I love the smell of a new book. There is just something about that combination of paper, ink and glue that makes me feel like I am opening a present. The fact is a book is a present from an author who is sharing an idea or story with the rest of the world. And that is just magical.

Your library has a new supply of books for its juvenile and young adult readers. Nancy Drew, yes that Nancy Drew, is back in a series of graphic novels. We have two volumes of “Nancy Drew Diaries” and each contains two stories. Authored by Stefan Petrucha and Sho Murase, the stories are “The Haunted Dollhouse,” “The Girl Who Wasn’t There,” “The Demon of River Heights” and “Writ in Stone.” The stories are based on the series by Carolyn Keene. These books are a good way to introduce a classic character to reluctant readers.

“The Ghost at the Fire Station” and “The Secret Room” are the titles of volumes in “The Haunted Library” series written by Dori Hillestad Butler. The main character is Kaz, an ordinary ghost who is separated from his family and swept away to a library where he is afraid he will have to spend eternity. He is befriended by Claire, a human who can actually see him, and together they search for Kaz’s family and solve ghostly mysteries along the way.

We have “Balto of the Blue Dawn,” the 54th entry in the “Magic Tree House” series by Mary Pope Osborne. Yes, that’s right, the 54th book in the very popular series. These books, which have been very popular with our juvenile readers, are an excellent combination of magic, mystery, history and adventure. Check this one out!

El Chavo is back with a new adventure for our Spanish-language readers. The title of our latest bilingual addition is “el Chavo Estrella de Futbol.” Chavo and his friends can’t wait to see their favorite soccer team play at the stadium. But when they arrive at the match, their seats are in the last row. Can they find a way to get closer to the action? Read this book in Spanish or English and find out.

“Funny Bones-Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras” is the story of how Calaveras came to be. Calaveras are skeletons performing all sorts of activities, both everyday and festive, as created by Mexican artist Jose Guadalupe Posada. His drawings are synonymous with Mexico’s Dia de Muertos, Day of the Dead, festival. The book, written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh, is filled with beautiful drawings and fascinating text.

For fans of horror author Darren Shan, we have “Zom-B Fugitive,” the latest entry in the popular “Zom-B” series. In this book, B escapes the clown’s clutches and makes her way through the abandoned Underground of London. With the Angels’ base under siege by Mr. Dowling, B realizes only she can save humanity.


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