New Items – February 4, 2016

What’s new in the library?

The books on this list have just arrived!

Featured New Releases in Fiction

Additional New Releases in Fiction

  • A Husband for Mari by Emma Miller
  • Wrangling the Cowboy’s Heart by Carolyne Aarsen
  • Winter Reunion by Roxanne Rustand
  • The Rancher’s First Love by Brenda Minton
  • Every Girl Gets Confused by Janice Thompson
  • Secret Life of Anna Blanc by Jennifer Kincheloe
  • Still Night in L.A. by Aram Saroyan
  • The Thousand Names by Django Wexler
  • The Price of Valor by Django Wexler
  • Rome in Love by Anita Hughes
  • The Queen by Tiffany Reisz
  • The Early Stories of Truman Capote forwarded by Hilton Als
  • The Hive Construct by Alexander Maskill
  • Devil of Delphi by Jeffrey Siger
  • The Kindness by Polly Samson
  • The Gift of Charm by Melissa Hill
  • Put a Ring On It by Beth Kendrick
  • All This Life by Joshua Mohr
  • What You See by Hank Ryan
  • Come Hell or Highball by Maia Chance
  • DC Trip by Sara Benincasa
  • Lord Fenton’s Folly by Josi Kilpack
  • Enter Paradise by Oscar Hijuelos
  • Away in a Manger by Rhys Bowen
  • The Familiar by Mark Z. Danielewski
  • The Familiar (part 2) by Mark Z. Danielewski
  • The Kingdom of Gods by N.K. Jemish
  • Chapelwood by Cherie Priest
  • King Maker by Maurice Broaddus
  • Breakdown by Jonathan Kellerman
  • Brotherhood in Death by J.D. Robb
  • Avenue of Mysteries by John Irving
  • Hunters in the Dark by Lawrence Osborne
  • Unspeakable Things by Kathleen Spivack
  • A Thousand Falling Crows by Larry Sweazy
  • Even Dogs in the Wild by Ian Rankin
  • The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin
  • Numero Zero by Umberto Eco
  • The Forgotten Soldier by Brad Taylor
  • The Winter Girl by Matt Marinovich
  • A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
  • American Blood by Ben Sanders
  • The Longest Night by Andria Williams
  • Warriors of the Storm by Bernard Cornwell
  • River Road by Carol Goodman
  • Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz
  • The Inheritance Trilogy by N.K. Jemisin
  • Eleano by Jason Gerley
  • Feverborn by Karen Moning
  • The Verdict by Nick Stone
  • One Year After by William Forstchen
  • The Dirt on Ninth Grave by Darynda Jones
  • The Inheritance Trilogy by N. K. Jemisin
  • Montana Creeds Dylan by Linda Miller
  • Christmas on Candy Cane Lane by Sheila Roberts
  • A Daddy for Her Triplets by Deb Kastner
  • Amish Homecoming by Jo Ann Brown

Featured New Releases in NonFiction

Additional New Releases in Nonfiction

  • The Dressmaker’s War by Mary Chamberlain
  • Tough as they Come by Travis Mills
  • Science of the Magical by Matt Kaplan
  • Contraband Cocktails by Paul Dickens
  • A Passion for Leadership by Robert Gates
  • Binge by Tyler Oakley
  • 13 Hours by Mitchell Zuckoff
  • Papier-Mache Monsters by Dan Reeder
  • Manga Workshop Characters by Sophie-Chan
  • Kitchen Creamery by Louella Hill
  • Learning American Sign Language by James Guido
  • Nonsense by Jamie Holmes
  • Lights Out by Ted Koppel
  • Our Robots, Ourselves by David Mindell
  • One Child by Mei Fong
  • The Giving Way to Happiness by Jenny Santi
  • The Washingtons by Flora Frasier
  • Pocahontas and Sacagawea by Cyndi Berck
  • A History of Baseball in 100 Objects by Josh Leventhal
  • Spark Joy by Marie Kondo
  • Tox-Sick by Suzanne Somers
  • Feminism: Reinventing the “F” Word by Nadia Higgins
  • This Book Loves You by PewDiePie
  • All I Know Now by Carrie Fletcher
  • The Amazing Book is Not On Fire by Dan Howell
  • Plants Vs. Meats: The Health, History, and Ethics of What We Eat by Meredith Hughes
  • Plants Vs. Meats: The Health, History, and Ethics of What We Eat by Meredith Hughes
  • Mutts. by Patrick McDonnell
  • Mutts III by Patrick McDonnell
  • Plants Vs. Meats: The Health, History, and Ethics of What We Eat by Meredith Hughes
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New Items – January 29, 2016

What’s new in the library?

