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Nov/Dec 2017 Collection Spotlight

Here are some great titles for your reading and listening pleasure as selected by the staff of Collection Development Services. Selections include children’s picture books and fiction about counting and the four seasons, a fox attempting to solve the missing apple mystery, and a fairy/vampire girl trying to determine which school she should attend. Nonfiction for kids include graphic novels about a young girl traveling to India with her Pashmina and a young boy raised by witches; and an illustrated book featuring World War I ships. Our a/v selections include music for the holiday season. Teen fiction selections include the story of Princess Leia joining the Rebellion and about a pregnant teen learning of her baby’s heart defect. Adult fiction titles take a look at solving a murder in a small town and an insightful and poignant holiday novella. Adult nonfiction titles reveal never before seen Bukowski’s poetry, how to build effective relationships at work, and an author in search of his family tree. Spanish Nonfiction titles include Pablo Neruda’s poetry odes and the history of Yellowstone National Park.

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 One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count with Me! book jacket

One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count with Me! by John Micklos

This playful counting book shares the colorful highlights of the four seasons in charming illustrations. Also available in: eBook.

Picture Book

 Apples for Little Fox book jacket

Apples for Little Fox by Ekaterina Trukhan

Fox loves to read mysteries—he wants to be a detective someday! He goes to the library every morning and collects delicious apples to eat on his way home, but one day, all the apples are missing! What could have happened to them? Fox is so excited to crack his first case. Also available in: eBook.

Picture Book

 Isadora Moon Goes to School book jacket

Isadora Moon Goes to School by Harriet Muncaster

A half-fairy, half-vampire girl who loves the nighttime as much as the daytime worries about fitting in when her parents tell her that it is time for her to begin her education and she does not know whether to attend fairy or vampire school. Also available in: eBook.

Children's Fiction

 Pashmina book jacket

Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani

For Pri, her mother's homeland can only exist in her imagination; that is, until she finds a mysterious pashmina tucked away in a forgotten suitcase. When she wraps herself in it, she is transported to a place more vivid and colorful than any guidebook or Bollywood film. But is this the real India? And what is that shadow lurking in the background? To learn the truth, Pri must travel farther than she's ever dared and find the family she never knew. Also available in: eBook.

Children's Nonfiction

 The Witch Boy book jacket

The Witch Boy by Molly Ostertag

In thirteen-year-old Aster's family, all the girls are raised to be witches, while boys grow up to be shapeshifters. Anyone who dares cross those lines is exiled. Unfortunately for Aster, he still hasn't shifted…and he's still fascinated by witchery, no matter how forbidden it might be. Also available in: eBook.

Children's Nonfiction

 Dazzle Ships: World War I and the Art of Confusion book jacket

Dazzle Ships: World War I and the Art of Confusion by Chris Barton

Behold some of the most mesmerizing patterns you'll ever see! Dazzle ships were the brainchild of World War I Royal Navy commander Norman Wilkinson. His eye-catching designs for British and American ships made it difficult for the German torpedoes to determine the ship's speed and direction. Vivid illustrations bring to life the little-known history of an improbable idea that produced something utterly dazzling.

Children's Nonfiction

 Best of Christmas book jacket

Best of Christmas by Celtic Women

Grammy-nominated Irish ensemble Celtic Women return this holiday season with a collection of beloved holiday classics, including Carol of the Bells; O Holy Night; Silent Night; and I'll Be Home for Christmas.

Music CD

 Top 25 Christmas Hymns book jacket

Top 25 Christmas Hymns by Maranatha! Music

From the Christian music label of the ministry of Chuck Smith's Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa, California. This collection of songs include popular Christmas carols.

Music CD

 Leia, Princess of Alderaan book jacket

Leia, Princess of Alderaan by Claudia Gray

This original Star Wars adventure stars 16-year-old Princess Leia Organa and how she joined the Rebellion to fight against the Empire. The novel is set before the events of A New Hope. Also available in: eBook and eAudiobook.

