We’re looking for Pages

Do you love libraries? Do you have attention to detail? Are you reliable? Are you at least 14 years old? Do you get along well with people? Come be a Library Page!

Some of the duties that you could be assigned are: shelving materials, pulling materials from the shelves, using various library equipment, cleaning and repackaging library materials, or putting together crafts and other items for programs. You will be asked to push carts and carry library materials – so this job doubles as a great workout.

The hours vary from 4 – 14 hours per week, depending on the department, and the pay is $13.50 per hour. Fill out the Library Page Application. We’re excited to meet you!

Library Departments and Related Page Duties

Children’s Services: We’ll be asking you to put our materials back in their proper place. Accurate and timely shelving is of utmost importance in Children’s. Everything else we do revolves around being able to find materials on the shelves. 

Adult Services: The Adult Services page job is 7 hours per week. We’ll be asking you to do detail-oriented tasks like pulling particular books from the shelves or inventorying collections by matching books to a list. You may also be asked to update system records, do photocopying, and other various tasks.

Teen Services: Teen Services needs your help putting books back on shelves, helping keep the teen space orderly, prepping for programs, keeping the teen collection up to date and good looking. Someone good with self direction, minor computer skills, and a love of books highly desired.

Circulation Department: In the Circ Department we’re looking for someone who can shelve books, move books, shelf read and help with other projects as they arise.  Accuracy and attention to detail is of utmost importance.

Technical Services (Materials Processing): The Tech Services Department processes all the materials destined for the shelves at the Robbins and Fox Libraries. We’ll be asking you to add identifying information to our materials (stickers, labels, stamping, etc.) and tape covers, etc. Attention to detail and manual dexterity are essential.

Fox Branch Library: The Fox Library in East Arlington hires pages to shelve books and generally keep things neat and orderly.

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Banned Books Week: 100 Titles

It’s Banned Book Week and we’re here to share a long list of the most banned or challenged books from 2010-2020!

First off, lets get some definitions out of the way! According to the ALA (American Library Association) website:

A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group.  A banning is the removal of those materials.  Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others.  Due to the commitment of librarians, teachers, parents, students and other concerned citizens, most challenges are unsuccessful and most materials are retained in the school curriculum or library collection.

If you’d like some reading material, start off by browsing the list (gathered by ALA).

If you’d like to borrow a title, just click and the link will take you to our catalog. Happy reading!