The books on this list have just arrived!

Featured New Releases in Fiction

Additional New Releases in Fiction

  • The Tears of Dark Water by Corban Addison
  • Rules for Werewolves by Kirk Lynn
  • Wake of Vultures by Lila Bowen
  • Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink
  • City on Fire by Garth Hallberg
  • The Shadow Throne by Django Wexler
  • Tower of Thorns by Juliet Marillier
  • The Summer of Good Intentions by Wendy Francis
  • Radiance by Catherynne Valente
  • The Outlandish Companion Vol. 2 by Diana Gabaldon
  • The Probability of Love by Hannah Rothschild
  • Until we Touch by Susan Mallery
  • The Texas Rancher’s Return by Allie Pleiter
  • The Hero’s Sweetheart by Cheryl Wyatt
  • Spirit of the Valley by Jane Shoup
  • Soldier’s Valentine by Jenna Mindel
  • A Baby for the Rancher by Margaret Daley
  • Accidental Dad by Lois Richer

Featured New Releases in NonFiction

Additional New Releases in Nonfiction

  • Mom enough: the fearless mother’s heart and hope by Tony Reinke
  • The Ghost in my Brain by Clark Elliott, Ph.D.
  • Part of Our Lives by Wayne A. Wiegand
  • The Story of My Tits by Jennifer Hayden
  • Fly a Little Higher by Laura Sobiech
  • Organic by Peter Laufer
  • The Chase by Kyle Kupecky
  • Old Sparky by Anthony Galvin
  • Suspicious Minds by Rob Brotherton
  • Let the Elephants Run by David Usher
  • And Yet… by Christopher Hitchens
  • The Great Detective by Zach Dundas
  • A History of Heists by Jerry Clark
  • A Dog’s Gift by Bob Drury
  • Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
  • Venture Mom by Holly Hurd
  • So Many Christians, So Few Lions by George Yancy
  • Improbable Libraries by Alex Johnson
  • The Indestructible Houseplant by Tovah Martin
  • Little House Living by Merissa Alink

Featured New Releases in Young Adult Fiction

Additional New Releases in Fiction

  • The Edge of the Shadows by Elizabeth George
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  • Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
  • Independent Study by Joelle Charbonneau
  • Unforgiven by Lauren Kate
  • Bits and Pieces by Jonathan Maberry
  • The Rose Society by Marie Lu
  • The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  • What We Left Behind by Robin Talley
  • Whippoorwill by Joseph Monninger
  • Juba! by Walter Myers
  • We’ll Never Be Apart by Emiko Jean
  • Every Last Word by Tamara Stone
  • Lockdown by Alexander Smith
  • The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow
  • Dark Tide by Jennifer Donnelly
  • Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard
  • The Harvest by Chuck Wendig
  • Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld
  • Believarexic by J.J. Johnson
  • Girls Likes Us by Gail Giles
Additional New Releases in Video

  • The Martian
  • Straight Outta Compton
  • Amy
  • Better Call Saul Season 1
  • Angriest Man in Brooklyn
  • The Look of Silence
  • A Walk in the Woods
  • When Marnie was Here
  • Irrational Man
  • Castle Season 7
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Teen Reads – January 22, 2016

The Agency- A Spy in the House By Y.S Lee

In this gripping tale of murder and mystery, Y.S Lee tells the story of Mary Quinn, a reformed thief-turned-secret-agent. Quinn delves into the aristocratic life of the Thorolds, hoping to find evidence of illegal and dangerous dealings. The book itself was perfect for a historical-fiction lover like myself, as Lee’s use of period language and imagery was very successful, and the story’s ending provided the satisfying twist that all mystery-lovers do not expect, and wholesomely enjoy. “The Agency” is actually a series of novels about Quinn and her work as a secret agent. Though I have not read them yet, I fully expect to enjoy those books as much as I did this one. Overall, “A Spy in the House” is a worthwhile, entertaining read that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys mysteries and/or historical-fiction.

