Africaville by Jeffrey Colvin. Set in a small Nova Scotia Town settled by former slaves, this depicts several generations of one family bound together and torn apart by blood, faith, time, and fate.
After Kilimanjaro by Gayle Woodson. Medical fiction of this kind is rare – it’s not a thriller or tearjerker, but a thoughtful novel about doctors, the work they do, and the impact that has on their patients.
The Andromeda evolution by Michael Crichton. In this sequel to the techno-thriller that started it all, the threat returns in a gripping sequel that is terrifyingly realistic and resonant. The Evolution is coming.
Arapaho summer by Kinley Roby. In 1867 two Union veterans and two Arapaho women they rescue from a Lakota war party set off on the Oregon Trail in search of a new beginning.
Bloody genius by John Sandford. Virgil Flowers will have to watch his back – and his mouth – as he investigates a college culture war turned deadly.
The confession club by Elizabeth Berg. An uplifting novel about friendship, surprising revelations, and a second chance at love.
Crossroad by Bill Cameron. On a desolate road in the Oregon high desert, an apprentice mortician stumbles upon a horrific crash – and into a vortex of treachery, long-buried secrets, and growing menace.
Dread journey by Dorothy Hughes. On a transcontinental train, a starlet fears her director may be trying to kill her.
The family upstairs by Lisa Jewell. Libby Learns the identity of her parents and inherits a London mansion, but this comes with a mystery of multiple murders.
Genesis by Robin Cook. This takes on the ripped-from-the-headlines topic of harnessing DNA from ancestry websites to catch a killer.
Guilty, not guilty by Felix Francis. The husband and brother of an unstable woman who’s been strangled get into a battle royal over which of them will get the other convicted of her murder.
The innocents by Michel Crummey. Orphaned and alone in 1800s Newfoundland, a young brother and sister contend with the dire hazards of their coastal surroundings.
The kill club by Wendy Heard. A desperate woman at the end of her rope is drawn into an intriguing, but deadly, scheme. Just try to put this one down.
A minute to midnight by David Baldacci. When Atlee Pine returns to her hometown to investigate her sister’s kidnapping from 30 years ago, she winds up tracking a potential serial killer.
Nothing more dangerous by Allen Eskens. In a small Southern town where loyalty to family and to “your people” carries the weight of a sacred oath, defying those unspoken rules can be a deadly proposition.
The off-islander by Peter Colt. A Boston-born Vietnam vet and P.I. is hired to find a missing father – but my find far more than he bargained for…
The rise of Magicks by Nora Roberts. This closes out the trilogy “Chronicles of the One”.
Swede Hollow by Ola Larsmo. A riveting family saga immersed in the gritty, dark side of Swedish immigrant life in America in the early 20th century.
Stuck in Manistique by Dennis Cuesta. Two troubled lives intersect in a novel combining cozy mystery, comedy, and reflections on fractured relationships. A hypnotic tale of family secrets that also features delightfully silly humor.
The Crown: the complete second season (2019) starring Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Victoria Hamilton, Vanessa Kirby, and John Lithgow
It: Chapter two (2019) starring Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy
Never too late (1965) starring Paul Ford and Connie Stevens
A Bookshop in Berlin by Francoise Frenkel. A rediscovered, prize-winning memoir of a fearless Jewish bookseller on a harrowing fight for survival across Nazi-occupied Europe.
Dynamic dames by Sloan De Forest. Celebrate 50 of the most empowering and unforgettable female characters ever to grace the silver screen, as well as the artists who brought them to vibrant life!
Eightysomethings by Katharine Esty. A practical guide to letting go, aging well, and finding unexpected happiness over the age of 80.
Finding Chika by Mitch Albom. A moving memoir of love and loss. You can’t help but fall for Chika. A page-turner that will not doubt become a classic.
Here all along by Sarah Hurwitz. Finding meaning, spirituality, and a deeper connection to life – in Judaism (after finally choosing to look there).
Hymns of the Republic by S.C. Gwynne. An engrossing history of the final gasps of the Civil War, a year in which Americans mourned their fathers and brothers and sons but also the way their lives used to be, the people they used to be, the innocence they had lost.
