Friday, December 18, 2009

Happy Birthday Jenn way to ring it in!

Happy Birthday Jenn! Nothing like ringing in your birthday with fire alarms! Don't worry folks nothing was burning the store is still here. We just had a little technical issue this morning, so if you were walk by the store this morning and heard alarms EVERYTHING IS OK!

It didn't help that I forgot about the neighbor's burglar alarm and set that off as well while checking to make sure their store wasn't on fire. Which it wasn't!  Apparently dust bunnies are to blame...damn dust bunnies!

Wow those alarms are really loud...I still have ringing in my ears...and I got to talk to the OPP this morning!   Great job guys quick response!

Well speaking of fire the Olympic torch will be coming though the City on New Years Eve day.

The City of Temiskaming Shores and the New Liskeard BIA have asked the local business help out with the Torch relay event by decorating our store windows depicting different provinces.  

We are the Yukon. case you didn't recognize the  territorial flag    Check out our window.

You can check out the New Liskeard BIA website for event info

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Las Chicas Del Cafe Coffee back in stock

Chat Noir Books just got more Las Chicas Del Cafe coffee back in stock and freshly roasted! Also more 1901 coffee roast back in stock, we got a lot of really good feedback on the 1901 roast! Plus Las Chicas Del Cafe Holiday roast is in stock as well!


Monday, December 14, 2009

Last minutes Gift for Dad!

Looking for that last minute gift for dad, or your husband?  

Check out the Pocket Ref and Handyman in your pocket

Two Great books for the handyman in your family!

They work great as a stocking stuffer too! 

PocketRef was featured on MythBusters

"It's got everything in it... It should be in everyone's toolbox." Adam

Pocket Reference: Everything You Need, Right in Your Pocket!

Book Description
Information for do-it-yourselfers, engineers, craftsmen, students, teachers, managers, maintenance and industrial personnel, and travelers. The ultimate problem solver, and the perfect gift for the person who has everything, and it fits in your shirt pocket!

Handyman in your pocket

Book Description
The ultimate reference for contractors, builders, do-it-yourselfers, hardware specialists, and tradesmen. Seven hundred sixty-eight pages of info on carpentry, roofing, rope, pipes, pumps, bolts, lumber, welding, tools, electrical, conversion factors, and much more!

Best Bread Baking Books Ever!

The Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day, by Jeff Hertzberg M.D. and Zoe Francois is by far one of the best bread books out there today.  How do I know?   Well we have been baking mouth watering fresh bread for almost a year now.   So much so that my mother-in-law picked up their new book for me called Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day, as a subtle hint  that she would like to me to try making some breads with whole grains, fruits, vegetables nuts and seeds.   The Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day also makes a great Christmas present as chances are you will end up getting fresh bread out it!

What make these books so great is that the recipes are so easy that your kids can make the bread with a little help from their parents.  The secret is you mix the ingredients from their recipe into a container all at once, and then you let them sit for 2 hours.   No Kneading necessary!  Now you are ready to shape and bake the bread, or you can refrigerate the dough and use it over the next couple of weeks  All that is left to do is take a piece of dough from the container, shape it into a loaf.  Let it rise for 20 mins or more and then bake.   Let me tell you there is nothing like the smell of fresh bread baking!   All it takes is five minutes a day to prepare and  water, salt, flour, yeast and water.

Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day: 100 New Recipes Featuring Whole Grains, Fruits, Vegetables, and Gluten-Free I (Hardcover, 1st Edition)
Jeff Hertzberg Mark Luinenburg
Cooking / Methods - Baking / Courses & Dishes - Bread / Health & Healing
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Published: October 27, 2009

Book Description

With over 100,000 copies in print, Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day has proven that people want to bake their own bread, provided they can do it easily and quickly. Knowing that people are changing the way they eat and bake because of health concerns or lifestyle choices, the authors took their established methods and applied it to breads rich in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. That is where Healthy Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day comes in. Health-conscious bread-eaters need homemade options more than anyone else. They want delicious bread, but they can't find the healthy ingredients they'd like to use in traditional bakeries, or in traditional recipes. Whether you are looking for more whole grains, whether you're vegan, gluten-free, training for a triathlon, trying to reduced your cholesterol, or just care about what goes into your body, this book delivers. For all who discovered artisan bread through the first book and for health-conscious breadlovers everywhere, this book is a must-have. Includes Recipes for: Whole Grain Pizza with Roasted Red Peppers and Fontina Turkish-Style Pita Bread with Black Sesame Seeds Cherry Tomato Baguette Gluten-Free Rosemary Parmesan Bread Sticks Spicy Chile Whole Grain Snack Crackers Quinoa Bread Pistachio Swirled Brioche

The new issue of Mother Earth News also has a great article on Recipes for healthy No-Kneed Bread by Jeff Hertzberg M.D. and Zoe Francois!  We still have issues in-stock at the store!   

