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Aug/Sept 2017 Collection Spotlight

Here are some great titles for your reading and listening pleasure as selected by the staff of Collection Development Services. Highlights include children’s fiction selections feature a picture book about an elephant and a little girl on her family’s moving day and novel about an autistic 5th grader entering his school’s science fair. Children’s nonfiction selections include a Ninjago story and history of the Voyager space probes. Listen to two fiction audiobooks in the world of Queen Elizabeth I. Teen fiction selections include a new duology about a thief who steals a spell book in order to save magical people in New York and another about a girl who has a song written about her. Adult fiction selections feature a former teen detective club who reunite as adults to solve a terrifying cold case and another about fantastical Chicago as Armageddon approaches. Nonfiction readers will learn about the extraterrestrial technologies of the Maya and other ancient cultures, a history of the Mexican-American War, and how to make everyday objects into smart machines using Javascript. Our Spanish nonfiction selections are two biographies of Juan Gabriel on his one year anniversary of his passing.

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 Ella Who? book jacket

Ella Who? by Linda Ashman

When an elephant slips indoors while her family packs on moving day, a little girl tries to bring the unusual guest's arrival to her busy parents' attention while experiencing a range of wacky adventures.

Picture Book

 Superstar book jacket

Superstar by Mandy Davis

Enrolling in public school after years of homeschooling, Lester, a mildly autistic fifth-grader, struggles to adapt and manage symptoms before becoming eager to win a science fair, discovering an unexpected truth along the way. Also available in: eBook.

Children's Fiction

 Shark Attack! book jacket

Shark Attack! by Julia March

Prepare for Battle with Garmadon's shark army! Meet Lord Garmadon. He is the baddest villain in Ninjago City. Learn about his shark army and their wicked weapons and discover Garmadon's evil plans. Can the ninja defeat them? Perfect for 3-5 year olds learning to read.

Children's Nonfiction

 Voyager's Greatest Hits: The Epic Trek to Interstellar Space book jacket

Voyager's Greatest Hits: The Epic Trek to Interstellar Space by Alexandra Siy

2017 marks the 40th anniversary of the Voyager mission as the twin space probes that traveled to Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, now journey beyond our solar system into interstellar space, where no probe has ventured before. Learn the fascinating story of the scientists, how the Voyager probes work, where the probes have been and what they've seen, and what they carry on board--including the Golden Record, a recording of sounds and images about life on Earth. Also available in: eBook.

Children's Nonfiction

 A Column of Fire book jacket

A Column of Fire by Ken Follett

In 1558 power in England shifts precariously between Catholics & Protestants. Ned Willard wants to marry Margery Fitzgerald. The lovers soon find themselves on opposing sides of the religious divide, as Ned is a sworn agent to Elizabeth I. Over a turbulent half century, the love between Ned and Margery seems doomed as extremism sparks violence from Edinburgh to Geneva. Also available in: eBook and eAudiobook.

Audiobook on CD

 The Last Tudor book jacket

The Last Tudor by Philippa Gregory

Sisters Lady Jane Grey, Lady Katherine Grey, Lady Mary Grey - 3 sisters who live at the pleasure of their cousin Elizabeth the First. As potential heirs (and possible rivals) to the Crown each struggles to live life on their own terms. What will happen when the last Tudors defiy the ruthless and unforgiving Queen Elizabeth? Also available in: eBook and eAudiobook.

Audiobook on CD

 The Last Magician book jacket

The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

Raised to steal magical artifacts from a sinister Order that traps people in a magical New York, thief Esta uses her time-manipulating abilities to travel back to 1902 to steal an ancient spell book that a wizard plans to use to destroy all magic-wielding people. This new duology is recommended for fans of The Night Circus. Also available in: eBook and eAudiobook.

Teen Fiction

 Who's That Girl book jacket

Who's That Girl by Blair Thornburgh

Living life under the radar with her gay-straight alliance friends, junior Nattie McCullough reevaluates her shared history with a musician who writes a chart-topping song about her before she falls for a close friend and becomes the subject of media gossip. This debut is a fun beach read. Also available in: eBook.

