What’s new at your Treasure Valley libraries

September 8, 2013 



“I’m Bored” by Michael Ian Black

Picture book. Bored, bored, bored — and nothing at all to do. That’s what a little girl is feeling until along comes a potato and he’s bored, too. Even worse, he thinks kids are boring. So the little girl sets out to prove that kids are anything but boring in this tale of how imagination and the right motivation can take care of any boring day.



“Tamarack County” by William Kent Kruger

Adult fiction. Sheriff Cork O’Connor tackles another case when the car of the wife of a judge is discovered abandoned on a snowy rural road. A startling pattern of ominous incidents plagues the small Minnesota town while Cork struggles to solve the mystery.



“In the Shadow of Blackbirds” by Cat Winters

Young adult fiction. It’s 1918, and Mary Shelley Black’s world is full of fear and uncertainty. The government is sending men overseas to fight in the Great War. Meanwhile, the Spanish influenza epidemic is devastating the United States. Mary Shelley watches as the bereaved congregate at the studios of spiritual photographers in search of solace. Though Mary Shelley doesn’t believe in ghosts, she finds herself sitting for the brother of her friend Stephen, who owns such a studio. Her photo shows what photographer Julius believes is the spirit of his brother, whose last known whereabouts was the trenches in France. Soon Mary Shelley finds herself being haunted by the traumatized spirit of her first love.



“Steven Spielberg: A Retrospective” by Richard Schickel

Adult nonfiction. This timely retrospective celebrates more than 40 years of director Steven Spielberg’s remarkable career. The author provides unique insight on every one of Spielberg’s 28 major movies.



“Spirit Animals: Wild Born, Book No. 1” by Brandon Mull

Juvenile fiction. The appearance of the Four Fallen Great Beasts in Erdas signals the re-emergence of an evil power long forgotten. In the tradition of Erdas, four 11-year-olds are given Nectar, a substance designed to help them call their spirit animals. Their mission is to retrieve the talismans from the other Great Beasts before the Devourer can regain power and destroy the world.



“Beginner’s Guide to Quilting: 16 Projects to Learn to Quilt” by Elizabeth Betts.

Adult nonfiction. Learn how to make beautiful quilts with this comprehensive guide to patchwork and quilting for beginners. This guide covers all aspects of quilting from piecing and patchwork to quilting and binding; includes quick and clever techniques with step-by-step illustrated instructions; and features a quilting glossary explaining common terms.

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