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4/22: New at the library this week

Posted by Laura Haskins - Library Director on April 23, 2009

Books:

Throne of Jade / Naomi Novik
When Britain intercepted a French ship and its precious cargo—an unhatched dragon’s egg—Capt. Will Laurence of HMS Reliant unexpectedly became master and commander of the noble dragon he named Temeraire. As new recruits in Britain’s Aerial Corps, man and dragon soon proved their mettle in daring combat against Bonaparte’s invading forces.

Now China has discovered that its rare gift, intended for Napoleon, has fallen into British hands—and an angry Chinese delegation vows to reclaim the remarkable beast. But Laurence refuses to cooperate. Facing the gallows for his defiance, Laurence has no choice but to accompany Temeraire back to the Far East—a long voyage fraught with peril, intrigue, and the untold terrors of the deep. Yet once the pair reaches the court of the Chinese emperor, even more shocking discoveries and darker dangers await. (Temeraire Series, #2; read an exerpt)

Black powder war / Naomi Novik
After their fateful adventure in China, Capt. Will Laurence of His Majesty’s Aerial Corps and his extraordinary dragon, Temeraire, are waylaid by a mysterious envoy bearing urgent new orders from Britain. Three valuable dragon eggs have been purchased from the Ottoman Empire, and Laurence and Temeraire must detour to Istanbul to escort the precious cargo back to England. Time is of the essence if the eggs are to be borne home before hatching.

Yet disaster threatens the mission at every turn—thanks to the diabolical machinations of the Chinese dragon Lien, who blames Temeraire for her master’s death and vows to ally herself with Napoleon and take vengeance. Then, faced with shattering betrayal in an unexpected place, Laurence, Temeraire, and their squad must launch a daring offensive. But what chance do they have against the massed forces of Bonaparte’s implacable army? (Temeraire Series, #3; read an exerpt)

Empire of ivory / Naomi Novik
Tragedy has struck His Majesty’s Aerial Corps, whose magnificent fleet of fighting dragons and their human captains valiantly defend England’s shores against the encroaching armies of Napoleon Bonaparte. An epidemic of unknown origin and no known cure is decimating the noble dragons’ ranks–forcing the hopelessly stricken into quarantine. Now only Temeraire and a pack of newly recruited dragons remain uninfected—and stand as the only means of an airborne defense against France’s ever bolder sorties.

Bonaparte’s dragons are already harrowing Britain’s ships at sea. Only one recourse remains: Temeraire and his captain, Will Laurence, must take wing to Africa, whose shores may hold the cure to the mysterious and deadly contagion. On this mission there is no time to waste, and no telling what lies in store beyond the horizon or for those left behind to wait, hope, and hold the line. (Temeraire Series, #4; read an exerpt)

Victory of Eagles / Naomi Novik
It is a grim time for the dragon Temeraire. On the heels of his mission to Africa, seeking the cure for a deadly contagion, he has been removed from military service—and his captain, Will Laurence, has been condemned to death for treason.

For Britain, conditions are grimmer still: Napoleon’s resurgent forces have breached the Channel and successfully invaded English soil. Napoleon’s prime objective: the occupation of London.

Separated by their own government and threatened at every turn by Napoleon’s forces, Laurence and Temeraire must struggle to find each other amid the turmoil of war and to aid the resistance against the invasion before Napoleon’s foothold on England’s shores can become a stranglehold.

If only they can be reunited, master and dragon might rally Britain’s scattered forces and take the fight to the enemy as never before—for king and country, and for their own liberty. But can the French aggressors be well and truly routed, or will a treacherous alliance deliver Britain into the hands of her would-be conquerors? (Temeraire Series, #5; read an exerpt)

Fieldwork / Mischa Berlinski
Vivid, passionate, funny, deeply researched, and page-turningly plotted, this novel–set in northern Thailand–is a daring, spellbinding tale of anthropologists, missionaries, demon possession, sexual taboos, murder, and an obsessed young reporter named Mischa Berlinski. (read a sample chapter)

Long lost / Harlan Coben
Myron Bolitar hasn’t heard from Terese Collins since their torrid affair ended ten years ago, so her desperate phone call from Paris catches him completely off guard. In a shattering admission, Terese reveals the tragic story behind her disappearance-her struggles to get pregnant, the greatest moment of her life when her baby was born . . . and the fatal accident that robbed her of it all: her marriage, her happiness and her beloved only daughter.

Now a suspect in the murder of her ex-husband in Paris, Terese has nowhere else to turn for help. Myron heeds the call. But then a startling piece of evidence turns the entire case upside down, laying bare Terese’s long-buried family secrets . . . and the very real possibility that her daughter may still be alive.

