Fiction

Touch the brightest star

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Christie Matheson
Touch the brightest star

The pictures and text take you on an interactive journey on the magic that happens at night.  A young child will be engaged and mesmerized  by a  gentle pat to the deer, a touch to the brightest star and a whisper  to the moon.  There isn’t an electronic device that can replace the connection the reader and listener experience with this book.  The last page of the book tells you how the magic happens.  I loved the book!

Another great book by this author is Tap the Magic tree.   Check our Catalog

Kate D., Youth Services

The Island of Dr. Libris

Monday, July 6, 2015
Chris Grabenstein

After reading the highly entertaining Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, I was excited to read Grabenstein’s latest book The Island of Dr. Libris.  This story takes place in current times with Billy spending the summer in a cabin with his mother, who is working to earn her PhD.  Billy discovers Dr. Libris’s library where books literally come to life on a nearby island.  Billy meets Hercules, Robin Hood, The Three Musketeers and other famous literary characters.  It is his hope that he is able to find a great treasure on the island that will solve his parent’s financial troubles that seem to be getting in the way of keeping his parents in a happy marriage.  This story was filled with wonderful imagination and would be enjoyed by upper elementary and early middle school students.   

Because all of the print copies of this book were currently checked out, I enjoyed listening to the audio version that was available.  The narrator had a pleasant voice and read at a good tempo.

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Footsteps in the Snow

Monday, July 6, 2015
Charles Lachman
Footsteps in the Snow

The book jacket describes the book as "One shocking crime. Two shattered families. And the coldest case in U.S. history". I found this book on the new book shelf and it was 500 pages of fascinating reading. A seven year old girl is kidnapped and murdered by a neighbor teen and with great police investagations and after many dead ends, the killer was apprehended 55 years later. He had changed his name but his mother on her deathbed said he was the one who committed the crime. The search for him and two trials (one for child molestation) finally landed him in prison for life. It was a long read but hard to put down. Check our catalog

Sue N., Youth Services

Room: a novel

Monday, July 6, 2015
Emma Donoghue
Room: a novel

I recently read "Room" by Emma Donoghue. This is unlike any novel I have ever read. It revolves around a woman that has been held hostage in a man's shed, called Room by her five-year-old son. Jack was born in Room, so to him, this is the world. This book is about their emotional and difficult journey, and what lies ahead. "Room" had me hooked from the start. Check our Catalog

Bree K., Circulation

The Green Glass Sea

Monday, July 6, 2015
Elle Klages
The Green Glass Sea

"It's 1943, and eleven-year-old Dewey Kerrigan is en route to New Mexico to live with her mathematician father. Soon she arrives at a town that, officially, doesn't exist. It is called Los Alamos, and it is abuzz with activity, as scientists and mathematicians from all over America and Europe work on the biggest secret of all--"the gadget." None of them--not J. Robert Oppenheimer, the director of the Manhattan Project; not the mathematicians and scientists; and least of all, Dewey--know how much "the gadget" is about to change their lives."

My 11 year old daughter and I read this together - we both enjoyed the story immensely and had a lot to talk about - especially with MY mom who would have been Dewey Kerrigan's age in 1943!  It was so interesting to read about an aspect of World War II that I knew so little about - the secretiveness of the project, the scientists involved, the idea of a whole "town" that nobody can talk about.  Ellen Klages also includes several real life scientists and other personnel who were involved in the Manhattan Project.  So many interesting aspects to this story and nice to be able to share and discuss with the young people in your life.

I ordered this title through MelCat.

