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Oct/Nov 2017 Collection Spotlight

Here are some great titles for your reading and viewing pleasure as selected by the staff of Collection Development Services. Selections include children’s picture books and fiction setting out to solve wildlife mysteries and orphans living on an island with each passing year, one leaves and one arrives. Nonfiction for kids include biographies on scientists and inventors as well as a graphic novel of a girl whose parents work at a Renaissance Faire. Watch two documentaries about the Voyager space missions and how close we are to an energy revolution. Teen fiction selections include a parallel world to His Dark Materials and the beginnings of a potential war between two civilizations. Adult fiction titles take a look at the Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge and prewar Budapest. Adult nonfiction titles discuss the history/future of the Mustang horse, a collection of Bob Ross’s paintings, and Diane Keaton’s home décor. Spanish Nonfiction titles include the stories of the Dreamers and how to lose your emotional weight.

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 Whobert Whoever, Owl Detective book jacket

Whobert Whoever, Owl Detective by Jason Gallaher

When Whobert Whover, owl detective finds Perry the possum lying still on the ground, he sets out to determine who is responsible for his condition and questions the nearby wildlife.

Picture Book

 What Are You Waiting For? book jacket

What Are You Waiting For? by Scott Menchin

When he finds his rabbit friend outside waiting for something, badger is given clues as to what it is, eventually figuring out they are waiting to see the moon appear.

Picture Book

 Orphan Island book jacket

Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder

On an island where one child is delivered each year while the eldest is taken away, nine children live under the leadership of new elder Jinny, who trains the latest newcomer and wonders what will happen when her own departure occurs. Also available in: eBook and audiobook.

Children's Fiction

 The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin book jacket

The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin by Julia Finely Mosca

If you've ever felt different or that you don't quite fit in, there's a name you should know. When Dr. Temple Grandin was young, she was diagnosed with autism, no one expected her to talk, let alone become one of the most powerful voices in modern science. Yet, the determined visual thinker did just that. Her unique mind allowed her to connect with animals in a special way, helping her invent groundbreaking improvements for farms around the globe!

Children's Nonfiction

 Insane Inventors book jacket

Insane Inventors by Stephanie Bearce

Nikola Tesla was crazy smart. He invented the idea for cell phones in 1893, discovered alternating current, and invented a death ray gun. Of course, he also talked to pigeons, ate only boiled food, and was scared of women who wore jewelry. He was an insane inventor. So was Henry Cavendish, who discovered hydrogen, calculated the density of the Earth, and was so scared of people that he had to write notes to communicate. Sir Isaac Newton discovered the laws of gravity, believed in magic, and thought he could make a potion to create gold. These stories may sound twisted, but they're all true tales from science!

Children's Nonfiction

 All's Faire in Middle School book jacket

All's Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson

Eleven-year-old Imogene (Impy) has grown up with two parents working at the Renaissance Faire, and she's eager to begin her own training as a squire. First, though, she'll need to prove her bravery. Luckily Impy has just the quest in mind--she'll go to public school after a life of being homeschooled! But it's not easy to act like a noble knight-in-training in middle school. Impy has always thought of herself as a heroic knight, but when she does something really mean in order to fit in, she begins to wonder whether she might be more of a dragon after all. Also available in: eBook.

Children's Nonfiction

 The Farthest - Voyager in Space book jacket

The Farthest - Voyager in Space

Launched in 1977, NASA's epic Voyager missions revolutionized our understanding of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and their spectacular moons and rings. In 2012, Voyager One left our solar system and ushered humanity into the interstellar age.


 An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power book jacket

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

A decade after An Inconvenient Truth brought climate change into the heart of popular culture comes the follow-up that shows just how close people are to a real energy revolution.


 The Book of Dust book jacket

The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman

A highly anticipated latest series set in the parallel world of His Dark Materials begins 10 years before the events of The Golden Compass and centers on the early childhood of Lyra, her daemon Pantalaimon, and the struggle between totalitarians and supporters of free speech. Also available in: eBook and eAudiobook.

Teen Fiction

 Strange Fire book jacket

Strange Fire by Tommy Wallach

Clive and Clover Hamill, sons of a well-respected Descendant minister, discover a community intent on rediscovering the blasphemous technologies of the past, setting into motion a holy war that will endanger their relationship and humanity itself.

