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Hawkeye: My Life As A Weapon by Matt Fraction, David Aja, and Javier Pulido

16002136If you like comics, you should come to Danville Public Library’s Comic Con Saturday, May 12 at 10 a.m.

This is a collection of the first 5 issues of Hawkeye, with a bonus issue of Young Avengers thrown in for good measure. I confess that I know these characters primarily from Marvel movies. I really enjoyed this book. There were times that the speed of the action and the story was so fast that I felt like I was just bouncing from fight to fight and not really learning anything about the characters. I think that may just be characteristic of the medium though. Thankfully, that wasn’t the case throughout. Issues 4 and 5 are two parts of a longer story, which gave a little more breathing room for the audience to learn a bit more about Clint and Kate. BTW, I love Kate. She kicks butt. I dig that they keep the purple theme going throughout: Clint’s always wearing some purple. Always. Little things like that make me smile.

This brings me to the bonus issue of Young Avengers #6 (also written by Matt Fraction), which introduces Kate as Hawkeye. This seems to take place in a different time from the Hawkeye comic, in that Clint is now Ronin and they talk of Captain America as though he has passed. Bonus points for the Mythbusters reference in Young Avengers #6. Also, we see the home base of the older Avenger crew and Spiderman is hanging upside-down playing video games. All the others there are in street clothes; he’s the only one still in costume (or would that be uniform?) Because why wouldn’t he stay in costume so that he could hang upside down to play video games. Duh!

Comics Hawkeye is far superior to Movie Hawkeye. This is a true fact and I will brook no arguments. Read this and all the others by Fraction and you will understand why.

Contest: Book Face Photo Contest



Contest Rules:

  • All ages are allowed to submit Bookface photos.
  • All submissions must be electronically submitted by email to:  Include your name and phone number.   We will be  accepting submissions during the month of May.  
  • We will post the pictures on the Danville Public Library Facebook page: @DanvillePublicLibrary
  • Vote for your favorite entry on Danville Public Library’s Facebook page until June 15, 2018. The Bookface photo with the most likes wins. 






Book Review: The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

Tea GirlPage Turners Book Club will be discussing this book on Thursday, May 10 at 5 p.m.

A young woman in the Chinese Yunnan province tries to create balance between the traditions of her village and the society of the larger world outside. A Girl adopted from China by white Americans years to learn more about her birth mother. Both of their tales are intertwined with Chinese tea, specifically Pu’er tea, a rare variety that only grows in the tropical forests in China.

I fear to say too much and give away major plot points, but know this: this book is beautiful and fascinating. I was instantly drawn to Li-Yan’s story and her struggles. The parts of the story that focused on Haley were just as engaging. Li-Yan’s mother states in the first chapter, “No coincidence; no story,” and there are certainly coincidences throughout this story, yet I never felt like it was overdone or contrived. Pick up this book and fall in love with Li-Yan and Haley as I did.

Review by Jessica A.

Friday Reads: Star Wars


May 4 is Star Wars Day, thanks to the delightful pun in the image above. According to, this pun was first used in 1979 and has led to the fan-created Star Wars Day. In honor of this highest of geek holidays, I present to you a set of books which are part of the Star Wars universe. Enjoy, and may the Force be with you.

61yddtxbexl-_sx260_Darth Vader and Friends by Jeffrey Brown

Eisner Award winning author Jeffrey Brown offers an intimate look at the friendships between best pals in the Star Wars universe, from Darth Vader and the Emperor to Leia and her Ewok pals, Han and Chewie, C-3PO and R2-D2, the bounty hunters, and other favorite characters. Jealousy, birthday parties, lightsaber battles, sharing, intergalactic rebellion and more all come into play as Brown’s charming illustrations and humor irresistibly combine the adventures of our friends in a galaxy far, far away with everyday events closer to home.

34859132Phasma by Delilah S. Dawson

One of the most cunning and merciless officers of the First Order, Captain Phasma commands the favor of her superiors, the respect of her peers, and the terror of her enemies. But for all her renown, Phasma remains as virtually unknown as the impassive expression on her gleaming chrome helmet. Now, an adversary is bent on unearthing her mysterious origins– and exposing a secret she guards as zealously and ruthlessly as she serves her masters.


51mmulkpuyl-_sx369_bo1204203200_Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View

Commemorates the Star Wars franchise’s fortieth anniversary with stories retelling scenes from the original “Star Wars” film from the point of view of different background characters.




51tft39x6fl-_sx384_bo1204203200_Star Wars Coding Projects written by Jon Woodcock, illustrated by Jon Hall

A step-by-step visual guide to coding fun projects in Scratch showing you everything you need to know to create computer projects, animations, and games.



featuredStar Wars Galactic Maps: An Illustrated Atlas of the Star Wars Universe written by Emil Fortune, illustrated by Tim McDonagh

“Illustrated in full color, this stunning book of maps covers everything from Endor and Naboo to Tatooine and Yavin 4, taking in the epic stories, strange creatures, and planets of a galaxy far, far away. With dozens of maps, star charts, character profiles, and a timeline of the entire saga, it is the perfect guide for any explorer!” — back cover.


9780761169437_p0_v2_s550x406Star Wars Origami: 36 Amazing Paper-Folding Projects From a Galaxy Far, Far Away by Chris Alexander

Everything you need to create a galaxy of Star Wars characters, ships, droids, weapons, and more.



35009957._UY630_SR1200,630_Star Wars, Volume 1: Imperial Machine, Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith written by Charles Soule

“Picking up directly where Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith ends, follow Vader as he receives his legendary red lightsaber and witness Vader’s rise to power as a Dark Lord of the Sith!”–Amazon.




Shakespeare_SWWilliam Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope by Ian Doescher

A retelling of Star wars in the style of Shakespeare, in which a wise Jedi knight, an evil Sith lord, a beautiful captive princess, and a young hero coming of age reflect the valor and villainy of the Bard’s greatest plays.




Note: All descriptions come from the SHARE catalog and all images are from Google Images.