The strange desert town of the Welcome to Night Vale Podcast is brought to the shelves in this smart, funny, and wonderfully weird mystery. Follow Jackie and Diane as they search for truths in a connected past, a stranger no one can remember, and themselves- all for an uncertain future in a town we may never understand (but love to death). You can read this new original story without ever having listened to the podcast!
Tiffany Aching has a frying pan and is not afraid to use it. This young aspiring witch stares down nightmares and knocks out the monsters leaking onto her family's farm through a doorway to fairyland. When her little brother is taken by the fairy queen, she must use her first sight, second thoughts, and some help from the wee free men- an army of blue-tattooed, red-haired, sword-wielding 6-inch-tall pictsies- to get him back. If you like smart heroines and hilarious writing, you will love the Wee Free Men.
Your favorite creepy desert community is back in volume 2 of the Welcome to Night Vale podcast episodes. One year after it all began... A big corporation moves into town, threatening all that Night Vale citizens hold dear. A militia of well-read children rises up. A literal five-headed dragon and the Faceless Old Woman who secretly lives in your home campaign for the town's mayoral seat. A faithful community radio host tells all. Each episode features illustrations by Jessica Hayworth and new behind-the-scenes writing from one of the writers, cast members, or others involved in creating this series. This is a great way for new fans to catch up on the podcast and for regular listeners to become even more immersed in the beautiful strangeness of Night Vale. (Don't forget to start with Mostly Void, Partially Stars for the first year of episodes!)
Cather Avery is huge in the Simon Snow fandom- her fanfiction gets thousands of hits every day, and she has a regular following of fans. To Cath and her twin sister Wren, Simon Snow is their childhood- but will she be able to hang on to the story she loves after her first year of college, where she struggles to balance school, family issues, and her sanity? Find out in this fantastic novel. I love Rainbow Rowell's books, and her honest, thoughtful writing really struck a chord with me the first time I read this. For anyone who has been a fan (of anything, really) or found themselves staying in to read instead of going out.
Three best friends adapt to their new Middle School environment where everything changes- from responsibilities to relationships. As Bridge takes us through her year of 7th grade, another narrator- this one a high school freshman- goes through one day. These two stories come together in a perfect "aha!" moment that sheds life on friendships, identity, and the middle school experience. Very relatable for those going into middle school (and those who really want to forget about those years forever).
Bob Proehl captures the power of stories and the impact they have on the lives of ordinary people- like a 20-somethings comics illustrator, a corporate comic book writer, a single mother (ex-star of a popular sci-fi show) and her nine-year-old son, who wants to write a story of his own. As this cast of characters hops across the country from fan convention to fan convention, their lives change, intertwine, and unfold before them. Proehl writes the perfect book for anyone who appreciates the value of stories, from origins to end, from writers and artists to fans and consumers. A Hundred Thousand Worlds provides an interesting view of the fandom world, the comic-con experience, and the relationships between fans and stories and creators.
The Night Circus pairs lovely prose with deep, human stories This beautiful story will immerse you in the wonder-filled world of Le Cirque des Reves and the secret, magical competition taking place within as it travels around the world, picking up a devoted and thoughtful following of people who are touched by the magic of the circus. A pair of young magicians compete with tents of new marvels, each more magnificent than the last, as they work out the mystery behind the competition they have been selected for and the inevitable outcome that one of them must face. Read this book- your heart will thank you for it.
As Salamanca (nicknamed Sal) tells her grandparents a story on their long road trip, she slowly reveals bits of her own until the two come together like the last piece falling into its place in a puzzle. My favorite teacher loaned me her copy of Walk Two Moons in elementary school, and I was captivated by this beautiful story on family, friendships, grief, and understanding. This book is unforgettable. Favorite quote: "huzza, huzza."
I LOVE Nimona! Noelle Stevenson is probably my favorite comics writer, and this funny and epic graphic novel (originally an online webcomic) is my favorite of her work. Nimona is shape-shifting sidekick to Lord Ballister Blackheart, the villain of the kingdom who works to take down the revered Institute and his nemesis, Sir Goldenloin. But the Institute isn't as pristine as it seems, and neither is Nimona. What are their secret? Find out in this fantastic story, full of magic, science, and evil plans.