Gardiner Public Library will be CLOSED on Thursday, November 22nd thru Sunday, November 25th, 2018 for the Thanksgiving weekend. Enjoy time with your family and friends!

New Items ~ November 2018

FICTION

An absolutely remarkable thing by Hank Green.  A young graphic artist inspires world-wide hysteria when she accidentally makes first contact with an alien.  After posting a video that goes viral, April must deal with the pressures of becoming an internet sensation.

Blood communion by Anne Rice.  The Vampire Chronicles continues with Lestat’s story of how he became ruler of the vampire world.

The bus on Thursday by Shirley Barrett.  Bridget Jones meets The Exorcist in this funny, dark novel about one woman’s post-cancer retreat to a remote Australian town and the horrors awaiting her.

Death from a top hat by Clayton Rawson.  A detective steeped in the art of magic solves the mystifying murder of two occultists.

Eventide by Kimberley Kalicky.  Three couples hadn’t been out for an overnight on the boat together since their twenties.  Now middle-aged, with adult children, and the baggage that goes with a life, they set out toward Monhegan Island from Portland.

Her kind of case by Jeanne Winer.  A seasoned criminal defense attorney must draw on her experience to save a teenage client who doesn’t want to be saved.

Judas by Jeff Loveness.  In this graphic novel, Judas Iscariot journeys through life and death, grappling with his place in “The Greatest Story Ever Told.”  Every story needs a villain.

The man who came uptown by George Pelecanos.  An ex-offender must choose between the man who got him out and the woman who showed him another path for his life.

The man who couldn’t miss by David Handler.  Stewart “Hoagy” Hoag and his beloved basset hound, Lulu, investigate a murder in a fabled Connecticut summer playhouse.

Sea prayer by Khaled Hosseini.  A short, powerful, illustrated book written in response to the current refugee crisis.  It is composed in the form of a letter from a father to his son on the eve of their journey on a dangerous sea crossing.

A spark of light by Jodi Picoult.  A ripped-from-the-headlines novel about a hostage crisis at a woman’s health clinic.

The stylist by Rosie Nixon.  A young woman is thrown into the fast-paced world of fashion and glamour as she’s forced to navigate the treacherous Hollywood red carpets.

Thirteen days by Sunset Beach by Ramsey Campbell.  A horror novel that’s perfect for readers who shy away from gore and cheap shocks.

Time’s convert by Deborah Harkness.  A novel about what it takes to become a vampire.  During his lover’s journey to immortality, a vampire’s past returns to haunt them both.

Transcription by Kate Atkinson.  Ten years after, figures from a BBC radio producer’s past as an M15 recruit in 1940 confront her.

Trouble brewing by Suzanne Baltsar.  This sweet and savory novel follows a smart, ambitious woman making her way in the male-dominated world of beer brewing.

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan.  High adventure fraught with cliff-hanger twists marks this runaway-slave narrative which goes from Caribbean cane fields, to the fringes of the frozen Arctic.

Weekend at Thrackley by Alan Melville.  This story about guests gathered at a country house for the weekend, originally published in 1934, anticipates Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, which appeared 5 years later.

MUSIC CDs

Bloom by Troye Sivan

Sweetener by Ariana Grande

Dancing Queen by Cher

Cry Pretty by Carrie Underwood

The best of Roger Miller

NONFICTION

All you can ever know by Nicole Chung.  What does it mean to love your roots – within your culture, within your family – and what happens when you find them?  Chung explores her complicated feelings about her transracial adoption and the importance of knowing where one comes from.

American like me by America Ferrera.  A vibrant and varied collection of first person accounts from prominent figures about the experience of growing up between cultures.

Buffy Sainte-Marie by Andrea Warner.  Establishing herself among the ranks of folk greats such as Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan, Buffy has released more than 20 albums, survived being blacklisted by two U.S. presidents, and received the only Academy Award ever to be won by a First Nations artist.  This is an intimate look at a beloved folk icon and activist.

The cows are out! by Trudy Price.  Price writes of the daily trials of haying, cow breeding, and milking against a backdrop of gentle and entertaining rural life in Maine.

Death on Katahdin by Randi Minetor.  The author gathers the stories of fatalities, from falls to exposure to cardiac arrest, and presents dozens of misadventures on the mountain including hunting accidents, lightning strikes, and even more than one suspicious death.

Fight like a girl by Clementine Ford.  Through a mixture of memoir, opinion, and investigative journalism, Ford exposes just how unequal the world continues to be for women.

The fighters by C.J. Chivers.  This is classic war reporting.  The author’s stories give heart-rending meaning to the lives and deaths of Americans in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, even if policymakers generally have not.

Grace without God by Katherine Ozment.  The search for meaning, purpose, and belonging in a secular age.

The invisible gorilla by Christopher Chabris.  How our intuitions deceive us because our minds don’t work the way we think they do.  We think we see ourselves and the world as they really are, but we’re actually missing a whole lot.

The oath and the office by Corey Brettschneider.  An essential guide to the presidential powers and limits of the Constitution, for anyone voting – or running – for our highest office.

Rock art critters by Denise Scicluna.  Painting rocks has become a not-uncommon craft activity in recent years.  This book focuses on decorating rocks with images of cute animals using acrylic craft paint.

