Boise Public Library
“Sail Away” by Langston Hughes.
Juvenile poetry. A collection of Langston Hughes’ poetry about the sea, including mermaids, fishermen and island dreams, that is beautifully illustrated with cut paper pictures by award-winning author/illustrator Ashley Bryan.
Ada Community Library
“A Youthful Adventurer’s Navigational Guide CHARTS 101: A ‘Teens & Up Guide to Handling Life’s Challenges” by Tim Cables.
Young adult nonfiction. After 20 years of experience working with and helping young people from middle school to college age, the author has translated his time into a simple and effective self-help book. Practical observations and experiments to assist and expand perspectives on dealing with life and other individuals are written down in a style that allows the reader to copy exercises and assist in answers to many influences in life, including: hazards, divorce, positive and negative behaviors, spiritual belief systems and setting goals. In a playful but effective manner, he suggests helpful hints to get you through rough parts of your journey.
Eagle Public Library
“Beatrice Bunson’s Guide to Romeo and Juliet” by Paul Marantz Cohen.
Young adult fiction. As high school begins, Beatrice Bunson finds that nothing is the same — not her friend Nan, not the gross junior high boys who are now polite, not even the cool kids. Fortunately, Beatrice loves her English class and is introduced to “Romeo and Juliet.” The subtleties of Shakespeare’s play help Beatrice and her classmates tackle lessons of love, family, honor and misunderstandings all while helping them understand themselves.
Meridian Public Library
“One Big Family” by Marc Harshman.
Picture book. When the whole family gathers together, adventures are sure to follow — rowing down the river, telling ghost stories around the campfire, learning to fish. And even when their vacation comes to an end, family members find the perfect way to keep the memories of love and laughter alive.
“Fortunately, the Milk” by Neil Gaiman.
Juvenile fiction. All this father wanted to do was walk to the corner grocery store to purchase milk for his kids. Instead, he finds himself abducted by aliens, swept on a journey through time and space and battling pirates, dinosaurs, aliens and even an angry volcano god, all while holding on to the precious milk he’s bought for his children.
Garden City Library
“Princess Nina” by Marlise Achterbergh and Iris Compiet.
Juvenile fiction. Princess Nina is an extraordinary princess. She is smart, curious, sweet and also a bit wild. One day the king and queen decide they have to go looking for a suitable prince for Princess Nina. The king and queen are at the end of their wits. But then Princess Melowo comes to visit, and suddenly Princess Nina is very shy. A funny and modern fairytale about two stubborn princesses who are madly in love. Winner of the Diversity Award, a competition for children’s stories of inclusive works and partners.
Nampa Public Library
“Salt to the Sea” by Ruta Sepetys.
Young adult fiction. As Russian troops move into German territory in 1945, four German teens escape, fleeing both the Red Army and their guilt, shame and fear. Fifteen-year-old Emilia wishes to forget her encounter with the Russian soldiers, but her growing belly won’t let her; Joana serves as a nurse to make amends for a murder she committed; Florian hopes to get revenge for the death of his father; and Alfred believes his devotion to the Nazi cause will finally earn him a bit of respect. The fates of the four teens collide aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff, a German transport ship that has a destiny of its own. The teens take turns narrating, their distinct and powerful voices giving their experiences a harrowing immediacy and laying bare the desperation, depravity and despair of civilians and soldiers alike.