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5/29: New at the library this week

Posted by Laura Haskins - Library Director on May 29, 2008

Movies:

The golden compass (dvd)

Books:

The steel wave : a novel of World War II / Jeff Shaara
Sergeant Jesse Adams, a no-nonsense veteran of the 82nd Airborne, parachutes with his men behind German lines into a chaotic and desperate struggle. And as the invasion force surges toward the beaches of Normandy, Private Tom Thorne of the 29th Infantry Division faces the horrifying prospects of fighting his way ashore on a stretch of coast more heavily defended than the Allied commanders anticipate–Omaha Beach. (read an exerpt)

The forest / Edward Rutherfurd
Covers nine centuries of British history, with the New Forest as background, culminating in a five-family saga set in the days of Jane Austen, whose own family lived just 25 miles northeast of the forest. Few places in England are more resonant, more mysterious, yet more friendly than the huge forest that lies by England’s southern coast, which provided hunting for England’s Saxon and Norman kings and whose ancient oaks were used to build Nelson’s navy. (read a sample chapter)

The death of Jayson Porter / Jaime Adoff
Sixteen-year-old Jayson Porter wants to believe things will get better. But the harsh realities of his life never seem to change. Living in the inland-Florida projects with his abusive mother, he tries unsuccessfully to fit in at his predominately white school, while struggling to maintain even a thread of a relationship with his drug-addicted father. As the pressure mounts, there¹s only one thing Jayson feels he has control over — the choice of whether to live or die. (Age Range: Young Adult)

Phantom prey / John Sandford
A widow comes home to her large house in a wealthy, exclusive suburb to find blood everywhere, no body—and her college-aged daughter missing. She’s always known that her daughter ran with a bad bunch. What did she call them—Goths? Freaks is more like it, running around with all that makeup and black clothing, listening to that awful music, so attracted to death. And now this.

But the police can’t find the girl, alive or dead, and when a second Goth is found slashed to death in Minneapolis, the widow truly panics. There’s someone she knows, a surgeon named Weather Davenport, whose husband is a big deal with the police, and she implores Weather to get him directly involved. Lucas begins to investigate only reluctantly—but then when a third Goth is slashed in what is now looking like a ‘Jack the Ripper’ series of killings, he starts working it hard. The clues don’t seem to add up, though. And then there’s the young Goth who keeps appearing and disappearing: Who is she? Where does she come from and, more important, where does she vanish to? And why does Lucas keep getting the sneaking suspicion that there is something else going onhere . . . something very, very bad indeed?

City of ashes / Cassandra Clare
Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who’s becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn’t ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?
(Age Range: Young Adult; Mortal Instruments Series, #2; read a sample chapter)

The fortunes of Indigo Skye / Deb Caletti
Eighteen-year-old Indigo Skye feels like she has it all – a waitress job she loves, an adorable refrigerator-delivery-guy boyfriend, and a home life that’s slightly crazed but rich in love. Until a mysterious man at the restaurant leaves her a 2.5 million-dollar tip, and her life as she knew it is transformed.

At first its amazing: a hot new car, enormous flat-screen TV, and presents for everyone she cares about. She laughs off the warnings that money changes people, that they come to rely on what they have instead of who they are. Because it won’t happen…not to her. Or will it? What do you do when you can buy anything your heart desires — but what your heart desires can’t be bought?

The bronze pen / Zilpha Keatley Snyder
Twelve-year-old Audrey Abbott dreams of becoming a writer, but with her father’s failing health and the family’s shaky finances, it seems there is no room for what her overworked mother would surely call a childish fantasy. So Audrey keeps her writing a secret. That is, until she meets a mysterious old woman who seems able to read her mind. Audrey is surprised at how readily she reveals her secret to the woman.

One day the old woman gives Audrey a peculiar bronze pen and tells her to “use it wisely and to good purpose.” It turns out to be just perfect for writing her stories with. But as Audrey writes, odd things start happening. Did Beowulf, her dog, just speak to her? And what is that bumping under her bed at night? It seems that whatever she writes with the pen comes true. However, things don’t always happen in the way that she wants or expects. In fact, it’s quite difficult to predict what writing with the pen will do. Could the pen be more of a curse than a gift? Or will Audrey be able to rewrite the future in the way that she wishes—and save her father’s life?
(Age Range: 9 to 12; read an exerpt)

[Note: All synopses are provided by the publisher unless otherwise noted and do not constitute reviews by the Seldovia Public Library.]

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2 Responses to “5/29: New at the library this week”

  1. Savannah said

    The death of Jayson Porter / Jaime Adoff
    When a book begins with the suicide of its 16-year-old protagonist, you know it’s gonna be powerful. And it is. Son of an abusive white alcoholic prostitute and a black drug addict, he didn’t ever have a whole lot easy in store for him. In fact, that railing and the fatal drop on the other side were the sweet reward that kept him going a lot of days. Written in a spare, profane, witty, absolutely spot-on kidspeak prose, this book dumps you into his head…and his troubles, touching along the way on why when you’re bigger than her do you still let your mom beat the daylights out of you and why you have to leave when she starts getting it on with her pathetic boyfriend while you’re still in the room. There’s nothing in this book that doesn’t ring true, and a lot that is tragically sad. Wonderfully wrought, but clearly not for the younger or protected-from-harsh-life reader.

  2. Savannah said

    City of ashes / Cassandra Clare
    It was obvious as soon as I picked this up that I didn’t want to try to let details I didn’t remember from the previous novel in this series, City of Bones, slide. So I backtracked and reread the first book, then this one. It’s simply great. Although it’s a teen book and just right so far as portraying hip kids, it also does the adults with a deft touch and the adventures are just beautifully wrought urban fantasy. In a way, this one feels a bit less complete than the first one, but I think that’s just because there have already been seeming plot reversals and you can just feel the next one coming as the relationships continue to shift and realign.

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