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Musician stuck in a storm

HWY 11 was closed by Gravehearst and Chloe is stuck on her way here. Just wanted to put a heads up that she might not make it. Sorry folks

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

2 Great Events Happen at Chat Noir this Weekend!

On Saturday Ms Chloe Charles will be providing the background ambiance during our book signing / author event at Chat Noir Books. and

Local author Rodney Scully will be in store signing copies of his novel The High Wizard of Silvinesh as well.  YOu can read more about his books at

Come on out and meet the author and hear some great music while you get your Christmas shopping done.

Chloe will also have CD's for sale!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans back in Stock!

We just got more Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans back in Stock on the coffee side.....MMMMMmmmmm Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans in both Dark Chocolate and Light Chocolate!

World of Warcraft Minitures 50% off

World of Warcraft Miniatures %50 off!  

We only have a few boxes left in the store, and we will not be getting any more in stock, these are a great deal! Plus they can also be used as D&D figures!

The Miniatures Game comes with everything 2 players need to play! Contains 4 Premium painted miniatures. The boosters contains 3 character cards, 3 random premium painted miniatures and 6 action bar cards to customize your character!.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Save your local economy...three stores at a time.

This is the time of year when projects like the 3/50 project can make a big difference to Independent businesses! Even just going into your favorite stores and saying "Merry Christmas. Thank for opening up shop, we love your store!" can make a big difference in someone's day! 

Save your local economy...three stores at a time.

The 3/50 project: Saving the Brick and Mortars our nation is built on.

3 Think about which three independently owned businesses you'd miss most if they were gone. Stop in and say Hello. Pick up a little something that will make someone smile. Your contribution is what keeps those businesses around.

50 If you just half the employed U.S. population spent $50 each month in independently owned businesses, their purchases would generate more than $42.6 billion in revenue.

68 For every $100 spent in independently owned stores. $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll, and other expenditures. If you spend that in a national chain, only $43 stays here. Spend it online and nothing comes home.

1 The number of people it takes to start the

Pick 3. Spend 50. Save your local economy.


Does the 50 in 3/50 mean as a consumer I need to spend $150 total each month?
No...well, not unless you want to (which would undoubtedly be fine with independent business owners). The idea is to commit $50 each month to locally owned businesses, total. Maybe that means rethinking where you currently invest your money, opting to pick up that birthday card or pair of jeans in a locally owned business instead of the big box you’ve been going to. Or maybe it means eating out once a month because you realize slamming the brakes on all spending stalls economic recovery. It’s just that simple.

Holiday Hours Dec 16 - Jan 2

Friday, December 4, 2009

Moonlight Madness Downtown New Liskeard Tonight!

Moonlight Madness Downtown New Liskeard Tonight!

Chat Noir Books will be open 6pm to 10pm!

We also have pick your own discount tonight starting at 6pm!

Magazines Canada 2009 Window Display

Just took down the window display we had up for Magazines Canada for the Month of November.

Just wanted to remind everyone that we carry a great selection of Canadain Magazines like The Beaver, The Brick, The Walrus, Alternatives, Sky News, Explore Magazine, ChicjaDee, Owl, Canadian Geographic, Canadian Horse Journal, Briarpatch, Canadian Dimension, This Magazine, Broken Pencil, Rampike, Cottage Life and many more!!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Canada Reads Disount package!

Chat Noir Books is offering a great deal just in time for Christmas!

Buy all 5 books at once before Feb 28th 2010 and get 10% off the Canada Reads Titles!!

Five Books
Five Panelist
Five Feisty Debaters
Canada Reads 2010
CBC Radio(We love you guys!)

Interview with Joseph Boyden

Just found a great Interview with Joseph Boyden from Serendipitous Readings blog. She also has a great review of Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden. You can check it out here.

"I have to say, this book totally blew me away with its really strong narrative, literally whisking me away to a place that I have lived close to in Northern Ontario that I had a hard time to even take a breath, much less do anything else until I finished the book"...Read More.

Check out the interview below:

A Man in the Tardise and Creepy Puppet Project!

