Monthly Archives: June 2010

New to our YA shelf is…

Louis Sachar‘s The Cardturner.

The publisher’s description is:

From Louis Sachar, New York Times bestselling author and winner of the Newbery Medal for HOLES, comes the young adult novel THE CARDTURNER, an exploration of the human condition.
 
How are we supposed to be partners? He can’t see the cards and I don’t know the rules!
 
The summer after junior year of high school looks bleak for Alton Richards. His girlfriend has dumped him to hook up with his best friend. He has no money and no job. His parents insist that he drive his great-uncle Lester to his bridge club four times a week and be his cardturner—whatever that means. Alton’s uncle is old, blind, very sick, and very rich.
 
But Alton’s parents aren’t the only ones trying to worm their way into Lester Trapp’s good graces. They’re in competition with his longtime housekeeper, his alluring young nurse, and the crazy Castaneda family, who seem to have a mysterious influence over him.
 
Alton soon finds himself intrigued by his uncle, by the game of bridge, and especially by the pretty and shy Toni Castaneda. As the summer goes on, he struggles to figure out what it all means, and ultimately to figure out the meaning of his own life.
 
Through Alton’s wry observations, Louis Sachar explores the disparity between what you know and what you think you know. With his incomparable flair and inventiveness, he examines the elusive differences between perception and reality—and inspires readers to think and think again.

As always, if you would like to place a hold, please call the library at 985-2173 or visit our website.

A rare interview…

with Harper Lee.

The Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows trailer…

…has been released:

Also born today…

…was Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the author of The Little Prince.

On June 29th, 1534…

…Jacques Cartier made the European discovery of Prince Edward Island.

Other than a few guidebooks, the major PEI-related items in our collection are, of course, the Anne of Green Gables books and movies.

If you’ve never read the first book in the series, SAD!  It’s fantastically funny (but not without its tearful moments) and NOT just for girls!  (I swear.)

The publisher’s description is:

“Matthew had taken the scrawny little hand awkwardly in his; then and there he decided what to do. He could not tell this child with the glowing eyes that there had been a mistake. . . .”

When eleven-year-old Anne Shirley arrives at Green Gables with nothing but a carpetbag and an overactive imagination, she knows that she has found her home. But first she must convince the Cuthberts to let her stay, even though she isn’t the boy they’d hoped for. The loquacious Anne quickly finds her way into their hearts, as she has with generations of readers, and her charming, ingenious adventures in Avonlea, filled with colorful characters and tender escapades, linger forever in our memories.

As always, if you would like to place a hold, please call the library at 985-2173 or visit our website.

New to the children’s room is…

…Jennifer & Matthew Holm’s Babymouse #12: Burns Rubber.

Have you read the Babymouse books?  Because they’re hilarious.  I don’t care how old you are. 

The publisher’s description is:

Babymouse’s big dreams of becoming a race car driver come true when she and her best pal, Wilson, enter the Race of the Century (or at least the school year).

But will she and Wilson crash and burn? Or will they cruise to the Winners’ Circle?

Find out in Babymouse #12: Burns Rubber. Breaking records this spring!

As always, if you would like to place a hold, please call the library at 985-2173 or visit our website.

New to our fiction shelf is…

…Johanna Lindsey’s That Perfect Someone.

(Is that guy a pirate?  I love the covers on her books.)  The publisher’s description is:

Returning to the “wickedly witty, lusciously sensual” (Booklist) world of her beloved Malory family, #1 New York Times bestselling author Johanna Lindsey sweeps readers away on a seductive adventure in which a detested marriage contract turns childhood enemies into passionate lovers.Nine years ago, Richard Allen fled England and his controlling father. Determined to live his own life, he took to the sea and settled in the Caribbean, joining a band of treasure-hunting pirates and adopting the persona of a carefree, seductive Frenchman named Jean Paul to guard the secrets of his past. When he slips back into England to carry out an urgent task, Richard becomes infatuated with a married woman, Georgina Malory. But his reckless attempt to woo Georgina at a masked ball turns out to be the worst mistake of his life because it brings him face to face with another beautiful woman.

Thrilled that her solicitors have finally come up with a way to free her from her betrothal contract to the Earl of Manford’s son who abandoned her years ago, heiress Julia Miller is ready for the marriage mart and hopes to find that perfect someone at her friend Georgina’s ball. Charmed by a masked Frenchman who gives her her first kiss, she can’t help but pursue this mysterious man—until she makes a shocking discovery. Now, to avoid falling into a ruthless nobleman’s trap, Julia must enter a risky, intimate charade with a man she never believed she could love.

As always, if you would like to place a hold, please call the library at 985-2173 or visit our website.