  1. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  2. Captain Underpants (series) by Dav Pilkey
  3. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  4. Looking for Alaska by John Green
  5. George by Alex Gino
  6. And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
  7. Drama by Raina Telgemeier
  8. Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James
  9. Internet Girls (series) by Lauren Myracle
  10. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  11. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  12. Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  13. I Am Jazz by Jazz Jennings and Jessica Herthel
  14. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  15. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  16. Bone (series) by Jeff Smith
  17. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
  18. Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
  19. A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss
  20. Sex is a Funny Word by Cory Silverberg
  21. Alice McKinley (series) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  22. It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie H. Harris
  23. Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
  24. Scary Stories (series) by Alvin Schwartz
  25. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  26. A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  27. Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin
  28. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  29. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  30. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  31. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
  32. It’s a Book by Lane Smith
  33. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  34. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
  35. What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones
  36. A Child Called “It” by Dave Pelzer
  37. Bad Kitty (series) by Nick Bruel
  38. Crank by Ellen Hopkins
  39. Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
  40. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
  41. The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby by Dav Pilkey
  42. This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman
  43. This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki
  44. A Bad Boy Can Be Good For A Girl by Tanya Lee Stone
  45. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  46. Goosebumps (series) by R.L. Stine
  47. In Our Mothers’ House by Patricia Polacco
  48. Lush by Natasha Friend
  49. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
  50. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  51. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  52. The Holy Bible
  53. This Book is Gay by Juno Dawson
  54. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  55. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
  56. Gossip Girl (series) by Cecily von Ziegesar
  57. House of Night (series) by P.C. Cast
  58. My Mom’s Having A Baby by Dori Hillestad Butler
  59. Neonomicon by Alan Moore
  60. The Dirty Cowboy by Amy Timberlake
  61. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  62. Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  63. Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
  64. Draw Me a Star by Eric Carle
  65. Dreaming In Cuban by Cristina Garcia
  66. Fade by Lisa McMann
  67. The Family Book by Todd Parr
  68. Feed by M.T. Anderson
  69. Go the Fuck to Sleep by Adam Mansbach
  70. Habibi by Craig Thompson
  71. House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
  72. Jacob’s New Dress by Sarah Hoffman
  73. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  74. Monster by Walter Dean Myers
  75. Nasreen’s Secret School by Jeanette Winter
  76. Saga by Brian K. Vaughan
  77. Stuck in the Middle by Ariel Schrag
  78. The Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal
  79. 1984 by George Orwell
  80. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  81. Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher
  82. Awakening by Kate Chopin
  83. Burned by Ellen Hopkins
  84. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  85. Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
  86. Glass by Ellen Hopkins
  87. Heather Has Two Mommies by Lesle´a Newman
  88. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  89. Madeline and the Gypsies by Ludwig Bemelmans
  90. My Princess Boy by Cheryl Kilodavis
  91. Prince and Knight by Daniel Haack
  92. Revolutionary Voices: A Multicultural Queer Youth Anthology by Amy Sonnie
  93. Skippyjon Jones (series) by Judith Schachner
  94. So Far from the Bamboo Grove by Yoko Kawashima Watkins
  95. The Color of Earth (series) by Tong-hwa Kim
  96. The Librarian of Basra by Jeanette Winter
  97. The Walking Dead (series) by Robert Kirkman
  98. Tricks by Ellen Hopkins
  99. Uncle Bobby’s Wedding by Sarah S Brannen
  100. Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

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Career Resources: A Library Guide

There’s plenty of information out there on how to grab the perfect job, sometimes too much! We’ve researched high and low for the best tools and made a list featuring library, local, and national resources. Good luck!


E-SOURCES

Peterson’s Career Prep

Accommodates job seekers at all levels, whether they are entering the workforce for the first time or searching for new opportunities. Career assessments prompt personalized career recommendations and guidance on programs, knowledge, skills, and ability. Search for open jobs opportunities and create visually interesting résumés, cover letters, and websites that can be externally shared with prospective employers, using prebuilt templates.

GALE: Vocations and Careers Collection

Finding the right career can be a daunting and high stakes task: finding an appropriate institution of learning, job searching, and maintaining a career are all topics covered by this collection, providing current and applicable content for all vocational milestones. Offering content from nearly 400 journals, this collection provides content from general career guides to highly specialized industry journals.

AtoZdatabases

AtoZdatabases includes 30 million business and executive profiles, over 240 million residents with interests, hobbies and lifestyles information, over 7 million real-time job listings, 2 million new businesses, over 12 million healthcare professionals, over 12 million new movers 2 million new homeowners, and much more. The databases are ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, background searches, finding friends, relatives and a whole lot of other possibilities. Some databases are updated monthly, some weekly, and the jobs database is a real-time update.

The Boston Public Library has other useful career resources, including LinkedIn Learning and Vault Career guides.
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Hispanic Heritage Month: New Books!

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15), here’s a whole bunch of new books by Hispanic authors!

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Place an item on hold through our catalog or by contacting the Reference Desk!

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ADULT


ADULT NON-FICTION


TEEN


CHILDREN

List of previous Hispanic Heritage Month posts

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Arlington’s COVID-19 Archive Tells the Story of the Past Year and a Half

A year after Robbins Library unveiled Arlington’s COVID-19 Archive on its “Local History Resources” page, the collection has become a true snapshot of life in Arlington during this unique period in our history. Today, the collection continues to grow with 110 images, videos, poems, and other works documenting life during the pandemic. To mark the anniversary of the archive’s launch, community members are again invited to contribute  to this rich multi-media scrapbook.  