In our November 20th, 2009 post "A Doctor Who Scarf and knitting books", we mentioned our friend Matt Ficner:

The guy in the photo who is wearing Bea's scarf and who took the picture is our other good friend Matt Ficner, also a man of many talents(and who we will talk about in a later post)!
What we didn't mention was that last month Bea, Jenn and I helped out with Matt's newest production "THE REVIVAL". It's not every day you get to help make a Skeleton dance with sparkling platform shoes along with 3 other people each trying to control limbs. I should also mention that Bea Demarce of the Match Factory, also made many of the costumes for the puppets as well!

Matt will be a guest on CBC radio this Saturday Morning on "In Town and Out"(The Show will be on CBC Ottawa local broadcast.) promoting the Creepy Puppet Project and "Tales from the Strypt" . Hope you can listen or if your in Ottawa hope you can attend the show!!! You can check out more of Matt Ficner's work on his Youtube page or

Of course we couldn't resist posting "THE REVIVAL: A Creepy Puppet Project presented by Matt Ficner". Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Moonlight Madness!! This Friday!

Moonlight Madness Downtown New Liskeard!
This Friday Dec 4 from 6pm to 10pm

Here are this years 5 books for Canada Reads 2010!!

The Panelists

Perdita Felicien is defending Fall on Your Knees
by Ann-Marie MacDonald

Samantha Nutt is defending The Jade Peony
by Wayson Choy

Roland Pemberton aka Cadence Weapon is defending Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture
by Douglas Coupland

Simi Sara is defending Good to a Fault
by Marina Endicott

Michel Vézina is defending Nikolski
by Nicolas Dickner, translated by Lazer Lederhendler

The Books

Fall on Your Knees (Paperback)
Ann-Marie Macdonald
Publisher: Knopf Canada
Published: August 26, 1997

Book Description
“What a wild ride — I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough,” Oprah Winfrey told her viewers as she announced Fall on Your Knees as her February 2002 Book Club selection. Set largely in a Cape Breton coal mining community called New Waterford, ranging through four generations, Ann-Marie MacDonald’s dark, insightful and hilarious first novel focuses on the Piper sisters and their troubled relationship with their father, James. Winner of the 1997 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book, it was a national bestseller in Canada for two years, and it has been translated into 17 languages.

At the start of the 20th century, James Piper sets fire to his dead mother’s piano and heads out across Cape Breton Island to find a new place to live, eventually eloping with 13-year-old Materia Mahmoud, the daughter of wealthy, traditional Lebanese parents. And so, from early on, Ann-Marie MacDonald establishes some major themes: racial tension, isolation, passion and forbidden love, which will gradually lead to incest, death in childbirth, and even murder. At the centre of this epic story is the nature of family love, beginning with the Piper sister who depend on one another for survival. Their development as characters — beautiful Kathleen, the promising diva; saintly Mercedes; Frances, the mischievous bad girl, who tries to bear the family’s burden; and disabled Lily, everyone’s favourite — forms the heart of the novel. And then there is James, their flawed father.

Moving from Cape Breton Island to the battlefields of World War I, to Harlem in New York’s Jazz Age and the Depression, the tense and enthralling plot of Fall on Your Knees contains love, pain, death, joy, and triumph. The structure of the narrative is multi-faceted, richly layered, and shifts back and forth through time as it approaches the story from different angles, “giving it a mythic quality that allows dark, half buried secrets to be gracefully and chillingly revealed” (The New York Times Book Review). As the details of the labyrinthine plot are pulled together, the question of whether it is possible to escape one’s family history gradually raises itself.

The book’s epigraph, taken from Wuthering Heights, seems appropriate to a novel concerned with the different, often violent, forms that love can take. On the inexorable journey towards tragedy we encounter dark yet vivid images of neglect and violence, yet the novel radiates an unquenchable life-force, and yet the novel radiates an unquenchable life-force, shimmering with emotional depth, sensual with virtuoso descriptions of the power of music. It is a saga haunted by ghosts and saints, religious fanaticism and magic. MacDonald gives the most ordinary lives extraordinarily dramatic dimensions.

About the Author
Ann-Marie MacDonald was born in West Germany and spent the first few years of her life on a Canadian air force station near Baden Baden. Her father was an officer in the RCAF and the family was posted numerous times.

She attended one year at Carleton University, Ottawa, studying languages and Classics. She went to the National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal where she trained as an actor, graduating from the program in 1980. She moved to Toronto where she began an acting career. She soon became involved in creating original Canadian work in a number of contexts: collective creation, collaboration and solo writing. The work always combined theatrical innovation, politics and entertainment. She worked as an independent artist, with Nightwood Theatre and Theatre Passe Muraille as her principal theatre “homes.” Her seminal works include the collective creation This is For You, Anna, and the multi-episodic Nancy Drew: Clue in the Fast Lane. Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) was MacDonald’s first solo-authored work.

