Benny Zelkowicz, author of The First Book of Ore The Foundry's Edge (The Books of Ore) and the recently released sequel The Second Book of Ore Waybound will pop by the library to talk about his book series, answer questions, and sign books. A Mt. Lebanon High School graduate, Benny studied biopsychology at Oberlin College and earned an MFA in Experimental animation. He made an award-winning film, The ErlKing, animated entirely with sand, that screened all over the world. Benny also directed the kids' show "Lunar Jim" and provided the voice for the title character. Over the past thirteen years, Benny has worked on tons of commercials, music videos, feature films, and TV shows, and now, through some weird twist of fate, he's an author, too.
In the The First Book of Ore The Foundry's Edge (for Grades 5-8), the Foundry, a metal-forging behemoth, controls the world’s supply of trinkets, fashion, construction materials, vehicles, and, of course, weapons. Phoebe’s father is one of its most powerful players, and when he’s kidnapped by mysterious bespectacled animatrons, she and her nemesis turned friend, Micah, follow him into the depths of Mekh, a hidden world full of living metal. As Phoebe and Micah search the strange metallic environment, they realize that the Foundry hasn’t invented anything; it has merely plundered Mekh for its resources and enslaved its population. With a few new metal friends, the teens seek out Phoebe’s father, and she struggles to accept the part he has played in Mekh’s destruction.
In the Second Volume, Phoebe Plumm and Micah Tanner are a long way from home and entrenched in a struggle with no end in sight. The Foundry, an all-powerful company that profits off the living metal creatures of Mehk, is unleashing a wave of devastating attacks to crush the rebel army of mehkans known as the Covenant and capture Phoebe and Micah, dead or alive. But the Covenant believes that their ancient god, Makina, has chosen Phoebe for a sacred task: to seek the Occulyth, a mysterious object they hope can turn the tide against the Foundry. With her father gone, Phoebe's once unshakable determination is broken, and while Micah tries to uphold the vow he made to protect her no matter the cost, their enemies are closing in and time is running out.
BookList says: "Baity and Zelkowicz put their experience as animators to work, describing the alien metal world and its mind-bendingly outlandish denizens with such an eye for visual detail that they clatter to life on the page. The imaginative world, whirlwind adventure, tense emotional stakes, and some well-placed laughs put this first in a planned series in the same stack as Harry Potter and Percy Jackson."
Join a book discussion group that concentrates on the works of the Bard.
The Comedy of Errors: Sept 19, 26, October3
Richard II: Oct. 17, 24, 31, Nov 7
The Winter's Tale: Nov. 21, 28, Dec. 5, 19
Come join this thoughtful group reading contemporary fiction.
January 18: The Betrayers by David Bezmozgis
February 15: Delicious Foods by James Hannaham
March 21: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
April 18: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
May 16: The Moor's Account by Laila Lalami
June 20: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
July 18: My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk
August 15: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
September 19: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
October 17: The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman
November 21: Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg
December 19: Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
[Book Discussion Groups]