In March 2020 as schools and workplaces closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, staff at the Robbins Library recognized a need to begin documenting life during this period.  A submission tool for community members to share digital files was created last summer and in July 2020, the library began reaching out to community leaders to solicit contributions. .  Arlington’s COVID-19 Community Archive went live on the Robbins Library website in September, 2020.  

The earliest image in the collection is a photo of a March 9, 2020 press conference with national and regional news media interviewing Christine Bongiorno, Health and Human Services Director.  Images like the photo titled “Arlington Service Station Raises Sign of Hope and Thanks” capture the spirit of community compassion and care in Arlington during the early days of the pandemic. Other images show the changes Arlingtonians faced as businesses, schools, and community organizations adapted to mask mandates and social distancing protocols.  

Artists and writers in the community drew inspiration from the pandemic and the archive includes original works of art reflecting the period.  Local artist Nilou Moochhala included images from her work “The Virus Series,” and poet Jacob Bloom’s “Coronavirus Corona” is a cycle of fifteen sonnets about the virus.  

Community members are invited to view the archive, available on the Robbins Library website, and contribute. Anna Litten, Assistant Director of Libraries says, “We hope that seeing the fantastic works in the archive will inspire community members. Eighteen months into our changed lives, it’s a great time to look through your camera roll or diaries to find pieces that represent your unique experience.” 

Library staff intend for this archive to be a tool for residents and researchers curious about life in Arlington during COVID-19 for years to come. Any document that reflects life in Arlington during the pandemic is considered for submission. Library staff encourage a diverse range of material including diaries, journals, essays, art work, amateur photos captured on cell phones, videos, and other documents. Anyone who would like to submit files can do so by visiting the archive on the Local History Resources page at robbinslibrary.org

Contact Anna Litten at alitten@minlib.net or 781-316-3202 with questions about the archive or submissions.  

The COVID-19 archive includes photos, documents, videos, and other files

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Adult Summer Reading Challenge Ends Tomorrow, August 31st!

The Adult Summer Reading Challenge ends by the end of the day tomorrow, August 31st! Don’t forget to finish your bingo squares and fill/submit our form!

Form is available here!

You’ll be able to pick a prize in the form. Prizes include gift cards for Book Rack, Maxima Gift Center, Kickstand Café, and Tryst Restaurant.

We will alert winners using the contact information provided on their registration forms.

Until next year!

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Afghanistan: A Library Guide

It’s easy to get overwhelmed with the constant flow of news taking over our screens minute by minute. Afghanistan is back under Taliban control as the United States withdraws after 20 years in the region. Refugees have been flooding local airports as the US tries to evacuate countless Americans and locals who helped the government. Yesterday, a series of attacks at the Kabul airport by Islamic State’s regional affiliate killed 13 US service members plus countless Afghans. We’ve gathered some resources to help you navigate current events.

Facts

Located in South Asia and bordered by six countries, Afghanistan lies at the crossroads of major north-south and east-west trading routes. Because of its importance for trade, Afghanistan has attracted invaders throughout its long history and has been ruled by many foreign powers, including the Achaemenid, Mongol, and British empires. Since the late twentieth century, the country has been besieged by a series of wars and invasions. Additionally, the country faces extreme poverty and corruption while experiencing only limited access to social services, natural resources, and foreign investment.

“Afghanistan.” Gale Global Issues Online Collection, Gale, 2020. Gale In Context: Global Issues, link.gale.com/apps/doc/CP3208530001/GIC?u=arl&sid=bookmark-GIC&xid=7be5667d. Accessed 19 Aug. 2021.
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Bingo Square: Books With Sea Animals on the Cover

Are you participating in Adult Summer Reading and stuck on this square? We’ve got some suggestions for you! Links go to the catalog so you can see if the books are available now and request them if they’re not.

