Boise Public Library
“The Lucky Litter” by Jennifer Keats Curtis.
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Juvenile nonfiction. While working on a wildfire in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, a group of firefighters came across a litter of five three-week-old wolf pups who had been abandoned. With the help of the firefighters and the Alaska Zoo, the pups were rescued and are now living together at the Minnesota Zoo. This picture book with large colorful photographs shows how the wolves went from pups caught in a wildfire to healthy adults.
Eagle Public Library
“Bite” by K.S. Merbeth.
Adult fiction. Kid is trying to survive in a world gone mad. Hungry, thirsty and alone in a desert wasteland, she’s picked up on the side of the road by Wolf, Dolly, Tank and Pretty Boy — outlaws with big reputations and even bigger guns. But as they journey across the wild together, Kid learns that her newfound crew may not be the heroes she was hoping for. And in a world that has lost its humanity, everyone has a bit of monster within them.
Meridian Public Library
“When Mischief Came to Town” by Katrina Nannestad.
Children’s fiction. When Inge Maria arrives on the tiny island of Bornholm in Denmark to live with her grandmother, she’s not sure what to expect. Her grandmother is stern, the people on the island are strange, and children are supposed to be seen and not heard. But no matter how hard Inge tries to be good, mischief has a way of finding her. Could it be that a bit of mischief is exactly what Grandmother and the people of Bornholm need?
“Horrible Bear” by Ame Dyckman, illustrated by Zacharia OHora.
Children’s picture book. Bear didn’t mean to break a little girl’s kite, but she’s upset anyway — upset enough to shout “HORRIBLE BEAR!” Bear is indignant. He doesn’t think he’s horrible. Then Bear gets a truly Horrible Bear idea. What will he do next? As Bear prepares to live up to his formerly undeserved reputation, the girl makes a mistake of her own and realizes that maybe — just maybe — Bear isn’t as horrible as she had thought.
Garden City Library
“Hotel Valhalla Guide to the Norse Worlds: Your Introduction to Dieties, Mythical Beings and Fantastical Creatures” by Rick Riordan.
Fiction. Written as a hotel guide for young hero Magnus Chase to reference now that he has died and been sent to the luxurious Hotel Valhalla, this is the perfect introduction to all the major players in Norse mythology. Filled with Riordan’s trademark wit and including brilliant illustrations, this book will help readers of the Magnus Chase series better understand the unfamiliar world of Asgard.
Ada Community Library
“A Bed of Scorpions” by Judith Flanders.
Adult fiction. This is the second book about amateur sleuth and book editor Samantha Clair. Her first, “A Murder of Magpies,” told the reader a bit about the pre-publishing world of books. The characters are funny and flawed. In “A Bed of Scorpions,” Samantha’s friend Aidan’s partner, Frank, ostensibly commits suicide in their art gallery. Then a collage artist’s descendants and the opening of a large exhibition of his work combine to contribute to a potentially fatal experience.
Nampa Public Library
“How to Hang a Witch” by Adriana Mather.
Young adult fiction. For fans of “Conversion” and “Mean Girls” comes a debut novel where the trials of high school start to feel like a modern-day witch hunt for a teen with all the wrong connections to Salem’s past. Salem, Mass., is the site of the infamous witch trials and the new home of Samantha Mather, recently transplanted from New York City. Sam and her stepmother are not exactly welcomed with open arms. Sam is the descendant of Cotton Mather, one of the men responsible for those trials, and almost immediately she becomes the enemy of a group of girls that call themselves The Descendants. And guess who their ancestors were? If dealing with that weren’t enough, Sam also comes face to face with a real live (well, technically dead) ghost — a handsome, angry ghost who wants Sam to stop touching his stuff. But soon Sam discovers she is at the center of a centuries-old curse affecting anyone with ties to the trials. Sam must come to terms with the ghost and find a way to work with The Descendants to stop a deadly cycle that has been going on since the first accused witch was hanged. If any town should have learned its lesson, it’s Salem, but as Sam and her frenemies soon find, history may be about to repeat itself.