Boise Public Library
“From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess” by Meg Cabot.
Juvenile fiction. Olivia lives in New Jersey and feels average and ordinary in every way until one day her half-sister, Princess Mia, arrives and she learns about her royal heritage. Smart, funny, talented Olivia discovers that even without the royal background she’s much more than an ordinary girl.
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Nampa Public Library
“The Forgotten” by Heather Graham.
Adult fiction. A woman named Maria Gomez is murdered in Miami, apparently by her husband — who’d been presumed dead, slain by a crime boss. FBI agent Brett Cody can’t help feel guilty, since he was responsible for protecting both Miguel and Maria Gomez. A few miles away, Lara Mayhew has just begun working at a dolphin research facility when a dolphin brings her something unexpected from the deep, a human hand. Soon, rumors of crazed zombies abound in the Miami media, and the Krewe of Hunters, an elite FBI unit of paranormal investigators, is called in. Brett and Lara find themselves working with the Krewe — and working closely together. Unless Brett and Lara can uncover a motive in the Miami underworld, and that means they have to protect themselves, and each other.
Garden City Library
“Welcome to Goon Holler” by Parker Jacobs.
Juvenile fiction. The first book in a new, vibrantly hip illustrated series from the creators of “Yo Gabba Gabba!” Tooba, a shy and unassuming bigfoot, stumbles through a waterfall into Goon Holler, a new and exciting world. There, he meets a feisty little gal named Dosie. She teaches him it’s fun to meet new people and try new things — especially when the people are goons and the things are delicious, steaming-hot pancakes. A perfect choice for reluctant readers. Ages 6-8.
Eagle Public Library
“Orbiting Jupiter” by Gary D. Schmidt.
Children’s fiction. Joseph, a father at 13 and former resident of a juvenile facility, is placed with a foster family on a farm in rural Maine. The troubled, yet passionate teen wants to find Jupiter, his baby that he’s never seen. When he meets 12-year-old Jack, the boys discover the true meaning of family and the sacrifices it requires.
Meridian Public Library
“Quicksand” by Steve Toltz.
Fiction. Meet Aldo Benjamin: a sharp-tongued, softhearted, relentlessly ambitious misfit with an uncanny knack for disaster; a man consumed by his belief in the redemptive power of hitting it rich. His best friend Liam — a failed novelist with a rocky marriage — decides to base his next novel on Aldo’s calamitous luck. But it isn’t long before Liam’s cynical attempt to wring success out of failure spirals into an urgent, profound story of faith and friendship.
“No Better Friend” by Robert Weintraub.
Adult nonfiction. Flight technician Frank Williams and purebred pointer dog Judy meet in the most unlikely of places — a World War II internment camp in the Pacific. As prisoners suffered beatings, starvation and crushing depression, Judy would repeatedly risk her life to intervene, bringing a spark of hope to the prisoners’ lives.
Ada Community Library
“The Cat Out of Hell” by Lynne Russ.
Adult fiction. In the style of Poe or perhaps Lovecraft, this is a tale involving mysterious deaths and appearances of a large black cat. There are hidden books that must be found and a series of texts that tell of the powers and pursuit of feline foes. Not a calming tale but good for those who like suspense told in an archaic and compelling way.