(Reviewed by Gray Grunsky)

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Magan’s Top Ten Childrens’ Books of 2015

Top 10 Childrens’ Books of 2015

Magan Stuhr

Hello! My name is Magan Stuhr and I am in 7th grade. I have been the childrens’ book reviewer here at APL since last summer. Some of my hobbies include reading, drawing, and playing volleyball.  After a lot of reading, here is my list of top 10 childrens’ books of 2015.

#10: Mr. Putter and Tabby Turn the Page by Cynthia Rylant; Illus. by Arthur Howard

Mr. Putter likes to read books with Tabby. When he sees a poster for story time with your pet, he immediately signs up, so he and Tabby prepare the book they are to read to the children. I have loved Cynthia Rylant’s books for a long time, and am excited to see another new book by her!

#9: McToad Mows Tiny Island by Tom Angleberger; Illus. by John Hendrix

McToad’s favorite day of the week is Thursday. Why? Because he mows Tiny Island! There’s only one problem: It will take every single type of transportation to get him there. I enjoyed this book because McToad shows persistence, which I think is a key character trait. It is also interesting to see a simple task involving a complicated background.

#8: The Nonsense Show by Eric Carle

Step right up to the nonsense show! With funny characters and silly rhymes, this book is sure to make you scratch your head in confusion. Here is another Eric Carl book which, as usual, is truly magnificent with his collage-style illustrations.

#7: Waiting by Kevin Henkes

The five patient toys were always there, waiting. There was the owl with spots, the pig with the umbrella, the bear with the kite, the dog with the sled, and the rabbit. Then a mysterious cat comes. What is the cat’s secret? I enjoyed reading Waiting because I loved the soft illustrations. I am attracted to this book because the stuffed animals again show a key character trait- patience.

#6: Sharing the Bread by Pat Zietlow Miller; Illus. by Jill McElmurry

The family’s getting ready for Thanksgiving! There’s so much to be done! Baste the turkey, bake the pie, make the placemats, and so much more! This book has cute illustrations, which I will always cherish, and also rhymes! I have always loved simple poetry.

#5: Ragweed’s Farm Dog Handbook by Anne Vittur Kennedy

Do you know how to be a farm dog? If not, then do not worry, as Ragweed the farm dog will show you the dos and don’ts of being a farm dog. If you’re going to learn you might as well learn from the best. Ragweed as a character is very adorable; his excited personality is quirky and fun. It is funny and cute the way Ragweed describes the life of a farm dog.

#4: The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt; Illus. by Oliver Jeffers

One day, Duncan receives a bunch of postcards. As he reads over them, he sees that they are from his lost and forgotten crayons. He goes and picks them all up, but they’ve changed so much they don’t fit in his crayon box anymore. I love how the illustrations in this book showed the crayons all performing different activities, all while waiting for Duncan to come pick them up. The story plot is also very unique, partly from the view of a crayon. Drew Daywalt draws such a colorful story full of liveliness for young readers to enjoy.

#3: We Forgot Brock! By Carter Goodrich

Phillip has an imaginary friend named Brock. They go everywhere together. But when they go to the Big Fair, they get separated. Phillip looks everywhere for Brock, but has no luck. Where could he be? The illustrations in this book are quite unique as the imaginary friends and the real people are all drawn in different styles. It is heartwarming how much they care for each other as friends; as they look for each other for hours no matter what the circumstances.

#2: Max the Brave by Ed Vere

Max is a very, very brave kitten. He would chase a mouse ay day. So, he sets off on his quest to chase a mouse. There’s just one little problem. He doesn’t know what a mouse looks like. In this book, the illustrations may be simple, but they are also adorable. Here, Max shows a key character trait- bravery.

#1: Max and Marla by Alexandra Boiger

Max and Marla are true Olympians. They never give up and are very persistent. They will overcome any problem they face. No matter how long it takes… Max and Marla are very dedicated to riding their sled, and show another trait- persistence.

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