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So could Lindon learn all the dragon paths? If he split his core some more of course. And does this mean that technically he could learn other beasts paths? If he absorbed the remnant of the sacred beast that was in the arelius bloodline would he get their bloodline powers? There is a way for someone born without bloodline powers to acquire them.
But in order for him to get the Arelius powers, he'd have to find the same sacred beast they got their powers from.
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Or another of a similar type. There's a species of eagle whose tail-feathers have a unique relationship with wind aura. When you sweep such a feathered broom, the wind actually gathers up all the dust and loose debris in a small area and piles it neatly up. Scholars believe that the patterns in the feathers act as a script to produce such a unique effect, but no one really knows for sure. In battle, the Broom Sage used bristles from the tail of the Thorn Mountain Boar, a fifteen-story-tall boar that ate forests.
The wood for his broom was taken from a branch of the Underworld Herald, a self-aware ancestral tree that once grew upside-down in an underground kingdom of blood and darkness. Practitioners gather aura of light and heat into a tiny ball of madra that they keep inside their spirits. They can manifest it, like a tiny star in their hands, but any power they use is taken away from the Starseed's growth. As they advance, they also advance their Starseed, but it's far less useful than any similar Paths like, say, Heaven's Glory until they reach Underlord.
Once the Starseed is bathed and forged in soulfire, it becomes another level of existence entirely. Now practitioners can use their Starseed to melt through stone, and as it gets larger and more dense, the sacred artists become deadlier. If they continue to advance, their Starseeds can eventually burn cities in seconds after manifesting. I assume the artists on the Path of the Starseed have some way of protecting their body from the aura?
Also, can they only manifest it inside their hands, or within a certain distance? It's cupped a few inches from their hands, like a ball. As they advance, they can control it more freely and project it farther. Are scripts some form of universal language or just Cradle oriented? Are there similar things in Amalgam or Asylum? Scripting is unique to Cradle, but other worlds have similar systems for guiding, shaping, or controlling their native energy.
Are there legendary remnants that are especially sought after? Also, are there any effects good oreasonbad that come from bonding a remnant that is insanely far beyond your cultivation level? There are indeed some ancient or legendary Remnants, at least one of which will be shown in Skysworn. As far as bonding a Remnant beyond your advancement, it's a big risk. The Remnant has more of a sense of identity, so it can make your bonding process either much easier or much harder.
Yerin could never have bonded the Sword Sage's Remnant, for instance, if he hadn't allowed it. Were the sacred artists Suriel revealed to Lindon a mere sampling of the beings at that power level, or are these literally the only three groups at their level? They are not the only ones. In the form of a young boy, an ancient dragon rules the desert to the east of the Blackflame Empire.
He is kept from consuming the humans by the deterrent of the Akura clan, whose Matriarch is one of the few beings on the planet he respects. Northstrider gathers power in the hopes that he will one day be able to challenge this particular dragon. There is such an organization, and I'd love to go into detail about them, but unfortunately I'm afraid it might be a spoiler. But the non-story answer is yes! Are there any places on cradle where information on sacred art techniques are widely available and indigenous practitioners are encouraged to develop their own paths?
The Dawnspring Archive. It's both a location and an organization dedicated to helping young sacred artists develop their own, personal Path. They have dream tablets from all over the world and from all sorts of Paths, which can encourage children to expand their imaginations and experiences with the sacred arts. The Redflower family actually uses several Paths in conjunction in order to keep the Empire fed. The Path of the Yellow Flower involves moving earth and nurturing soil. The Path of the Green Flower encourages growth and the health of crops.
The Path of the Blue Flower gathers water from the air and facilitates irrigation. The Path of the White Flower controls air flow and climate regulation. The Path of the Red Flower, for which the family was named, was designed to defend the others. The Lonely Wolf. Once, there was a wolf pup born as the smallest in his litter. He wanted nothing more than to be close to his brothers and sisters, but they would shove him out of the den every night, where he would shiver alone in the cold. Every morning, he would try to get close to them again, but every night he was pushed out of the cave once more.
So it was that when a tiger walked into the den and devoured the whole pack, he missed the lonely wolf pup. The lonely wolf survived, but he was even lonelier than ever. He tried to join another pack, but they too rejected him. He tried to join a flock of birds, but they flew away. Schools of fish fled when he approached the river.
He wandered through life alone, and the years passed. Then the decades. Then the centuries.
The lonely wolf had become more than a simple beast. The shadows responded to his desire to get close to others, and now they hid him. At last, hidden in the shadows, he could slip into other packs and pretend to be one of them. None of the wolves, not even other sacred wolves, ever saw more than a flickering shadow. But in a way, he was lonelier than ever.
Now he could stay close, but not close enough. No one could see him, nor treat him as part of their family. He was nothing but a ghost, drifting through the lives of others. The loneliness grew until it became an ache, then a pain. Then a hunger. And he thought of one way to be closer to his fellow wolves. The first time he swallowed a wolf pup, he finally felt that burden on his soul lighten. Now that there was another wolf inside his skin, his loneliness was relieved. But only briefly. When his stomach was empty again, he swallowed another wolf.
