Boise Public Library
“Iron Rails, Iron Men, and the Race to Link the Nation” by Martin W. Sandler.
Juvenile nonfiction. Once the Gold Rush hit the United States, more and more people were leaving the East and heading West to seek their fortune, and they needed a more reliable form of transportation. Through the dreams of a few and the hard work of tens of thousands, a railroad line was built connecting the U.S. Complete with photographs and maps, this book tells the amazing story of the Transcontinental Railroad and how that changed our nation.
Eagle Public Library
“Ace Dragon Ltd.” by Russell Hoban and Quentin Blake.
Children’s picture book. When John notices a manhole cover with the words ACE DRAGON LTD., he can’t help but investigate what lies beneath. And so begins an unusual friendship between a boy and Ace, a boot-wearing, fire-breathing dragon who loves skywriting, flying to the moon and turning gold into straw. With so many talents, John wonders if, unlike his moniker, Ace really isn’t so limited after all.
Meridian Public Library
“The Secret Language of Women: A Novel” by Nina Romano.
Fiction. “The Secret Language of Women” is the first book in the Wayfarer trilogy. It is the story of star-crossed lovers Lian, a Eurasian healer, and Giacomo, an Italian sailor, in an era of war and upheaval during the Boxer Rebellion. In an epoch infused with superstition, history and exotic customs, love ignites in a chance meeting, is severed, yet is searched for throughout China’s mysterious, wondrous landscape.
“Batman Origami: Amazing Folding Projects Featuring the Dark Knight” by John Montroll.
Children’s nonfiction. What happens when you combine the Dark Knight with origami? A set of amazing paper models by an internationally renowned origami master! With clear step-by-step diagrams and instructions, children can recreate the characters, vehicles and other accessories made famous by one of the most famous comic book heroes of all time.
Garden City Library
“Welcome to Night Vale” by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor.
Adult fiction. A mysterious note is delivered to the Night Vale pawn shop by a mysterious man in a tan jacket holding a deer skin suitcase. Will the message — KING CITY — be the clue to solve several mysterious happenings? This novel will be hugely popular with readers who have been following the podcast it’s based on for the last two years. The audiobook version is read by podcast narrator Cecil Baldwin, with music by Disparition.
Ada Community Library
“Come Rain or Come Shine: A Mitford Novel” by Jan Karon.
Adult fiction. For readers who have read along in the Mitford series in this volume, it seems that Dooley, the adopted son of Father Tim Kavanaugh and his wife, is finished with vet school. He is planning wed Lace Harper; a girl he has known from their hardscrabble childhood days. Of course things will not go exactly as planned, but the author once again shares the souls of a funny and oddly unique group of people who made themselves into a family.
Nampa Public Library
“Passenger” by Alexandra Bracken.
Young adult fiction. Historical romance meets time-traveling adventure in this rousing series opener from Bracken (the Darkest Minds books). In the present day, Etta Spencer is a 17-year-old violinist eager to make her New York City debut as a soloist. After her mentor is killed, Ella awakens aboard a ship in 1776, where she discovers that her emotionally distant mother is believed responsible for hiding an astrolabe, a device used in time travel, from Cyrus Ironwood, a man determined to align all travelers to his command. With only her mother’s letters and paintings as clues, Etta searches with Nicholas Carter, a freed slave and privateer from the 18th century, charged with returning the astrolabe to Cyrus. Despite differences in time lines and cultures, Etta and Nicholas find their mutual passion makes them easy targets for other travelers, all eager to control time passages.