April 2019 Local Authors
A magical adventure for teen readers by actor and writer Thomas Lennon
Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles by Thomas Lennon, formerly of Oak Park
In this quick-read fantasy set on the Emerald Isle, 14-year-old Ronan Boyle suspects that his recently jailed parents were framed by Ireland’s “wee people.” Though he is small, short-sighted and socially awkward, the unlikely hero sets out to prove their innocence. He joins Tir Na Nog, a secretive branch of the Irish police force that handles the nefarious deeds of magical creatures.
At action-packed pace, Ronan finds himself confronting a fiery leprechaun, a sinister harpy and a whole world of monsters and ghouls hidden in plain sight in real-life Ireland. This tongue-in-cheek adventure is filled with jokes, riddles and farcical humor designed to appeal to young readers.
Thomas Lennon (see Q & A here), who hails from Oak Park, is an actor, comedian, screenwriter, producer and director. He is best known as a cast member on MTV’s “The State,” for his role as Lieutenant Jim Dangle on Comedy Central’s “Reno 911!” and as Felix Unger on the CBS series “The Odd Couple,” as well as for movie roles in “17 Again” and “The Dark Knight Rises.” Screenwriting credits include the“Night at the Museum” series.
Celtic Empire by Clive Cussler, formerly of Aurora
The latest in Cussler’s ongoing adventure series featuring Dirk Pitt, this novel takes the adventure hero on a mission into the ancient world, where he unravels not just age-old mysteries but violent current-day crimes, too. Pitt dashes from continent to continent while solving a riddle that links the murders of a team of United Nations scientists in El Salvador, a deadly collision in Detroit and the raiding of an archeological site on the banks of the Nile.
Parkland by Dave Cullen of Elk Grove Village
New York Times bestselling author of Columbine offers an intimate, deeply moving account of the extraordinary teenage survivors of the Valentine’s Day school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Through the voices of students who became activists, Cullen tells of the ongoing fight against local politicians, Congressional leaders and the NRA, which has since inspired millions of Americans to join the grass-roots movement #neveragain.
The Made Up Man by Jseph Scapellato, formerly of Western Springs
This debut novel is a comedy of the absurd in which a young man visiting Prague is caught up in an experimental performance art project. Watching a stranger imitate devastating moments of his own life, Stanley is forced into self-examination, as the actor reveals more about his state of mind than he is aware of himself.
At once a cynical take on the role of art and a big-hearted embrace of friendship, the novel amuses as it inspires introspection.
The Battle to Do Good by Bob Langert of Naperville
Former McDonald’s executive Bob Langert recounts how the mega brand confronted such hot-button issues as recycling, animal welfare, deforestation and the rise in obesity, while enhancing its image, brand value and customer appeal. Langert offers a behind-the-scenes look at some of the company’s most turbulent times, along with lessons in sustainability and anecdotes from beneath the Golden Arches.Edit Module