NEW ARRIVALS – JUNE

ADULT FICTION

“Beautiful Music” by Michael Zadoorian” — “Michael Zadoorian has captured an era when Detroit simmered with anger and fear while it simultaneously reverberated with the joyous noise of rock and roll. Beautiful Music eloquently evokes the beauty, confusion, and power of that late 1960s/early 1970s milieu.” –Don Was, Grammy Award–winning producer, musician

“Boardwalk Summer” by Meredith Jaeger — “In Boardwalk Summer, Meredith Jaeger expertly entwines two stories of two strong women living decades apart in Santa Cruz. By turns a gripping mystery, a richly-detailed exploration of history and family, and a beautiful love story – I was absolutely captivated.” (Jillian Cantor, author of Margot and The Lost Letter)

“Days Without End” by Sebastian Barry — “Barry’s magisterial tale of love, war and redemption is one of the year’s great novels . . . Visceral violence, wrenching emotion, astutely drawn characters and a compelling narrative voice make for memorable reading.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Empire of Light” by Michael Bible — “Bible revisits the teenage years of the visionary Reverend Alvis Maloney… [and] bathes the dark story of teenage rebellion in an otherworldly light, deepening Maloney’s intriguing mythology.”—PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

“Gateway to the Moon” by Mary Morris — “A sweeping generational tale that stretches from the Spanish Inquisition to modern-day New Mexico, beginning with Luis de Torres, a Spanish Jew who accompanies Columbus as his interpreter.” –New York Post

“Grey Sister” by Mark Lawrence — “Lawrence’s suspenseful account of Nona’s efforts to complete her training and gain control over her powers balances action and introspection, and will keep readers hooked.”—Publishers Weekly

“How to Walk Away” by Katherine Center — “Center explores the limits of hope and love…[she] transforms the story of a family tragedy into a heartfelt guide to living the fullest life possible.” ―Publisher’s Weekly

“Indian Horse” by Richard Wagamese — “Many indigenous authors have portrayed the horrific conditions endured by Native children in boarding schools in both the US and Canada throughout much of the twentieth century. But perhaps no author has written a novel with such raw, visceral emotion about the lifelong damage resulting from this institutionalization as Wagamese . . . Wagamese’s heart-wrenching tale was made into an award-winning movie, and it tells a story that will long haunt all readers.”―Booklist (starred review)

“Limelight” by Amy Poeppel — “A delightful, twist-of-fate tale of a suburban transplant whose new Manhattan life collides with that of a troubled pop star on the cusp of his Broadway debut. LIMELIGHT is a quintessential New York story of motherhood, family, and fairy-tale possibilities. A must-read for fans of Lauren Weisberger and Sophie Kinsella.” (Jamie Brenner, bestselling author of The Husband Hour)

“Lost in the Beehive” by Michele Youth-Stone —  “Emotionally rewarding…Readers’ hearts will ache for Gloria as she strives for courage, self-realization, and, ultimately, the freedom to love and be loved.” —Publishers Weekly

“Love and Other Words” by Christina Lauren — “… Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings craft a dynamic love story, alternating swiftly between Macy’s present and her past. Love and Other Words brings to life a romance that stands the test of hardship and time and will restore anyone’s faith in love.” — Norstedt, Melissa. AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION, c2018.

“My Mother’s Son” by David Hirshberg — “Sometimes it’s the lies we grow up with—more than the truths—that define who we are and where we come from. That’s the message of David Hirshberg’s coming-of-age novel, My Mother’s Son. Through the eyes of young Joel, we witness essential elements of the mid-twentieth century: the scourge of polio, the magic of baseball, the repercussions of war, and the development of modern Jewish-American culture. But above all, we come to understand why Joel is his mother’s son—and how that phrase resonates for us all. A deceptively simple, profoundly memorable novel.” —Barbara Solomon Josselsohn, author of The Last Dreamer

“Shelter in Place” by Nora Roberts — “Roberts’ newest is part thriller, part romance, part survivors’ psychological study with a touch of New Age magic―and a lively, captivating read.” – Kirkus