If you tell by Gregg Oslen. A shocking and empowering true-crime story of three sisters determined to survive their mother’s house of horrors. A story of murder, family secrets, and the unbreakable bond of sisterhood.
Letters from an astrophysicist by Neil DeGrasse Tyson. This is like a scientific Dear Abby advice column that talks about black holes, extraterrestrial sightings, and human predicaments.
The lie by William Dameron. A candid memoir of denial, stolen identities, betrayal, faking it, and coming out.
On flowers by Amy Merrick. Lessons from an accidental florist. Merrick is a rare and special kind of artist who uses flowers to help us see the familiar in a completely new way.
On the plain of snakes by Paul Theroux. Legendary travel writer Theroux drives the entire length of the U.S.-Mexico border, then goes deep into the hinterland on the back roads to uncover the rich, layered world behind today’s brutal headlines.
Unexplained by Richard Smith. Real-life supernatural stories for uncertain times and not for the easily frightened.
A warning by Anonymous. A senior official in the Trump administration offers an assessment of the president and makes a moral appeal.
What we will become by Mimi Lemay. A mother’s memoir of her transgender child’s odyssey, and HER journey outside the boundaries of the faith and culture that shaped her.
The witches are coming by Lindy West. In this wickedly funny cultural critique, the author exposes misogyny in the #MeToo era.
You are awesome by Neil Pasricha. How to navigate change, wrestle with failure, and live an intentional life.
NEW CHILDREN’S BOOKS
Aalfred and Aalbert by Morag Hood
Around the table that grandad built by Melanie Heuiser Hill
Astro girl by Ken Wilson-Max
A big bed for Little Snow by Grace Lin
The Christmas tree who loved trains by Anne Silvestro
A day for skating by Sarah Sullivan
Freedom soup by Tami Charles
Good morning, snowplow! by Deborah Bruss
How to hide a lion at Christmas by Helen Stephens
Just in case you want to fly by Julie Fogliano
Little fox in the snow by Jonathan London
Making a friend by Tammi Sauer
The serious goose by Jimmy Kimmel
Small Walt and Mo the Tow by Elizabeth Verdick
The snowflake mistake by Lou Treleaven
Sofia Valdez, future prez by Andrea Beaty
Telling time by David Adler
This is not that kind of book by Christopher Healy
Beverly, right here by Kate DiCamillo
The forgotten girl by India Hill Brown
Night of the new magicians by Mary Pope Osborne
The Princess in Black and the bathtime battle by Shannon Hale
Two dogs in a trench coat go on a class trip by Julie Falatko
Wings of Fire: the poison jungle by Tui Sutherland
Dog Man. Fetch 22 by Dav Pilkey
Sunny rolls the dice by Jennifer Holm
Welcome to Wanderland by Jackie Ball
Can I eat a mammoth? by Madeline King
Do penguins have emotions? by World Book
Greek myths and mazes by Jan Bajtlik
Why are monkeys so flexible? by World Book
Notes from Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Library Journal, and New York Times Book Review.
The antiquities hunter by Maya Bohnhoff. A female detective must go undercover in the Mexican jungle to hunt down a mysterious antiquities dealer. It’s a cross between Romancing the Stone and an Indiana Jones adventure.
Broken field by Jeff Hull. Told from the perspective of a high school girl and a football coach, this reveals the tensions that tear at the fabric of a small town when a high school hazing incident escalates and threatens a championship season.
Dark sacred night by Michael Connelly. Renee Ballard teams up with Harry Bosch to solve the murder of a teenage runaway.
Death of a Russian doll by Barbara Early. What to do when you discover that your boyfriend is married and may have murdered his wife? Get ready, get set, detect.
Elevation by Stephen King. A man who is losing weight without getting thinner forms an unlikely alliance with his neighbors who are dealing with prejudice.
Every breath by Nicholas Sparks. Another tale of love and loss and family.