Then another. He worked his way up the pack until he was alone again. Then he found a village. Like a creeping shadow, the lonely wolf moved through the homes, looking for someone to join him inside his body. He started with the infants, and when they had all joined him, he moved his way up to the little children. Only when the entire village was with him did he move on to the next village. So at night, as the firelight flickers, keep watching those patches of shifting shadows at the corner of your eye.
It might be the lonely wolf, just looking for another friend. A Dragon's Tear. It's refined from two perfectly balanced varieties of madra the actual ingredients used depend on the refiner's Path and the availability in the region. When you swallow it, it releases an explosion of power that "supercharges" your soul, so to speak, releasing enormous power temporarily.
However, it strains the madra channels, which can lead to permanent spiritual damage. In a severe case, it could leave you with no more power than an Unsouled. More importantly, it's addictive. Not chemically, but even users with no spiritual damage report feeling that their souls feel weaker afterwards in comparison to that brief moment of transcendent power. Lastly, what does it retail at? Children of Eternity is a popular novel about a romance between an immortal man and woman in their never-ending quest to stay together, but the world keeps tearing them apart.
It's fairly cheap in the Blackflame Empire, at sixteen low-grade scales per copy. But of course, the scales of some Paths are worth more than others. If I wanted to be the greatest travelling musician in the Blackflame empire, what Path should I be following to make this happen? If you wanted to be the greatest musician in Cradle, you would have a rival.
She is known as Nightsong, though the legends generally agree that she was not born with this name. She follows the Path of the Moonlit Flute, and her powers vary according to the storyteller. Some say that she played a song over a battle between two Sages who had hated one another for years, and they walked away friends. Only weeks later, the two were married. It is said she rides a Remnant, but never the same one. She simply plays a song on her flute, and Remnants compete to carry her around. Will, How many peopel have reached the same stage Northstrider has on Cradle.
Currently we only know of 3, or is it 10? Depends on whether all members of 8-Man Empires have reached the same rank, or if the woman Suriel singled out, who managed to get to Low-Gold when she was only 6 years old, exceeds the rank of her friends. Reigan Shen is the creator and sole practitioner of the Path of the King's Key. Centuries ago, he consulted an oracle and grew to believe that he was destined to rule the world. He seeks to make that vision a reality. He fought the Eight-Man Empire to a standstill, though they eventually drove him off.
He has stolen Northstrider's prey. He is considered one of the Ninecloud Court's greatest enemies, though everyone below the Queen is instructed to treat him as an honored guest, should he arrive. Only about six years ago, he finally slew his longtime rival. Though Lindon didn't know it, he felt the aftereffects of that battle in Sacred Valley.
Adarsh is right. Some of them, of course, eat anything they can get their hands on. These are almost impossible to kill, as their bodies process the power they consume to protect them. But they often die on their own, as their organs will eventually fail so badly that Enforcer techniques can't preserve them any longer. However, some of them devour only the most valuable delicacies. Ancient Remnant dead matter processed by Soulsmiths to be edible, the delicately seasoned meat of a thousand-year-old Underlord-level sacred beast, or fruits of such pure power that they glitter like crystal.
These practitioners might be rail-thin and live for centuries more than their counterparts. Their bodies also tend to take on strange properties. The Path of the Diamond Sky focuses on polishing the power of the mind, until its practitioners have perfect memory, utter control over their emotions, and imaginations so vivid that some of them die inside self-created dreams.
How would an underlord on the path of the white fox compare to the other underlords of the Blackflame empire? When asked what Paths were the hardest for him to fight, the Underlord of the Cloud Hammer School said, "I despise beyond anything else the cowards who hide behind shadows and illusions. Let a true sacred artist come to me under the light of the sun and do battle.
From anything else, I will flee; not because I fear the power of cowards, but because my time is too valuable to burn it away. Prostitutes often follow dream Paths, because dream madra can be used to alter appearances, induce emotions, and even find potential customers. In the Blackflame Empire, they are of course ranked. Everything is ranked. The top brothel is The Court of Roses, which caters to members of the royal family and influential clan leaders. She cycles aura of life and dreams, in a strange combination that helps her sense what others are feeling and manipulate those sensations.
You know, I feel like Lindon wouldn't find Cradle to be his favorite series. He'd probably be reminded of all his unpleasant memories. He would enjoy Traveler's Gate the most, I think One of the most well-known and reviled criminals in the history of the Blackflame Empire was a man named Gan Lo Zin, who operated the most well-known Remnant factory to be taken down and exposed. So-called Remnant factories kidnap children at Copper, then strap them to scripted devices and force-feed them scales. Their madra is cycled by force through scripts and madra devices, which is often inefficient, painful, and leads to long-term spiritual damage.
However, this doesn't tend to matter. Because as soon as the children reach Jade, and thus leave stable Remnants of a high enough quality, they are slaughtered. Their Remnants are sealed and captured in boxes, to be categorized and sold to large organizations with a need for great quantities of bindings, dead matter, or Remnants for Lowgold bonding.
When Gan Lo Zin was exposed, it caused a public outcry. It's estimated that he was responsible for the deaths of as many as thirty thousand people. However, when captured and questioned by the Skysworn, he maintained that he was far from the only one to operate such a facility. Outside the boundaries of the Empire, and even on other continents, he claimed that many large organizations ran their own Remnant factories.
