Thursday, December 1, 2016

Lady Liberty’s Holiday by Jen Arena; illustrated by Matt Hunt

In Jen Arena’s new picture book, Lady Liberty’s blue. After 100 years standing in New York Harbor, her arms ache, her neck hurts, and she’s got a cramp in her leg.

Moe the Pigeon recommends a vacation, so off she goes to a variety of places, including the Jersey Shore, St. Louis Arch, and Grand Canyon, to look for America.

Tension rises, however, as the Fourth of July approaches-will Lady Liberty get back in time for the party?

Colorful, comical illustrations offer hilarious “armchair sightseeing” as she races home.

This light-hearted picture book will make you smile, especially at election time, and help you teach U.S. geography to kids.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

New Fiction 11/29/2016

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week.  If you see something you like, simply click on the title to place a copy on hold through the library's catalog.


http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780399174490    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780062250780    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9781400065950    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780062290427


When All the Girls Have Gone by Jayne Ann Krentz
The Whole Town's Talking by Fannie Flagg
The Flame Bearer by Bernard Cornwell
The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
Chasing Shadows by Karen Harper
To Capture What We Cannot Keep by Beatrice Colin

Saturday, November 26, 2016

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

Lauren "Lo" Blacklock is a travel journalist. She is finally getting an opportunity to write a big story. She has been invited on the maiden voyage of a luxury cruise liner that only has 12 cabins. The first night she meets the woman in the cabin next to hers when she borrows the woman's mascara. That night Lo is convinced the woman was thrown off the liner.

Lo summons security but there is no record of the passenger and no one else saw her. Lo is positive that there was a woman and that she was thrown over. She starts to investigate on her own but soon starts getting messages to leave it alone. Now more determined then ever, Lo will do anything to prove she is right. But will it end in her death?

I really love Ruth Ware! This was another suspenseful book. You are on the edge of your seat trying to figure out what is going on. At first I wasn't sure if I was going to like Lo but I changed my mind and was rooting for her.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Giant Squid by Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann

Creepy, mysterious and intriguing, Giant Squid reads like a Hitchcock script. It would be a great read-aloud for older students, perhaps, even, around Halloween.

Did you know there are more close-up photos of Mars' surface-a planet millions of miles away-than of giant squids? "We know more about the behavior of dinosaurs-extinct for 65 million years-than we do a creature that resides in almost all of the world's oceans and is one of the biggest animals on the planet. So elusive is the giant squid that the first time scientists ever saw a living one was in 2006."

Where do we find the finest squid specimens? "Inside enormous sperm whales, whose favorite dinner is giant squid. So many giant squid beaks have been found in sperm whales that it is now believed there are millions of giant squid swimming in the oceans, but they continue to swim through the deep, elusive, mysterious, incognito."

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

New Fiction 11/22/2016

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week.  If you see something you like, simply click on the title to place a copy on hold through the library's catalog.

http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780062225559    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780451493446    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9781250045461    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9781524732066


Moonglow by Michael Chabon
Conclave by Michael Harris
Victoria by Daisy Goodwin
Blood Riders by Gary Oldman
The Spy by Paolo Coelho
The Operator by Kim Harrison

Saturday, November 19, 2016

The Girl Before by JP Delaney

In the vein of the popular "girl" psychological suspense novels as of late (i.e. Gone Girl, Girl on the Train, and The Good Girl), comes another page turner that is sure to be a hit among readers of the genre and just might be the "girl" to end all girls

Each chapter alternates stories between two women during different time periods in England. Back "then," there is Emma and her boyfriend Simon who are looking for the perfect flat. Emma has security issues ever since being robbed at gunpoint at their current home. Nothing seems to fit the bill and so the agent finally, but reluctantly, suggests One Folgate Street, built by renowned architect Edward Monkford. This home comes with specific qualifications that won't appeal to most people.

In present day, there is Jane, a single thirty-some woman also looking for the right place to live. Jane carries her own baggage, having been devastated by the recent loss of the daughter she carried to term but had been delivered stillborn. Like Emma, no apartment is exactly right in her budget, so the agent suggests the possibility of One Folgate Street...