She continued to work as an actor in theatres across the country and in many independent films, including I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing, Where the Spirit Lives and Better Than Chocolate. As well, she guest-starred on numerous television series, most recently Made in Canada. MacDonald was last on stage in the spring of 2001 when she starred in a sold-out production of Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) at the Bluma Appel Theatre in Toronto. Currently, MacDonald is host of the CBC series Life and Times.

Her more recent work for theatre includes the play The Arab’s Mouth, the libretto for the chamber opera Nigredo Hotel, the collectively created The Attic, The Pearls and Three Fine Girls in which she also performed, and, most recently, the book and lyrics for the musical comedy Anything That Moves.

MacDonald’s work as an actor and writer has been honoured with a number of awards, including the Governor General’s Award, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, the Canadian Authors’ Association Award, the Dartmouth Award, the Gemini Award, the Chalmers Award and the Dora Mavor Moore Award.

Fall on Your Knees was MacDonald’s first novel and is available from Vintage Canada. She lives in Toronto with her partner, her daughter and two dogs.


The Jade Peony(Paperback)
Wayson Choy
Fiction / Literary
Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre
Published: October 1, 1995

Book Description

"Beautifully written. . . . It renders a complex and complete human world, which by the end we have learned to love."

— The Boston Book Review

Chinatown, Vancouver, in the late 1930s and '40s provides the backdrop for this poignant first novel, told through the vivid reminiscences of the three younger children of an immigrant Chinese family. The siblings grapple with their individual identities in a changing world, wresting autonomy from the strictures of history, family, and poverty. Sister Jook-Liang dreams of becoming Shirley Temple and escaping the rigid, old ways of China. Adopted Second Brother Jung-Sum, struggling with his sexuality and the trauma of his childhood in China, finds his way through boxing. Third Brother Sekky, who never feels comfortable with the multitude of Chinese dialects swirling around him, becomes obsessed with war games, and learns a devastating lesson about what war really means when his 17-year-old babysitter dates a Japanese man.

Mingling with life in Canada and the horror of war are the magic, ghosts, and family secrets of Poh-Poh, or Grandmother, who is the heart and pillar of the family. Side by side, her three grandchildren survive hardships and heartbreaks with grit and humor. Like the jade peony of the title, Choy's storytelling is at once delicate, powerful, and lovely.

About the Author
Wayson Choy

Wayson Choy’s first novel, The Jade Peony, spent 26 weeks on the Globe and Mail’s bestseller list and won numerous awards. Other Press is reissuing The Jade Peony in February 2007. His bestselling memoir, Paper Shadows, was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award. Wayson Choy lives in Toronto.


Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture(Paperback)
Douglas Coupland
Fiction / Literary / Humorous
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Published: March 28, 1991

Book Description
Generation X is Douglas Coupland's acclaimed salute to the generation born in the late 1950s and 1960s — a generation known vaguely up to then as "twentysomething." Generation X has been Nominated for Canada Reads 2010! Click here for more information regarding Canada Reads. Andy, Claire, and Dag, each in their twenties, have quit "pointless jobs done grudgingly to little applause" in their respective hometowns and cut themselves adrift on the California desert. In search of the drastic changes that will lend meaning to their lives, they've mired themselves in the detritus of American cultural memory. Refugees from history, the three develop an ascetic regime of story-telling, boozing, and working McJobs — "low-pay, low-prestige, low-benefit, no-future jobs in the service industry." They create modern fables of love and death among the cosmetic surgery parlors and cocktail bars of Palm Springs, disturbingly funny tales of nuclear waste, historical overdosing, and mall culture. A dark snapshot of the trio's highly fortressed inner world quickly emerges — landscapes peopled with dead TV shows, "Elvis moments," and semi-disposable Swedish furniture. And from these landscapes, deeper portraits emerge, those of fanatically independent individuals, pathologically ambivalent about the future and brimming with unsatisfied longings for permanence, for love, and for their own home. Andy, Dag, and Claire are underemployed, overeducated, intensely private, and unpredictable. Like the group they mirror, they have nowhere to assuage their fears, and no culture to replace their anomie.

About the Author
Douglas Coupland was born on a NATO base in Germany in 1961. He is the author of the number-one international bestseller JPod and nine other novels including The Gum Thief, Hey Nostradamus!, All Families Are Psychotic and Generation X. His books have been translated into 35 languages and published in most countries around the world. He is also a visual artist and sculptor, furniture designer and screen-writer. He lives and works in Vancouver.