In grave danger from unknown assailants in a country where nothing is as it seems, Myron and Terese race to stay a step ahead of Homeland Security, Interpol, and Mossad. Soon they are working at breakneck pace, not only to learn what really happened to Terese’s long-lost little girl-but to uncover a sinister plot with shocking global implications. (Myron Bolitar Series, #9)

Heart in the right place / Carolyn Jourdan
Carolyn Jourdan, an attorney on Capitol Hill, thought she had it made. But when her mother has a heart attack, she returns home—to the Tennessee mountains, where her father is a country doctor and her mother works as his receptionist. Jourdan offers to fill in for her mother until she gets better. But days turn into weeks as she trades her suits for scrubs and finds herself following hazmat regulations for cleaning up bodily fluids; maintaining composure when confronted with a splinter the size of a steak knife; and tending to the loquacious Miss Hiawatha, whose daily doctor visits are never billed. Most important, though, she comes to understand what her caring and patient father means to her close-knit community.

House of daughters / Sarah-Kate Lynch
With effervescent wit and clear-eyed insight, Sarah-Kate Lynch explores the rivalries and bonds of sisterhood amidst the lush countryside of France’s Champagne province. Clementine is the rightful heir to the House of Peine, the vineyard that has been in the family for generations. She has spent her whole life caring for the vines, not to mention caring for her sour brute of a father. But now that the Peine patriarch is dead, his will stipulates that Clementine must share the vineyard with a half-sister she hasn’t seen in twenty years and another she didn’t even know existed. As one vineyard brings three estranged siblings together, readers will savor this heartfelt toast to sisterhood and inspired celebration of Champagne.

A child’s garden : 60 ideas to make any garden come alive for children / Molly Dannenmaier
Until recently, children played outdoors with carefree abandon after school and in the summer. Today, however, children are more likely to spend their free time indoors, watching television, playing video games, or using a computer. But children thrive in the natural world. They love to play in water and with creepy critters. They savor hideaways, can not get enough dirt and sand, and relish climbing to great hieghts. They need movement. They want to pretend and to nurture other growing things. And most of all, they learn from everything that is new and stimulating.

Addressing these basic needs, A Child’s Garden offers a wide range of innovative examples showing how to create special places in which children can experience nature on their own home turf. Here are child-friendly ponds, places for pets, and private refuges. Out-of-the-ordinary sandboxes are pictured, along with paths, mazes, furniture, peepholes, and scores of ideas for creative play areas that fit perfectly into adult gardens.

Featured throughout this profusely illustrated book are miniature paradises that parents and grandparents have designed just for the children in their lives, highlighting an enchanting variety of elements that will make any garden come alive for children.

Dolores and the big fire / Andrew Clements
Dolores is a very timid cat. Her owner, Kyle, keeps a light on all night so she won’t be scared. One night Dolores pokes at Kyle’s face while he is sleeping. The house is on fire! Can Dolores wake Kyle up in time? (Age Range: 5 to 7; Pets to the Rescue, #3)

Ringo saves the day! / Andrew Clements
Carol and Ray are very sick. One day, their cat Ringo leads Carol outside. “Meow! Meow!” he says. Ringo digs in some rocks. Why is Ringo digging? What will he find? Ringo is about to save Carol’s life! (Age Range: 5 to 7; Pets to the Rescue Series, #1)

Tara and Tiree, fearless friends / Andrew Clements
Jim loves to go for long walks with his dogs, Tara and Tiree. One cold winter day, Jim falls through the ice on the frozen lake. Tiree tries to save him and falls through the ice too. What will happen if Tara tries to help them both? (Age Range: 5 to 7; Pets to the Rescue Series, #4)

Brave Norman / Andrew Clements
Norman is a dog who cannot see. One day, he is at the beach. He hears a girl in the water calling for help. Can a blind dog save someone’s life? (Age Range: 5 to 7; Pets to the Rescue Series, #2; read an exerpt)

The shelf elf / Jackie Hopkins
This whimsical picture book introduces Skoob the Shelf Elf, who embarks on a new career in the library. Using the “Shelf Elf Guide to Library Etiquette,” Skoob discovers the age-old practices of proper library behavior and book care. Includes a 12-page lesson plan booklet for teachers and librarians with ideas for integrating Shelf Elf etiquette throughout the school year. Full color. (Interest Level: K – 2; Free Teaching Resources: The Shelf Elf Lesson Plan)

Doing the garden / Sarah Garland
Spring has come and the garden is looking a bit bare, so it’s off to the garden center for Mum, her little daughter, and the baby. After finally deciding on just the right flowers, seeds, and even a tree, it’s time to go home and plant. This delightful story shows how even a familiar event can be an occasion for joy. Garland’s appealing illustrations are full of visual humor — the tree’s perilous journey home in an old pram, the always-digging family dog — while her simple, child-friendly text is underscored with dry wit that appeals to parents. (Age Range: 4 to 6)

Wake up, Sleepy Bear! / Christine Morton-Shaw; Greg Shaw
John Butler introduces his beloved baby animals to a new setting in this book, creating inviting scenes of a new day dawning in a forest. All of the animals, from cuddly bears to tiny, furry mice, wake up in their different nests and homes and then gather together to welcome a newborn fawn into the world. With a lively rhyming text and beautiful, textured paintings that fill every page, this is sure to become a favorite “good morning” book. (Age Range: For infants or children in preschool)

[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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