They were, he said, the inevitable price of progress. Are there any paths that utilize "space" aura like the rabbit, bat and mole in unsouled? I can envision a path of the Infinite step. Highly focused on movement, mobility and field manipulation. If you say no to that I can't answer any of this. However, the Sword Sage could have left Cradle had he wanted to. And there were still plenty of people stronger than him in the world.
What does water turn into if left to gather madra for long enough like a stone will turn into a Titians bone. Sacred pools, which are referred to differently in different lands, are actually fairly common. Titan's bone is almost mythical, because of how long it takes stone aura to condense in rocks and how deep you have to drill to excavate it. However, sacred pools, divine springs, and so on are commonly used to refine elixirs. They are often cultivated specifically in the gardens of powerful sects.
Some believe that the deep ocean has the water with the most condensed and powerful aura, but that's difficult to judge. The power of water is of course overwhelming down there, but no one is known to have filled a container with deep-ocean water and returned to the surface without contaminating the power of the sample. Many paths seem that all they need to do is hit somebody with one hit and the person dies, ex. Heavens Glory. It seemed like if somebody was hit, they die. What keeps underlords, sages, from being just one shot K.
Within your body, your madra holds sway. This is why non-pure madra can't be effectively used in an Empty Palm style technique, because you can't just "inject" your madra into someone and expect it to do anything. It's also why fire Paths don't just set the air in their opponent's lungs on fire and walk away. The reason why a Heaven's Glory Jade can't just gun down an Underlord is an expansion of this principle. If your madra is sufficiently more powerful than your opponent's, it becomes hard for their Striker techniques to even hurt your skin.
Often, the madra is simply dispersed when it touches you. The same is true for Forged madra--it can be dispersed by the natural madra of a more-advanced opponent. Ruler techniques will work equally on anyone, so they're usually what you use if you have to fight a more advanced opponent. However, there are some drawbacks. First of all, not every Path has a battle-ready Ruler technique. Second, Ruler techniques often take a long time to implement; you have to gather up compatible aura in the area and then activate it in a specific manner.
It's also expected that an Underlord will have more powerful Ruler techniques than a Truegold, or will sense what is happening and dodge or disrupt it. As for Enforcer techniques, they of course work fine against higher-level opponents. But usually, someone more advanced than you will also get better results out of their Enforcer techniques.
Sages are Archlords who have achieved [something special] that sets them apart from their peers. There are levels above Archlord, but Sages are actually more rare than the stage immediately over Archlord. It's easier to advance than to distinguish yourself and become a Sage.
As for which Path I'd choose, that's an interesting question. I initially thought I would go with the Path of the Cloud Hammer, because it is a force-based Path with fairly easy aura to cultivate and many broad applications. Plus, they can run on air. However, since then I've realized I'm lazy, and I would prefer a Path that required me to move less. There are summoner-style Paths that involve manipulating construct puppets, and I'd probably choose one of them. On the Iceflower Continent, far from the Blackflame Empire, there's a buried chamber chiseled into the heart of a halfsilver vein.
Madra is dispersed as soon as it touches the air, and thirteen layers of script repel all aura. There are twenty cells, and no more than twenty prisoners. Imprisoned here are those who cannot be executed.
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As they say: face is the place. The Path of the Last Breath, mentioned in Skysworn, both drains your own life to empower your techniques and destroy the enemy and attacks relentlessly with no regard to self-protection. There's also the Path of the Storm Lance, which focuses on channeling all of its power into Striker and Forger techniques that destroy the enemy before the enemy has a chance to resist. There is no problem they won't solve with a huge explosion. That's a great question, but unfortunately I can't answer it accurately without getting into why the people in Sacred Valley aren't Gold anymore, which is a spoiler.
I will say that one of the founders of the Heaven's Glory School was a sacred beast who achieved Gold; a golden-scaled dragon that breathed light and heat. Legend says he's still sealed beneath Mount Samara, ready to defend the School in its hour of need. Most of the settings I write about aren't places you'd really want to visit.
I'm basically inventing the least comfortable places I can imagine. However, there's an ancient library in Cradle called the Dreamway. It's filled with thousands of dream tablets that each contain endlessly changing fictional worlds. Each tablet is essentially a virtual reality experience that crafts a new story on command. I'd want to go there. I'd probably, you know, die from neglecting my basic physical needs, but that's a nicer way to go than by visiting Valinhall.
When Suriel personally intervened in Harrow, it was because the Abidan were not prepared for Harrow to be infected with corruption at all. She decided to save as many people as she could. Limit was the world that was scheduled for demolition, its population evacuated and quarantine implemented. But Ozriel didn't show up to destroy it. The corruption spread until the Abidan weren't prepared to contain it, and that's when it spread through the Way into Harrow.
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So: if they were prepared to save a sci-fi world with a galactic empire, they absolutely could. It would be easier and far more organized than what Suriel did in Harrow. That said, civilizations with trillions of inhabitants and multiple inhabited planets are tethered very tightly to the Way.
They're very stable and difficult to corrupt naturally, so they tend to be safer. Technically no, but it isn't terribly efficient. You have to build both cores back up over time before you split it again, if you want it to work well. Traveler's Gate takes place slightly before Cradle, and Elder Empire takes place after Cradle or at least after where Cradle is now.
