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Enclave

Enclave is book 1 of the Razorland Trilogy and it is a post-apocalyptic science fiction work primarily written for teens. The story begins under New York City with a group of desperate, hungry children guarded by teens from humanoid monsters called freaks. Freaks are terrible creatures that are a constant threat to those living in the Enclave–attacking without mercy and eating their victims, dead or alive. Living conditions are pitiful and merciless and since there is no natural light below ground, human hunters rely on their sense of smell to discover and destroy the mutant freaks. Danger and death are constant companions to all who live underground. But the college enclave has something others don’t have–a source of natural protein and two of the best hunters anywhere: Fade and Deuce.

The main character is Deuce, a newly minted huntress who is fifteen years old. She has always wanted to protect others from the freaks and supply her enclave with fresh meat. Deuce has never known her parents;in fact, parents are an unknown thing in the underworld. But she has friends and a new hunting partner named Fade who is an outcast from topside. Fade is tall, dark and deadly and by far the best fighter in the enclave. Fade and Deuce make a good team but they discover that their enclave isn’t what they imagined it to be. There are dark secrets and deadly consequences to life in the college enclave but as long as they have each other, they may live and have a future.

The story moves along at a smooth, even pace and you will encounter all the primary characters and discover new ones along the way. As you might imagine, there is a love story here. But i still found It easy to connect with Deuce because of her desire to kill mutants and feed the young and helpless. Of course, i loved to “see” Fade work too because he is so darn lethal. But this story is Deuce’s and you will see it unfold through her eyes and witness the hardships and victories with her. So follow Deuce and Fade through darkness and dangers and stay with them until the end!

Midwinter Blood

Do you occasionally enjoy reading a story that carries you outside your comfort zone? Do you like an occasional love story…one with unexpected twists and turns? Well, you may have discovered your next book!  Sometimes a mysterious island and adventure are just what i need in a book, do you feel the same way?  Midwinter blood is an unusual love story and yes, it begins on a mysterious island. Time itself is more of a spectator than a taskmaster on this island. The moon and time seem to watch the odd play being lived out in the lives of Eric and Merle. One of the things i love about this book is that each story line could be developed into another work but all stories together blend into one unforgettable tale of danger and commitment.

Each of the the seven stories in Midwinter Blood takes place under a different moon and each story carries you deeper into the past and reveals more about the main characters. The story ends (or does it begin?) centuries ago with a desperate people willingly to do anything to change their fortunes and save their lives.

MidWinter Blood

As you travel farther back in time with Eric and Merle, you will discover more about them. You will meet sailors and vikings… even something otherworldly! You will have to decide if Eric and Merls unique relationship is a match made in Heaven or somewhere else. This book may please some and offend others but it is an unforgettable story. So take a long journey with Eric and Merle to a special island and across time itself…the moon will guide you. Let your imagination run free. “Watch” and “listen” as Eric and Merle find,lose,and rediscover each other. Unravel the mystery of their special bond–a bond witnessed by the moon and signed in blood. Trust in fate and witness a relationship that time and destiny cannot destroy.

Finally, while romance stories aren’t my preferred genre (and my comfort zone was expanded to the point of leaving spiritual stretch marks), this book was a page turner. The author, Marcus Sedgwick has written numerous other books but for this one he has taken on the task of masterly weaving seven story lines into a page turning book that is nearly impossible to stop reading. If you read this book at bedtime, you may lose hours of needed sleep! I hope you enjoy this book as much as i did.

Review by Slade

After five weeks of heated battles, the last votes have finally been cast. It came down to a justice-seeking lawyer from a small Alabama town and a bookish witch from Hogwarts. One stood for equality during a time of racial tension in the South and one stood for good and helped defeat the greatest dark wizard of all time. So who took the title? Atticus Finch or Hermione Granger?

Oh oh I know!!

That’s right…Hermione Granger, by an oh-so-narrow margin of ONE vote.

Congratulations, Hermione! You’ve proven that, whether it’s the magical world or the literary world, you’re a force to be reckoned with.

So then, if Hermione took the Book Character Champion trophy, who won the prize drawing for participating in the voting? A random number generator was used to determine the lucky participant, and congratulations goes to – Liz Moseley!

What do you think of the results? Let us know in the comments section.

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The moment you’ve all been waiting for has arrived! The final battle in this year’s March Madness! So, who persevered to the end?

  • In a narrow margin of two votes, Atticus Finch barely scraped by Anne of Green Gables.
  • And in the battle of two young, talented females, Hermione Granger came out ahead by ten votes.

So, who will be crowned the CSCC Book Character Champion? Only you can decide! Atticus Finch, the equality-driven lawyer from Maycomb, Alabama, or Hermione Granger, the book-smart star student from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry? One sought to bring justice to a man wrongly accused of a crime and taught his children respect and compassion for all, the other sought to bring an end to the most dangerous dark wizard of all time (and free some house elves while she was at it). Vote for your favorite now!

  • Round 1 – Sweet Sixteen:  March 9 – March 15
  • Round 2 – Elite Eight:March 16 – March 22
  • Round 3 – March 30 – April 5
  • Round 4 – Championship Game:  VOTE NOW through April 12
  • April 13 – CSCC Library Book Character Champion announced and prize drawing held!

