Boise Public Library
“The Child Garden,” by Catriona McPerson.
Supernatural fiction. After the suicide of a student, a disgraced school is turned into a care facility. Its only neighbor, Gloria, begins to hear from the dead, and they claim the child’s death was murder.
Eagle Public Library
“1924: The Year That Made Hitler,” by Peter Ross Range.
Adult nonfiction. Hitler spent the year locked in prison surrounded by co-conspirators of the failed Beer Hall Putsch. It was a year of reading and writing, of courtroom speeches and a treason trial, and spouting ideology while working feverishly on his manifesto: Mein Kampf. It was the year of Hitler’s final transformation.
Meridian Public Library
“First Bite: How We Learn to Eat,” by Bee Wilson.
Nonfiction. Brief review of book. We are not born knowing what to eat; as omnivores it is something we each have to figure out for ourselves. From childhood onward, we learn how big a “portion” is and how sweet is too sweet. But how does this education happen? What are the origins of taste?
“The Wizard’s Heir,” by Devri Walls.
Teen fantasy. Tybolt is a Deviant, a rare and hated being immune to magic in a world ruled by wizards. When he loses his entire family to a magic storm, he joins an elite group of wizard hunters for revenge. Though he’s a successful hunter, the wizard responsible for his family’s deaths is still out there. But when an old informant claims to have information on the wizard’s whereabouts, everything changes ... and Tybolt must re-evaluate what he has become, and decide between saving himself and saving all he cares about.
Garden City Library
“Finding Winnie: The true blue story of the world’s most famous bear,” by Lindsay Mattick, illustrated by Sophie Blackall.
Juvenile nonfiction. Did you know that Winnie-the-Pooh and Christopher Robin were real? This beautiful picture book tells the story of the Canadian veterinarian, Harry Colebourn, who found a bear and brought him to England during World War I, and a little boy name Christopher Robin Milne, who became the bear’s friend. By now, you may have guessed that the boy’s father, A.A. Milne, authored the Winnie-the-Pooh books. This book is written by Colebourn’s great-granddaughter. A great book for all ages.
Ada Community Library
“Circling the Sun,” by Paula McLain.
Adult fiction. In the 1920s in Africa, the portion of Nairobi becoming Kenya, a young girl named Beryl grows up with her father, a horse trainer. After being deserted by her brother and mother, she becomes friends with the local tribe and learns to throw spears in a dangerous country. Her natural affinity with animals creates a strong enough bond that she eventually becomes the first licensed female horse trainer in this country and eventually a pilot. This novel is based upon the childhood and young adulthood of Beryl Markham, best known for her book “West With the Night.”
Nampa Public Library
“The Scamp,” by Jennifer Pashley.
Adult fiction. A chance meeting at a bar draws a young woman into an investigation that unexpectedly brings her answers about her long-lost cousin. This engrossing debut novel is driven by the powerful voices of the two cousins, who narrate alternating chapters. At 23, Rayelle lives in her mother’s trailer, “unwed, already the mother of a dead baby.” Growing up, she was inseparable from her cousin Khaki, three years older and the source of Rayelle’s wisdom about boys and bodies. But Khaki’s feelings for Rayelle are not innocent or simple: “I hated her. And loved her more than anything.” More than a decade ago, Khaki left town with a boyfriend and was never heard from again. Yet in the best and worst moments of Rayelle’s life, it’s still Khaki she wishes were by her side. Drinking away her nights, Rayelle meets Couper Gale, a man old enough to be her father, who tells her he pays attention for a living. The two fall into an unlikely pairing, traveling across multiple states in Gale’s Gran Torino by day and sleeping in his camper by night. An investigative reporter, he’s chasing a pattern of missing girls. “Sometimes, a girl dissipates like smoke rising up into the air. So thin, you can’t see her anymore. She becomes a cloud. You breathe her in,” says Khaki, whom we quickly learn is a serial killer — surely one of fiction’s most complicated. Her penchant to destroy what she loves is an obsession she inflicts on women who were abused by those who should have kept them safe. An intense, riveting saga of the multiplying casualties of one family’s secrets and a girl’s determination to take control after a childhood “that rips you apart so your insides are one big scar.”