I don't want to lock myself into anything more specific than that. It's actually very different from culture to culture. We've spent the entirety of the series so far in the western half of the Blackflame Empire, so culturally it's all very similar. They see it as different though everything in nature radiates a different kind of power, and these can be blended and molded in order to shape your own madra. Other cultures see aura as one connected force, the spirit of the world, which takes on different forms aspects as it weaves through nature.
As an Archlord, the Sage of the Endless Sword was blessed enough to cross swords with a sword-wielding Monarch without getting obliterated. Swearing not to waste that opportunity, he tracked down an ancient Remnant called Memory, on the Path of a Thousand Dreams. She made sure his recollection of the fight would stay fresh, so he could experience the feeling of the Monarch's power every day as though for the first time.
He began traveling from sword Path to sword Path, sensing their techniques and trying to develop a power closer to that of the Monarch's. As an experienced refiner, he also tracked down natural treasures attuned to the sword: spirit fruits, sacred herbs, and the parts of sacred beasts that gathered sword aura. Sorry for the anticlimax, but I have to dance around the details of how one becomes a Sage.
Still, I hope that's enough. That depends on the Judge. Many of them do drift into the shallow void, knitting fragments together into miniature Territory-like lesser worlds. So effectively yeah, they can take up world-knitting. Others return to their original worlds and live like gods; they may have given up their Mantle and weapon, but they're still extremely powerful beings.
Most of them go to live in Sanctum, the home world of the Abidan. They take up advisory positions in the Abidan organization, though they're not allowed to wield any authority. How would a meal of the same ingredients be different if made from someone of higher rank? Suck as Turkey. Assuming a culinary path, how would that Turkey differ when made by a low-gold, underlord, sage, or Herald? I'm not sure if you're talking about the level of the chef or the level of a sacred turkey. So I'm going to answer both. The problem with eating sacred beasts is that they get more intelligent as they advance.
Most cultures have the same taboos against this as they do against cannibalism. However, there are a few exceptions. Some powerful individuals don't care about the rights of those weaker than them, and will consume sacred beasts regardless of their intelligence. Other cultures have no taboo, but make sure that the beasts have died of natural causes. And sometimes when sacred beasts are born instead of awakened from advancement, they have all the power and none of the intelligence. Though this can be hard to prove.
So in the latter case, where you might have a Truegold-level sacred turkey with the intelligence of a normal bird, let's assume you ate it. It's going to be very tough, so it's difficult to cook, but if you prepared it perfectly, you would find it to be an intense experience.
The concentrated blood aura in the body gives the meat a powerful flavor that you might find physically uncomfortable until you get used to it. When processed with the appropriate herbs, it can be delicious It can also help to refine the body, strengthening you and promoting physical health. As for a chef, here's what they say in the Blackflame Empire:A Lowgold chef will prepare you a wonderful meal. A Highgold chef will cook you the best dish you've ever had in your life. A Truegold chef will serve you your new favorite food. To a degree, advancement in the sacred arts is an act of survival.
Almost every adult on the planet is at least Iron, because that's essentially the minimum it takes to interact with the world on a normal level. However, many of Cradle's people don't consider themselves "sacred artists" per se, because their life does not revolve around the pursuit of advancement. Aura and madra are still a part of their lives, but not personal power and achievement.
Cradle certainly has farmers, but farmers who can pull the rainclouds closer with Ruler techniques. They have chefs who can determine your tastes by reading your feelings, doctors who can diagnose you from across the room by sensing your blood, and carpenters who shape wood with their spirits. The Path of the Crimson Furnace has developed a cycling technique that they use in conjunction with their Iron bodies to eat as many spirit-fruits and sacred elixirs and pills as possible. They gorge themselves on sacred beast meat and sacred herbs, and then digest as quickly as possible.
Their Iron body involves stuffing yourself to bursting and then using life madra to accelerate your body so that you digest it quickly. After about two weeks of this, combined with some pills they have developed for the purpose, your body becomes able to do it naturally.
It's a great all-purpose Iron body; they are able to receive further benefits from elixirs that improve the body, and much of what they eat strengthens them and makes them tougher.
The only downside is an accelerated metabolism: now they HAVE to eat all the time. At Jade, they have a cycling technique to go along with it. It allows them to milk further benefits out of restorative pills and elixirs, and extracts aura from the things they eat, improving advancement. How do monarchs have babies on Cradle? Do they just appear instantly at the nine months stage? Do they rocket out of the womb at mach 9?
The core is right below the navel, which is where a baby would be. Does this effect the baby or it's own developing core? The children of Monarchs are born just like anyone else. Monarchs are not only extremely powerful, they are also skilled at controlling their power; they're not going to harm their child unless they want to. When the baby is within the womb, the Monarch's own spirit protects it, and it is born normally.
Monarchs have smoother and easier pregnancies than most women, due to their superhuman resilience. The children of Monarchs are often born with special advantages. Some bloodline legacies powers inherited through lineage are from sacred beasts that have taken human form, but others come from Monarch ancestors.
