February New Books
Amulet. Book nine, Waverider
Kibuishi, Kazu, 1978- author, illustrator
After her confrontation with Ikol, Emily finally understands the stone's power and what she must do to defend Alledia from the shadows. As she travels to Typhon to help her mom and Navin, Prince Trellis returns to the Kingdom of the Elves to save his countrymen--and confront the fraud who has seized power in the absence of a king. The threat of darkness follows all Stonekeepers closely, and it will take the strength of both new friends and old foes to conquer it ... and survive.
Archibald Finch and the curse of the phoenix
Guyon, Michel, author
A hunt for clues, golems, and Marodors unearths some shocking answers and hard truths as Archibald and his companions embark on yet another daring journey that tests each of them in different ways.
The Baby-sitters Club. 15, Claudia and the bad joke : a graphic novel
Nopra, Arley, author, illustrator
While baby-sitting for practical joker Betsy Sobak, Claudia breaks her leg as a result of one of Betsy's pranks and wants to quit the club, prompting Kristy and the other baby-sitters to teach Betsy a lesson.
Banano Renard et la société secrète surette. 1
Kochalka, James, auteur, illustrateur
Le grand détective Banano Renard reprend ses fonctions pour tenter de trouver une tortue disparue. Mais plus il cherche, plus il trouve… et c’est pire que ce qu’il pensait! La Société secrète surette est de retour, et elle prépare tout un tas d’embûches. Banano Renard et son acolyte, Lampe de poche, seront-ils capables de mettre un terme à la Société secrète surette de façon définitive?
The boy with the star tattoo : a novel
Carner, Talia, author
1942: as the Vichy government hunts for Jews across France, Claudette Pelletier falls in love with a Jewish man. When the Nazis invade shortly after the birth of her child, Claudette is forced to make a heartbreaking choice of leaving her baby behind. 1968: Israeli naval officer Daniel Yarden recruits Sharon Bloomenthal for a secret naval operation. Sharon suspects that Danny's past may reflect that of her mysterious late mother and she sets out to track her boss' extraordinary journey as an orphan - where she is wholly unprepared for the dilemma she must face upon solving the puzzle.
Cat Kid Comic Club. Volume 5, Influencers
Pilkey, Dav, 1966-, author, illustrator
The Cat Kid Comic Club is in crisis! After learning that one of their comics will be published, the baby frogs are filled with anxiety and doubt. How will they get their creative groove back? Will Naomi or Melvin emerge as a leader? Will Flippy convince them to finally straighten up and fly right?
Didn't see that coming
Sutanto, Jesse Q., author
"A rom com about a gamer girl with a secret identity and the online bestie she's never met IRL--until she unwittingly transfers to his school"-- Provided by publisher.
Baldacci, David, author
Dropped by his handlers into a small coastal town in Maine to solve the murder of a CIA agent who knew America's dirtiest secrets -- can Travis Devine uncover the truth before his time runs out? When CIA operative Jenny Sikwell is murdered in rural Maine, government officials have immediate concerns over national security. Her laptop and phone were full of state secrets that, in the wrong hands, endanger the lives of countless operatives. In need of someone who can solve the murder quickly and retrieve the missing information, the U.S. government knows just the chameleon they can call on. Ex-Army Ranger Travis Devine spent his time in the military preparing to take on any scenario, followed by his short-lived business career chasing shadows in the deepest halls of power, so his analytical mind makes him particularly well-suited for complex, high-stakes tasks. Taking down the world's largest financial conspiracy proved his value, and in comparison, this case looks straightforward. Except small towns hold secrets and Devine finds himself an outsider again. Devine must ingratiate himself with locals who have trusted each other their whole lives, and who distrust outsiders just as much. Dak, Jenny's brother, who's working to revitalize the town. Earl, the retired lobsterman who found Jenny's body. And Alex, Jenny's sister with a dark past of her own. As Devine gets to know the residents of Potter, Maine, answers seem to appear and then transform into more questions. There's a long history of secrets and those who will stop at nothing to keep them from being exposed. Leaving Devine with no idea who he can trust... and who wants him dead." -- Provided by publisher.
How to win at chess : the ultimate guide for beginners and beyond
Rozman, Levy, author
"Clever and informative, How to Win at Chess teaches you everything you need to know about the game, including all the important moves and strategies to start off strong and keep you thinking several steps ahead. Full of Levy Rozman's signature charm and humor that have made him beloved by millions of fans, the first half of this unique guide introduces rising players (0-800 Elo rating) to the four key areas to consider when playing chess--openings, endings, tactics, and strategy--and the second half builds upon these core skills for more experienced players (800-1300 Elo rating). Brimming with practical and easy-to-follow tips for improving your game, How to Win at Chess includes over 500 instructional gameplay illustrations to help you better visualize the board, as well as chapter-specific QR codes for exclusive bonus content on Chessly, Rozman's teaching platform. Whether you want to become a recreational chess player or are training to be a Grandmaster, How to Win at Chess is the perfect interactive introduction to the world of chess!"-- Provided by publisher.