Teen Fiction

 Meddling Kids book jacket

Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero

The surviving members of a forgotten teen detective club and their dog reunite as broken adults to embark on an effort to solve a terrifying cold case that ruined them all and sent the wrong man to prison. A nostalgic and subversive trip rife with sly nods to H. P. Lovecraft and pop culture, this Blyton Summer Detective Club Adventure is a strikingly original and dazzling reminder of the fun and adventure we can discover at the heart of our favorite stories, no matter how old we get. Star Review. Also available in: eBook and eAudiobook.

Adult Fiction

 Talon of God book jacket

Talon of God by Wesley Snips and Ray Norman

A holy warrior, Talon Hunter, in a fantastical Chicago must convince Lauryn Jefferson, a young doctor with no faith, to help stop a powerful demon and his minions from establishing a hell on Earth. Get ready. Armageddon approaches. The acclaimed actor makes his fiction debut with this enthralling urban fantasy. Star Review. Also available in: eBook and eAudiobook.

Adult Fiction

 Astronaut Gods of the Maya: Extraterrestrial Technologies in the Temples and Sculptures book jacket

Astronaut Gods of the Maya: Extraterrestrial Technologies in the Temples and Sculptures by Erich Von Daniken

Sharing more than 200 never-before-published full-color photographs from his personal archives, bestselling author Erich von Däniken provides clear evidence of ancient alien contact and technology among the archaeological sites of the Maya as well as other ancient cultures, such as the Aztecs and the Hindus. He explains how, with no explanation for their technologies and origins, the Maya interpreted the visitors as divine and, thus, the “gods” were born. Also available in: eBook.

Adult Nonfiction

 The Dead March: A History of the Mexican-American War book jacket

The Dead March: A History of the Mexican-American War by Peter Guardino

Focusing on ordinary Mexicans and Americans, Peter Guardino offers a clearer picture than we have ever had of the brief, bloody war that redrew the map of North America. He shows how dramatically U.S. forces underestimated Mexicans’ patriotism, fierce resistance, and bitter resentment of American claims to national and racial superiority. Having regarded the United States as a sister republic, Mexicans were shocked by the scope of America’s expansionist ambitions, and their fierce resistance surprised U.S. political and military leaders, who had expected a quick victory with few casualties. As the fighting intensified over the course of two years, it claimed the lives of thousands of Americans and at least twice as many Mexicans, including many civilians.

Adult Nonfiction

 Making Things Smart: East Embedded Javascript Programming for Making Everyday Objects into Intelligent Machines book jacket

Making Things Smart: East Embedded Javascript Programming for Making Everyday Objects into Intelligent Machines by Gordon F. Williams

Welcome Skynet! "Making Things Smart" teaches the fundamentals of the powerful ARM microcontroller by walking beginners and experienced users alike through easily assembled projects comprised of inexpensive, hardware-store parts. Projects in this book include: Making a printer, IR receiver, plotter, and a simple robot. Also available in: eBook.

Adult Nonfiction

 Juan Gabriel: un amor eterno book jacket

Juan Gabriel: un amor eterno by Martha Figueroa

Juan Gabriel gave voice to our feelings with unforgettable songs that now are part of our identity as Mexicans. In his career he worked with great personalities who today, as a tribute, share anecdotes and exclusive photographs with the most beloved idol of our popular music. Juan Gabriel le dio voz a nuestros sentimientos con canciones inolvidables que ahora forman parte de nuestra identidad como mexicanos. En su trayectoria trabajó con grandes personalidades que hoy, a manera de homenaje, comparten anécdotas y fotografías exclusivas con el ídolo más querido de nuestra música popular. Also available in: eBook.


 Juan Gabriel: Lo que se ve no se pregunta book jacket

Juan Gabriel: Lo que se ve no se pregunta by Braulito Peralta

This biography pays tribute to the legendary Mexican singer on the one year anniversary of his death. Esta biografía es un tributo al legendario cantante mexicano en el primer anivesario de su muerte.