Why does thus far everyone seem to speak the same language and very similar dialect? Even the people in the Sacred Valley, who have been isolated for centuries, seem to speak the same language as is known throughout the Blackfire Empire. Looks like the Sage has covered this in detail, but I'll throw in my two cents: we're still largely in the same region, but even then, I've thrown in some different accents. Fisher Gesha, Lindon, Yerin, and Eithan all speak in a different vernacular, and I imagine them as having subtly different accents.
For one thing, most of this world used to speak the same language I'll probably get into the specifics of that at some point. It's drifted over the years, but less than you might think thanks to fairly widespread communication. Even though Cradle is a harsh world, a single sacred artist can travel much farther than a single real person, and nomadic tribes are common. There are also dream techniques for transferring language, which allows them to transfer speech much more efficiently.
As for Eithan's accent specifically, he spent his childhood in the Blackflame Empire. He speaks the local dialect better than Yerin or Lindon do. There are, however, multiple languages in Cradle. As the world expands, we'll run into them. I would like to know about the ethno-geographical population distribution across the BlackFlame Empire and surrounding continent.
I'm going to try and respond to the general questions about ethnicity in Cradle, though I can't guarantee I'll hit all of your points. I'll try to answer the spirit of the question! Humans did not evolve independently on Cradle. The Abidan initially thought they did, as the first Abidan came from Cradle; they ascended out of the world only to discover many others, most with humans that were virtually identical.
Naturally, they assumed that Cradle was the first world, but upon further investigation determined that it was not. They have never been able to conclusively prove what the first world was. The Blackflame Empire and the whole continent has a similar ethnic makeup to our east Asia. The genetics get a little muddy when you factor in sacred beasts that can breed with humans, as well as Paths that alter bloodlines, but that's a general rule of thumb.
The Arelius family comes from a different continent. Their family is, as you might imagine, Caucasian in extraction. Minor spoiler alert: I'd like to go into more detail, but I'd also like to explore this in the main series, so I'm going to leave it at that. The influence of the Way anchors worlds in reality by providing structure.
Consistent, recognizable rules. In some of these worlds, even forces like gravity or time work differently, but they do work consistently within the world. That's the influence of the Way. When the Abidan first started exploring the "shape" of the Way, they found it like a branching river, with Iterations like boulders in the stream.
Outside the Way was the void: a hostile emptiness dotted with the fragments of broken worlds and populated by strange, unknowable creatures that sought to break rules and disrupt order. The farther you travel into the void, the more recognizable reality crumbles, until you cease to exist. Even these fiends of the void, incomprehensible nightmare beings, can only exist somewhat close to the Way, because existence itself is a function of order.
However, when the Abidan organized, they determined that they would explore the scope and breadth of the Way. They followed each branch to its ending, until the power of the Way grew too thin to sustain them. Then they turned back. They found that the Way WAS finite. It had an end. They've mapped it like a three-dimensional spider web, like a branching skeletal ball. In and among its branches is the endless, infinite void. But their theory says that the Way should be infinite.
There's no reason it should ever be contained, and indeed they've never seen it end; they've only followed it as far as they could. Some believe that the Way stretches across an endless cosmic darkness, and this is the only place it has pooled thickly enough to sustain life. Others believe that our Way is only one of many, and that there are other collections of reality out there.
Perhaps an infinite number. Are there any sacred beasts besides dragons that could go toe-to-toe with a Monarch or a Dreadgod? There's Juwei, the Ghostwalker Fox, who has tricked Monarchs and escaped. There's a single Monarch-level dragon--known by some as the god of the desert--who has a centuries-old feud with Northstrider. There's Nightsong, the musician on the Path of the Moonlit Flute, who is either a sacred beast herself or has strong inhuman blood. What kinds of madra do the great schools of sacred valley use other than Heavens glory.
I think they were Falling leaf, Golden blade and Divine wind. Holy Wind: a strange Path of wind, light, and dream techniques that create zones of unnatural weather. Golden Sword: a Path of sword madra that uses Enforcer techniques on their weapon. The name of their Path comes from the goldsteel swords they use more than from their techniques. Ended up not going to sleep and finished it in one sitting. I like the Canterbury Tales feel of different narrators, always making it fresh. The tension was nail-biting. Can we say medal-worthy?
Or watching sappy movies, or commercials. I bawled like a baby reading this. Which was even more problematic since I was reading it in public. This was gut-wrenchingly wonderful for me. Realistic fiction is not usually something middle-grade authors do well, but this is amazing! The writing is crisp and energetic despite the quiet story. I adored Raymie and the quick, unexpected friendship she builds with her fellow baton-twirling students. There are so many small moments in this book to love.
I say: Oh my goodness, the illustrations in this book! The design of the book is simply beautiful, as is the story. A wonderful mix of reflection and action, with short, punchy chapters to keep readers in thrall. I say: The concept behind this book is so inventive! The illustrations are fantastic, and the mostly free-form poetry perfectly evokes the spirit of jazz music. Plus, the short bios and further reading suggestions in the back matter provide a path for those who wish to learn more.
Each poem led to the next, adding up to tell the story of the gathering of the musicians from the photograph. Allison says: HOLY cow!! I loved this. Who knew it was not only possible, but that the reader would forget it was nonfiction? This book definitely left me thinking and wondering,. I say: Wonderful. The story flows from page to page, with bold artwork and personal commentary from White. I say: I was so glad to see the lates classic guide updated to include the digital age! Engaging text and illustrations make it a joy to browse, or you can focus on whatever category interests you, from simple machines to digital devices and Wi-Fi, Source: Book News and Reviews.
