The Learned Owl Book Shop, Mid-November 2016
  Kate's Corner

Happy Thanksgiving! 

2016 has been a doozy so far with cicadas, oak mites, water damage, construction, and a presidential campaign the likes of which have never been seen. As we head towards a new year, I choose to focus on the things I'm thankful for: stores like Target realizing that Thanksgiving is a sacred holiday and staying closed; Main Street construction wrapping up for the winter before (fingers crossed) Thanksgiving weekend; having my brother home for the first time in three years and having our entire immediate family together for the first time in over eight years; my mom's turkey gravy and pumpkin pie; my Learned Owl family that has been working so hard to get the store ready for the holiday season; our amazingly supportive family, friends, and community that allow us to do what we love every day.

Wishing you all a safe and happy holiday, and looking forward to seeing you in the store soon. Happy reading!
- Kate
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The Amateurs
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The Amateurs by Sara Shepard
[Freeform, $17.99]
As soon as Seneca Frazier sees the post on the Case Not Closed website about Helena Kelly, she's hooked. Helena's high-profile disappearance five years earlier is the one that originally got Seneca addicted to true crime. It's the reason she's a member of the site in the first place.
So when Maddy Wright, her best friend from the CNC site, invites Seneca to spend spring break in Connecticut looking into the cold case, she immediately packs her bag. But the moment she steps off the train in trendy, glamorous Dexby, things begin to go wrong.
As Seneca and her friends begin to unravel dark secrets and shocking betrayals about the people closest to them, they seem to be on the murderer's trail at last. But somewhere nearby the killer is watching, ready to do whatever it takes to make sure the truth stays buried.
First in a new series by the best-selling author of the Pretty Little Liars series, Sara Shepard, The Amateurs is packed with the twists and turns, steamy romance, and stunning revelations that her fans have been waiting for.

The Diabolic
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The Diabolic by S. J. Kincaid
[Simon & Schuster, $17.99]
Nemesis is a Diabolic, a humanoid teenager created to protect a galactic senator's daughter, Sidonia. The two have grown up side by side, but are in no way sisters. Nemesis is expected to give her life for Sidonia, and she would do so gladly. She would also take as many lives as necessary to keep Sidonia safe.
When the power-mad Emperor learns Sidonia's father is participating in a rebellion, he summons Sidonia to the Galactic court to serve as a hostage. Now there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia: She must become her. Nemesis travels to the court disguised as Sidonia - a killing machine masquerading in a world of corrupt politicians and two-faced senators' children. It's a nest of vipers with threats on every side, but Nemesis must keep her true abilities a secret or risk everything.
As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns there is something more to her than just deadly force. She finds a humanity truer than what she encounters from most humans. Amid all the danger, action, and intrigue, her humanity just might be the thing that saves her life - and the empire.

Trouble Makes a Comeback
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by Stephanie Tromley
[Kathy Dawson Books, $17.99; Nov. 22]
A highly satisfying sequel packed with razor-sharp dialogue, a love triangle you didn't see coming, and the most charismatic dynamic duo you ever met.
Now that the infuriating and irresistible Philip Digby has left town for a lead on his sister who disappeared years ago, Zoe Webster is looking forward to a quiet spring semester. She's dating a cute quarterback, hanging out with new friends, and enjoying being "a normal". Which is of course when Digby comes back. He needs Zoe's help, and not just to find his sister.
Zoe can either choose to stay on her current path toward popularity, perfect SAT scores, and Princeton, or she can take a major detour with Digby and maybe find out what that kiss he stole from her really meant. Digby and his over-the-top schemes always lead somewhere unexpected, and Zoe's beginning to learn she might just like jumping into the unknown. When it comes to Digby, for Zoe at least, the choice might already be made.

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Scythe by Neal Shusterman
[Simon & Schuster, $18.99; Nov. 22]
Two teens are forced to murder in this first in a chilling new series from Neal Shusterman, author of the New York Times bestselling Unwind series.
A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery: Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now Scythes are the only ones who can end life and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.
Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe, a role that neither wants. These teens must master the art of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.
Coming up at  The Learned Owl

Saturday, Nov. 19, 10 AM-noon (at The Owl)
Author Robert J. Roman with his new book Ohio State Football: The Forgotten Dawn.

Saturday, Nov. 19, 1-3 PM  (at The Owl)
Local authors Lana Wayne Koehler and Gloria G. Adams with  Ah-Choo! Children aged 4-8 are invited to come hear the story, meet a very special puppet, learn a new song and enjoy a cookie while doing a craft. Please call to reserve your spot: 330-653-2252.

Sunday, Nov. 20, 2 PM  (at The Owl)
Llama Llama Red Pajama storytime! Wear your favorite pajamas, and please bring a pair of new pajamas with you to donate to those in need this winter.  Call to reserve your spot: 330-653-2252.

Sunday, Nov. 20, 2 PM  (at The Owl)
Join our History Book Club for a discussion about the History of the Rubber Industry with guest author Steve Love ( Wheels of Fortune: The Story of Rubber in Akron).

Monday, Nov. 21, 6:30 PM  (at the Hudson Library)
Meet Lindsay Mattick, author of the Caldecott Award winning book Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear. Please register for this event online at, or call 330-653-6658.

Saturday, Nov. 26, 1-3 PM  (at The Owl)

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 7 PM  (at the Hudson Library)
Author and researcher Robert K. Elder with  Hidden Hemingway: Inside the Ernest Hemingway Archives of Oak Park. Register for this free program online at, or call (330) 653-6658 x1010.

Saturday, Dec. 3, 10 AM-3 PM (at The Owl)
Drop-in gingerbread house decorating! Please bring something for The Landing, a food pantry in Akron.
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