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NEW ARRIVALS – MARCH 2021

ADULT FICTION

“Beneficence” by Meredith Hill — “Powerful…[Hall’s] meticulous prose convincingly captures the daily realities―sometimes beautiful, sometimes cruel―of agricultural life, and offers insight into the ways calamity fractures family bonds…readers will be rewarded.”―Publishers Weekly

“Foregone” by Russell Banks” — “Banks, a conduit for the confounded and the unlucky, a writer acutely attuned to place and ambiance, is at his most magnetic and provocative in this portrait of a celebrated documentary filmmaker on the brink of death. . . . In this masterful depiction of a psyche under siege by disease, age, and guilt, Banks considers with profound intent the verity of memory, the mercurial nature of the self, and how little we actually know about ourselves and others. . . . [For] all lovers of richly psychological and ethical fiction.” — Booklist (starred review)

“Klara and the Sun” by Kazuo Ishiguro — “A haunting fable of a lonely, moribund world that is entirely too plausible.” Kirkus Reviews [starred review]

“On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous” by Ocean Vunog — “The novel’s overarching structure is an ingenious representation of our failure — as members of families and communities, as fellow citizens — to understand one another…[This is] a distinctive, intimate novel that is also a reckoning with the Vietnam War’s long shadow…Vuong is a skillful, daring writer, and his first novel is a powerful one.” —Kevin Canfield, San Francisco Chronicle

“Shuggie Bain” by Douglas Stuart — “Compulsively readable . . . In exquisite detail, the book describes the devastating dysfunction in Shuggie’s family, centering on his mother’s alcoholism and his father’s infidelities, which are skillfully related from a child’s viewpoint . . . As it beautifully and shockingly illustrates how Shuggie ends up alone, this novel offers a testament to the indomitable human spirit. Very highly recommended.”Library Journal (starred review)

“The Paris Library” by Janet Skeslien Charles — “A book about families torn apart, friends lost and found, fear, hope, inspiration, and books and a love of reading. Bravo to Janet Skeslien Charles.” ― The Free Lance-Star

“The Rose Code” by Kate Quinn — “Quinn (The Huntress) returns to WWII in this immersive saga. [Her] page-turning narrative is enhanced by her richly drawn characters and by the fascinating code-breaking techniques, which come alive via Quinn’s extensive historical detail. This does not disappoint.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“The Witch’s Heart” by Genevieve Gornichec — “Gornichec’s spellbinding story breathes life into a minor character from Norse myth, delving into the complexities of Angrboda’s familial relationships and the lengths to which she’ll go for both love and vengeance. This powerful fantasy is sure to win Gornichec many fans.” – Publishers Weekly (starred review)

ADULT MYSTERY

“Blink of a Eye” by Iris Johansen & Roy Johansen — “A thrilling blend of physical and psychological tension that showcases the fierce intelligence, grit, and determination of their female protagonists.”  ―Booklist

“Blindside” by James Patterson and James O. Born — “The daughter of New York’s mayor is missing, and Det. Michael Bennett’s son is in jail. So they agree to trade help, with Michael investigating a homicide victim tied to both the computer-smart daughter and an ambitious hacking operation. The string of nasty murders that follows eventually affects national security, complicating matters by bringing in the NYPD, the FBI, and global crime…” — Barbara Hoffert. LIBRARY JOURNAL, c2019.

ADULT BIOGRAPHY

“This Land of Snow: A Journey Across the North in Winter” by Anders Morley — “With determination, courage, and a fine poetic awareness of the landscape that surrounds him, Anders Morley delivers a story that makes you want to pack your bags . . . and journey into the great unknown.”  -Torbjørn Ekelund, author of In Praise of Paths: A Journey Through Time and Nature

ADULT NON-FICTION

“American Kompromat: How the KGB Cultivated Donald Trump , and Related Tales of Sex, Greed, Power and Treachery” by Craig Unger — “By compiling decades of Trump’s seedy ties, disturbing and consistent patterns of behavior, and unexplained contacts with Russian officials and criminals, Unger makes a strong case that Trump is probably a compromised trusted contact of Kremlin interests.”John Sipher, Washington Post

“Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver” by Mary Oliver — “The poems in this exhilarating collection span five decades and were arranged by Oliver, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author who often uses poetry to celebrate nature and to explore humankind’s place within it. Featuring more than 200 poems in a variety of forms and moods, this radiant survey showcases Oliver’s versatility as an artist. …This wide-ranging collection is a wonderful introduction for those who aren’t familiar with Oliver and a great gift for readers who already love her.” — Julie Hale. BOOKPAGE, c2017.

“Fathoms: The World in the Whale” by Rebecca Giggs — “There is much to marvel at here…Deeply researched and deeply felt, Giggs’ intricate investigation, beautifully revelatory and haunting, urges us to save the whales once again, and the oceans, and ourselves.” Booklist, starred review

“Keep Sharp: Build a Better Brain at Any Age” by Sanjay Gupta, MD — “In a steady, measured voice, [Gupta] presents a comprehensive view of the best that brain science has to offer to preserve and improve memory… A genuine source of practical knowledge and sympathy to those struggling with dementia and the family members who are primary caregivers.” Kirkus Reviews

“Made in the Shade: A Zentangle® Workbook” by Cris Letourneau –“This book will open up a wonderful, dynamic, and 3-dimensional world of shading possibilities. Learn to shade your Zentangle art with confidence and creativity. This workbook is for the intermediate to advanced tangler who wants to learn more about shading. It includes step-by-step instruction with exercises on shading techniques, dozens of ideas for shading 20 official tangles, plus 4 step-by-step shading projects to teach the reader to analyze a tile and use shading to create a focal point, improve contrast, add dimension, and enhance the overall design. Plus, there are instructions for drawing 12 new tangles. Finally, there are 36 tiles, 6 artist trading cards, 3 Zendalas, and 4 pieces of Zentangle-Inspired Art from artists around the world for inspiration and practice.” — Amazon.com

“Tangle Journey: Exploring the Far Reaches of Tangle Drawing, from Simple Strokes to Color and Mixed Media” by Beckah Krahula — “A major bonus is the inclusion of simple instructions for making one’s own sketchbook or journal. This guide is an excellent next step for anyone who has already tried and enjoyed this type of illustration. VERDICT A welcome addition to all art instruction collections, especially those that already hold a basic tangle title or two.” – Library Journal

“The Price You Pay for College: An Entirely New Road Map for the Biggest Financial Decision Your Family Will Ever Make”by Ron Lieber — “Contains an implicit analysis and critique of higher education as a system, by acknowledging the inequities that exist at every level from recruitment to admissions to financial aid. It’s a how-to book that will also make you think, ‘But why?'” — New York Times Book Review, Editor’s Choice

“Until We Reckon: Violence, Mass Incarceration, and a Road to Repair” by Danielle Sered — “Sered issue[s] a clarion call to take [violent crime] seriously and handle it with nuance. Sered reminds us that, if we’re serious about reducing mass incarceration, we need to grapple seriously, and safely, with people who have committed violent offenses and the survivors of their crimes.” —HuffPost

PICTURE BOOK

“Only the Cat Saw” by Ashley Wolff

JUVENILE DVD

“Soul”

JUVENILE FICTION

“Duel at Araluen” by John Flanagan — “King Duncan and Princess Cassandra are trapped in the south tower of Castle Araluen and under near-constant attack from the Red Fox Clan. Sir Horace and Ranger Commandant Gilan are holed up in an old hill fort, surrounded by the enemy. And Ranger’s apprentice Maddie is the only one who can save them all. With the help of Hal, Thorn, and the rest of the Heron brotherband, Maddie will have to break her father and his men out of the hill fort, but will they reach Castle Araluen in time?” — Publisher Annotation:

“Key Hunters: The Titanic Treasure” by Eric Luper — “Cleo and Evan have a secret. A collection of books so dangerous they are locked up tight. And only they can find the keys to release the magic inside!A FORTUNE LOST AT SEA!When Cleo and Evan set sail on the Titanic, time is not on their side! The famous ocean liner is destined to hit an iceberg. If they can stop a thief from stealing a priceless jeweled book — and find their next key — they might avoid sinking with the ship in this historic disaster!” — Amazon.com

“Missy Piggle-Wiggle and the Whatever” by Ann M. Martin with Annie Parnell — “Betty MacDonald’s beloved Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle always had one-of-a-kind ways to remedy children of their annoying or impolite habits. Now, nearly 70 years later, her singular magic can enchant a new generation, thanks to this delightful contemporary follow-up from Martin (Rain Reign), writing with MacDonald’s great-granddaughter, Parnell.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Stella Diaz has Something to Say” by Angela Dominguez — “Stella Díaz Has Something to Say is delightfully rich, both humorous and sensitive at the same time. This is the story of a curious girl who longs to fit in, but also feels the need to be herself, learning how to speak up in two languages.” ―Margarita Engle, Young People’s Poet Laureate

JUVENILE NON-FICTION

“Maker Camp: Heritage Crafts and Skill-Building Projects for Kids” by Delanie Holton-Fessier — “Classic and innovative hands-on projects for kids ages 3 and up designed to teach both heritage skills and how to think creatively.” — Amazon.com

Old Enough to Save the Planet” by Loll Kirby — ” The world is facing a climate crisis like we’ve never seen before. And kids around the world are stepping up to raise awareness and try to save the planet. As people saw in the youth climate strike in September 2019, kids will not stay silent about this subject—they’re going to make a change. Meet 12 young activists from around the world who are speaking out and taking action against climate change. Learn about the work they do and the challenges they face, and discover how the future of our planet starts with each and every one of us. ” — Publisher Annotation

YOUNG ADULT BIOGRAPHY

“To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee” adapted and illustrated by Fred Fordham — “The economic and racial disparities, the blinders that “civilized” society stubbornly clings to, the realization that justice for all can never exist without equality for all—these are vividly portrayed not only via Lee’s words but also by Fordham’s art, making this graphic adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird a worthy partner to the original, providing a clarion call for civility, equality, and justice for all.” — New York Journal of Books

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NEW ARRIVALS – FEBRUARY 2021

ADULT FICTION

“Inland” by Tea Obrecht — “With Inland, Obreht makes a renewed case for the sustained, international appeal of the American West, based on a set of myths that have been continually shaped and refracted through outside lenses. . . . Discovering the particular genre conventions that Obreht has chosen to transfigure or to uphold soon becomes central to the novel’s propulsive appeal.”The New Yorker

“The Book of Lost Names” by Kristen Harmel — “Inspired by an astonishing true story from World War II, a young woman with a talent for forgery helps hundreds of Jewish children flee the Nazis in this unforgettable historical novel from the New York Times bestselling author of the “epic and heart-wrenching World War II tale” (Alyson Noel, #1 New York Times bestselling author) The Winemaker’s Wife.

“The Four Winds” by Kristen Hannah — “Hannah brings Dust Bowl migration to life in this riveting story of love, courage, and sacrifice…combines gritty realism with emotionally rich characters and lyrical prose that rings brightly and true from the first line”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“The Mountains Sing” by Nguyen Phan Que Mai — “A luminous, complex family narrative . . . The Mountains Sing affirms the individual’s right to think, read, and act according to a code of intuitive civility, borne out of Vietnam’s fertile and compassionate cultural heritage.” —NPR

“The Russian” by James Patterson & James Born (Large Print) — “Weeks before NYPD Detective Michael Bennett is to marry his longtime love, Mary Catherine, an assassin announces his presence in the city with a string of grisly murders. Each victim is a young woman. And each has been killed in a manner as precise as it was gruesome….Bennett promises Mary Catherine that the case won’t affect their upcoming wedding. But as Bennett prepares to make a lifetime commitment, the killer has a lethal vow of his own to fulfill.” — Amazon.com

“The Once and Future Witches” by Alex E. Harrow — “This novel cleverly connects the dots between the suffragist movement of the past to the Me Too movement of today. Compelling, exhilarating, and magical, The Once and Future Witches is a must-read.” — Booklist (starred review)

“Warm Montana Home” by Cynthia Bruner (Large Print) — “All Poppy Marsh wants is to find a safe place to heal from the pain of a broken relationship and to finish the degree she’s worked so hard to earn. After Colton Gunnerson’s search for rodeo fame crashes to the ground, saving his family ranch is the only future he has left. Colton has an old Montana homestead for rent, and Poppy needs a place to stay. As they become entangled in a web of family ties and the dark secrets from the past, they need faith to change the course of their lives and to show them the love and hope neither thought they would find. The Moose Hollow series tells the story of broken people and second chances, and love stories filled with love, humor, romance and redemption.” — Amazon.com

ADULT BIOGRAPHY

“His Very Best: Jimmy Carter, A Life” by Jonathan Alter — “In unfolding his carefully researched narrative, Alter portrays Carter as far more successful in his labors as chief executive than is generally acknowledged. A balanced and complete portrait.” Booklist

“The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit” by Michael Finkel — “Thought-provoking and enduring . . . Will leave readers thinking deeply about modern society, the search for meaning, and the impact of solitude. Finkel is a skilled storyteller.” Portland Press Herald (Maine)

ADULT NON-FICTION

“A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a Faith” by Timothy Egan — “A glorious, laugh-out-loud, wipe-away-tears, blister-riddled, often rain-soaked, sometimes bone-chilled, desolate and desperate, quietly triumphant walk through church history—every last footfall in search of an elusive modern-day spiritual certitude…Egan aimed high, and he reached it.”The Chicago Tribune

“All the Wild that Remains: Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner, and the American West” by David Gessner — “A spirited, ecologically minded travelogue…. [Gessner] writers with a vividness that brings the serious ecological issues and the beauty of the land…to sharp relief…urgent and engrossing.”― Publishers Weekly, Starred review

“Land: How the Hunger for Ownership Shaped the Modern World” by Simon Winchester — “The latest sweeping, satisfying popular history from the British American author and journalist, this time covering a topic that many of us take for granted…Engaging revelations about land and property, often discouraging but never dull. — Kirkus Reviews

“Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives” by Lori Gottlieb — “Provocative and entertaining . . . Gottlieb gives us more than a voyeuristic look at other people’s problems (including her own). She shows us the value of therapy.” —Washington Post

“The Anglo Files: A Field Guide to the English” by Sarah Lyall — “Why do the English keep aplologizing? Why are they so unenthusiastic about enthusiasm? Why does rain surprise them? When are they being ironic, and how can you tell? Even after eighteen years in London, New York Times reporter Sarah Lyall remained perplexed and intrigued by its curious inhabitants and their curious customs. She’s since returned to the United States, but this distillation of incisive-and irreverent-insights, now updated with a new preface, is just as illuminating today. And perhaps even more so, in the wake of Brexit and the attendant national identity crisis. While there may be no easy answer to the question of how, exactly, to understand the English, The Anglo Files-part anthropological field study, part memoir-helps point the way.” — Publisher’s Annotation

“The Complete One Pot Cookbook” by America’s Test Kitchen — “The only one-pot cookbook you’ll ever need!” — Amazon.com

“The Complete Plant-Based Cookbook” by America’s Test Kitchen — “A one-stop collection for anyone seeking to put plants front and center in their diet, with hundreds of foolproof, uncomplicated recipes appealing to vegans, the veg-curious, and everyone in between.” — Publisher’s Annotation

“Tiny Love Stories” by Daniel Jones & Miya Lee — “Jones and Lee, editor and submission reader, respectively, for the New York Times Modern Love column, assemble a charming assortment of brief tales of love from the popular column. Each of the 175 selections distill a story of love into fewer than 100 words. While romantic love predominates, there are stories of love between parents and children, siblings, and even for pets and places. . . . This is a moving testament to the diversity and depths of love.” —Publishers Weekly

“Toaster Oven Perfection” by America’s Test Kitchen — “Take your toaster oven from sidekick to superhero with 100+ streamlined recipes that save time and energy and make your cooking life easier.” — Amazon.com

“Unworthy Republic: The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory” by Claudio Saunt — “Unworthy Republic offers a much-needed corrective to the American canon, showing how a heavy-handed president, a deadlocked Congress, and a lust for profit combined to construct a shameful national legacy.… A riveting story that invites us all to reflect on how we got where we are today.” ― Elizabeth Fenn, Distinguished Professor, University of Colorado Boulder, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Encounters at the Heart of the World

KIT

Calculator Kit
Chess Kit
Magnatiles Kit
Small Snowshoes
Large Snowshoes
Woodland Story Box

PICTURE BOOK

“All Families are Special” by Norma Simon
“And the People Stayed Home” by Kitty O’Meara
“One Little Bag: An Amazing Journey” by Henry Cole
“The Curious Fish” by Elsa Beskow
“The Story of the Snow Children” by Sibylle von Olfers
“Winter is Here” by Kevin Henkes

JUVENILE AUDIO BOOK

” A Young People’s History of the United States” by Howard Zinn — “Beginning with a look at Christopher Columbus’s arrival through the eyes of the Arawak Indians, then leading the reader through the struggles for workers’ rights, women’s rights, and civil rights during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and ending with the current protests against continued American imperialism, Zinn in the volumes of A Young People’s History of the United States presents a radical new way of understanding America’s history. In so doing, he reminds readers that America’s true greatness is shaped by our dissident voices, not our military generals.” — Amazon.com

JUVENILE FICTION

“My Life as Youtuber” by Janet Tashjian — “Jake–with friends Carly, Matt, and Umberto–is thrilled to be taking an after-school video class taught by a YouTube sensation (and “that doesn’t require ANY reading”). Jake secretly features a monkey his family is fostering in his video and learns a hard lesson when Frank is removed from their home. As usual, cartoon marginalia illustrate Jake’s vocabulary-learning in this fast-moving, timely seventh story.” — THE HORN BOOK, c2019.

“Ways to Make Sunshine” by Renee Watson — “Adroitly captures the uncertainty of growing up amid change through the eyes of an irrepressible black girl.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review

JUVENILE GRAPHIC NOVELS

“Maker Comics: Fix a Car!” by Chris Schweizer — “Offering challenging but realistically doable projects and specific explanations of background chemical and physical principles, these engaging guides will leave no wrench or spatula safe from middle and high school students (not to mention more intrepid grade schoolers).” ―School Library Journal

JUVENILE NON-FICTION

“Builders” by Reina Olliver & Karen Claes — “Beautifully illustrated and informative, an interesting collection of animals. Children interested in learning about different types will enjoy the detailed illustrations and descriptive texts about these unique creatures.” — Bibliotheek Kortrijk

YOUNG ADULT FICTION

“The Positivity Workbook for Teens; Skills to Help You Increase Optimism, Reslilience, & Growth Mindset” by Gaoli Saed Bocci & Ryan M. Niemiec

“(Don’t) Call Me Crazy: 33 Voices Start the Conversation about Mental Health” edited by Kelly Jensen — “Lively, compelling . . . the raw, informal approach to the subject matter will highly appeal to young people who crave understanding and validation . . . This highly readable and vital collection demonstrates the multiplicity of ways that mental health impacts individuals.” —Kirkus Reviews

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NEW ARRIVALS – JANUARY 2021

ADULT FICTION
“Anxious People” by Frederik Backman — “[A] tight-knit, surprise-filled narrative… the brisk, absorbing action prompts meditation on marriage, parenting, responsibility, and global economic pressures. Comedy, drama, mystery, and social study, this novel is undefinable except for the sheer reading pleasure it delivers. Highly recommended.”—Library Journal (starred review) 

“Bridgerton: The Duke and I” by Julia Quinn — “Smart, funny.” — Time magazine

“Deacon King Kong” by James McBride — “A mystery story, a crime novel, an urban farce, a sociological portrait of late-1960s Brooklyn: McBride’s novel contains multitudes… He conducts his antic symphony with deep feeling, never losing sight of the suffering and inequity within the merriment.” The New York Times, Top 10 Books of 2020

“Homeland Elegies” by Ayad Akhtar — “[A] moving and confrontational novel . . .  Homeland Elegies deals in ambiguities that were beyond the pale of public discourse in the years after 9/11. . . . He has an unerring sense for the sore spots, the bitter truths that have emerged from this history.”―Hari Kunzru, New York Times Book Review

“Hollow Kingdom” by Kira Jane Buxton — “A plucky hero, a boisterous tale, startling prose and eerie events combine for a thoroughly enjoyable account of the end of the world as we know it. The Secret Life of Pets meets The Walking Dead.”―Karen Joy Fowler, PEN/Faulkner Award-winningauthor of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

“Interior Chinatown” by Charles Yu — “Inspired . . . [an] inventive drama about an Asian actor who dreams of becoming a star. . . . In spare but moving prose, [Yu] describes life among Asian Americans living as so-called foreigners [and] examines the history of bigotry against immigrants in the West for centuries. . . . An acid indictment of Asian stereotypes and a parable for outcasts feeling invisible in this fast-moving world.” Kirkus Reviews

“Perestroika in Paris” by Jame Smiley — ““Wholesomely timeless, full of good intentions and happy endings that feel far removed from the problems of the moment.” Wall Street Journal

“Scent Keeper” by Erica Bauermeister — “Told in a lyrical, haunting prose, the story provides fascinating information about the ways in which different fragrances can impact human behavior and the struggles of finding one’s own identity. An artfully crafted coming-of-age story that will take the reader on an exquisite olfactory adventure. ” – Kirkus

“The Evening and Morning” by Ken Follett — “[An] absorbing and lengthy saga of life in a chaotic and unstable England on the cusp of the Middle Ages . . . Fans of Follett’s ever-popular Kingsbridge series . . . will flock to this . . . while intrigued newcomers can start here.” Booklist

“The Sentinel: A Jack Reacher Novel” by Lee Child – Large Print — “It’s terrific. . . . The story is just as powerful. . . . Brutal action mixes with keen-eyed detective work as Reacher metes out his own brand of justice. . . . If this novel is a harbinger of what’s to come, then Jack is in good hands.”Booklist (starred review)

“Ten Rules for Faking It” by Sophie Sullivan — “After Stacey the DJ didn’t mute the mic during Everly’s rant about Simon the Snake (syn: Cheating Ex), people are lining up to date her, and her interest in her boss might be a two-way street. It’s a lot for a woman who could gold medal in people-avoidance.” —Publisher Annotation

“The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue” by V. E. Schwab — “Schwab beautifully explores what it means to be alone for so long that it’s jarring and terrifying once you are finally seen…Addie is an independent and fascinating character who manages to make her mark in spite of the odds.”―USA Today

“The Law of Innocence” by Michael Connelly — “Superlative… A supremely intelligent, well-paced courtroom thriller by a modern master.” ―Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)

The Night Portrait” by Laura Morelli — “The Night Portrait is a compelling page turner at the same time as it is a mesmerizing meditation on legacy, guilt and complicity, the horrors of war, and most of all, the singular power of art. This well-researched and vivid novel is sure to thrill history buffs and art lovers alike.”   — Alyssa Palombo, author of The Borgia Confessions

“The Priory of the Orange Tree” by Samantha Shannon — “Shannon satisfyingly fills this massive standalone epic fantasy with court intrigue, travel through dangerous lands, fantastical religions, blood, love, and rhetoric.” ―Publishers Weekly

“The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Vol 1” edited by Jonathan Strahan —
“Exploring critical issues impacting humankind—from climate change to racism to mass shootings—this timely and thematically profound anthology of the year’s best short-form science fiction is filled with thought-provoking gems.” ― Kirkus Reviews

“To Be a Man: Stories” by Nicole Krauss — “… an astounding collection of ten globetrotting stories, each one a powerful dissection of the thorny connections between men and women…Each story is masterfully crafted and deeply contemplative, barreling toward a shimmering, inevitable conclusion, proving once again that Krauss is one of our most formidable talents in fiction.”   — Esquire

“Writers and Lovers” by Lily King — “Wonderful, witty, heartfelt… Writers & Lovers is a funny novel about grief, and, worse, it’s dangerously romantic, bold enough and fearless enough to imagine the possibility of unbounded happiness” ―Washington Post

ADULT MYSTERY

“How to Raise an Elephant” by Alexander McCall Smith — “In a time of pandemic, there could be few more rewarding and soothing tales to read than How to Raise an Elephant.” —New York Journal of Books

ADULT BIOGRAPHY
“Solutions and Other Problems” by Allie Bosh — “Brosh’s storytelling is so distinctive and compelling it’s like suddenly running in to a friend you feared was lost forever . . . [She] reliably channels the simplicity of a child or the innocence of an animal and tells raucous, heartbreaking stories that reflect the hidden parts of us all . . . For Brosh’s millions of fans, this is well worth the wait.” Kirkus Reviews

