'Fall' into some good reads for the season

October 6, 2016, Chris Bohjalian was the guest speaker at the 14th Annual James V Library Author Gala. Here he is with Otto's own Betsy Rider. A good time was had by all. If you missed the Gala, but would like to read one of his books...we have them here, at Ottos. Stop in soon. We'd love to see you.

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Fall is here and Halloween is around the corner. Here are some mostly new titles, some spooky, some poetic and some just good reads for a brisk fall day.

For the youngest audience, another winner from toddler favorite Sandra Boynton. EEK! HALLOWEEN, with many familar characters from earlier boardbooks, and a snappy, rhymthic text, introduces the youngest kids to the spooky fun of Halloween.

Fans of poetry and wordplay coupled with colorful collage-like digital art, will enjoy Michael Hall's WONDERFALL, which explores the transisiton of a tree and its inhabitants from the start of Fall to the arrival of Winter. Each poem's title is a word you would expect to end with '-ful' but that ends, instead, with 'Fall!' 

One of last year's YA hits, SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK by Robert Beatty is now in paperback, and its sequel, SERAFINA AND THE TWISTED STAFF  is here in hardback. Both set around the Biltmore Estate in the Blue Ridge Mountains, they mystery, intrigue and a ghostly atmosphere to engage readers of any age.

Introduce your youngest citizens to the importance of every citizen exercising their right (and responsibility) to vote with ONE VOTE, TWO VOTES, I VOTE, YOU VOTE by Bonnie Worth. It's part of the Cat in the Hat's Learning Library series. It starts with how even the youngest among us, when part of a group, vote when choices have to be made, then in simple language children can understand explores the history of voting as a civic right and responsibility.

If you've had enough of fall-themed books, check out the new picturebook, REAL COWBOYS BY Kate Hoefler. She explores how cowboys are quiet, gentle, patient...and sometimes girls, along with other postitve traits that everyone would be wise to nuture.

And finally, Patricia MacLachlan's latest book, THE POET'S DOG. It is a magical story about a poet, a dog and two lost children who find each other on a cold snowy night in the woods.



Eek! Halloween! Cover Image
ISBN: 9780761193005
Availability: Special Order
Published: Workman Publishing - August 23rd, 2016

Wonderfall Cover Image
By Michael Hall, Michael Hall (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062382986
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Greenwillow Books - September 6th, 2016

Serafina and the Black Cloak Cover Image
ISBN: 9781484711873
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Disney-Hyperion - June 14th, 2016

Serafina and the Twisted Staff (Serafina Book 2) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781484775035
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Disney-Hyperion - July 12th, 2016

One Vote, Two Votes, I Vote, You Vote Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399555985
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - July 26th, 2016

Real Cowboys Cover Image
By Kate Hoefler, Jonathan Bean (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780544148925
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Hmh Books for Young Readers - October 4th, 2016

The Poet's Dog Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062292629
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Katherine Tegen Books - September 13th, 2016

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