Archive for June, 2011

Midsummer is almost upon us arriving June 21st, the summer solstice.  The longest day of the year (14 hours, 55 minutes in Kansas City), this is a time to watch for fairy folk, dance around bonfires and generally enjoy the official beginning of summer.

Other than Shakespeare’s play, Midsummers Night’s Dream what else is there good at the library about midsummer? I’m glad you asked.

Freda Warrington’s Midsummer Night  –   Decades ago, at a remote British estate, where the veil between our world and the world of the Aetherials – the fair folk – is too easily breached, three young people tricked their uncle by dressing up as the fey, a deadly mistake.  One of the Aetherials crossed into our world and took one of the pranksters.  Today the estate is an art center and home to the world-famous sculptor Dame Juliana Flagg.  Dame J can barely afford to care for herself, much less the mansion and grounds, but she can’t tear herself away from the haunting, haunted place or show and sell her eerie sculptures.  When a young woman stumbles through the portal between the worlds and then someone else stumbles out begging for help, the estate seems to be in the grip of malevolent magic. Moody, ghostly and spine-shivering.   This book is a sequel to Warrington’s Elfland.

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Watch Shakespeare’s classic play.


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True Stories of the Ones That Didn’t Get Away

Okay – these are not the fish you catch on a Sunday afternoon with the kids and hot dog bits as bait. These are hundred pounder, seriously scary, monster fish.  This book is the big fish story. As Wade writes, “Something happens when you start going after fish that are potentially bigger than you.”

If you are a fan of the Animal Planet TV show or just looking for a good adventure read (and some rather startling pictures of fish with really large teeth),  check out River Monsters.

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Basehor Community Library, Basehor, Kansas

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