Boise Public Library
“Legends: The Best Players, Games, and Teams in Football” by Howard Bryant.
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Juvenile nonfiction. Starting with Super Bowl I — Packers vs. Chiefs — and ending with Super Bowl XLIX — Seahawks vs. Patriots, this book covers what the author considers the top 20 Super Bowl games so far. There is background info on the history, teams and players in each of the games. The end of each chapter has a Top Ten list of such things as best coaches, greatest dynasties or defensive players who changed professional football history.
Eagle Public Library
“A Place We Knew Well” by Susan Carol McCarthy.
Adult fiction. In late October 1962, Wes and Susan Avery, and their teenage daughter Charlotte, are comfortably residing in central Florida. When President Kennedy announces that the Soviets have nuclear missiles in Cuba, their carefully constructed life begins to unravel and long-buried secrets threaten to push family over the edge. It’s the story of a family trying to hold their world together while the outside world falls apart during a time of shock, innocence and fear.
Meridian Public Library
“Live Your Life for Half the Price” by Mary Hunt.
Nonfiction. If you’re tired of working hard just to get by, this user-friendly guide shows you that you can slash the cost of nearly everything you need without sacrificing joy and quality of life. Mary Hunt offers the specific techniques, resources and motivation you need to keep more of your money every month, including cutting your grocery bill by 50 percent, paying off your mortgage, planning family vacations and more.
“Toby and the Ice Giants” by Joe Lillington.
Children’s fiction. Toby is a bison living in the frozen tundra during the Ice Age, over 15,000 years ago. As he explores his chilly home, he runs into and gets to know many of the huge and fantastic creatures that roamed Earth during this time period — woolly mammoths, giant bears, saber-toothed tigers, giant sloths and many more. Children will enjoy the playful antics of Toby and learn fun and amazing facts about the creatures of the Ice Age with this delightfully illustrated book.
Garden City Library
“Saint Anything” by Sarah Dessen.
Young adult fiction. Sydney has always lived in the shadow of her charismatic older brother, Peyton. Even in prison, Peyton is the center of her family’s life. Then Sydney meets the Chatham family, who make her feel like she is valuable just as she is. Sarah Dessen has a talent for writing about the most difficult problems teens face and creating realistic yet hopeful outcomes. “Saint Anything” is a beautiful story of a girl struggling to be seen and appreciated.
Ada Community Library
“My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry” by Fredrik Backman.
Adult fiction. This second unique novel written by a Swedish gentleman is staged around a shared apartment house and written from the perspective of a very intelligent 7-year-old girl named Elsa. Her best and only friend is her incredibly free-spirited cigarette-smoking Granny. They go through many adventures and create a shared alternative world which you can only enter when you are half-asleep. The weaving together of shared disasters and attempts to survive is developed so beautifully, the characters will stay with readers in their own dreams.
Nampa Public Library
“Library of Souls” by Ransom Riggs.
Young adult fiction. Time is running out for the Peculiar Children. With a dangerous madman on the loose and their beloved Miss Peregrine still in danger, Jacob Portman and Emma Bloom are forced to stage the most daring of rescue missions. They travel through a war-torn landscape, meet new allies and face greater dangers than ever. Will Jacob come into his own as the hero his fellow Peculiars know him to be? This action-packed adventure features more than 50 all-new Peculiar photographs.