The glass ocean by Beatriz Williams. The lives and loves of three remarkable women – two in the past, one in the present – and the tragic final voyage of the HMS Lusitania.
Go to my grave by Catriona McPherson. Lovers of classic manor house mysteries are in for a treat.
Gone so long by Andre Dubus. A father, estranged for the worst of reasons, is driven to seek out the daughter he has not seen in decades.
Heads you win by Jeffrey Archer. When Alex’s father is assassinated by the KGB, he and his mother flip a coin to decide whether to flee to America or Great Britain.
Holy ghost by John Sandford. Virgil Flowers investigates shooting in a Minnesota town following an attempt to revive its ailing economy.
The Kennedy debutante by Kerri Maher. A captivating novel following the exploits of Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy, the forgotten and rebellious daughter of one of American’s greatest political dynasties.
Kingdom of the blind by Louise Penny. When a peculiar letter arrives inviting Armand Gamache to an abandoned farmhouse, he discovers that a complete stranger has named him one of the executors of her will.
The lake on fire by Rosellen Brown. An epic narrative that begins among 19th century Jewish immigrants on a failing Wisconsin farm and follows them to the big city of Chicago.
The last night out by Catherine O’Connell. Six friends. A bride to be. One murder. Too many secrets.
Little by Edward Carey. The tale of an ambitious orphan in Revolutionary Paris, befriended by royalty and radicals, who transforms herself into the legendary Madame Tussaud.
Nantucket counterfeit by Steven Axelrod. This mystery takes us into the closed, gossip-riddled, back-stabbing world of Nantucket’s community theater.
No good asking by Fran Kimmel. An overwhelmed family living in the rural plains of western Canada begins to change when an abused 11 year old enter their lives.
One day in December by Josie Silver. This follows two young Londoners after a missed connection alters the course of their lives. Two people. Ten chances. One unforgettable love story.
Past Tense by Lee Child. Jack Reacher finds trouble – or does trouble find him?
The rain watcher by Tatiana de Rosnay. A story of family secrets and devastating disaster, set against a Paris backdrop, fraught with revelations and resolutions.
Rainsongs by Sue Hubbard. An elegiac story of loss and valediction, set amid the stunning Irish landscape.
The red lamp by Mary Roberts Rinehart. Fans of eerie whodunits with a supernatural tinge will relish this. A professor tries to stop a murder spree, uncertain whether the culprit is a man or ghost.
Shell game by Sara Paretsky. Even after decades, this landmark series remains as popular as ever, and the social consciousness behind the stories seems ever more in tune with contemporary events.
Sugar land by Tammy Lynne Stoner. A southern friend novel about love, Lead Belly, and liberation that reads like the love child of Fannie Flagg and Rita Mae Brown.
The Winters by Lisa Gabriele. A modern look at Du Maurier’s Rebecca, this is a suspenseful novel set in the moneyed world of the Hamptons, about secrets that refuse to remain buried, and consequences that can’t be escaped.
The witch elm by Tana French. After Toby Hennessy retreats to his family’s ancestral home, a skull discovered in the backyard exposes his family’s past.
You don’t own me by Mary Higgins Clark. A TV producer investigates them murder of a physician and whether it was his wife who killed him.
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) starring Christine Baranski and Cher
Won’t you be my neighbor? (2018) documentary about Mr. Rogers
Three Sovereigns for Sarah (1985) starring Vanessa Redgrave and Kim Hunter
Becoming by Michelle Obama. The former First Lady describes her journey from the South Side of Chicago to the White House and how she balanced work, family, and her husband’s political ascent.
Blowing the bloody doors off by Michael Caine. The actor shares the wisdom, stories, insights, and skills that life has taught him in his remarkable career.
Girl, wash your face by Rachel Hollis. The author presents a guide to becoming a joyous, confident woman by breaking the cycle of negativity and burnout and pursuing a life of exuberance.
Gmorning, gnight! by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Booklist says, “When the world is bringing you down, this will remind you that you are awesome”. It’s a book of affirmations to inspire readers at the beginning and end of each day.
