Iris Carne's tranquil life is shattered when a letter summons memories from her bittersweet past: her first love, her best friend and the tragendy that changed everything. Iris, a young Australian nurse, travels to France during World War I to bring home her 15 year old brother who ran away to enlist. She is convinced by a charismatic doctor to establish a field hospital entirely staffed by women.
Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home through new eyes. When Ruby arrives, change comes with her, and it's up to Ivan to make it a change for the better. "Will capture readers' hearts and never let go. A must have." (School Library Journal)
Chiaverini illuminates the extraordinary friendship between Mary Todd Lincoln and Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley, a former slave who won her freedom by the skill of her needle, and the friendship of the First Lady by her devotion.
Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles: America's First Black Paratroopers
Stone, Tanya Lee
Feb 3, 2014 - Feb 6, 2014
Tanya Lee Stone examines the role of African Americans in the military through the lens of the untold story of the Triple Nickles as they became America's first black paratroopers and fought a little-known World War II attack on the American West by the Japanese.
The invention of Hugo Cabret : a novel in words and pictures
Feb 3, 2014 - Feb 5, 2014
Orphan, clock keeper, thief: Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. Combining elements of picture book, graphic novel, and film, Caldecott Honor artist Selznick breaks open the novel form to create an entirely new reading experience in this intricate, tender, and spellbinding mystery.
Sage Singer becomes friends with an old man who's particularly beloved in her community. One day he asks Sage for a favor: to kill him. Sage begins to question the assumptions and expectations she's made about her life and her family. When does a moral choice become a moral imperative? And where does one draw the line between punishment and justice, forgiveness and mercy?
Soon after Anna Pigeon joins the famed wolf study team of Isle Royale National Park, giant wolf prints are found, and a female member of the team is savaged. Anna is convinced they are being stalked. "There's plenty of drama, too, as Anna finds herself alone and in danger more than once, but what many readers return to this series for is Anna herself, strong, funny, perceptive, and well aware that she is a small part of a dynamic, ever-changing natural world." (Booklist)
This fact-filled Rookie Read-About book introduces the youngest readers to the festivities and history of Groundhog Day. Colorful photos and very simple nonfiction text encourage children to read on their own as they take an in-depth look at this uniquely American celebration..
Tacky's an odd bird, or Penguin rather, who likes to do splashy cannonballs and greet his companions with a loud "What's happening?" In fact, he's something of an eccentric, which his fellow penguins find somewhat bothersome until his odd behavior saves the day!
Tipped off by a determined ex-colleague on a desperate quest to find her birth mother, Boston newspaper reporter Jane Ryland begins to suspect that the agency is engaging in the ultimate betrayal--reuniting birth parents with the wrong children. Jane teams up with Detective Jake Brogan on an investigation that takes them deep into the heart of a foster care system in crisis and threatens to blow the lid off an adoption agency scandal. "What a wonderful heroine! Anyone who loves smart, multi-dimensional characters will fall for Jane Ryland... " (Louise Penny)
Little Maomao s father works in faraway places and comes home just once a year, for Chinese New Year. At first Maomao barely recognizes him, but before long the family is happily making sticky rice balls, listening to firecrackers, and watching the dragon dance in the streets below. Papa gets a haircut, makes repairs to the house, and hides a lucky coin for Maomao to find. A "New York Times" Best Illustrated Children's Book of 2011.
An impossible-to-put-down espionage thriller written by a CIA insider. In today's Russia, a state intelligence officer begins a fatal double life, recruited by the CIA to ferret out a high-level traitor in Washington; hunt down a Russian illegal buried deep in the U.S. military and, against all odds, to return to Moscow as a spy.
Abiyoyo : based on a South African lullaby and folk story
Jan 28, 2014 - Jan 31, 2014
Pete Seeger's timeless tale of magic, music, and a hungry giant is now available with a full-length audio CD that includes two different performances of the Abiyoyo story song--one recorded as a gentle lullaby in 1958, and the other a rousing concert version from 1980.
When Mark Doty decides to adopt a dog as a companion for his dying partner, he brings home Beau, a large, malnourished golden retriever in need of loving care. Joining Arden, the black retriever, to complete their family, Beau bounds back into life. ""Evocative, compassionate, a love story both intimate and grand, this is a beautiful book." (Amy Hempel)