Boise Public Library
“Supertruck,” by Stephen Savage.
Picture book. The city is filled with all kinds of trucks doing all kinds of important work. The fire truck puts out fires, the tow truck rescues the bus, and the bucket truck fixes a power line. But you may be surprised by who saves all the trucks when the snow comes down and traps all the other trucks. A fun tale of an unlikely superhero.
Eagle Public Library
“Bubonic Panic” by Gail Jarrow.
Children’s nonfiction. Recounting a true episode in San Francisco’s history, “Bubonic Panic” is the story of the appearance of bubonic plague in San Francisco’s Chinatown in 1900 and the efforts by the public health doctors who desperately fought it, the political leaders who tried to keep it hidden and the resulting racial tension. When the plague reappeared after the 1906 earthquake, scientists used what they learned in 1900 outbreak and went after the real carriers of the disease: the plague-carrying fleas on the city’s rats.
Meridian Public Library
“Get a Hit, Mo!” by David A. Adler.
Easy reader. Mo Jackson is a small boy with a big passion for sports. He may not be the tallest, the strongest or the fastest player, but he won’t let that stop him from playing. Baseball season has arrived and Mo is all set to play with his team, the Lions. But Mo always bats last, and he always plays right field. Will Mo ever get his chance to help the Lions win?
“Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear” by Lindsay Mattick and Sophie Blackall.
Children’s picture book. Did you know that Winnie the Pooh, the beloved bear of classic children’s literature and cartoons, was based on a real bear? This book tells the story of Harry Colebourn, a veterinarian treating horses in World War I, and the baby bear he rescued and took on a remarkable journey across the world — and to a zoo in London where Winnie met a boy named Christopher Robin.
Garden City Library
“I Text Dead People” by Rose Cooper.
Juvenile fiction. Anna and her mother have just moved into her great-uncle’s haunted mansion in a new town. But when Anna finds a cellphone in the cemetery, she discovers that she can only receive messages from certain people: the dead.
Ada Community Library
“The Sparrow Sisters” by Ellen Herrick.
Adult fiction. In the small New England town of Granite Point live sisters Sorrel, Nettie and Patience. Descendants of a purported witch, they are an essential part of the town. Running the plant nursery near Ivy House, they add beauty to the community. Herbal remedies, a new doctor in town and the troubles of an autistic young boy all weave together into a tragedy that almost destroys the town.
Nampa Public Library
“Anna and the Swallow Man” by Gavriel Savit.
Young adult fiction. A stunning, literary and wholly original debut novel set in Poland during the Second World War perfect for readers of “The Book Thief.” Anna Lania is just 7 when the Germans take her father, a linguistics professor, during their purge of intellectuals in Poland. She’s alone until she meets the Swallow Man. He is a skilled deceiver with more than a little magic up his sleeve. Over the course of their travels together, Anna and the Swallow Man will dodge bombs, tame soldiers and even, despite their better judgment, make a friend. But in a world gone mad, everything can prove dangerous.