Book Talks: All the Bright Places and Finders Keepers

all the bright placesAll the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

The winner of 2015’s coveted Goodreads Choice Award in the Young Adult category is Jennifer Niven for All the Bright Places. Described as a “do not miss” for fans of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, it is a New York Times bestseller and is scheduled to be released as a major motion picture in 2017.

In this intense novel, Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

While you will have to supply your own facial tissue, All the Bright Places can be requested to borrow through any of the eight branches of the Haliburton County Public Library.


finder's keepersFinders Keepers by Stephen King

What would you do if you found buried treasure?

This is a question that young Pete Saubers faces in Finders Keepers by Stephen King. When he finds a trunk filled with cash and mysterious notebooks containing the scrawls of the late great novelist John Rothstein buried under a tree in the parklands behind his house, the timing couldn’t be better. With his dad’s slow and agonizing recovery after being run down by the Mercedes Killer, surviving on his mom’s income which isn’t making ends meet, and both fighting over the unpaid bills, the cash is the perfect windfall to save his family – but little does Pete know that the man who buried that treasure is set to get out of prison, and he is even more deranged and vengeful than when he was put away. As the cash runs out and Pete’s obsession with the lost works of Rothstein grows, he becomes mixed up with a shifty rare book dealer and a murder that has stood unsolved for decades.

Now retired cop Bill Hodges, Holly Gibney, and Jerome Robinson of the Finders Keepers Detective Agency need to figure out how to get Pete out of this mess and protect him and his family. It’s too bad that Pete’s not talking.

Finders Keepers by Stephen King is the sequel to Mr. Mercedes and the second in the Bill Hodges Trilogy. Both Finders Keepers and Mr. Mercedes are available in print, audiobook, and ebook at the Haliburton County Public Library.

*Originally aired on 100.9 CANOE FM, December 13th – 26th, 2015.


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