Second labor: mothers share post-birth stories by Chaya Valier.   24 mothers write bold, honest accounts of post-birth life with a newborn.

Small animals by Kim Brooks.  This interrogates how we weigh risks as parents, how we judge one another’s parenting and what the costs might be – not just to parents, but to children, too – in a culture of constant surveillance.

Sons of freedom by Geoffrey Wawro.  The American contribution to World War I is one of the greatest stories of the 20th century, and yet it has all but vanished from view.  This tells of the forgotten American soldiers, Doughboys who defeated Germany in World War I.

These truths by Jill Lepore.  A magisterial account of the origins and rise of a divided nation, an urgently needed reckoning with the beauty and tragedy of American history.

What to do when you’re new by Keith Rollag.  How to be comfortable, confident, and successful in new situations.

Will the circle be unbroken? by Studs Terkel.  Reflections on death, rebirth, and a hunger for faith.

PICTURE BOOKS

Corduroy takes a bow by Viola Davis

Day you begin by Jacqueline Woodson

Do you believe in unicorns? by Bethanie Deeney Murguia

Dreamers by Yuyi Morales

House that once was by Julie Fogliano

I Just Like You by Suzanne Bloom

Llama Llama loves to read by Anna Dewdney

Parade of elephants by Kevin Henkes

Presto & Zesto in Limboland by Arthur Yorinks

Santa Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins

Secret life of the little brown bat by Laurence Pringle

Stop, go, yes, no!: a story of opposites by Mike Twohy

Surprise by Caroline Hadilaksono

Vegetables in underwear by Jared Chapman

We don’t eat our classmates by Ryan T Higgins

CHAPTER BOOKS

Babymouse: Tales from the locker: Miss Communication by Jennifer L Holm

I survived: the attack of the grizzlies, 1967 by Lauren Tarshis

Ivy & Bean: one big happy family by Annie Barrows

Judy Moody and the right royal tea party  by Megan McDonald

Louisiana’s way home by Kate DiCamillo

Magic tree house: hurricane heroes in Texas #30 by Mary Pope Osborne

My father’s words by Patricia MacLachlan

Trail by Meika Hashimoto

Unforgettable Guinevere St. Clair by Amy Makechnie

Van Gogh deception by Deron Hicks

 NON-FICTION

Hubots: real-world robots inspired by humans by Helaine Becker

New England Patriots story by Thomas K Adamson

Recreate discoveries about light by Anna Claybourne

Recreate discoveries about living things by Anna Claybourne

Recreate discoveries about states of matter by Anna Claybourne

We are grateful : otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell

Why do I poop?  by Kirsty Holmes

Why do I sneeze? by Madeline Tyler

You wouldn’t want to be Sir Isaac Newton: a lonely life you’d rather not lead by Ian Graham

You wouldn’t want to live without coding! by Alex Woolf

You wouldn’t want to live without gaming! by Jim Pipe

You wouldn’t want to live without insects! by Anne Rooney

You wouldn’t want to live without libraries! by Fiona Macdonald

You wouldn’t want to live without nurses! By Fiona Macdonald

You wouldn’t want to live without robots! by Ian Graham

You wouldn’t want to live without satellites! by Ian Graham

You wouldn’t want to live without simple machines! by Anne Rooney

You wouldn’t want to live without writing! By Roger Canavan

 GRAPHIC NOVELS

The bad guys in do-you-think-he-saurus? by Aaron Blabey

Dog man: Lord of the fleas by Dav Pilkey

Snails are just my speed! by Kevin McCloskey

Trees: kings of the forest by Andy Hirsch

 EASY READERS

Mr. Monkey bakes a cake by Jeff Mack

My kite is stuck! and other stories by Salia Yoon

Pete the cat and the cool caterpillar by James Dean

Notes from Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Library Journal, and New York Times Book Review.

New Items ~ October 2018

FICTION

The boy at the keyhole by Stephen Giles.  A boy is left alone in his family’s English estate with a housekeeper whom he beings to suspect has murdered his mother.

A day like any other by Genie Henderson.  Set during the Great Hamptons Hurricane of 1938, a summer colony and locals are caught in the path of a sudden and devastating hurricane in this prophetic fiction that is a warning of storms to come.

Depth of winter by Craig Johnson.  Sheriff Longmire takes on the head of a drug cartel in a remote area of the northern Mexican desert.

Eagle and Crane by Suzanne Rindell.  Two young daredevil flyers confront ugly truths and family secrets during the U.S. internment of Japanese citizens during WW II.

The fall of Gondolin by J.R.R. Tolkien.  Thousands of years before the events of The Lord Of The Rings, a hero named Tuor visits a secret city.

Flight or fright edited by Stephen King.  An anthology about all the things that can go horribly wrong when you are flying.

In his father’s footsteps by Danielle Steel.  The son of two holocaust survivors struggles to become his own person after his marriage falls apart.

Jane Doe by Victoria Stone.  A double life with a single purpose:  revenge.

The last hours by Minette Walters.  When the Black Death enters England in 1348, no one knows what manner of sickness it is – or how it spreads and kills so quickly.