Teen Fiction

 Water in May book jacket

Water in May by Ismee Williams

Fifteen-year-old Mari Pujols believes that the baby she’s carrying will finally mean she’ll have a family member who will love her deeply and won’t ever leave her. But when doctors discover a potentially fatal heart defect in the fetus, Mari faces choices she never could have imagined. Star Review. Also available in: eBook.

Teen Fiction

 The Secret, Book & Scone Society book jacket

The Secret, Book & Scone Society by Ellery Adams

When a patron is found dead on the train tracks, bookseller Nora Pennington forms the Secret, Book, and Scone Society, a group of damaged souls yearning to gain trust by helping others, in order to investigate. First in a new series. Star Review. Also available in: eBook.

Adult Fiction

 The Deal of a Lifetime book jacket

The Deal of a Lifetime by Fredrik Backman

An insightful and poignant holiday novella about a man who sacrificed his family in the single-minded pursuit of success and the courageous little girl fighting for her life who crosses his path. Also available in: eBook and eAudiobook.

Adult Fiction

 Storm for the Living and the Dead: Uncollected and Unpublished Poems book jacket

Storm for the Living and the Dead: Uncollected and Unpublished Poems by Charles Bukowski

Charles Bukowski was a prolific writer who produced countless short stories, novels, and poems that have reached beyond their time and place to speak to generations of readers all over the world. Many of his poems remain little known, material that appeared in small magazines but never collected, and a large number yet to be published. In Storm for the Living and the Dead, Abel Debritto has curated the very finest of this material—poems from obscure, hard-to-find magazines, as well as from libraries and private collections all over the country—most of which will be new to Bukowski’s readers and some of which has never been seen before. Also available in: eBook.

Adult Nonfiction

 Get Better: 15 Proven Practices to Build Effective Relationships at Work book jacket

Get Better: 15 Proven Practices to Build Effective Relationships at Work by Todd Davis

FranklinCovey’s Chief People Officer Todd Davis explains that an organization’s greatest asset isn’t its people; rather, it’s the relationships between its people that is the greatest predictor of personal effectiveness. In the end, employees’ ability to build and sustain great relationships is an organization’s ultimate competitive advantage. Ideal for professional people at all levels of business, from the front-line supervisor to the president and CEO, Davis describes the most common relationship pitfalls that negatively affect personal careers and organizational results. Get Better draws on real-world stories in an approachable, engaging style and he identifies fifteen proven practices that influential leaders at any level of an organization use to take ownership of their work, improve the quality of interactions with others, and master the skills of effective relationships. Also available in: eBook and eAudiobook.

Adult Nonfiction

 It’s All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree book jacket

It’s All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree by A. J. Jacobs

The best-selling author of The Year of Living Biblically traces his three-year investigation into what constitutes family, describing how after receiving an e-mail from a stranger who claimed to be a distant cousin, he embarked on an effort to build the biggest family tree in history. In It’s All Relative, Jacobs upends, in ways both meaningful and hilarious, our understanding of genetics and genealogy, tradition and tribalism, identity and connection. It’s a fascinating look at the bonds that connect us all. Also available in: eBook and eAudiobook.

Adult Nonfiction

 All the Odes: A Bilingual Edition book jacket

All the Odes: A Bilingual Edition by Pablo Neruda

This is a first time collection of Pablo Neruda’s odes, both in their original Spanish and translated into English. Esta es una primera colección de las odas de Pablo Neruda, tanto en su versión original en español como traducido al inglés.

Spanish Nonfiction

 El Parque Nacional de Yellowstone book jacket

El Parque Nacional de Yellowstone by Lee H. Whittlesey

This wonderful book covers the history of Yellowstone Park in both Spanish and English languages. Also includes many photographs. Este maravilloso libro cubre la historia del parque Yellowstone en español e inglés. También incluye muchas fotografías.

Spanish Nonfiction