Big Blue Marble Bookstore Young Adult Newsletter June 10, 2016
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Thanks to those who came to the final book club meeting in May!  It was great to reminisce and to talk about all sorts of YA books, from Hunger Games to Harry Potter to Home of the Brave

Highlighting for June: YA Series in Steampunk.  For hardcover, I offer Manners & Mutiny, final installment in Gail Carriger's Finishing School series, this volume of which comes out in paperback this fall. For a set already out in paper, I present Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan series!  Read on to learn more... 
In a moment of serendipity, I learned that Morris Arboretum will become a Steampunk Wonderland this Sunday, June 12. Check it out!

Store news: 
1) While the Walnut Lane Bridge is closed this summer, balance the traffic, the stress, & the mess with our new Big Blue Marble Happy Hours
- Every Monday and Tuesday from 4:30 on: Cookies and Milk Happy Hours, featuring Sheila's Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies! 
- Every Thursday from 4:30 on: Thirsty Thursdays - Join us, and all of Mt. Airy Village, for free San Pelligrino and soft pretzels in front of the store while the food trucks are on the block and the neighborhood is a-hopping!
2) If you live in zip codes 19127 or 19128 (that is, Across the Bridge), we are offering free home delivery!
Order by phone (215.844.1870) or by email (, tell us you're in the Free Delivery Zone, give your address, and poof your books will arrive.  (small print - we'll do one delivery run a week, on Thursday or Friday) 
3) We are offering signed copies of this year's fabulous Kids' Literary Festival poster for sale!  Email for details. 
4) Harry Potter events -- games, film screenings, and book releases -- all through June and July!  See details below.
See you soon, 
Books from Years Past...

Habibi by Naomi Shihab Nye
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld 
Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt 
Feed by M.T. Anderson 
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 
The Secret Keeper by Mitali Perkins 
Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson 
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow 
Flora Segunda by Ysabeau Wilce 
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie 
Nation by Terry Pratchett 
Graceling by Kristin Cashore 

Highlighting: Gail Carriger's Finishing School series

Manners & Mutiny cover
I've just finished reading Manners & Mutiny, the final installment in Gail Carriger's Steampunk /Mannerpunk Finishing School series. In part 1,
Etiquette & Espionage, we meet Sophronia, covert recruit (that means she doesn't know what's going on) to the country's only Finishing School in the sky! There's a dirigible, there are vampires and werewolves -- very well-mannered, of course, for the most part -- 1850s Victorian styles, humanoid mechanicals, etc.  Friendships, loyalties. And, you know, Plots.  There have to be Plots.
Finishing School series by Gail Carriger
Anyone who's read Carriger's slightly more racy Parasol Protectorate series may find a number of characters they recognize.
Highlighting: Leviathan, Behemoth, and Goliath, by Scott Westerfeld

Leviathan trilogy by Scott Westerfeld A fast-paced, Steampunk alternate history of Europe: World War I recast with an army of mechanical walking devices on one side (the Central "Clanker" Powers) and hybrid living dirigibles, spun together from the "life threads" of different species, on the other (the Allied "Darwinist" Powers). For balance, we have a protagonist on each side: Alek, a prince on the run in Austria-Hungary, and Deryn, a Scottish girl disguised as a boy in order to join the British Air Service -- just as the continent, full of tension, stirs itself and moves toward war...

The series is full of all sorts of excitement -- boffins and bosuns; gadgets and beasties; lots of travel, from the Alps to Istanbul (no, really, not Constantinople...if only people would listen), from Russia to Japan; early film crews, and more...including a number of Actual People.

Oh, and by the way, Goliath cover art notwithstanding, Deryn is in fact rather taller than Alek.  Just saying.

(For more books with dirigibles, see Jen's Five Books to Keep You Afloat  on our blog.)
Weekly events counting down to new Harry Potter releases!

Happy birthday to (or perhaps from) Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling! The newest work in the Harry Potter world, the script for the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, will be released at midnight between Saturday, July 30, and Sunday, July 31. This play, opening in London July 30 (with previews beginning June 7), takes place 19 years after Harry, Ron, and Hermione defeat Voldemort, and is a study of how family stories echo through generations. 

Any new Harry Potter release is a good enough reason for book lovers to party, but this summer we have EVEN MORE: local author Lorrie Kim, who is by her own description obsessed with Severus Snape, will also be releasing her  definitive character study of the Half-Blood Prince that same night. Called simply  Snape, the book is the perfect present for anyone who has ever melted at the single word "Always."

Beginning Saturday, June 18th, we're launching seven weekends of Harry Potter events! We'll be showing all eight movies, with different crafts and associated games each week. All events are free and appropriate for Harry Potter fans of all ages. Popcorn, snacks, trivia, and fun!

Click to read the full schedule on our blog.   You can pre-order either book (or both) from us starting NOW by emailing
Wiit-Sharpening Potion, by ShockingBlankets

Big Blue Young Adult Book Discussion

For adults who read YA and teens who like to talk about books  


We had our final meeting on May 19. Newsletters will continue, with recommendations and reviews, and relevant events.


Please join us on the fourth Thursday of the month (with some exceptions) for the Big Blue Young Adult Book Discussion, led by Jen Sheffield.  The young adult genre refers to the books under discussion; readers of all ages are welcome.  The books do not have to be big or blue, though that's always nice.


For a list of past selections, check out the Book Clubs page on the Big Blue Marble website.