BY A.J. PAQUETTE
In A.J. Paquette’s young adult debut, “Paradox,” a teenage girl named Ana wakes in the featureless compartment of a rocket ship. She only knows her name because of the tag she finds pinned to her jumpsuit.
Opening the hatch, she discovers that she has landed on a barren alien world.
Instructions in her pocket tell her to observe and to survive, no doubt with help from the wicked-looking knives she carries on her belt. But to what purpose?
Meeting up with three other teens — one boy seems strangely familiar — Ana treks across the inhospitable landscape, occasionally encountering odd twists of light that carry glimpses of people back on Earth.
What is the connection between Ana’s mission on this planet and the crisis back on Earth, and how is she supposed to figure out the answer when she can’t remember anything?
Fans of James Dashner’s “The Maze Runner” series will love this postapocalyptic adventure about a girl who must survive an alien planet in order to save the Earth.
Ages 12 up.
‘TOYS IN SPACE’
BY MINI GREY
From ever-inventive, award-winning author-illustrator Mini Grey comes a hilarious and heartfelt new adventure — “Toys in Space,” the story of what happens one night when a motley band of toys are left outside for the very first time.
The Wonderdoll, the helpful windup robot, the thoughtful green dinosaur, and the rest of their plucky gang lie in the grass, gazing up at the starts. But one star seems brighter than the rest. As it grows bigger and bigger, the toys realize it may not be a star at all!
Soon they’re venturing into the unknown, traveling by spaceship, and meeting a lonely alien — the Hoctopize — who is in need of help, and some friends.
The Hoctopize has collected thousands of toys from all over earth on his desperate quest to find his beloved toy, Cuddles — but he is nowhere to be found! Can the Wonderdoll and the rest of the gang help the Hoctopize find his Cuddles and return the other toys to their owners back on earth? Or will they be stuck in space forever?
Every child has a favorite toy. And every parent is dreading the inevitable day when that favorite toy goes missing. A fun-filled page-turner, “Toys in Space,” brings humor to this unfortunate situation in an entertaining and relatable way for parents and children.
BY JANNI LEE SIMNER
Fans of dark fantasy and dystopian adventure discovered Janni Lee Simner’s first novel, “Bones of Faerie,” to be an exciting twist on a favorite theme. Now, with “Faerie After,” readers of Holly Black, Melissa Marr and Cassandra Clare can return to Simner’s unique vision of a magic-infused post-apocalyptic world where war between Faerie and humanity has left both realms devastated.
In the second book of the trilogy, “Faerie Winter,” Liza managed to bring spring back to the human realm, but the Faerie realm has continued to deteriorate, crumbling away to dust. In “Faerie After,” Liza must cross over and be faced with an impossible choice: her life and the safety of her friends, or the survival and well-being of both worlds.
Fans have long awaited the final installment in this fast-paced fantasy series, and Simner’s haunting storytelling brings this well-loved series to a satisfying conclusion.
Ages 12 up.
NOTE: Email email@example.com to have your name entered into a drawing for the following titles: “Paradox” and/or “Toys in Space.” Deadline is 10 a.m. Aug. 26. Winner will be notified by return email. Winner is responsible for picking up the book at The Edmond Sun at 123 S. Broadway. All entrants must be 18 or older to win.
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‘DEEP IN THE SAHARA’
BY KELLY CUNNANE
Kelly Cunnane, the critically acclaimed author of “For You Are a Kenyan Child,” crafts a gentle and accessible picture book with “Deep in the Sahara” that offers a glimpse into the fascinating culture of West Africa and reveals that families are much the same the world over.
Older Oklahomans invited to share poetry
The 39th Annual Oklahoma Conference on Aging is accepting entries for the 2014 Senior Poetry Contest. The contest is a popular event in conjunction with the conference, which is sponsored by DHS Aging Services.
Contestants are encouraged to submit works which reflect the conference’s theme of “Inspired Living.” Winners will be invited to read their poems and be recognized at an awards luncheon on May 20 at the Embassy Suites Norman Hotel and Conference Center.
11-28 Holiday events listing
EDITOR’S NOTE: The Edmond Sun publishes a listing of Christmas-related events as a service to the public. If you would like to have an event open to the general public listed, send the information to Mark Schlachtenhaufen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACM@UCO faculty member releases album
Clay Withrow, adjunct faculty member at the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO), recently released the album “Between the Madness” as a member of the progressive metal band Vangough.
“Between the Madness” is Vangough’s third studio effort and follow-up to the critically acclaimed “Kingdom of Ruin” released in 2011. Spread across 12 songs and more than 70 minutes of content, “Between the Madness” has what Withrow describes as a strong, unified sound.
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‘ANNE FRANK’S CHESTNUT TREE’
BY JANE KOHUTH
Jane Kohuth’s “Anne Frank’s Chestnut Tree” is the perfect introduction to the inspiring and important legacy of Anne Frank.
Hidden away in their Secret Annex in Amsterdam during World War II, Anne Frank and her family could not breathe fresh air or walk under the blue sky for years.
But through an attic window Anne could see the branches of a tall chestnut tree. This small glimpse of nature gave Anne hope and courage. It inspired her writing, in turn, inspiring the whole world.
FAI kicks off holiday activities Dec. 1
Winter is a busy time of the year for the staff at the Fine Arts Institute of Edmond as they plan December’s activities including the second year for “Art for the Holidays at FAI.”
Twitter reacts to the American Music Awards
In addition to being one of the biggest events on the music industry calendar, the American Music Awards also provides plenty of fodder for instant social media commentary. Here is a sampling of reaction on Twitter to Sunday night's show.
Broadway Star Kelli O’Hara to give master class at OCU
Broadway leading lady and four-time Tony Award nominee Kelli O’Hara will give a master class at Oklahoma City University, her alma mater, from noon to 2 p.m. Monday. The class is free to the public and will be in the Petree Recital Hall of the Bass Music Center at Northwest 25th Street and Blackwelder Avenue.
Historic day at Heritage Center Saturday
The desk used by a vice president of the first Oklahoma Constitutional Convention will be on display at Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center 1-3 p.m. Saturday, for the center’s monthly hands-on history Family Saturday.
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