Lethal white by Robert Galbraith.  Detectives Strike and Ellacott investigate a crime a young man may have witnessed as a child.

Leverage in death by J.D. Robb.  Lt. Eve Dallas puzzles over a bizarre suicide bombing in a Wall Street office building.

The locksmith’s daughter by Karen Brooks.  An intriguing novel rich in historical detail and drama as it tells the story of Queen Elizabeth’s daring, ruthless spymaster and his female protégée.

The mermaid by Christine Henry.  A beautiful historical fairy tale about a mermaid who leaves the sea to live with her true love on the coast of Maine, only to become the star attraction of history’s greatest showman, P.T. Barnum.

The money shot by Stuart Woods.  Teddy Fay races to stop a scheme of extortion and a hostile takeover.

The other woman by Sandie Jones.  A psychological thriller about a man, his new girlfriend, and the mother who will not let him go.

The other woman by Daniel Silva.  Gabriel Allon, the art restorer and assassin, fights the Russians to decide the fate of postwar global order.

Ohio by Stephen Markley.  This follows 4 former classmates who return to their small town, a region ravaged by the Great Recession, an opioid crisis, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The patchwork bride by Sandra Dallas. This tells 3 different stories with homespun style.  Strong female characters and intriguing storytelling draws the reader into this two-hanky read full of love and loss.

Sign of the cross by Glenn Cooper.  Introducing Harvard professor Cal Donovan in the first of an intriguing new series of religious conspiracy thrillers.

The spaceship next door by Gene Doucette.  When a spaceship lands in Sorrow Falls, a lovable and fearless small-town girl is the planet’s only hope for survival.  It’s a warm-hearted ode to a time and place in a community so small that everybody knows everybody else’s business.

Stars uncharted by S.K. Dunstall.  In this rip-roaring space opera, a ragtag band of explorers are out to make the biggest score in the galaxy.

The summer wives by Beatriz Williams.  A postwar fable of love, class, power, and redemption set among the inhabitants of an island of the New England coast.

Trust me by Hank Ryan.  There are three sides to every story.  Yours. Mine. And the truth.

Where the crawdads sing by Delia Owens.  In a quiet town on the North Carolina coast in 1969, a woman who survived alone in the marsh becomes a murder suspect.

With you always by Rena Olsen.  This examines how easy it is to fall into the wrong relationship…and how impossible it can be to leave.

DVDs

Hereditary (2018) starring Toni Collette and Gabriel Byrne

This is us: season 2 (2018) starring Mandy Moore

Deadpool 2  (2018) starring Ryan Reynolds and Josh Brolin

Book Club (2018) starring Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen

The way we get by (2009) directed by Aron Gaudet

NONFICTION

The death of truth by Michiko Kakutani.  Notes on falsehood in the age of Trump.

Dopesick by Beth Macy.  The only book so far to fully chart the opioid crisis in America – an unforgettable portrait of the families and first responders on the front lines.

Fashion climbing by Bill Cunningham.  The glamorous world of 20th century fashion comes alive in this memoir both because of his exuberant appreciation for stylish clothes and his sharp assessment of those who wore them.

Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward.  The inside story of President Trump as only Woodward can tell it.

A hard rain by Frye Gaillard.  America in the 1960s, our decade of hope, possibility, and innocence lost.

Leadership in turbulent times by Doris Kearns Goodwin.  Goodwin offers an illuminating exploration into the early development, growth, and exercise of leadership.

No good alternative by William Vollmann.  An eye-opening look at the consequences of coal mining and natural gas production – the second of a two volume work on the ideologies of energy production and the causes of climate change.

On call in the Arctic by Thomas Sims.  An extraordinary memoir recounting the adventures of a young doctor stationed in the Alaskan bush.

The only girl by Robin Green.  A raucous and vividly dishy memoir by the only woman writer on the masthead of Rolling Stone magazine in the early ‘70s.

The power of yes by Amy Newmark.  101 stories about adventure, change and positive thinking from the publishers of Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Proud by Ibtihaj Muhammad.  She is the first female Muslim American to medal at the Olympic Games and was named one of Time’s 100 most influential people.  This is a moving coming of age story from one of the nation’s most influential athletes and illustrates how she rose above all her obstacles.

30 before 30 by Marina Shifrin.  Subtitled: “How I made a mess of my 20s and you can too”, this is a charming and relatable collection of essays documenting a young woman’s attempt to accomplish 30 life goals before turning 30.

The tragedy of Benedict Arnold by Joyce Malcolm.  This sheds new light on the man as well as on the nuanced and complicated time in which he lived.

21 lessons for the 21st century by Yuval Harari.  How do computers and robots change the meaning of being human?  How do we deal with the epidemic of fake news?  Are nations and religions still relevant?  What should we teach our children?

Unhinged by Omarosa Newman.  The former Assistant to the President and Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison in the Trump White House provides her story of corruption and controversy in the current administration.

A year of reading by Elisabeth Ellington.  A month by month guide to classics and crowd-pleasers for you and your book group.