Peggy G. - circulation 

Shotgun Lovesongs

Monday, June 29, 2015
Nikolas Butler
Shotgun Lovesongs

Four men grew up together in Little Wing, Wisconsin where the tallest building in town is the grain elevator. They go on to live very different lives - farmer, stock market investor, rodeo champ, and rock star. This story of who stays, who goes, and who comes back is told in chapters voiced by the four plus the woman they all loved. The language is authentic relating how relationships can become complicated in time, but the draw of home town and old friendships is strong. Butler's simple yet almost poetic description of the town and the landscape will make anyone from the mid-west homesick.  Check it out on MeLCat

Sue A2, Reference

The Bone Tree

Thursday, June 18, 2015
Greg Iles
The Bone Tree

In the second book of a trilogy, the action picks up precisely where it left off in Natchez Burning. Natchez mayor Penn Cage and his fiancée have narrowly escaped certain death after being attacked by the powerful business man Brody Royal and his associates from the Double Eagles, a KKK sect rumored to be responsible for several rapes and murders going back to the civil rights era. However, as Penn learns, Royal was not the true leader of the group, and the danger heading their way from Forrest Knox, the chief of the state police Criminal Investigation bureau is even more terrifying. While Penn is trying to find a way to clear his on-the-run father of a murder charge, journalist Caitlin uncovers information that could finally lead to the downfall of the Double Eagles – if she can only find the secret killing ground known as the Bone Tree.

I have to say, it took me a little longer to get into the Bone Tree than Natchez Burning, not really sure why. At 804 pages, it’s a hefty read, so it’s not a book to pick up if you’re pressed for time. In the end, I was glad that I stuck it out. Just when I thought I knew which way the plot would turn – it threw me a curve. Can’t wait to see what happens in the next one. Check the catalog.

Sue A., Reference

Bear Feels Scared

Friday, June 5, 2015
Karma Wilson
Bear Feels Scared

If you haven't read Karma Wilson's books yet-get started with her Bear books.  The rhythm and language is addicting.  The classic is Bear Snores On, of course, but Bear gets into all kinds of situations in the series.  Bear Feels Scared is all about Bear venturing a bit far and feeling scared.  His friends worry about him and go searching "through the wild, wet, weather".  If Wilson isn't already one of your favorites she will be after meeting Bear.

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Cindy A., Circulation

The burning room : a novel

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Michael Connelly
The burning room : a novel
In mystery writer Michael Connelly's newest book, The Burning Room, Detective Harry Bosch is back trying to solve a cold case from 20 years ago.  Paired this time with a young woman, Lucia Sota, Bosch at first has doubts about the young detective, but soon realizes that she is wise beyond her years, and brings much to the task of trying to solve this case.
 
At first the cold case has the appearance of being a random shooting by a Los Angeles gang.  But after much digging into the files, and interviewing witnesses, the 2 detectives realize that major political figures in the city might be involved.  
 
Another mystery, a personal quest for Lucia, also becomes part of the plot.  When she was small, a daycare center where she was a pupil, was set on fire.  She barely escaped, some of the children did not, and she has wanted to find those responsible ever since.  
 
This is a page-turner - Bosch and Lucia arrive at what seem like dead ends many times - but they persevere.  The 2 detectives are very different from each other, yet work well together and their different approaches to the mystery help to solve the cases.  Check our Catalog
 
Catherine T., reference

The Girl Who Chased the Moon: A Novel

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Allen, Sarah Addison
The Girl Who Chased the Moon: A Novel

I ordered this charming story on audiobook through MelCat (although Howell Carnegie District library does have the print version).  I wanted to listen to the audio because it was recommended to me by a fellow librarian and the narrator does, indeed do a wonderful job filling the story with her colorful voices.

This is two stories in one.  The first is the story of a recently orphaned teenage girl who comes to Mullaby, North Carolina to live with her maternal grandfather.  The girl soon discovers that the people who knew her mother as a teen paint a very different picture of her than the devoted, charitable woman that the daughter knew growing up.
The second story is of a woman who returns to Mullaby after inheriting her father’s barbecue restaurant.  Her passion is baking and so she adds baked goods to the existing menu with some success but as the story unfolds we discover the reason she is so devoted to her craft is bittersweet.
This book has a small touch of “fairy-tale magic” but it’s not the overlying theme of the story more a thread that touches each of the characters.  The book does seem to be targeted to a younger adult audience – the stories focus on the story of the teen and the adult’s lives when they were teens .
And, while there is not a lot of deep, meaningful character development, there is a lovely story to be told.  I hope you enjoy this nice little summer read.

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