Roberts, Nora, author
1806: Astrid Poole sits in her bridal clothes, overwhelmed with happiness. But before her marriage can be consummated, she is murdered, and the circle of gold torn from her finger. Her last words are a promise to Collin never to leave him... Graphic designer Sonya MacTavish is stunned to learn that her late father had a twin he never knew about--and that her newly discovered uncle, Collin Poole, has left her almost everything he owned, including a majestic Victorian house on the Maine coast, which the will stipulates she must live in it for at least three years. Her engagement recently broken, she sets off to find out why the boys were separated at birth--and why it was all kept secret until a genealogy website brought it to light. Trey, the young lawyer who greets her at the sprawling clifftop manor, notes Sonya's unease--and acknowledges that yes, the place is haunted...but just a little.
La société secrète des superhéros
Fridolfs, Derek, auteur
Fréquenter une nouvelle école n'est pas chose facile surtout lorsque l'on se nomme Bruce Wayne et que l'école en question est l'académie Doomvale. Une bande de farceurs sillonnent les couloirs, une brute nommée Bane cherche toujours la bagarre, et le directeur Hugo Strange semble très, très étrange. Ce roman original relate les péripéties du jeune Bruce Wayne et de ses amis Clark (Superman) et Diana (Wonder Woman) alors qu'ils mettent sur pied une agence de détectives. Ensemble, ils épient leurs enseignants et découvrent ce qui se cache derrière les portes closes. Le livre est présenté sous forme de bande dessinée, de journal intime et de gribouillis.
Le lien invisible
Karst, Patrice, auteur
« Quand nos animaux ne sont plus là, un lien invisible relie nos coeurs ensemble pour toujours. » C’est ce qu’Émilie, l’amie de Zack, lui dit pour le réconforter après la mort de son chien, mais Zack ne la croit pas. Il ne croit qu’aux choses qu’il peut voir. Toutefois, lors d’un périple révélateur dans son quartier, et à travers son deuil, il en vient à ressentir l’effet réconfortant du lien invisible. Et cet effet ressemble à de l’amour.
Moondance : The last honest woman and Dance to the piper : two novels in one
Roberts, Nora, author.
The last honest woman : Abigail O'Hurley Rockwell's husband was a racing car legend, winning championships with a fearless skill and speed that claimed his life in a tragic and--some would say--reckless crash. Heartbroken, Abby wants nothing more than to raise her two sons in peace, but journalist Dylan Crosby is penning a book about her infamous husband's life, determined to expose the man's hidden past. But Abby is not a spoiled trophy wife Dylan can easily charm. She is a woman of integrity and mystery, desperate to keep him at arm's length--even as their desires for one another are on an unalterable collision course.
A Nantucket affair
Kelley, Pamela M., author
Mia Maxwell used to have her dream job. She is a sought after wedding planner on Nantucket, with no shortage of business. But she is struggling a bit to get back to loving her job. It has been bittersweet to plan other people's weddings--ever since her own fiance died two weeks before their wedding. That was a year ago and she was just starting to feel better, when she came back from a vacation to find her house burned down. So she will be staying with Lisa at the Beach Plum Cove Inn for a while, until her house is renovated. Mia's also worried about her younger sister and best friend Izzy--she has a serious boyfriend who has grown more controlling over the past year. As it turns out, there are several member of the Hodges family that may be in need of Mia's services--she'll be planning not one but two weddings. There are a few road bumps along the way however. Lisa has another long-term guest that she eagerly introduces to Mia. She finds this temporary neighbor equally intriguing and frustrating and she makes it clear that she's not even close to ready to date. She's not sure if she ever will be. -- page 4 of cover
Never pop a penguin!
Lynch, Stuart (Illustrator), illustrator
You must never pop a penguin...except in this book! Meet the winter animals and enjoy pressing their tummies...if you dare!
Never touch the stinky piglets
Lynch, Stuart (Illustrator), illustrator
"You must never touch the stinky piglets ... except in this book! Five stinky piglets are on a smelly adventure! Join in by counting down from five, and have fun touching the bumpy piglets ... in you dare!"--Page 4 cover.
Pokémon. Underwater mission : 2 graphic adventures
Whitehill, Simcha, author.
Featuring two full-color graphic stories, this action-packed volume finds Ash, Goh and their Pokémon pals under the sea on a trial mission for Project Mew, while Team Rocket are yet again plagued by bad luck as they go on a wild chase after Pelipper.
