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Magic Tricks and Magicians.

If you like magic and magicians, there are some new titles you are going to enjoy at Encino Library, don´t miss them:

Hiding the elephant by Jim Steinmeyer.

Astonishing chronicle of half a century of illusionary innovation, backstage chicanery, and keen competition within the world of magicians. Lauded by today’s finest magicians and critics, Hiding the Elephant is a cultural history of the efforts among legendary conjurers to make things materialize, levitate, and disappear. Steinmeyer unveils the secrets and life stories of the fascinating personalities behind optical marvels such as floating ghosts interacting with live actors, disembodied heads, and vanishing ladies. He demystifies Pepper’s Ghost, Harry Kellar’s Levitation of Princess Karnak, Charles Morritt’s Disappearing Donkey, and Houdini’s landmark vanishing of Jennie the elephant in 1918. The dramatic mix of science and history, with revealing diagrams, photographs and magicians’ portraits by William Stout, provides a glimpse behind the curtain at the backstage story of magic. From Goodreads.

Watch the author sharing a magic trick:

Houdini: the handcuff king by Jason Lutes & Nick Bertozzi.

Harry Houdini mesmerized a generation of Americans when he was alive, and continues to do so 80 years after his death. This is a “snapshot” of Houdini’s life, centering on one of his most famous jumps. As Houdini prepares for a death-defying leap into the icy Charles River in Boston, biographer Jason Lutes and artist Nick Bertozzi reveal Houdini’s life and influence: from the anti-Semitism Houdini fought all his life, to the adulation of the American public; from his hounding by the press, to his loving relationship with his wife Bess; from his egoism to his insecurity; from his public persona — to the secret behind his most amazing trick And it’s all in graphic form, so it’s fresh, original, and unlike anything previously published about this most fascinating of American showmen.From Goodreads.


Miraculous magic tricks paper magic by Mike Lane.

Easy-to-follow instructions for magic tricks using just paper. Tricks you will find in this book: Tic, Tac, Toe, Making a tree, Overhead, Money morph and more!

October 8, 2012 at 9:25 am 3 comments

Scumble by Ingrid Law.

He´s on the verge of some powerful magic!

Ledge Kale is abut to turn thirteen, the age when he´ll inherit magical talent called a savvy. More then anything, Ledge wants the power to run like the wind. But what he gets is something very different-and dangerous. Even worse, someone outside the family has seen what he can do!

Now, in addition to trying to control his savvy, Ledge has to worry about how to protect the family secrets. Along the way, he learns a lot about himself and his family, makes a very unlikely friend, and even comes to appreciate his new found savvy…

Watch the book trailer:

March 21, 2012 at 11:48 am Leave a comment

Ms. Becky P. made a donation of 12 books to Encino Library!

Thank you Ms. Becky!

Here they are:

The Black Death by George Capaccio

This book tells the story of the bubonic plague, and its social and historical consequences. It has a teacher´s guide, called: Teaching Strategies for Reading & Writing in the Content Areas for use with this title. (Sorry, there is no picture available).

Long Rifle: A Sniper´s Story in Iraq and Afghanistan by Joe LeBleu.

On September 11, 2001, standing in lower Manhattan, former U.S. Army Ranger Joe LeBleu knew what he had to to-return to active duty. By the time he received another honorable discharge in 2005-as a sergeant, paratrooper, and sniper team leader-he had become known as “Long Rifle” for shooting an Iraqi insurgent at 1,100 meters in Fallujah.  This book is the memoir of a U. S. Army sniper from the 9/11 generation and a stirring testament to the core values of American soldiers: integrity, honor, and courage.

The essential 55 by Ron Clark.

Make eye contact

Do not save seats

Be the best person you can be and many more inside the book!

Hear a sample of the audiobook, here or see Ron Clark videos in his website.

Little Ways to Say You Care: Showing the People You Love how Special They Are by Marbelle Young Stewart.

Little acts of love and kindness you can share with your beloved ones. The key concept is “show”. Sometimes is hard to find the right words to express your feelings. Sometimes you can find the right words, but it´s hard to say them. That´s when actions can speak louder than words.

