Boise Public Library
“Masterminds” by Gordon Korman
Juvenile fiction. Thirteen-year-old Eli lives in Serenity, N.M., a seemingly perfect town where there’s no crime, everyone has a job and a home, and kids are always well-behaved. After one of his friends starts acting funny and has to move away, Eli and his friends decide to find out what’s going on. In the process they learn the factory where nearly everyone works isn’t really making traffic cones and discover that for a town built on honesty and integrity, something really isn’t right.
Eagle Public Library
“Orchard House” by Tara Austin Weaver
Adult nonfiction. Any sane person would have seen the abandoned property for what it was — a ramshackle half-acre with peeling paint, stained floors and a neglected and wild garden. But the author of this memoir saw potential and promise and relates the story of how her family transformed this homestead and created a hopeful future.
Meridian Public Library
“Finding Audrey” by Sophie Kinsella
Teen fiction. Audrey loves her family, even if they are a bit off-the-wall. When Audrey develops an anxiety disorder, her family is there to help. Then Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, and she is energized. She can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops — one that helps not just Audrey, but also her entire family.
“Joe Steele” by Harry Turtledove
Adult alternate history. When Franklin D. Roosevelt dies before he can run for office, history takes a twist as newcomer Joe Steele, son of a Russian immigrant laborer, is elected president. He wastes no time in making sweeping reforms to the government — and locking anyone who gets in his way into labor camps. As America hurtles toward another world war, will this unorthodox president usher America to a brighter future or bring his country down in flames?
Garden City Library
“Wumbers” by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Juvenile nonfiction. A10shun! If you like puns or word play, this book is 4 you! Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld, who collaborated on the popular “Duck! Rabbit!”, have once again pooled their clever chromosomes to take a tongue-tempting look at numbers — well, actually, numbers lurking inside words. An author’s note explains that “Wumber” (a combination of “words” and “numbers”) was inspired by author William Steig’s similarly creative “CDB!”
Ada Community Library
“A Spool of Blue Thread” by Anne Tyler
Adult fiction. The Whitshank family has lived by Baltimore since the 1920s. When the book begins, a second generation of children has lived and procreated in a grand home built by one of their patriarchs, known as “Junior.” His family spends many hours observing life on the long porch. Somehow their standards of life must rise. As Red and Abby age, their children must come up with a plan to keep them safely and happily ensconced. This becomes a contentious and interesting family drama with shifting dynamics.
Nampa Public Library
“The Liar” by Nora Roberts
Adult fiction. Shelby Foxworth lost her husband. Then she lost her illusions. The man who took her from Tennessee to an exclusive Philadelphia suburb left her in crippling debt. He was an adulterer and a liar, and when Shelby tracks down his safe-deposit box, she finds multiple IDs. The man she loved wasn’t just dead. He never really existed. Shelby takes her 3-year-old daughter and heads south to seek comfort in her hometown, where she meets someone new: Griff Lott, a successful contractor. But her husband had secrets she has yet to discover.