Boise Public Library
“Unreasonable Doubt” by Vicky Delany.
Mystery. A man is freed after serving 25 years for a murder he did not commit. He and a local detective must take up the cold case to finally bring the true killer to justice and to solve the mystery of his imprisonment.
Eagle Public Library
“All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook” by Leslie Connor.
Children’s fiction. Eleven-year-old Perry was born and raised by his mom at the Blue River Co-ed Correctional Facility in tiny Surprise, Neb. His mom is a resident on Cell Block C. So far, a warden has made it possible for them to be together. When a new district attorney discovers the truth, Perry is removed from the facility and forced into a foster home. Desperate to be reunited with his mom, Perry goes on a quest for answers about her past crime. As he gets closer to the truth, he discovers that love makes people resilient no matter where they come from — but can he find a way to tell everyone what home truly means?
Meridian Public Library
“Fellside” by M.R. Carey.
Fiction. Fellside is a maximum-security prison on the edge of the Yorkshire moors. It’s not the kind of place you’d want to end up. But it’s where Jess Moulson could be spending the rest of her life. It’s a place where even the walls whisper. And one voice belongs to a little boy with a message for Jess. Will she listen?
“The Wild Robot” by Peter Brown.
Young adult fiction. When robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island. She has no idea how she got there or what her purpose is — but she knows she needs to survive. After battling a fierce storm and escaping a vicious bear attack, she realizes that her only hope for survival is to adapt to her surroundings and learn from the island’s unwelcoming animal inhabitants. As Roz slowly befriends the animals, the island starts to feel like home — until, one day, the robot’s mysterious past comes back to haunt her.
Garden City Library
“Our Great Big Backyard” by Laura Bush, Jenna Bush Hager and Jacqueline Rogers.
Picture book. Like most girls her age, Jane is looking forward to spending the summer with her friends. Until her parents announce planning for the great American cross-country road trip to visit some of the nation’s most famous national parks. Will visiting national parks during the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service change Jane’s mind about spending the summer with her family in the great outdoors?
Ada Community Library
“The Nest” by Kenneth Oppel, illustrated by Jon Klassen.
Juvenile fiction. Steven’s baby brother, Theo, has been diagnosed with a rare congenital disorder which blankets his family in worry and sorrow. Steven, an anxious child with OCD tendencies, dreams of an angel who will fix the baby. But the angel turns out to be a wasp, and the fix involves Theo being replaced by a new, perfect replica. What seemed like the perfect solution devolves into an afternoon of horror for Steven in his fight to save his brother. Best read and selected by grades 5-7.
Nampa Public Library
“When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanithi.
Adult nonfiction. At the age of 36, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor making a living treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live.“When Breath Becomes Air” chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a naïve medical student “possessed,” as he wrote, “by the question of what, given that all organisms die, makes a virtuous and meaningful life” into a young neurosurgeon at Stanford, guiding patients toward a deeper understanding of death and illness, and finally into a patient and a new father to a baby girl, confronting his own mortality. What makes life worth living in the face of death? What does it mean to have a child, to nurture a new life as another fades away? These are some of the questions Kalanithi wrestles with in this profoundly moving, exquisitely observed memoir.