PICTURE BOOKS

 Dam by David Almond

Fruit bowl by Mark Hoffmann

Good Rosie by Kate DiCamillo

Hello, horse by Vivian French

Imagine by Juan Felipe Herrera

Interrupting chicken and the elephant of surprise by David Ezra Stein

Let the children march by Monica Clark-Robinson

Night job by Karen Hesse

No honking allowed! By Stephanie Calmenson

Peppa Pig and the silly sniffles Based on the TV Series

Square by Mac Barnett

Storm by Sam Usher

CHAPTER BOOKS

Bush rescue by Darrel Odgers

Circus lesson by Sally Rippin

Crazy cousins by Sally Rippin

Farm rescue  by Darrel Odgers

Wheelnuts! Craziest race on Earth! Desert dustup by Knife & Packer

Wheelnuts! Craziest race on earth! Spooky smackdown by Knife & Packer

Who is Sonia Sotomayor? by Megan Stine

Winning goal by Sally Rippin

 NON-FICTION

Acadia by Audra Wallace

Blossom to apple by Sarah Ridley

Carlos Santana: sound of the heart, song of the world by Gary Golio

Counting on Katherine: how Katherine Johnson saved Apollo 13 by Helanine Becker

Mae among the stars by Roda Ahmed

Maine by Robin S. Doak

Memphis, Martin, and the mountaintop: the Sanitation Strike of 1968 by Alice Faye Duncan

Seeds to bread by Sarah Ridley

Sisters & champions: the true story of Venus and Serena Williams by Howard Bryant

Turning pages: my life story by Sonia Sotomayor 

Turtle Island: the story of North America’s first people by Eldon Yellowhorn

Notes from Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Library Journal, and New York Times Book Review.

New Items ~ June 2018

FICTION

Adjustment Day by Chuck Palahniuk.  Young men take on geriatric politicians who are pushing the country toward a third world war.

American by day by Derek Miller.  A gripping and timely novel that follows Sigrid, a dry-witted Norwegian detective, from Oslo to the U.S. on a quest to find her missing brother.

Big guns by Steve Israel.  From the congressman-turned-novelist comes a comic tale about the mighty firearm industry, a small Long Island town, and Washington politics.

Circe by Madeline Miller.  This tells about Circe’s evolution from insignificant nymph to formidable witch best known for turning Odysseus’ sailors into swine.

Date with malice by Julia Chapman.  Mystery readers who love to escape to Louise Penny’s village of Three Pines will enjoy becoming acquainted with the town of Bruncliffe and its quirky residents.

Dead girl running by Christina Dodd.  Two emotionally damaged characters find hope, self-forgiveness, and love in this modern version of Gaslight that hooks readers and keeps them mesmerized until the end.

The fallen by David Baldacci.  Amos Decker, known as the Memory Man, puts his talents toward solving a string of murders in a Rust Belt town.

Family and other catastrophes by Alexandra Borowitz.  A wedding weekend tests an eccentric family’s bonds.  Humor and heart mix here and it will resonate with anyone who loves their family despite said family’s best efforts.

The flight attendant by Chris Bohjalian.  A flight attendant wakes up in the wrong hotel, in the wrong bed, with a dead man – and no idea what happened.

Home for unwanted girls by Joanna GoodmanPhilomena meets Orphan Train –  the story of a young unwed mother who is forcibly separated from her daughter at birth and the lengths to which they go to find each other.

 Line of glory by Thomas Clagett.  Although the tale has been told many times, Clagett has done a masterful job of delving into the back stories of the characters involved in the Alamo, both Texan and Mexican.

The listener by Robert McCammon.  Race relations are one subject of this seductive slice of supernatural noir set in 1934 New Orleans.

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner.  A woman is separated from her son when she begins two consecutive life sentences in a California correctional facility.

The merry spinster by Mallory Ortberg.  A collection of darkly playful stories based on classic fold and fairy tales (but with a feminist spin) that find the sinister in the familiar and the familiar in the alien.

Mile High Murder by Marcia Talley.  This mystery takes the reader on a timely and illuminating trip into the often befuddling world of marijuana legislation.

My dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray.  The tale of Alexander Hamilton’s wife – seen growing up in revolutionary New York, passionately entering into marriage, and striving to assure Hamilton’s legacy.

 Noir by Christopher Moore.  A zany tale set on the mean streets of post-World War II San Francisco, and featuring a diverse cast of characters including a hapless bartender, his Chinese sidekick, a doll with sharp angles and dangerous curves, and a black mamba.

The only story by Julian Barnes.  A love affair between a 48 year old and a 19 year old is hardly unheard of, but this reverses gender expectations.

Our little secret by Roz Nay.  Grilled by police about the missing wife of her former boyfriend, Angela reveals the fateful story of their love triangle.

The perfect mother by Aimee Molloy.  An addictive psychological thriller about a group of women whose lives become unexpectedly connected when one of their newborns goes missing.

River’s child by Mark Seiler.  Fasten your seat belt in this fantasy as our spirited heroes ride icebergs from the frozen north, battle wild men, and fall in love while they race to prevent world war.

Robert B. Parker’s old black magic by Ace Atkins.  Ironic, tough-but-tender Boston PI Spenser delves into the black market art scene to investigate a decades-long crime of dangerous proportions.

The saint of wolves and butchers by Alex Grecian.  A chilling thriller about an enigmatic hunter on the trail of a Nazi who has secretly continued his devilish work here in America.

