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8/29: New at the library this week

Posted by Laura Haskins - Library Director on August 29, 2009

Audiobooks

Lord John and the brotherhood of the blade / Diana Gabaldon (unabridged; CD)
Seventeen years earlier, Grey’s father, the Duke of Pardloe, shot himself, days before he was to be accused of being a Jacobite traitor. By raising a regiment to fight at Culloden, Grey’s elder brother has succeeded in redeeming the family name, aided by Grey, now a major in that regiment. But now, on the eve of the regiment’s move to Germany, comes a mysterious threat that throws the matter of the Duke’s death into stark new question, and brings the Grey brothers into fresh conflict with the past and each other.

From barracks and parade grounds to the battlefields of Prussia and the stony fells of the Lake District, Lord John’s struggle to find the truth leads him through danger and passion, ever deeper, toward the answer to the question at the centre of his soul–what is it that is most important to a man? Love, loyalty, family name? Self-respect, or honesty? Surviving both the battle of Krefeld and a searing personal betrayal, he returns to the Lake District to find the man who may hold the key to his quest: a Jacobite prisoner named Jamie Fraser. Here, Grey finds his truth and facesa final choice: between honour and life itself.

Genghis : bones of the hills / Conn Iggulden (unabridged; CD)
From the fierce cold plains of Mongolia to the Korean Peninsula, Genghis’s brothers, sons, and commanders have made emperors bow, slaughtering vast armies of fighting men. But as Genghis enters a strange new land of towering mountains and arid desert, he stirs an enemy greater than any he has met before. Under his command, Shah Ala-ud-Din Mohammed has thousands of fierce Arab warriors, teeming cavalry, and terrifying armored elephants. When Genghis strikes, the Arabs prove their mettle. On the verge of defeat, Genghis is forced to leave his own vast encampment, and the women and children in it, in the path of an enraged, savage enemy.

Movies:

Brush with fate
Front of the class
The water is wide

(all movies are on dvd unless otherwise noted)

Books:

Amos Fortune, free man / Elizabeth Yates
“It does a man no good to be free until he learns how to live.”

These were the words of Amos Fortune, born the son of a king of the At-mun-shi tribe in Africa. When Amos was only fifteen years old, he was captured by slave traders and brought to Massachusetts, where he was sold at auction. Although his freedom had been taken, Amos never lost his dignity and courage. He dreamed of being free and of buying the freedom of his closest friends. By the time he was sixty years old, Amos Fortune began to see those dreams come true. Amos Fortune, Free Man is a Newbery Award winner that is based on a true story. (Age Range: 12)

Captive! / Gary Paulsen
Roman Sanchez is trying to cope with the death of his father, a S.W.A.T. team officer killed in the line of duty. When masked gunmen storm his classroom and take him and three of his friends hostage, Roman faces the same dangers that killed his father. (Age Range: 8 to 12)

Gremlins don’t chew bubble gum / Debbie Dadey
The gang trails a new school secretary to find out why electrical appliances seem to blow whenever she walks by. (Age Range: 7 to 10; The Adventures Of The Bailey School Kids, #13)

A blue-eyed daisy / Cynthia Rylant
Ellie Farley’s father, Okey, drinks too much, mostly because he hasn’t been able to work since he was injured in a mining accident. He hasn’t been able to hunt, either, so it’s strange when he brings home a hunting dog, a beagle named Bullet.

But Bullet is only the first odd thing that happens to Ellie the year she’s eleven. She sees a favorite uncle go off to war; a boy in her class has a fit in the middle of geography and another is accidentally killed while target shooting; and Okey drives his Chevy pickup off the mountain, with near-tragic consequences. But still Ellie manages the ordinary pleasures of making a best friend and getting kissed for the first time — it’s no wonder she confides to Bullet on her twelfth birthday, “Some year.” (Age Range: 9 to 12)

Kittens in the Kitchen / Ben M. Baglio
At Animal Ark, Mandy Hope helps her parents treat animals of all shapes and sizes. Even outside the clinic, Mandy can’t resist helping any animal in need. But when a stray cat gives birth in Mr. William’s kitchen, he is absolutely furious. Can Mandy and her friend James find homes for four newborn kittens in just one week? (Age Range: 8 to 11; Animal Ark Hauntings, #1)

Who ran my underwear up the flagpole? / Jerry Spinelli
It’s football season at Plumstead Middle School, and everything is up in the air. Sunny has become a cheerleader–the first ever to wear a frown and beat up fans who refuse to cheer. Eddie has gone out for football to prove that he’s grown up despite his superhero underwear–and to try to impress a certain cheerleader. Salem has become the football team’s manager, and she’s starting a new time-out tradition that the team will never forget. And Pickles is leading Plumstead’s pathetic marching band…to a very unusual beat. (Age Range: 8 to 12; School Daze Series, #2)

