It seems that, like us, the books are staying up past their regularly-scheduled, school-night bedtimes. Here are Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore and The Night Circus hanging out. Some of our high schoolers or parents might enjoy these books. Both books won Alex Awards, given to adult books that have great appeal to young adult readers. Who wouldn’t want to go to The Night Circus where attractions include the beautiful Ice Garden or a room filled with clouds that you can jump from one to the next? No clowns or sad animals here. But behind the scenes the two magicians behind these illusions are unaware that they are part of a dangerous game that their masters created years before. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is about a web designer down on his luck and working in a 24-hour bookstore where many of the eccentric customers don’t buy books; they check them out. When Clay decides to use his computer skills to map out their behavior and book choices, he makes some discoveries that surprise him. Some of us in the teachers’ book club got to Skype with the author who also happens to be a friend of former physics teacher, Mr. McLeran.