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Local author Curtis Michaels to speak at book signing

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Local author and reporter Curtis Michaels will be visiting the library this Saturday, Aug. 10 at 2 p.m. for an Author Talk. He recently had an essay published in “You’re Never Too Old To: An Anthology” by Karen Kennedy about Jeneva Martinez.

In the author’s words: “I had the honor of meeting Jeneva when I wrote about her for the Roswell Daily Record in 2015. She grabbed my attention with her honest courage and forthrightness. We’ve been friends ever since. I tell stories. I love telling stories of people who’ve transcended the worst life can throw at them. Jeneva was a natural for this. Jeneva Martinez is one of the most driven, compassionate and powerful people Roswell has ever known. She has helped countless people, not just in Roswell but as far as the internet can reach. Locally, she became the champion of our homeless population as she was recovering from a radical double mastectomy. Before that, she had been working with the schools in a suicide prevention program. To this day, Jeneva works tirelessly for those who need her. She’s a founding member of the Roswell Homeless Coalition. When she’s not running her business with her husband Matt, raising their children, or helping the needy, she coaches the local Roller Derby team, where she’s affectionately known as Drama Mama.”

This is a free program to attend and copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. For more information, you can call 575-622-7101 and follow the library on Facebook.

Book Talk by Trish Koenig
Children’s Librarian

One year ago, on the eve of his birthday, Charlie O’Reilly went to bed wishing for his own room. His younger brother, Liam, took great pride in annoying him and Charlie had had enough. When Charlie woke up the next morning, it appeared his wish had been granted: Liam and all of his belongings have disappeared! Charlie soon discovers that not only is Liam missing, but he has vanished from everyone else’s memories. With everyone thinking he’s crazy due to his insistence that he has a missing little brother, he turns to his best friend, Ana, who seems to be the only one who believes him. Even though she can’t remember Liam, she vows to help Charlie find him. However, the journey will not be without risks, they may have to give up more than they anticipated to find him and soon realize that if they’re going to save Liam, they risk being forgotten, as well.

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A trip to Washington D.C. turned out to be the worst day of Fort’s life. Monsters erupted from the ground, demolishing many of the monuments, and claiming the life of his father. The only thing keeping Fort going is the desire for revenge.

Six months later, when Fort is offered the opportunity to attend a top-secret government-run school to learn magic to defend against such creatures, he leaps at the chance. Fort realizes that magic is more complicated than he thought, and he isn’t learning the kind of magic he is actually interested in.

The school is shrouded in dark secrets and it becomes clear that there is a plot to send him away, but Fort is determined to stay. When he starts experiencing the memories of a girl that no one will speak of, he is puzzled by their connection and what she has to do with the original attacks. Fort finds himself questioning his place as the threat of another attack looms.

“The Missing Piece of Charlie O’Reilly” by Rebecca K.S. Ansari and “The Revenge of Magic” by James Riley are recommended for middle-grade readers.