Library Column for November 10, 2023

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The library is closed Friday and Saturday, November 10 and 11 in observance of Veterans’ Day. Have a great hunting season with lots of time to enjoy reading great (or at least fun) books. There are some really great books being released this fall for all ages. Today I want to focus on juvenile titles and end with some of the new holiday titles available.

Peter Brown, author of The Wild Robot just released the third book in that series called The Wild Robot Protects. He talks about not planning to write a third book in the afterward, but the story wouldn’t leave him alone, so there you are, we get to continue reading about Roz, the wild robot. Kate DiCamillo has a new book in what might be the start of a new series called “Norendy Tales,” about five puppets trapped in a trunk who bicker and boast but also comfort one another in The Puppets of Spelhorst. Alebrijes by Donna Barba Higuera is another vivid story about remnants of humanity left after disaster and their struggles, hopes, and dreams. Her first juvenile novel was The Last Cuentista which was stunning. I am so looking forward to reading this one.

Imagine Arthur Conan Doyle as a boy being given an opportunity to attend the elite Baskerville Hall school for gifted children in The Improbable Tales of Baskerville Hall by Ali Standish. This is a fun adventurous mystery of three friends trying to understand their world and prove themselves worthy. Eoin Colfer is the author of the wonderful Artemis Fowl series and has just released a gorgeous tale with beautiful illustrations by P. J. Lynch called Three Tasks for A Dragon. A prince is tricked into embarking on a dangerous journey after his father’s death by an ill-tempered dragon to rescue a maiden, who may just have to save them all as they didn’t know about the dark magic that manipulates them all.

Have you ever wondered where the apples Granny Smith got their name? I hadn’t thought about it much, but was delighted to read Granny Smith was Not and Apple by Sarah Glenn Fortson and learn the history of the apple.

Who tells the stories in your family? Do they ever have stories told about them? Zora, the story keeper by Ebony Joy Wilkins and Dare Coulter is a beautiful story of memories and family.

Quickly, here are six new holiday offerings with four by well-known authors. Linda Lael Miller wrote Christmas in Painted Pony Creek. Fern Michaels tells the story of Santa and Company in her newest, David Rosenfelt continues dog stories with Twas the Bite Before Christmas and Jenny Colgan delights us with Midnight at the Christmas Bookshop. Jenny Bayliss seems to really like holiday stories with A December to Remember her third and Sarah Morgan knows how to entice readers with the title The Book Club Hotel about the young widow running the hotel and three friends who check in for a bookclub holiday.

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