“The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X” by Les Payne — “Malcolm’s presence is beautifully rendered…Nobody has written a more poetic account…Payne also shows how enthralling it was to watch Malcolm improvise and argue. In this scene and others, we are exposed to Malcolm’s teachings within the rhythm of Payne’s masterly storytelling.” ― Michael P. Jeffries, New York Times Book Review

“The New One: Painfully True Stories from a Reluctant Dad” by Mike Birbiglia — “Fusing good humor and raw honesty with selections from Stein’s evocative poetry, Birbiglia narrates his journey into parenting…Hilarious, relatable, cringeworthy, and effortlessly entertaining.”―Kirkus (starred review)

ADULT NON-FICTION
“Barely Functional Adult” by Meichi Ng — “Burgeoning adult Meichi Ng puts the fun in Barely Functional through this collection of personal, comical and deeply relatable stories. A must-read for anyone grappling with adulthood (and African dwarf frogs).” — Worry Lines

“Eat the Buddha: Life and Death in A Tibetan Town” by Barbara Demick — “Outstanding . . . A book not only about modern Tibet but one that helps explain the current, poisonous moment in China.”Financial Times

“Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures” by Merlin Sheldrake — “A mind-bending journey into the hidden universe of fungi, “one of those rare books that can truly change the way you see the world around you” Helen Macdonald, author of H Is for Hawk

“How the South Won the Civil War: Oligarchy, Democracy, and the Continuing Fight for the Soul of America” by Heather Cox Richardson — “In a tour de force, Richardson exposes the philosophical connective tissue that runs from John C. Calhoun, to Barry Goldwater, to Donald Trump. It’s not party, it’s a complex ideology that has swaddled white supremacy and its political, legal, economic, and physical violence in the language of freedom and rugged individualism, and, in doing so, repeatedly slashed a series of self-inflicted wounds on American democracy.” — Carol Anderson, Emory University, author of White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of our Racial Divide and One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying our Democracy

“Paper Bullets: Two Artists Who Risked Their Lives to Defy the Nazis” by Jeffrey H. Jackson — “A captivating tale of queer love and resistance during World War II . . . Jackson’s research is impeccable and his writing is lively . . . Paper Bullets is a gem of a historical text about two women who stood up to power defiantly, living on their own terms.”—Foreword Reviews (starred review)

“The Anxiety First Aid Kit: Quick Tools for Extreme, Uncertain Times” by Rick Hanson and others — “Ideal for these unsettling times; highly recommended for general readers.” Library Journal (starred review)

VERMONT NON-FICTION

“Vermont Poets and Their Craft” edited by Neil Shephard and Tamra J. Higgins — “The anthology Vermont Poets and Their Craft is a deep well of both information and art that offers thought-provoking essays on poetic craft and a unique selection of poetry.” — Amazon.com

“Here” by Sydney Lea — “Sydney Lea has always been a poet equally eloquent and wide-eyed before reality. This self-aware book of experience, stock-taking, and memory finds him just now, just here, a person still hopeful in the face of it all, a poet at the height of his powers.” —Jane Hirshfield

“It Happened in Vermont: From the First Revolutionary War Martyr to Marriage Equality” by Mark Bushnell — “From a cross-border Confederate attack to the underdressed men from Maple Corner, It Happened in Vermont looks at intriguing people and episodes from the history of the Green Mountain State.” — Amazon.com

BLUE/DVD

“Booksmart”
“Fatima”
“Greenbook”
“Classical Musical Shorts from the Dream Factory”
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
“Schitt$ Creek: The Complete Collection”
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”
“Tenet”
“The Lighthouse”

BOARD BOOK

“The Pout-Pout Fish and the Can’t Sleep Blues” by Deborah Diesen

KIT

Animal Tracks & Signs
Mitten Story Box
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Kit

PICTURE BOOK
“Antiracist Baby” by Ibram X. Kendi
“At the Mountain’s Base” by Traci Sorell
“Attack of the Underwear” by Scott Rothman
“Bob Books: Set 1 Beginning Readers” by Bobby Lynn Maslen
“Bob Books: Set 2 Advancing Beginners” by Bobby Lynn Maslen
“Bob Books: Set 3 Word Families” by Bobby Lynn Maslen
“Bunheads” by Misty Copeland
“Cozy” by Jan Brett
“Facts vs. Opinions vs. Robots” by Michael Rex
“Fishing with Grandma” by Susan Avingaq and Maren Vsetula
“Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera” by Candace Fleming
“I Promise” by Lebron James
“I Talk Like a River” by Jordan Scott
“I Want to Ride the Tap Tap” by Danielle Joseph
“My Shoes and I: Crossing Three Borders” by Rene Colato Lainez
“One Boy’s Choice” by Sueli Menezes
“Our Little Kitchen” by Jillian Tamaki
“Papa Brings Me the World” by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw
“Saving Eli’s Library” by Roth Horowitz
“Share Some Kindness, Bring Some Light” by Apryl Stott
“Starcrossed” by Julia Denos
“Sticks and Stones” by Patricia Polacco
“Sugar in Milk” by Thrity Umrigar
“The Ocean Calls: A Haenyeo Mermaid Story” by Tina Cho
“The Snow Dancer” by Addie Boswell
“While You’re Away” by Thordoris Papaioannou
“Your Name is a Song” by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

JUVENILE BIOGRAPHY

JUVENILE DVD

“Dolittle”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One and Part Two”
“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”
“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azakaban and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”
“Harry Potter and the Sorcer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”
“Mulan”
“Pippi Longstocking”
“The Call of the Wild”


JUVENILE FICTION
“A Wish in the Dark” by Christina Soontornvat — “Alternating between Pong’s and Nok’s stories, Soontornvat tells a satisfyingly intricate tale of escape and chase while raising questions about institutionalized injustices of privilege and want. Her Thai-inspired world is fully engaging, but perhaps most winning is the innocence, hope, and humor she conveys in the context of the struggle for social justice and with respect to the children’s growth.” —The Horn Book

“Brother’s Keeper” by Julie Lee — “A moving, suspenseful refugee story . . . the book is at heart a poignant exploration of a girl’s struggle against traditional female roles and her determination to succeed on her own terms.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“Dark and Deepest Red” by Anna-Marie McLemore — “McLemore weaves another magic spell…The author spins a tale of first love, misfits forging their own places in the world, and the inherent prejudices of people who fear what they don’t understand. This novel will leave an indelible mark on readers’ hearts.”―Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Elatsoe” by Darcie Little Badger — “Imagine an America very similar to our own. It’s got homework, best friends, and pistachio ice cream. There are some differences. This America been shaped dramatically by the magic, monsters, knowledge, and legends of its peoples, those Indigenous and those not. Some of these forces are charmingly everyday, like the ability to make an orb of light appear or travel across the world through rings of fungi. But other forces are less charming and should never see the light of day. Elatsoe lives in this slightly stranger America. She can raise the ghosts of dead animals, a skill passed down through generations of her Lipan Apache family. Her beloved cousin has just been murdered, in a town that wants no prying eyes. But she is going to do more than pry. The picture-perfect facade of Willowbee masks gruesome secrets, and she will rely on her wits, skills, and friends to tear off the mask and protect her family.” — Publisher Annotation

“Fablehaven” by Brandon Mull — “When Kendra and Seth go to stay at their grandparents’ estate, they discover that it is a sanctuary for magical creatures and that a battle between good and evil is looming. Soon, it’s up to Kendra to save her family, Fablehaven, and perhaps, the world, if she can find the courage to do what she fears most.” — BRODART CO., c2008.

“Fighting Words” by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley — “Della’s matter-of-fact narration manages to be as funny and charming as it is devastatingly sad. . . . This is a novel about trauma and the scars it leaves on bodies, minds and hearts. But more than that, it’s a book about resilience, strength and healing.”New York Times Book Review

“Hunger” by Donna Jo Napoli — “Through the eyes of twelve-year-old Lorraine this “moving personal story” from the award-winning author of Hidden and Hush gives insight and understanding into a little known part of history—the Irish potato famine.” — Booklist, starred review

“Like the Willow Tree (Dear America)” by Lois Lowry — “The heartfelt and moving story of a young girl living through the Spanish Influenza pandemic of 1918… Suddenly, eleven-year-old Lydia Pierce and her older brother, Daniel, find themselves orphans of the flu, and are taken by their grieving uncle to be raised in the Shaker community at Sabbathday Lake.
Lydia must work hard, and all the while she worries about her headstrong brother, who has run away. … yet she cannot stop wondering, will Daniel ever return? ” — Publisher’s Annotation

“Matilda” by Roald Dahl — “From the bestselling author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG comes the story of girl with extraordinary abilities. Matilda is a sweet, exceptional young girl, but her parents think she’s just a nuisance. She expects school to be different but there she has to face Miss Trunchbull, a kid-hating terror of a headmistress. When Matilda is attacked by the Trunchbull she suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to fight back. It’ll take a superhuman genius to give Miss Trunchbull what she deserves and Matilda may be just the one to do it! “Matilda will surely go straight to children’s hearts.” The New York Times Book Review

“Skunk and Badger” by Amy Timberlake — “Gloriously complemented by Jon Klassen’s meticulous illustrations, Skunk and Badger has the feel of a bygone era while telling a completely modern (and delightful) story of how hard change can be, and how worth it change is.” —NPR

“Stella Diaz Never Gives Up” by Angela Dominguez — ““Readers should easily relate to Stella, her struggle to use her voice, and the way she feels caught between worlds at school and at home.” ―Publishers Weekly

“The Silver Arrow” by Lev Grossman — “Both cozy and inspiring, this eco-fable conveys both grim truths and a defiant call to action.”―Kirkus, starred review

“The Summer We Found the Baby” by Amy Hest — “It’s a simple premise: A baby found alone in a basket. Yet the complicated layering of events makes for a truly engaging and heartwarming story of steadfastness and solidarity. Young readers will be drawn in by the mystery, stay for the characters, and sigh contentedly when the story draws to a close.” — School Library Journal (starred review)

“The Twits” by Roald Dahl — “Mr. and Mrs. Twit are the smelliest, nastiest, ugliest people in the world. They hate everything—except playing mean jokes on each other, catching innocent birds to put in their Bird Pies, and making their caged monkeys, the Muggle-Wumps, stand on their heads all day. But the Muggle-Wumps have had enough. They don’t just want out, they want revenge.” — Amazon.com

JUVENILE GRAPHIC NOVELS

“Cat Kid Comic Club” by Dav Pilkey — “Irreverent, laugh-out-loud funny and… downright moving, it’s a heartfelt celebration of coming into one’s own as an artist, with all its frustrations and joys.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Dog Man: Fetch-22” by Day Pilkey — “Li’l Petey gets caught in some family drama in the eighth Dog Man book from worldwide bestselling author and artist Dav Pilkey. Petey the Cat is out of jail, and he has a brand-new lease on life. While Petey’s reevaluated what matters most, Li’l Petey is struggling to find the good in the world. Can Petey and Dog Man stop fighting like cats and dogs long enough to put their paws together and work as a team? They need each other now more than ever — Li’l Petey (and the world) is counting on them! Dav Pilkey’s wildly popular Dog Man series appeals to readers of all ages and explores universally positive themes, including empathy, kindness, persistence, and the importance of doing good.” — ONIX Annotations

“Dog Man: For Whom the Bell Rolls” by Dav Pilkey — “High-intensity, heartwarming, and, above all, hysterically funny.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Dog Man: Grime and Punishment” by Dav Pilkey — “High-intensity, heartwarming, and, above all, hysterically funny.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Guts” by Raina Telgemeir — “A compassionate and accessible look at one girl’s struggles with anxiety.” — The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“History of the World in Comics” by Jean-Baptiste de Panafieu — “The comic-panel illustrations are relatively uncluttered and easy to follow. Because humans are such a recent presence (evolutionarily speaking), most of the book’s discussion focuses on events from 4.6 billion to twelve thousand years ago–giving readers a good sense of the scale of time (a ‘geologic time scale’ is helpful).”—The Horn Book

“Jo: An Adaptation of Little Women (Sort Of)” by Kathleen Gros — “This gentle, warm graphic novel adaptation will remind readers why the March family is long beloved.” — Publishers Weekly

“Lightfall: Book 1, The Girl & the Galdurian” by Tim Probert — “Probert’s debut graphic novel is both inventive and familiar, with unique characters in a fresh fantasy world embarking on a classic quest.” — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)

“Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: Blades of Freedom” by Nathan Hale — “The Louisiana Purchase (1803) is today seen as one of history’s greatest bargains. But why did Napoleon Bonaparte sell this seemingly prosperous territory? At the time, France controlled Haiti, and there, enslaved Africans were used to harvest sugar. But in 1791, Toussaint Louverture led the largest uprising of enslaved people in human history, the Haitian Revolution (1791–1804). Napoleon had originally wanted to use Louisiana for trade, but with Haiti out of his control, Napoleon’s dream of making a French empire in North America seemed doomed. So when Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe tried to buy New Orleans, Napoleon sold them the whole Louisiana Territory.” — Publisher’s Annotation

“New Kid” by Jerry Craft — “This engaging story offers an authentic secondary cast and captures the high jinks of middle schoolers and the tensions that come with being a person of color in a traditionally white space.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Pea, Bee & Joy: Wannabees” by Brian “Smitty” Smith — “Who knew being queen could sting so much? All Bee really wants to do is play with her two best friends, Pea and Jay. But when she’s replaced by Lenny—an ambitious bee hungry for power—as queen of her hive, the friends set out to prove Lenny isn’t exactly who he seems to be. Can Bee, with the help of her friends, regain her crown and throne, or has the Reign of Lenny officially begun?” — Publisher Annotation

“The Boy Who Became a Dragon: A Bruce Lee Story” by Jim Di Bartolo — “Reminiscent of Lee’s kung fu movies, Di Bartolo’s bold artwork portrays dramatic fight sequences and expressive characters. Recurring images of a dragon that helps Lee focus are a refrain, and add an epic, otherwordly quality.” — School Library Journal

“The Witches” by Roald Dahl — “This is not a fairy tale. This is about real witches. Grandmamma loves to tell about witches. Real witches are the most dangerous of all living creatures on earth. There’s nothing they hate so much as children, and they work all kinds of terrifying spells to get rid of them. Her grandson listens closely to Grandmamma’s stories – but nothing can prepare him for the day he comes face-to-face with The Grand High Witch herself!” — Publisher Annotation

“Witches of Brooklyn” by Sophie Escabasse — “A warm story of found family and healing that stands on its own while setting the stage for further adventures.” —Publisher’s Weekly

JUVENILE NON-FICTION

“A Crowded Farmhouse Folktale” by Karen Rostoker-Gruber — “Fed up with his overcrowded home, Farmer Earl asks the advice of the town’s wise woman, who counsels him to bring his ducks, horses, goats and other barnyard animals indoors, in a modern folktale by the award-winning author of Farmer Kobi’s Hanukkah Match.” — Atlas Publishing

“All Thirteen; The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team” by Christina Soontornvat — “Soontornvat’s narrative nonfiction account shares these events and those that led to the rescue along with intricate details about caverns, sump diving, and other scientific details that emphasize the harrowing conditions of the rescue. She also touches on Thai culture, immigration issues, Buddhism, and religion…This stellar nonfiction work reads like a heart-pounding adventure story. Every library should have a copy.” —School Library Journal (starred review)

“Becoming a Good Creature” by Sy Montgomery — “A thoughtful, gentle work that highlights the connection between animals and humans. This tender picture book will inspire reflection.”—School Library Journal, STARRED review

“Crossings: Extraordinary Structures for Extraordinary Animals” by Katy S. Duffield — “A non-fiction exploration of animal crossings built by animal lovers around the world to help animals cross over, under and around, and through human construction” — Baker and Taylor

“History Smashers: The Mayflower” by Kate Messner — “Kate Messner serves up fun, fast history for kids who want the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Absolutely smashing!” —Candace Fleming, award-winning author

“Mammoth Science” by David Macaulay — “A unique and amusing encyclopedia of general scientific topics from master draftsman Macaulay…”The Horn Book

“Mi’kmaq Campfire Stories of Prince Edward Island” by Julie Pellissier-Lush –“The Mi’kmaq people have been here since the ice began to melt over this great land. They learned the medicines in nature to keep them healthy and they hunted the animals of the land and fished the waters of the sea. During the summer months they would gather in large community groups to celebrate, dance and sing. When the cold winds started to blow, they would go off in their own little family units to survive the winter. It was a hard life and it was always a struggle to make it through the long cold winters. One thing is certain, at night, by the campfire under the stars those families would tell stories, stories about who they were, where they came from, and all the lessons they needed to learn about life. Those stories passed on traditions, songs, language and the culture of the Mi’kmaq people. Here we present to you just a couple of those stories that were passed down from generation to generation. Hear them, learn from them, experience them, but most of all enjoy them!” — Amazon.com

“No Voice Too Small: Fourteen Young Americans Making History” by Lindsay H. Metcalf, Keila Dawson & Jeannette Bradley — “Mari Copeny demanded clean water in Flint. Jazz Jennings insisted, as a transgirl, on playing soccer with the girls’ team. From Viridiana Sanchez Santos’s quinceañera demonstration against anti-immigrant policy to Zach Wahls’s moving declaration that his two moms and he were a family like any other, No Voice Too Small celebrates the young people who know how to be the change they seek. Fourteen poems honor these young activists. Featuring poems by Lesléa Newman, Traci Sorell, and Nikki Grimes. Additional text goes into detail about each youth activist’s life and how readers can get involved.” — Random House, Inc.

“On the Horizon: World War II Reflections” by Lois Lowry — “This series of beautiful, moving, and sometimes horrifying poems gives a voice to the young men on the USS Arizona and offers an equally moving tribute to the survivors of Hiroshima….touching.”—School Library Journal

“Sometimes People March” by Tessa Allen — “A warm, inviting introduction to protests and demonstrations, nicely pitched to the youngest of readers and ideal for starting conversations about current events.”– Booklist (starred review)

“The Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kids” by Dylan Thuras and Rosemary Mosco — “A thrillingly imaginative expedition to 100 weird-but-true places on earth.”—The New York Times Book Review

“The Body Image Book for Girls: Love Yourself and Grow Up Fearless” by Charlotte Markey — “..? Body image expert and psychology professor Dr. Charlotte Markey helps girls aged 9-15 to understand, accept, and appreciate their bodies. She provides all the facts on puberty, mental health, self-care, why diets are bad news, dealing with social media, and everything in-between. Girls will find answers to questions they always wanted to ask, the truth behind many body image myths, and real-life stories from girls who share their own experiences. …Dr. Markey teaches girls how to nurture both mental and physical heath to improve their own body image, shows the positive impact they can have on others, and enables them to go out into the world feeling fearless!”–Baker & Taylor

“The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs” by America’s Test Kitchen –“The inviting, encouraging tone, which never talks down to the audience; emphasis on introducing and reinforcing basic skills; and approachable, simplified recipes make this a notable standout among cookbooks for kids.” – Booklist, starred review

“Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?: And Other Questions About Dead Bodies” by Caitlin Doughty — “Doughty’s answers are as… distinctive as the questions. She blends humor with respect for the dead.… Her investigations of ritual, custom, law and science are thorough, and she doesn’t shy from naming the parts of Grandma’s body that might leak after she is gone.” — Julia Kastner ― Shelf Awareness

YOUNG ADULT BIOGRAPHY

“Apple: Skin to the Core” by Eric Gansworth — “Gansworth, a tribally enrolled Onodaga living among the Tuscarora, offers a memoir in verse and lyric prose. Playing off the derogatory term apple (red on the outside; white on the inside), often used in Native communities, he explores the realities of growing up on the rez, being subjected to racism and poverty, and learning to navigate the white world. In ambitious thematic sections …. poems recount his grandparents’ experiences in residential schools; his lifelong love of the Beatles and superhero comics; family influences, including his largely absent father; and his strong sense of Indigenous identity that survives despite leaving the rez. Several poems parallel Beatles’ lyrics (“Come Together” and “Here Comes the Sun”); some push back against stereotypes (“If you excel, you will be ‘remarkable for being an Indian'”); and still others point to the dangers of “browsing with too much melanin.” Gansworth’s art, a mix of gouache paintings, photographs, and collages (reproduced in black and white), is interspersed throughout, adding interest and detail. With language rich in metaphor, this is a timely and important work that begs for multiple readings.” — Kay Weisman. AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION, c2020.

YOUNG ADULT FICTION

“Dear Justyce” by Nic Stone — “Teens can relate to the feelings of alienation, loneliness, and confusion that lead Quan to make many of the choices that he does, even as the book explores the various ways our current justice system disenfranchises young people of color.” The Horn Book

“Light It Up” by Kekla Magoon — “The masterful interweaving of stories provides a simultaneously intimate and bird’s-eye view of a nation that preaches ‘justice for all’ but has yet to fully grant it.”The Horn Book, starred review

“A Phoenix First Must Burn” edited by Patrice Caldwell — “Lovers of Octavia Butler will find her spirit in this smoldering anthology . . . These stories [explore] the beauty, bravery, fear, history, and empowerment of being black. Fiercely fantastical and achingly honest, this book delivers a more inclusive means of self-discovery.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Sanctuary” by Paola Mendoza and Abby Sher — “In their portrayal of Vali’s family’s quest for safety, the authors beautifully mirror the treacherous, painful, and terrifying treks involving natural and human threats that migrants to the U.S. undertake as they traverse continents and oceans…Wrenching and unmissable.” —Kirkus, starred review

YOUNG ADULT GRAPHIC NOVEL

“Hey, Kiddo” by Jarrett J. Krosoczka — “A candid, emotional graphic memoir about life with a heroin-addicted mother and rough but loving grandparents.” — New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice

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NEW ARRIVALS – DECEMBER 2020

ADULT FICTION

“Elsewhere” by Dean Koontz — “[A] spectacular, action-packed, character-driven adventure…Koontz remains white hot with another certain bestseller.” Booklist (starred review)

“Monarchs of the Northeast Kingdom” by Chera Hammons — “Lush and evocative…A highly satisfying, delicately woven story about loss, loneliness, life, and death.”—KIRKUS REVIEWS

“The Things We Cannot Say” by Kelly Rimmer — “Rimmer’s timely novel captures the unbreakable bond of two sisters and humanizes the difficult intersection of the opioid epidemic and the justice system.”– Publishers Weekly

“Three Hours in Paris” by Cara Black — “Brilliantly building on the novel’s premise, Black constructs a surprise-filled plot, fueled by breathless pacing, Alan Furst-like atmosphere, and a textured look at Resistance fighters in Paris . . . Black stretches her wings here, soaring to new heights.”– Booklist, Starred Review

ADULT MYSTERY

“Poppy Redfern and the Midnight Murders” by Tessa Arlen — “Absolutely smashing! Arlen pens a dynamite beginning to a new series, filled with wartime suspense, skillfully wrought emotions, and a liberal dash of romance. Readers will fall in love with clever and quirky Poppy Redfern and the colorful villagers of Little Buffenden, as well as their dashing new neighbors—the American Airmen.” — Anna Lee Huber, bestselling author of the Lady Darby Mysteries

“The Sentinel” by Lee & Andrew Child — “Much of The Sentinel is humorous as Reacher patiently teaches bad guys about the flaws in their tactics. While there’s lots of action, the novel also feels like a procedural as Reacher interviews suspects and delves deeper toward the truth. . . . [The Sentinel has] one of the most inventive action sequences in recent memory. . . . It continues the series without any sense that there’s now a coauthor. In a year of drastic change, fans will welcome the consistency.” — Publishers Weekly

“Thick as Thieves” by Sandra Brown — “[A] taut novel of romantic suspense . . . A final twist will catch readers by surprise. Good pacing, smooth prose, inventive action scenes, and a touch of hot romance combine to make this a winner. Brown consistently entertains.”―Publishers Weekly

ADULT BIOGRAPHY

“I’ll Be Seeing You” by Elizabeth Berg — “Berg eloquently explores the pain of realizing one’s parents are in their declining years. . . . This bittersweet, touching story will particularly resonate with those caring for older parents.”—Publishers Weekly 

ADULT NON-FICTION

“A Traitor to His Species: Henry Bergh and the Birth of the Animal Rights Movement” by Ernest Freeberg — “Freeberg marshals a wealth of detail in tracking Bergh’s campaigns and paints a vivid picture of Gilded Age America. Animal lovers and history buffs will savor this immersive account.”―Publishers Weekly

“American Axe: The Tool that Shaped a Continent” by Brett MacLeod — “Entertaining, endlessly fascinating, and a work of genuine scholarship. I’ve read a lumberyard-full of books related to the outdoors, but can think of only a scant handful that measure up to this one.” — David E. Petzal, field editor, Field & Stream

Can It & Ferment It: More Than 75 Satisfying Small-Batch Canning and Fermentation Recipes for the Whole Year” by Stephanie Thurow — “I can already see that this book is going to become the most used preserving book that we own! Having one resource for a variety of delicious looking canning and fermenting recipes will make preserving that much more accessible to everyone. Reading Stephanie’s book is like having your own personal canning & fermenting expert right there with you.” —Emily S. Kociolek, owner of Stone Creek Trading

Consumer Reports Buying Guide 2021

“Ice Walker: A Polar Bear’s Journey through the Fragile Arctic” by James Raffan — “An evocative and sensory trip through the Arctic, Ice Walker captures the beauty, the danger, and the expanse of the northern icescape while calling us to action to save the polar bear, the world it inhabits, and all they represent. This is a timely book about the power of a mother’s love that transcends species. Nanu’s story will live in my imagination for a long time.” — PAUL NICKLEN, award-winning National Geographic photographer and author of Born to Ice

“Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World” by Fareed Zakaria — “Lenin once said, “There are decades when nothing happens and weeks when decades happen.” This is one of those times when history has sped up. CNN host and best-selling author Fareed Zakaria helps readers to understand the nature of a post-pandemic world: the political, social, technological, and economic impacts that may take years to unfold.” — Goodreads.com

ADULT AUDIO BOOK

OTHER

Compact Moisture Meter
Ultimate Dual Microscope – From National Geographic. Help your child about the history of microscopes, proper slide preparation, biology and more. Includes 10 professionally prepared slides with a range of biological specimens as well as two sets of optical glass lenses providing 20x and 50x magnification.

