July 2018 Book Group

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Author: Laini Taylor

Join librarian Meredith to discuss the epic fantasy, young adult novel “Strange the Dreamer” by National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor. This New York Times bestseller is an NPR Best Book, a Goodreads Best YA Fantasty and Science Fiction Nominee, and a 2018 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book, as well as being included on eleven "Best of..." lists!

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

Welcome to Weep.


The Scandinavia Public Library chooses a book monthly (except for December) to read and discuss as a group on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 4 p.m. Selections vary widely and readers are welcome to participate as frequently as they choose.