Raised on Eld mountain with only her father’s magical menagerie for company, a young wizard is drawn irrevocably into the human world with all of its sorrows and delights when a baby comes into her care.

World Fantasy Award for Best Novel (1975)


“This magical moonlit fantasy has dignity and romance, heart-stopping suspense, adventure, richness of concept and language.”–Publishers Weekly

“A mythical kingdom fantasy with a marvelous heroine, satisfying strange beasts, and chilling sorcery.”–Locus



Looking for just the right outfit for a big party? Or maybe you want to build some funky shelves for your bedroom. Instead of heading for the mall, consider checking out a thrift store. It’s a great way to grab some awesome bargains. Thrift shopping started out as a way for charitable organizations to earn money for their missions by selling a variety of items at reasonable prices. Over the decades, it’s become a hot recreational activity for all kinds of people, including celebrities!


The title says it all: Bad Girls of Fashion explores the lives of ten famous women who have used clothing to make a statement, change perceptions, break rules, attract power, or express their individuality. Included are Cleopatra, Marie Antoinette, Coco Chanel, Marlene Dietrich, Madonna, and Lady Gaga. Sidebar subjects include: Elizabeth I, Marilyn Monroe, Rihanna, and Vivienne Westwood.

Photos illuminate the text, while edgy, vividly colored illustrations depict the subjects with interpretive flair. Readers will learn not only about changing fashion styles through history, but about changing historical attitudes toward women, and the links between fashion and art, film, music, politics, and feminism. With an energetic, appealing writing style, Croll demonstrates how through the ages, women — often without other means of power — have used fashion as a tool, and how their influence continues to shape how women present themselves today.


“Whopping good fun for fashionistas, Croll’s witty . . . book belongs in public and school libraries and on home shelves.” —VOYA, 02/01/17 (Mary Ellen Snodgrass VOYA)
“Historical in scope and reader friendly, there is much to learn here.” —Sal’s Fiction Addiction, 07/11/17 (Sally Bender Sal’s Fiction Addiction)

“An energetic, appealing writing style.” —Winnipeg Public Library, 04/27/17 (Winnipeg Public Library)

“Well researched and thoroughly referenced.” —Resource Links, 04/17 (Lesley Little Resource Links)



While most people say they believe in equal rights, the word feminism America’s new F-word makes people uncomfortable. Explore the history of US feminism through pioneers such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Betty Friedan, Shirley Chisholm, and Gloria Steinem. Meet modern leaders such as Rebecca Walker and Julie Zeilinger, who are striving to empower women at work, in government, at home and in cultural and personal arenas. Learn from interviews with movement leaders, scholars, pop stars, and average women, what it means to be a feminist or to reject it altogether. After reading this book, readers will be able to respond to “Am I a feminist?” with a confident, informed voice.

Editorial Reviews


“[This book] makes the issues of feminism personal and relatable. . . . [It] is a great addition to any school or public library collection and will find readers in teens passionate about social justice.” –starred, VOYA

“This small, colorful book introduces readers to the complexities of an ever evolving movement . . . cover[ing] an enormous breadth of material . . . A good starting point for discussions.” –Kirkus Reviews

“This informative, impeccably researched investigation of the history of feminism will do more than fill a collection gap it firmly emphasizes that feminism and feminist are not dirty words. . . . A highly recommended first purchase.” –School Library Journal



Friends of the Library


10 am – 4 pm, Saturday, March 10

Branigan Library Roadrunner Room



Nearly every day there’s another news story, think piece, or pop cultural anecdote related to feminism and women’s rights. Conversations around consent, equal pay, access to contraception, and a host of other issues are foremost topics of conversation in American media.

Today’s teens are encountering these issues from a different perspective than any generation has before — but what’s often missing from the current discussion is an understanding of how we’ve gotten to this place.

Fight Like a Girl introduces readers to the history of feminist activism in the U.S. in an effort to celebrate those who paved the way and draw attention to those who are working hard to further the feminist cause today.


“The feminist history book everyone should read. . . Way cooler than any history book. . . Meant to be fun enough for both teens and adults to get into, the book educates readers not only about women’s rights, but also race and transgender rights, all of which are intertwined.”–Metro US

“Written for a young-adult audience, but it’s worth a read at any age. . . The real treasure of this book is the bibliography.  . . [It] will inspire further feminist exploration for years to come.” –Bust Magazine  

“[A] snappy portrayal of feminist history. . . A worthy introduction of the feminist teen and an excellent choice for Women’s History Month.” —School Library Journal

“The inclusion of trans women, celebrity performers, and women who assert a lack of comfort with feminism add to the book’s inclusivity and make it even more likely to spur stimulating discussions.”–Booklist

“[C]ombines profiles  of influential women, from Mary Wollstonecraft to Beyonce, with portraits, sidebars and memorable quotes.”–Tampa Bay Times

“Although Fight Like a Girl: 50 Feminists Who Changed the World is written especially for young adults and teenagers, adults will also find this biographical-snapshot compilation of women who dared to make the world a better place enlightening. . . Highly recommended.” —Children’s Bookwatch

“[C]oncise but eloquent. . . [A] wide-ranging tribute to trailblazing women.”–Publishers Weekly


Welcome, fellow humans (and others), to the the world of FUN SCIENCE! I’m Charlie, also known across the internet as charlieissocoollike.

In my book, I’ll be taking you on an awesome journey through the cosmos, beginning with the Big Bang through to the Solar System and the origins of life on Earth, all the way down to the particles that make up everything around us (including you and me!).

Expect frequent digressions, tons of illustrations of not-so-sciencey things (NB a microwave flying through space), and pages packed with my all time favorite mind-bending science facts.

So, get ready for a faster-than-the-speed of-light (OK, not quite) tour of all of the best and most interesting things that science has to offer us… and most importantly: WELCOME TO THE UNIVERSE!
(Written by a Science Fan NOT at scientist!)