Teen Fiction

 Dogs at the Perimeter book jacket

Dogs at the Perimeter by Madeleine Thien

Set in Cambodia during the regime of the Khmer Rouge and in present day Montreal, Dogs at the Perimeter tells the story of Janie, who as a child experiences the terrible violence carried out by the Khmer Rouge and loses everything she holds dear. Three decades later, Janie has relocated to Montreal, although the scars of her past remain visible. Also available in: eBook.

Adult Fiction

 Katalin Street book jacket

Katalin Street by Magda Szabó

In prewar Budapest three families live side by side on gracious Katalin Street, their lives closely intertwined. A game is played by the four children in which Bálint, the promising son of the Major, invariably chooses Irén Elekes, the headmaster's dutiful elder daughter, over her younger sister, the scatterbrained Blanka, and little Henriette Held, the daughter of the Jewish dentist. Their lives are torn apart in 1944 by the German occupation, which only the Elekes family survives intact. The postwar regime relocates them to a cramped Soviet-style apartment and they struggle to come to terms with social and political change, personal loss, and unstated feelings of guilt over the deportation of the Held parents and the death of little Henriette, who had been left in their protection. But the girl survives in a miasmal afterlife, and reappears at key moments as a mute witness to the inescapable power of past events. Also available in: eBook.

Adult Fiction

 Wild Horse Country: The History, Myth, and Future of the Mustang book jacket

Wild Horse Country: The History, Myth, and Future of the Mustang by David Philipps

New York Times reporter David Philipps traces the rich history of wild horses in America and investigates the shocking dilemma they face in our own time. Here is the grand story of the horse: from its prehistoric debut in North America to its reintroduction by Spanish conquistadors and its spread through the epic battles between native tribes and settlers during the days of the Wild West. Traveling through remote parts of the American West, Philipps also reveals the wild horse’s current crisis, with tens of thousands of horses being held in captivity by the federal government, and free horses caught between the clashing ideals of ranchers, animal rights activists, scientists, and government officials. Wild Horse Country is a powerful blend of history and contemporary reporting that vividly reveals the majesty and plight of an American icon, while pointing a way forward that will preserve this icon for future generations. Also available in: eBook.

Adult Nonfiction

 Bob Ross: The Joy of Painting book jacket

Bob Ross: The Joy of Painting by Bob Ross

Known for incorporating “happy little” clouds, mountains, and trees in paintings he would create in just twenty-six television minutes, Bob Ross had an encouraging and soothing demeanor that made his instructional television shows the most recognized and watched in television history. Ross created nearly 30,000 paintings in his lifetime, most using the wet-on-wet method employed by Caravaggio, Cézanne, and Monet. This fully authorized collection of more than 300 pieces of his art features his most famous quotes about painting and life, including “And success with painting leads to success with many things. It carries over into every part of your life” as well as techniques that will inspire readers to create their own art.

Adult Nonfiction

 The House That Pinterest Built book jacket

The House That Pinterest Built by Diane Keaton and Lisa Romerein

At once a style guide, an inspirational tome, and a how-to volume on creating one’s home, this book will serve as a go-to reference for all those seeking to spur their own creativity as they embark on the creation of home. When Diane Keaton decided that she wanted to build her own home from the ground up she took the advice of her dear friend, film director Nancy Meyers, and took to the boards of Pinterest to find inspiration. There she discovered the practical and the fantastical, elements and styles long adored and ones that she never knew she was drawn to. Filled with ideas that reveal a personal yet engaging aesthetic, this volume includes compelling photos from Keaton’s past homes and those she admires, as well as a multitude of details from every corner of those spaces and objects that excite and inspire the house designer and dreamer—dramatic staircases and magical light fixtures, film stills and book covers, pottery and art—drawn from the visual treasure trove known as Pinterest and Keaton’s private collection, as she creates and designs her newest house.

Adult Nonfiction

 Nosotros Los Dreamers book jacket

Nosotros Los Dreamers by Josefina Vazquez Mota

A compilation of testimonies from Dreamers and of the purpose and life goals they wish to accomplish. Una recopilación de testimonios de soñadores y del propósito y metas de vida que desean lograr.

Spanish Nonfiction

 Dime Qué Comes y Te Diré Qué Sientes book jacket

Dime Qué Comes y Te Diré Qué Sientes by Alejandro Chabán

Alejandro shares the seven essential steps to losing emotional weight that will help to transform your physical well-being. Alejandro comparte los siete pasos esenciales para perder peso emocional que ayudará a transformar tu bienestar físico.

Spanish Nonfiction