Good to a Fault (Paperback)
Marina Endicott
Publisher: Freehand Books
Published: July 1, 2009

Book Description
In a novel reminiscent of the work of Penelope Lively, Ann Tyler, and Alice Munro, acclaimed author Marina Endicott gives us one of the most satisfying, most profound, and most memorable reads of the year.

Absorbed in her own failings, Clara Purdy crashes her life into a sharp left turn, taking the young family in the other car along with her. When bruises on the mother, Lorraine, prove to be late-stage cancer, Clara—against all habit and comfort—moves the three children and their terrible grandmother into her own house.

We know what is good, but we don't do it. In Good to a Fault, Clara decides to give it a try, and then has to cope with the consequences: exhaustion, fury, hilarity, and unexpected love. But she must question her own motives. Is she acting out of true goodness, or out of guilt? Most shamefully, has she taken over simply because she wants the baby for her own?

What do we owe in this life, and what do we deserve? This compassionate, funny, and fiercely intelligent novel looks at life and death through grocery-store reading glasses: being good, being at fault, and finding some balance on the precipice.

About the Author
Marina Endicott was born in Golden, BC, and grew up in Nova Scotia and Toronto. She now lives in Edmonton and teaches creative writing at the University of Alberta.

Marina’s first novel, Open Arms, was nominated for the Amazon/Books In Canada First Novel award in 2002 and serialized on CBC Radio’s Between the Covers. Her stories have been featured in Coming Attractions and shortlisted for both the Journey Prize and the Western Magazine Awards. She’s had three plays produced and her long poem, The Policeman’s Wife, some letters, was shortlisted for the CBC Literary Awards in 2006. She is currently at work on a novel about the Belle Auroras, a sister-trio vaudeville act touring the Canadian prairies in 1909, as well as series of YA novels called Time in Hand.

Nikolski : A Novel (Paperback)
Lazer Lederhendler Nicolas Dickner
Fiction / Literary
Publisher: Shambhala
Published: May 12, 2009

Book Description
A sweet and quirky novel that follows three characters as they search for home while clinging to artifacts of their past: a misdirected compass, a book with no cover, and tales of piracy.

This is a story of three characters—Noah, Joyce, and the anonymous narrator—as each leave their far-flung birthplaces to follow their own personal songs of migration. All three end up in Montreal, each on his or her voyage of selfdiscovery, each compelled to deal with the mishaps of heartbreak and the twisted branches of their shared family tree. Filled with humor, charm, and marvelous storytelling, this novel links cartography, garbage-obsessed archeologists, pirates past and present, a mysterious book with no cover, and a broken compass whose needle obstinately points to the Aleutian village of Nikolski (a minuscule village inhabited by thirty-six people, five thousand sheep, and an indeterminate number of dogs). This is a sweet, well-told story about three characters
who break free from their families in order to live authentically.

About the Author
Nicolas Dickner won two literary awards for his first published
work, the short story collection L’encyclopedie du petit cercle. Born in
Riviere-du-Loup, Quebec, he traveled extensively in Europe and
Latin America before settling in Montreal. This is his first novel.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Great ideas for Young readers!

What can I say kids are reading and authors are responding, putting out great works of fiction, and non-fiction and I am not talking about Twilight or New Moon!! Here are just a few of the ones we have read and are recommending!


The Hunger games series is a no hold bars book that deals with some pretty heavy stuff, great to get young minds thinking!! Catching fire is the second book in this seiers, The Hungers(same name as the series) is also list below.
Catching Fire: The Second Book of The Hunger Games (Hardcover)
by Suzanne Collins
Series: Hunger Games # 2
Juvenile Fiction / Fantasy & Magic / Science Fiction / Action & Adventure

Book Description
Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.

Review quotes
"...enough action to please Hunger Games fans and leaves enough questions tantalizingly unanswered for readers to be desperate for the next installment."
- School Library Journal (starred review) August 13, 2009

The Hunger Games(Hardcover)
Suzanne Collins
Series: Hunger Games # 1
Juvenile Fiction / Fantasy & Magic / Action & Adventure / Science Fiction

Book Description
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the other districts in line by forcing them to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight-to-the-death on live TV. One boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and sixteen are selected by lottery to play. The winner brings riches and favor tohis or her district. But that is nothing compared to what the Capitol wins: one more year of fearful compliance with its rule. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her impoverished district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love. Acclaimed writer Suzanne Collins, author of the New York Times bestselling Underland Chronicles, delivers equal parts suspense and philosophy, adventure and romance, in this stunning novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present.

