Reading Slumps: Topic Titles

Check out some of the titles the Distracted Librarians mentioned in their sixth episode!

Titles in Youth Services

The Adventures of Captain Underpants: An Epic Novel / Dav Pikley
When George and Harold hypnotize their principal into thinking that he is the superhero Captain Underpants, he leads them to the lair of the nefarious Dr. Diaper, where they must defeat his evil robot henchmen. The first in a series of similar stories. Also available as ebooks and audiobooks on Libby / OverDrive and hoopladigital.

Dog Man / Dav Pilkey
With the head of a dog and the body of a human, this heroic hound digs into deception, claws after crooks, rolls over robbers, and scampers after squirrels. Will he be able to resist the call of the wild to answer the call of duty? Dav Pilkey’s wildly popular Dog Man series appeals to readers of all ages and explores universally positive themes, including empathy, kindness, persistence, and the importance of being true to one’s self. The first in a series of similar stories. Also available as ebooks from hoopladigital.

Coraline / Neil Gaiman
When Coraline steps through a door to find another house strangely similar to her own (only better), things seem marvelous. But there’s another mother there, and another father, and they want her to stay and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go. Coraline will have to fight with all her wit and courage if she is to save herself and return to her ordinary life. Available in Large Print and Braille, as an audiobook on CD, and as an audiobook and ebook on Libby / OverDrive.

The Graveyard Book / Neil Gaiman
Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place-he’s the only living resident of a graveyard. Raised from infancy by the ghosts, werewolves, and other cemetery denizens, Bod has learned the antiquated customs of his guardians’ time as well as their ghostly teachings-such as the ability to Fade so mere mortals cannot see him. Can a boy raised by ghosts face the wonders and terrors of the worlds of both the living and the dead? Available in Large Print and Braille, as an audiobook on CD, and as an audiobook and ebook on Libby / OverDrive.

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Ultimate Guide / M.J. Knight
Presents a guide to the characters, settings, and mythologies of the “Percy Jackson & the Olympians” series, including descriptions of Camp Half-Blood, beasts Percy encounters in his adventures, and the gods and goddesses featured in the series. A companion to the series itself, which is also available in the Youth Services collection!

A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning / Lemony Snicket
After the sudden death of their parents, the three Baudelaire children must depend on each other and their wits when it turns out that the distant relative who is appointed their guardian is determined to use any means necessary to get their fortune. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are intelligent children. They are charming, and resourceful, and have pleasant facial features. Unfortunately, they are exceptionally unlucky. The first in a thirteen-book series. Also available as ebooks on Libby / OverDrive.

Dealing With Dragons: Enchanted Forest Chronicles, Book 1 / Patricia C. Wrede
Bored with her proper, circumscribed life as a princess, Cimorene runs away to join a powerful, fascinating dragon named Kazul and encounters a host of adventures along the way. Also available as an audiobook on CD and as an audiobook on Libby / OverDrive.

Titles in Adult & Teen Services

Norse Mythology / Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he presents his fashioning of the primeval Norse myths into a novel, which begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds, delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants, and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people. Gaiman stays true to the myths while vividly recreating the characters–the gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to dupe others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions–and making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again. Also available as an audiobook on CD and as an audiobook on hoopladigital.

Anna Karenina / Leo Tolstoy
Anna Karenina tells of the doomed love affair between the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the dashing officer, Count Vronsky. Tragedy unfolds as Anna rejects her passionless marriage and must endure the hypocrisies of society. Set against a vast and richly textured canvas of nineteenth-century Russia, the novel’s seven major characters create a dynamic imbalance, playing out the contrasts of city and country life and all the variations on love and family happiness.

Never Let Me Go / Kazuo Ishiguro
A reunion with two childhood friends–Ruth and Tommy–draws Kath and her companions on a nostalgic odyssey into the supposedly idyllic years of their lives at Hailsham, an isolated private school in the serene English countryside, and a dramatic confrontation with the truth about their childhoods and about their lives in the present. Also available as an audiobook and ebook on Libby / OverDrive.

Divergent / Veronica Roth
Taking place in a futuristic Chicago in which society is divided into five factions, Divergent is the gripping story of a dystopian world transformed by courage, self-sacrifice, and love. Also available as an audiobook on CD, and as an audiobook and ebook on hoopladigital.