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From The Librarian’s Shelf…
Wednesday, June 11, 2008 • Posted June 11, 2008

Some books in the Young Adult section appeal to those well out of their teens so while you’re looking for new books be sure to browse that section also.

NEW ARRIVALS - Quotes are from the cover or summary.

Many a River by Elmer Kelton (WF KEL). Western Fiction. “Relocating to western Texas with their sharecropper parents in the mid-nineteenth century, Jeffrey and Todd Barfield are separated by a Comanche attack that leaves their parents dead, and are reunited years later on opposing sides in the Civil War.”

Around the World with LBJ: My Wild Ride as Air Force One Pilot, White House Aide, and Personal Confidant by James U. Cross. (921 CRO).

March Toward the Thunder by Joseph Bruchac (YA BRU). Historical Fiction. “Louis Nollette, a fifteen-year-old Abenaki Indian, joins the Irish Brigade in 1864 to fight for the Union in the Civil War. Based on the author’s great-grandfather.”

The King’s Arrow by Michael Cadnum (YA CAD). Historical Fiction. “Young Simon Foldre, delighted to be allowed to participate in a royal hunt as squire to the nobleman Walter Tirel, finds his future irrevocably altered when, during the hunt, he witnesses the possible murder of King William II.”

Climbing the Stairs by Padma Venkatraman (YA VEN). Fiction. “In India, in 1941, when her father becomes brain-damaged in a non-violent protest march, fifteen-year-old Vidya and her family are forced to move in with her father’s extended family and become accustomed to a totally different way of life.”

Guinevere’s Gift by Nancy McKenzie (JF MCK Chr.1). Historical Fiction. “When the orphaned Guinevere is twelve years old, living with Queen Alyse and King Pellinore of Gwynedd, she fearlessly helps rescue her cousin from kidnappers who are plotting to seize the palace and overthrow the king, even as the queen despairs of Guinevere’s rebellious nature.”

Battle Fleet by Paul Dowswell (YA DOW Wit.3). Historical Fiction. “Having escaped death in Australia, Sam endures a dangerous sea voyage back to England, where he rejoins the Navy and becomes midshipman on the Victory as it prepares for the Battle of Trafalgar.”

Red Moon at Sharpsburg by Rosemary Wells (JF WEL). Historical Fiction. “Finding courage she never thought she had, a young Southern girl musters the strength and wit to survive the ravages of the Civil War and keep her family together through it all.”

Dark Horse by Ralph Reed (F REE). Political Fiction. “In the wake of the assassination by terrorists of a presidential candidate, the nation is thrown into further chaos by the controversial campaigns of two wildcard candidates against a backdrop of a looming conflict with a newly nuclear Iran.”

Domestic Affairs by Eileen Goudge (F GOU). Domestic Fiction. “Twenty-five years after being kicked out of the home of Gwen Meriwhether with her mother as a teenager, Abigail, feeling betrayed by Gwen’s daughter Lila, finally gets the chance to settle old scores as she is reunited with Lila.”

Love the One You’re With by Emily Giffin (F GIF). Romantic Fiction. “Believing her marriage to Andy to be perfect in every way, Ellen runs into former flame Leo and wonders why she has been unable to forget him even though they brought out the worst in each other.”

The Other by David Guterson (F GUT). Psychological Fiction.”Two boys from profoundly different backgrounds, brought together by their fierce love of the natural world, grow up to pursue vastly different paths in life, one as a devoted schoolteacher, and the other as a recluse seeking refuge in the wilderness.”


Story Time is taking a Summer vacation. Check at the library for Summer Reading programs.

Library hours are 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday - Friday.

Library Information - Location: 410 Post Hill; Phone: 325-347-5446; Fax: 325-347-6562; Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1785, Mason, TX 76856; E-mail:; Web Site:

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