Scot free by Catriona McPherson.  This character-driven romp is sparked by the larger-than-life quirky residents of the Last Ditch Motel, putting this laugh-out-loud whodunit on a par with the early Janet Evanovich.

The Sparsholt affair by Alan Hollinghurst.  Explores richly complex relationships between fathers and sons as it spans 7 transformative decades in England, from the 1940s through the present.

Speed the dawn by Philip Donlay.  Hundreds of white-hot meteor fragments plunge toward Earth near Monterey Bay.  Huge fires ignite the tender-dry landscape, the power grid collapse, and the fires grow.  Donovan Nash realizes he is trapped.

The spirit photographer by Jon Varese.  Historical suspense about a charismatic con man haunted – perhaps literally – by a ghost from his past.

Tomb of the unknown racist by Blanche Boyd.  Explores the intricate world of the white supremacy movement and the treacherous ways that racism shatters families and spreads its dark roots across America.

NEW DVDs

The Post (2017) starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) starring Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill

The Greatest Showman (2017) starring Hugh Jackman and Michelle Williams

NONFICTION

Accidental brothers by Nancy Segal.  The riveting story of two sets of identical twins separated at birth and improbably reunited as adults, a dream case for exploring nature and nurture.

Alt-right by Mike Wendling.  A vital guide to understanding the racist, misogynist, far-right movement that rose to prominence during Donald Trump’s election campaign.

The big ones by Lucy Jones.  A riveting history of natural disasters, their impact on our culture, and new ways of thinking about the ones to come.

Cousins Maine Lobster by Jim Tselikis.  From the co-founders of the Cousins Maine Lobster food truck comes a business book revealing to new entrepreneurs how the authors built their brand through integrity and authenticity.

 Crafting a patterned home by Kristin Nicholas.  Create a unique space that’s all your own – bold and colorful handmade projects to fill your home with pattern.

Darwin comes to town by Menno Schilthuizen.  In this delightful account, readers who assume that pigeons, cockroaches, and rats are the only representatives of city biology will learn that it is far more complex.  This is an expert romp through urban natural history.

The death and life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan.  A landmark work of science, history, and reporting on the past, present and imperiled future of the Great Lakes.

Man vs Baby by Matt Coyne.  A fresh take on the bewilderment and joy of having a baby from a rip-roaring new voice, this combination memoir and advice book is sure to charm parents everywhere.

The milk lady of Bangalore by Shoba Narayan.  Sincere and laugh-out-loud funny, Narayan’s rich and evocative writing transports readers to the busy streets of Bangalore and a fully formed picture of modern India.

My patients and other animals by Suzanne Fincham-Gray.  A moving memoir of a life spent in the company of animals – a veterinarian sheds light on the universal experiences of illness, healing, and how we care for loved ones.

Natural causes by Barbara Ehrenreich.  An epidemic of wellness, the certainty of dying, and killing ourselves to live longer…the author explores how we are killing ourselves to live long, but not better.

No immediate danger by William Vollmann.  A timely, eye-opening book about climate change and energy generation that focuses on the consequences of nuclear power production.

Our towns by James Fallows.  A surprising portrait of the civic and economic reinvention taking place in America, town by town and generally out of view of the national media.  A realistically positive and provocative view of the country between its coasts.  Eastport, Maine is one of the towns examined.

Two sisters by Asne Seierstad.  The riveting story of 2 sisters’ journey to the Islamic State and the father who tries to bring them home.  It’s a relentless thriller and a feat of reporting with profound lessons about belief, extremism, and the meaning of devotion.

Waiting for the last bus by Richard Holloway.  Now in his 9th decade, the former Bishop of Edinburgh presents a positive, meditative exploration of the many lessons we can learn from death along with forgiving ourselves and others.

PICTURE BOOKS

Baby Bear’s Book of Tiny Tales by David McPhail

Bear and Wolf by Daniel Salmieri

Funeral by Matt James

Honey by David Ezra Stein

I Am Enough by Grace Byers

Ladybug Girl and the Rescue Dogs by David Soman

Memoirs of a Parrot by Devin Scillian

On the Other Side of the Garden by Jairo Buitrago

Pip & Pup by Eugene Yelchin

This Is the Nest That Robin Built by Denise Fleming

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Car by Kate Dopirak

Wake Up, Baby Bear! by Lynn Plourde

CHAPTER BOOKS

Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake

Mystery of the Bear Cub by Tamra Wight

Mystery of the Missing Fox by Tamra Wight

Serpent’s Secret: Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond by Sayantani DasGupta

Sky at Our Feet by Nadia Hashimi

Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor

Who Killed Darius Drake? by Rodman Philbrick

You Go First by Erin Entrada Kelly

NON-FICTION

A Seal Named Patches by Roxanne Beltran

Bluegrass Boy: The Story of Bill Monroe Father of Bluegrass Music by Barb Rosenstock

Song of the Wild: A First Book of Animals by Nicola Davies

When Paul Met Artie: The Story of Simon & Garfunkel by G. Neri

GRAPHIC NOVELS

Crafty Cat and the Great Butterfly Battle by Charise Mericale Harper

NEW DVDs

Mary and the Witch’s Flower (2018) starring Ruby Barnhill and Kate Winslet.

