Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Black Bottle Man by Craig Russell

Library users become creatures of habit. We tend to borrow books from our favourite section and not wander into other sections.

The library’s Young Adult section contains books by many great authors and holds wonderful surprises for readers of any age.

One of these wonderful surprises was Black Bottle Man by Craig Russell. The story begins in 1927, when the main character, Rembrandt, is just 12 years old. His 2 aunts make a deadly deal with a man in a black top coat and a ‘glad-ta-meet-ya’ smile. In order to undo the wager, Rembrandt, his Pa, and Uncle Thompson, leave on a journey to find their champion that will help them defeat the Black Bottle Man. The only condition is that they cannot remain in the same place for more than 12 days or the Black Bottle Man will do something to ensure that they move on.

Although this book is located in the Young Adult section, it appeals to adult readers as well. It is a gripping tale that is impossible to put down.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

One for the Money by Janet Evanovich

For many, summer is a time for light, fun reading. Tracy in our Morden branch enjoys Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum novels, and she is not alone. One of her favourites is One for the money.

The heroine in the novel, Stepahnie Plum, is a woman in her late 20s who finds herself desperately in need of money. She learns of a $10,000 reward for the capture of an expoliceman, Joe Morelli. With the help of her cousin Vinnie, a bail bondsman, she takes on the job, despite having no prior experience in this line of work.

Their search for Morelli takes them to the seediest parts of Trenton, and into contact with some dangerous people. Stephanie learns that all is not as it seems and the novel takes some interesting plot twists.

Janet Evanovich is definitely a popular author at any time of the year. If you are having trouble finding some entertaining summer reading, just ask the staff at any of the branches. We’ll be happy to make suggestions.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The World is a Ball: the Joy, Madness and Meaning of Soccer by John Doyle

I have to be upfront, I am not a soccer fan, however, billions of people around the world are. John Doyle’s new book, The World is a Ball: the joy, madness and meaning of soccer, is a good starting point for people who wish to understand the lure of the sport. This book is currently #1 on the Maclean’s bestseller list, and is available at the library.

The author examines the history of the sport over the past 50 years, and its evolution as a global phenomenon and the world’s most popular sport. This book takes the reader from the soccer clubs of Ireland in the 1960s to the 2010 World Cup. The book includes a great deal of social history, and delves into the game where for 90 minutes, colonists can overcome colonizers, and where oppressed immigrants can beat out their oppressors.

This book has been enjoyed for its humor and history by those who are passionate about soccer and those who are not.