PARENTING

“Help Your Kids With Music: A unique step-by-step visual guide” by Carol Vorderman — “Help Your Kids with Music is a step-by-step visual guide to music theory. Help Your Kids with Music is the perfect primer to help students gain a solid foundation in music, no matter their age, skill level, or instrument.” — Goodreads.com

BLUE/DVD

ADULT MUSIC

BOARD BOOK

“A Mother for Choco” by Keiko Kasza
“Sleep Tight Farm” by Lindsey Perry

KIT

Bread and Puppet for Older Youth
Bread and Puppet for Younger Youth
Calligraphy Kit
Felting Kit
Hanukkah Storytime Bag

PICTURE BOOK

“On the Shortest Day” by Laura Sulentich Fredrickson
“The Little Mermaid” by Jerry Pinkney

JUVENILE AUDIO BOOK

JUVENILE BIOGRAPHY

JUVENILE FICTION

“Flying Lessons and Other Stories” by Ellen Oh — “Whether it is basketball dreams, family fiascos, first crushes, or new neighborhoods, this bold short story collection—written by some of the best children’s authors including Kwame Alexander, Meg Medina, Jacqueline Woodson, and many more and published in partnership with We Need Diverse Books—celebrates the uniqueness and universality in all of us.” — Amazon.com

“Late Lunch with Llamas: Magic Tree House” by Mary Pope Osborne — “When the magic tree house whisks Jack and Annie to a mountainside, they are surprised to find farmers nearby. Then they learn that the farmer’s baby llama has been stolen, and Jack and Annie vow to bring the little animal back to its owners. But the journey is treacherous–they must climb to the peak of Machu Picchu and climb back down in order to complete this mission. Jack and Annie have been on many dangerous travels, but can they survive this one?” — Amazon.com

“The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden” by Karina Yan Glaser — “Set in contemporary Harlem, this sequel to The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street (2017) includes a large cast of memorable characters, old and new, each with a different role to play. Glaser is at her best in the interplay of well-developed personalities and the entertaining dialogue among the children, their friends, and their elders…An amusing, heartening chapter book.”–Booklist

JUVENILE NON-FICTION

“Llamas and the Andes: A nonfiction companion to Magic Tree House #34: Late Lunch with Llama” –– by Mary Pope Osborne & Natalie Pope Boyce — “When Jack and Annie came back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #34: Late Lunch with Llamas, they had lots of questions. Why do people raise llamas? What are llamas’ closest relatives? How tall are the Andes mountains? What other animals live there? Find out the answers to these questions and more as Jack and Annie track the facts about llamas and the Andes.” — Amazon.com

“The Return of the Light: Twelve Tales from Around the World for the Winter Solstice” by Carolyn McVickar Edwards — “The Return of the Light makes an ideal companion for everyone who carries on this tradition (honoring the winter solstice), no matter what their faith. Storyteller Carolyn McVickar Edwards retells twelve traditional tales-from North America, China, Scandinavia, India, Africa, South America, Europe, and Polynesia-that honor this magical moment. These are stories that will renew our wonder of the miracle of rebirth and the power of transition from darkness into light.” — Amazon.com

YOUNG ADULT

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NEW ARRIVALS – NOVEMBER 2020

ADULT FICTION

“All Systems Red” by Martha Wells — “Wells gives depth to a rousing but basically familiar action plot by turning it into the vehicle by which SecUnit engages with its own rigorously denied humanity. ―Publishers Weekly starred review

“Arnold Falls” by Charles Suisman — “An often delightful and engaging tale that will make readers want to move to the author’s heartwarming fictional town…incredibly funny.” –Kirkus Reviews.

“Artificial Condition” by Martha Wells — “…. (with) the series’ titular character seeking answers to its origin by traveling back to where it first went rogue to learn what really happened. Along the way, it makes friends with an intelligent research transport ship and agrees to protect a group of naive researchers whose discoveries make them a target for murder. Murderbot is … a killing machine who chooses to be a good person, a robot who suffers from crippling social anxiety, a sarcastic misanthrope who really just wants to be left alone to watch TV. The relationship between Murderbot and ART (the intelligent ship) adds an entertaining The Odd Couple element to the story. …. a fast, fun, exciting read, and the series keeps getting funnier. Perfect entertainment for a quiet evening.” — Keogh, John. AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION, c2018.

“Dragonfly” by Leila Meacham — “Meacham’s impeccable pacing and razor-wire tension evoke the daily drama of life under a Reich whose French reign might have lasted little more than four years but felt like the thousand years that it threatened to endure.”― Bookpage

“Exit Strategy” by Martha Wells — “After finding evidence proving that the GrayCris Corporation engaged in illegal activities, Murderbot heads out to hand the case over to Dr. Mensah, its former owner. But Dr. Mensah has disappeared, and Murderbot must track her down–straight into the heart of enemy territory. Saving its mentor and taking down GrayCris are just the beginning of its challenges–Murderbot also has to figure out who it is, where it fits in society, and just how it is supposed to relate to all these people. …Wells gives us a worthy conclusion to one of the best series in recent memory.” — John Keogh. AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION, c2018.

“Queenie Malone’s Paradise Hotel” by Ruth Hogan — “From the wildly popular bestselling author of The Keeper of Lost Things comes a surprising and uplifting story about the complicated relationships between mothers and daughters, and the magic of chosen family.” — Amazon.com

“Rogue Protocol” by Martha Wells — “Rogue Protocol is the third entry in Martha Wells’s … bestselling series, The Murderbot Diaries.
Starring a human-like android who keeps getting sucked back into adventure after adventure, though it just wants to be left alone, away from humanity and small talk.” — Amazon.com

“The Exiles” by Christina Baker Kline — “Both uplifting and heartbreaking, this beautifully written novel doesn’t flinch from the ugliness of the penal system but celebrates the courage and resilience of both the first peoples and the settlers who came after, voluntarily or not, to create a new home for themselves and their children.” — (Library Journal (starred review))

“The Kingdom” by Jo Nesbo — “Captivating . . . Guaranteed to be in high demand. As the story unfolds, it builds in dread and depravity. The small-town atmosphere resembles a Peyton Place as envisioned in an unlikely collaboration between Raymond Chandler and Henrik Ibsen. The complex characters and twisting plot will keep readers turning the pages and eager to discuss.” Library Journal

“The Silent Patient” by Alex Michaelides — “Unputdownable, emotionally chilling, and intense, with a twist that will make even the most seasoned suspense reader break out in a cold sweat.” Booklist

“The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes” by Ruth Hogan — “A novel that looks at how to live life to the full, even if you have suffered tragedy.” —Daily Mail

“The Wizard of Odd: A Vermont Tale of Community Devotion” by Gary K. Meffe — “…”Odd” epitomizes the traditional and independent ways of a small New England village. …the town unites around the solid and historic structure that defines life here: the Odderton Country store, …. But Kate Langford, the new, 6th-generation owner, is facing a serious and impending problem that threatens to shut down the store―and village life as they know it―in less than a year. With support from retired and widowed professor Jim Watson and a devoted citizenry, Kate struggles to save the epicenter and lifeblood of Oddertown, despite major obstacles thrown in her path. Through comedy, tragedy, resilience, despair, surprises, and love of place, and inspired by real challenges that face real Vermont towns, The Wizard of Odd captures the essence of what comprises a good and authentic community truly worth fighting for.” — Amazon.com

ADULT MYSTERY

“A Silent Death” by Peter May — “As always, May has created some indelible characters. Mackenzie, who has a startling lack of tact and other basic social skills, makes a fascinating foil for Pradell, who has troubles of her own: money worries, a fraying marriage and a beloved, vulnerable aunt who is deaf and blind.” ―Adam Woog, The Seattle Times

“A Stranger in the House” by Shari Lapena — “Lapena keeps the well-developed twists churning, with each a surprise notch in this ever-evolving plot, and she continues this skillful storytelling until the stunning twist at the end. . . memorable.” –Associated Press

“One Fatal Flaw” by Anne Perry — “One Fatal Flaw is at once a courtroom thriller, a psychological-suspense tale, and a novel of manners (with Ms. Perry being especially sharp on class distinctions).”The Wall Street Journal

“Revenge” by James Patterson — “From the world’s #1 bestselling author comes a story of revenge as a former SAS soldier is ready to settle into civilian life when he’s hired to solve the mysterious death of a daughter, diving into a seedy world that a parent never expects to see their child in.” — Amazon.com

“Riviera Gold” by Laurie R. King — “Erudite, fascinating . . . by all odds the most successful re-creation of the famous inhabitant of 221B Baker Street ever attempted.”Houston Chronicle

“Someone We Know” by Shari Lapena — “A masterful whodunnit, perfectly paced and expertly plotted, that had me guessing all the way through. I loved it and couldn’t put it down.” — C L Taylor

“The Lantern Men” by Elly Griffiths — “In Griffiths’s The Lantern Men, forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway tries to locate a serial killer’s victims, supposedly buried near the fens, where ghostly figures with lanterns are said to lure people to their deaths.” — Barbara Hoffert. LJ Prepub Alert Online Review. LIBRARY JOURNAL, c2019.

“The Right Sort of Man” by Allison Montclair — “Stellar…Both leads are complex, well-developed characters, whose penchant for humorous byplay never comes at the expense of the plot…Fans of Maisie Dobbs and Bess Crawford will be delighted.” ―Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“The Widows of Malabar Hill” by Sujata Massey — “[Massey] does a wonderful job of taking life in India at the beginning of the 20th century. She gives enough cultural details without overwhelming readers with facts. The two plotlines wonderfully depict the development of the main character and the mystery as it unfolds . . . Fresh and original.”
Library Journal, Starred Review

“Trinity and the Short-Timer” by Trevor Holliday — “…It’s a snowy night and CID Agent Frank Trinity is on the clock. From his office, he sees an old American man fall down in the street. By the time Trinity gets outside, the man has vanished…. He’s got two problems, and either one could land him in Leavenworth… or worse.In a case from his days before Tucson…Cold night, Cold War — Trinity’s kind of trouble.” — Amazon.com

“Trinity Thinks Twice” by Trevor Holliday — “It’s a week before Christmas and Page Day figures a year of sobriety will land her a job in her husband’s art gallery. But it’s not up to Walker. His society maven mother Tallie calls the shots.
Only ex-CID agent Frank Trinity can sort through this tangle of misfits, misogynists,and misunderstandings to make things right before Christmas.
But he’ll need to hurry…” — Goodreads.com

“Twisted Twenty-Six” by Janet Evanovich — “Grandma Mazur has decided to get married again – this time to a local gangster named Jimmy Rosolli. If Stephanie has her doubts about this marriage, she doesn’t have to worry for long, because the groom drops dead of a heart attack 45 minutes after saying, “I do.” A sad day for Grandma Mazur turns into something far more dangerous when Jimmy’s former “business partners” are convinced that his new widow is keeping the keys to a financial windfall all to herself. But the one thing these wise guys didn’t count on was the widow’s bounty hunter granddaughter, who’ll do anything to save her. Stephanie Plum novel series” — Publisher Annotation

“Vera Kelly is not a Mystery” by Rosalie Knecht — “Knecht’s writing is evocative and spare, stylish and brooding, making this mystery series compulsively readable and offering a refreshing spin on atmospheric noir with a compelling queer historical frame.” – Booklist

“Who is Vera Kelly” by Rosalie Knecht — “A refreshing and idiosyncratic Cold War spy novel.” – BBC Culture

ADULT BIOGRAPHY

“A Promised Land” by Barack Obama — “Barack Obama is as fine a writer as they come. . . . [A Promised Land] is nearly always pleasurable to read, sentence by sentence, the prose gorgeous in places, the detail granular and vivid. . . . The story will continue in the second volume, but Barack Obama has already illuminated a pivotal moment in American history, and how America changed while also remaining unchanged.”—Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, The New York Times Book Review

ADULT NON-FICTION

” A Visit with Chief Grey Lock and Other Abenaki Stories” by E. George “Peskunck” Larrabee — “The history and culture of the Abenaki people comes to life in these stories, which are imbued with as much historical authenticity as possible, including the author’s rendering of dialogue, of language. Abenaki words and phrases (with translations) are dispersed throughout the stories to familiarize the reader with the Abenaki language.” — Amazon.com

“Modern Comfort Food: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook” by Ina Garten — “In Modern Comfort Food, Ina Garten shares 85 new recipes that will feed your deepest cravings. Many of these dishes are inspired by childhood favorites–but with the volume turned way up, such as Cheddar and Chutney Grilled Cheese sandwiches (the perfect match for Ina’s Creamy Tomato Bisque), Smashed Hamburgers with Caramelized Onions, and the crispiest hash browns that are actually made in a waffle iron! From cocktails to dessert, from special weekend breakfasts to quick weeknight dinners, you’ll find yourself making these cozy and delicious recipes over and over again.” — Publisher’s Annotation

Seeds of Resistance: The Fight to Save our Food Supply by Mark Schapiro — “At the bottom of it all lies the seed: who controls it, who ‘owns’ it, who develops it, who plants and nourishes it. As Mark Schapiro so vividly and compellingly writes: Save the seed, and you save the planet. Let others control it, and they control everything. For real.” —Mark Bittman, author of How to Grill Everything and A Bone to Pick: The Good and Bad News About Food

The Daily Ukulele: 365 Songs for Better Living by Liz and Jim Beloff — Strum a different song every day with easy arrangements of 365 of your favorite songs in one big songbook! The Daily Ukulele features ukulele arrangements with melody, lyrics and uke chord grids and are in ukulele-friendly keys …. Also features a Tips & Techniques section, chord chart, and vintage ukulele-themed photos and art throughout. The Daily Ukulele offers ukulele fun all year long! — Amazon.com

The Escape Artists by Neal Bascomb — “Based on extensive research, including documents written by the escapees themselves, the book (The Escape Artists) is intensely detailed and written with a prose style that puts readers right there in the camp with the prisoners: when the prisoners hold their breath, terrified of being discovered in a secret activity, the reader will hold his or her breath, too. In the ever-expanding genre of prison-escape sagas, this one joins the top ranks.” Booklist

Ukulele Method Book 1 by Lil’ Rev –“The Hal Leonard Ukulele Method is designed for anyone just learning to play ukulele. This comprehensive and easy-to-use beginner’s guide by acclaimed performer and uke master Lil’ Rev includes many fun songs of different styles to learn and play.” — Amazon.com

“Yes to Life: In Spite of Everything” by Viktor E. Frankl — “This slim, powerful collection from Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist Frankl (Man’s Search for Meaning) attests to life’s meaning, even in desperate circumstances…This lovely work transcends its original context, offering wisdom and guidance.” Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

PICTURE BOOK

“Crab Cakes” by Andrea Tsurumi
“Maybe Something Beautiful” by F. Isabel Campoy

JUVENILE FICTION

“Master of the Phantom Isle” by Brandon Mull — “Cursed by the Key of Forgetting, Seth has lost all memory of his past—his relationships, his experiences, and who he really is. For now he will align with his new mentor, Ronodin, the dark unicorn, who takes him to the Phantom Isle, the secret gateway to the Under Realm. Though Seth is not formally a prisoner, Ronodin wants to use him and his shadow charmer powers for his own dark ends.” — Goodreads.com

“The Penderwicks at Last” by Jeanne Birdsall — “Beautifully crafted, both in descriptions and characterizations, this makes for a fitting end to a much-praised series.”Booklist, starred review

YOUNG ADULT

“Crier’s War” by Nina Varela — “Rife with mystery, romantic tension, and political intrigue, Varela’s debut novel is perfect for readers craving queer fantasy with dense world building.” — (Booklist)

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Full List of New Arrivals

NEW ARRIVALS – OCTOBER 2020

ADULT FICTION

“A Long Petal of the Sea” by Isabel Allende — “Allende . . . has deftly woven fact and fiction, history and memory, to create one of the most richly imagined portrayals of the Spanish Civil War to date, and one of the strongest and most affecting works in her long career.” —The New York Times Book Review

“An Improbable Spy” by David Paul Collins — “This riveting spy thriller about an American merchant banker drawn into a world of espionage centers on Jack Devlin, who narrowly escapes Tehran during the 1979 Iranian hostage situation. He loses almost all of his business in the process, and more importantly, leaves the love of his life, Farideh, behind. He’s subsequently approached by a trusted friend who offers him a devil’s bargain: become an expendable spy, one the agency will deny; help the CIA and British MI6 obtain the ledger of Farideh’s father, arms merchant Mustafa Khaki; and they will get Farideh out of Iran. Devlin is thus sent on a wild roller-coaster ride through treachery and mayhem in the Middle East …where his work could easily cost him and his girlfriend their lives. The settings ring with authenticity. The writing flows, the characters are engaging, and the passages showing MI6, the CIA, and Mossad deceiving each other to gain an advantage while “working together” are chilling. This brilliantly written espionage tale is as good as it gets.” — BlueInk Review. AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION

“Driftwood” by Marie Brennan — “A diverse cast of characters from disparate worlds, each facing their own rapidly approaching mortality, come together to memorialize a missing man―rumored to be immortal―in this new fantasy title from veteran author Brennan . . . Readers will close the cover aching to read more about Last and his world. An exciting delve into a conglomerate land filled with magic and mystery.”
Kirkus

“Fit for a Queen” by Nicole Burnham — “…Daniela D’Ambrosio is the most trusted employee of Sarcaccia’s Queen Fabrizia, managing the queen’s schedule and ensuring she never makes a misstep in public. But when Fabrizia sends Daniela to organize the belongings of San Rimini’s late queen for a charity auction, Daniela finds a locked closet full of treasure, a suspicious king, and an attractive handyman who seems strangely familiar….When he (Royce) goes undercover to safeguard the late queen’s possessions….Daniela recognizes Royce, she realizes there is more to the palace job than she was told. But can she trust the sexy man standing guard over her as she works?” — Goodreads.com

“Honoring the Enemy” by Robert Macomber — “Macomber weaves the plot and subplots as only he can to tell a riveting tale of this nearly disastrous invasion. His novel is tough to put down and invites you to reread it.” –The Ensign

“Missionaries” by Phil Klay — “A sweeping, interconnected novel of ideas in the tradition of Joseph Conrad and Norman Mailer . . . By taking a long view of the ‘rational insanity’ of global warfare, Missionaries brilliantly fills one of the largest gaps in contemporary literature.” The Wall Street Journal

“Outside Looking In: A Novel” by T. Coraghessan Boyle — “Boyle takes us deep inside the lives of [Timothy] Leary and his convention-bashing acolytes, offering a brisk read that provides much food for thought. Boyle fans will enjoy.” — (Library Journal (starred review))

“The Absolutely, Positively WORST MAN in England, Scotland and Wales” by Anne Stuart — “Kit Adderley is the worst man in England, a bored libertine who’ll do anything to entertain himself…Bryony Marton is trapped in a quiet life and looking for escape, when her awful fiancé’s best friend inadvertently offers it…On the road, Bryony embraces her freedom, and she’s more than willing to embrace her captor, a man who kicks over convention and isn’t nearly as bad as he and the rest of the world think he is, but now she has a new problem: how to convince the worst man in England, Scotland and Wales that he’s the best man for her?” — Goodreads.com

“The Giver of Stars” by Jojo Moyes — “Moyes paints an engrossing picture of life in rural America, and it’s easy to root for the enterprising librarians.”
The New York Times Book Review

“The Lies that Bind: A Novel” by Lily Tuck — “The Lies That Bind is a mesmerizing and emotionally resonant exploration of the never-ending search for love and truth—in our relationships, our careers, and deep within our own hearts.” — Amazon.com

“The Lying Life of Adults” by Elena Ferrante — ““Ferrante’s ability to draw in her readers remains unparalleled. [ . . . ] The novel simmers with overt rage toward parental deception, teachers’ expectations and society’s impossible ideals of beauty and behavior.”—BookPage (Starred Review)

“The Order” by Daniel Silva — “A refreshingly hopeful thriller for troubled times… Silva’s latest broad-canvas thriller starring the much-loved Gabriel Allon will quickly take its reserved seat atop most best-seller lists.” (Booklist, starred review)

“Troubles in Paradise: A Novel” by Elin Hilderbrand — “After uprooting her life in the States, Irene Steele has just settled in at the villa on St. John where her husband Russ had been living a double life. But a visit from the FBI shakes her foundations, and Irene once again learns just how little she knew about the man she loved. With help from their friends, Irene and her sons set up their lives while evidence mounts that the helicopter crash that killed Russ may not have been an accident. Meanwhile, the island watches this drama unfold …As a storm gathers strength in the Atlantic, surprises are in store for the Steeles: help from a mysterious source, and a new beginning in the paradise that has become their home. At last all will be revealed about the secrets and lies that brought Irene and her sons to St. John — and the truth that transformed them all.” — Publisher Annotation

“What are You Going Through” by Sigrid Nunez — “Richly interiorized. . . With both compassion and joy, Nunez contemplates how we survive life’s certain suffering, and don’t, with words and one another.”—Booklist, STARRED review

ADULT MYSTERY

“Bombshell” by Stuart Wood — “Woods and Parnell mix crime with Hollywood glitz for a winning combination. Nonstop action and brisk prose, plus the senior Barrington in a cameo role, make for amiable summer reading.Booklist

“Broken Bone China” by Laura Childs — “Theodosia Browning serves tea and solves crimes in Charleston, a city steeped in tradition and treachery in the latest Tea Shop Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Laura Childs.” — Amazon.com

“Buried in Books” by Kate Carlisle — “Captivating. . . The action builds to a surprising final showdown.”—Publishers Weekly

“Eggs on Ice (A Cackleberry Club Mystery)” by Laura Childs — “With a plot that holds interest and characters who are well-envisioned and well-executed, Childs will have readers planning another trip to the Cackleberry Club and its treats.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Long Range” by C. J. Box — “Box has expertly woven together a tense action-filled story, a true page-turner, which incorporates greed, unrequited love, revenge and the worst of luck – luck that destroys lives and puts some favorite characters at ultimate risk.” —Durango Herald

“Lost Books and Old Bones” by Paige Shelton — “A complex plot, a cast of amiable characters, an array of suspects and an enchanting Scottish setting combine to create a clever entry in a capital series, one that provides multiple pleasures, whether or not accompanied by a single malt.”–Richmond Times-Dispatch on Lost Books and Old Bones

“Of Books and Bagpipes” by Paige Shelton — “With an endearing heroine, a cast of eccentric Scots and colorful Edinburgh descriptions, The Cracked Spine offers a pleasant puzzle… [and] promises considerably more than a wee dram of satisfaction in future installments.” ―Richmond Times-Dispatch

“The Book Supremacy” by Kate Carlisle — “Highly entertaining…Quick, clever, and somewhat edgy…Shannon’s not a stereotype–she’s a person, and an interesting, intelligent, likable one at that, which makes it easy to become invested in her tale.”–Smitten by Books

“The Orphan’s Guilt: A Joe Gunther Novel” by Archer Mayor — “[A] fine police procedural, one with a heartrending backstory within its crystal-clear narrative.” —Booklist