Paw Pals: Summer Rescues  (2017) 8 episodes of Paw Patrol.

PJ Masks: Cracking the Case (2018) Join Catboy, Owlette and Gekko on their night time missions into the night to save the day in this fun-packed superhero adventure.

PJ Masks: Let’s Go PJ Masks! (2017) Another superhero adventure with Catboy, Owlette and Gekko.

Notes from Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Library Journal, and New York Times Book Review.

 

 

 

 

 

Great Books that make Great Gifts

Wishtree – by Katherine Applegate

/* Starred Review */ Gr 4–8—Newbery Award—winning author Applegate meets high expectations in this tale told by a tree named Red, a red oak who is “two hundred and sixteen rings old.” Touching on religious bigotry and the environment, Applegate keeps the emphasis on her characters, the many animals and birds who find shelter in the tree’s branches all year round. (All the birds and animals have names and the power to talk, just like Red.) Around the first of May, people write down their wishes on pieces of cloth and hang them from the tree’s branches, giving Red a special place in the community. The pacing starts out slowly, with early chapters focused almost entirely on the natural world, but eventually readers meet the human at the novel’s center. Samar, a recent Muslim refugee, is lonely and in need of a friend. A nameless boy uses the tree to convey hateful messages to Samar and her family. The owner of the tree is tired of roots in the plumbing and hopes all the nastiness will disappear if the tree is cut down, having forgotten the story of her ancestors and the beginning of all the wishes. Red decides to intervene and ask for help from the animals and birds. Even those who shy away from books with talking animals will find this believable fantasy elegant and poignant. Widening the appeal is a sparse word count, making this a great choice for a family or classroom read-aloud and an inviting option for reluctant readers. VERDICT Another stunning effort from Applegate. This thoughtful read is a top choice for middle graders.—Carol A. Edwards, formerly at Denver Public Library –Carol A. Edwards (Reviewed 06/01/2017) (School Library Journal, vol 63, issue 6, p84)

 

Why I am me! – by Britt Paige

/* Starred Review */ PreS-Gr 2—Britt tackles the metaphysical for the picture book crowd. Two (presumably) parent/child pairs approach a subway from different directions: an African American father and son and a light-skinned mother and daughter. The boy reads a book while riding a skateboard; the girl has a musical instrument case strapped to her back. As the kids notice each other, he wonders: “Why am I me …and not you?” She thinks: “Why are you, you…and not me?” And so it goes, with thoughts such as, “If someone else were me,/who would they be?/Someone lighter,/older,/darker,/bolder?” Alko and Quall’s acrylic, colored pencil, and collage scenes portray a diverse population within the train car and seen through its windows. People of varying skin colors, physical abilities, and styles play, watch sports, or perform or listen to music. The thought bubble questions arise naturally; they’re the kinds of things that would go through a child’s mind when observing differences. The climax is spread over four openings. It begins with a triptych in which the star on the boy’s shirt becomes a twinkle in his eye and then a glowing shape in the sky. After the girl’s eye sparkles, the boy reaches out, and their faces intersect in a Venn diagram of friendship. VERDICT Universal questions combine with richly layered, captivating compositions, presenting opportunities for careful examination and stimulating conversations. Perfect for classroom or one-on-one sharing.—Wendy Lukehart, District of Columbia Public Library –Wendy Lukehart (Reviewed 07/01/2017) (School Library Journal, vol 63, issue 7, p56)

 

The Little Red Cat: who ran away and learned his ABCs (the hard way) – by Patrick McDonnell

/* Starred Review */ PreS-Gr 1—McDonnell’s abecedarian tale takes a small scarlet cat on a breathtaking adventure. The  clever tale—wordless except for two signs and  one warning shout—begins when the  feline notices his  home’s front door standing open and  takes to the  hills. He almost immediately comes upon a gape-mouthed Alligator, a climbing Bear, and an agitated Chicken along with a couple of other pursuers of the D and E variety. A chase begins with the cat leading his entourage through a day filled with ice and snow, a jungle, mountain peaks, and a potentially hazardous tumble off a high cliff. Humorous pen, ink, pencil and watercolor illustrations surrounded by copious white space are energetic and highly engaging for readers. The large letters of the alphabet appear near the top of the page and feature both capital and lowercase forms. While most illustrations offer a clear-cut answer to what each letter represents in the sequence, there are a few pages that require some thought; an answer key can be found at the end of the book. VERDICT A brilliant caper that young learners will want to pore over! A must-purchase.—Maryann H. Owen, Children’s Literature Specialist, Mt. Pleasant, WI –Maryann H. Owen (Reviewed 08/01/2017) (School Library Journal, vol 63, issue 8, p74)

 