The Underground Railroad by Barbara Brooks Simon.

Describes the Underground Railroad through stories written by fictional former slaves. Uses authentic photographs and illustrations to portray the living conditions of slaves on plantations, and describes the escape route from the American South to freedom in Canada. From Google Books.

How Writers Work by Ralph Fletcher.

There is no secret about writing, it is a process. If you like to write, there are definitive steps you can take to help you reach your goals. This book will show how writers work, how you can become a writer, and how you can find a process that works for you. Find more tips, here or in this video:

Shadow Art: How to Have Fun in the Dark by Sophie Collins.

Learn the art of shadow -casting. Made using only your hands and a flashlight or lamp, shadow animals have a charm that has lasted through the ages. So, if modern party games seem soulless, step out of the shadows with this book. Just a little practice will have you demonstrating the roar of a lion and the snap of a crocodile.

Japanese-English English-Japanese Dictionary by Seigo Nakao.

Designed for non-native speakers of Japanese, this book is perfect for travelers, business people, and students.

Magia Magnética by Paul Doherty & John Cassidy.

Scientific-magic activities exploring magnets science. Lots of tricks to impress your family and friends.

Chistes para chavitos

A collection of jokes in Spanish to share and spend a nice laughing time.

Crea tu propia revista by Barbara Taylor.

Ideas and facts about how to make you own magazine. Design, letters, interviews, styles and more!

February 15, 2012 at 12:01 pm Leave a comment

Bigger than a Bread Box by Laurel Snyder.

Twelve-year-old Rebecca has always dreamed of magic. She never imagined she´d actually find any, but then again, she also never imagined her entire life could change overnight. Rebecca´s home is in Baltimore, and so is her dad. But her mom has dragged her and her little brother off to Atlanta to live at their grandmother´s house until she can “figure things out”. And it looks like that´s going to take a very long time…

In her gran´s attic, Rebecca discovers an old read box with the power to grant any wish – so long as the wished- for thing fits in the brad box. An iPod, a diamond, anything she wants is hers… except for the power to put her broken family back together.

Learn more about Laura Snyder and her books at her website.

Watch a book trailer made by a student called Lily:

January 17, 2012 at 12:17 pm Leave a comment

Durinda´s Dangers by Lauren Baratz-Logsted with Greg Logsted & Jackie Logsted.

Sisters 8,  book 2

The story always begins the same . . . until it changes.

The Sisters Eight are still on their own. Mommy and Daddy are still missing (or dead). But Annie´s found her gift and her power-only fourteen more to go! So maybe things are looking up.

Or not.

Carl, the talking refrigerator, ids on the fritz. He can´t keep anything cold and leaves puddles of salty water on the floor. And the Wicket, their nosy neighbor, is up to no good. Could it have something to do with Mommy and Daddy´s disappearance? The Sisters Eight are going to find out.

Meanwhile, the girls continue to look for their powers and gifts. This time it´s Durinda´s turn, and boy, is her power a doozy!

The search for Mommy and Daddy continues in Georgia´s Greatness, already available at Encino Library.

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June 28, 2011 at 11:21 am 2 comments

Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis.

“I was twelve years of age when I chopped off my hair, dressed as a boy, and set off to save my family from impending ruin. I made almost to the end of my front garden.” Kat

Read its first chapter:

Or see this video:

June 8, 2011 at 11:17 am Leave a comment

The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May and June by Robin Benway.

If there´s anything stronger than magic, it´s sisterhood.

When they move to a new town after their parents´separation, sisters April, May and June recover special powers from childhood – powers that come in handy when dealing with the living nightmare that is high school. The powers also help them cope with the hardest year of their lives. But could the magic have a great purpose?

April, the oldest, can see the future. Middle-child May can literally disappear. And the youngest, June, reads minds. But when April gets a vision of disaster, the girls must come together to save the day of risk falling apart forever.


June 3, 2011 at 10:42 am Leave a comment

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