Welcome to the New Year and our new arrivals. Below are some of our newest Wish Tree purchases. Patrons buy one of our wishes that our budget won’t cover. They donate it back to the library. We put a donation plate in the front of the book to honor them.
Fruits Basket is a Japanese graphic novel that reads back to front which always confuses me. This one is about a high school girl who moves into a tent on somebody else’s land. The owners turn into the animals of the Chinese zodiac. How odd!
Need a good murder mystery? Try One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus. When the creator of a high school gossip app is murdered in front of four students, all are suspects. Solve the case with them.
Kelly Gilbert’s new novel Conviction is about a teenage boy whose father is accused of murder. Could this possibly be true? Has the kid been wrong about his dad all these years?
Black and White is a book about a crime committed by two star high school basketball players. Author Paul Volponi gives it a twist because one boy is black and one is white. When they are caught, the differences in their treatments and punishments are stressed.
Historical fiction is represented by The Librarian of Auschwitz, the story of a fourteen year old prisoner in the concentration camp. She is put in charge of a few forbidden books in Auschwitz until the end of the war. This is based on a true story.
The Rooster Bar is John Grisham’s latest lawyer story. This one involves three law students, victims in a scam involving large student loans, and the owner of the college and the loaning bank.
Dark at the Crossing is a timely novel. An Arab American is trying to get into Syria and falls for a refugee’s wife. Check this out if you like a love story mixed with inner turmoil and suspense.
If you need something to help a road trip go faster, check out an old classic futuristic dystopia, transferred to CDs. Fahrenheit 451, written by Ray Bradbury, was first published in 1953, but is still relevant and read today. It has been both banned and on the “must read” list for high school students. The plot is simple in this slim book. A member of the book burning police discovers the joy and importance of books. Trouble comes when he is betrayed and his colleagues find his hidden stash. This unabridged audio book is read by Tim Robbins.
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