Meridian Public Library
“Julia’s House for Lost Creatures” by Ben Hatke.
Picture book. Julia’s house came to town and settled by the sea. But things are just a little too quiet for Julia, so she opens her doors to any lost creatures in search of a home. Soon she’s hosting trolls, goblins, mermaids, ghosts and even dragons. Quiet isn’t exactly a problem anymore!
Eagle Public Library
“How to Start a Fire” by Lisa Lutz.
Adult fiction. When college roommates Anna and Kate find a passed-out friend, Georgina, on a lawn one night, they wheel her home in a shopping cart. Twenty years later, they gather around a campfire on the lawn of a New England mansion. What happens between – the web of wild adventures, unspoken jealousies and sudden tragedies that alter the course of their lives – is charted in this absorbing novel.
Boise Public Library
“13 Art Movements Children Should Know” by Brad Finger.
Juvenile nonfiction. Covering movements such as Baroque, Neoclassicism, Realism, Art Nouveau, and Pop Art, this book is a good beginner’s introduction to 13 art movements. Included are time lines, traits and significant art pieces and artists.
“Ratscalibur” by Josh Lieb.
Children’s chapter book. Joey’s destiny takes an unforeseen turn when his uncle gives him a pet rat that is anything but ordinary: he is Gondorff, a “ragician” from the realm of Ravalon, which is in dire need of help. Full of clever dialogue and hilarious puns, this is a delightful homage to Brian Jacques’ “Redwall” series, “Lord of the Rings” and Arthurian legend.
Garden City Library
“Loot” by Jude Watson.
Juvenile fiction. Feisty thieves-in-training Jules and March are faced with a daunting challenge after their father plunges to his death while committing a crime. Driven by thrilling, nonstop action and featuring very brief chapters that readily sustain interest, this twisting and turning but ever-so-clever thriller is akin to the best of roller-coaster rides.
Ada Community Library
“The Precious One” by Marisa De Los Santos.
Adult fiction. Eustacia, known as Teasy, grew up with an intellectually focused father, a mother and a brother. While Teasy is a young adult, her father has an affair and impregnates his girlfriend and then tells his children that he would like nothing more to do with them. Her mother moves them to North Carolina and they each have careers, a positive relationship with their mother and no interest in pursuing further rejection. When Wilson, their ex-patriarch, becomes ill and their half-sister Willow is in high school, he calls and asks them to come to him.
Nampa Public Library
“Minecraft for Dummies” by Jesse Stay.
Adult nonfiction. “Minecraft for Dummies” is the complete guide to playing within the Minecraft world. With easy-to-follow guidance from a team of experts, you’ll develop programming and engineering skills as you build amazing creations using in-game blocks and mechanical devices. With this trusty guidebook in hand, you’ll navigate the infinite world of Minecraft with confidence, skills and a storehouse of expert advice.