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New, Creative Toys

Looking to get those creative juices flowing while taking a break from school? Check out these new toys at The Book Table, designed to help kids express themselves in fun ways.

Laser Pegs!

We have all played with various types of toy construction sets at least once in our lifetime, however with Laser Pegs® for the first time you can truly add light to the subject of playtime. Creative toys are hard to come by, so don’t pass up this one. 

We love Laser Pegs because they are different from other toy construction sets. Starting from the base, each new piece will gain its color and light when connected securely to the one below it. Laser Pegs come in lots of fun sets to help kids build dragons, bugs, and more. Completely safe and with long-lasting LED bulbs, Laser Pegs are one of the toys of the summer!


Dream It, Build It, Drive It

Your child is an individual with a unique sense of creativity and design. The creation of something new and unique– born of a child’s imagination– is the idea behind Automoblox. There are plenty of building and assembly-type toys on the market that include instructions and illustrations for your child to build the item pictured on the box. With Automoblox, your child plays outside the box–and builds the design pictured in his or her mind.

We love Automoblox because they are easy to use! Each set comes with all of the parts needed to build the car pictured on the box. However, they can be put together any way the kid wants to, and the sets can be combined. This toy allows for creativity and fun, and these cars are great for racing!

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Read the Book Before You See the Movie

There are some really great books being made into movies that are releasing this summer. Come read the book before you see the movie!

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald released May 10, 2013

If you liked the movie, you’re sure to like this great American classic.

In 1922, F. Scott Fitzgerald announced his decision to write “something new–something extraordinary and beautiful and simple and intricately patterned.” That extraordinary, beautiful, intricately patterned, and above all, simple novel became The Great Gatsby, arguably Fitzgerald’s finest work and certainly the book for which he is best known. A portrait of the Jazz Age in all of its decadence and excess, Gatsby captured the spirit of the author’s generation and earned itself a permanent place in American mythology. Self-made, self-invented millionaire Jay Gatsby embodies some of Fitzgerald’s–and his country’s–most abiding obsessions: money, ambition, greed, and the promise of new beginnings. “Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter–tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther…. And one fine morning–” Gatsby’s rise to glory and eventual fall from grace becomes a kind of cautionary tale about the American Dream.

World War Z by Max Brooks    coming June 21, 2013

The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet. He recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living, or at least the undead, hell of that dreadful time. World War Z is the result. Never before have we had access to a document that so powerfully conveys the depth of fear and horror, and also the ineradicable spirit of resistance, that gripped human society through the plague years.

The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan coming August 7, 2013

The heroic son of Poseidon makes an action-packed comeback in the second must-read installment of Rick Riordan’s amazing young readers series. Starring Percy Jackson, a “half blood” whose mother is human and whose father is the God of the Sea, Riordan’s series combines cliffhanger adventure and Greek mythology lessons that results in true page-turners that get better with each installment. In this episode, The Sea of Monsters, Percy sets out to retrieve the Golden Fleece before his summer camp is destroyed, surpassing the first book’s drama and setting the stage for more thrills to come.

Be sure to check out the rest of the Percy Jackson series, as well as the other titles by Rick Riordan!

The City of Bones by Cassandra Clare coming August 23, 2013

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder — much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing — not even a smear of blood — to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. . . .

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

If you enjoyed City of Bones, make sure to check out the rest of The Mortal Instruments series as well as the prequel series, The Infernal Devices.