Heavy by Kiese Laymon. In this provocative memoir, Laymon explores what the weight of a lifetime of secrets, lies, and deception does to a black body, a black family, and a nation teetering on the brink of moral collapse.
How to leave by Erin Clune. Quitting the city and coping with a new reality is the focus of this uproarious memoir/tongue-in-cheek guide to leaving the cool city in which you “found yourself” and moving somewhere far more ordinary – like your hometown.
Killing the SS by Bill O’Reilly. A look at the postwar manhunt for members of Hitler’s inner circle.
Make time by Jake Knapp. How to focus on what matters every day. It’s a simple 4-step system for improving focus, finding greater joy in your work, and getting more out of every day.
Parenting through puberty by Suanne Kowal-Connelly. Mood swings, acne, and growing pains. Puberty is tough on kids – and maybe even more so on parents!
Presidents of war by Michael Beschloss. How American presidents waged wars and expanded the power of the executive branch.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Jane De Hart. The first full life – private, public, legal, philosophical – of the 107th Supreme Court Justice, one of the most profound and profoundly transformative legal minds of our time.
Tweak by Nic Sheff. Memoir of a young man’s addiction to methamphetamine tells a raw, harrowing, and ultimately hopeful tale of the road from relapse to recovery.
Vietnam: an epic tragedy by Max Hastings. No past volume has blended a political and military narrative of the entire conflict with heart-stopping personal experiences. Hastings marshals testimony from warlords and peasants, statesmen and soldiers.
A big mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin
The crocodile and the dentist by Tar Gomi
First snow by Nancy Viau
Giraffe problems by Jory John
How do dinosaurs learn to read by Jane Yolen
Hungry bunny by Claudia Rueda
I am small by Qin Leng
Kitten and the night watchman by John Sullivan
Little Bear’s big house by Benjamin Chaud
Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers
On Gull Beach by Jane Yolen
Petra by Marianna Coppo
The rough patch by Brian Lies
Sleepy, the goodnight buddy by Drew Daywalt
The snowy nap by Jan Brett
Twig by Aura Parker
Up the mountain path by Marianne Dubuc
The wall in the middle of the book by Jon Agee
Winter is here by Kevin Henkes
Ghost: Track by Jason Reynolds
Inkling by Kenneth Oppel
The jigsaw jungle by Kristin Levine
Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers
Project Fluffy by Kara LaReau
The rhino in right field by Stacy DeKeyser
Saving Winslow by Sharon Creech
Weather or not by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle and Emily Jenkins
You don’t know everything, Jilly P! by Alex Gino
Zora and me: the cursed ground by T.R.Simon
All-of-a-kind family Hanukkah by Emily Jenkins
The brilliant deep: rebuilding the world’s coral reefs by Kate Messner
Little people, big dreams: Georgia O’Keefe by Ma Isabel Sanchez Vegara
Little people, big dreams: Mother Teresa by Ma Isabel Sanchez Vegara
Mason jar science by Jonathan Adolph
My First Book of Baseball by Beth Bugler and Mark Bechtel
My First Book of Basketball by Beth Bugler and Mark Bechtel
My First Book of Lacrosse by Beth Bugler and Sam Page
A pandemonium of parrots and other animals by Hui Skipp
Peace and me by Ali Winter
The World Series: baseball’s biggest stage by Matt Doeden
Crush by Svetlana Chmakova
Estranged by Ethan M. Aldridge
Lafayette! by Nathan Hale
Phoebe and her unicorn in unicorn theater by Dana Simpson
PopularMMOs presents a hole new world by Pat & Jen from PopularMMos
Notes from Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Library Journal, and New York Times Book Review.
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.
Bloom by Troye Sivan
Sweetener by Ariana Grande
Dancing Queen by Cher
Cry Pretty by Carrie Underwood
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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 Goodman. Philomena 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.
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
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.
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
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
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
Crafty Cat and the Great Butterfly Battle by Charise Mericale Harper
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.
/* 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)
/* 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)
/* 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)
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)
/* 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)
/* 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)
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)
/* 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)
/* 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)
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)
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
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.