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About Laurie Graves
Laurie Graves likes to say she was born in County Tolkien, but really she was born in Kennebec County—in Waterville, Maine—and is a fifth-generation Mainer and a Franco-American. Nevertheless, from the time she was young, she loved fantasy, fairy tales, and other folderol. When she was eleven, her father gave her The Lord of the Rings trilogy and that is when she discovered her true county of origin.
Laurie Graves writes essays and fiction from her home in the Maine hinterlands. For seven years, she and her husband, Clif, published and edited Wolf Moon Journal: A Maine Magazine of Art and Opinion. She has a blog called Notes from the Hinterland—www.hinterlands.me—which features posts about nature, rural life, food, books, and people.
Maya and the Book of Everything is her first book. You can follow Laurie's fiction writing and get information about upcoming books at her author website www.lauriegraves.me.
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Maya is on a train from New York to Boston, and a woman drops a book in her messenger bag. She realizes the woman is being stalked by a grim-faced man, whom Maya dubs “the man who didn't smile.” He desperately wants that book-the Book of Everything. Maya and the book make it safely to Boston and then by bus to Maine, but the man who didn't smile is in close pursuit.
The Book of Everything comes from a place called the Great Library. The book can do unusual things: its pages are seemingly endless, and it can zip people back and forth in time. Unfortunately, there is another book-the Book of Cinnial-sent to Earth by a group of adversarial librarians, whose purpose is to stop the Book of Everything. They do this by spreading lies and by trying to capture the book.
Andy is a boy from the past, and Maya meets him when the Book of Everything whisks her back to Andy's time in the 1970s. Soon, he and Maya travel to another world-Ilyria-and become embroiled with another Book of Everything, a deposed duke, warring brothers, a magical forest, and a toad queen.
Will Maya and Andy be able to save both Books of Everything? Will truth or lies prevail? And what, exactly, is the Great Library?
Out of Time
Book Three in the Great Library Series
by Laurie Graves
Out of Time is the third book in the Great Library Series. After traveling across the universe, Maya lands on a sidewalk in New York City. She has gone back in time to her own past, where she catches a glimpse of her younger self and her mother going into a corner store. But Maya is too busy to worry about disturbing the space-time continuum.
She must find someone called the Accumulator, who will help her defeat her adversary Cinnial. Find the Accumulator she does, and with her new team-Will, Jay, and Lexie-Maya travels to a place called Elferterre, a dimension ruled by Magic rather than by Time. In Elferterre, Maya and her team go on a quest to steal a key and a lock from a powerful elf named Galli. The key is for the Accumulator, and the lock will help Maya trap Cinnial.
In Elferterre, Maya, Will, Jay, and Lexie encounter allies and foes-a talking cat, a witch, sprites, ogres, imps, elves, and a mechanical horse. All the while, Magic swirls around Elferterre, enhancing the good and bad in every creature that Maya and her team meet.
Maya falls in love, travels yet again across the universe, and encounters her biggest challenge yet.
Will Maya have the courage to face this challenge? Or will she falter?
In Library Lost, Maya is once again on the move, this time with an Apprentice Book named Ariel. Andy, Maya’s traveling companion from the 1970s, is now a grown man with a daughter named Viola. He is also in grave danger. Humphrey, a murderous duke from the planet Ilyria, has come to Earth and is after Andy. Maya warns Andy and befriends Viola. When Maya and Viola are threatened by Humphrey, Ariel takes the two girls to Ilyria, where Maya is reunited with Sir John, Simon, Evangeline, and Duke Owen.
From there, the action spirals into chaos and destruction. However, Sydda, the Great Library’s director, has come up with a daring but dangerous plan—Maya must confront Cinnial, who is allied with Chaos and is the leader of a group of adversarial librarians who want to take over the Great Library.
But Maya has grave doubts. How can she ever prevail against someone so powerful?