Boise Public Library
“Rufus Goes to Sea,” by Kim T. Griswell.
Picture book. When school ended for the summer, Rufus Leroy Williams III knew just what he wanted to do. Become a pirate! Unfortunately, the pirate ship he found didn’t want a pig onboard. Captain Wibblyshins doesn’t want Rufus there even though he has all sorts of useful gear such as a lunchbox, a blanket and a backpack. But Rufus has something no other pirate on the ship has — a book — and he knows how to read. Very useful indeed.
Eagle Public Library
“Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard” by Rick Riordan.
Children’s fiction. Magnus is an orphan who spends most of his time surviving by his wits and staying one step ahead of the police and truant officers. One day he learns that he’s the son of a Norse god and that the Viking myths are true — that the gods of Asgard are preparing for war. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that’s been lost for years. When fire giants attack and force him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus must make a fatal decision.
Meridian Public Library
“The Witch Hunter” by Virginia Boecker.
Teen fiction. Elizabeth Grey is one of the king’s best witch hunters, devoted to rooting out witchcraft and doling out justice. But when she’s accused of being a witch herself, Elizabeth is arrested and sentenced to burn at the stake. Salvation comes from a man she thought was her enemy. Nicholas Perevil, the most powerful and dangerous wizard in the kingdom, offers her a deal: He will save her from execution if she can break the deadly curse that’s been laid upon him.
“Walk on Earth a Stranger” by Rae Carson.
Teen fiction. Lee Westfall has a secret — she can sense gold in the world around her, whether veins in the earth or nuggets in a stream or dust under one’s fingernail. She uses her secret to support her family during harsh winters, but her secret makes her a target — and a prize that desperate men would kill for. When tragedy rips away everything she cares for, she flees west to California just as the Gold Rush begins in earnest, hoping that this may be the place where she can truly be herself — if she can survive the journey.
Garden City Library
“Spots in a Box” by Helen Ward.
Juvenile fiction. A story about a guinea fowl, which lacks the dense white speckles of his brethren. He tries to find an acceptable substitute, scrawling out a letter that reads, “Please send spots.” This is the backdrop of Helen Ward’s whimsical imaginings and tight-as-a-drum verse that supply plenty of entertainment for young readers but also give a subtle message about differences. Ages 3–7.
Ada Community Library
“Where All Light Tends to Go” by David Joy.
Adult fiction. This is a poignant story of teenaged Jacob McNeely, whose family members are long-term residents of Cashiers, N.C. He has a mother lost in an addiction to the same product his father is selling as part of their family business. A gas station used to launder money, and violent corrective business adjustments become something frightening and against his basic nature. A shining light is his childhood friend Maggie, who hopes to leave and go to college. Jacob wants to help regardless of the dangerous environment in which he is submerged. The author is good at getting the reader involved in choices made in order to survive his circumstances.
Nampa Public Library
“Pete the Cat and the Bedtime Blues” by Kimberly and James Dean.
Juvenile fiction. Having so much fun playing and surfing in the sun that he does not want the day to end, Pete the Cat invites his friends to stay for a sleepover and has a cool idea when everyone wants to stay up after he becomes tired.