Starlight surprise / Linda Chapman
Lauren has a secret: When she whispers the magic words, her pony turns into a beautiful snow-white unicorn.
Lauren doesn’t believe in ghosts, but there is definitely something spooky going on down by the creek. Then one night, as Lauren and Twilight fly over the woods near the scary tree house, they make a surprising discovery. (Age Range: 7 to 10; My Secret Unicorn Series, #4)

I know what you did last summer / Lois Duncan
It was only an accident — but it would change their lives forever. Last summer, four terrified friends made a desperate pact to conceal a shocking secret. But some secrets don’t stay buried, and someone has learned the truth. Someone bent on revenge. This summer, the horror is only beginning…. (Age Range: Young Adult)

Spearwielder’s tale / R. A. Salvatore
Set in an enchanted world one step from reality, the Spearwielder’s trilogy follows the adventures of Gary Leger, who stumbles into a realm of elves and dwarves, witches and dragons-and takes up the magical spear of the land’s lost hero.

The art of racing in the rain / Garth Stein
Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.

Through Denny, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition, and he sees that life, like racing, isn’t simply about going fast. Using the techniques needed on the race track, one can successfully navigate all of life’s ordeals.

On the eve of his death, Enzo takes stock of his life, recalling all that he and his family have been through: the sacrifices Denny has made to succeed professionally; the unexpected loss of Eve, Denny’s wife; the three-year battle over their daughter, Zoë, whose maternal grandparents pulled every string to gain custody. In the end, despite what he sees as his own limitations, Enzo comes through heroically to preserve the Swift family, holding in his heart the dream that Denny will become a racing champion with Zoë at his side. Having learned what it takes to be a compassionate and successful person, the wise canine can barely wait until his next lifetime, when he is sure he will return as a man. (read a sample chapter)

The year that follows / Scott Lasser
Cat is a single mother living in Detroit when her brother is killed in New York, and she sets off in search of his child. Her search is still under way when she gets a call from her father. Sam is eighty and carrying the weight of a secret he has kept from her all her life. He asks Cat to visit him in California, intending to make his peace.

Cat’s journey—toward her father, and her brother’s infant son—and Sam’s journey toward his daughter, his lost son, and a new relationship to both his future and his past are woven into this superbly realized novel about families and the mysteries and ambiguities that inhere in our most primal relations. The result is a deeply stirring work that explores the complexities of home and heritage, and the bonds that even death is powerless to diminish. (read an exerpt)

Fire and ice / Judith A. Jance
Seattle investigator J. P. Beaumont is working a series of murders in which six young women have been wrapped in tarps, doused with gasoline, and set on fire. Their charred remains have been creating a grisly pattern of death across western Washington. At the same time, in the Arizona desert, Cochise County sheriff Joanna Brady is looking into a homicide in which the elderly caretaker of an ATV park was run over and left to die. Was he a victim of some kind of turf warfare—or possibly something more sinister?

Then a breakthrough in Beaumont’s case leads him into Brady’s jurisdiction. When the two met on a joint investigation years earlier, sparks flew. But here, as the threads of their cases wind together, Beaumont and Brady must put aside echoes of their shared past as they are once again drawn into an orbit of deception. Except this time it’s not just their own lives that are in danger but those of the people closest to them as well. (Joanna Brady Series, #14)

Voices / Arnaldur Indriðason
The Christmas rush is at its peak in a grand Reykjavík hotel when Inspector Erlendur is called in to investigate a murder. The hotel Santa has been stabbed to death, and Erlendur and his fellow detectives find no shortage of suspects between the hotel staff and the international travelers staying for the holidays. As Christmas Day approaches, Erlendur must deal with his difficult daughter, pursue a possible romantic interest, and untangle a long-buried web of malice and greed to find the murderer.

The days of summer / Jill Barnett
One fateful night, a deadly accident at a Los Angeles intersection changes the lives and fortunes of three innocent women — Kathryn, Laurel, and Julia Peyton — destined to be caught in a tangled web of obsession, revenge, and unruly passion. Wealthy California oil magnate Victor Banning also lost his son and daughter-in-law that night, an accident caused by his own selfish actions and dark secrets. Afterward, Victor aspires to raise their sons Jud and Cale to be just like him: hungry predators in a dog-eat-dog world…until years later, everything changes when they meet Laurel Peyton. (read a sample chapter)

The whole world over / Julia Glass
(read a sample chapter)
Greenie Duquette lavishes most of her passionate energy on her Greenwich Village bakery and her young son. Her husband, Alan, seems to have fallen into a midlife depression, while Walter, her closest professional ally, is nursing a broken heart. At Walter’s restaurant, the visiting governor of New Mexico tastes Greenie’s coconut cake and decides to woo her away to be his chef. For reasons both ambitious and desperate, she accepts–heading west without her husband. This impulsive decision, along with events beyond Greenie’s control, will change the course of several lives around her.

[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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