“Where Hope Begins” by Catherine West — ‘West’s compelling and heart-wrenching, rising-from-the ashes novel realistically delves into the tough issues of suicide, anger, and guilt with a touch of grace and hope.’ (Library Journal STARRED review)

BIOGRAPHY

“At Home on the Kazakh Steppe: A Peace Corps Memoir” by Janet Givens — “When a mid-fifties grandmother follows her husband of just three years into the Peace Corps, she leaves behind a promising new career, her home, two brand-new grandbabies, and her beloved dog. Assigned to Kazakhstan, a Central Asian country finding its own way after generations under Soviet rule, she too must find a way to be in a world different from what she knew. Feeling the stresses of a difficult new language, surprising cultural differences, and unexpected changes in her husband, Givens questions the loss of all she’s given up. Will it be worth it?” — Back Cover

“A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership” by James B. Comey, Jr. — …Comey revisits conflicts between duty and politics under three presidents: as deputy attorney general, wrangling with the Bush White House over the legality of interrogation procedures such as waterboarding;… guarding the hospitalized attorney general John Ashcroft from White House officials’ bedside efforts to reauthorize illegal surveillance programs; and overseeing the FBI’s probe of Hillary Clinton’s emails (he revisits and explains the actions that, it has been claimed, cost her the election). Comey mines his recollections for leadership lessons, with Barack Obama, whom he admires, furnishing the best examples. His damning portrait of Trump, on the other hand, is a study in unethical, off-putting anti-leadership: he likens Trump to a Mafia boss for pressuring him to show personal loyalty and drop the investigation of Trump’s national security adviser Michael Flynn, cringes at Trump’s defensive and crass denials of claims that he consorted with Russian prostitutes, and “desperately tried to erase myself from the president’s field of vision” at a gathering to avoid Trump’s unpleasant schmoozing. This is a troubling and important account of the clash between power and justice.” —  PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, c2018.

ADULT MYSTERY

“Against the Law: A Legal Thriller” by Jay Brandon — “During a trial, Edward Hall, a well-known Houston defense attorney, and Cynthia Miles, the prosecutor he’s trying a drug case against, help themselves to the cocaine in evidence before engaging in intercourse in the judge’s chambers. When these shenanigans become known, Edward covers for Cynthia and takes the rap for the evidence tampering. After two years in prison, the disbarred lawyer finds steady work as a salesman, until he gets a desperate call from his physician sister, Amy, who has been arrested for murdering her estranged husband. The prosecution is convinced of Amy’s guilt–she was found, bloodstained, next to the corpse–but despite his disbarment, Edward agrees to defend her, only to find that Cynthia, now a judge, will preside over the high-profile murder trial. No one in authority realizes that Edward no longer has a license to practice law as he seeks to prove his sister’s innocence. Brandon, a Texas criminal lawyer, knows how to ratchet up tension in the courtroom, but multiple contrivances don’t bode well for future entries. ” —PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, c2018.

“The Bomb Shelter” by Jon Talton — “Talton celebrates investigative reporting and deplores the real-estate development that has damaged Phoenix as he delves into the dirty past and politics of the city. The ninth entry in a justly praised series.”  — (Michele Leber Booklist)

“The Dark Angel” by Elly Griffiths — “There is a charming old-home-week feel to this Italian adventure. The humor is well placed, as are the insightful forays into Italy’s history and people, but the gripping ending leaves no doubt that this is, above all, a mystery…A sure bet for fans of strong-minded women and wry humor in the tradition of Rhys Bowen and M.C. Beaton”
Booklist, STARRED review

“The Dark Side of Town” by Sasscer Hill — “Hill brings an insider’s knowledge to the world of high-stakes racing and accompanying crime. Filled with sense-laden descriptions and ever-tightening suspense, this is gripping mystery fare and a terrific successor to the racecourse mystery world first carved out by Dick Francis.”―Booklist (starred)

