The Good Neighbors, Book One:Kin by Holly Black & Ted Naifeh. This latest addition to our graphic novel collection comes from the creator of the popular Spiderwick Chronicles(with Tony DiTerlizzi). In this series, Holly Black appeals to an older reader with her new character Rue Silver, a high school student who begins seeing things when her mother disappears and her father is accused of murder. The secret of her family's ancestry is soon revealed, and Rue has to deal with a world of darkness, illusion, and romance. Naifeh's illustrations are bathed in shadow, as he carries us into the bizarre realm of Rue's visions. This book is recommended for older teens.
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. In 1989, noted English novelist, Ken Follett, departed from his usual suspense thriller format. He slipped back into the twelfth century and wrote an epic work about the building of a Gothic cathedral. Filled with fascinating characters and lots of detail about life in the Middle Ages, The Pillars of the Earth became one of his greatest successes. Most readers found themselves wanting more when the book was finished, and finally, in 2007, Follett produced a long awaited sequel, World Without End. Pillars of the Earth is now being featured on our staff recommendations display, and World Without End is available with new books.