Review quotes
"{The Hunger Games} is a violent, jarring, speed-rap of a novel that generates nearly constant suspense... I couldn’t stop reading." - Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly "I was so obsessed with this book I had to take it with me out to dinner and hide it under the edge of the table so I wouldn’t have to stop reading... The Hunger Games is amazing." - Stephenie Meyer "{B}rilliantly plotted and perfectly paced." - John Green, New York Times Book Review "{A} plot-driven blend of suspense, science fiction, and romance." - USA Today "Enthralling, imaginative and creepy." - Los Angeles Times "
{A} superb tale" - Booklist, starred review "Readers will wait eagerly to learn more." - Publishers Weekly, starred review

About the Author
SUZANNE COLLINS’s debut novel, Gregor the Overlander, the first book in the Underland Chronicles, received wide praise both in the United States and abroad. The series has been a New York Times bestseller and received numerous accolades. Also a writer for children’s television, Suzanne lives with her family in Connecticut.

Malice is a graphic novel, book cross with a twist!

Malice (Hardcover)
Chris Wooding Dan Chernett
Series: Malice
Juvenile Fiction / Fantasy & Magic

Book Description
Everyone’s heard of it…but nobody’s read it. Luke, Seth, and Kady have heard all the stories about Malice—a secret comic about a strange, awful world full of tricks and traps, and overseen by a sinister master of ceremonies, Tall Jake. But if rumors are to be believed, the children in this comic are real…. Luke is the first to fall into this trap—and Seth and Kady are the next to follow. They have left our world and entered the sinister comic book. The question is—can they make it out alive? From acclaimed author Chris Wooding, a novel that’s half fact, half comic—and all thrills.

About the Author
Chris Woding’s acclaimed novels include The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray, Poison, Storm Thief, Kerosene, and Crashing. He lives all over the world.


Half-minute Horrors (Hardcover)
Susan Rich Various
Juvenile Fiction / Holidays & Celebrations - Halloween / Horror & Ghost Stories / Short Stories

Book Description
How scared can you get in only 30 seconds? Dare to find out with Half-Minute Horrors, a collection of deliciously terrifying short short tales and creepy illustrations by an exceptional selection of writers and illustrators, including bestselling talents Lemony Snicket, James Patterson, Neil Gaiman, R.L.Stine, Faye Kellerman, Holly Black, Melissa Marr, Margaret Atwood, Jon Scieszka, Brett Helquist, and many more. With royalties benefiting First Book, a not-for-profit organization that brings books to children in need, this is an anthology worth devouring. So grab a flashlight, set the timer, and get ready for instant chills!


Skeleton Creek (Hardcover)
Patrick Carman
Series: Skeleton Creek # 1
Juvenile Fiction / Mysteries, Espionage, & Detective Stories / Horror & Ghost Stories / Social Issues - Friendship

Book Description
Strange things are happening in Skeleton Creek . . . and Ryan and Sarah are trying to get to the heart of it. But after an eerie accident leaves Ryan housebound and forbidden to see Sarah, their investigation takes two tracks: Ryan records everything in his journal, while Sarah uses her videocam to search things out. . .and then email the clips for Ryan to see.

In a new, groundbreaking format, the story is broken into two parts -- Ryan's text in the book, and Sarah's videos on a special website, with links and passwords given throughout the book.

About the Author
Patrick Carman makes his home in the wilderness of eastern Washington and insists that it is a rather ordinary home and is not, in fact, surrounded by stone walls. He divides his time between writing, public speaking, spending time with his wife and two daughters, reading, fly fishing, para-gliding, and snowboarding. Before writing his first novel, Carman helped to create board games, websites, a mentoring program, and a radio music show.

Ghost in the Machine: Skeleton Creek 2 (Hardcover)
Patrick Carman
Series: Skeleton Creek # 2
Juvenile Fiction / Horror & Ghost Stories / Mysteries, Espionage, & Detective Stories

Book Description
Strange things are happening in Skeleton Creek... and Ryan and Sarah are trying to find out why. When the first book ended, Ryan and Sarah were trapped in a deadly darkness. In the second book, more of the mystery is revealed…as well as Ryan
and Sarah’s fate. To give anything else away would be...criminal.

About the Author
Patrick Carman is the author of The Land of Elyon books, which have spent over half a year on the New York Times bestseller list. He lives in Walla Walla, Washington.


Going Bovine(Hardcover)
Libba Bray
Juvenile Fiction / Boys / Social Issues - Emotions & Feelings / Social Issues - Adolescence

Book Description

Can Cameron find what he’s looking for?