“The Fallen” by David Baldacci — “Baldacci is a wonderful storyteller, and he incorporates wonderful characters into baffling conspiracies. …he takes on small-town America, capturing both good and bad elements. He demonstrates why these small towns are worth saving. It’s a theme he has explored before, but it still has potency and relevance.”―Associated Press on The Fallen

“Hide and Sneak” by G. A. McKevett — “Savannah Reid, a former San Carmelita, California, cop and currently a private investigator and owner of the Midnight Magnolia Detective Agency, is hired by Academy Award-winning actor Ethan Malloy to find his wife, Beth, and son, Freddy. Beth stormed out of the house after an argument with Ethan, taking young Freddy and his nanny, Pilar, with her, and now she is not responding to Ethan’s calls and texts. Savannah’s husband, Detective Sergeant Dirk Coulter, becomes involved when Pilar is found dead in a local park with no sign of Beth and Freddy. Meanwhile, Savannah’s good friend and agency computer expert Tammy is worried about her wealthy, critical parents’ visit and is not her usual sunny self. Savannah, a strong-willed, opinionated woman, leads a cast of quirky, well-drawn characters in this humorous cozy…” — O’Brien, Sue.  AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION, c2018.

“Plain Confession” by Emma Miller — Pennsylvania bed-and-breakfast owner Rachel Mast should be busy getting ready for her wedding to state trooper Evan Parks, but a murder in the Amish community where she grew up is increasingly stealing her attention. Shy Moses Studer has been arrested for putting two bullets in his brother-in-law on the first day of deer season. Moses’ mother begs Rachel to prove her son’s innocence…. Rachel acts as cultural interpreter between the police and the Amish, advising police on what forms of address to avoid, for example, and occasionally translating from English to Pennsylvania Dutch. Nostalgic for some of the clear direction that life in a closed community provided, Rachel ruminates on topics that range from straight pins to cell phones to berry crumble. A gentle read for cozy fans, especially those curious about contemporary Amish lifestyles.” —  Keefe, Karen. AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION, c2018

“The Punishment She Deserves” by Elizabeth George — “Rich with descriptive detail and emotional nuance. Several alternating plot threads unspool at length, all of which weave tightly together with pleasing inevitability. . . . What has been said before deserves repeating: From suspense to social commentary, from violence to pathos, from villainy to possible redemption, Ms. George can do it all, with style.” — —Wall Street Journal

“The Rising Sea: A Novel from the NUMA FIles” by Clive Cussler — In one of the best recent novels to bear the Cussler name, Kurt Austin and his NUMA colleagues wing their way to Japan, where a researcher widely dismissed as a crackpot claims to have discovered activity in the East China Sea–strange activity that can’t be explained by natural events. After narrowly escaping a well-staged assassination attempt, the NUMA team launches a full investigation, soon stumbling onto a massive conspiracy involving a rare and hitherto unimagined alloy that could upset the balance of political and economic power across the globe. ” — Pitt, David.  AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION, c2018.

“Savage Liberty: A Mystery of Revolutionary America” by Eliot Pattison — “Prepare to be immersed in this story of early America . . . This is historical writing at its best, with plenty of action and suspense. It’s difficult to put down.” ―Historical Novel Society

“Twenty-One Days: A Daniel Pitt Novel” by Anne Perry — “Readers will quickly fall in love with [Daniel] Pitt, following along as he investigates a gruesome murder and chuckling as he throws those involved off kilter. Perry is a master at bringing setting to life, and readers will be taken in by the time and place as they get to know Daniel Pitt and those close to him in this engaging novel.”—RT Book Reviews

Twisted Prey” by John Sandford — “One of the best in an always-strong series. Given the current geopolitical reality, it’s timely, too, and the conclusion is a rockin’ ‘didn’t see that coming’ beauty.”—Booklist

“The Way I Die” b y Derek Haas — “‘You’re not going to like me when this is over,’ Haas’s hit man warns his readers. Maybe not, but you won’t be able to avert your eyes from a single scene in this stripped-down, dead-eyed, professional-grade actioner.” – Kirkus Reviews

