Boise Public Library
“Sweetland” by Michael Crummey.
Fiction. The “Sweetland” of the title of this mesmerizing novel refers to a small, dying hamlet off the coast of Newfoundland. It is also the name of the main character, Moses Sweetland, whose ancestors founded the community. The Canadian government is in the process of re-settling the few people of the community to various locations on the mainland, but Moses gives every indication that he, alone, won’t be leaving, regardless of the government’s intentions. These relocation efforts and their consequences provided the backbone of a story that offers reflections on history, culture and loss.
Meridian Public Library
“Clark the Shark Takes Heart” by Bruce Hale.
Picture book. Clark the Shark lives life loud – except when it comes to girls. It’s Anna Angelfish’s birthday and Clark wants to find the perfect present for her to show her how he feels. But when he tries to make a big impression with his usual zip, bang and boom, things don’t go quite as planned. With help from his best friend, Joey Mackerel, Clark the Shark learns that when it comes to showing that you care, something thoughtful and small could be the best of all.
Eagle Public Library
“Garden Classroom” by Cathy James.
Adult nonfiction. Outdoor and gardening activities for children can promote science, math, reading and arts and craft projects for children. This book is brimming with activities for parents and children to explore.
“Wolfie the Bunny” by Ame Dyckman and Zachariah Ohora.
Children’s picture book. The Bunny family comes home one day to find something unexpected on their doorstep – a baby. Young Dot knows there’s something strange about her new baby brother – namely, that he’s a baby wolf, and he’ll grow up to eat them all up. But Mama and Papa Bunny are too smitten by the adorable new baby to listen, and Dot knows her new little brother will be nothing but trouble. But baby Wolfie may have a surprise in store for his big sister.
Garden City Library
“If You Find This” by Matthew Baker.
Juvenile fiction. Nicholas Funes speaks to the reader through a set of discarded notes. At only 11 he is regarded as a mathematical and musical genius. He tells of an adventure filled with smugglers caves, graveyards and seances. All come together to make an intriguing mystery to solve as the characters wrestle with their past selves. The story is enhanced with musical and mathematical notations (terms like “forte” or “piano” appear throughout, modifying actions and dialogue), giving readers a glimpse into Nicholas’ impressive brain. Ages 8-12.
Ada Community Library
“Shutter,” by Courtney Alameda.
Young adult fiction. Micheline Helsing can see the auras of the dead. Not only that, but she is one of the last descendents of Van Helsing, and her family has built an entire empire on destroying dangerous ghosts and other undead. As a tetrachromat, Micheline has the unique ability to capture souls using the lens of a camera. When her crew enters a bay area hospital that is being terrorized, Micheline thinks it will be a routine mission. However, she encounters a shocking entity she is not familiar with and as a result she and her entire team are infected with a curse called a soul chain. The team has seven days to find the ghost that infected them or they will soon be dead themselves.
Nampa Public Library
“The Mirk and Midnight Hour” by Jane Nickerson.
Young adult fiction. Violet’s life is already in turmoil after her brother dies fighting for the South in the Civil War, but now things have been completely upended: two distant cousins are coming to stay for the summer, and her father has remarried, bringing his new wife and her daughter into their home, then leaving for the war himself. But when Violet and her younger cousin discover Thomas, a wounded Union soldier holed up in a ruin deep in the woods, things become really complicated.