Edward, the architect and owner, requires the applicants to fill out a lengthy questionnaire that asks for so much more personal detail than just their rental history. They need to provide answers to personal and moral questions. And not every applicant is approved, but Emma and Jane pass muster.

Both learn of the sinister history of the property involving Edward's wife and child. What's more is that Edward has taken a romantic interest in the women. And what seemed like a state of the art security system in the beginning becomes more of an invasion of privacy. When will the two stories converge, and will the woman fall to the same fate as the previous occupants?

Readers won't know who to trust as Delaney's debut clutches you by the throat and won't let you go until the final, thrilling denouement.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Octopuses One to Ten, by Ellen Jackson

Octopuses One to Ten is a fact-filled, beautifully-illustrated picture book for all ages.

Octopuses near and far are amazing eight-armed superstars! Did you know? An octopus has three hearts and can detach one of its arms? It shakes off, sending the predator chasing it. Five years is all they've got (some live for only 6 months). They live in all seven seas. October 8 is their special day (octo means 8). They have NINE brains-one for each arm, all controlled by the main brain in the head. Octopuses can open a jar and get the crab inside. They can use tools. They hide their den entrances with piles of gathered objects.

Some carry coconut shell halves to use as shelter when attacked. Blanket octopuses have iridescent shimmering skin and webbing between their arms that improves gliding across tropical oceans. Males are 100 times smaller than females.

You don't want to meet a blue-ringed Australian octopus, one of the most poisonous marine animals: its venom kills humans. Pacific striped octopuses mate face-to-face and push their beaks and suckers against one another. They live in groups of 40 and are found along the Pacific coasts of Panama and Nicaragua.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

New Fiction 11/15/2016

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week.  If you see something you like, simply click on the title to place a copy on hold through the library's catalog.

http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780345543004    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9781455586516    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9781501108587    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780062436689

Turbo Twenty-Three by Janet Evanovich
No Man's Land by David Baldacci
The Sleeping Beauty Killer by Mary Higgins Clark
Chaos by Patricia Cornwell
Odessa Sea by Clive Cussler
The Mistletoe Secret by Richard Paul Evans
Swing Time by Zadie Smith
The Spy by Paul Coelho
Ruler of the Night by David Morrell

Saturday, November 12, 2016

All Dressed in White by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke

In this second entry in the "Under Suspicion" series, producer Laurie Moran and her crew are looking for the next cold case to investigate for her hit TV series. She has some potential possibilities but receives a call from a devastated mother who believes Laurie's show can help her.

Five years ago, Susan's daughter Amanda was to be married at the Crown Victoria resort in Florida but she went missing before the wedding ceremony. The media named her the "runaway bride," and without any evidence of fowl play the case eventually went cold.

Laurie convinces the entire bridal party, including Amanda's former fiance Jeffery who is now married to the maid of honor, Megan, to all meet at the destination wedding spot in Florida for their interviews for the show. This place hits close to home for Laurie, who visited the hotel with her husband Gregory, who was killed.

Laurie and attorney Alex's investigations lead them to a reclusive intern for the photographer who was present that day, but it might be someone much closer to the bride who knows what happened.

This series provides entertaining suspense without a lot of swearing and violence, so it would appeal to a wide audience of readers. Please note that each book in the series centers on a different case so that these can be read in any order.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Steamboat School by Deborah Hopkinson; illustrated by Ron Husband

Based on a true story, this is a must-read for anyone set on fathoming the depth of racism in this country. St. Louis’ Reverend John Meachum (1789-1854) led a school for people of color, but in 1847 Missouri passed this law: “Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Missouri, as follows: No person shall keep any school for the instruction of Negroes or mulattoes, reading or writing, in this State.”

Rev. Meachum’s response was a Steamboat School in the middle of the Mississippi River, which was considered federal property, where children were rowed to and taught be Meachum until his death in 1855.

The Meachum home was declared a depot on the Underground Railroad and became “the first site in Missouri to be recognized as part of the National Park Service’s National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.”