North American Lake Monsters by Nathan Ballingrud (available on Overdrive)

Nathan Ballingrud’s Shirley Jackson Award winning debut collection is a shattering and luminous experience not to be missed by those who love to explore the darker parts of the human psyche. Monsters, real and imagined, external and internal, are the subject. They are us and we are them and Ballingrud’s intense focus makes these stories incredibly intense and irresistible.

These are love stories. And also monster stories. Sometimes these are monsters in their traditional guises, sometimes they wear the faces of parents, lovers, or ourselves. The often working-class people in these stories are driven to extremes by love. Sometimes, they are ruined; sometimes redeemed. All are faced with the loneliest corners of themselves and strive to find an escape.

Jaws by Peter Benchley

“Relentless terror.” The Philadelphia Inquirer.The classic, blockbuster thriller of man-eating terror that inspired the Steven Spielberg movie and made millions of beachgoers afraid to go into the water. Experience the thrill of helpless horror again — or for the first time!From the Paperback edition.

Clickers by J.F. Gonzalez & Mark Williams

Click Click Click Click. Phillipsport, Maine is a quaint and peaceful seaside village. But when hundreds of creatures pour out of the ocean and attack, its residents must take up arms to drive the beasts back. They are the Clickers, giant venomous blood-thirsty crabs from the depths of the sea. The only warning to their rampage of dismemberment and death is the terrible clicking of their claws. But these monsters aren’t merely here to ravage and pillage. They are being driven onto land by fear. Something is hunting the Clickers. Something ancient and without mercy.

The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Smith

Twelve-year-old Suzy Swanson wades through her intense grief over the loss of her best friend by investigating the rare jellyfish she is convinced was responsible for her friend’s death.

Skin Tight by Carl Hiaasen

After dispatching a pistol-packing intruder from his home with the help of a stuffed Marlin head, Mick Stranahan can’t deny that someone is out to get him. His now-deceased intruder carries no I.D., and as a former Florida state investigator, Stranahan knows there are plenty of potential culprits. His long list of enemies includes an off point hit man, a personal injury lawyer of billboard fame, a notoriously irritating TV journalist, and a fumbling plastic surgeon.

Now, if he wants to keep fishing into his golden years, Stranahan has no choice but to come out of retirement to close this one last case…

Goddess of the Sea by P.C. Cast

After her plane crashes into the sea, an Air Force Sergeant finds herself occupying the body of the mythic mermaid Undine-and falling for a sexy merman.

The Seas by Samantha Hunt

Moored in a coastal fishing town so far north that the highways only run south, the unnamed narrator of The Seas is a misfit. She’s often the subject of cruel local gossip. Her father, a sailor, walked into the ocean eleven years earlier and never returned, leaving his wife and daughter to keep a forlorn vigil. Surrounded by water and beckoned by the sea, she clings to what her father once told her: that she is a mermaid.

True to myth, she finds herself in hard love with a land-bound man, an Iraq War veteran thirteen years her senior.The mesmerizing, fevered coming-of-age tale that follows will land her in jail. Her otherworldly escape will become the stuff of legend. 

With the inventive brilliance and psychological insight that have earned her international acclaim, Samantha Hunt pulls readers into an undertow of impossible love and intoxication, blurring the lines between reality and fairy tale, hope and delusion, sanity and madness.

Gyo by Junji Ito

“The floating smell of death hangs over the island. What is it? A strange, legged fish appears on the scene … So begins Tadashi and Kaori’s spiral into the horror and stench of the sea. Here is the creepiest masterpiece of horror manga ever from the creator of Uzumaki, Junji Ito. Hold your breath until all is revealed. Something’s rotten in Okinawa”– provided by publisher.

The Song of Aglaia by Anne Simon

Betrayed by her fleeting first love and her father’s cold rejection, Aglaia the Oceanide conceives at a very young age a fierce hatred of men. She is by turns a reluctant wife, a passionate lover, an absent mother, a heroic fighter, and a revolutionary queen–and through it all, her destiny is inexorably linked to the complexity of her character in this deeply human, contemporary, and iconoclastic comedy. Cartoonist Anne Simon showcases a deft touch in this astute dissection of human relationships, which weaves 19th century France, biting feminism, and the pop imagination of the Beatles into one deliciously philosophical farce, full of subversive twists and comical turns. 

