Boise Public Library
“Who is King” by Beverley Naidoo.
Juvenile folktale. Do you know why the hippo has no hair (Kenya)? Or why monkeys live in trees (Ghana)? These are just two of the 10 magical stories from Africa found in this colorfully illustrated collection of folktales.
Meridian Public Library
“121 First Dates: How to Succeed at Online Dating, Fall in Love, and Live Happily Ever After (Really!)” by Wendy Newman.
Nonfiction. Chronicling the often hilarious and sometimes mortifying 121 first dates she went on to find her perfect match, Wendy Newman has made every imaginable dating mistake out there — so you don’t have to. Wendy offers a treasure trove of best practices to navigate the online dating trenches.
Eagle Public Library
“Fluffy Strikes Back” by Ashely Spires.
Children’s graphic novel. Fluffy Vandermere, the cat sergeant in charge of P.U.R.S.T. (Pets of the Universe Ready for Space Travel), works tirelessly to protect the world from alien (aka bug) domination. But it’s every cat’s nightmare when Fluffy discovers that the P.U.R.S.T. headquarters is under attack by an angry swarm of insects, and they’re armed with water spray bottles. Fighting this terrifying invasion requires cunning, skill, ingenuity and the ability to move quickly. Can Fluffy save the world?
“Radiance” by Catherynne M. Valente.
Adult science fiction. In an alternate universe where Thomas Edison’s grip on his patents has delayed the advent of sound in motion pictures and the planets of our solar system are worlds out of classic science fiction novels, Severin Unck, daughter of a famous film director, sets off for Venus to film a documentary about a village that was left deserted in the wake of a mysterious disaster. When her ship returns home without her, speculation runs wild. And as her father struggles to piece her life together in a biographical film, fact and fiction intertwine in bizarre and illuminating ways to paint a portrait of an artist and the mad, fantastic world she inhabits.
Garden City Library
“Menagerie” by Rachel Vincent.
Adult fiction. In a world where not all is as it seems, Delilah Morrow is an ordinary human being. Or so she believed for her entire life until one day when she visits a traveling carnival. Inside the circus tent, she discovers a monstrous creature beneath her own skin. Captured by the circus master and forced to perform in town after town, Delilah forms a bond with the other creatures of the menagerie, and as she struggles for freedom, she discovers much more within herself than anyone knew existed.
Nampa Public Library
“Mother Bruce” by Ryan T. Higgins.
Juvenile fiction. Bruce the bear likes to keep to himself. That, and eat eggs. But when his hard-boiled goose eggs turn out to be real, live goslings, he starts to lose his appetite. And even worse, the goslings are convinced he’s their mother. Bruce tries to get the geese to go south, but he can’t seem to rid himself of his new companions. What’s a bear to do?
Ada Community Library
“A Murder of Magpies” by Judith Flanders.
Adult fiction. Samantha, a book publisher with a dry wit, has been trying to find a way to tell one of her bestselling authors that her latest book is terrible. She has a friend who works in the fashion industry and knows many private details about local wealthy patrons. His book manuscript has caused a possible kidnapping and murder. Somehow Sam gets involved in the chaos of trying to solve many loose ends, while a romantically interested police officer, Jake, tries to keep her from becoming another victim.