Multcolib Picks: While you wait for...The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Un Lun Dun
Un Lun Dun By Miéville, China Book - 2008 SF MIEVILLE 2008 Available in some locations

Annotation:Stumbling into an alternate funhouse version of her home city, twelve-year-old Londoner Deeba finds herself trapped in a world of killer giraffes, animated umbrellas, and ghost children, and must take on the role of savior to prevent utter destruction. -

Abarat By Barker, Clive Book - 2011 y BARKER 2011 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 6 copies

Annotation:Candy Quackenbush of Chickentown, Minnesota, one day finds herself on the edge of a foreign world that is populated by strange creatures, and her life is forever changed.

Kafka on the Shore
Kafka on the Shore By Murakami, Haruki Book - 2006 FICTION MURAKAMI 2006 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 7 on 10 copies

Annotation:An unlikely alliance forms between Kafka Tamura, a fifteen-year-old runaway, and the aging Nakata, a man who has never recovered from a wartime affliction, as they embark on a surreal odyssey through a strange, fantastical world.

Inkheart By Funke, Cornelia Caroline Book - 2003 j FUNKE Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 22 copies

Annotation:Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father, who repairs and binds books for a living, can "read" fictional characters to life when one of those characters abducts them and tries to force him into service.

A Dirty Job
A Dirty Job By Moore, Christopher Book - 2007 FICTION MOORE 2007 Available in some locations

Annotation:Charlie, a self-described beta male, goes about his normal routine as the owner of a second hand shop until he discovers that the items in the store are occupied by the souls of the dead.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children By Riggs, Ransom Book - 2011 y RIGGS 2011 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 15 on 24 copies

Annotation:Through a series of bizarre photographs, Jacob discovers a family secret and a link to a special tribe of children in an orphanage on an island off the coast of Wales.

Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore
Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore By Sloan, Robin Book - 2012 FICTION SLOAN 2012 Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 33 copies

Annotation:After a layoff sidelines his tech career, Clay takes a job at the titular bookstore in San Francisco, and soon realizes that the establishment is a facade for a strange secret.

Something Wicked This Way Comes
Something Wicked This Way Comes By Bradbury, Ray Book - 2001 FICTION BRADBURY 2001 Available in some locations

Annotation:Cooger and Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show has come to Green Town, Illinois, to destroy every life touched by its strange and sinister mystery. Two curious boys will soon discover the secrets, and the heavy price, of being drawn into the show.

The Shadow of the Wind
The Shadow of the Wind By Ruiz Zafón, Carlos Book - 2004 FICTION RUIZZAFON Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 10 copies

Annotation:Daniel awakes on his eleventh birthday to find that he can no longer remember his mother's face. To console his only child, Daniel's widowed father, an antiquarian book dealer, initiates him into the secret of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a library tended by Barcelona's guild of rare-book dealers as a repository for books forgotten by the world, waiting for someone who will care about them again.

Angelmaker By Harkaway, Nick Book - 2012 FICTION HARKAWAY 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Avoiding the lifestyle of his late gangster father by working as a clock repairman, Joe Spork fixes an unusual device that turns out to be a former secret agent's doomsday machine...

The Rook
The Rook A Novel By O'Malley, Daniel Book - 2012 FICTION OMALLEY 2012 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 6 on 0 copies

Annotation:A high-ranking member of a secret organization that battles supernatural forces wakes up in a London park with no memory, no idea who she is, and with a letter that provides instructions to help her uncover a far-reaching conspiracy.

The Book of Lost Things
The Book of Lost Things By Connolly, John Book - 2006 FICTION CONNOLLY All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the death of his mother. He is angry and alone, with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness, and as he takes refuge in his imagination, he finds that reality and fantasy have begun to meld.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane
The Ocean at the End of the Lane By Gaiman, Neil Book - 2013 FICTION GAIMAN 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:It began for our narrator forty years ago when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed. Dark creatures from beyond the world are on the loose, and it will take everything our narrator has just to stay alive...

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Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane is an intriguing and atmospheric fantasy that tells the story of a child who stumbles into a mesmerizing and sometimes dangerous world. While you wait for your copy, try these tales of people surprised by odd circumstances and other worlds that bump up against our own.

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