Remember, for each vote you submit, your name is entered into our prize drawing that will be held next week. See the updated bracket here:

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The Final Four

After a short break, March Madness is back and ready to announce the characters who fought their way to the Final Four! There were some tough battles last time, with one that came down to the wire!

  • Magical heroine Hermione Granger proved that she’s at the top of her class with a decisive 22 vote victory over the intrepid Don Quixote.
  • The honorable Atticus Finch made a strong case against detective Sherlock Holmes with a 12 point win.
  • The battle of two strong females dedicated to survival proved to be a close call, but Katniss Everdeen scraped her way to the top with 4 votes more than Scarlett O’Hara.
  • And in a nail-biter between two adventurous characters, Anne of Green Gables came out ahead of Bilbo Baggins of the Shire by one vote, proving that every vote matters!

The heat is one, so keep voting for your favorites to see who makes it to the Championship Round! Remember, for each vote you submit, your name is entered into our prize drawing. You can VOTE ONLINE or you can submit a paper ballot at the library. The slightly altered schedule is below, so make sure you keep playing throughout the month.

  • Round 1 – Sweet Sixteen:  March 9 – March 15
  • Round 2 – Elite Eight:March 16 – March 22
  • Round 3 – Final Four: VOTE NOW through April 5
  • Round 4 – Championship Game:  Vote April 6 – April 12
  • April 13 – CSCC Library Book Character Champion announced and prize drawing held!

The updated bracket is below:

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The Elite Eight

The votes for Week #1 are in, which means it’s time to announce the characters who will be moving on to the Elite Eight! The votes this week resulted in a lot of decisive victories, even over characters who were considered front-runners.

  • In the head-to-head children’s characters match-up, the adventurous Anne of Green Gables soundly defeated candy connoisseur Willy Wonka by 11 votes.
  • Bilbo Baggins made hobbits proud by taking down super cyber-sleuth Lisbeth Salander by a margin of 18 votes.
  • Sherlock Holmes proved that his detective skills are clear favorites by taking 28 votes to 5 for Persepolis’s Marjane Satrapi.
  • In the battle of smart, do-gooding lawyer vs smart, do-gooding telekinetic schoolgirl, Atticus Finch came out ahead of Matilda by 12 votes.
  • The match-up between two love-struck classic book characters was expected to be a close call, but Scarlett O’Hara showed her tenacity over Jay Gatsby by a 16 vote margin.
  • Katnis Everdeen proved she’s not just a Victor in the Hunger Games by defeating the troubled Othello by 18 votes.
  • Spell-master Hermione Granger overwhelmingly defeated the imaginative Little Prince by 21 votes in another head-to-head children’s character battle.
  • In our closest match-up, justice seeker Don Quixote narrowly slid past The Color Purple’s Celie in a 20-17 victory.

Did any of your favorites make it through? Every vote counts, so keep be sure to keep supporting your characters! Remember, for each vote you submit, your name is entered into our prize drawing. You can VOTE ONLINE or you can submit a paper ballot at the library. The schedule is below, so make sure you keep playing throughout the month.

  • Round 1 – Sweet Sixteen:  March 9- March 15
  • Round 2 – Elite Eight: VOTE now through March 22
  • Round 3 – Final Four: Vote March 23-29
  • Round 4 – Championship Game:  Vote March 30-April 5
  • April 6 – CSCC Library Book Character Champion announced and prize drawing held!

Check out the updated bracket:

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ThumbnailBannerSpring is near, which means that madness is in the air! March Madness, that is. Back by popular demand, we bring you Library March Madness, a tournament of literary fun. Last year, we gave you four different rounds of book match-ups, and from the sixteen titles, the Hunger Games took the ultimate prize. This year, we’re changing things up a little bit. Instead of book titles, you’ll be rooting for your favorite book characters. Every week, you’ll have the chance to vote on new match-ups of two characters. Vote for your favorites, and each week you’ll be entered into a grand prize drawing that will be selected at the end of the tournament!

  • Round 1 – Sweet Sixteen: VOTE NOW through March 15
  • Round 2 – Elite Eight: Vote March 16-22
  • Round 3 – Final Four: Vote March 23-29
  • Round 4 – Championship Game:  Vote March 30-April 5
  • April 6 – CSCC Library Book Character Champion announced and prize drawing held!

For each vote you submit, your name is entered into our prize drawing. You can VOTE ONLINE or you can submit a ballot at the library.

So, who made the Sweet 16 of character? Our library staff and student assistants recommended some of their favorite book characters and narrowed the list down to sixteen.

  • Willy Wonka, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Green Gables
  • Bilbo Baggins, The Hobbit
  • Lisbeth Salander, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Sherlock Holmes, The Hound of Baskervilles
  • Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis
  • Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Matilda, Matilda
  • Scarlett O’Hara, Gone with the Wind
  • Jay Gatsby, The Great Gatsby
  • Othello, Othello
  • Katniss, Hunger Games
  • Hermione Granger, Harry Potter series
  • Little Prince, Le Petit Prince/The Little Prince
  • Celie, The Color Purple
  • Don Quixote, The Ingenious GentlemanDon Quixote of La Mancha

Don’t forget to VOTE for your favorites! Check out our bracket below:

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