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Haiti: A Library Guide

This past weekend, the world held its collective breath as news started circulating about a 7.2-magnitude earthquake in Haiti. At this moment, the numbers of the injured and dead continue to climb as the small Caribbean country also struggles with storms and political upheaval. Due to the increasing amount of news circulating in various media, we’ve gathered a handful of resources so patrons can inform themselves about Haiti’s current situation.

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Bingo Square: Fiction About Cryptozoology

Are you participating in Adult Summer Reading and stuck on this square? We’ve got some suggestions for you! Links go to the catalog so you can see if the books are available now and request them if they’re not.

Lake Monster Mysteries by Benjamin Radford & Joe Nickell

For centuries, eyewitnesses around the world—from America to Africa, Argentina to Scotland—have reported sightings of dark, mysterious creatures in area lakes that surface briefly, only to quickly disappear. While the most famous lake monsters of Loch Ness and Lake Champlain have gained international notoriety, hundreds of lakes around the world are said to shelter these shadowy creatures. Lake Monster Mysteries is the first book to examine these widespread mysteries from a scientific perspective. By using exhaustive research and results from firsthand investigations to help separate truth from myth, the authors foster our understanding of what really lurks in the cold, murky depths. Benjamin Radford and Joe Nickell are considered to be among the top lake monster authorities in the world. Here they share unique insights into many of the world’s best-known lake monsters. They interview witnesses and local experts and discuss the different types of lake monster sightings, delve into possible explanations for those sightings, and examine hoaxes, evidence claims, and legends surrounding the monsters. The authors have also conducted groundbreaking fieldwork and experiments at the lakes and have examined recent photographic and sonar evidence. Incorporating newly-revealed information and up-to-date developments in the cases they present, professional monster hunters Radford and Nickell plunge into both the cultural histories of these creatures and the scientific inquiries that may hold the key to these mysteries.

Dakwäkãda warriors by Cole Pauls

Artist Cole Pauls wanted to reclaim the Southern Tutchone language he had learned as a youth while performing in the traditional song and dance group the Dakwakada Dancers, based in Whitehorse (YT) [Yukon Territory, Canada]. So, he created a comic about two Earth Protectors saving the Earth from evil pioneers and cyborg sasquatches. But he also went to his elders and asked them to translate his comic into the two dialects of Southern Tutchone. The resulting work is an allegory of colonization done in an accessible format, a whimsical young adult graphic novel which helps to revitalize the language. Pauls includes a “making of” postscript to give context to the project, and invites guest Indigenous Canadian artists to provide “pin-ups” of his characters (Gord Hill, Whess Harman, Blake Lepine, Teresa Vander Meer-Chasse).– Provided by publisher

City of the Beasts by Isabel Allende

“[Alexander and Nadia] are destined to embark on a literally cliff-hanging quest, as they come face to face with the beasts (yes, plural), as well as their own innermost fears. Their journey also teaches them to appreciate the ways of the ‘People of the Mist’—a remote clan so finely attuned to nature that they can literally disappear into it. With flashes of humor and lush physical detail, Allende keeps her didactic agenda in check, though there are lessons aplenty to be gleaned here about respecting differences, honoring the balance of life and the need to draw on deep reserves to meet unforeseeable challenges. City of the Beasts is an exciting first entry in a new series from Allende. Watch out, J.K. Rowling!”
—Sandy MacDonald, Children’s BookPage

Devolution: a firsthand account of the Rainer Sasquatch massacre by Max Brooks

As the ash and chaos from Mount Rainier’s eruption swirled and finally settled, the story of the Greenloop massacre has passed unnoticed, unexamined, until now. But the journals of resident Kate Holland, recovered from the town’s bloody wreckage, capture a tale too harrowing and too earth-shattering in its implications, to be forgotten. Because if what Kate Holland saw in those days is real, then we must accept the impossible. We must accept that the creature known as Bigfoot walks among us, and that it is a beast of terrible strength and ferocity.