LP MYSTERY

“Bertie’s Guide to Life and Mothers” by Alexander McCall Smith — “Poignant. . . . Readers can start here and feel the warmth of McCall Smith’s wit, deft characterization, and overarching theme of kindness. However, if you read the series from the outset, you’ll be treated to an astonishing view of changes in characters’ lives, very much like a time-lapse video in book form.” —Booklist (starred review)

“Miss Dimple Disappears” by Mignon Franklin Ballard — “The details of small-town life are completely engaging. Genre veteran Ballard fills her story with wonderful characters and warm humor.” ―Booklist

ADULT BIOGRAPHY

“Children of the Land: A Memoir” by Marcelo Hernandez Castillo — “Castillo writes with disturbing candor, depicting the all-too-common plight of undocumented immigrants to the U.S.” — (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

“FitzRoy: The Remarkable Story of Darwin’s Captain and the Invention of the Weather Forecast” by John Gribbin — “”[The] finely drawn portrait that emerges from FitzRoy is of a very British hero in the mould of Nelson, who sacrificed his health and personal fortune in the service of his country.”—Gavin Bell, Daily Telegraph

“Lincoln on the Verge: Thirteen Days to Washington” by Edward L. Windmer — “Widmer’s exploration of this historical footnote delivers real depth… History buffs will be entertained and enlightened by this unique view of Lincoln and the country on the cusp of war.” Publishers Weekly

“The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir” by John Bolton — “The most substantive, critical dissection of the president from an administration insider… lays out a long series of jarring and troubling encounters between the president, his top advisers and foreign leaders.” – Washington Post

ADULT NON-FICTION

“All We Can Save : Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis” by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson — “Provocative and illuminating essays from women at the forefront of the climate movement who are harnessing truth, courage, and solutions to lead humanity forward.” — Goodreads.com

“Autumn” by Karl Ove Knausgard — “In these secular meditations, Knausgaard scratches away at the ordinary to reach the sublime — finding what’s in the picture, and what’s hidden.” —Washington Post 

“Between Everything and Nothing: The Journey of Seidu Mohammed and Razak Iyal and the Quest for Asylum” by Joe Meno — “A suspenseful account of two Ghanaian refugees’ quest for political asylum . . . Meno’s well-written story of survival and friendship puts individual faces on the plight of millions of refugees around the world. Readers will be equal parts outraged and inspired by this novelistic account.” ―Publishers Weekly

Bold and Beautiful: Artful Quilts from Just One Fabric” by Judi Dains — “Anyone can make these impressive quilts! With Judi’s guidance, you’ll discover the many possibilities hidden in fabrics. Browse in the color-splashed gallery, learn Judi’s creative methods, and then turn batiks and hand-dyed fabrics into glorious works of art.” — Amazon.com

“Boom!: Voices of the Sixties Personal Reflections on the ’60s and Today” by Tom Brokaw — “Remarkable in its insights, profoundly moving, wonderfully written and reported, this revealing portrait of a generation and of an era, and of the impact of the 1960s on our lives today, lets us be present at this reunion ourselves, and join in these frank conversations about America then, now, and tomorrow.” — Goodreads.com

“Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness” by Susannah Cahalan — “This fascinating memoir by a young New York Post reporter…describes how she crossed the line between sanity and insanity…Cahalan expertly weaves together her own story and relevant scientific information…compelling.” — Booklist (starred review)

“Changing the Game: The Parent’s Guide to Raising Happy, High Performing Athletes, and Giving Youth Sports Back to our Kids” by John O’Sullivan — “ offers invaluable insights into the reality of the youth sports world and the critical impact that parents have to make or break their kids’ experience in sports. John O’Sullivan’s thoughtful approach and guidance is spot on and just what we parents and coaches need to help our kids thrive on a field, on a team, and in the game of life!” —Brian Grossman, co-founder of KIDS in the GAME

“Conditions on the Ground” by Kevin Hooyman — “This is for comics readers who love the form but tire of its standard content or for non–comics readers who doubt the form can achieve the bizarrely sublime.” – Booklist

“Decoding Your Cat: The Ultimate Experts Explain Common Cat Behaviors and Reveal How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones” by American College of Veterinary Behaviorists — ‘In this savvy guide from members of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, readers are nudged toward better understanding, and thus coexisting with, their feline companions… Reading this highly informative book will be a good start on the road to making cats happier and more fulfilled at home.”Publishers Weekly

“Dehydrating Food: A Beginner’s Guide” by Jay Bills — “With the easy-to-follow, step-by-step directions here, anyone can have fun, save money, and create delicious meals by dehydrating food. Learn the basic methods-sun drying, oven drying, net bag, and commercial food dehydrators-before moving on to drying herbs for tea, making your own tasty (and healthier) jerky, and so much more. Also included is a section on the nutritional benefits of drying food. With 164 recipes ranging from breads to desserts, soups to pies, and cereals to entrees, Dehydrating Food is a book for anyone who is interested in learning how to save money and create delicious meals by drying their own food.” — ONIX Annotations

“Die with Zero: Getting All You Can From Your Money and Your Life” by Bill Perkins — “Bill Perkins’ Die With Zero teaches us how to trade off money for something of real value — life’s moments of pure joy, whose memories are our ultimate treasure.” —Laurence Kotlikoff, Professor of Economics, Boston University, best-selling author of Get What’s Yours

“Feasting Wild: In Search of the Last Untamed Food” by Gina Rae La Cerva — “La Cerva demonstrates her ability for diligent observation, and […] offers glimpses of human activities that have grown increasingly rare.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Growing up Rural: A Vermont Childhood Volume 1” by Lorna Quimby –“In Volume One, readers meet Maw, Dad, Lorna’s four sisters, her beloved grandmother, and an extended family that lived as far away as California and Florida, but always stayed in touch. It covers the daily and seasonal routines of life close to the land and special events such as visits from family and neighbors, and the courtships and weddings of older sisters.” — North Star Monthly

“Growing up Rural: A Vermont Childhood Volume 2” by Lorna Quimby — “In Volume Two, the author’s world expanded as she began to help her father on the farm, started school, and encountered the benefits and pains of medicine and dentistry before culminating with the celebration of her parents’ silver anniversary on the eve of World War II.” — North Star Monthly

“Hand-Taming Wild Birds at the Feeder” by Alfred G. Martin — “The author describes the advantages of natural types of feeders, the best foods to offer, and exactly how to make a bird bath. He tells how to hand-tame the chickadee, …there are notes on bird identification, on making movies of birds,a nd on how to care for them if ill or injured. Including stories of individual birds, the author’s voice makes this more charming than the average manual.” — Amazon.com

“Hattitude: Knits for Every Mood” by Cathy Carron — “Snappy, stylish, fabulous, and fun; there’s just something about a hand- knit hat that screams ‘attitude!’ Now, … knitters can quickly and easily make one to express any mood, put the finishing touch on any outfit, and even change an entire look. All the designs have unique twists of color or detail that make them stand out from the store-bought pack. …” — PUBLISHER ANNOTATION

“Healing Lyme Beyond Antibiotics: A Personal Account of Winning the Battle Against Lyme Disease” by Isabella S. Oehry — “Healing Lyme Beyond Antibiotics tells the story of Isa’s successful recovery, but is more than a guide on how to cure oneself from Lyme disease by natural means. It also informs the reader about the bacteria that cause the illness, offers detailed information about bacterial hosts and reservoirs, and gives advice on how to protect oneself from getting infected.” — Goodreads.com

“Home Learning Year by Year: How to Design a Creative and Comprehensive Homeschool Curriculum” by Rebecca Rupp — “…Rebecca Rupp presents comprehensive plans from preschool through high school, covering integral subjects for each grade, with lists of topics commonly presented at each level, recommended resource and reading lists, and suggestions for creative alternative options and approaches. Included, along with all the educational basics, are techniques and resources for teaching everything from philosophy to engineering, as well as suggestions for dealing with such sensitive topics as sex education… Home Learning Year by Year continues to be the definitive book for the homeschooling parent.” — ONIX Annotations

“How to Astronaut: An Insider’s Guide to Leaving Planet Earth” by Terry Virts — “How to Astronaut is an amusing and enlightening insight into an astronaut’s work life…. This is an eye-opening insider’s view on what it’s really like to be an astronaut: the joys, the dangers, the fear, and the day-to-day reality of it. Virts’ writing is humorous, playful, down to earth, and often wise.” —Booklist

“Lost Connections : Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression-and the Unexpected Solutions” by Johann Ari — “This is a bold and inspiring book that will help far more than just those who suffer from depression. As Hari shows, we all have within us the potential to live in ways that are healthier and wiser.” – Arianna Huffington

“Organizing Solutions for People With ADHD” by Susan C. Pinsky — “…presents a simple but effective, long-term solution to get you back in control of your life. Written by professional organizer Susan Pinsky, it outlines a practical, ADHD-friendly organizing approach that emphasizes easy maintenance techniques and methods for maximum efficiency, catering to the specific needs of the ADHD population.” — PUBLISHER ANNOTATION

“Quick & Easy Quiltmaking: 26 Projects Featuring Speedy Cutting and Piecing Methods” by Mary Hickey (plus others) — “This collection of projects for bed and wall quilts incorporates the speedy cutting and piecing techniques developed by some of the most innovative and respected quilting teachers in America. Both beginner and experienced quilters will find projects and techniques that appeal to their range of skills and tastes…”– Goodreads.com

“Rage” by Bob Woodward — “An essential account of a chaotic administration that, Woodward makes painfully clear, is incapable of governing.”Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“The 10-Step Depression Relief Workbook: A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Approach” by Simon A. Rego — “More and more we are learning the value of “been there, done that” in medical care. Sarah Fader’s lived experience makes her uniquely qualified to give other people living with depression valuable hints, tips, and insights into managing their disorder. This book provides a great roadmap for success that anyone can follow. If you, or a loved one, is suffering from depression, this is a great resource.”―Gabe Howard, Mental Health Activist

“The ADHD Advantage : What You Thought was a Diagnosis May Be Your Greatest Strength” by Dale Archer — “…As someone who not only has ADHD himself but also has never used medication to treat it, Dr. Archer understands the condition from a unique standpoint. Armed with new science and research, he hopes to generate public interest and even debate with his positive message as he guides the millions of people with ADHD worldwide toward a whole new appreciation of their many strengths and full innate potential.” — Amazon.com

“The Depression Cure : The 6-step Program to Beat Depression Without Drugs” by Stephen S. Ilardi — “Dr. Ilardi reminds us that our bodies shouldn’t be sleep-deprived, or subjected to poor diets and frenzied twenty-first-century life…The book describes an easy-to-follow, clinically proven program that follows a clear system to what our bodies need.” ―Huffington Post

“The Family Circus: By Request” by Bil Keane — “…His cartoons are hung regularly throughout America, which is more important to him than having his works hung in the Museum of Modern Art (which they are not).” — Goodreads.com

“The New Birdhouse Book: Inspiration and Instruction for Building 50 Birdhouses” by Leslie Garisto — “…Author Leslie Garisto provides suggestions for using birdhouses as design accents in the garden or home and provides advice on what to look for, where to shop, and how much to pay for authentic birdhouses.” —Goodreads.com

“The Photo Ark Vanishing: The World’s Most Vulnerable Animals” by Joel Sartore — ““This book is both beautiful and heart rending. All of the animals in it are either already extinct in the wild or heading towards extinction. Just think about that. The man taking all of these magnificent pictures wants to at least make a record of each one’s existence before it falls from the earth.” –Broken Teepee

The Talk: Conversations about Race, Love & Truth” by Wade Hudson — “Though readers of color may find a number of these entries far too familiar, there is striking versatility in the approaches, cultures, and experiences of the authors that will compel readers of all backgrounds to continue forward.” —Booklist, Starred Review

“The Upward Spiral : Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression, One Small Change at a Time” by Alex Korb — “Depression can feel like a downward spiral, pulling you into a vortex of sadness, fatigue, and apathy. In The Upward Spiral, neuroscientist Alex Korb demystifies the intricate brain processes that cause depression and offers a practical and effective approach to getting better. Based on the latest research in neuroscience, this book provides dozens of straightforward tips you can do every day to rewire your brain and create an upward spiral towards a happier, healthier life.” — Amazon.com

“Think Like a Monk: Train Your Mind for Peace and Purpose Every Day” by Jay Shetty — ““Jay Shetty shows you step by step how to build your power, shifting your focus from self-image to self-esteem. This book frees you from the hypnosis of social conditioning and helps you become the architect of your own life.”—DEEPAK CHOPRA, MD, professor of medicine, University of California, San Diego, and New York Times bestselling author

“Troubleshooting Guide to Residential Construction : The Diagnosis and Prevention of Common Building Problems” by Journal of Light Construction — “Most construction defects are easily prevented during construction, but expensive to fix later. Learn from over 50 experts in the field where most costly trouble spots are and how to avoid them.” — Goodreads.com

“War: How Conflict Shaped Us” by Margaret MacMillan — “An insightful and disturbing study of war as an aspect of culture.”Kirkus Reviews

“Winter” by Karl Ove Knausgaard — “The author casts the world in a holy glow of surprise and compassion… A winningly interior journey into the most interior of seasons.” Kirkus Reviews, starred

ADULT AUDIO BOOK

“Blame the Dead: A Novel” by Ed Ruggero
“Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens

BLUE/DVD

“American Ballet Theatre at the Met: Mixed Bill”
“Lost in the Barrens”
“Modern Family: The Complete First Season [videorecording]”
“Orphan Horse”
“Red Dog [videorecording]”
“Shark Tale [videorecording]”
“Star Trek, Picard Movie & TV Collection”
“The Living Sea [DVD Recording]
“The Magnificent Seven Collection”
“Toy Story [videorecording]”

PARENTING

“20 Fun-Filled Games That Build Early Reading Skills: Quick and Easy Literacy Games That Get Emergent Readers Off to a Great Start!” by E. D. Hirsch — “This delightful collection of easy-to-play games helps kids learn phonemic awareness, sound-letter relationships, sight words, rhymes, word meanings, blends, digraphs, and more. Includes instant, reproducible game boards. For use with Grades K-2.” — Goodreads.com

All About ADHD: A Family Resource for Helping Your Child Succeed with ADHD” by E. D. Hirsch — “Comprehensive and reassuring, this book is an excellent resource for parents, teachers, pediatricians and mental health professionals.” – West Suburban Living

“Differently Wired: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World” by Deborah Reber — “Differently Wired will help parents of children who think differently to accept their child for who they are and facilitate their successful development.” —Temple Grandin, author of Thinking in Pictures and The Autistic Brain

“Finally Focused: The Breakthrough Natural Treatment Plan for ADHD That Restores Attention, Minimizes Hyperactivity, and Helps Eliminate Drug Side Effects” by James Greenblatt — “Finally Focused is one of the smartest books on ADHD in many years.  It is filled with a clear, effective, science-based program that gives you all the building blocks to treat ADHD naturally and effectively. I highly recommend it.” – Daniel G. Amen, MD, Founder of Amen Clinics and New York Times bestselling author of Healing ADD and Change Your Brain, Change Your Life

“Itsy Bitsy Yoga for Toddlers and Preschoolers: 8-Minute Routines to Help Your Child Grow Smarter, Be Happier, and Behave Better” by Helen Garabedian — “If you’ve been looking for a fun and loving way to help your children learn and improve their development, look no further than Itsy Bitsy Yoga for Toddlers and Preschoolers….Yoga can even help your child throughout the day-from taming tantrums to teaching cooperation-On the Go advice and Super Duper Poses show you how. Enjoy the fun of yoga with your child today!” — Goodreads.com

“Raising Boys with ADHD: Secrets for Parenting Healthy, Happy Sons” by James W. Forgan — “The book is informational and action-oriented: terms are explained, and current research and treatment options are explored in language that parents can understand, use with their sons, and disseminate to others.” —Publishers Weekly, March 19, 2012

“Raising Girls with ADHD: Secrets for Parenting Healthy, Happy Daughters” by James W. Forgan — “… Thorough yet easy to read, this book provides parents with the necessary information to successfully navigate the many challenges that accompany raising a daughter with ADHD. … After reading Raising Girls With ADHD and developing their own Dynamic Action Plan, parents will feel better prepared to face the many challenges and expectations the years will bring.” —Patricia O. Quinn, MD, coauthor of Understanding Girls With ADHD and author of Attention, Girls!

“The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind” by Daniel J. Siegel — “Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson have created a masterful, reader-friendly guide to helping children grow their emotional intelligence. This brilliant method transforms everyday interactions into valuable brain-shaping moments. Anyone who cares for children—or who loves a child—should read The Whole-Brain Child.”—Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence

“What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know: Preparing Your Child for a Lifetime of Learning” by E. D. Hirsch — “Designed for use by parents and teachers, this groundbreaking first volume in the Core Knowledge Series provides kindergartners with the fundamentals they need to prepare them for a lifetime of learning. It sets out the elements a parent or educator should look for in a good kindergarten program and introduces activities that help a child take the first steps in learning to read and write.” — Amazon.com

BOARD BOOK
“L’ABC des Siraenes”
“Mrs. Peanuckle’s Vegetable Alphabet”
“Pippa and Pelle”
“Une Souris”

KIT
“Pumpkin Kit”

PICTURE BOOK
“A Three Hat Day” by Laura Geringer
“All are Welcome” by Alexandra Penfold
“Amelia Bedelia Bakes Off” by Herman Parish
“Bedtime for Sweet Creatures” by Nikki Grimes”
“Bonniema and Fredpa’s Big Family” by Shelley Adam
“Día de los Muertos” by Roseanne Thong
“Digging for Words: José Alberto Gutiérrez and the Library He Built” by Angela Burke Kunkel
“Freedom Soup” by Tami Charles
“How to Solve a Problem: The Rise (and Falls) of a Rock-Climbing Champion” by Ashima Shiraishi
“I Am Enough” by Grace Byers
“Just Ducks” by Nicola Davies
“Magnificent Homespun Brown: A Celebration” by Samara Cole Doyon
“Margaret’s Unicorn” by Briony May Smith
“Mouse Tales” by Arnold Lobel
“Nana Akua Goes to School” by Tricia Elam Walker
“One Is a Piñata: A Book of Numbers” by Roseanne Thong
“Rescuing Mrs. Birdley” by Aaron Reynolds
“Saturdays are for Stella” by Candy Wellins
“Smart George” by Jules Feiffer
“Spooky Bunny Tales” by Max & Ruby
“Sweetest Kulu” by Celina Kalluk
“The Blue House” by Phoebe Wahl
“The Camping Trip” by Sven Nordquist
“The Most Beautiful Thing” by Kao Kalia Yang
“The Pigeon Wants a Puppy!” by Mo Willems
“The Starkeeper” by Faith Pray
“Think Before You Act : Learning about Self-discipline and Self-Control” by Regina C. Burch
“Waiting Together” by Danielle Dufayet
“We are Water Protectors” by Carole Lindstrom

JUVENILE/YA AUDIO BOOK

“His Dark Materials” by Philip Pullman — “The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass are available together in one volume perfect for any fan or newcomer to this modern fantasy classic series.” — Goodreads.com

The Story of the World: Volume 1 Ancient Times” by Susan Wise Bauer — “This may well be the best multi-age read aloud narrative of world history yet to have been written.”- Homeschooling in Japan

“The Story of the World: Volume 2 The Middle Ages” by Susan Wise Bauer — …. this revised edition of The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child, Volume 2: The Middle Ages weaves world history into a story book format. Who discovered chocolate? What happened to the giant Fovor of the Mighty Blows? Why did the Ottoman Turks drag their war ships across dry land?” — Goodreads.com

“The Story of the World: Volume 3 Early Modern Times” by Susan Wise Bauer — “…weaves world history into a story book format. Who was the Sun King? Why did the Luddites go around England smashing machines? And how did samurai become sumo wrestlers?” — Goodreads.com

“The Story of the World: Volume 4 The Modern Age” by Susan Wise Bauer — “Discover the marvelous stories of the world’s modern nations with the newest volume of this read-aloud series….Where was the Crystal Palace? Who was the Sick Man of Europe? And how did cow fat start a revolution?” — Goodreads.com

JUVENILE FICTION

“Before the Ever After” by Jacqueline Woodson — “Using spare and lyrical language for ZJ’s present-tense narration, which moves back and forth through time, Woodson skillfully portrays the confusion, fear, and sadness when a family member suffers from brain injury and the personality changes it brings. . . . The well-rounded secondary characters complete a mosaic of a loving African American family and their community of friends. . . . A poignant and achingly beautiful narrative shedding light on the price of a violent sport.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Curse of the Night Witch” by Alex Aster — “”Debut author Aster takes inspiration from Colombian folklore to craft a rousing series opener that’s both fast-paced and thrilling. As her protagonists face off against a host of horrors, they learn the value of friendship and explore the possibility of changing one’s fate in a world where destiny is predetermined.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Lalani of the Distant Sea” by Erin Entrada Kelly — “Unlikely but determined heroine Lalani is lovably loyal, kind-hearted, and optimistic even as she faces unspeakable dangers, and her relentless spirit makes her a worthy protagonist in this triumphant tale about fighting for the people one loves and staying true to oneself.” — (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

“Little House on Rocky Ridge” by Roger Lea MacBride — “(This is the story of the spirited daughter of the author of the beloved Little House series.) Picks up the Wilder family history as Laura, Almanzo, and daughter Rose travel in a covered wagon to Missouri where they purchase Rocky Ridge Farm and make a new life for themselves.” — ONIX Annotation

“Ragweed & Poppy” by Avi — “Ragweed is on a freight train heading away from Amperville, seeking a new life. On his way, he meets Lotar, an innocent but annoying baby raccoon who is desperate to reunite with his mother. Though Ragweed doesn’t want to be tied down, he helps the youngster. After finally getting rid of the pesky creature, a high-flying misadventure lands him in Dimwood Forest. That’s where Ragweed hears another cry for help. Following the call, he finds a cage with a young deer mouse trapped inside. When he asks the mouse’s name, she replies, “Poppy.” How Ragweed comes to Poppy’s aid, and how Poppy comes to his, is the story of how their fateful friendship begins.” — Publisher Annotation

“Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Adventure” by Jeff Kinney — “From the imagination of Rowley Jefferson comes an adventure of epic proportions. Join Roland and his best friend, Garg the Barbarian, as they leave the safety of their village and embark on a quest to save Roland’s mom from the White Warlock. Will our heroes survive? Find out in Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Adventure!” — Amazon.com

“Sisters of Sword & Song” by Rebecca Ross – “Ross’ heroic epic is vividly inspired by ancient Greece, down to its poetic language…it revels in intricate plotting, political intrigue, and fascinating divinity-based magic.” — (Booklist)

“The Adventures of Jimmy Skunk” by Thornton W. Burgess — “When Jimmy Skunk curls up to take a nap in an old barrel, the imp of mischief gets the better of Peter Rabbit. Tons of trouble plague the long-eared prankster after he decides it’d be great fun to see the barrel – with Jimmy inside – roll down from its resting point high on a hill. Reddy Fox gets the blame for Jimmy’s wild ride (as well as a dose of the skunk’s “perfume”); Peter gets his comeuppance for playing nasty tricks; and before the day is out, Jimmy Skunk and Unc’ Billy Possum go egg-hunting and wind up in a pretty pickle in Farmer Brown’s henhouse. Children will delight in these warm, whimsical adventures that combine all the interest and excitement of a good story with gentle lessons about nature, wildlife and such virtues as courtesy, kindness, and preparedness.” — ONIX Annotations

“The Light in the Lake” by Sarah R. Baughman — “Baughman convincingly portrays the varied reactions to the findings as well as everybody’s desire for the lake to thrive…Compassionately told, this compelling debut brings to life conservation issues and choices young readers will confront as adults.”―Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“The Time of Green Magic” by Hilary McKay — From acclaimed author and Costa winner Hilary McKay comes The Time of Green Magic: a beautiful, spell-binding novel about family, magic, an old house and a mysterious visitor. . .” — Publisher Annotation

“The Tower of Nero” by Rick Riordan — At last, the breathtaking, action-packed finale of the #1 bestselling Trials of Apollo series is here!” — Amazon.com

“The Wild Path” by Sarah R. Baughman — “In Baughman’s skillful handling, Addie’s memories of her brother and her first-person voice are both heartbreaking and hopeful. The novel offers a gentle, introspective exploration of grief and the wonder and fragility of nature, creating a beautiful and dynamic world in which the scientific method and magic coexist.”―Publishers Weekly, starred review

JUVENILE NON-FICTION

“A Wild Child’s Guide to Endangered Animals” by Millie Marotta — “Where in the world do birds sleep in midair or fish reside in the desert? Marotta reveals the answers in this informative introduction to 43 endangered species from around the world, including both rare and well-known animals living in a variety of habitats: freshwater, oceans, forests, mountains, tundras, deserts, grassland, and wetlands. Caribou, axolotl, giraffes, agami, and herons come to life in the author’s highly detailed illustrations.” — Susan Scheps, SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