All 16-year-old Cameron wants is to get through high school—and life in general—with a minimum of effort. It’s not a lot to ask. But that’s before he’s given some bad news: he’s sick and he’s going to die. Which totally sucks. Hope arrives in the winged form of Dulcie, a loopy punk angel/possible hallucination with a bad sugar habit. She tells Cam there is a cure—if he’s willing to go in search of it. With the help of a death-obsessed, video-gaming dwarf and a yard gnome, Cam sets off on the mother of all road trips through a twisted America into the heart of what matters most.

Review quotes
Starred Review, Booklist, August 1, 2009:
"An unforgettable, nearly indefinable fantasy adventure."

Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, August 3, 2009:
"Bray's surreal humor may surprise fans."

About the Author
Libba Bray is the author of the New York Times bestselling Gemma Doyle Trilogy. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her at

City of Bones (Paperback)
Cassandra Clare
Series: Mortal Instruments # 1
Juvenile Fiction / Fantasy & Magic / Lifestyles - City & Town Life / Social Issues - New Experience

Book Description

Their hidden world is about to be revealed....

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder -- much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Clary knows she should call the police, but it's hard to explain a murder when the body disappears into thin air and the murderers are invisible to everyone but Clary.

Equally startled by her ability to see them, the murderers explain themselves as Shadowhunters: a secret tribe of warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. Within twenty-four hours, Clary's mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a grotesque demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know....

Review quotes
"City of Bones has everything: vampires, werewolves, faeries, true love, and stuff that blows up. What's more, Clare's characters are brilliant -- she better not kill any of them off in the next two volumes!"-- Justine Larbalestier, author of Magic or Madness

About Cassandra Clare
Cassandra Clare worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. The Mortal Instruments trilogy has been on many bestseller lists. Cassandra lives in an old Victorian house in western Massachusetts with her fianc - , their cats, and lots and lots of books. Visit her website at Learn more about The Mortal Instruments trilogy at Learn about her new trilogy The Infernal Devices at

City of Ashes (Paperback)
Cassandra Clare
Series: Mortal Instruments # 2
Juvenile Fiction / Fantasy & Magic / Lifestyles - City & Town Life / Social Issues - New Experience

Book Description
Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what's normal when you're a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who's becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn't ready to let her go -- especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary's only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil -- and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings -- and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City's Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation.

Review quotes

"A gorgeous fantasty that's so good, it's dangerous."-- Holly Black

About Cassandra Clare
Cassandra Clare worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. The Mortal Instruments trilogy has been on many bestseller lists. Cassandra lives in an old Victorian house in western Massachusetts with her fianc - , their cats, and lots and lots of books. Visit her website at Learn more about The Mortal Instruments trilogy at Learn about her new trilogy The Infernal Devices at

City of Glass (Hardcover)
Cassandra Clare
Series: Mortal Instruments # 3
Juvenile Fiction / Fantasy & Magic / Lifestyles - City & Town Life / Social Issues - New Experience

Book Description
To save her mother's life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters -- never mind that enter-ing the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family's past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadow-hunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadow-hunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he's willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City -- whatever the cost?

Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the final installment of the New York Times bestselling trilogy The Mortal Instruments.

About Cassandra Clare
Cassandra Clare worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. The Mortal Instruments trilogy has been on many bestseller lists. Cassandra lives in an old Victorian house in western Massachusetts with her fianc - , their cats, and lots and lots of books. Visit her website at Learn more about The Mortal Instruments trilogy at Learn about her new trilogy The Infernal Devices at

The Prince of Neither Here Not There was an excellent read! Dare I say it could even be the Next Harry Potter?!

The Prince Of Neither Here Nor There (Paperback)
Sean Cullen
Juvenile Fiction

Book Description
The first book of The Chronicles of the Misplaced Prince is set in a world where Faeries exist, hidden in the cracks of our reality. Brendan, the hero of the stories, discovers that he is a Faerie who was lost in the human world. As a teenager in his first year of high school, he must come to grips with the fact that the family he has grown up with isn't really his family at all. Will he be forced to turn his back on his human parents and embrace his Faerie roots? How can he hope to survive in the face of otherworldly powers that are determined to destroy him before he can grasp the scope of his newfound birthright?

About the Author
Comedian Seán Cullen was a member of the highly influential musical comedy troupe Corky and the Juice Pigs until 1998. His stage and screen credits include CBC’s Seán Cullen Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the Showcase series Slings and Arrows, and the Toronto stage production of The Producers. He is the winner of two Gemini Awards.


Rangers Apprentice #1 Ruins Of Gorlan (Paperback)
John Flanagan
Series: Ranger's Apprentice # 1
Juvenile Fiction / Action & Adventure / Fantasy & Magic

Book Description
The battles and drama are nonstop in this latest installment of Flanagan's epic fantasy. Skandia's borders have been breached, and Araluen is next. If the two kingdoms are to be saved, an unlikely union must be made.


