Staff Picks: December 2013

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

The Ocean at the End of the Lane Book Cover

Another Gaiman book I did not want to put down! As the narrator travels back to his childhood lane, he is mysteriously drawn to the house at the end, the one with the Ocean, or as he calls it the little duck pond. His memories take us back to a time he spent with Lettie Hempstock, and two ladies she calls her mother and grandmother, which was so peculiar and magical yet almost believable. After a freak accident involving the family’s car, he meets the three magical Hempstock ladies, and the journey is full of strange happenings. Everywhere you look the unbelievable becomes believable, what seems like a normal pond is really a magical Ocean, and those who seem like a normal family living at the end of the lane are actually witches who have each lived through may lifetimes. The accident brings trouble, and the Hempstock women are just the people to take care of the vermin trouble.

The Mysterious Benedict Society

The Mysterious Benedict Society Book Cover

When a mysterious ad catches the attention of the city’s gifted children, only good can come from several mind-bending test. Right? With the assistance of Mr. Benedict’s trusted associate, gifted children flock to see who is the smartest, and who will get the opportunity to serve this mysterious benefactor. Reynie an orphan, Sticky an anxious boy with a remarkable memory, Constance a bossy little girl, and bucket carrying Kate are the four chosen children. The newly formed Mysterious Benedict Society will use their individual gifts and intuition to save the world, from evil Mr. Curtain and his plan to brainwash the world through the television. Their journey is full of mystery, suspense, and many twists and turns that you never see coming.