughter Clara on her 12th birthday, Clara and Grisini disappear. In the search for Clara, the orphans encounter and outsmart both evil and magic.
The rollicking adventures of Tiffany Aching and her unpredictable “Wee Free Men” conclude as she takes on the malevolent dark force she may have mistakenly awakened and tries to regain the trust of the people of Chalk Hills.
An original musical score and sound effects enhance Jonathan Davis’s grave, confiding voice in this account of a young boy who moves to a small coastal village and realizes that something is wrong with his new home. When he and his sister befriend a local boy, the boy reveals their eerie connection to a nearby shipwreck and a sinister secret that threatens their lives.
Fearful and superstitious townsfolk drive orphaned Kate from her home. Alone except for Taggle, her cat, she joins the Roamers in a desperate quest to reclaim her shadow, having traded it to the dangerous witch, Linay, in exchange for the unspoken desire of her heart.