The Mothman Prophecies by John A. Keel

Translated into over thirteen languages, John Keel’s The Mothman Prophecy is an unsettling true story of the paranormal that has long been regarded as a classic in the literature of the unexplained.

West Virginia, 1966. For thirteen months the town of Point Pleasant is gripped by a real-life nightmare culminating in a tragedy that makes headlines around the world. Strange occurrences and sightings, including a bizarre winged apparition that becomes known as the Mothman, trouble this ordinary American community. Mysterious lights are seen moving across the sky. Domestic animals are found slaughtered and mutilated. And journalist John Keel, arriving to investigate the freakish events, soon finds himself an integral part of an eerie and unfathomable mystery.

The Mothman Prophecy is the basis of the 2002 film starring Richard Gere.

Cryptozoology A to Z by Loren Coleman

The ultimate quest for the world’s most mysterious creatures.

The Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot, the Abominable Snowman — these are the names of the elusive beasts that have caught the eye and captured the imaginations of people around the world for centuries. Recently, tales of these “monsters” have been corroborated by an increase in sightings, and out of these legends a new science has been born: cryptozoology — the study of hidden animals.

Cryptozoology A to Z, the first encyclopedia of its kind, contains nearly two hundred entries, including cryptids (the name given to these unusual beasts), new animal finds, and the explorers and scientists who search for them. Loren Coleman, one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, teams up with Jerome Clark, editor and author of several encyclopedias, to provide these definitive descriptions and many never-before-published drawings and photographs from eyewitnesses’ detailed accounts. Full of insights into the methods of these scientists, exciting tales of discovery, and the history and evolution of this field, Cryptozoology A to Z is the most complete reference ever of the newest zoological science.

The Abominable by Dan Simmons

“A thrilling tale of high-altitude death and survival set on the snowy summits of Mount Everest, from the bestselling author of The Terror. It’s 1924 and the race to summit the world’s highest mountain has been brought to a terrified pause by the shocking disappearance of George Mallory and Sandy Irvine high on the shoulder of Mt. Everest. By the following year, three climbers — a British poet and veteran of the Great War, a young French Chamonix guide, and an idealistic young American — find a way to take their shot at the top. They arrange funding from the grieving Lady Bromley, whose son also disappeared on Mt. Everest in 1924. Young Bromley must be dead, but his mother refuses to believe it and pays the trio to bring him home. Deep in Tibet and high on Everest, the three climbers — joined by the missing boy’s female cousin — find themselves being pursued through the night by someone, or something. This nightmare becomes a matter of life and death at 28,000 feet– but what is pursuing them? And what is the truth behind the 1924 disappearances on Everest? As they fight their way to the top of the world, the friends uncover a secret far more abominable than any mythical creature could ever be. A pulse-pounding story of adventure and suspense, The Abominable is Dan Simmons at his spine-chilling best”– Provided by publisher.

The Jersey Devil by Hunter Shea

Everyone knows the legend of the Jersey Devil. Some believe it is an abomination of nature, a hybrid winged beast from hell that stalks the Pine Barrens of southern New Jersey searching for prey. Others believe it is a hoax, a campfire story designed to scare children. But one man knows the truth. Sixty years ago, Boompa Willet came face to face with the Devil—and lived to tell the tale. Now, the creature’s stomping grounds are alive once again with strange sightings, disappearances, and worse. After all these years, Boompa must return to the Barrens, not to prove the legend is real but to wipe it off the face of the earth. It’ll take more than just courage to defeat the Devil. It will take four generations of the Willet clan, a lifetime of survivalist training, and all the firepower they can carry. But timing is critical. A summer music festival has attracted crowds of teenagers. The woods are filled with tender young prey. But this time, the Devil is not alone. The evil has grown into an unholy horde of mutant monstrosities. And hell has come home to New Jersey …

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