The Coyote Road (Paperback)
Ellen Datlow Terri Windling Charles Vess
Juvenile Fiction / Fantasy & Magic / Fairy Tales & Folklore - Anthologies / Short Stories

Book Description
Trickster characters have long been a staple of folk literature--and are a natural choice for the overarching subject of acclaimed editors Datlow and Windling's third mythic anthology containing a remarkable range of authors, each with his or her fictional look at a trickster character.


Leviathan (Hardcover)
Scott Westerfeld Keith Thompson
Series: Leviathan
Juvenile Fiction / Action & Adventure / Fantasy & Magic / Legends, Myths, & Fables

Book Description
It is the cusp of World War I, and all the European powers are arming up. The Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their Clankers, steam-driven iron machines loaded with guns and ammunition. The British Darwinists employ fabricated animals as their weaponry. Their Leviathan is a whale airship, and the most masterful beast in the British fleet.

Aleksandar Ferdinand, prince of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, is on the run. His own people have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battle-torn Stormwalker and a loyal crew of men.

Deryn Sharp is a commoner, a girl disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. She's a brilliant airman. But her secret is in constant danger of being discovered.

With the Great War brewing, Alek's and Deryn's paths cross in the most unexpected way...taking them both aboard the Leviathan on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure. One that will change both their lives forever.

About Scott Westerfeld
Scott Westerfeld's teen novels include the Uglies series, the Midnighters trilogy, The Last Days, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and the sequel to Peeps. Scott was born in Texas, and alternates summers between Sydney, Australia, and New York City.


Lips Touch: Three Times (Hardcover)
Laini Taylor Jim Di Bartolo
Juvenile Fiction / Fantasy & Magic / Social Issues - Dating & Sex / Love & Romance

Book Description
Everyone dreams of getting the kiss of a lifetime - but what if that kiss carried some unexpected consequences? A girl who’s always been in the shadows finds herself pursued by the unbelievably attractive new boy at school, who may or may not be the death of her. Another girl grows up mute because of a curse placed on her by a vindictive spirit, and later must decide whether to utter her first words to the boy she loves and risk killing everyone who hears her if the curse is real. And a third girl discovers that the real reason for her transient life with her mother has to do with belonging literally belonging to another world entirely, full of dreaded creatures who can transform into animals, and whose queen keeps little girls as personal pets until they grow to childbearing age. From a writer of unparalleled imagination and emotional insight, three stories about the deliciousness of wanting and waiting for that moment when lips touch.

About the Author
Laini Taylor is the author of the Dreamdark books: Blackbringer, which Kirkus said "belongs at the top of everyone’s fantasy must-read list", and its sequel, Silksinger. She is also the creator of the Laini’s Ladies line of gifts and stationery.


Little Grrl Lost (Paperback)
Charles Delint
Juvenile Fiction / Fantasy & Magic / Social Issues - Friendship / Social Issues - Runaways
Published: January 13, 2009

Book Description
In his latest novel, de Lint offers a delightful combination of realism, magic, humor, and hope, in a story about a 14-year-old girl who makes a surprising new friend--a six-inch high, punked-out teenage Little who has run away from home.


Ripley's Believe It or Not!: Special Edition 2010 (Hardcover)
Scholastic Inc (COR)
Series: Ripley's Believe It or Not!
Juvenile Nonfiction / Curiosities & Wonders

Book Description
It Can’t Be…Can It?
The fascinating files of Robert Ripley prove there’s nothing stranger than the truth. Turn the pages, if you dare. But watch out! There are more creepy facts and crazy feats than ever before.


Guinness World Records 2010 (Hardcover)
Craig Glenday (EDT)
Reference / Curiosities & Wonders / Yearbooks & Annuals / Encyclopedias

Book Description
This brand-new edition for 2010 continues to build on the intriguing, informative, inspiring, and instructional records and superlatives that have made this series one of the most famous and bestselling annual publications.

Aviva Community Fund Semi-Finalist in our own back yard!

The Waterfront Linear Park project has been picked as one of the semi-finalist for the Aviva Community Fund. Voting for the Semi-Finals will begin on December 2nd.

Waterfront Linear Park | Aviva Community Fund
By Linda St.Cyr
I know lots of people that use Clover Valley Rd. to get from Haileybury to
New Liskeard, even a very elderly gentleman. That would solve all these
problems. Seems clear a new location is needed. You can ride all the way
from North ...
Aviva Community Fund