“An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People” by Debbie Reese — “This is a desperately needed corrective to existing histories for young people, and its combination of breadth and passion will spur both reflection and emotion.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“Dad’s Book of Awesome Science Experiments: From Boiling Ice and Exploding Soap to Erupting Volcanoes and Launching Rockets, 30 Inventive Experiments to Excite the Whole Family!” by Mike Adamick — “Dad’s Book of Awesome Science Experiments has those amazing (but messy) projects…that he will love to do with the kids.” —Parents Magazine

“D’Aulaires’ Book of Norse Myths” by Ingri D’Aulaire — “Originally published as ‘Norse Gods and Giants’, this lavishly illustrated compendium includes an insightful introduction by Michael Chabon. The d’Aulaires manage to capture the wildness and strangeness of the Norse pantheon with their bold lithographs and no- nonsense prose. Now a new generation of children can enjoy this impressive volume as much as their parents did.” — THE HORN BOOK

Egypt in Spectacular Cross-Section” by Stephen Beisty — “Stephen Biesty’s Egypt is endlessly fascinating and entertaining, as well as being an authoritative source of information on a culture children love to study.” — The Times

“Kerry and the Knight of the Forest” by Andi Watson — “An infectiously fun adventure that hints at danger without crossing the line into frightening. Put this into the hands of “Hildafolk” fans.” —School Library Journal

“Mountain Biking for Kids” by Christopher C Keller — “This book is more than brilliance in basics. It combines mental and physical ideologies to nurture the mindset of the young mountain bikers. Even if you are already knowledgeable of mountain biking this guide is sure to leave you with gems to apply and remember.” — Amazon.com

“Nine Months: Before a Baby is Born” by Miranda Paul — “This touching book describes milestones both inside and outside of a mother’s belly over the course of nine months. . . . Children both young and old will be captivated by the details of fetal development and the story of a family preparing for and welcoming a new member.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

“Power Up” by Seth Fishman — “Fishman begins this work with an unbelievable but true statement about how there is enough energy in a person’s pinkie finger to power a large city for an entire day. …A great introduction to human physiology that affirms just how special our bodies are.” — (School Library Journal)

“Pyramids” by Anne Millard — “Millard’s own interest in Egypt is evident, as more than half the book is devoted to Egyptian pyramids from all three kingdoms. She provides a wealth of information on their design, construction, and purpose, as well as on ancient funerary practices and the workers’ roles. Far less detailed information is supplied for pyramids in the Americas…” — Chris Sherman

“Roman Myths” by Anthony Masters — “This book features a beautifully illustrated collection of marvelous stories retold from classic legends and ancient mythology. The tales are lively, well-written versions that make the drama and excitement of each story accessible to children of all ages.” — Amazon.com

“Thanku: Poems of Gratitude” by Miranda Paul — “This poetry anthology, edited by Miranda Paul, explores a wide range of ways to be grateful (from gratitude for a puppy to gratitude for family to gratitude for the sky) with poems by a diverse group of contributors, including Joseph Bruchac, Margarita Engle, Cynthia Leitich Smith, Naomi Shihab Nye, Charles Waters, and Jane Yolen.” Amazon.com

“The Death of the Faefolk” by Anne-Marie Keppel – The Death of Faefolk intertwines lessons in death education, ordinary magic, otherworld travel and healing through ancestral lines. Walk deep into a land where innocence and elderhood meet- where the real work of examining your bones is discovered. Four young adults and a mysterious young man are brought together through the death of their beloved dog only to discover that death and life are inseparable and living is more precious because of it. Magical, humorous and emotionally moving, The Death of Faefolk is the story of life after the Great Virus where death education has become essential to understanding how to live.” — Amazon.com

“The Ocean in Your Bathtub” by Seth Fishman — “This picture book sparkles with a mix of basic and surprising information about oceans. . . . The illustrations are a perfect match—amusing and informative, with some unexpected details. . . . A fabulous find.” — (School Library Journal (starred review))

“The Talk: Conversations about Race, Love & Truth” by Wade Hudson — “This collection should speak to any child or adult–especially BIPOC children and adults–who has been affected by systemic racism and inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement….An anthology filled with abidinginspirational messages of self-love and love for others.” –Shelf Awareness  

“The Undefeated” by Kwame Alexander — “[T]his magnificent anthem to the courage and genius of black Americans has been turned into a picture book with stunning portraits by Nelson….communicating clearly that when black lives matter, America is stronger.” Publishers Weekly, STARRED review

“Titanic Young Survivors” by Allan Zullo — “Eleven-year-old Billy Carter kneels down on the slanting deck of the Titanic and hugs his beloved dog — a tan and black Airedale. Can Billy save himself and his pet? Fifteen-year-old Edith Brown and her mother climb into Lifeboat 14. Edith begs her father to join them. Why won’t he? Seventeen-year-old Jack Thayer looks over the side of the sinking Titanic and stares into the frigid sea. There are no lifeboats left. He knows he has to jump, but can he? These and other young people came from many walks of life. Now, on the night of April 14, 1912, they all face a life-or-death crisis abroad the Titanic. When the unthinkable occurs, can they survive?” — ONIX Annotations

“Tutankhamun” by Demi — “Using research that includes the artifacts in King Tutankhamun’s tomb, Demi shares the rich details of the king’s life, from ostrich to lion hunts, to the challenges of ruling his Kingdom. Demi’s storytelling skills and magnificent artwork, inspired by Egyptian line in paintings, architecture, sculpture, and jewelry, reveal the life of a remarkable king who has been watching us “across a span of more than 3,000 years.”” — Amazon.com

“We the People” by Aura Lewis — “An engaging introduction to a document that continues to shape American lives.” – Publishers Weekly

“Woke: A Young Poet’s Call to Justice” by Mahogany L. Browne — “This collection of poems by women of color covers topics relating to social justice, activism, discrimination and empathy, focusing on the need to speak out and inspiring middle-graders.” –Vogue

“Your Place in the Universe” by Jason Chin — “People of all ages will want to pore over the captivating artwork and think about the relationship between size and space. . . .  A fascinating book that is as informative as it is marvelously absorbing.”—School Library Journal, Starred Review

YOUNG ADULT

“Akata Witch” by Nnedi Okorafor — “Sunny, albino daughter of Nigerian parents, is used to being called a witch; even so, it’s a surprise to learn she is one. Along with her coven, she must take on Okotoko the Black Hat, a serial killer who preys on children. Sunny’s world of pepper soup and afrobeat music, the audacious personalities, and Okorafor’s lively writing make this offering stand out.”” — THE HORN BOOK

“Grown” by Tiffany D. Jackson — “Gripping in both its content and format… Jackson’s writing some of the best thrillers for teens these days.” (Booklist (starred review))

Pàng, the Wandering Shàolín Monk” by Ben Costa — “One part historical fiction, one part kung fu action adventure comedy drama, Pang, The Wandering Shaolin Monk–winner of the 2009 Xeric Award–explores the history and legend of the Shaolin Temple’s murky past, while adding much needed depth to the kung fu genre.” — Amazon.com

“Spinning Silver” by Naomi Novik — “A perfect tale . . . This book is about the determination and quiet competence of women doing remarkable things without knowing first that they can do them. . . . A big and meaty novel, rich in both ideas and people, with the vastness of Tolkien and the empathy and joy in daily life of Le Guin.”The New York Times Book Review

“The Scottish Chiefs” by Jane Porter — “Rooted in political controversy, gender warfare, violence, and revolution, Jane Porter’s The Scottish Chiefs is the epic story of William Wallace’s struggle for Scottish independence from English rule. After the cruel death of his wife at the hands of the English, Wallace embarks on a patriotic crusade to free Scotland, gathering around himself loyal followers of both sexes, drawn from across Scottish society. Using the cross-dressing motifs of romance, Porter demonstrates that women have a crucial role to play in the drama of national identity, either as temptresses or national heroines. The Scottish Chiefs is a landmark in the development of the historical novel, and explores vital questions of patriotism, civic duty, heroism, and the role of women.” — ONIX Annotations

“This Book is Anti-Racist” by Tiffany Jewell — “Using clear, compelling language, Jewell employs four sections to deftly explain progressive understandings of identity, history, action, and solidarity as tools to encourage antiracist reflection, thought, and action. … Jewell offers readers at various points in their activist journeys a necessary primer on antiracist thinking (a glossary helpfully defines underlined terms used throughout, including cisgender, neurodiverse, and femme). Thoughtful, energizing calls to action and journal prompts encourage readers to check in with themselves and to “grow from our discomfort.”  – Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“We Are Not From Here” by Jenny Torres Sanchez — “A devastating read that is difficult to put down, this unforgettable book unflinchingly illuminates the experiences of those leaving their homes to seek safety in the United States.” —Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

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NEW ARRIVALS – SEPTEMBER 2020

ADULT FICTION

“A Mosaic of Wings” by Kimberly Duffy — “A nineteenth-century entomologist is caught between social expectations and desire in Kimberly Duffy’s A Mosaic of Wings, a novel about wanderlust and women’s empowerment. . . . India’s allure is captured with appreciative details of its spices and embroidered saris. . . . A Mosaic of Wings is a religious romance that pays tribute to trailblazers and field research as a captivating, down-to-earth bluestocking dares to let her own dreams take flight.”–Foreword Reviews

“Betty” by Tiffany McDaniel — “Magical, densely lyrical and often disturbing. Tiffany McDaniel follows in the tradition of The Color Purple with her unflinching portrayal of the generational ripples of racism, poverty, and abuse. Shot through with moonshine, Bible verses, and folklore, Betty is about the cruelty we inflict on one another, the beauty we still manage to find, and the stories we tell in order to survive.”
—Eowyn Ivey, New York Times bestselling author of To the Bright Edge of the World and the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Snow Child

“Cher Ami and Major Whittlesey” by Kathleen Rooney — “Imaginative and audacious…Rooney uses Cher Ami’s bird’s-eye view and curious afterlife to exhilerating, comic, and terrifying effect, while Whit’s tragic fate is exquisitely rendered… Unforgettable… A celebration of animal intelligence, and tribute to altruism and courage.”Booklist

“Fast Girls” by Elise Hooper — “Fast Girls is a compelling, thrilling look at what it takes to be a female Olympian in pre-war America. Rich with historical detail and brilliant story-telling, the book follows three athletes on their path to compete – and win – in a man’s world.” — (Tara Conklin, New York Times bestselling author of The House Girl and The Last Romantics)

“Glorious Boy” by Aimee Liu — “This fascinating novel examines the many dimensions of war, from the tragedy of loss to the unexpected relationships formed during conflict. The Andamans are a lush and unusual setting, a sacred home to all kinds of cultures and people, and Liu’s prose is masterful. A good choice for book groups and for readers who are unafraid to be swept away.” – Booklist

“Jack” by Marilynne Robinson — “A sometimes tender, sometimes fraught story of interracial love in a time of trouble . . . The story flows swiftly―and without a hint of inevitability ―as Robinson explores a favorite theme, ‘guilt and grace met together.’ An elegantly written proof of the thesis that love conquers all―but not without considerable pain.” ―Kirkus

“Migrations” by Charlotte McConaghy — “Visceral and haunting…As well as a first-rate work of climate fiction, Migrations is also a clever reimagining of Moby-Dick…This novel’s prose soars with its transporting descriptions of the planet’s landscapes and their dwindling inhabitants, and contains many wonderful meditations on our responsibilities to our earthly housemates…Migrations is a nervy and well-crafted novel, one that lingers long after its voyage is over.” ―The New York Times Book Review

“Monogamy” by Sue Miller — “Miller takes on and renews familiar themes of trust and betrayal between husbands and wives, parents and children, and does so with her signature crystalline focus and boundless empathy. The grieving process is hard enough to endure without having to question everything one ever knew about the deceased, an emotional minefield Miller traverses with grace and authenticity that are both haunting and vital.” — Booklist

“Network Effect” by Martha Wells — “Network Effect is the perfect fare for any seeking the perfect weekend binge read or escapist vacation.” ―BookPage

“Piranesi” by Susanna Clarke — “As questions multiply and suspense mounts in this spellbinding, occult puzzle of a fable, one begins to wonder if perhaps the reverence, kindness, and gratitude practiced by Clarke’s enchanting and resilient hero aren’t all the wisdom one truly needs.” ―Booklist

“Red At the Bone” by Jacqueline Woodson — “A spectacular novel that only [a] legend can pull off, one that wrenches us to confront the life-altering and life-pulling and life-subsuming facts of history, of love, of expectations, of status, of parenthood.” – Ibram X. Kendi in The Atlantic

“Royal” by Danielle Steel — A fascinating story of family and royalty, and an unforgettable portrait of an extraordinary young woman and the man who brings her home, Royal is an exhilarating work from America’s most beloved storyteller.” — Amazon

“The Bell in the Lake” by Lars Mytting — “With its broad-canvas narrative about the intersection of religion, superstition, and duty, The Bell in the Lake is an irresistible story of ancient times and modern challenges, by a powerful international voice.” — Annotation

“The Midnight Library” by Matt Haig — “Nora’s life is burdened by regrets. Then she stumbles on a library with books that enable her to test out the lives she could have led, including as a glaciologist, Olympic swimmer, rock star, and more. Her discoveries ultimately prove life-affirming in Matt Haig’s dazzling fantasy.” —Christian Science Monitor

 “The Order” by Daniel Silva — “Pulse-pounding…. [Silva] proves to be a master weaver of tales of international espionage and assassinations. One cannot help but marvel at his uncanny prescient knowledge of events unfolding today and those of tomorrow.” — (The Times of Israel)

“The Patron Saint of Pregnant Girls” by Ursula Hegi — “Compassionately observant…The offbeat characters enhance the quasi-dreamlike effect, but the scenarios they face are starkly real…Their emotional hardships are satisfyingly leavened by softer moments of romantic and familial love.”
Booklist

“The Return” by Nicholas Sparks — “As much a family drama as it is a love story . . . If you, like Trevor, are looking to slow down and focus on what’s really important, The Return is the heartwarming read you’ve been waiting for.”―BookPage

“The Shame” by Makenna Goodman — “Alma’s reckless fantasy, of complete domestic abandonment, speaks volumes about the emotional and physical labor of homestead motherhood. Goodman’s debut, an engrossing page-turner, is equal parts psychological case study and searing commentary of parenting and capitalism.”Booklist

“To Sleep in a Sea of Stars” by Chrisopher Paolini — “A powerful piece of SF, with intelligent writing and big ideas.”―Adrian Tchaikovsky, author of Children of Time

ADULT MYSTERY

“All the Devils are Here” by Louise Penny — “Penny excels at creating a sense of place, and she brings Paris to life with scenes small (a favorite garden at the Rodin museum) and big (the top of the Eiffel Tower). We walk ― or, when necessary, run ― through the streets of Paris, taste lemon tarts and mourn the fire damage to Notre Dame.” ―St. Louis Post Dispatch

“Flowers Over the Inferno” by Ilaria Tuti — “Superintendent Teresa Battaglia, a criminal profile expert, is in her sixties, overweight, lonely, diabetic, full of the ailments of aging—and delightful. It’s rare that such a character enters crime fiction for the first time, and with such gripping impact.” —The Times (UK)

“The Midwife Murders” by James Patterson & Richard Diallo — “In this psychological thriller, a missing patient raises concerns in a New York hospital, but as others start disappearing every dark possibility becomes more and more likely.” — Annotation

“The Sleeping Nymph” by Ilaria Tuti — “In this follow-up to Flowers over the Inferno, steel-spined Italian police superintendent Teresa Battaglia faces down a cunning killer, unravels a 70-year-old cold case, and battles an enemy from her past, all while guarding a career-killing secret: she has been diagnosed with early-onset dementia . . . The case leads to possibly psychopathic partisans, goddess cults, and twisted family history—all absolutely absorbing, as is the series-propelling exploration of Battaglia and Marino’s relationship.” —Booklist

ADULT BIOGRAPHY

“Arthur Ashe: A Life” by Raymond Arsenault — “For those who have long admired Ashe, this close look at his life offers even more evidence that he was more than a great player, he was an extraordinary person. . . . Arthur Ashe: A Life is among the best books about tennis I’ve ever read — it’s a deep, detailed, thoughtful chronicle of one of the country’s best and most important players.” — Touré, The New York Times Book Review

A Knock at Midnight” by Brittany Barnett — “A crusading lawyer battles unfair sentences meted out in the ‘war on drugs’ in this passionate memoir. . . . An engrossing legal drama complete with wrenching reversals and redemptions, this account richly humanizes defendants while incisively analyzing deep flaws in America’s justice system.”Publishers Weekly 

“She Came to Slay: The Life and Times of Harriet Tubman” by Erica Armstrong Dunbar — “This book is fascinating . . . hyper accessible . . . Harriett Tubman is one of those people [that I thought] like I know her, I’m a black person, I know Harriet Tubman, and it turns out, I did not know her. …It is a page-turner and there’s so much life into that it’s so different from your typical stereotypical history book.”—Aminatou Sow, Call Your Girlfriend

“The Yellow House: A Memoir” by Sarah Broom — “Broom’s memoir of poverty, striving, and justice in pre and post-Katrina-stricken New Orleans concerns rising tides, the literal ones that took her childhood home, and the structural ones, too, that, instead of lifting all, are threatening to drown. Broom has a reporter’s eye but an essayist’s heart, blending urban history of her segregated home city and her family’s attempt to survive in it.”―Vogue

“This is What America Looks Like: My Journey from Refugee to Congresswoman” by Ilhan Omar — “Rep. Ilhan Omar is not just pushing America to live up to its best ideals—she’s showing us how the struggle for inclusion and solidarity can transform our communities in the here and now. This book is a gripping, wonderfully frank account of a remarkable political journey that is just getting started. As dazzling as its author.” — (Naomi Klein, author of On Fire: The Burning Case for the Green New Deal)

ADULT NON-FICTION

“14 Miles: Building the Border Wall” by DW Gibson — “[A] fascinating collection of voices that shows not just how the wall works (or doesn’t), but what it says about our national identity.”—John Wilkens, The San Diego Union-Tribune

“All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis” by Elizabeth Johnson & Katherine K. Wilkinson — “Provocative and illuminating essays from women at the forefront of the climate movement who are harnessing truth, courage, and solutions to lead humanity forward.” — Amazon.com

Capital and Ideology” by Thomas Piketty — “Nothing less than a global history of inequality and the stories that societies tell to justify it, from pre-modern India to Donald Trump’s U.S.”―Wired

“Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents” by Isabel Wilkerson –“Extraordinary . . . one of the most powerful nonfiction books I’d ever encountered . . . an instant American classic and almost certainly the keynote nonfiction book of the American century thus far. . . .Caste deepens our tragic sense of American history. It reads like watching the slow passing of a long and demented cortege. . . . It’s a book that seeks to shatter a paralysis of will. It’s a book that changes the weather inside a reader.”—Dwight Garner, The New York Times

“Democracy: In One Book or Less: : How It Works, Why It Doesn’t, and Why Fixing It Is Easier Than You Think” by David Litt — “Casts a welcome, cleansing beam of light on a subject that has become increasingly murky and frustratingly confusing . . . Litt has a breezy, often conversational tone, but that in no way diminishes the force of his argument. Politics has changed, and not in a good way. But there are ways American democracy can be fixed, and it is to Litt’s credit that he offers practical albeit challenging solutions to the problems confronting our system of governance.” — (Booklist (starred review))

“Home Learning Year by Year, , Revised and Updated: How to Design a Creative and Comprehensive Homeschool Curriculum” by Rebecca Rupp — “A comprehensive guide to designing homeschool curriculum, from one of the country’s foremost homeschooling experts—now revised and updated!” — Amazon.com

“Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor” by Layla Sand — “Layla Saad’s Me and White Supremacy is an indispensable resource for white people who want to challenge white supremacy but don’t know where to begin. She moves her readers from their heads into their hearts, and ultimately, into their practice. We won’t end white supremacy through an intellectual understanding alone; we must put that understanding into action.” – Robin DiAngelo, author of New York Times bestseller White Fragility

“Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets” by Luke Dittrich — “The machinations of scientists and researchers—their personality and ambition, power and hubris—are of equally vital (and cautionary) importance in Dittrich’s unusual and compelling mix of science and family history.”Booklist (starred review)

“Places and Names: On War, Revolution, and Returning” by Elliot Ackerman — “The power of this memoir comes from [Ackerman’s] illumination of paradoxes and contradictions that provide a common emotional denominator for soldiers who previously found themselves in wars where they discovered more than two sides. . . . A profoundly human narrative that transcends nationality and ideology.” —Kirkus, starred review

“Redlands, Volume 1, Sisters by Blood” by Jordie Bellaire — “…a stellar feminist occult horror comic. The first volume takes place in rural Florida, where a coven took over the town of Redlands in 1977 “to make new, through sacrifice.” In present day, the coven is Redlands’ police force, attempting to maintain control in the wake of a serial killer’s rampage. Laurent, a friend and ally of the coven since the ’70s, finds the killer, decapitates him, and feeds him to alligators. During this battle, a witch named Bridget almost drowns and becomes possessed by Nancy, a dead sex worker forced into servitude by the monstrous pimp Zuzu. Bridget grants Nancy permission to use her body and track down her former captor. The spine-tingling adventure is filled with examples of sexual harassment, such as a principal propositioning one of his female students for sex, adding emotional terror to the spooky mix. Monsters abound, but even the supernatural characters evoke humanity and empathy. … This dark campfire tale is both politically relevant and terrifying.” — PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, c2018.

“Simply Living Well: A Guide to Creating a Natural, Low-Waste Home” by Julia Watkins — “Living a life with zero waste can seem like an impossible task, and author, conservationist, and Instagram influencer Watkins recognizes that it is, rather hoping that readers will instead strive to do their best to refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle, and rot (compost). This guide spans a wide range of household opportunities to practice these five Rs by making and using a variety of items, including reusable food storage tools, cleaning products, recipes, personal care toiletries, and objects to enhance a kitchen garden. ….”– Anne Heidemann. Booklist Online Review. AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION, c2020.

