Every hero has a story and this summer you get to tell it.

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  • get to keep track, online, of your minutes read;
  • get badges that will level up your super hero identity. The more you read, and log the minutes, the more powerful your hero becomes;
  • also unlock special skills and hero enhancements by attending library events or interacting with the library on social media (facebook, twitter & instagram).

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"In this world, imagination is the truest form of magic." - Unknown

Explore the magic elements of the world with these titles for all age groups.

Magic by Rebecca Stefoff

Eleven-year-old Ted becomes concerned and intrigued when his five-year-old sister Vicki begins receiving visits from two female ghosts.

Marvelous Magic by Susan Martineau

The world of magic is making way for old clothes and radishes. That may sound odd, but this book is all about taking ordinary objects and transforming them into the mesmerizing devices of magic. Craft enthusiasts will be creating magnificent disguises and tools used for unbelievable tricks. Colorful illustrations and easy-to-follow instructions guide readers into mastering the art of disguise and illusion.

Performing Magic by Mike Lane

Readers will learn wonderful performance tricks to impress their friends and family in this fascinating volume. Step-by-step instructions and colorful illustrations guide readers toward the mastery of these unbelievable illusions.


Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce

Thirteen-year-old DaIne has always had a knack with animals, but it's not until she's forced to leave home that she realizes it's more than a knack -- it's magic. With this wild magic, not only can Daine speak to animals, but also she can make them obey her. Daine takes a job handling horses for the Queen's Riders, where she meets the master mage Numair and becomes his student. Under Numair's guidance, Daine explores the scope of her magic. But she begins to sense other beings too: immortals. These bloodthirsty monsters have been imprisoned in the Divine Realms for the past four hundred years, but now someone has broken the barrier. It's up to Daine and her friends to defend their world from an immortal attack.

Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton

Everywhere Silla Kennicott turns she sees blood. She can't stop thinking about her parents alleged murder-suicide. She is consumed by a book filled with spells that arrives mysteriously in the mail. The spells share one common ingredient: blood, and Silla is more than willing to cast a few. What's a little spilled blood if she can uncover the truth? And then there's Nick--the new guy at school who makes her pulse race. He has a few secrets of his own and is all too familiar with the lure of blood magic.

Old Magic by Marianne Curley

Jarrod Thornton is mesmerizing, but Kate Warren doesn't know why. The moment the new guy walks into the room, Kate senses something strange and intense about him. Something supernatural. Her instincts are proven correct a few minutes later when, bullied by his classmates, Jarrod unknowingly conjures up a freak thunderstorm inside their classroom. Jarrod doesn't believe in the paranormal. When Kate tries to convince him that he has extraordinary powers that need to be harnessed, he only puts up with her "hocus pocus" notions because he finds her captivating. However, the dangerous, uncontrolled strengthening of his gift finally convinces Jarrod that he must take Kate's theories seriously. Together, they embark on a remarkable journey -- one which will unravel the mystery that has haunted Jarrod's family for generations and pit the teens against immense forces in a battle to undo the past and reshape the future.


Dark Magic by James Swain

Peter Warlock is a magician with a dark secret. Every night, he amazes audiences at his private theater in New York, where he performs feats that boggle the imagination. But his day job is just a cover for his otherworldly pursuits: Peter is a member of an underground group of psychics who gaze into the future to help prevent crimes.No one, not even his live-in girlfriend, knows the truth about Peter-until the séance when he foresees an unspeakable act of violence that will devastate the city. As Peter and his friends rush to prevent tragedy, Peter discovers that a shadowy cult of evil psychics, the Order of Astrum, know all about his abilities. They are hunting him and his fellow psychics down, one by one, determined to silence them forever.

Practical Magic by Alive Hoffman

For more than two hundred years, the Owens women had been blamed for everything that went wrong in their Massachusetts town. And Gillian and Sally endured that fate as well: As children, the sisters were forever outsiders, taunted, talked about, pointed at. Their elderly aunts almost seemed to encourage the whispers of witchery, with their musty house and their exotic concoctions and their crowd of black cats. But all Gillian and Sally wanted was to escape. One would do so by marrying, the other by running away. But the bonds they shared, even into adulthood, brought them back--almost as if by magic...

Elemental Magic by Sharon Shinn

Four all-new stories of romance, fantasy, and natural enchantment. From wizards to weathermen, many know the powers of the four elements-natural forces that can direct the fates, change destiny, and unite lovers in the most unexpected ways. Now, those magical elements-air, fire, water, and earth-come together in perfect balance, and a perfectly unique romance anthology, from four charmed authors.

Featured Reviews from our SRP Heroes

A Monster is Coming Book Jacket CoverTitle: A Monster is Coming!
Author: David L. Harrison
Series: Step into reading: step 2
Notes: Child Audience

Review: Mama bug said baby bug eats like a monster and the animals thought mama said a monster is coming and all hid.

 

Meet Julie Book Jacket CoverTitle: Meet Julie: an American girl
Author: Megan McDonald
Series: American Girls: Julie Albright
Notes: Child Audience

Review: I read Julie because I love American Girl Dolls and their books. The reason I chose "Julie" is because she seems like she could be me. We have so many things in common. Like playing basketball and having this certain girl at school that will always be there for me, and I will always be there for her.

 

For Boys Only Book Jacket CoverTitle: For Boys Only: The Biggest, Baddest Book Ever
Author: Marc Aronson
Notes:Child Audience

Review: Full of facts and humor. The banter was fun and friendly. Like.

 

Iluminate Book Jacket CoverTitle: Illuminate
Author: Aimee Agresti
Series: Gilded wings novels
Notes: Teen Audience

Review: Really enjoyed this book, can't wait to read the next one in the series.

 

Darkfever Book Jacket CoverTitle: Darkfever
Author: Henning Mankell
Series: Fever novels
Notes: Adult Audience

Review: Love this series. I've been tearing through this one, and I am now waiting for book four to become available. I really enjoy the dialogue between the characters and always love a strong heroine and a mystery in my books. Def recommend.

Meet Our Heroes  

This summer you can level up one of these heroes by logging your minutes read at our SRPO HQ.
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Hero Name: Fable Fox
Secret Identity: Leona Bond
Powers & Abilities: Serves the community while hiding in the shadows. Able to reclaim stolen items and return them to their owners. Has strong athletic abilities and razor-sharp claws which are built into her super suit.

Special Notes:
Was taken by the city’s most powerful mafia as payment for her parents’ debt. She chose to leave her new family’s unjust business. Now, she focuses on restoring the happiness of others who have had precious items stolen from them.

 

Hero Name: Super Levant
Secret Identity: Oliver Davidson
Powers & Abilities: Operates as an officer for a secret mutant organization. Has the ability to beam destructive light forces from his eyes and tactical skills.

Special Notes:
Was a test pilot for the U.S. Air Force. When he was flying his wife and children home after a vacation to the Galapagos Islands, they were shot out of the sky by unknown agents, and he suffered an injury that brought about his power.

Read more: Hero Spotlight