A highly unlikely scenario, or a Neetsa Pizza employee's guide to saving the world
Jul 9, 2014 - Jul 12, 2014
"With the publication of A Highly Unlikely Scenario, Rachel Cantor joins the ranks of authors who are able to turn philosophical concepts into whiz-bang plots, and make them funny as well . . . If you've read and enjoyed China Mieville, Nick Harkaway, Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett or Ernest Cline, you'll wnat to take this out for a spin.
You don't have to own binoculars and know a bunch of fancy Latin names to watch birds! No matter where you live, they're in your neighborhood -- just look up. This conversational, humorous introduction to bird-watching encourages kids to get outdoors with a sketchbook and really look around. Quirky full-color illustrations portray dozens of birds chatting about their distinctive characteristics,
The true story of Enrique, a teenager from Honduras, who sets out on a journey, braving hardship and peril, to find his mother, who had no choice but to leave him when he was a child and go to the United States in search of work. "A heartwrenching account. Provides a human face, both beautiful and scarred, for the undocumented. A must read." (Kirkus Reviews)
Bold and exuberant pictures show the planting of a family garden. Bulbs, seeds, and seedlings grow into a brilliant rainbow of colorful flowers that are picked and carried home. And next year, a rainbow can grow all over again!
"In her debut novel, Ingrid Thoft gives us Fina Ludlow, the newest private eye to prowl Boston's mean streets. Fina returns the female detective to the heart of the hard-boiled tradition: hard-drinking, hard-loving, moody. Writer Ingrid Thoft has given her a dysfunctional extended family that rivals the Ewings of" Dallas "fame, which adds a dimension not often seen in the PI novel." (Sara Paretsky)
Robin "Birdy" Perry, a new army recruit from Harlem, isn't quite sure why he joined the army, but he's sure where he's headed: Iraq. Birdy and the others in the Civilian Affairs Battalion are supposed to help secure and stabilize the country and successfully interact with the Iraqi people. Officially, the code name for their maneuvers is Operation Iraqi Freedom. But the young men and women in the CA unit have a simpler name for it: WAR. Walter Dean Myers, an award-winning and beloved author of books for teen and children died on July 1.
Unbroken : a World War II story of survival, resilience, and redemption
Jul 3, 2014 - Jul 6, 2014
Louis Zamperini, the hero of Unbroken, has died at age 97 of pneumonia. Hillenbrand brilliantly captured his life story. "Unbroken is too much book to hope for: a hellride of a story in the grip of the one writer who can handle it. . . . When it comes to courage, charisma, and impossible adventure, few will ever match "the boy terror of Torrance" and few but the author of Seabiscuit could tell his tale with such humanity and dexterity." (Christopher McDougall) Angelina Jolie's movie adaptation will be released in December.
From Batali comes this full-color handbook on Italian grilling filled with simple recipes for pizza, fish, poultry, meat, and vegetables. "Ingenious....this is an essential collection for any serious backyard cook." (Publishers Weekly)
Beginning with a beautiful close-up of a "big" ladybug, this book artfully depicts the concept of scale. The book zooms out from the bug, to a flower, to a cow, all the way to an expansive spread of sky. Then Henry Cole masterfully zooms back in from that sky, to a tree, to a house, to a window, all the way to the end where an adorable dog is taking a "little" nap.
Peter Spier's meticulously researched pictorial history of the War of 1812 and our national anthem. The Caldecott Medal winner has set some of his finest illustrations to the words of the national anthem, capturing its dramatic story in glowing, colorful images.
"A fantastic premise, frenetic action sequences and a stellar setting would all set apart this debut novel by [Sam] Eastland. . . . What elevates this Russian period thriller . . . is its mad, brilliant hero." (Kirkus Reviews)
Gardening lab for kids : 52 fun experiments to learn, grow, harvest, make, play, and enjoy your garden
Brown, Renata Fossen.
Jun 29, 2014 - Jul 2, 2014
A refreshing source of ideas to help your children learn to grow their own garden, this book encourages families to enjoy nature. It features 52 fun and creative plant-related activities set into weekly lessons.
Recovering from a difficult divorce and having problems with her daughter, Shelby accepts a summer job cooking at a family-run dude ranch. She hopes the animals will be just what her daughter, Lizzie, needs. Little does she know that ranch life will work some healing magic on her too.
A stunning, edgy debut with a modern sleuth taking on the darkness below L.A.'s surface with razor-sharp wit. When Luke asks Juniper Song to investigate a possible affair between his father and a young paralegal, Juniper finds an opportunity to play detective. "Cha's debut updates Marlowe's dark and dangerous LA to modern times while keeping the quirky characters and a twisty mystery that will hold readers to the bitter end." (Kirkus Reviews)
What happens when a group of Tribeca high school kids go in for flu shots . . . and end up being able to read each others' minds? "Filled with heartbreak, hilarity, and some brutal truths, Mlynowski's novel will leave readers thinking about the gaps between our private and public selves and the lies we tell others and ourselves." (Publishers Weekly)