“Suffrage: Women’s Long Battle for the Vote” by Ellen Carol Dubois — “Ellen DuBois tells us the long drama of women’s fight for the vote, without privileging polite lobbying over radical disobedience—or vice versa. In so doing, she gives us the gift of a full range of tactics now, and also the understanding that failing to vote is a betrayal of our foremothers and ourselves.” — Gloria Steinem

“The Deepest South of All: True Stories of Natchez, Mississippi” by Richard Grant — “This richly layered book offers a multifaceted view of the culture and history of an American city that, in its history, reveals the roots of the racial conflicts that continue to haunt the American psyche. An entertaining and thought-provoking memoir and sociological portrait.”Kirkus Reviews

“The Deficit Myth: Modern Monetary Theory and the Birth of the People’s Economy” by Stephanie Kelton — “Stephanie Kelton convincingly overturns the conventional wisdom that federal budget deficits are somehow bad for the nation. …Kelton argues that our government’s inability to provide for citizens isn’t due to a lack for money; instead, our leaders lack political will.”―Farhad Manjoo, The New York Times

“The Socrates Express: In Search of Life Lessons from Dead Philosophers” by Eric Weiner — “Weiner makes a convincing and winningly presented case for the practical applications of philosophy to everyday existence in the 21st century. With humor and thoughtfulness, he distills the wisdom of thinkers from throughout history . . . into ways to slow down, ask questions, and pay attention. . . . His book offers an appealing way to cope with the din of modern life and look at the world with attentive eyes and ears.” —Publishers Weekly

“Uncharted: How to Navigate the Future” by Margaret Heffernan — “The cumulative result of Heffernan’s smartly assembled case studies and insights is a thought-provoking look at how readers can face down a sometimes frightening future with courage and grace.” —Publishers Weekly

“Vesper Flights: New and Collected Essays” by Helen Macdonald — “Vesper Flights is a book of tremendous purpose. Throughout these essays, Macdonald revisits the idea that as a writer it is her responsibility to take stock of what’s happening to the natural world and to convey the value of the living things within it.”Washington Post

BLUE/DVD

“Scoob!”
“The King of Staten Island”

YOUNG ADULT

“Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Legacy of Orisha)” by Tomi Adeyemi — “Adeyemi’s thrilling second Legacy of Orïsha novel ups the stakes and expands the series’ mythology while extolling unity and illustrating the futility of hatred and retribution… a vivid, visceral tale studded with action and capped with a literary gut-punch.” ―Publishers Weekly

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NEW ARRIVALS – AUGUST 2020

ADULT FICTION
“Beach Read” by Emily Henry — “This will still sweep readers off their feet. January’s first-person narration is suitably poetic and effervescent, the small-town beach setting is charming, and the romance is achingly swoony.”Booklist

“Epidemic” by J. P. Choquette — “Everett James, a reporter in New England, finds himself in the middle of the most important investigation of his life. When a deadly virus, H1N2, breaks out in the small town of St. Albans, Vermont, James takes the story. …Readers of Dan Brown and Robin Cook will enjoy this medical thriller set in small-town USA.” — Amazon.com

“Lost and Found Sisters” by Jill Shalvis — “Shalvis has crafted a wonderful summer read that will fit right in with beach blankets, flip-flops, and maybe a little moonshine.” — (Library Journal (starred review))

“Marry Me by Sundown” by Johann Lindsey — “New York Times bestselling author Johanna Lindsey takes you on a captivating adventure in 1880s Montana where passions and gold fever run high as an American heiress turns to a rugged mountain man to help her locate her father’s fortune.” — Publisher’s Annotation

“Never Say Never” by Lisa Wingatte — “A sudden shift in a hurricane’s course cancels senior citizen Donetta’s cruise at the last minute. Thrown together with a young woman named Kai, Donetta leads a group of evacuees back to Daily, Texas, where the charm of the town–and the high school coach–has Kai rethinking her drifter existence. Donetta, on the other hand, is contemplating moving on from her floundering marriage. As more people seek refuge in the small town, can they transition from merely surviving to truly thriving?” — Amazon.com

“Second Chance at Two Love Lane” by Kieran Kramer — “Readers who enjoy works by Nora Roberts and Luanne Rice will want to give Kramer a try.”―Library Journal

“The Grammarians” by Cathleen Schine — “Schine’s warmth and wisdom about how families work and don’t work are as reliable as her wry humor, and we often get both together . . . This impossibly endearing and clever novel sets off a depth charge of emotion and meaning.” ―Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“The Guest List” by Lucy Foley — “No one may have come to the island intending to murder, but this destination wedding spirals into mayhem when it’s slowly revealed that most everyone in attendance is capable of becoming a lusting-for-revenge killer.” — (Washington Post)

“The One Who Stays” by Toni Blake — “Toni Blake’s romances are so delicious, so intoxicating and addictive, a good night’s sleep isn’t even an option…no one does it like Toni Blake.” –New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr

“The Pull of the Stars: A Novel” by Emma Donoghue — “In doing a deep dive into the miseries and terrors of the past, Donoghue presciently anticipated the miseries and terrors of our present. . . . A deft, lyrical and sometimes even cheeky writer . . . she’s given us our first pandemic caregiver novel — an engrossing and inadvertently topical story about health care workers inside small rooms fighting to preserve life.”―Maureen Corrigan, NPR

“The Vanishing Half” by Brit Bennett — “Irresistible … an intergenerational epic of race and reinvention, love and inheritance, divisions made and crossed, binding trauma, and the ever-present past.” —Booklist, STARRED Review

ADULT MYSTERY
“A Dream to Die For” by Susan Z. Ritz — “A perplexing crime, a rural setting, a cast of quirky characters, and a reluctant amateur sleuth are staples of the cozy mystery genre, and everything comes alive at the tip of Ritz’s pen. Ritz keeps the tone light and amusing―there are powerful messages that ring through the story.” ―OnlineBookClub.org

“Whiskers in the Dark: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery” by Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown — “…. Harry and her fellow volunteers are clearing away debris at the National Beagle Club in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains in order to make the grounds safe for a proposed hunt when they find retired Foreign Service officer Jason Holzknect with his throat slit. Another murder at the club ups the ante. Meanwhile, a woman’s skeleton dating to the 18th century and wearing a pearl necklace is discovered in the local cemetery. Flashbacks to the years after the Revolutionary War tell the story of the woman who wore the pearls, which parallels the circumstances that led to the present-day murders. In lieu of detecting, Harry feels and intuits. For series fans, atmosphere is what counts: walking the dogs, stroking the cats, listening to the birds in the meadows, mucking out the stables, all accompanied by the animals’ wise observations. Brown’s love of nature shines through. ” — PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, c2019.

ADULT BIOGRAPHY

“Never Caught: The Washington’s Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, One Judge” by Erica Armstron — “Totally engrossing and absolutely necessary for understanding the birth of the American Republic, Never Caught is richly human history from the vantage point of the enslaved fifth of the early American population. Here is Ona Judge’s (successful) quest for freedom, on one side, and, on the other, George and Martha Washington’s (vain) use of federal power to try to keep her enslaved.” — Nell Irvin Painter, author of Sojourner Truth, A Life, A Symbol

ADULT NON-FICTION
“After the Last Border: Two Stories and the Story of Refuge in America” by Jessica Goudeau — “It’s obvious that Goudeau was able to gain the two women’s trust…their histories emerge through alternating chapters broken up by excerpts that provide social and political background about American refugee resettlement from the nineteenth century to the present day. These profiles are sympathetic and ultimately profoundly moving.” Booklist

“Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art” by James Nestor — “With his entertaining, eerily well-timed new book, James Nestor explains the science behind proper breathing and how we can transform our lungs and our lives. . . . The book is brisk and detailed, a well-written read that is always entertaining, as he melds the personal, the historical, and the scientific.” —The Boston Globe

“Homemade Yogurt & Kefir: 71 Recipes for Making & Using Probiotic-Rich Ferments” by Gianaclis Caldwell — “What sets this yogurt book apart is the global range of yogurts featured—from Russian Ryazhenka and Vietnamese Sữa Chua to Icelandic Skyr and Indian Mishti Doi. So many ways to transform my leftover milk! Caldwell also includes recipes for kefirs, cheeses, sweets, and many dairy-free options. With farmer profiles, bacterial charts and step-by step photos and illustrations, it’s a great primer for those new to fermented dairy, yet still has enough to challenge those whose yogurt making is already a weekly routine. ” — Blyth Meier, Porchlight Books

“In Praise of Paths: Walking through Time and Nature” by Torbjorn Ekelund — “What [Ekelund]’s addressing is the intention to walk one’s way to meaning: the walk as spiritual exercise, a kind of vision quest in which the answers we arrive at are less important than the impulse to seek them.”
David Ulin, New York Times

“In Praise of Walking : A New Scientific Exploration” by S. M. O’Mara — “In Praise of Walking [is] a backstage tour of what happens in our brains while we perambulate. Walking makes us healthier, happier and brainier…[O’Mara] knows this not only through personal experience, but from cold, hard data.” — Amy Fleming, Guardian

“Making Comics” by Lynda Barry — “The activities, drawn from Barry’s own magical classroom, are fun, flexible, and easy to follow [while] the reality that art drives and sustains us, if we let it, is present on every page… An engaging combination of how-to and why-you-must, perfect for anyone with a story itching to be told.”―Library Journal, Starred Review

“The Fat Kitchen: How to Render, Cure & Cook with Lard, Tallow & Poultry Fat” by Andrea Chesman — “The Fat Kitchen could not be more timely. It’s a guide to preparing and using animal fats, indulgently or sparingly, in all sorts of delectable ways. Tempting recipes … open new horizons.” — New York Times 

“Pollage: A Collaboration Between Friends” by Phyllis Rachel Larrabee — “This book of poems begins quietly, like a step into a still, familiar lake on a hot afternoon. There are poems about the seasons, Native Peoples, Judaism, politics and love. ” — Inside note

KIT
Dinosaur Kit

PICTURE BOOK
“Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes” by James Dean

JUVENILE FICTION

“The Secret Rescuers: The Baby Firebird” by Paula Harrison — “The series of simple, formulaic fantasy adventures about children who use “Speaking Stones” to talk to magical creatures continues with this third installment. In the Kingdom of Arramia, young potter Talia uses her new powers to save a flock of firebirds from the evil Lord Fortescue. Muddy grayscale illustrations place the trite story in a generic jungle setting.” — THE HORN BOOK, c2018.

“The Trials of Apollo” The Tyrant’s Tomb” by Rick Riordan — “In his penultimate adventure, a devastated but determined Apollo travels to Camp Jupiter, where he must learn what it is to be a hero, or die trying.” — Amazon.com

YOUNG ADULT
“Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You” by Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi — “Readers who want to truly understand how deeply embedded racism is in the very fabric of the U.S., its history, and its systems will come away educated and enlightened. Worthy of inclusion in every home and in curricula and libraries everywhere. Impressive and much needed.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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NEW ARRIVALS – JULY 2020

ADULT FICTION

“A Good Yarn” by Debbie Macomber — “Macomber offers another tale of women meeting and becoming good friends in a knitting class. When Lydia Hoffman, owner of A Good Yarn, offers a class in knitting socks, Elise Beaumont,… appears. Embroiled in a lawsuit, she has little patience with the foibles of others. Meanwhile, Bethanne Hamlin’s husband left her for another woman on Valentine’s Day. ….now, bereft of self-esteem and support, she has to find a job. And, finally, there’s Courtney Pulanski, …After her mother’s death four years ago, Courtney went a little wild and stuffed all her emotions down with food; now she’s alone, overweight, and unhappy. But soon an unbreakable bond is formed among the knitters in this sweet and poignant story of real women with real problems becoming real friends.” — Maria Hatton Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

“A Peculiar Grace” by Jeffrey Lent — “An uncomfortably brilliant novel both in the human dimensions of the story and the intense grace of the writing.” — Jim Harrison, author of Returning to Earth

“Afterlife” by Julia Alvarez — “In one moving scene after another, Alvarez dramatizes the sustaining power of stories, whether for immigrants in search of a better life or for widows surviving a spouse’s death. True to its title, Afterlife cannily explores what it means to go on after a loss . . .This is a beautiful book.” —BookPage, starred review

“Back on Blossom Street” by Debbie Macomber — “Macomber’s latest Blossom Street tale begins with a new knitting class at the shop Lydia Goetz owns in downtown Seattle. Lydia’s business is doing well, and in attendance are Susannah, who runs the flower shop next door; Colette, a young widow who lives upstairs; and Alix Townsend, a baker and former hoodlum engaged to a future minister. … These involving stories along with Macomber’s familiar characters continue the Blossom Street themes of friendship and personal growth that readers find so moving.” — Maria Hatton Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

“Brunch and Other Obligations: A Novel” by Suzanne Nugent — “Brunch and Other Obligations is an engaging, often sweet, and absolutely laugh-out-loud story of how relationships can evolve even among individuals who would like to believe they are vastly different―and lifelong frenemies. Suzanne Nugent’s writing is sharp and masterful, with spot-on dialogue and scenes that jump to life on the page.” ―Sherry Stanfa-Stanley, author of Finding My Badass Self: A Year of Truths and Dares

“Good Hope Road” by Lisa Wingate — “The tornado that levels the town of Poetry, Missouri, does more than change the topography of the small town; it changes lives. Jenilee, a 21-year-old with no real future, helps her elderly neighbor, Eudora, who is grateful for her rescue from the cellar of her demolished home, although perplexed by the identity and generosity of her savior. …Jenilee’s courage helps Eudora realize that she, too, can change. Wingate has written a genuinely heartwarming story about how a sense of possibility can be awakened in the aftermath of tragedy to bring a community together and demonstrate the true American spirit.” – Patty Engelmann; AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION, c2003.

“Hideaway” by Nora Roberts — “Roberts once again offers a master class in storytelling as she displays her formidable ability to portray easily relatable characters and engineer a plot spiked with chilling suspense and layered with life affirming love, which, together, generate a captivating read.” – Booklist

“The Paris Architect: A Novel” by Charles Belfoure — “Architect and debut author Belfoure’s portrayal of Vichy France is both disturbing and captivating, and his beautiful tale demonstrates that while human beings are capable of great atrocities, they have a capacity for tremendous acts of courage as well.” – Library Journal

“The Shop on Blossom Street” by Debbie Macomber — “Four lives knit together… … These four very different women, brought together by the age-old craft of knitting, make unexpected discoveries —about themselves and each other. Discoveries that lead to friendship and acceptance, to laughter and dreams. Discoveries only women can share….” — ONIX Annotations

“Starting Now: A Blossom Street Novel” by Debbie Macomber — “… Macomber returns to Seattle’s beloved Blossom Street in this heartfelt tale of friendship, renewal, and discovering what’s truly important in life….Warmly told and richly textured, Starting Now is filled with the promise of new beginnings and the unending delights of companionship and love. “Macomber understands the often complex nature of a woman’s friendships, as well as the emotional language women use with their friends.”-New York Journal of Books

ADULT MYSTERY

” A Plain Vanilla Murder” by Susan Wittig Albert — “A Plain Vanilla Murder is a flavorful blend of mystery and herb lore, present sins and past secrets, and characters who are as real as your next-door neighbors—stirred together in an absorbing novel that only Susan Wittig Albert could create.” — Publisher’s Annotation

A Rule Against Murder: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel” by Louise Penny — “Reminiscent of classic Christie… This latest treat in the series will keep fans salivating in anticipation, savoring each delectable morsel and yearning for more.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Close Knit Killer” by Maggie Sefton — “A mystery with more twists and turns than the scrumptious yarns in the fictitious shop of Lambspun…A clever, fast-paced plot, with a spunky sleuth and a cast of fun, engaging characters…Delivers the goods.”—Margaret Coel, New York Times bestselling author

“Devonshire Scream” by Laura Childs — “A charming cast of characters, a cultivated and genteel setting, plenty of tea and scones, a plausible slate of suspects, and an exciting climactic chase…Another enjoyable outing with Theodosia and friends.”—Publishers Weekly

“Dread of Winter” by Susan Alice Bickford”Fair Warning” by Michael Connelly — “There’s so much to love in Susan Bickford’s newest novel, Dread of Winter: a profound sense of place, the visceral evocation of a bitter winter’s cold, a dead-on depiction of the pit of despair that is the opioid epidemic, and language so beautiful on the page it’ll give you goosebumps.  I’m a newcomer to Bickford’s work, but I’m putting her on my list of must-read authors. You should, too.” —William Kent Krueger

“Fair Warning” by Michael Connelly — “Score another one for the dean of America’s crime writers… Fair Warning sheds light on the murky billion-dollar world of DNA testing… the subject [is] ripe for a good mystery. And Michael Connelly is just the guy to write it.”―Sandra Dallas, Denver Post

“Kill One, Kill Two” by Maggie Sefton — “…busy CPA Kelly Flynn leaves her frantic career in DC to investigate her elderly aunt’s suspicious death in Fort Connor, CO, and becomes a part of that thriving community and an integral member of the cozy knitting club situated at the House of Lambspun knit shop. This chatty series features a large cast of regulars, both men and women, whose interests extend beyond knitting. Infused with gentle humor, these leisurely paced cozies also include recipes and knitting patterns.” — LIBRARY JOURNAL, c2010.

“Pekoe Must Poison” by Laura Childs — “A love letter to Charleston, tea, and fine living.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Purl Up and Die” by Maggie Sefton — In the latest novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Yarn Over Murder, Kelly Flynn and the Lambspun Knitters must unravel the truth from the lies to clear a friend’s son suspected of murder…” — Amazon.com

“The Last Chance Olive Ranch” by Susan Wittig Albert — In this exciting mystery from New York Times bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert, China Bayles fears for her husband&;s life as an escaped convict targets him… ‘ — Publisher’s Annotation

“The Long Call” by Ann Cleeves — “Cleeves makes good use of Devon local color and populates this subtle, expertly paced mystery with distinctive supporting characters.” ― Publishers Weekly

“The Shooting at Chateau Rock” by Martin Walker — “When a local’s troubling death is linked to a Russian oligarch and his multinational conglomerate, Bruno faces one of his toughest cases yet, one that brings together a French notary and a rock star–and, of course, Bergerac red and white.” — Amazon.com

“Toucan Keep a Secret” by Donna Andrews — “This long-running cozy series shows no signs of losing its freshness.” ―Publishers Weekly on Toucan Keep a Secret

ADULT BIOGRAPHY

“The Price of Peace: Money, Democracy and the Life of John Maynard Keynes” by Zachary D. Carter — “Making an impressive book debut, journalist Carter offers a sweeping, comprehensive biography of economist, political theorist, and statesman John Maynard Keynes (1883–1946), one of most influential figures of his time. . . . An absorbing, thoroughly researched life of a singular thinker.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir” by John Bolton — “The most substantive, critical dissection of the president from an administration insider… lays out a long series of jarring and troubling encounters between the president, his top advisers and foreign leaders.” – Washington Post

“Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man” by Mary L. Trump — “[T]he most devastating, most valuable and all-around best Trump book since he started running for president. In the vast Trump literature, this one is something new…[W]hat this book does do is help us understand him, offering the most incisive rendering yet of why he is the way he is.”Politico

ADULT NON-FICTION

“American Dialogue: The Founders and Us” by Joseph J. Ellis — American Dialogue tries to break the conversational deadlock by going back to the beginning and exploring the controversial choices made by the Founders themselves, asking hard questions about who they were, what they did, and what legacies they left behind. . .”San Francisco Book Review

“Cook’s Illustrated 2014” — “Perfect for long-term reference, the Cook’s Illustrated 2014 Annual contains all six 2014 issues bound in one cloth-covered edition.” — Annotation

“Greenhouses for Homeowners and Gardeners” by John W. Bartok

“Hand Hewn: The Traditions, Tools, and Enduring Beauty of Timber Framing” by Jack Sobon — “An essential book for every builder — of anything — revealing the world of timber framing from a true master craftsman.” — Will Beemer, author of Learn to Timber Frame and director of the Heartwood School for the Homebuilding Crafts

Hardy Roses : An Organic Guide to Growing Frost- and Disease-resistant Varieties” by Robert Osborne“How to Be an Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi — ““A boldly articulated, historically informed explanation of what exactly racist ideas and thinking are . . . [Kendi’s] prose is thoughtful, sincere, and polished. This powerful book will spark many conversations.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Humble Pi: When Math Goes Wrong in the Real World” by Matt Parker — “A pleasant exploration of our deeply held incompetence at mathematics. . . . Fun reading for nonmathematicians.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Living with Cancer: A Step-by-Step Guide for Coping Medically and Emotionally with a Serious Diagnosis” by Vicki A. Jackson — “Ryan and Jackson offer patients and their families useful step-by-step advice. It comes at a time of unusual excitement in the field, thanks to new treatments that hold the promise of making long, full lives with cancer far more common.” — (Boston Globe Magazine)

“Making a Life: Working by Hand and Discovering the Life You Are Meant to Live” by Melanie Falick — ““A remarkable series of 30 vignettes that simultaneously comfort and stimulate. . . . Falick’s treasury, sumptuously photographed, will appeal to anyone who admires the people dedicated to making the world around them more beautiful.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Say Nothing : A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland” by Patrick Radden Keefe — “[Keefe] incorporates a real-life whodunit into a moving, accessible account of the violence that has afflicted Northern Ireland… Tinged with immense sadness, this work never loses sight of the humanity of even those who committed horrible acts in support of what they believed in.” Publishers Weekly, *starred review*

“Say We Won and Get Out: George D. Aiken and the Vietnam War” by Stephen C. Terry — “…Aiken was neither “hawk” nor “dove”, but a “wise owl” who spoke his mind forcefully and bluntly to all against the war. He advised President Johnson to declare that the U. S. won the Vietnam War and to get out. Later, Aiken told President Nixon to stop bombing in Cambodia or he couldn’t be elected “dogcatcher.” This is pure Aiken speaking truth to power for ending America’s most controversial war, a common-sense voice that the Nation sorely needs today.This book demonstrates that bi-partisan Senate leadership has worked in the past and must be present in order to solve urgent national problems….” — Publisher’s Annotation

“Science of Running: Analyze your Technique, Prevent Injury, Revolutionize your Training” by Chris Napier — “Discover the hard science that will help you run faster, endure for longer, and avoid injury.” — Amazon.com

“Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America” by Ibram X. Kendi — An “engrossing and relentless intellectual history of prejudice in America…The greatest service Kendi [provides] is the ruthless prosecution of American ideas about race for their tensions, contradictions and unintended consequences.” —The Washington Post

“The Land of Milk & Honey: A History of Beekeeping in Vermont” by Bill Mares — Land of Milk and Honey: A History of Vermont Beekeeping follows the trials and tribulations of beekeepers in Vermont.” — Amazon.com

“The Next Great Migration: The Beauty and the Terror of Life on the Move” by Sonia Shah — “A masterful survey of migration in both nature and humanity, countering some long-held misconceptions…a valuable treatise on how humanity can ‘reclaim our history of migration’ and adopt a more pan-global perspective.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Those Who Hold Bastogne: The True Story of the Soldiers and Civilians Who Fought in the Biggest Battle of the Bulge” by Peter Schrijvers — “A fast-paced story. . . . Schrijvers does an admirable job of weaving personal accounts into the larger picture of Bastogne’s horrors.”—Wall Street Journal

“Umami Bomb: 75 Vegetarian Recipes That Explode with Flavor” by Raquel Pelzel — “This satisfying and handy take on the fifth taste will please vegetarians and omnivores alike.” —Publishers Weekly

“Under Our Skin: Getting Real About Race and Getting Free From the Fears and Frustrations that Divide Us” by Benjamin Watson — “Can it ever get better? This is the question Benjamin Watson is asking. In a country aflame with the fallout from the racial divide―in which Ferguson, Charleston, and the Confederate flag dominate the national news, daily seeming to rip the wounds open ever wider―is there hope for honest and healing conversation? For finally coming to understand each other on issues that are ultimately about so much more than black and white?” — Amazon.com

BLUE/DVD

“Emma”
“Fly Away Home”
“The Iron Giant”
“Mary Poppins”
“Paddington”
“The Princess Bride”
“Stuart Little”
“Stuart Little 2”
“Stuart Little 3”
“Onward”

KIT

“Bird Watching Kit”
“Circus Kit”
“Fairy Houses Kit”
“Journal Making and Creating Kit”
“Music and Puppet Kit”
“Orienteering and Hiking Kit”
“StoryKeepers and Family History Kit”

PICTURE BOOK

“Mustang Canyon” by Jonathan London
“Ocean Meets the Sky” by Terry Fan
“Sonya’s Chickens” by Phoebe Wahl

JUVENILE AUDIO BOOK

“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” by J. K. Rowling

JUVENILE BIOGRAPHY

“I, Matthew Henson: Polar Explorer” by Carole Boston Weatherford

JUVENILE FOREIGN LANGUAGE

“Cattus Petasatus: The Cat in the Hat in Latin” by Seuss — “A Latin-English glossary and a note on the verse form and rhythm supplements the story of two children sitting at home on a rainy day who are visited by the Cat in the Hat, who shows them some tricks and games.” — Publisher’s Annotation

JUVENILE FICTION

“Changes for Samantha: A Winter Story” by Valerie Tripp

“Collision Course” by Gordon Korman — “Korman manages to tell the story of the Titanic smoothly while also introducing other elements of the early twentieth century…Altogether an enjoyable read that makes this tragic story come alive with personal narratives.” ― Resource Links

“Elmer and the Dragon” by Ruth Stiles Gannett — “”Rich, humorous, thoroughly satisfying.”–(starred) Library Journal.  

