May, 2016

Book Fair Day by Lynn Plourde

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3–Fans of Plourde’s School Picture Day (2002), Teacher Appreciation Day (2003), and Pajama Day (2005, all Dutton) will recognize many old friends in this humorous episode. Here, Dewey Booker is so excited about Book Fair Day that he wheels his wagon to school to carry home all of his purchases. When he learns that his class is not scheduled to visit the fair until the end of the day, he devises a number of schemes to get to the library before the books are sold out. In one determined attempt, he disguises himself as a kindergartner by walking on his knees. Each plan is stymied by his teacher, Mrs. Shepherd, and Mr. Opus, the school librarian. Dewey’s day ends happily when he realizes that both his teacher and Mr. Opus are as eager as he is to get the right books into his hands. Plays on words related to books and reading abound. Wickstrom’s colorful cartoon illustrations capture the zaniness of the boy’s antics. Readers who love a good story as much as Dewey does are in for a treat.–Maura Bresnahan, High Plain Elementary School, Andover, MA
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Wild About Books by Judy Sierra

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PreS-Gr. 2. In this rollicking story, librarian Molly McGrew accidentally drives her bookmobile into the zoo, and then the fun begins! The animals draw close to listen to a Dr. Seuss story, and soon they begin stampeding “to learn all about this new something called reading.” Many picture-book authors who try their hands at rhyme have less-than-stellar results. Here, the best part of the book is Sierra’s handy way with a rhyming text that not only scans properly but also is both clever and full of images that will amuse children (“Tasmanian devils found books so exciting / That soon they had given up fighting for writing”). The wild animal goings-on offer illustrator Brown an opportunity to get away from his vaguely aardvarklike Arthur and create some real animals–in fact, about every animal one can think of. All the slaphappy art fits nicely into double-page spreads that allow the energetic action room to breathe. That’s good because there are tons of things to look at, all in sunny colors. Not only are the animals reading books but they are also hugging them, licking the pictures off the pages, and trying their “hands” at writing. A wonderful advertisement for the joys of a literary life. Ilene Cooper
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Most Wanted by Lisa Scottoline

From Amazon.com:

“In novel after novel, Lisa Scottoline has proven herself a master of stories that combine familial love ― especially that of mothers for their children ― with nail-biting stories of spirited everywomen bent on finding the truth. Her new novel, Most Wanted, demonstrates again her skill with this kind of domestic suspense tale.” – The Washington Post

“This is a potboiler of a book, crammed full of agonizing choices confronting appealing, relatable characters. Scottoline has penned more hardboiled tales, but never one as heartfelt and emotionally raw, raising her craft to the level of Judith Guest and Alice Hoffman. Most Wantedis a great thriller and a gut-wrenching foray into visceral angst that is not to be missed.” – The Providence Journal

Flesh and Blood: a Scarpetta Novel by Patricia Cornwell

From Amazon.com:  It’s Dr. Kay Scarpetta’s birthday, and she’s about to head to Miami for a vacation with Benton Wesley, her FBI profiler husband, when she notices seven pennies on a wall behind their Cambridge house. Is this a kids’ game? If so, why are all of the coins dated 1981 and so shiny they could be newly minted? Her cellphone rings, and Detective Pete Marino tells her there’s been a homicide five minutes away. A high school music teacher has been shot with uncanny precision as he unloaded groceries from his car. No one has heard or seen a thing.

The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The author of The Aviator’s Wife returns with a triumphant new novel about New York’s “Swans” of the 1950s—and the scandalous, headline-making, and enthralling friendship between literary legend Truman Capote and peerless socialite Babe Paley.
“This moving fictionalization brings the whole cast of characters back to vivid life. Gossipy and fun, it’s also a nuanced look at the beauty and cruelty of a rarefied, bygone world.”People

“The era and the sordid details come back to life in this jewel of a novel.”O: The Oprah Magazine

“A catty, juicy read that’s like a three-martini lunch.”USA Today

“[Captures] the mesmerizing sparkle and scandal of New York high society in the 1950s.”Chicago Tribune

From Amazon.com

Killing Maine by Mike Bond

First Prize for Fiction – 2015 New England Book Festival

. . . cold, rugged Maine becomes a hot bed of intrigue, murder, and greed, making it difficult for the residents, who love the land and this beautiful state, to continue to live the lives that they have chosen. Pono Hawkins returns to rescue his Special Forces buddy who is wrongly accused of murdering a prominent environmentalist Ronnie Dalt.

Unknown killers stalk Pono as he tries to unravel Ronnie’s death. Nothing is certain, no one can be trusted, no place is safe. There’s a million square miles of wildlands out there to hide a man’s body. And with a rap sheet that includes two jail sentences, Pono is the number one target of every cop in the state.

“Another stellar ride from Bond.” – Kirkus – from Amazon.com