What's new at Treasure Valley libraries


“Pennyroyal Academy,” by M.A. Larson.

Juvenile fiction. To the East, past the mountains and enchanted forest lies Pennyroyal Academy, where princesses and knights go to train to fight witches and dragons. The Academy has just lifted the restrictions and is now letting everyone in who wants to learn how to fight witches and other enemies with “courage, compassion, kindness, and discipline.” Through serious training with her Fairy Drillsargent, lowborn Evie, who came to the Academy without even a name to call her own, learns to be everything a princess should be – with a little help from her friends.


“In Wilderness,” by Diane Thomas.

Adult fiction. In this suspenseful novel, In the winter of 1966, Katherine Reid moves to an isolated cabin in Georgia’s Appalachian mountains. With little more than a sleeping bag, a tin plate and a loaded gun, she plans to spend her time in peaceful solitude. But one day, she realizes that the woods are not empty and she is not alone.


“There will be Lies,” by Nick Lake.

Teen fiction. Barely recovered from being struck by a car, Shelby Jane Cooper’s mother inexplicably whisks her away on a long vacation to the Grand Canyon. Her mother says everything’s fine. But with the miles falling fast behind them, Shelby isn’t so sure. As the Arizona desert heat rises, along with Shelby’s questions, she comes face-to-face with a shocking realization: everything she thought she knew about herself and her family just might be a lie.


“Funny Girl,” by Nick Hornby.

Adult fiction. From the author of “About a Boy” and “A Long Way Down” comes the story of Barbara Parker, aka Sophie Straw, a beauty queen in 1960s England who dreams of becoming a TV star like her heroine Lucille Ball. A chance encounter with a casting agent propels her on the way to stardom ... but the higher her star rises, the more the pleasures of fame and working with her co-stars and agent wane. An insightful and humorous look at fame, and how even the famous aren’t that different from the rest of us.


“Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold,” by Joyce Sidman and Rick Allen.

Juvenile nonfiction. This book has beautifully illustrated poems that show natures ways of surviving wintertime. Informational panels explore more closely the biological diversity of the different species from birds to snakes, mammals to springtails and snowflakes to plants. A colorful glossary at the end ties together the visual and educational pictures with sound and rhythm word stories as well.


“The Gluten Free Revolution: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know about Losing the Wheat, Reclaiming Your Health and Eating Happily Ever After,” by Jax Peters Lowell.

Nonfiction. By the author of the bestselling Gluten-Free Bible is an educational and entertaining book about navigating the Gluten free lifestyle. Removing gluten from your diet can be overwhelming at first, but the author helps you understand grocery shopping, nutrition labels and the unnatural additives found in food, cosmetics and prescription drugs. This is a must read whether you suffer from Celiac Disease, a wheat allergy, gluten intolerance or just want to eliminate gluten from your diet.


“Citizen Coke: The Making of Coca-Cola Capitalism,” by Bartow Elmore.

Adult nonfiction. In this critical history, Elmore explores the tactics and advertising that leaders at Coca-Cola used to catapult their Atlanta soda-fountain onto the national stage, in the process reshaping global commerce. He argues that despite Coca-Cola’s positive consumer image, the company has relied on offloading costs and risks onto the government, suppliers and their franchisees. Elmore touches on the leaders of the company, the partnerships they formed and how these relationships lead to the development of the company it is today.