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Wednesday, July 13, 2011 • Posted July 13, 2011

Thank you to everyone who worked on or rode on the Library Board’s or Mason Study Club’s floats. You did a wonderful job! I also thank our lovely Queen candidate, Dakota Lee, and the Friends of the Library who paid the sponsorship fee. The members of these three organizations are untiring in their support for the library and promotion of literacy. We appreciate your efforts!

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

New Junior and Young Adult Titles:

Theodore Boone: the abduction by John Grisham (JF GRI Boo.2)

"When his best friend, April, disappears from her bedroom in the middle of the night, no one, not even Theo Boone—who knows April better than anyone—has answers. As fear ripples through his small hometown, and the police hit dead ends, it’s up to Theo to use his legal knowledge and investigative skills to chase down the truth and save April."

Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares (YA BRA Sis.6)

"Now Tibby, Lena, Carmen, and Bridget have grown up, starting their lives on their own. And though the jeans they shared are long gone, the sisterhood is everlasting. Despite having jobs and men that they love, each knows that something is missing: the closeness that once sustained them. Then Tibby reaches out . . . sending the others plane tickets for a reunion. It will change their lives forever—but in ways that none of them could ever have expected."

Life as a Knight: An Interactive History Adventure by Rachael Hanel (J 940.1 HAN)

"As a knight in medieval Europe, you are sworn to uphold honor and protect the innocent. Will you travel from France to the holy city of Jerusalem as part of the Crusades OR will you serve at the side of English king Edward III during the Hundred Years’ War OR will you battle for your way of life in Germany during the Peasant’s War? YOU CHOOSE what you do next."

The Golden Age of Pirates: An Interactive History Adventure by Bob Temple (J 910.4 TEM) (A You Choose Book)

"You are a member of England’s Royal navy, trying to ride the sea of pirates, OR you are sailing on a merchant ship loaded with treasure, OR you are a pirate, searching for riches and a better life. Everything in this book happened to real people. And YOU CHOOSE what you do next."

Life As a Ninja: An Interactive History Adventure by Matt Doeden (J 355.5 DOE)

"You are a ninja in feudal Japan. As a mysterious ‘shadow warrior,’ you serve as a deadly soldier for hire. You use your powerful weapons and knowledge of the ancient art of ninjutsu to defend your employer to the death, if necessary. Will you: lay siege to a heavily-guarded castle OR defend your home province from a huge army OR act as a bodyguard to a powerful lord? YOU CHOOSE."

New Adult Titles:

Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks (F BRO)

"Bethia Mayfield[ is] growing up in the tiny island settlement of Great harbor amid a small band of pioneering English Puritans. Possessed of a restless spirit and a curious mind, Bethia slips the bounds of her rigid society to explore the island’s glistening beaches and observe its native inhabitants. At twelve, she meets Caleb, the young son of a chieftain, and the two forge a secret bond that draws each into the alien world of the other."

One Summer by David Baldacci (F BAL)

"It’s almost Christmas, but there is no joy in the house of terminally ill Jack and his family. With only a short time left to live, he spends his last days preparing to say good-bye to his devoted wife, Lizzie, and their three children. Then, unthinkably, tragedy strikes again: Lizzie is killed in a car accident. With no one able to care for them, the children are separated from one another and sent to live with family members around the country. Just when all seems lost, Jack begins to recover in a miraculous turn of events."

Does the Noise in my Head Bother You? A Rock ‘N’ Roll Memoir by Steven Tyler (921 TYL)

"[Tyler] delivers the goods… [his] surprisingly insightful and entertaining voice brings the familiar contours of this story alive.... What on the surface seems clichéd...manages somehow to rise above that and be a fun ride [and] separates a Rock Star from a merely ordinary pop star." (The Hollywood Reporter as quoted on

Exiles by Cary Groner (F GRO)

"Opening the door to a Nepal few Westerners have encountered, Exiles tells the haunting story of an American doctor and his teenage daughter caught in the midst of a civil war. Fleeing the messy dissolution of his marriage, cardiologist Peter Scanlon decides to take a risk and move with his seventeen-year-old daughter to Kathmandu, where he will volunteer in a free health clinic. But once there, he finds that he failed to anticipate the hardships and dangers."

Against All Enemies by Tom Clancy (F CLA)

"For years, ex-Navy SEAL Maxwell Moore has worked across the Middle East and behind the scenes for the Special Activities Division of the CIA, making connections, extracting valuable intelligence, and facing off against America’s enemies at every turn. When Moore arrives at a rendezvous to take charge of a high-ranking Taliban captive, the meeting takes a horrific turn that neither Moore nor any of his bosses saw coming."

Smokin’ Seventeen by Janet Evanovich (F EVA Plu.17)

"Where there’s smoke there’s fire, and no one knows this better than New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum. Dead bodies are showing up in shallow graves on the empty construction lot of Vincent Plum Bail Bonds. No one is sure who the killer is, or why the victims have been offed, but what is clear is that Stephanie’s name is on the killer’s list."

Buried Secrets by Joseph Finder (F FIN Hel.2)

"When Alexa Marcus, the teenaged daughter of a billionaire hedge-fund titan, is kidnapped, her desperate father turns to a family friend: Nick Heller, a "private spy" who uncovers secrets for a living and is equally comfortable in the boardroom or the back alley. Then live streaming video of Alexa, pleading for her life, turns up on the Internet. She’s buried alive, a videocam trained on her night and day."

One Rough Man by Brad Taylor (F TAY)

"They call it the Taskforce. Its existence is as essential as it is illegal. . . Built around the top operators from across the clandestine, intelligence, and special forces landscape. Pike Logan was the most successful operator on the Taskforce . . . until personal tragedy permanently altered his outlook on the world. Pike knows what the rest of the country might not want to admit: The real threat isn’t from any nation, any government, any terrorist group. The real threat is one or two men, controlled by ideology, operating independently in possession of a powerful weapon."

Cry in the Night by Colleen Coble (LTE F COB)

"A mysterious crying in the night leads search-and-rescue worker Bree Matthews and her dog Samson to an abandoned baby in the woods outside of Rock, Harbor, Michigan. Against objections from her husband, Bree takes the baby girl in. Quickly she begins a search for the mother—presumably the woman reported missing just days earlier."

Bryant and May on the Loose by Christopher Fowler (LTE F FOW)

"After years of defying the odds and infuriating their superiors, detectives Arthur Bryant and John May have at last crossed the line—the Peculiar Crimes Unit has been dissolved. Not even their eccentric genius or phenomenal success rate could save them. While Bryant takes to his bed, his bathrobe, and his esoteric books, the rest of the team take to the streets looking for new careers—then one of them stumbles upon a gruesome murder."


Free Movie: Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, Wednesday, July 13, 3:00 P.M.,

Stribling Room—rated "PG" Run Time: 97 minutes

Read-to-Swim: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays 10:30-11:30 A.M.—ends July 28

Book Hounds: ends Thursday, July 21, drawings for iPods on Friday, July 22


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