When’s my Birthday? – by Julie Fogliano

Preschool-Grade 1 /* Starred Review */ In an infectious, bouncy rhythm, Fogliano playfully captures the antsy excitement for birthdays in a pitch-perfect kid voice. In between a refrain of “When’s my birthday? / Where’s my birthday? / How many days until / my birthday?” Fogliano’s verses cover food and presents, who to invite, and, of course, the all-important cake. Robinson’s thickly painted collage illustrations feature cheery children and friendly creatures in birthday  hats, with always happy faces enjoying the delights described in Fogliano’s lines. Amid all the anticipation and happy planning, the text takes a realistically worried turn when the waiting seems so endless that the narrator wonders whether he or she will have a birthday at all. Luckily, after a near-sleepless night, the day finally arrives: “It’s the daytime! / Here’s my birthday! / Happy happy! / Hee! Hee! Hee!” Robinson’s signature style—bold collages depicting kids and animals in blocky shapes—is the ideal vehicle for Fogliano’s frolicsome text, and the two together evoke a quintessentially childlike glee, which adults will recognize and little ones will revel in. There might be a more perfect picture book about birthdays out there, but you’d be hard-pressed to find it. — Hunter, Sarah (Reviewed 7/1/2017) (Booklist, vol 113, number 21, p69)

 

Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt – by Ben Clanton

/* Starred Review */ Gr 1–3–Donning a cape, Narwhal decides to become a superhero—after eating lunch, of course. Super Narwhal needs a sidekick, so pal Jelly is dubbed Jelly Jolt. In this second installment of the sweetly surreal series, the characters are true to form; delightfully ditzy Narwhal  remains upbeat even when he initially fails to exhibit a single superpower, while his jellyfish friend frets at every turn. In addition to three tales about Narwhal and Jelly, there’s a section about the “superpowers” of various ocean creatures (for instance, crabs can regrow their legs, the mimic octopus can change its appearance to resemble other animals, and dolphins sleep with one eye open) and a pun-laced story “written” by Narwhal and Jelly, in which Super Waffle and Strawberry Sidekick rescue their city from a giant butter blob. Clanton crafts a whimsical narrative that focuses on quirky conversations rather than superheroic adventures, and the funny story will snare a range of readers. Lively illustrations, dominated by hues of blue and featuring irresistibly cheerful characters, have a childlike feel, as though scribbled by a youngster clutching a crayon. As in many of the best reads starring dynamic duos—Arnold Lobel’s “Frog and Toad,” Mo Willems’s “Elephant and Piggie”—friendship is at the core; Narwhal always quells the many anxieties of his loyal companion. VERDICT A super addition to graphic novel collections serving younger readers, especially where the first volume is popular.—Mahnaz Dar, School Library Journal –Mahnaz Dar (Reviewed 06/01/2017) (School Library Journal, vol 63, issue 6, p83)

 

On a Magical Do-Nothing Day – by Beatrice Alemagna

/* Starred Review */ While her mother works at her desk, a girl in owlish spectacles plays with a handheld video game console. “What about a break from your game?” her mother says, prodding the girl outside despite the pouring rain. Almost at once she drops her device in a pond (“This could not be happening to me”) and sinks into despair (“The rain felt like rocks were hitting me”). Then, in a moment of magic, she’s greeted by four cheerful snails, and her journey opens into an encounter with all the life of the forest: “a thousand seeds and pellets, kernels, grains, roots, and berries touched my fingers.” Alemagna’s spreads ignite with the warm glow of discovery. The generous trim size accommodates big, dramatic spreads as the girl, in her incandescent orange cape, tumbles down a hill and sees the world turned dizzily upside down. When she returns to the family’s cabin, the girl finds that even her mother looks a bit different now. Alemagna demonstrates an uncanny knack for rendering emotional experience with line and color in this intimate and distinctive story. Ages 4–8. (Sept.) –Staff (Reviewed 07/10/2017) (Publishers Weekly, vol 264, issue 28, p)

 

 

Posted – by John David Anderson

Grades 5-8 /* Starred Review */ By eighth grade, Frost feels secure within his established circle of smart, relatively geeky boys, including Bench, Deedee, and Wolf, who know they can count on one other. But Rose, a new student with a tall, muscular body and an independent streak, unexpectedly joins their table in the middle-school cafeteria. Then Bench starts hanging out with his fellow athletes instead of the gang. Meanwhile, a school-wide cell-phone ban leads to the increasingly “twitchy” student body writing their messages, jokes, opinions, and insults on sticky notes and slapping them on each other’s lockers for all to see. Bullying becomes more open, and matters come to a head when Rose challenges an intimidating middle-school thug to a suicidal bike race down a steep, wooded hillside. Written with understated humor and fine-tuned perception, Frost’s first-person narrative offers a riveting story as well as an uncomfortably realistic picture of middle-school social dynamics. The author of Ms. Bixby’s Last Day (2016), Anderson vividly portrays each boy in Frost’s group, their intertwined relationships, and their individual responses to the changes that inevitably come. Initially not well understood by the narrator, Rose gradually comes into focus as an individual and an agent of inevitable change. This rewarding novel should resonate with many readers. — Phelan, Carolyn (Reviewed 3/15/2017) (Booklist, vol 113, number 14, p64)

 

