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Wednesday, October 9, 2013 • Posted October 9, 2013

Teen Read Week is October 12-19. The library has added new books to the Young Adult and Junior collections—we even have a small but growing graphic novel section. Don’t have time to come in? Try browsing our Overdrive digital library of downloadable eBooks and audiobooks. They’re available 24/7. With the new See and Read option, patrons can immediately read them on a browser—no eReader required. Of course, we know that teens nowadays are busier than ever, but let’s encourage teens to take a few minutes this week to slow down and read for pleasure.

NEW ARRIVALS: (All quotes are from publishers’ summaries)


World War Z

Iron Man 3


Nicholas Nickleby

Nightmare on Elm Street 1-4

Behind the Candelabra

John Wayne: The Searchers


Psycho II, Psycho III, Psycho IV


Halloween II

Foyle’s War: Set Seven

Friday the 13th 1-4

Hocus Pocus

The Birds


The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

Nightmare on Elme Street 5-8



Robert B. Parker’s Damned If You Do by Michael Brandman (CD F BRA)

Touch & Go by Lisa Gardner (CD F GAR)


Happy, Happy, Happy by Phil Robertson (921 ROB)

Forgotten Ally: China’s World War II 1937-1945 by Rana Mitter (951.04 MIT)


Nowhere to Hide by Nancy Bush (F BUS Dug.2)

“Detective September Rafferty—Nine to her friends—recognizes the artwork that arrives in the mail. She created it back in second grade. Now a killer’s words are slashed across it in what looks like blood. He knows her. . .”

The Raising by Laura Kasischke (F KAS)

“Last year the university was mourning the loss of one of its own: Nicole Werner, a beautiful, straight-A sorority sister tragically killed in a car accident that left her boyfriend, who was driving, suspiciously unscathed. Although a year has passed, obsession with Nicole reignites: she was too young to die—unless she didn’t—because rumor has it that she’s back.”

Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford (F FOR)

“Twelve-year-old William Eng has lived at Sacred Heart Orphanage ever since his mother was carried away five years ago. William and the other orphans are taken to the Moore Theatre, where William glimpses an actress named Willow Frost. William is convinced she is his mother. Determined to find her, William escapes with his friend Charlotte. The pair must not only survive but confront the mysteries of William’s past and his connection to the exotic film star.”

Welcome to Last Chance by Cathleen Armstrong (F ARM) Christian Fiction

“Lainie Davis is driven to seek help in the tiny town of Last Chance, New Mexico. But these people are too nice and too interested in her personal life—especially since she’s on the run. Yet Lainie is increasingly drawn into the small-town dramas and to a handsome local guy with a secret of his own.”

Dick Francis’s Refusal by Felix Francis (F FRA)

“Sid Halley had retired for good, and he thought nothing would ever lure him back into the game.

He thought wrong. Sir Richard Stewart, chairman of the racing authority, begs Sid to investigate a series of dodgy races. Sid adamantly refuses, but the following day, Sir Richard is found dead under suspicious circumstances.”

Travail and Triumph by Michael Phillips and Judith Pella (F PHI Rus.3)

“In this last novel of the trilogy, Sergei ‘falls from grace’ with the Imperial government and is exiled to an army assignment in Central Asia. Katrina’s new marriage soon disintegrates.”

Trapped by Irene Hannon (F HAN Pri.2)

“When librarian Laura Griffin’s sixteen-year-old sister disappears on a frigid February day, leaving only a brief note behind, Laura resolves to do whatever it takes to track down the runaway teen. That includes recruiting ATF agent turned PI James “Dev” Devlin to help. But the deeper he digs, the more he begins to suspect that something sinister is at work in the girl’s disappearance.”

The Thicket by Joe R. Lansdale (F LAN)

“Jack Parker knows all too well how treacherous turn-of-the-century East Texas can be. His parents did not survive a smallpox epidemic. His grandfather was murdered. Now his sister Lula has been kidnapped by a criminal who may believe wearing a dead man’s clothes protects him from death. A heartbroken young Jack sets off on an epic quest to rescue his sister.”

A Duty to the Dead by Charles Todd (F TOD Cra.1)

“England, 1916. Independent-minded Bess Crawford volunteered for the nursing corps at the outbreak of World War I. On one voyage of her hospital ship, Bess promises to deliver a message for a dying young soldier. She quickly discovers that fulfilling this duty has thrust her into a maelstrom of intrigue and murder that will endanger her own life and test her courage as not even war has.”

Blind Justice by Anne Perry (F PER Mon.19)

“Hester Monk questions the finances of a London church whose members’ hard-earned charitable gifts appear to have ended up in the pocket of charismatic preacher Abel Taft. Taft is accused of extortion, and brilliant barrister Oliver Rathbone, newly appointed a judge, is chosen to preside over his trial. Then Rathbone makes a well-meaning but reckless move that could ruin his career, his reputation, and his life.”

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