If you have guests staying at your house, wow them with Disney-resort level towel sculptures. The Lost Art of Towel Origami will teach you how to fold ordinary towels into frogs, palm trees, and even a pair of lucious lips!
Worried about going broke buying gifts this season? I discovered No Bake Makery as I was looking for things that I could give to friends and family. I’ve already made cherry bomb -- which is an amazing mix of chocolate, dried cherries, and almonds -- and mini dirt puddings (and I ate about a pound of extra gummy worms).
Most of the recipes don’t require weird ingredients and they almost all take an hour or less to make. For example, Beary Surprise uses butter, marshmallows, Rice Krispies, gummi bears and jam to make a super gooey Rice Krispies treat that, according to the book "you can literally throw...against the wall and they will stick."
Love to read books by John Green? You’re not alone. John Green is one of my favorite authors, and based on how quickly his books fly off the shelves, I suspect he may be one of your favorites as well. But what to do when you’ve already read all his books? For starters, follow his VlogBrothers channel on YouTube (Tagline: raising nerdy to the power of awesome). But you might also want to try some of these other books: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews: Greg is friendly with everyone, but he really has only one friend, Earl. He and Earl spend all their time making movies, knowing nobody will ever watch them (or want to watch them). His mother throws this blissful existence off track when she forces him to spend time with Rachel, a girl he knew as a kid who now has leukemia. Winger by Andrew Smith: Ryan Dean (Winger, to his rugby teammates) is two years younger than his classmates at boarding school. As a result, he spends a lot of his time trying to fit in and a lot of his time trying not to get beat up. This year, he finds himself living in the troublemaker dorm, sharing a room with one of the biggest bullies at school, and falling in love with his best friend. Winter Town by Stephen Emond: Evan and Lucy have been best friends forever, but now that Lucy Lives in Atlanta they only see each other when she comes home for the winter holidays. This separation has never mattered before, but this winter Lucy looks totally different and is full of some seriously bad attitude. Will their friendship survive now that they are growing into different people? Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell: Eleanor and Park are two misfits who meet on a school bus and fall in love. I fell in love with them too on every page of this book.
There is a problem in London. Fifty years ago ghosts started popping up all over the city. While some of them are harmless, too many of them are dangerous and even deadly. Lockhart, Lucy and George are three ghost-hunters doing their part to make the city a safer place, eliminating ghostly threats and even solving some mysteries along the way.
This book felt very real to me. The author (who also wrote the Bartimaeus books) does an excellent job setting up the history of the ghost problem as well as the current strategies and organizations involved. While I was reading it I truly believed that of course ghosts are haunting London! And of course we need to all be carrying around charms and gadgets in order to keep them away!
If you’re looking for a great ghost story to keep you up reading all night, The Screaming Staircase might be the book for you. But be careful--after reading this one all I want to do is read more scary ghost books. I may never get a good night of sleep again!
If you hate finding a really great series only to discover you have to wait a year for the next book, you've hit the jackpot. The Croak trilogy is complete!
Lex has hit a bit of a rebellious stage, and when she bites a guy at school who called her a vampire, it's the last straw for her parents. They send her to spend the summer on a farm with an uncle she barely knows. Lex quickly learns that the only thing being reaped in the town of Croak is souls, and she's destined to become a Grim too. The series follows Lex as she tries to catch a Grim that's gone all rogue and is releasing souls from people who aren't yet dead. Warning: do not start reading this series unless you've got time to finish it, it's addicting.
I love a good suspense story and Boy Nobody by Allen Zadoff was exactly what I wanted it to be. It is full of action, adventure, sleuthing, and excellent gadgets. We know him as Benjamin, but that is not his real name of course. A few years ago Benjamin’s father was killed by The Program, a mysterious government organization working to wipe out terrorist threats. Now Benjamin is a trained assassin working for this same organization, hoping to right the wrongs of his father. The Program gives him his assignment and then he works his way into his future victim's life—going to school with their kids, building strong friendships, going to parties, whatever it takes. And then when the perfect opportunity arises he kills them and disappears, moving onto his next fake life and never looking back. But his latest assignment is proving to be much trickier (hint: prettier) than ever before and for the first time Benjamin finds himself questioning The Program.
Marco is riding his bike through the mall parking garage when he is chased down by a few angry bullies from school. They run over his bike and he narrowly escapes into a hidden storage closet in the garage. After he nervously listens to their receding footsteps, he turns on the light and sees a mysterious object in the closet. And then it starts beeping.
No Safety in Numbers is the fast-paced and exciting story of Marco and three other teens, all locked in the mall for a week due to a “security incident.” Nobody except Marco knows anything about the bomb in the garage, and the officials aren’t sharing any information with the shoppers or employees. What happens when thousands of people are stuck in the mall for a week? It’s not pretty.
Cam and Viv had the perfect relationship until the night a car accident killed Viv and left Cam behind, grief stricken and riddled with guilt. While revisiting the scene of the accident Cam meets a ghost name Nina, who closely resembles Viv. Nina leads Cam through a time portal to a parallel Earth where things appear to be exactly the same only Viv is still alive. Will Cam remain in this alternate reality where he can be reunited with his one true love or are there more sinister forces at play? Author Emily Hainsworth lives in Denver with her husband and daughter. She has owned a successful dog grooming business, loves cupcakes and watches Doctor Who. Her first novel Through to You was published in October of 2012.
Meet Emily Hainsworth and other local authors at our upcoming Books and Bites event at the Arvada Library this friday, September 20th from 6-8:30.
Although her parents are renowned Shakespearean actors, Miranda's performance in a school play is disastrous. Before she can get away to hide, Stephen, a castmate, whisks her to sixteenth century England to meet--and save--the young Will Shakespeare. Pamela Mingle has been a teacher, a librarian and now she is a writer. When Mingle discovered Shakespeare may have been a school teacher it planted the seed for Kissing Shakespeare. One of Milgle's favorite books from 2012 is Grave Mercy, a book I loved as well!
Meet Pamela Mingle and other authors at the Books and Bites events at the Arvada Library on September 20, 6-8:30.
The new book in Marissa Meyer's The Lunar Chronicles comes out February 4th, 2014 and the awesome cover has been revealed! Cress, the third in the series, revamps the Rapunzel fairy tale, much likeCinder did with Cinderella and Scarlet did with Little Red Riding Hood. Instead of being cooped up in a tower like Rapunzel, Cress is stuck in an orbiting satellite while a war rages between Earth and the moon colony of Luna, led by the cruel Queen Levana. Check out a revealing interview with Meyer and read an excerpt from the new book! And, don't forget to put your name on the hold list!