All’s Faire in Middle School – by Victoria Jamieson

/* Starred Review */ Jamieson doesn’t disappoint in her first graphic novel since her Newbery Honor–winning Roller Girl. Imogen Vega’s parents perform at a Renaissance fair in Florida, immersing the family in a world of jousting and archaic language (“Thou qualling toad-spotted clack-dish!”). Imogen has been homeschooled all her life; now, at 11, she’s headed to public school. In her first weeks, she falls victim to the wiles of a mean girl, hurts a girl who might have been a good friend, and throws her younger brother’s treasured stuffed animal into the lake. As Imogen undergoes a period of self-enforced solitude, the extended family of the fair community offers unexpected support. Jamieson’s sturdy artwork (her figures are decidedly unglamorous, as if to offer regular kids reassurance) and sharp dialogue make it easy to care about her characters. Readers will also appreciate the irreverent humor of the fair’s adults: as a treatment for bullies, one recommends “a large quantity of chicken feathers and a few pots of honey.” The fair emphasizes adventure and theater, but its unconventional performers teach Imogen about kindness, too. Ages 9–12. Agent: Paul Rodeen, Rodeen Literary Management. (Sept.) –Staff (Reviewed 07/17/2017) (Publishers Weekly, vol 264, issue 29, p)

 

The Three Billy Goats Gruff – by Jerry Pinkney

/* Starred Review */ PreS-Gr 2—Employing his signature pencil and watercolor compositions, Pinkney  brings a thoughtful, nuanced perspective to this classic tale. The story begins as expected, with the goats “trip-trapping” across the bridge in search of food—the first two urging the troll to wait for the bigger animal coming next. Each goat has a distinctive appearance; the troll is fierce, with green skin, horns, and exceptionally large teeth. The halcyon, rainbow-studded river valley is surrounded with rocks on one side and lush vegetation on the other. While the story retains familiar cadences, subtle decisions about language and behavior elevate the telling, ensuring multiple readings. As the drama progresses, the design changes, incorporating ever-stronger personalities until a gatefold opening accommodates the standoff between the largest goat and the troll. Hand-lettered sound effects enhance the text’s dynamic potential. An artist’s note mentions that Pinkney was “confounded by the ending of the original tale, in which the troll disappears or turns to stone… It seemed he never had a chance to learn his lesson.” Here, after the troll is catapulted into the water, he faces a monster fish who gives him a taste of his own medicine. A visual epilogue on the endpapers allows readers to form their own conclusions about the encounter’s impact on all involved. –Wendy Lukehart (Reviewed 02/01/2017) (School Library Journal, vol 63, issue 02, p76)

 

Imagine That! How Dr. Seuss Wrote The Cat in the Hat – by Judy Sierra

Gr 1–3—The 1950s was a boring time for beginning readers in the United States. After a critic wrote about the lack of fun books in this category, Seuss was determined to write one of his very own. Limited by the words that could be used for such a book, he created the classic The Cat in the Hat. Adults and children alike will enjoy reading about Seuss, his funny hats, and all the work that went into making one of the most well-known children’s book characters of all time. Hawkes adeptly uses Seuss-like illustrations to tell his story, incorporating famous Seussian words, characters, and the man himself throughout. Children will love to learn more about this renowned author and how he came up with such a simple but ingenious book. Educators could use this work for various writing activities and lessons. Also Sierra’s focus on how long it took Seuss to finish his masterpiece will communicate to young readers the stamina it takes to create. VERDICT An easy addition to any elementary school nonfiction collection.—Molly Dettmann, Moore Public Library, OK –Molly Dettmann (Reviewed 09/01/2017) (School Library Journal, vol 63, issue 9, p165)

 

Non-Fiction Series in the Library

I would like to introduce some wonderful non-fiction book series that are available at our library for both children and adults.  Just type in these titles into our catalog and it will come up with all different subjects from planets, wars, holiday, people, energy and etc.

You Wouldn’t Want To Be – This series is very popular with children.

 

Celebrations In My World – Teaches children about the many Holidays that we celebrate.

 

A True Book – Varies from planets, biographies, food, our senses and many more.

 

A Wicked History – Children can learn about some evil individuals who twisted the course of history.

 

Next Generation Energy – Tells about energy from the sun, wind, earth’s core, etc.

 

Shockwave – Has many helpful subjects pertaining to science, social studies and much more.

 

“Expand the definition of ‘reading’ to include non-fiction, humor, graphic novels, magazines, action adventure, and, yes, ever websites. It’s the pleasure of reading that counts; the focus will naturally broaden. A boy won’t read shark books forever.” – Jon Scieszka

Children’s Room isn’t for children any more!

This is for those adults who do not adventure up into the children’s room, thinking there is nothing there for them. Do I have an author for you!

Phillip Hoose is an amazing children’s writer who lives in Portland, Maine. He has a list of books that he have been published and one that stands out in the library world is The Race to Save the Lord God Bird (2004). This book received the Lupine Award, an award given to an outstanding children’s book with a Maine connection.

Phillip Hoose has a new book coming out in July 2012 that explores another story about a bird referred to as the Moonbird. B95 is a shorebird that was banded in 1995. This bird has flown the distance to the moon and halfway back during its astoundingly long lifetime of nearly 20 years – hence its name. “Meticulously researched and told with inspiring prose and stirring images, this is a gripping, triumphant story of science and survival,” says the Kirkus Review. The book includes photographs, source notes, bibliography and an index.

We anxiously await the arrival of Phillip Hoose’s book. Check his books online and reserve a copy or come into the library. We’d love to see you.

Book jacket illustrations found at Google Images.