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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Titles with Trailers Tuesday: The Janitors Series by Tyler Whitesides

Another book series is showcased in today's Titles with Trailers Tuesday. While the series isn't new, it is new to our library: the Janitors series by Tyler Whitesides.

In the first book of this four-book series, we meet the janitors at Welcher Elementary, and they know a secret related to the students there. Maybe they're falling asleep in math? Bored while listening to the English teacher? Uninterested in geography? Twelve-year-olds Spencer and friend Daisy fight with and against this secret janitor group that has wizarding abilities. Can these two trust any of the janitors? And can they protect their school? (from

The author has an official website that features all of the books, along with videos and contests related to them. 

Here is the video for Book 1 in the series:

What's not to love about magical janitors?! Pick up the series to find out more!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Titles with Trailers Tuesday: The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare & Holly Black

Today's featured book is the same one that generated quite a bit of buzz at the spring Book Fair, The Iron Trial by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare.

This is the first book in the Magisterium series and tells the story of Callum (or Cal), who's been told his whole life to stay away from magic. When the Iron Trial is held, Cal tries to do his worst so he won't be admitted to the Magisterium, but his worst is still enough to get him admitted. Now that he finds himself at the magical school, he finds that sinister things await. Will he and his new friends know how to protect themselves or who they can trust?

Scholastic has a website devoted to the series--you can CLICK HERE to see videos, play games, and learn more about the characters.

You can also check out the trailer:

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Titles with Trailers Tuesdays: Magyk in the Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage

At all times during the past school year, books in the Septimus Heap series were checked out. The first in that series, Magyk, is the featured book for today's Titles with Trailers Tuesday.

This is the book description from our catalog: "Ten-year-olds Septimus Heap, the seventh son of the seventh son, and Jenna, the little girl Septimus's father found abandoned in the snow the night Septimus was born are taken away and are threatened by the evil wizard DomDaniel, who intends to finish off the entire royal line."

The series of seven books is just the beginning of the magical and adventurous worlds that author Angie Sage created. If you like this series, be sure to pick up the newest book in her new series, Path Finder in the Todhunter series. You can read about all of her books at her official website.

Check out the trailer for Magyk:

And if you like the first book, be sure to read the rest of the series!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Titles with Trailers Tuesdays: Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein

Today's featured book and trailer are from an author you may not recognize, but you've definitely seen--and perhaps read--some of his other things. Chris Grabenstein often works with author James Patterson, including on the I, Funny series as well as the Treasure Hunters series. This Tuesday, though, we take a look at his latest: Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library.

In this novel, we meet 12 twelve-year-old middle school students who all have one goal: to escape from a mysteriously clever library designed by a gaming millionaire. Like the author's website says, the book is a definite nod to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but fans of The Gollywhopper Games will also see some similarities.

Want to know more? Check out the trailer below:

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Titles with Trailers Tuesdays: The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel

Now that school is out for the summer, we can all head to our public libraries to participate in their summer reading programs! Both the Dallas Center Roy R. Estle Public Library and Grimes Public Library are participating in the Every Hero Has a Story summer reading program. On Tuesdays, we'll feature a book along with its trailer to encourage summer reading. Today's first ever Title with Trailer Tuesday features Kenneth Oppel's newest book The Boundless.

The Boundless is a miles-long train on its first trip, a cross-country event to bring its creator, who has since passed, to his final resting place. On board is Will Everett, the son of the man now in charge. Will comes to have a key in his possession, and this makes him a target for others who want what the key can unlock. To protect himself, Will joins the circus also on the train and puts his trust in the ringmaster Mr. Dorian and the escape artist Maren, a girl his own age. Can he trust them, or are they also interested in the key he carries?