Personally, I loved the expressiveness of the various jungle animals. The big-eyed frog is a favorite. Angel says: Love it! I say: I love this one! It has a wonderful simplicity but has some stunningly effective nuances in the illustrations. The mostly red, black, and white pencil drawings with their sepia background are charming and elegant.
The text and the illustrations work together perfectly to tell a story encouraging individuality, empathy, and imagination. Pre-readers could even enjoy the story through the pictures alone. One of my favorites. Allison says : I love the seemingly opposing themes and ideas that go hand in hand! Refreshingly simple example of children who might feel different or out-of-place who follow their gut instinct to be who they are. Pam says: Oh my! That little bear is the cutest. Do I like this story? Several of us were charmed by the amusing, authentic sibling relationships and the quirky illustrations and side characters.
Allison is hoping for a story about the dragon with an interesting smirk, and I would love to know more about the mysterious mouse who quietly pops up in the background throughout the book. And the message is one we all love. Monty says: This is a fun read featuring many colorful illustrations. The story can help children realize that everyone has wonderful ideas that should be shared and that no matter what others may believe about your ideas, you should believe in yourself for nothing is impossible.
Cheryl says: I love this book. How much fun you can have with a story that has a make believe language included.
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I say: This is such a relatable story for anyone who comes from a large family or has overachieving siblings. Through the story of a dog named Ed who is determined to match the excellence of his loving family and enjoy the same privileges as the Ellis children like sitting on the couch and eating at the table , readers can discover or talk about the things that make them excellent, even if they are less obvious than being a math whiz or a star athlete.
And the final page is perfection. Allison says: I love it! Vocabulary, school subjects, all related to the life of a dog. Monty says: This book shows a loving relationship between a boy and his dog and how they learn together. The illustrations are great and add much character to the story. This cute story of a little boy playing hide-and-seek with an elephant is sure to elicit smiles all around. There are also lots of fun details for observant kiddos seriously, keep your eye on the dog , or perhaps the book can help kids who are less sharp-eyed to become more observant.
As Allison pointed out in our deliberations, this one will encourage kids to look beyond the text and pay attention to visual cues and their own observances. Cheryl says: I really enjoyed this book, and a child will identify with the story about a favorite toy. The imagination in the book is fun and it gives a happy feeling. I say: This is a beautiful, heartbreaking story with nuance that still remains relatable for children.
I love the scenes illustrating that it is okay to still laugh, to be angry, or to want to be alone. Allison says: I like the gentle way that this story brings hope to struggle and grief. I like that Gus finds a way to move on, though he is sometimes troubled. This is a must for the list, if not for the beautiful yet simple illustrations, then for the gentle way the subject matter is handled. I say: I really enjoyed the mixed-media style.
The effect is somewhat reminiscent of Lois Elhert, though the tone and art are actually quite different. Conversational prose poetry addresses both the everyday and a few more elevated topics, like war. I particularly liked the war illustration where the bomb turns into a fish and the final image where Wednesday dreams of a blue squirrel that recalls a paint-splatter horse from earlier in the book. Allison says: This book seems so simple at first glance, and the mixed-media made me wince.
I think this book will encourage children to notice what is around them in a way that is all their own, and encourage them to discuss their thoughts. I say: Excellent comic timing, richly-colored illustrations, and a touch of the bizarre make this twist on a traditional folktale so much fun to read! I bought her this one for Christmas, and she had me read it to her over and over, twice in one session before she would let me leave her house to go home!
It was so much fun to see her enthusiasm and wonder as her actions seemingly affected the outcome of the next page. It will be a great first day of school or back to school read, especially for kids who are feeling a little self conscious. Allison says: This book reads like a how-to, while keeping a story behind the words. I love the asides, the rhythmic flow of the storyline, and the call to greatness in everyday life.
Pam says: I so enjoyed this book. The facial expressions of the sister and dog add humor to the story. Five stars, definitely! Smiles turn to laughter while reading this one. I say: This is a cute little adventure story that also helps build vocabulary and narrative skills. Animal and nature lovers are sure to enjoy. Also, I like that although the protagonist is established as a boy, readers can easily imagine the protagonist to be a girl if they wish. Angel says: I love the illustrations. Pam says: This book is unique.
It is different from the books I have been reading, the illustrations stand out. There is a softness to the pictures and yet they are so colorful. Cheryl says: This was a good story with a good rhythm. You can do hand claps along with it to make it more interactive and exciting. The illustrations are really good, too. Monty says: This is a cute story perfect for teaching about reading and how it helps you learn new things.
Allison says : The illustrations are superb! I love the spirit of the character, and his yearning to be himself. The sky is the limit! I say: I love the deadpan humor and visual cues Klassen uses in his hat books. This one shares many similarities with the other two wonderful books in the trilogy, but with a fun Western feel and a new moral.
The result is a surprisingly sweet story about friendship and resisting temptation. Pam says: So much is expressed in so few words. There is only one hat, but two turtles. Klassen is able to resolve the issue in such a way that it brings out the true meaning of friendship. This story has a great message and the text and illustrations work together to create drama and excitement. I love the colors and 3D paper-doll effect in the illustrations. Older readers will appreciate the back matter info.
