Treasure Valley librarians’ recommendations

Boise Public Library

“Fast Break” by Mike Lupica.

Juvenile fiction. After his mom dies and he’s left on his own, 12-year-old Jayson has to eke out an existence, hoping to make it on his own. After he gets caught shoplifting, he’s sent to live in a foster home with a loving couple who enroll him in a private school. Gifted in basketball, Jayson, with the help of his new family, learns to deal with his anger and feelings of abandonment and channels his energy into his sport.

Eagle Public Library

“A Bird in the Hand” by Diana Henry.

Adult nonfiction. Author Diana Henry offers a host of new, easy and not-so-very-well-known dishes starring the bird we all love: chicken. The recipes in this book are comforting, quick, celebratory and casual and range from a quick supper on the table after work to a lazy summer barbecue or to a feast to nourish family and friends. Quick Vietnamese Lemon Grass and Chili Chicken Thighs, a Smoky Chicken Salad with Roast Peppers and Almonds, and Pomegranate, Barley and Feta Stuffed Roast Chicken with Eggplant are just a few of mouth-watering recipes featured.

Meridian Public Library

“Isabel Feeney, Star Reporter” by Beth Fantaskey.

Children’s fiction. Isabel Feeney is one of the few newsgirls working in 1920s Chicago. Every day, while she sells copies of the Tribune, she dreams of being a journalist, like her hero, the famous crime writer Maude Collier. So when Isabel stumbles upon a murder scene on her own street corner, she’s determined to solve the case.

Kuna Library

“Conviction: The Untold Story of Putting Jodi Arias Behind Bars” by Juan Martinez.

Adult nonfiction. Juan Martinez, the fiery prosecutor who convicted notorious murderess Jodi Arias for the disturbing killing of her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander, speaks for the first time about the shocking investigation and sensational trial that captivated the nation. Now, speaking openly for the first time, prosecutor Juan Martinez will unearth new details from the investigation that were never revealed at trial, exploring key facts from the case and the pieces of evidence he chose to keep close to the vest.

Garden City Library

“Genuine Sweet” by Faith Harkey.

Juvenile fiction. What would you do if you could grant wishes? When 12-year-old Genuine Sweet learns from her grandmother that she is a fourth-generation wish-fetcher, she decides to use her skill in innovative ways to improve the lives of people globally. But wish-fetching isn’t always as fun and easy as it may seem. This is a beautifully written book that will have children and adults alike thinking about the power they have to grant wishes and fulfill dreams, with or without the help of the stars. Perfect for ages 10 and up.

Ada Community Library

“Step Aside Pops: A Hark! A Vagrant Collection” by Kate Beaton.

Adult graphic fiction. This humorously illustrated volume is full of possible irreverent interactions between famous figures in history, including composers, naval commanders and historic leaders from Napoleonic to Roman arenas. Two sections deal with Wonder Woman and a buff Cinderella. If you are willing to let go of some classical snobbery and change “Wuthering Heights” for “Blithering Heights,” this book’s for you.

Nampa Public Library

“Dylan the Villain” by K.G. Campbell.

Juvenile fiction. Knowing he is the cleverest and most formidable supervillain in the world, young Dylan embarks on his adventure in kindergarten, where he meets his match in the bone-chilling Addison Van Malice, competing against him in the Diabolical Robot Building Contest.