“Finn Family Moomintroll” by Tove Jannson — “These charming fantasies are propelled by a childlike curiosity and filled with quiet wisdom, appealing geniality, and a satisfying sense of self-discovery.” ―School Library Journal.com

“Happy Birthday, Samantha! The American Girls Collection/Samanatha #04″ by Valerie Tripp — “Samantha’s birthday party is nearly ruined when Eddie Ryland plays a mean trick. Then Agnes and Agatha, Cornelia’s ten-year-old twin sisters, save the day with an invitation to visit New York City. Samantha loves the twins’ carefree attitude and can’t wait to go–especially since the trip will include a stop at a fancy ice cream parlor. But when the girls carelessly break some rules, they suddenly find themselves racing dangerously through the big city–and the path they take leads to surprising discoveries.” — Amazon.com

“How to Be a Pirate” by Cressida Cowell — “Filled with bright colors, soaring spirits, and a timely feminist message.” ―Publishers Weekly

“How to Train Your Dragon: How to Train Your Dragon #01″ by Cressida Cowell — “…This is a goofy and exciting tale of an underdog who proves that brains can be just as important as brawn. Kids will hoot at the ridiculous names and sympathize with Hiccup’s exasperation with his truly obstinate but strangely lovable dragon. A delightful read.”―School Library Journal

“It’s All Greek to Me” by John Scieszka — [The Time Warp Trios] tongue-in-cheek humor, laced with understatement and wordplay, makes for laugh-out-loud reading.” — (“School Library Journal,” starred review)

“Magic by the Lake” by Edward Eager — “The combination of real children and fantasy is convincing and funny.”  —Booklist

“Maybe He Just Likes You” by Barbara Dee — “Important for its relevance and examination of the otherwise little-discussed topic of sexual harassment among younger teens, Maybe He Just Likes You will appeal to middle-grade readers as well as parents and educators seeking to bolster a child’s awareness of this rampant problem.” Booklist

“My Father’s Dragon” by Ruth Stiles Gannett” — “A real delight.” — The New Yorker

“Other Words for Home” by Jasmine Warga — “Convincing and authentic, infused with thoughtfulness, humor, determination, and hope…. A realistic portrait of the strength it takes to move to a new country, as well as of the complicated dynamics between first- and second-generation immigrants.” (Horn Book (starred review))

“S.O.S.” by Gordon Korman — “[Korman] knows how to spin a lively and engaging tale. Hanging it on an already fascinating, albeit tragic, slice of history means it wins on all levels: a thrilling account of a heart-stopping disaster, and a set of fictional characters seamlessly intertwined with real life.” – The Montreal Gazette

“Sam Samurai/Time Warp Trio #10” by John Sciezka– “…the Time Warp Trio spins back to seventeenth-century Japan, mixing with Samurais and royalty for more nail-biting adventures, near catastrophes, and raucous humor. But there’s a new ingredient in this title: poetry. The fun of making up haikus plays a large role here, and even readers sworn off poetry will find themselves captivated by Scieszka’s use of haiku and haiku-esque observations in the text, particularly towards the end. …” — Gillian Engberg
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“Samantha’s Surprise: The American Girls Collection/Samantha #03” by Maxine Schur — “The two weeks before Christmas are filled with activity as Samantha finishes her homemade presents and makes peparations for visiting relatives” — Amazon.com

“Strawberry Girl” by Lois Lenski — “A vivid regional story, with the humor and kindliness of an understanding writer.” — (Horn Book Magazine)

“The Castle Mystery” by Gertrude Chandler Warner — “The Boxcar Children are visiting a castle! But as they help to restore it, they see mysterious lights, hear strange music, and see spooky faces in the windows. Who is haunting the castle?” — Amazon.com

“The Dragons of Blueland” by Ruth Stiles Gannett — “In this third and final installment of the classic My Father’s Dragon trilogy, Boris, the baby dragon, is excited to be heading home to Blueland and looks forward to reuniting with his family.” — Amazon.com

“The Ghost Ship Mystery” by Gertrude Chandler Warner — “While vacationing in an old New England town, the Aldens learn of a ship that was lost at sea years ago.” — Inside flap

“The Gravity of Us” by Phil Stamper — ““A openhearted novel that shows a realistic, imperfect queer relationship and a young man growing to know and to be true to himself even when everything is shifting around him.” ―Publishers Weekly

“The High Power of Lucky” by Susan Patron — “”Patron [is] a master of light but sure characterization and closely observed detail. A small gem.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“The Indian in the Cupboard” by Lynne Reid Banks — “Skyhigh fantasy that will enthrall readers.”–Publishers Weekly

“The Lighthouse Family: The Octopus” by Cynthia Rylant — “Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant brings the peaceful sounds, sights, and characters of the coast vividly to life in the fifth book of the Lighthouse Family series, in which the family explores the shore with an octopus friend.” — Amazon.com

“The Mystery in Washington DC #2” by Gertrude Chandler Warner — “The Boxcar Children take a trip to Washington, D.C, and visit the Capitol Building and the Air and Space Museum. But when things start disappearing from their hotel, and they realize they are being followed, the children know there’s a mystery.” — Amazon.com

“The Magic Fox” by Paula Harrison — “It’s up to the Secret Rescuers to outwit Sir Fitzroy and save a baby fox in this fourth book in the adorable Secret Rescuers series.” — Publisher’s Annotation

“The Mystery of the Cupboard” by Lynne Reid Banks – “In the fourth book in Bank’s acclaimed INDIAN IN THE CUPBOARD saga, Omri and his family move to an old farmhouse, where he finds an ancient notebook that reveals a family secret-and the mysterious origins of his magical cupboard.” — Amazon.com

“The Return of the Great Brain” by John Dennis Fitzgerald — “Tom Fitzgerald, better known as the Great Brain, is struggling to stay reformed now that his friends have threatened to shut him out if he pulls even one more swindle. But his younger brother J.D. knows Tom’s reformation makes for a dull life, and is not altogether unhappy–or blameless–when his brother’s money-loving heart stealthily retums to business as usual.” — Amazon.com

“The Return of the Indian” by Lynne Reid Banks — “Now, helplessly caught between his own life and his cupboard life of war and death, Omri must act decisively if he is to save Little Bear and his village from being completely destroyed. What began as a harmless game has tumed into a horrible nightmare, a nightmare in which Omri is irrevocably involved, and from which he may never escape.” — Inside Flap

The Sea Pony” by Paula Harrison — “Grace works to save her beloved sea ponies from the evil Lady Cavendish in this sixth book in the adorable Secret Rescuers series.” — Publisher’s Annotation

“The Secret of the Indian” by Lynne Reid Banks — As his adventures with Little Bear continue, Omri travels from the French and Indian wars to the present, and then back to the Old West at the tum-of-the-century.” — Publisher’s Annotation

The Sky Unicorn” by Paula Harrison — Ava and her friends race to rescue a unicorn in the second book in the adorable, new Secret Rescuers series.” — Publisher’s Annotation

“The Star Wolf” by Paula Harrison — Emma rescues a baby star wolf who was caught in a trap in this fifth book in the adorable Secret Rescuers series.” — Publisher’s Annotation

“The Storm Dragon” by Paula Harrison — A group of friends set out to save magical creatures from a cruel queen and her wicked soldiers in the first book in the brand-new Secret Rescuers chapter book series.” — Publisher’s Annotation

“The Strangers” by Margaret Haddix Peterson — “Maintains suspense from the beginning to the cliffhanger ending. A high-stakes adventure full of teamwork with a multifaceted mystery and complex themes.” — (Kirkus Reviews)

“Tom’s Midnight Garden” by Philippa Pearce — “From beloved author Philippa Pearce, a transcendent story of friendship that Philip Pullman, bestselling author of the His Dark Materials trilogy, called “a perfect book.” — Publisher’s Annotation

“Training Camp: Rain, Twig, Cash, Peno, Lab” by Wesley King — “A youth basketball team is challenged to face their inner fears by a mysterious and magical coach named Rolabi Wizenard.” — Publisher’s Annotation

JUVENILE NON-FICTION

“Hackers” by Tom Jackson — What are hackers? Are they good? Bad? What can we do to protect ourselves, businesses, and society against hackers? How can we control them? And should we try? Get the facts and make up your own mind on these and more questions with Hackers, part of the new What’s the Issue? series.” — Amazon.com

“The Young Adventurer’s Guide to (Almost) Everything: Build a Fort, Camp Like a Champ, Poop in the Woods–45 Action-packed Outdoor Activities” by Ben Hewitt — “Outdoor-adventure activities combine wisdom and fun in this practical guide to the wild. The instructions are remarkably clear, and black-and-white illustrations add visual interest, levity, and clarity when needed. Fascinating enough to read cover to cover without setting foot outside, it will also be a reliable companion on camping and hiking trips to augment hours of outdoor exploring. This in-depth guide offers plenty to learn and do for adventurers of all skill and experience levels.”—Kirkus, starred review

YOUNG ADULT

“Someday We Will Fly” by Rachel DeWoskin — An unusual portrait of what war does to families in general and children in particular . . . affirms the human need for art and beauty in hard times.” Booklist, starred review

“The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” by Suzanne Collins — “It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the tenth annual Hunger Games. In the Capitol, eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to outcharm, outwit, and outmaneuver his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute. The odds are against him. He’s been given the humiliating assignment of mentoring the female tribute from District 12, the lowest of the low. Their fates are now completely intertwined — every choice Coriolanus makes could lead to favor or failure, triumph or ruin. Inside the arena, it will be a fight to the death. Outside the arena, Coriolanus starts to feel for his doomed tribute . . . and must weigh his need to follow the rules against his desire to survive no matter what it takes.” — Hunger Games series — Publisher Annotation:

“The Gravity of Us” by Phil Stamper — “A openhearted novel that shows a realistic, imperfect queer relationship and a young man growing to know and to be true to himself even when everything is shifting around him.” ―Publishers Weekly

“The Grief Keeper” by Alexandra Villasante — “Villasante writes of first love with an authentic voice, beautifully capturing its nervousness, excitement, and awe. . . A story worth reading.” —Booklist

“The Mermaid, the Witch and the Sea” by Maggie Tokuda-Hall — “Not just mermaids, a witch, and the sea, Tokuda-Hall also covers pirates, double agents, and the lure of forgetting…this is a dark and creative story, laced with romance, and not for the faint of heart.” —School Library Journal

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NEW ARRIVALS – JUNE 2020

ADULT FICTION

“A Long Way from Home” by Peter Carey — “A Long Way from Home is a novel full of riches. The road race propels the plot along, but it’s really a book about cultural identity, about family, about the ability to empathise with others. As such, it’s hugely relevant for our times.”
—Arminta Wallace, Irish Times

“All Adults Here” by Emma Straub — “Deliciously funny and infectiously warm … It’s an ideal read for anyone trapped at home with their family while self-isolating. Read it while hiding in your bedroom from the people who are driving you crazy, but who you’d go crazy without.” — The Philadelphia Inquirer

American Dirt” by Jeanine Cummins –“This extraordinary novel about unbreakable determination will move the reader to the core.”―Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Big Summer: A Novel” by Jennifer Weiner — “Weiner’s story of female friendships (after Mrs. Everything) mixes a splash of romance, a dash of humor, and a pinch of mystery to create a deliciously bloody poolside cocktail. Weiner’s surprising tale is hard to put down.” Publishers Weekly

“The Book of Lost Friends: A Novel” by Lisa Wingate –“Emphasizing throughout that stories matter and should never go untold, [Lisa] Wingate has written an absorbing historical for many readers. . . . Enthralling and ultimately heartening.”—Library Journal 

“Book of Longings” by Sue Monk Kidd — “Richly imagined . . . Ana’s ambition and strong sense of justice make her a sympathetic character for modern readers . . . In addition to providing a woman-centered version of New Testament events, Kidd’s novel is also a vibrant portrait of a woman striving to preserve and celebrate women’s stories—her own and countless others.” Publishers Weekly (starred) 

“Bubblegum: A Novel” by Adam Levin — “Monumentally imaginative. . .Levin’s vibrant voice is unlike anyone else in contemporary fiction. . .Breathtakingly bizarre, this relentlessly inventive novel teems with humanity, humor, and pathos like few other recent works and is a book many will obsess over and delight in.” Booklist, starred review 

“Camino Winds” by John Grisham — “#1 New York Times bestselling author John Grisham returns to Camino Island in this irresistible page-turner that’s as refreshing as an island breeze. In Camino Winds, mystery and intrigue once again catch up with novelist Mercer Mann, proving that the suspense never rests—even in paradise.” — Publisher Annotation

“Chosen Ones: A Novel” by Veronica Roth — “Roth’s first novel for adults (after the wildly popular Divergent series for teens) is driven by Sloane, a stubbornly unlikable heroine who wears her troubles on her sleeve but doesn’t truly understand her full power until the shocking ending. Those who like twisty power plays and very detailed worldbuilding will appreciate this…The many fans of Roth’s YA series will be clamoring for her adult debut, which features magic, lots of sarcasm, and a hint of romance.”Booklist

“The City We Became” by N. K. Jemisin — “A love/hate song to and rallying cry for the author’s home of New York… Fierce, poetic, uncompromising.”―Kirkus (starred review)

“Code Name Hélène” by Ariel Lawhon — “Magnificent. . . Lawhon carries us into the heart of the French resistance [and] into the mind of a badass heroine with uncanny instincts who takes on the Nazis and men’s arrogant sexism with uncommon bravado. . . Even long after the last page is turned, this astonishing story of Wake’s accomplishments will hold readers in its grip.”BOOKLIST, *STARRED*

“The Happy Ever After Playlist” by Abby Jimenez — “A powerfully life-affirming love story that walks the line between romantic heartbreak and hope with great finesse, while also delivering exceptional character development…and a dangerously addictive sense of humor.”―Booklist, starred review

“The House in the Cerulean Sea” by T. J. Klune — “This is a sweet narrative about the value of asking questions and the benefits of giving people (especially children) a chance to be safe, protected, and themselves, regardless of what assumptions one might glean from, say, reading their case file.” ―Booklist

“How Much of These Hills is Gold” by C. Pam Zhang — “An aching book, full of myths of Zhang’s making (including tigers that roam the Western hills) as well as joys, as well as sorrows. It’s violent and surprising and musical. Like Lucy and Sam, the novel wanders down byways and takes detours and chances. By journey’s end, you’re enriched and enlightened by the lives you have witnessed.” –The New York Times

 “How to Pronounce Knife” by Souvan Thammavongsa — “Fourteen piercing sketches illuminate the workaday routines and the interior lives of Laotian refugees. Characters who undertake ‘the grunt work of the world’, laboring in poultry plants, hog farms, and nail salons, also harbor vivid fantasies… brief glimpses of freedom in otherwise impenetrable places.”―NEW YORKER

“If It Bleeds” by Stephen King — “Suspenseful and chilling…This set of novellas is thought-provoking, terrifying, and, at times, outright charming, showcasing King’s breadth as a master storyteller…a powerful addition to his megapopular oeuvre.”Booklist, STARRED review

“Jane Austen Society” by Natalie Jenner — “Delightful… Jenner’s immersive character development is juxtaposed against her study of Austen’s characters, providing clever insight into how the trials of Austen’s life were revealed through her books.” ―Publishers Weekly

“The Love Story of Missy Carmichael” by Beth Morrey — “Morrey has deftly created a series of love stories, interwoven together and told in snippets through time. . . . Pain, grief, and hurt are all part of life in this moving portrayal of the many forms love can take.”
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

The Mirror and the Light” by Hilary Mantel — “Brilliant… From that opening sentence―‘Once the queen’s head is severed, he walks away’―axes and the shadow of death are everywhere…Mantel takes what is known of Cromwell―his meteoric rise, his autodidactic scholarship, his reformist tendencies―and weaves them into a masterful portrait of a man at mid-life, facing up to his past.” The Boston Globe

“The Night Watchman: A Novel” by Louise Erdrich —   “Erdrich’s inspired portrait of her own tribe’s resilient heritage masterfully encompasses an array of characters and historical events. Erdrich remains an essential voice.” (Publishers Weekly)

“The Resisters: A Novel” by Gish Jen — “Subtle dystopian fiction . . . beautifully crafted and slyly unsettling . . . The juxtaposition of America’s pastime and the AI-enabled surveillance state Jen presents here is brilliant.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Simon the Fiddler” by Paulette Jiles — “Imbued with the dust, grit, and grime of Galveston at the close of the Civil War, Simon the Fiddler immerses readers in the challenges of Reconstruction. Jiles brings her singular voice to the young couple’s travails, her written word as lyrical and musical as Simon’s bow raking over his strings. Loyal Jiles readers…will adore the author’s latest masterpiece.” —  (Booklist (starred review))

“Under Occupation: A Novel” by Alan Furst — “Suspenseful and sophisticated . . . No espionage author, it seems, is better at summoning the shifting moods and emotional atmosphere of Europe before the start of World War II than Alan Furst.”The Wall Street Journal

“What Happens in Paradise: A Novel” by Elin Hillenbrand — “Once again, Hilderbrand demonstrates her mastery of immersive escapism with a carefully deployed pineapple-banana smoothie or the blue tile of an outdoor shower. . . .The absolute pleasure of the reading experience combined with a cliff-hanger ending will have readers anxiously awaiting the conclusion to the trilogy.”―Booklist (starred review)

ADULT MYSTERY

“Dead Land” by Sara Paretsky — “As usual, Paretsky is less interested in identifying whodunit than in uncovering a monstrous web of evil, and this web is one of her densest and most finely woven ever. So fierce, ambitious, and far-reaching that it makes most other mysteries seem like so many petit fours.” — (Kirkus Reviews on Dead Land)

“A Divided Loyalty: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery” by Charles Todd — “Todd’s astute character studies… offer a fascinating cross section of postwar life…. While delivering a satisfying puzzle-mystery, the story also tasks us to think about the women who lost their lives during the war, too.”  (The New York Times Book Review on A Divided Loyalty)

“The Girl Who Lived Twice” by David Lagercrantz — “A quest for revenge and atonement that plumbs the depths of Russian troll factories and scales the heights of Mount Everest.” –TIME

“The Last Passenger” by Charles Finch — “This tightly plotted mystery…is rich in historical detail…[Lenox] coming into his own as a detective is a delight.” ―Booklist

“Masked Prey” by John Sandford — “Addictive…Sandford always delivers rousing action scenes, but this time he’s especially good on character, too….There’s enough violence to satisfy bloodthirsty tastes, enough information on neofascism to give us a chill, and enough sly humor to make American teenagers and their would-be killers sound as if English were their second language.”—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

“Walk the Wire” by David Baldacci — “With twists and turns and mysteries right up until the end, you will not want to put this book down.”―Red Carpet Crash

ADULT BIOGRAPHY

“Good Boy: My Life in Seven Dogs” by Jennifer Boylan — “Everything I know about love I learned from dogs,” writes New York Times columnist Boylan in this eloquent memoir. Expanding on her 2003 account of life as a transgender woman, She’s Not There, Boylan examines her transition through seven dogs who were there for her at pivotal points. The “magic of dogs,” Boylan writes, is not that they love their owners unconditionally, but that their owners have an unconditional love for them, an ideal that can be harder to realize with fellow human beings. ….Filled with insight and remarkable candor, this is a sterling tribute to the love of dogs.” — Agent: Kris Dahl, ICM. PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, c2019.

“Home Baked: My Mom, Marijuana, and the Stoning of San Francisco” by Alia Volz — “Volz had been a part of her mother’s special marijuana-brownie business for as long as she could remember…From the turbulent ’70s through the ravages of the AIDS crisis (during which Mer and Alia distributed marijuana to AIDS patients), Volz recounts her mother’s exploits with admiration, along the way tracing how attitudes about cannabis have shifted toward more acceptance.” Booklist 

“Inge’s War: A German Woman’s Story of Family, Secrets, and Survival Under Hitler” by Svenja O’Donnell — “Vivid and meticulously researched . . . An incisive and multilayered account of family trauma, the dangers of nationalism and anti-Semitism, and the plight of refugees. This exceptional account transforms a private tragedy into a universal story of war and survival.” Publishers Weekly (starred)

ADULT NON-FICTION

Biography of Resistance: The Epic Battle Between People and Pathogens” by Muhammad H. Zaman — “A vivid portrayal of our fight against an opponent that has been around for more than 3 billion years. Zaman, a professor of biomedical engineering and international health, portrays a conflict—between humans and harmful strains of bacteria—that has played out in plagues and epidemics over millennia.” — (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

“The Blue Zones Kitchen: 100 Recipes to Live to 100” by Dan Buettner — “The Blue Zones Kitchen is so much more than a cookbook! I like that the recipes have a backstory thanks to Dan Buettner’s research. I really enjoyed all aspects of the book.” –Living My Best Book Life

“Bowls: Vibrant Recipes with Endless Possibilities” by America’s Test Kitchen — “… the most wonderful book for foodies who love that umami feeling on their tastebuds. Packed with nutrient-dense, flavorful bowls with vibrant colors, there is a bowl in this book for everyone… Although the recipes may look complicated at first because of the number of ingredients, they are actually pretty simple and can be altered to the taste of the chef or to the individual person…”Manhattan Book Review

“The Buy Nothing, Get Everything Plan: Discover the Joy of Spending Less, Sharing More, and Living Generously” by Liesl Clark and Rebecca Rockefeller — “In the spirit of The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning and The Joy of Less, experience the benefits of buying less and sharing more with this accessible 7-step guide to decluttering, saving money, and creating community from the creators of the Buy Nothing Project.” — Amazon.com

“The Complete Summer Cookbook: Beat the Heat with 500 Recipes that Make the Most of Summer’s Bounty” by America’s Test Kitchen — “Ready to take the party outside? You’ll find all you need for casual patio meals prepared entirely on the grill (from meat to veggies, even pizza). Throw a fantastic cookout with easy starters, frosty drinks, and picnic must-haves like Picnic Fried Chicken, Classic Potato Salad, and Buttermilk Coleslaw. Visited the farmers’ market? Find ideas for main dishes as well as sides inspired by the seasonal bounty, plus the best fruit desserts worth turning on the oven for. To end your meal on a cooler note, turn to a chapter of icebox desserts and no-bake sweets.” — Amazon.com

“Delish Insane Sweets: Bake Yourself a Little Crazy: 100+ Cookies, Bars, Bites” by Joanna Saltz — “… The editors of Delish.com know one thing for sure: ANYONE can bake an amazing dessert. Crammed with surprising ideas for treats that are both fun and easy, the …cookbook features 100 recipes: new classics and reader favorites that have been shared hundreds of thousands of times. …This indulgent book will appeal to food lovers who bake the way most of us do-sometimes with a boxed mix, sometimes from scratch; as therapy for a bad day; or to impress friends on Girls’ Night.” — ONIX annotations

“Every Penguin in the World: A Quest to See Them All” by Charles Bergman —Part travelog, part conservation, part philosophical musing, the book supplies ample, frequently adorable photos of every species, along with tales of wet, often cold, and occasionally uncomfortable adventures.” —Library Journal

“The Fall of Richard Nixon: A Reporter Remembers Watergate” by Tom Brokaw — “Tom Brokaw arrived in Washington as the rising young star of broadcast news just as the presidency of Richard Nixon was collapsing. Brokaw has intertwined his own story with Nixon’s in a way that is readable, revealing, and always fascinating.”—Evan Thomas, author of Being Nixon

“The Fleet at Flood Tide: America at Total War in the Pacific, 1944-1945″ by James D. Hornfischer — “An impressively lucid account . . . Mr. Hornfischer crisply and satisfyingly sketches all these figures, and his big Iliad contains a hundred smaller ones, as he propels his complex story forward with supple transitions that never leave the reader behind in the details. . . . At the end of his admirable, fascinating book, Mr. Hornfischer makes a strong case that America’s failing to use the most terrible weapon yet born would have meant many hundreds of thousands more deaths, theirs and ours alike.”—The Wall Street Journal 

“The Healthy Brain Book: An All-Ages Guide to a Calmer, Happier, Sharper You: A Proven Plan for Managing Anxiety, Depression, and ADHD, and Preventing and Reversing Dementia and Alzheimer’s” by William Sears M.D. — “Internationally renowned family doctor William Sears and noted neurologist Vincent M. Fortanasce present an accessible, all-ages guide to optimum brain health, from treating depression, anxiety, and ADHD to preventing Alzheimer&;s and dementia, with or without medication.” — Annotation

“How Things Work: The Inner Life of Everyday Machines” by Theodore W. Gray — In How Things Work he (Theodore W Gray) explores the mechanical underpinnings of dozens of types of machines and mechanisms, from the cotton gin to the wristwatch to an industrial loom.” — Amazon.com

“Hymns of the Republic: The Story of the Final Year of the American Civil War” by S. C. Gwynne — “Engrossing….A riveting Civil War history giving politics and combat equal attention.” —Kirkus, starred review

“Joy at Work: Organizing Your Professional Life” by Marie Kondo and Scott Sonenshein — “A tidy guide to finding joy at work. Full of psychological wisdom and practical tips — I loved it!”―Angela Duckworth, New York Times bestselling author of Grit

“The Language of Butterflies: How Thieves, Hoarders, Scientists, and Other Obsessives Unlocked the Secrets of the World’s Favorite Insect” by Wendy Williams — “This entertaining look at ‘the world’s favorite insect’ tells about butterflies’ captivating beauty, and the ways these bugs have fascinated people throughout history…[Williams’] enthusiasm is convincing and contagious.” —Booklist, starred review

“Ledger: Poems” by Jane Hirschfield — “Masterful . . . Hirshfield urges a reckoning of human influence on—and interference with—the planet . . . [Her] world is one filled with beauty, from the ‘generosity’ of grass to humanity’s connection to the muskrat. This is both a paean and a heartbreaking plea.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Lonely Planet’s Global Chocolate Tour” by Matthew Ankeny — Packed with 150 of the world’s tastiest chocolate experiences, from South America to Europe to Australia, this globetrotting guide features master chocolatiers and artisan producers, exotic cocoa plantations and must-visit shops, plus illustrated spreads on the history, production and science of chocolate making.” — Amazon.com

