What’s new at your Treasure Valley libraries

September 29, 2013 



“Picture a Tree,” by Barbara Reed

Picture book. There are lots of ways to picture a tree; as a tunnel, a house, or an umbrella, to name a few. In this beautiful picture book, the author identifies all sorts of ways to look at trees and what they do.



“The Contagious Colors of Mumpley Middle School,” by Fowler DeWitt

Children’s fiction. Wilmer has always known that the greatest science comes from the keenest observations. So when he observes his classmates looking a little green and orange, he knows it’s up to him to find the cause of this mysterious illness — and its cure. But with his archnemesis, Claudius Dill, hot on his heels, can Wilmer prove he has what it takes to save the sixth grade from a colorful demise?



“The Working Memory Advantage,” by Tracy Allowy

Adult non-fiction. This book will give you three tests to find out how good your working memory is, and more than 50 exercises so you can sharpen it.



“Kinsey and Me,” by Sue Grafton

Adult fiction. The beginning of the book contains stories written for various publications about Kinsey Millhone, star of this enjoyable private detective series. Then insight is offered into the background of the author in a character named Kit Blue. The settings show the conflicts she faced during childhood and young adulthood. Fans of Grafton’s books will find not just another murder mystery or adventure but insight into why Kinsey triumphs more often than not.



“The King of Little Things,” by Bill Lepp

Juvenile fiction. Bottles, buttons, beetles, burps,/ chiggers, chips, chickadee chirps./Mittens, marbles, macaroni,/barnacles, bats, and fried bologna. The King of Little Things ruled happily over everything small. Greedy King Normous, however, conquered the entire world and wanted the tiny kingdom of Little Things, too. King Normous may be surprised when tiny things make themselves known.



“The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That Way,” by Amanda Ripley

Adult non-fiction. In a handful of nations, virtually all children are learning to make complex arguments and solve problems they’ve never seen before … learning to think, in other words, and to thrive in the modern economy. In a global quest to find answers for our own children, Amanda Ripley follows three Americans embedded in Finland, South Korea, and Poland for one year. Their stories and research into learning of other cultures reveal a pattern of startling transformation.

Idaho Statesman is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service