At the Stewart C. Meyer Harker Heights Public Library, the eBook format is a growing, popular way to introduce and encourage reading.

Scholastic has a strong representation in the library’s eBook catalog. The three most recent additions demonstrate not only the diverse interests of young readers, but also the diversity in the lifeexperiences of the authors.

“Revenge Of The Living Dummy,” by R.L. Stine, is the first book of the Goosebumps Horrorland Series.

Stine, who lives in New York City, was an avid reader of comic books, baseball stories, Greek myths and Norse legends and Edgar Allan Poe.

He started writing when he was 9 years old, writing stories that he shared with classmates. He went on to write for his high school newspaper, and became a magazine editor before beginning the Goosebumps series.

“Inkspell” is book two of the Inkheart Trilogy, and is written by Cornelia Funke, and translated by Anthea Bell. Funke, born in Germany, now lives in Los Angeles. She began as a children’s book illustrator before becoming interested in how stories are told.

Her interest in fantasy extends from her visual art to reading, especially the classic fantasy authors J. R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and J.M. Barrie.

“The Magic School Bus Presents: Dinosaurs” is a nonfiction companion book to the original Magic School Bus books.

It includes text by Tom Jackson, photographs and illustrations by Carolyn Bracken.

Jackson studied zoology, worked at zoos, rescued animals, and planted trees. He has traveled to the Galapagos Islands, Amazon Rainforest, Sahara Desert, and coral reefs of Indonesia as a part of his work. He lives in England.

These three books show the diversity in reading material from just one publisher in just one format.

Begin the new year with a new eBook from the library; find out what is waiting to be explored.

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