Boise Public Library
“Dojo Daycare” by Chris Tougas.
Picture book. Dojo Daycare is not a quiet, peaceful place when six little ninjas show up ready to play. Master tries to get them to settle down but it turns into a ninja riot. When one little ninja sees how sad they are making Master, he manages to put a stop to the chaos.
Nampa Public Library
“The Boston Girl” by Anita Diamant.
Adult fiction. Eighty-five-year-old Addie tells the story of her life to her 22-year-old granddaughter, who has asked her how she got to be the woman she is today. She begins in 1915, the year she found her voice and made friends who would help shape the course of her life. From the one-room tenement apartment she shared with her parents and two sisters, to the library group for girls she joins at a neighborhood settlement house, to her first, disastrous love affair, Addie recalls her adventures with compassion for the girl she was and a wicked sense of humor.
Eagle Public Library
“The Gluten Lie and Other Myths About What You Eat” by Alan Levinovitz.
Adult nonfiction. The author declares that gluten is not the enemy. And neither is salt, sugar, fat or any other foods we completely eliminate from our diet. His research shows that unless you have celiac disease, your diet should include food from all food groups.
Meridian Public Library
“That’s Not English: Britishisms, Americanisms, and What Our English Says About Us” by Erin Moore.
Nonfiction. In “That’s Not English,” the seemingly superficial variations between British and American vocabulary open the door to a deeper exploration of historical and cultural differences. Each chapter begins with a single word and takes the reader on a wide-ranging expedition, drawing on diverse and unexpected sources.
“The Children’s Crusade” by Ann Packer.
Adult fiction. In 1954, doctor Bill Blair purchases a small homestead and plans to raise a family there, but his wife has dreams of becoming an artist, and their four children can sense their mother’s emotional distance. Decades later, the four Blair siblings still live near home, and when the youngest, an aimless drifter and troublemaker, returns to the homestead, all four children must come forward to tell their stories and come to terms with their family history.
Garden City Library
“The Wright Brothers” by David McCullough.
Adult nonfiction. This is the story of two brave men who taught the world to fly and changed history in 1903. The Wright brothers, two bicycle mechanics from Ohio, had an endless curiosity sparked from humble beginnings. Their home had no electricity or indoor plumbing, but plenty of books supplied by their father. They went through endless trial and error, risking death with each experimental flight.
Ada Community Library
“Gray Mountain” by John Grisham.
Adult fiction. Samantha Kofer, at 29, had planned a competitive career in New York City as a lawyer at a well-known firm on Wall Street. Unexpectedly furloughed, she is pushed into working unpaid at a nonprofit in the mountains of a small town in Virginia. Her divorced parents also have run their own legal careers and feel she may have dropped off the edge of the world. This is a story about environmental coal wars, local problems involving meth, domestic abuse and heroic people fighting against greedy corporations.