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The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold


Book Description
When we first meet Susie Salmon, she is already in heaven. As she looks down from this strange new place, she tells us, in the fresh and spirited voice of a fourteen-year-old girl, a tale that is both haunting and full of hope. In the weeks following her death, Susie watches life on Earth continuing without her-her school friends trading rumors about her disappearance, her family holding out hope that she’ll be found, her killer trying to cover his tracks. As months pass without leads, Susie sees her parents’ marriage being contorted by loss, her sister hardening herself in an effort to stay strong, and her little brother trying to grasp the meaning of the word gone. And she explores the place called heaven. It looks a lot like her school playground, with the good kind of swing sets. There are counselors to help newcomers adjust and friends to room with. Everything she ever wanted appears as soon as she thinks of it-except the thing she most wants: to be back with the people she loved on Earth. With compassion, longing, and a growing understanding, Susie sees her loved ones pass through grief and begin to mend. Her father embarks on a risky quest to ensnare her killer. Her sister undertakes a feat of remarkable daring. And the boy Susie cared for moves on, only to find himself at the center of a miraculous event. The Lovely Bones is luminous and astonishing, a novel that builds out of grief the most hopeful of stories. In the hands of a brilliant new writer, this story of the worst thing a family can face is transformed into a suspenseful and even funny novel about love, memory, joy, heaven, and healing.

Encyclopedia of Fairies: Hobgoblins, Brownies, Bogies, & Other Supernatural Creatures by Katharine Briggs


Perhaps she should have called it “Everything You Wanted to Know about Fairies, but Were Afraid to Ask.” This book covers every type of “little people” from abbey lubbers to Young Tam Lin. Not just the tiny, translucent winged pixies of popular art, but brownies, goblins and bogies, even larger creatures like dragons and mermaids. Exhaustive in its coverage, while still entertaining.

Tarot of Transformation by Willow Arlenea, Jasmin Lee Cori


Book Description
The Tarot of Transformation deals with life’s possibilities, hardships, and challenges in a way that encourages creativity, wisdom, and maturity.

For centuries, people have been using — and adapting — the 78 cards of the tarot to point the way in their lives. Now from psychologist, Cori, and artist, Arlenea, comes a brand new deck, not so much for telling what will be, but for helping us focus on what can be. While gently counseling readers to accept what is, The Tarot of Transformation encourages readers to get in touch with their own creativity and passion. This new interpretation, steeped in tradition but vibrating with contemporary appeal, offers new possibilities for guidance and change.

Arlenea and Cori have rendered the system of archetypes in the major arcana anew for our times — the traditional Emperor becomes the Green Man, which presents male authority not as ruler, but as an intimate, natural fathering role. The Empress is Earth Mother. The usually male Hierophant becomes a group of spiritual teachers. The Tarot of Transformation speaks to this age and its challenges. With brilliant colors and powerfully evocative symbols, Arlenea’s images are modern, cross-cultural, and visionary.

In the accompanying book, Cori draws from an eclectic blend of spiritual traditions including Buddhism, Hinduism, Vipassana meditation, and Karma Yoga, as well as psychotherapeutic approaches, such as Gestalt, Bioenergetics, and the Hakomi Method to describe the meaning of each card.

About the Author
Willow Arlenea’s powerful images spring from her diverse spiritual studies and practice of Vipassana meditation and Sufi belly dancing. She has degrees in fine arts and transpersonal psychology and lives in Northern California.

Jasmin Lee Cori is a licensed psychotherapist who uses a transpersonal approach. She has taught psychology and personal growth classes in colleges and professional programs and now writes full-time. Jasmin is the author of several books, including The Tao of Contemplation, and lives in Boulder, Colorado.


Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

From School Library Journal
Starred Review. Grade 8 Up—This riveting story about 16-year-old Jenica; her pet frog, Gogu; and her four sisters takes place between the fairy world and the family’s Romanian estate of Piscul Dracului. When the girls were young, they discovered a mysterious portal that appears every full moon and allows them access to the Dancing Glade in the Other Kingdom. They dress in the finest gowns and spend all night dancing with a host of bizarre and enchanting fairy creatures. Unfortunately, the girls’ simple and carefree lives change drastically when their father becomes ill and must spend the winter in the milder climate of Constanta. Jenica takes charge of the estate and the family’s merchant business but their overbearing, power-hungry cousin, Cezar, interferes with their affairs and questions the sisters’ knowledge of the Other Kingdom. As he tightens the noose around them, everything Jenica has come to love-her sisters, her frog, her home, and the Dancing Glade-is in jeopardy. To make matters worse, her sister Tatiana has fallen in love with one of the mysterious and feared Night people. This relationship is doomed from the start and it is up to Jenica to make things right-but to do so she will be put to the ultimate test. Strong characters, two fully realized settings, and a fast-moving plot guarantee that readers will be spellbound by this page-turner.—Donna Rosenblum, Nassau Boces School Library System, NY
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From Booklist
On the night of each full moon, the five Transylvanian sisters who reside in the castle Piscul Dracului don their finest gowns. They raise their hands to create shadows against the wall, opening a portal to the Other Kingdom, where they will dance the night away with all manner of fantastical creatures. After nine years of full moons spent in delightful revelry, dark forces, both human and otherworldly, arise to encroach upon the sisters’ happiness. Told by Jena, the second oldest sister, this detailed and mood-rich story covers much territory, both mundane and magical. Adult fantasy writer Marillier has uniquely reimagined and blended an assortment of well-known tales and characters–including fairies, dwarves, witches, vampires, and a frog who is more than he seems–into a compelling whole in her first book for teens. By the end, all are cleverly bound together, and a mystery is solved. With much to say about human nature and choice, not unlike the moral in fairy tales of old, this will be a hit with older teen readers, especially girls. Holly Koelling
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