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Description Twelve year old Tom Elm is just an ordinary turnip farmer from the Valley, but he's always felt destined for something bigger. So when he discovers everyone in his village is asleep and plagued by nightmares, he assembles a band of unlikely heroes. They must fight to preserve the Spark, a divine light born at the core of a vast, dark nothingness called the Nacht. The Nacht is trying to permeate the Waking World with nightmares of the Dreaming, and it's Tom's mission to defeat the Nacht and its most loyal follower, the Constable. If he fails, his family, and everyone else, might never wake up again.
Child 44 - Staff Choice by Martijn One of the most memorable thrillers I've read in some time. The main character is really the Soviet Union, 1953. Very refreshing to read something not set in The UK or US. The sense of secrecy/ paranoia is palpable as MGB agent Leo Demidov investigates the disappearance of several children in a country where crime doesn't exist.
Fourth of July Creek - Customer Choice by Didi Groenhoff Excellently written book that touches big American themes like Freedom, Religion and Federal Politics through a catching story about a Montana social worker and his interesting clients. Smith Hendersonís style is can make any writer jealous.
Just Kids - Staff Choice by Renate After Patti Smithís 3rd visit to our store in Amsterdam, I decided it was time to read her memoir, which Iíve heard so much about. I finished reading it on the train home to my parents, and had a big lump in my throat as I closed the book. It was such a beautiful read and I just stared smilingly and full of wonderful sadness at the people sitting in front of me. They mustíve thought I was a crazy person.
Just Kids - Customer Choice by Liselore van der Zweth Although I immediately bought this book at ABC when it came out 5 years ago, I never got around to reading it. Once in a while I would take it from the shelf with every intention of starting it, but I never did until this year. I was going to see Patti live in Paradiso and the week before, I dove into Just Kids and devoured it. Fresh and evocative, this loving portrait of a young Patti coming to New York, meeting Robert Mapplethorpe and developing as an artist is so full of life it almost leaps off the page. When I finished it, I immediately started M Train, which is a very different book, but just as wonderful.