“Love Poems for Anxious People” by John Kenney — “Thurber Prize-winner John Kenney presents a hilarious new collection of poetry for anxious people. With the same brilliant wit and hilarious realism that made Love Poems for Married People and Love Poems for People with Children such hits, John Kenney is back with a brand new collection of poems, this time taking on one of the most common feelings in our day-and-age: anxiety. Kenney covers it all, from awkward social interactions and insomnia to nervous ticks and writing and rewriting that email.” — Onix annotations

“No-till Intensive Vegetable Culture : Pesticide-free Methods for Restoring Soil and Growing Nutrient-rich, High-yielding Crops” by Bryan O’Hara — “Bryan O’Hara has huge experience: His book has grown out of healthy soil and reveals an impressive amount about how to grow great food, practically and economically.”―Charles Dowding, no dig gardening expert; creator of the Charles Dowding No Dig website

“Nobody Will Tell You This but Me: A True (As Told to Me) Story” by Bess Kalb — “Funny, tender and incredibly moving . . . Both a family history and a celebration of the bond between grandmother and granddaughter—a book that gives you a solid cathartic weep and a renewed sense of joy in family ties.” —Mackenzie Dawson, New York Post 

Origami Made Simple: 40 Easy Models with Step-by-Step Instructions” by Russell Wood — “This is a nicely laid out book, with clear instructions that are easy to follow. I’d be happy to give this to any beginner. It has a great choice of simple models with some playful original folds!” ―Larry Hart, origami creator (origamiworkshop.co.uk)

“Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers: The Texas Victory that Changed American History” by Brian Kilmeade — “A fast-paced romp through the Texas Revolution that feels more like a novel than nonfiction. Kilmeade presents the leaders of the Lone Star State as the flawed and fearless heroes they truly were, and their David and Goliath story that changed American history is riveting reading.” —Stephen L. Moore, author of Eighteen Minutes and Texas Rising

“The Sprout Book: Tap into the Power of the Planet’s Most Nutritious Food” by Doug Evans — “Sprouting increases nutrient levels without increasing calories. And growing sprouts at home is inexpensive, safe, easy, and fun. The Sprout Book is the source for adding this superfood to your diet!”―Dr. Mehmet Oz

“The Undocumented Americans” by Karla Villavicencio Corneo — “Memorable . . . compelling . . . heartwrenching . . . a welcome addition to the literature on immigration told by an author who understands the issue like few others.”Kirkus Reviews

“Watercolor Botanicals: Learn to Paint Your Favorite Plants and Florals” by Eunice Sun — “Learn to paint gorgeous watercolor flowers, houseplants, and arrangements with this inspiring guide that includes 30 step-by-step tutorials.” — Amazon.com

“What It’s Like to Be a Bird: From Flying to Nesting, Eating to Singing – What Birds Are Doing, and Why” by David Allen Sibley — “A fascinating work that fulfills its goal to ‘give readers some sense of what it’s like to be a bird’ . . . [Readers] will emerge with a deeper appreciation of birds, and of what observable behaviors can reveal about animals’ lives.” Publishers Weekly

“Why We Swim” by Bonnie Tsui — “Tsui opens her eclectic, well-crafted survey with a fascinating story about an Icelandic fisherman who swam six kilometers in 41 degree water after his boat capsized . . . Readers will enjoy getting to know the people and the facts presented in this fascinating book.” Publishers Weekly

“Why We’re Polarized” by Ezra Klein — “Superbly researched and written . . . Why We’re Polarized provides a highly useful guide to this most central of political puzzles, digesting mountains of social science research and presenting it in an engaging form. . . . An overall outstanding volume.” —Francis Fukuyama, The Washington Post

The Animal One Thousand Miles Long: Seven Lengths of Vermont and Other Adventures” by Leath Tonino — “In The Animal One Thousand Miles Long, Leath Tonino draws a lyrical map for Vermont with a voice that is part scientist, part poet, part historian, and part adventurer. Tonino’s map shows us not the major cities and highest peaks but the lesser known places and ideas at the heart of Vermont―the abandoned towns, uncommon sports, and forgotten people.” ― Sean Prentiss, author of Finding Abbey

ADULT AUDIO BOOK

“The Secret Life of Bees [sound recording]” by Sue Monk Kid — “This is a remarkable story about divine female power and the transforming power of love – a story that women will share and pass on to their daughters for years to come.” — Amazon.com

BOARD BOOK

“Counting Cows” by Woody Jackson
“The Goodnight Train Rolls On!” by June Sobel

PICTURE BOOK

All in a Day” by Cynthia Rylant
A New Kind of Wild” by Zara Gonzalez Hoang
“Backyard Fairies” by Phoebe Wahl
“Boxitects” by Kim Smith
“Camilla, Cartographer” by Julie Dillemuth
“Edison: The Mystery of the Missing Mouse Treasure (Mouse Adventures)” by Torben Kuhlmann
“Goodnight, Veggies” by Diana Murray
“Gwen the Rescue Hen” by Leslie Crawford
“The Heart of a Whale” by Anna Pignataro
“Hike” by Pete Oswald
“Hummingbird” by Nicole Davies
“The Imaginaries: Little Scraps of Larger Stories”
“I Wonder” by K. A. Holt
“In a Garden” by Tim McCanna
In My Garden” by Charlotte Zolotow
“The Lighthouse Family: The Octopus” by Cynthia Rylant
The Lighthouse Family: The Turtle ” by Cynthia Rylant
“Nesting” by Henry Cole
“The Heart of a Whale” by Anna Pignataro
“The Otter” by Cynthia Rylant
“Roar Like a Dandelion” by Ruth Krauss
“A Ruckus in the Garden” by Sven Noreqvist
“Sea Bear: A Journey for Survival” by Lindsay Moore
“Sofia Valdez: Future Prez (The Questioneers)” by Andrea Beatty
Tomorrow I’ll Be Kind” by Jessica Hische
“The Violin Family” by Melissa Perley

JUVENILE AUDIO BOOK

“Other Words for Home” by Jasmine Warga — “Warga portrays with extraordinary talent the transformation of a family’s life before and after the war began in Syria.… Her free-verse narration cuts straight to the bone… [and] confront[s] the difficult realities of being Muslim and Arab in the U.S. Poetic, immersive, hopeful.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

JUVENILE BIOGRAPHY

The Endless Steppe: Growing Up in Siberia” by Esther Rudo Hautzig — “This is the remarkable true story of a family during one of the bleakest periods in history, a story that “radiates optimism and the resilience of the human spirit” — (Washington Post).

“The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read” by Rita Lorraine Hubbard — “A lovely, inspirational picture-book biography about beating the odds and achieving your dreams.” Booklist, starred review

“Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré” by Anika Aldamy Denise — “Belpré’s story is told in rhythmic language with a good dose of Spanish sprinkled throughout. Escobar’s vibrant illustrations are filled with details that help bring to life the story of this remarkable librarian.” — (Kirkus Reviews)

“When Stars Are Scattered” by Victoria Jamieson — “”Tragedy is certainly present throughout the story, yet Mohamed and Jamieson’s focus on deep familial love and education works to subvert many refugee stereotypes.” —Horn Bookstarred review

JUVENILE FICTION

“Ahimsa” by Supriya Kelkar — “Anjali’s family joins India’s freedom movement in 1942, opposing both Britain’s control and India’s caste system. The complexities of nonviolent protest (ahimsa) are insightfully depicted as Anjali confronts ingrained prejudices and discovers that unchecked privilege can cause well-meaning advocates to hurt rather than help oppressed groups. An authentic, candid look at a fight for social change, inspired by Kelkar’s great-grandmother’s experience.” — THE HORN BOOK, c2018.

“All the Colors of Magic” by Valija Zinck — “This imaginative middle grade fantasy, a German import, introduces 10-year-old Penelope who lives with her mom and grandma in “a little village, right next to a swamp forest.” She discovers that her unusual abilities are rooted in her hair …. It turns out her magic is inherited from her long-absent father. Angry when she learns the truth of his abandonment, she resolves to find and confront him, leading her on an adventure in which she must rescue him from villainous captors instead. She does this with the help of her cat, an invisibility device, and her own ingenuity. The tidy ending satisfies.” Laurie Slagenwhite Walters, SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, c2019.

“The Bear “ by Cynthia Rylant — “Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant brings the peaceful sounds, sights, and characters of the coast vividly to life in the eighth book of the Lighthouse Family series, in which the family meets a bear who has just woken up from hibernation!” — Amazon.com

“Before the Sword” by Grace Lin — In this original fantasy … Hua Mulan accompanies the Jade Rabbit of Chinese lore on a quest to save Mulan’s younger sister, Xiu. A formidable, shape-shifting foe named Daji, the White Fox; Daji’s pitiable servant, Xianniang, the Red Fox; and a few Chinese Immortals round out the cast. When a nine-legged spider bites the perfect, demure Xiu, she falls ill. Mulan, along with her beloved horse, Black Wind, is sent to fetch a healer visiting the next village. Revealed to be the Jade Rabbit, the Healer discloses that Xiu has been poisoned by Daji and will die if not given the antidote “before the night of the new moon.” Because a Hua daughter is prophesied to save the Emperor, Daji is intent on Xiu’s death. With the Jade Rabbit also poisoned by Daji, and waylaid at every step by Daji and her minions, Mulan has her work cut out for her. In the midst of this fast-paced quest, Lin’s distinctive peppering of folkloric tales throughout the narrative adds engaging layers, providing backstory and fleshing out characters’ relationships and motives.” — Agent: Rebecca Sherman, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, c2020.

“The Bird and the Blade” by Megan Bannen — “A rich, imaginative tale that delivers thrilling characters, heartstopping action, and exciting intrigue with every turn of the page.” — (Booklist)

“The Blackbird Girls” by Anne Blankman — * “A deeply affecting testament to the power of unlikely friendship in the face of bias, tragedy, and distance.” – School and Library Journal, starred review

” Bloom” by Kenneth Oppel — ““Wilderness survival and alien invasion combine for an exciting page-turner.” —Booklist

“The Bookwanderers” by Anna James — “Steeped in magical world building, James’ debut pays loving testament to the power of books.” —Booklist

“Bridge Home” by Padma Venkatraman — “Exquisitely narrated novel set in Chennai, India. . . . Venkatraman vividly sketches the group’s precarious economic situation. . . . This is a poignant portrait of love, sacrifice, and chosen family in the midst of poverty.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Chirp” by Kate Messner — “Layering mystery elements, strong and myriad female characters, and a poignant analogy involving chirp-less female crickets, Messner gently guides Mia on a journey of resilience that both comforts and inspires.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review

“The Deceivers” by Margaret Pet Haddix — “This mystery and science fiction adventure features sleuthing reminiscent of Lemony Snicket’s ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events.’ Haddix weaves a dystopian tale about government control, prison reform, fair trials, scapegoats, and the importance of believing people are innocent before proven guilty. ” — (School Library Journal)

Echo Mountain” by Lauren Wolk — “Complex and fiercely loving, Ellie is a girl any reader would be proud to have as a friend…. Woven with music, puppies, and healing, Wolk’s beautiful storytelling turns this historical tale of family and survival into a captivating saga.” –Booklist, starred review

“From the Desk of Zoe Washington” by Janae Marks — “This powerful debut packs both depth and sweetness, tackling a tough topic in a sensitive, compelling way. An extraordinary, timely, must-read debut about love, family, friendship, and justice.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

“Girl Who Speaks Bear” by Sophie Anderson — “A gem of a fairy tale, Anderson’s sophomore effort offers a dynamic, memorable cast with rich personalities amid lasting messages about belonging, graceful acceptance of aid, and the power of stories.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“I Can Make This Promise” by Christine Day — “The novel is enlightening and a must-read for anyone interested in issues surrounding identity and adoption. Debut author Day (Upper Skagit) handles family separation in Native America with insight and grace.” — (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

“In Darkling Wood” by Emma Carroll — “A haunting and poignant exploration of family, loss, and redemption.“—Booklist, Starred Review

“Indian No More” by Charlene Willing McManis — “What begins as a story of displacement quickly turns into a story of childhood fun and antics colored by Umpqua culture and the racial tensions of the civil rights movement set in the lively and culturally diverse city of L.A. –Starred review, Booklist

“Journey of the Pale Bear” by Susan Fletcher — “A stupendous coming-of-age tale stuffed with adventure and laced with deeper questions.” — Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

“Just Dance” by Patricia MacLachlan — “MacLachlan’s economic writing is sure and knowing, and her characters are likable and fully realized….A quiet tale about finding your own voice.” — Kirkus Reviews

“The Line Tender” by Kate Allen — “Kate Allen writes with lyric grace, and her beautifully textured narrative, of a girl struggling to understand and move beyond tragedy, is a triumph.”—The Buffalo News

“Lighthouse Family: The Eagle” by Cynthia Rylant — “Two of the lighthouse children, Whistler and Lila, go for a walk in the woods to see what adventure is there. When they get lost and try to search for the way home, an Eagle teaches them how to use their instincts to find their way home.” — BRODART CO.

“Lighthouse Family: The Octopus” by Cynthia Rylant — “Every once in a while, a full moon shines over the lighthouse and causes the tide to recede. For Cloe the octopus, this turns out to be a wonderful opportunity to explore the world that exists outside of his ocean home. As he embarks on his expedition, he encounters the lighthouse family by the beach and they explore the treasures of the uncovered ocean floor together.” — Amazon.com

“Lighthouse Famly: The Turtle” by Cynthia Right — Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant brings the peaceful sounds, sights, and characters of the coast vividly to life in the fourth book of the Lighthouse Family series, in which the family rescues a trapped turtle.” — Amazon.com

“The Line Tender” by Kate Allen — “Allen tackles the complexities of grief with subtly wry humor and insight in this richly layered middle grade debut about the power of science and love.”—Publishers Weekly, starred

“Makoons” by Louise Erdrich — “Warm intergenerational moments abound. Erdrich provides fascinating information about Ojibwe daily life. Readers will be enriched by Erdrich’s finely crafted corrective to the Eurocentric dominant narrative of America’s past.” — (Horn Book (starred review))

“Mañanaland” by Pam Munoz Ryan — “Ryan skillfully balances Max’s day-to-day concerns with his longing for his mother and his growing awareness of a moral responsibility to help others… rich and relevant.” — The Horn Book

“Maybe He Just Likes You” by Barbara Dee — “Important for its relevance and examination of the otherwise little-discussed topic of sexual harassment among younger teens, Maybe He Just Likes You will appeal to middle-grade readers as well as parents and educators seeking to bolster a child’s awareness of this rampant problem.” Booklist

“More to the Story” by Hena Khan — “Khan tells the story of a modern-day Pakistani American family while retaining the charm, familial warmth, and appeal of Alcott’s classic.” — The Horn Book Magazine

“The Mystwick School of Musicraft” by Jessica Khoury — “A toe-tapping fantasy novel mixes music and mystery.”—Kirkus

“Narwhal on a Sunny Night” by Mary Pope Osborne — “When the magic tree house whisks Jack and Annie to Greenland, they’re not sure what time they’ve landed in, but they immediately know what their mission is: save a narwhal! Then they meet a young hunter named Leif Erikson and they ask for his help. But Leif has other ideas…” — Magic tree house series series

“The Oddmire, Book 1: The Changeling” by William Ritter — “Ritter crafts a well-paced adventure filled with whimsy and peril, in which the bonds of family and love prove stronger than any spell or curse. With memorable characters—especially the irrepressible protagonists, who make a delightful team—and an atmospheric setting, this is a strong series opener.”
Publishers Weekly

“Other Words for Home” by Jasmine Warga — “[In] this timely book… rhythmic lines distill Jude’s deepest emotions…. Warga effectively shows, as she writes in an author’s note, that “children who are fleeing from a war zone… want the same things all of us do—love, understanding, safety, a chance at happiness.” — (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

“Prairie Lotus” by Linda Sue Clark — “”Fans of the Little House books will find many of the small satisfactions of Laura’s stories…here in abundance. Park brings new depth to these well-trodden tales, though, as she renders visible both the xenophobia of the town’s white residents, which ranges in expression from microaggressions to full-out assault, and Hanna’s fight to overcome it with empathy and dignity…. Remarkable.”—Kirkus, STARRED review

“Redeemed: Redeemed (8) (The Missing)” by Margaret Peterson Haddix-“A satisfying end to a long-running series.”, Kirkus Reviews

“Show Me a Sign” by Ann Clare Lezotte — “LeZotte’s engrossing historical novel explores prejudice and racism through the eyes of 11-year-old Mary Lambert, who is deaf. … LeZotte, who is deaf, deftly connects the islanders’ prejudice against the Wampanoag to the mainlanders’ view of deaf individuals as lesser; Mary’s progressive attitudes feel modern while aligning with her character’s sensibilities.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Song for a Whale” by Lynne Kelly — “The strength of the book is its strong portrayal of Iris as a deaf girl in a hearing world and an intelligent 12-year-old in headlong, single-minded pursuit of her goal.” —Booklist

“The Story That Cannot Be Told” by J. Kasper Kramer — “Kramer captures the tense, frightening atmosphere in the months preceding the Romanian Revolution, as well as the different forms of bravery that went into toppling an oppressive government. . . . An affecting account of a historic event characterized by monsters, hope, and the power of words.” — Booklist

“Tigers, Not Daughters” by Samantha Mabry — “Borrowing elements of magical realism and Latinx folklore, this is a story that is often uncomfortable; in its quest to explore grief, family, and the traumas inflicted by each, it lays its characters utterly and unforgettably bare.”
Booklist, starred review

“The Turnaway Girls” by Hayley Chewins — “Writing in Delphernia’s wry voice, Chewin, a poet, weaves an unusual, beautiful debut that sings with all the grace of the cloisterwings that Delphernia brings to life with her soaring voice. Entwining themes of rebellion, freedom, identity, and finding one’s destiny are at the center of this lovely tale.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“When You Trap a Tiger” by Tae Keller — “A heartfelt reminder of the wonder and beauty in our everyday lives.” Booklist, starred review

” A Wolf Called Wander” by Rosanne Parry –“Parry offers a wolf’s-eye view of the Pacific Northwest’s forests, mountains, and prairies in this harrowing survival tale based on the story of OR-7, a wolf electronically tracked by scientists. . . .An action-packed novel perfect for reluctant readers as well as animal lovers.” — (Publishers Weekly)

“The Wolf Wilder” by Katherine Rundell — “Rugged cross-country adventure with a diverse cast of two- and four-legged fellow travelers and a sturdy main character who is more than a little “wilded” herself.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Zenobia July” by Lisa Bunker — “Zenobia July is starting a new life. She used to live in Arizona with her father; now she’s in Maine with her aunts. She used to spend most of her time behind a computer screen, improving her impressive coding and hacking skills; now she’s coming out of her shell and discovering a community of friends at Monarch Middle School. People used to tell her she was a boy; now she’s able to live openly as the girl she always knew she was. When someone anonymously posts hateful memes on her school’s website, Zenobia knows she’s the one with the abilities to solve the mystery, all while wrestling with the challenges of a new school, a new family, and coming to grips with presenting her true gender for the first time. Timely and touching, Zenobia July is, at its heart, a story about finding home.” — Publisher Annotation

JUVENILE NON-FICTION

“Bluffton: My Summers with Buster Keaton” by Matt Phelan — “This graphic novel illustrates this simple story of a boy finding his true self with soft watercolor illustrations, using words only when necessary. The work has an overall charm and simplicity that goes with its time period.” — Library Media Connection

A Butterfly Is Patient (Nature Books)” by Dianna Hutts Aston — “”This lovely combination of elegant watercolors and lyrical text is both eye-catching and informative” – School Library Journal Starred Review

“Consent (for Kids!): Boundaries, Respect, and Being in Charge of YOU” by Rachel Brian — “With clear explanations, fun illustrations, and expertly-presented information, Consent (for Kids!) is an empowering introduction to consent, bodily autonomy, and how to respect yourself and others.” — Amazon.com

“Crows: Genius Birds” by Kyla Vanderklugt — “That’s something to crow about! Learn all about these genius birds in Kyla Vanderklugt’s Science Comics: Crows, the latest volume in First Second’s action-packed nonfiction graphic novel series for middle-grade readers!” — Amazon.com

The Deep and Dark Blue” by Niki Smith — “Smith’s artwork, recalling classic manga, delivers clearly choreographed action and intense facial expressions, which capably communicate poignant emotion during the many bittersweet scenes. […] A rich tapestry of a story, with action and character development in equal measure.”―Booklist

“Follow the Moon Home: A Tale of One Idea, Twenty Kids, and a Hundred Sea Turtles” by Philippe Cousteau — “Delivers an eloquent environmental message while demonstrating how kids can change the world through teamwork and perseverance.”-School Library Journal

“Oil” by Jonah Winter — “Lyrical prose and textured illustrations in layered colors distinguish this picture book treatment of the environmental disaster….With this latest, the mother-son team behind The Secret Project again demonstrates an aptitude for clear and concise storytelling, here around detrimental alterations to the natural landscape. — Publishers Weekly

“Olympians: 10 Hermes Tales of the Trickster” by George O’Connor — “Vibrant, energetic illustrations portray athletic gods and goddesses, grotesque beasts, and frenzied battles, veering between cartoonish humor and intense drama. As always, O’Connor’s copious research is evident and his love of all things Greek is contagious.” ―School Library Journal, starred review

“The Only Living Girl: Volume #1, The Island at the Edge of Infinity” by David Gallagher — The Only Living Girl hooks you right from the high-stakes start. Zee Parfitt has a second chance at life on a patchwork planet, but she’s haunted by her own troubled legacy, danger is looming, and epic adventure awaits. It is impossible not to turn these pages!” — Michael Northrop, author, DEAR JUSTICE LEAGUE

“Plastic Sea: A Bird’s Eye View” by Kirsti Blom — “”A clear explanation of a pressing problem and an invitation to take action.” ― KIRKUS REVIEWS

“The Seed of Compassion: Lessons from the Life and Teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama” by Bstan-odzin-rgya-mtsho — “…With simple, powerful text, the Dalai Lama shares the universalist teachings of treating one another with compassion, which Bao Luu illustrates beautifully in vibrant color. In an increasingly confusing world, The Seed of Compassion offers guidance and encouragement on how we all might bring more kindness to it.” — Amazon.com

“This Was Our Pact” by Ryan Andrews — “Andrews’ marvelously melancholic, earnest graphic novel, [is] at its core an exercise in whimsical self-reflection. This story’s a quiet one in which danger flickers and hope flares at odd but fruitful moments…the primarily blue and red mixed-media pictures underscore how nighttime sometimes promises transformation. Brilliantly enchanting.” ―Kirkusstarred review

“Trees, Leaves, Flowers and Seeds: A Visual Encyclopedia of the Plant Kingdom” by Sara Jose — Packed with more than 1,000 incredible images and full of fascinating facts, this beautiful children’s book takes you on an exciting adventure through the wonders of the plant kingdom” — Annotation

“What Will These Hands Make?” by Nikki McClure — “Careful viewers will be delighted to find scenes revisited in closer detail and from different vantage points. . . The clever bookmaking technique, which moves between the busy scene and its individual sections, produces the joy of a shared experience in which all hands combine.” — Booklist

YOUNG ADULT

“The Bird and the Blade” by Megan Bannen — “A rich, imaginative tale that delivers thrilling characters, heartstopping action, and exciting intrigue with every turn of the page.” — (Booklist)

“Children of Blood and Bone” by Tomi Adeyemi — “Poses thought-provoking questions about race, class and authority that hold up a warning mirror to our sharply divided society.” –The New York Times

Dig” by A. S. King — “This visceral examination of humanity’s flaws and complexity […] cultivates hope in a younger generation that’s wiser and stronger than its predecessors.”—Booklist, starred review

“Internment” by Samira Ahmed — “Taking on Islamophobia and racism in a Trump-like America, Ahmed’s magnetic, gripping narrative written in a deeply humane and authentic tone, is attentive to the richness and complexity of the social ills at the heart of the book.” ―Kirkus, starred review

YOUNG ADULT NON-FICTION

“Hotel Dare” by Terry Blas — It’s not your typical family vacation when Olive, and her adopted siblings Darwin and Charlotte find themselves falling into other worlds as they explore Grandma Lupé’s strange hotel” — Amazon.com

“Witchlight” by Jessi Zabarsky — Gently atmospheric and suffused with intriguing magic, this graphic novel traces the unlikely but heartening friendship between Sanja, the put-upon daughter of a merchant, and Lelek, a witch with a hard secret in her past. …” — Sarah Hunter. AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION, c2020.