“The Woman in the Window” by A. J. Finn — “Astounding. Thrilling. Lovely and amazing….Finn has created a noir for the new millennium, packed with mesmerizing characters, stunning twists, beautiful writing and a narrator with whom I’d love to split a bottle of pinot. Maybe two bottles—I’ve got a lot of questions for her.” — (#1 New York Times bestselling author Gillian Flynn)

ADULT NON-FICTION

“The Assault on Intelligence: American National Security in an Age of Lies” by Michael V. Hayden — “The more important, absorbing and disturbing aspect of Hayden’s book is the analysis from his professional perspective of what Trump and Trumpism mean for the intelligence community. It is sober, nuanced and, quite frankly, scary as hell.” – Mark Galeotti, Washington Post

“Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America’s Most Storied Hospital” by David Oshinsky — “Deeply engrossing . . . Oshinsky has wrestled an institutional history of significant complexity into a compelling tale . . . [He] is a master of finding and relating memorable anecdotes to embody the history. The result is a serious story studded with juicy and occasionally blood-curdling bits from the past.” —Chicago Tribune

“Fascism: A Warning” by Madeleine Albright — “Albright outlines the warning signs of fascism and offers concrete actions for restoring America’s values and reputation. There is priceless wisdom on every page.” (Booklist (starred review))

“It’s Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration is Doing to America” by David Cay Johnston — “It’s Even Worse Than You Think shines a light on actions by the White House and Trump-appointed federal officials on climate change, job creation, taxes, race, immigration, and foreign affairs, among other topics, that should concern – and alarm – all Americans.” (Glenn Altschuler The Huffington Post)

“The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women” by Kate Moore — “Carefully researched, the work will stun readers with its descriptions of the glittering artisans who, oblivious to health dangers, twirled camel-hair brushes to fine points using their mouths, a technique called lip-pointing…Moore details what was a ‘ground-breaking, law-changing, and life-saving accomplishment’ for worker’s rights.” – Publishers Weekly

“War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence” by Ronan Farrow — “Has the United States turned its back on diplomacy, and on its diplomats? And if so, at what cost? Farrow makes a good case that we have, and that the cost will be high….He captures extraordinarily well what the work of diplomacy means.” – Barbara K. Bodine, San Francisco Chronicle

ADULT AUDIO BOOK

LARGE PRINT

“The Girl in the Tower” by Katherine Arden — “Arden’s lush, lyrical writing cultivates an intoxicating, visceral atmosphere, and her marvelous sense of pacing carries the novel along at a propulsive clip. A masterfully told story of folklore, history, and magic with a spellbinding heroine at the heart of it all.”—Booklist (starred review)

MUSIC

“100 Sing-Along-Songs for Kids”
“If All I Was Was Black”
by Mavis Staples

BLUE/DVD

“Black Code”
“Coco”
“Ferdinand”
“The Greatest Showman”
“The Handmaid’s Tale: Season One”
“I Am Not Your Negro”
“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”
“Justice League”
“Lego DC Comics Super Heroes  – The Flash”

“The Maple Sugaring Story”
“Paddington 2”
“Paw Patrol Sea Patrol”
“Peter Rabbit”
“Poldark: The Complete Second Season”
“The Post”
“Star Wars Episode VIII The Last Jedi”
“Victoria The Complete First Season”
“Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace”

BOARD BOOK

“The Mitten” by Jan Brett
“Peek-a-Flap Moo”
by Jaye Garnett
“The Very Lonely Firefly”
by Eric Carle
“Where’s Spot?” by Eric Hill

