Boise Public Library
“The Almost Nearly Perfect People: Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia” by Michael Booth
Adult nonfiction. If you like Bill Bryson’s insights, you will probably enjoy this insightful, informative, occasionally sobering and often humorous observation of the Scandinavian countries and their people and cultures.
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Eagle Public Library
“Dance of the Bones” by J.A. Jance.
CD audiobook. Jance’s popular characters J.P. Beaumont and Brand Walker join forces and discover links between alleged killer John Lassiter, who refuses to accept a plea deal that would release him from prison, and an unsolved case in Seattle. The case heats up when two young boys from the nearby reservation, one with ties to Walker’s family, go missing.
Meridian Public Library
“Solitaire” by Alice Oseman.
Teen fiction. Tori has friends, brothers and parents. Sometimes she can be bothered to talk to them. Most of the time, though, she would prefer not to have to deal with other people. Until the day she follows a trail of Post-its from her locker to a deserted computer lab, where she finds a message from a mysterious group called Solitaire. It’s also where she meets Michael Holden. Irrepressibly cheerful, weird and determined to be her friend, Michael is everything Tori normally hates. That’s where it starts.
“The Princess and the Pony” by Kate Beaton.
Children’s picture book. Princess Pinecone wants a fierce warhorse for her birthday, but what she gets instead is a plump, adorable pony. But cuteness can be a weapon all its own, especially in a war fought with dodgeballs and spitballs instead of cannonballs. Renowned webcomic artist Kate Beaton presents a cute but plucky tale of how outward appearances can be deceiving.
Garden City Library
“What Pet Should I Get?” by Dr. Suess.
Juvenile fiction. The newest Dr. Suess story isn’t actually new at all. It was never released in Suess’ lifetime, but now, more than two decades after his death in 1991, “What Pet Should I Get?” is here. The book is a very good example of his particular genius for distilling both the spirit of his times and the timeless mindset of children.
Ada Community Library
“Vanishing Girls” by Lauren Oliver.
Young adult fiction. Sisters Dara and Nick were once best friends. That is until a car accident left Dara’s face scarred, Nick terrified to drive and the two barely speaking. In addition to this, a 9-year-old girl’s disappearance has shaken their small seaside town. Separately, both sisters find themselves drawn into the search for Madeline Snow. When Dara also disappears on her birthday, Nick is convinced the two are somehow connected and it is up to her to figure out what is going on.
Nampa Public Library
“The Six” by Mark Alpert.
Young adult fiction. Adam, crippled by muscular dystrophy, and five other terminally ill teenagers sacrifice their bodies and upload their minds into weaponized robots to battle a dangerously advanced artificial intelligence program bent on destroying humanity.