Boise Public Library
“How to Swallow a Pig” by Steve Jenkins.
Juvenile nonfiction. This is a handy book on step-by-step advice to survival in the animal kingdom. Beautiful illustrations show how to spin a web like a spider, disguise yourself like an octopus and crack a nut like a crow. A great introduction to some of nature’s most interesting survival skills.
Eagle Public Library
“The Girl with Nine Wigs: A Memoir” by Sophie Van Der Stap.
Adult biography. When diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer, 21-year-old college student Sophie is inspired by an episode of “Sex and the City” and surmises that if the show’s Samantha can look fabulous wearing a wig, she can too. Wigs become a crucial part of Sophie’s new life of chemo and radiation and help her reclaim her sense of self-expression.
Meridian Public Library
“Yellow Copter” by Kersten Hamilton.
Picture book. When a teacher gets stuck at the top of the Ferris wheel at the fair, cranes and planes can’t reach her. The only one who might have a chance is Yellow Copter. With a rollicking rhyme and candy-colored illustrations, this the perfect read-aloud for any fan of machines that big, make loud noises, or fly — or all three at once.
“Everything, Everything” by Nicola Yoon.
Teen fiction. Madeline is allergic to everything — and we mean everything. Unable to even leave her house, the only people she ever sees are her mother and her nurse. But one day, a moving truck arrives next door — and a captivating young man appears in Madeline’s life. She knows she’s going to fall in love with him, even as she realizes that such a love can only end in disaster.
Garden City Library
“Lost in the Sun” by Lisa Graff.
Children’s fiction, ages 11 and up. Trent Zimmerman was an all-around athlete, until a tragic ice hockey accident leaves a friend dead and Trent racked with guilt. Feeling alone, Trent makes an unlikely friend in Fallon Little, who tries to help him to understand how to live again.
Ada Community Library
“Hinterkind: The Waking World” by Ian Edgington and Francesco Trifogli.
Adult graphic novel. In a mysterious post-apocalyptic world, a young woman named Prosper and her friend Angus live in the remnants of Manhattan’s Central Park. She is the granddaughter of one of the few doctors left in a small population of humans. There may be pockets of other humans alive somewhere. A mysterious Blight killed most of humanity, and one form of guidance seems to be “The Book of Monday.” These two teens want to become Scouts to find others, all the while hiding a difficult secret.
Nampa Public Library
“Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School” by Jeff Kinney.
Juvenile fiction. Life was better in the old days. Or was it? That’s the question Greg Heffley is asking as his town voluntarily unplugs and goes electronics-free. But modern life has its conveniences, and Greg isn’t cut out for an old-fashioned world. With tension building inside and outside the Heffley home, will Greg find a way to survive? Or is going “old school” just too hard for a kid like Greg?