PICTURE BOOK

“The Book of MIstakes” by Corinna Luyken
“Can I Be Your Dog?” by Troy Cummings
“Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut” by Derrick Barnes
“Grains of Sand” by Sibylle Delacroix
“Hello Hello” by Brendan Wenzel
“Inky the Octopus” by Erin Guendelsberger
“I Want to Be a Doctor” by Laura Driscoll
“Iver & Ellsworth” by Casey W. Robinson
“Jerome by Heart” by Thomas Scotto
“Julian is a Mermaid” by Jessica Love
“Just Right Family: An Adoption Story” by Silvia Lopez
“Malala”s Magic Pencil” by Malala Yousafzai
“Misunderstood Shark
by Amy Dyckman
“Nanny Paws”
by Wendy Wahman
“Ocean Meets Sky” by Terry Fan
“The Outlaw” by Nancy Vo
“Penguin and Tiny Shrimp Don’t Do Bedtime!” by Cate Berry
“Pippa & Percival, Pancake & Poppy: Four Peppy Puppies” by Deborah Diesen
“The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet!” by Carmen Agra Deedy
“Shark Nate-O” by Tara Luebbe and Becky Cattie
“Square” by Mac Barnett
“A Stone for Sascha” by Aaron Becker
“Summer Supper” by Rubin Pfeffer
“Twilight Chant” by Holly Thompson
“Whale in a Fishbowl” by Troy Howell
“Wolf in the Snow” by Matthew Cordell

JUVENILE AUDIO

“March Forward Girl: From Young Warrior to Little Rock Nine” by Melba Pattillo Beals

JUVENILE BIOGRAPHY

“Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court” by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar —  “More than a play-by-play sports story, it’s an honest, powerful exposition of what it means to be black in white America, offering a de facto history of the civil rights movement.”―Booklist, starred review

JUVENILE FICTION

“Across the Dark Water” by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez – “A story with both wings and heart, ACROSS THE DARK WATER is a breathtaking ride into a rich and dangerous world. Animal-lovers and thrill-seekers alike will cheer for Echofrost and Rahkki at each of the many twists and turns. Clever, epic, and wildly imaginative!”– Kamilla Benko, author of The Unicorn Quest 

“Ban This Book” by Alan Gratz — “Readers, librarians, and all those books that have drawn a challenge have a brand new hero in Amy Anne Ollinger. She’s a true champion and testament to how doing a good thing is the first step in finding your own courage.”―Kathi Appelt, Newbery Honor winning author of The Underneath

“The Burning Maze: (The Trials of Apollo, Book Three)  by Rick Riordan — “The formerly glorious god Apollo, cast down to earth in punishment by Zeus, is now an awkward mortal teenager named Lester Papadopoulos. In order to regain his place on Mount Olympus, Lester must restore five Oracles that have gone dark. But he has to achieve this impossible task without having any godly powers and while being duty-bound to a confounding young daughter of Demeter named Meg. Thanks a lot, Dad.” — Baker & Taylor

“Chester and Gus” by Cammie McGovern — “In narrator Benny, readers find a resilient and very observant 9-year-old who accepts those around him with their strengths and shortcomings alike. His story is insightful and inspirational.” (Kirkus)

“Falcon Wild” by Terry Lynn Johnson — “Karma, a 13-year old falconer-to-be, has to give her beloved bird, Stark, back to Stark’s original owner. As she and her father and brother head out into the back-country of Montana to return Stark, things suddenly start to go wrong when their van crashes. Karma finds herself in the middle of nowhere searching for help for her family. This book is an adventurous coming-of-age tale with a  rich and beautiful natural setting. The imagery of the woods and country will make readers feel as if they are journeying alongside the protagonist. The details about the birds and what it takes to survive in the mountains are enlightening. ..” —School Library Journal

“Found (The Missing, Book 1)” by Margaret Peterson Haddix — “Thirteen-year-old Jonah has always known he’s adopted; Chip learns of ‘his’ adoption when both friends start receiving threatening letters labeling them ‘the missing.’ Investigating, the two discover an inter- temporal child-smuggling conflict, both sides of which are out to get them. The fascinating premise of this series opener, buoyed by Haddix’s usual likable characters and fast-paced writing, is loaded with possibilities.” — CG. THE HORN BOOK, c2008.

“Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus” by Dusti Bowling — “Aven is a perky, hilarious, and inspiring protagonist whose attitude and humor will linger even after the last page has turned.” —School Library Journal (Starred review)

“The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” by C. S.  Lewis — “Four adventurous siblings—Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie—step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter and enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change . . . and a great sacrifice. — Baker & Taylor

“Refugee”  by Alan Gratz — “[A] hard-hitting novel. . . . Filled with both tragic loss and ample evidence of resilience, these memorable and tightly plotted stories contextualize and give voice to current refugee crises, underscoring that these journeys are born out of a desperate need for security and safety.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“The Secret Sheriff of Sixth Grade” by Jordan Sonnenablick — Maverick Falconer has a difficult home life. Since his father died on active military duty several years ago, his alcoholic mother has entertained a string of abusive boyfriends. Maverick may be short in stature, but he is large of heart, and it’s not hard to root for this underdog as he starts sixth grade. On the first day of middle school, he overreacts to some pranks, landing in the vice principal’s office. Maverick navigates various social obstacles at school (a couple of frenemies and difficult teachers) and family challenges at home before his mother’s younger sister, Aunt Cat, steps up when Mom hits rock bottom and finally seeks treatment. …” —  jonathan hunt.  THE HORN BOOK, c2017.

“The Someday Birds” by Sally J. Pla — “The Someday Birds is a raw, funny road trip story that reminds us that even the most literal-minded people can occasionally be sucker-punched by a miracle.” (BookPage.com)

“Train I Ride” by Paul Mosier —  “In his first novel, Mosier offers a cast of well-drawn characters, an unusual setting, and a rewarding reading experience.” (Booklist (starred review))

“Wishtree” by Katherine Applegate — “Warm and thoughtful, this story is told from the perspective of an ancient oak tree who has seen it all. Bestselling author Katherine Applegate gets readers rooting for the old tree, along with the people and animals who come to depend on it. The shorter length and strong plot are appealing for middle grade readers who are growing into novels with less illustrated narrative and more complex subject matter.” – Seira Wilson, Amazon Editor

JUVENILE NON-FICTION

“All’s Faire in Middle School” by Victoria Jamieson — “A spot-on depiction of the complexities of family dynamics, the nuances of friendship, and the longing to fit in vs. the pull of being true to oneself. Gloriously illustrated in full color, every inch a pleasure. Grade A.” —Sunday Plain Dealer 

“Escape from Syria” by Samy Kullab — “In 2014, a phrase was anonymously spray-painted on a wall in Homs, Syria: “When I leave, be sure I tried everything in my power to stay.” This poignant graffiti reverberates throughout Escape from Syria… Jackie Roche’s drawings and Mike Freiheit’s colour work add intensity and solidify the strong emotional engagement Kullab creates. Feelings of anger and fear are conveyed beautifully with thick black brush strokes where the page’s white gutter usually lies… There are big visual moments in Escape From Syria, but the subtle ones are even more effective.” — (Ardo Omer Quill and Quire 2017-12-01)

“Ferdinand Fox’s First Summer” by Mary Holland — “Ferdinand is a red fox kit who begins life in a den with his brothers and sisters. Readers observe him and his siblings getting milk from their mother and, as they grow, waiting for her to bring them food. Also discussed are foxes’ keen senses and how meaningful play teaches them to thrive in the wild. The story, which takes readers through the course of a year, concludes with Ferdinand’s gradual approach to independence as he must hunt on his own. Each spread includes a large, engaging photo and a paragraph or two of text. The book concludes with additional facts about red foxes and short activities about their life cycle and diets. “-Stephanie Farnlacher,  Library Journals LLC

“The Girl Guide: 50 Ways to Learn to Love Your Changing Body” by Marawa Ibrahim — “In a playful, inviting, and nonjudgmental tone, Ibrahim offers tween girls advice based on her own experiences, covering everything from moodiness, periods, vagina anatomy, and bra sizing to body-image concerns and the importance of mindfulness and exercise.” (Booklist)

“Her Right Foot” by Dave Eggers — “In Eggers’s telling, Liberty is ready not only to greet travelers coming home and those seeking refuge, but to stride forth to welcome them.”–The Washington Post

“I’m Just No Good at Rhyming and Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups” by Chris Harris — “Harris’s impressive debut–containing over one hundred poems, riddles, visual jokes, and nonsense–offers surprising detours and a dazzling variety of forms and subjects, which will keep readers engaged and on their toes. Smith’s stylishly silly mixed-media illustrations raise the irreverence to sublime levels. Occasional bickering between poet and illustrator adds another layer of absurdity. This collection rewards repeat visits.”  — THE HORN BOOK, c2018.