Cheryl says: I really liked this book. At first it can seem very busy, but then you begin to enjoy the details. I like that the pictures are telling several stories along with the informational aspects about an airport. Pam says: The illustrations are beautiful. Each page is a beautiful work of art. They tell an emotional story. The rhyme scheme adds to the story. This was the life of a slave.
It was a life that was repeated week after week. This was the rhythm of their life. I say: Marvelous artwork creates an eerie, haunting picture that is echoed in the poetic text. Haunting, exciting, mysterious. The story itself is bittersweet—as so many legends are—but also very compelling and ultimately triumphant. The book also does a fantastic job of dealing with sensitive issues with relatable language and expressions. And the illustrations are dynamic, bold, and perfectly reflective of the subject.
I also like the illustration style and the rhythm of the text. Great for animal lovers. Angel says: This is a good book for learning about animals that live on the African Savanna. There are just enough facts that children can learn about the animals but not be overwhelmed with information. What a wonderful conversation that could evolve from this book. Not only does it make you think about the cultural differences we see in each other, but it also reminds us that we have ancestors that went through the same sort of things.
Easy Readers. Pam says: There is so much fun packed into this easy reader. The humor begins right from the start. Big Cat is willing to tolerate many things for the love of his family. Absolutely a good read! I say: Adorable. This book introduces new vocabulary through the context of synonyms so that kids can easily decipher the meanings, and it also teaches about math and sharing. Monty says: I enjoyed this beginning reader book and believe children will also.
The story is cute and teaches the importance of listening and following directions. The illustrations are colorful and fun and add much to the story. Allison says: This reminds me of Frog and Toad and their adventures. I like the illustrations, which will keep kids busy, as well as the way the text appears for beginning readers. There is a little vocabulary here as well, and concepts old and new to entice children.
Cheryl says: This book is a really exciting beginner reader. It has all kinds of emotions in it and then a real good, feel good ending. Monty says: Everyone likes Ferris wheels and this tells the story of how the Ferris wheel was invented. The illustrations are very good. I believe early readers will enjoy this book. I say: What a fantastic way to teach kids a little history while holding their interest and helping them strengthen reading skills. Slightly more advanced beginning readers who prefer nonfiction over fiction will get a kick out of this one!
This is a great beginning reader book! Early Chapter Books. I say: I just love Dory and her big imagination. Her reluctance may be familiar to many kids, but her journey will have kids proud of using their own reading super power. I say: Delightfully silly. This is a fun and funny chapter book with crowd-pleasing illustrations. Plus, it can serve as a great primer in using deductive reasoning.
I say: This is a fantastic early chapter book for boys who pride themselves in being tough, though girls might enjoy too. The story makes good use of repetition and irony to keep the kids feeling confident and engaged. The illustrations compliment the text perfectly without distracting from it. I say: Abundant full-color illustrations are a welcome addition to this fun opener to a new series about a bright and energetic Colombian girl. This should be a hit with Judy Moody fans! Cheryl says: Really a cute chapter book.
The little brother is just what you would expect, annoying. One Awesome Thing by Sara Pennypacker, illus. Angel says: As the story beings, Waylon experiences some big changes all at once, and he struggles to fit in with the most popular boy in school. This is a story children will be able to relate to. I say: This is a really, really good easy chapter book. Laced with humor and the adventure to be found in everyday situations, this is a wonderful portrait of a loving and deepening relationship between a father and son. Patron Vote: Best Book for Young Readers We had fewer votes in this category than any other, and a couple of those had to be disqualified because they were not published in But when the votes were tallied, one book came out on top: Be a Friend by Salina Yoon , a lovely book about friendship and a boy who expresses his feelings through mime.
One of the winners is the recent, latest installment of a highly popular series. The other is the latest from a beloved, award-winning author. The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater was the much-anticipated finale to a fantastic series. Not only was there no clear winner, there was not a single title to receive multiple votes!
So we wait until the New Year, when readers are excited and ready to kick off their year by reading a great book or two or three. And honestly, the delay also gives us an opportunity to read and discover those late-year releases we might otherwise overlook. Some of the included titles will make the final Best of lists care to guess which ones? Regardless, each of these titles has made an impression on me in ! Nutshell by Ian McEwan.
But I was hooked. Ida, Always by Caron Levis. Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina 2. And Patchett does a fantastic job of detailing the messiness of modern families. Julia Quinn can always be counted on for a fluffy romantic romp. Annie Dillard can always be counted on for a offbeat perspective on seemingly everyday occurrences. Booked by Kwame Alexander 2. In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri. Book one was just so-so for me, but the series looks promising! These titles are all worthy follow ups for anyone who wants to be better informed about these issues. Read by Katherine Kellgren.
Read by Kate Lock. Read by Bahni Turpin. Read by Kirsten Potter. Read by Kate Mulgrew. Some of these I loved, and others were just okay for me. But I am completely okay with that since the time investment was minimal. Booked by Kwame Alexander 3. Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier 4. As for the fifth choice, MacLachlan has delivered another slim novel that manages to pack in a full, emotionally engaging story. There are tons more I still want to read. Stead 2. Thunder Boy Jr. Gregory Christie 4. The Airport Book by Lisa Brown 6. I liked some books better than others as a whole, but the illustrations are all wonderful.
