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Half a Creature from the Sea: eBook Fiction for the Holidays!

When the food is done and the relatives have gone and you’ve finally cleaned away the dishes, the best bit of the holidays can finally begin: reading all your new books! But you don’t want to read just any book, you need one with the proper spirit–and that’s exactly what we’ve included in this list! From the snowy solstice of The Dark is Rising to the family politics of The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green, each of these titles has a hint of holiday magic. Enjoy!

Overdrive cover The Dark Is Rising, by Susan Cooper
“It is Midwinter’s Eve, the night before Will’s eleventh birthday. But there is an atmosphere of fear in the familiar countryside around him. Will is about to make a shocking discovery – that he is the last person to be born with the power of the Old Ones, and as a guardian of the Light he must begin a dangerous journey to vanquish the terrifyingly evil magic of the Dark.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover La Belle Sauvage, by Philip Pullman
“Malcolm Polstead’s Oxford life has been one of routine, ordinary even. He is happiest playing with his daemon, Asta, in their canoe. But now as the rain builds, the world around Malcolm and Asta is, it seems, set to become increasingly far from ordinary. Finding himself linked to a baby by the name of Lyra Belacqua, Malcolm is forced to undertake the challenge of his life and to make a dangerous journey that will change him and Lyra for ever…” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green, by Joshua Braff
“It’s 1977. Jacob Green, a Jewish kid from suburban New Jersey, sits on the stairs during his family’s housewarming party, waiting for his father, Abram—charming host, everyone’s best friend and amateur emcee—to introduce him to the crowd. But when the confetti settles and the drapes are drawn, the affable Abram Green becomes an egotistical tyrant whose emotional rages rupture the lives of his family.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Johnny and the Dead, by Terry Pratchett
“Not many people can see the dead (not many would want to). Twelve-year-old Johnny Maxwell can. And he’s got bad news for them: the council want to sell the cemetery as a building site. But the dead have learnt a thing or two from Johnny. They’re not going to take it lying down . . . especially since it’s Halloween tomorrow. Besides, they’re beginning to find that life is a lot more fun than it was when they were . . . well . . . alive.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
“Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with exuberant humour the irrationality of adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the thirties. The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina of one man’s struggle for justice. But the weight of history will only tolerate so much.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Perfume, by Patrick Süskind
“In 18th century France there lived a man who was one of the most gifted and abominable personages in an era that knew no lack of gifted and abominable personages. His name was Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, and if his name has been forgotten today, it is certainly not because Grenouille fell short of those more famous blackguards when it came to arrogance, immorality or wickedness, but because his sole ambition was restricted to a domain that leaves no traces in history: scent.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Wonder Boys, by Michael Chabon
“Grady Tripp is an over-sexed, pot-bellied, pot-smoking, ageing wunderkind of a novelist now teaching creative writing at a Pittsburgh college while working on his 2,000-page masterpiece, Wonder Boys. When his rumbustious editor and friend, Terry Crabtree, arrives in town, a chaotic weekend follows – involving a tuba, a dead dog, Marilyn Monroe’s ermine-lined jacket and a squashed boa constrictor.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Half a Creature from the Sea–A Life in Stories, by David Almond
“An anthology of dark, powerful and moving short stories from master storyteller David Almond, inspired by his childhood in the north-east of England. These stories take place in a real world – but in fiction, real worlds merge with dreamed worlds. Real people walk with ghosts and figments. Earthly truth goes hand-in-hand with watery lies.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Other Wind, by Ursula K. Le Guin
“The sorcerer Alder fears sleep. He dreams of the land of death, of his wife who died young and longs to return to him so much that she kissed him across the low stone wall that separates our world from the Dry Land-where the grass is withered, the stars never move, and lovers pass without knowing each other. The dead are pulling Alder to them at night. Through him they may free themselves and invade Earthsea.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)