“Over and Under the Pond” by Kate Messner — “Conveys the sights and sounds and motions of a peaceful day spent enjoying and observing nature.”-The Horn Book Magazine

“Ramadan: The Holy Month of Fasting” by Ausma Zehanat Khan — “”The handsomely designed book, full of interesting photographs, explains the significance of Ramadan within the context of Islam…The stories of several children are told, while the wide coverage of Ramadan in a number of parts of the world is a welcome addition. Throughout, Khan’s personable tone brings the holiday close…This will serve both those who know little about Ramadan and those who celebrate it.” (Booklist 2018-03-13)

“Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World” by Susan Hood — “Encouraging profiles of astronauts, artists, and activists both honor past accomplishments and point toward ways young readers themselves might change the world, too.” (Publishers Weekly)

“The Whydah: A Pirate Ship Feared Wrecked & Found” by Martin W. Sandler — Sandler offers an insightful look at how different the realities of pirate life were compared to how it has been mythologized in popular culture…A fascinating, vivid look at what one shipwreck reveals about the realities of the “Golden Age of Piracy.” —Kirkus Reviews

“With My Hands: Poems About Making Things” by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater — Whether invoking cooking, sewing, tying knots, or other undertakings, this provides an enjoyable springboard for aspiring makers.”–Booklist

Woodpeckers: Drilling Holes & Bagging Bugs” by Sneed B. Collard III — Introducing kids to woodpeckers, Collard opens with their most distinctive and crazy-sounding behavior: they repeatedly pound their beak into trees with a force that would leave other species brain-damaged. The text explains their physical adaptations, such as shock-absorbing skull bones, then looks at their motivations. While they peck at trees primarily to reach grubs and ants below the bark, they sometimes drum to communicate with other woodpeckers or drill into wood to create holes for nesting or roosting. In addition to describing family life among woodpeckers and introducing some distinctive species, the text discusses the importance of protecting their habitats, particularly the dead trees they depend upon for survival. …” –Carolyn Phelan —Booklist (Starred Review)

“A Wrinkle in Time” adapted and Illustrated by Hope Larson — “This adaptation is fabulous for presenting a fresh vision to those familiar with the original, but it’s so true to the story’s soul that even those who’ve never read it will come away with a genuine understanding of L’Engle’s ideas and heart.” ―Booklist, starred review

YOUNG ADULT

“Far From the Tree” by Robin Benway — “Equally heartwarming and heart-wrenching… Benway (Emmy & Oliver) delves into the souls of these characters as they wrestle to overcome feelings of inadequacy, abandonment, and betrayal, gradually coming to understand themselves and each other.” — (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

“Everything Beautiful is Not Ruined” by Danielle Younge-Ullman — “Ingrid is an authentic, fully developed character, and her adventures and insights will keep readers riveted to the page.”—VOYA

“The Frontman” by Ron Bahr — “Bahar wields biting humor like a sword, skewering everything from the trials and tribulations of growing up to rock ’n’ roll and the expectations of parents and peers.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“Traitor Born” by Amy A. Bartol — In Roselle St. Sismode’s world, your birth position determines your caste for life, as enforced by Census. But there are factions that want to end the caste system. Roselle is an extraordinary fighter, but, caught up in the conflict, she is never sure whom to trust. The world of the Republic is cleverly detailed, with floating military trees, hackable, mechanized domestic assistants, and at least three sides to a very political situation. Readers will need to start with series opener Secondborn (2017) to fully appreciate this well-written story. It’s worth it; with elements of Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game (1985) and Ian Fleming’s James Bond, Traitor Born will keep the reader entertained all the way up to the cliff-hanger ending.” — Gerber, Rebecca. AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION, c2018.