So without further ado, here are our giveaways for Fall If you do not leave a comment at the bottom of the post, I will not know which prize s to give you if you win the drawing. You may choose as many titles as you like; you are not guaranteed to win your top choices, but I do my best. After completing the first widget task, you can also earn bonus entries by following the directions in the widget.
Contest ends at the end of the day on Wednesday, November 16th. Winners will be notified via e-mail and will be posted on this blog no later than Tuesday, November 22nd. Winners will have up to two months from the time of notification to collect their prizes. If items have not been picked up at the end of this period or if I have not been contacted to request an alternative arrangement, unclaimed prizes will be retained for future giveaways.
Good luck! Let the Teen Read Week celebrations commence! So without further ado, here are the latest additions to our Ultimate Teen Booklist:. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkawamba This is the highly readable story of a young Malawian teenager who, unable to afford the tuition to attend school, taught himself the principles of physics and electricity from books borrowed from the local elementary school—and then used that knowledge to build a windmill that provided his family with light, heat, and running water.
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Yet this book is about much more than building a windmill. It contains elements of magic as Kamkwamba relates the folklore and superstitions of his culture, and it touches on many of the troubles in modern Africa without becoming overwhelming or preachy. A young reader edition is also available, but most teens should be comfortable with the original version. The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz Joan Skraggs is tired of being undervalued by her father and brothers for the backbreaking work she puts in day after day.
Under a fake name and lying about her age, Joan lucks into a position in the home of a wealthy Jewish family. Told through a series of diary entries, this is a warm and thought-provoking story, laced with humor. And now that she is fifteen, Alice half hopes that Ray will finally take that final step and kill her. But Ray has another idea: he wants Alice to help him select and train his next victim.
With spare, lyrical prose, Scott weaves an intensely disturbing tale that promises no safe or easy answers. High School mature. From that point, Paige became the target of relentless bullying. This is the inspiring and revelatory story of how she coped with the bullying and the challenges of living with HIV into adulthood.
Like most of the Henrietta locals, Blue wants nothing to do with the stuck-up Raven Boys of Aglionby Academy, but then she meets Gansey, whose fate seems tied to Blue and a deadly curse. Mystery, heartbreak, friendship, betrayal, and moral dilemmas emerge in the first book only to intensify further as the series continues. Lush, descriptive prose; complex characters; and a multi-layered, imaginative plot create a leisurely-paced but riveting series that succeeds in seamlessly combining magic with contemporary social issues.
High School. Updated: Giver Quartet series by Lois Lowry — The Giver has been included on our list since the beginning, but now we feel it is time to round out the story of Jonas and the Community by including the full series. Skip to content. Share this The unique narrator, Death personified, was the hook for me on the first read.
Later, I chose it for my first selection for a book club I was starting up. I was a little nervous about choosing it for adults to read, but years later, the club was going strong, and we still talked about it! Get from the library. The exquisite writing in this imagined letter from an ailing year-old preacher to his young son always gives me something new to ponder. Learn how you can participate at bcplib. Alden and his mother are newly rich thanks to an insurance policy and a scratch-off lottery ticket, but their neighbors, the Massimo family, are RICH rich.
Skillfully read, this 2 disc story is a great 4th of July read! In addition to managing staff and coordinating displays at Lebanon Junction, she is also a frequent Staff Picks contributor. View in catalog. There is nothing more patriotic than Captain America himself. A tale of a man who would do anything to serve his country in World War II, so it is an amazing story perfect for the 4th!
Plus Chris Evans… do I need to say more? View in catalog Listen with Hoopla. If music is more your thing, grab yourself a copy of Hamilton, or better yet download it from Hoopla so you can take it out with you while you watch fireworks. There is a reason this is a phenomenon. Amazing songs, talented singers, and a story you wonder how it can be based on reality. Brandy T. Beginning in August, her primary location will be Hillview Branch Library although she will also be organizing new monthly events like Wonder On and Homeschool Connect for multiple locations.
Of course we all know that the 4th of July comes once a year. A beautifully written and incredibly well-researched book that explores the funny and courageous women who built the history of our nation. I love this documentary because it reminds me of the impact that just one person can have for good, when you choose to speak your mind.
View in catalog Get e-book or e-audiobook on Hoopla. Get e-book on Kentucky Libraries Unbound. No matter what you think about the current political climate, Mr. Marianne is part of our reference team at Ridgway Memorial Library. Responsibilities include teaching one-on-one computer classes, providing reader advisory services, and helping patrons with research and technology questions.
What better time to begin a series about Revolutionary War spies than the week of July 4th? Plus, the acting and cinematography are superb. This is a great one to ooh and aah over with the kiddos! Be sure not to skip the Author Notes in the back! This book for kids ages 5—8 is totally awesome for adults, too! The committee includes: Anna, Circulation Clerk, Mt. Washington Branch Library Brandy F. American Eclipse by David Baron. Marianne says: I listened to this book in the week before the August eclipse and so really felt like I understood the excitement that the eclipse must have generated.
American Fire by Monica Hesse.
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