The stones of Ailsa Craig : a novel
Florig, David S., author
"Confucius once said, "Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves." Confucius was wrong. A widower at just fifty years old, one lost, lonely, and increasingly obsessed man seemingly finds salvation in the ancient Scottish sport of curling, until it unexpectedly takes him down a much different and darker path. A path through present-day Belfast, Maine; 1880s Scotland; and to the remote, volcanic island of Ailsa Craig, home to the finest curling stone granite in the world and former home to tens of thousands of marauding brown rats. A path that was revealed to him after seeing a single, 130-year-old black-and-white photograph of the beautiful Darcie Ross from Glasgow. What else could he do but embrace what surely must be his calling after seeing that picture and finally learning the truth?"
Meuse, Theresa, 1958-, author
It's early July, and for Matthew and his Auntie that means one thing: time to go sweetgrass picking. This year, Matthew's younger cousin Warren is coming along, and it will be his first time visiting the shoreline where the sweetgrass grows. With Auntie's traditional Mi'kmaw knowledge and Matthew's gentle guidance, Warren learns about the many uses for sweetgrass--as traditional medicine, a sacred offering, a smudging ingredient--and the importance of not picking more than he needs. Once the trio is back at Auntie's house, she shows the boys how to clean and braid the grass.
Clare, Cassandra, author
In the vibrant city-state of Castellane, the richest of nobles and the most debauched of criminals have one thing in common: the constant search for wealth, power, and the next hedonistic thrill. Kel is a Sword-Catcher - the body-double of a royal heir, Prince Conor Aurelian. Lin Caster is one of the Ashkar, a small community who still possess magical abilities. After a failed assassination attempt brings Lin and Kel together, they find themselves caught in a web of forbidden love, dangerous magic, and dark secrets that could change the world forever.
The talk of Coyote Canyon
Novak, Brenda, author
With her piercings, tattoos and spiky blond hair, Ellen Truesdale doesn't quite fit in with the other folks in Coyote Canyon--and that's just fine with her. She's only here to put her father out of business, as payback for abandoning her when she was young. Or is she more interested in finally proving that she was worth keeping? Either way, she's struggling to keep her rival well-drilling company afloat. And being a single woman in a male-dominated field has started to take a toll. So when Hendrix Durrant steps in to help, Ellen has no choice but to let him--even though he happens to be her father's business partner and therefore her enemy. But the closer she works with him, the more she sees what she's been missing...in life and love. And once she lets go of her anger long enough to learn the truth about her past, she might just find the family she's always wanted.
Mathis, Ayana, author
From the moment Ava Carson and her ten-year-old son, Toussaint, arrive at the Glenn Avenue family shelter in Philadelphia 1985, Ava is already plotting a way out. She is repulsed by the shelter's squalid conditions: their cockroach-infested room, the barely edible food, and the shifty night security guard. She is determined to rescue her son from the perils and indignities of that place, and to save herself from the complicated past that led them there. Ava has been estranged from her own mother, Dutchess, since she left her Alabama home as a young woman barely out of her teens. Despite their estrangement and the thousand miles between them, mother and daughter are deeply entwined, but Ava can't forgive her sharp-tongued, larger than life mother whose intractability and bouts of debilitating despair brought young Ava to the outer reaches of neglect and hunger. Ava wants to love her son differently, better. But when Toussaint's father, Cass, reappears, she is swept off course by his charisma, and the intoxicating power of his radical vision to destroy systems of racial injustice and bring about a bold new way of communal living. Meanwhile, in Alabama, Dutchess struggles to keep Bonaparte, once a beacon of Black freedom and self-determination, in the hands of its last five Black residents - families whose lives have been rooted in this stretch of land for generations - and away from rapidly encroaching white developers. She fights against the erasure of Bonaparte's venerable history and the loss of the land itself, which she has so arduously preserved as Ava's inheritance. As Ava becomes more enmeshed with Cass, Toussaint senses the danger simmering all around him - his well-intentioned but erratic mother; the intense, volatile figure of his father who drives his fledgling Philadelphia community toward ever increasing violence and instability. He begins to dream of Dutchess and Bonaparte, his home and birthright, if only he can find his way there.
Steel, Danielle, author.
While her mother, Oscar-winning actress Ardith Law, a Hollywood icon at 62, deals with conflicting feels for a much-younger man, her daughter, Morgan, a successful plastic surgeon in NYC, falls for a much older man, which brings them together as they each try to navigate an unconventional romance.
What does dinosaur like?
Fossey, Suzanne, author.
Learn about the things dinosaurs like best with this charming storybook, packed with awesome pictures and exciting textures.
When I grow up I want to drive...
Lloyd, Rosamund, author
This bright and colorful board book is packed with simple facts and flaps to lift and is the perfect book for any child who loves all things that go! Discver a collection of exciting vehicles in this fun lift-the-flap book. Packed with flaps and simple facts, this is the perfect book for any child who loves all things that go!