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Monthly reading suggestions from the Woodburn Public Library for February, 2020


COURTESY PHOTO - Bad DogBad Dog by Mike Boldt — The differences between cats and dogs have never been funnier! In this hilarious new story, a little girl really, really wants a dog . . . but gets a cat instead!

COURTESY PHOTO - The Cool BeanThe Cool Bean by Jory John — This is a gentle, sweet story of how generosity and kindness are the true qualities to champion, and offers a great example for young readers and an important reminder for older readers.

COURTESY PHOTO - The Serious GooseThe Serious Goose by Jimmy Kimmel — Meet a very Serious Goose in late-night host Jimmy Kimmel's first fun and funny picture book! There is nothing silly about this goose. You CANNOT make her laugh, so DON'T EVEN TRY!

COURTESY PHOTO - Go, Girls, Go!Go Girls Go by Frances Gilbert — Piloting fire trucks, trains, tractors, and more, the girls in this book are on the go! Join them for an exuberant journey that celebrates how girls can do — and drive — anything.

COURTESY PHOTO - Sofia Valdez, Future PrezSofia Valdez Future Prez by Andrea Beaty — Fun but earnest, this rhyming romp reminds readers that one young person can make a difference.

Grade 3-6

COURTESY PHOTO - Insect SuperpowersInsect Superpowers by Kate Messner — Packaged comic book style, this book explores 18 awesomely real superheroes and supervillains, who each possess powers far beyond the average insect.

COURTESY PHOTO - Henry Heckelbeck Gets a DragonHenry Hecklebeck Gets a Dragon by Wanda Coven — Magic can be tricky and when Henry accidentally brings his toy dragon to life, his days of being a normal kid are over.

COURTESY PHOTO - HumanimalHumanimal by Christopher Lloyd — Humanimal explores the interconnections of the human and natural worlds in ways you never before imagined...

COURTESY PHOTO - Baby-Sitters Little SisterBaby-Sitters Little Sister: Karen's Witch by Ann M. Martin — Karen isn't supposed to spy on her neighbor, but she's determined to prove that Mrs. Porter is a witch named Morbidda Destiny!

COURTESY PHOTO - Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: Major ImpossibleMajor Impossible: A Grand Canyon Tale by Nathan Hale — Equal parts gruesome and hilarious, this latest installment in the bestselling series takes readers on an action-packed adventure through American history.

Teen Fiction

COURTESY PHOTO - In the Hall with the KnifeIn the Hall with the Knife: A Clue Mystery, Book One (Clue Mystery) by Diana Peterfreund — Fans of the Clue board game will enjoy this modern reimagining of the brand, and characters. A motley crew of students are left stranded on campus with their headmaster, when a body is found in the conservatory. It is clear the death was no accident, and everyone has a motive for murder.

COURTESY PHOTO - Love, Heather: A NovelLove, Heather by Laurie Petrou — Stevie is the target of bullying. When she befriends Dee, the two team up to exact revenge on their tormentors, and soon others join in. Things quickly spiral into an all-out war, where anyone could be the next target. Students become violent, punishing perceived slights, and the line between villain and vigilante blurs.

COURTESY PHOTO - Lifestyles of Gods & MonstersLifestyles of Gods and Monsters by Emily Roberson — This book expertly reimagines of the story of Theseus and the Minotaur, set in modern times, as a part of a dystopian reality TV driven society. Ariadne's family has an entertainment empire, with the biggest money maker called The Labyrinth Contest, in which the contestants compete to kill a monster. No one has ever won, resulting in many deaths. Theseus arrives for the competition and asks for Ariadne's help. She falls for him, but if she helps him, she could endanger everything.

COURTESY PHOTO - I Hope You Get This MessageI Hope You Get This Message by Farah Naz Rishi — News stations everywhere are reporting a mysterious message from the planet Alma, that Earth will be destroyed in seven days. The prospect of this ticking time bomb throws 3 teens together. Jesse wonders if it even matters the Earth will be destroyed, Cate is desperate to find the father she never met, and Adeem must try to forgive his estranged sister.

COURTESY PHOTO - Call Down the HawkCall Down the Hawk (the Dreamer Trilogy Book 1) by Maggie Stiefvater — Ronan Lynch is a dream, who can pull curiosities and catastrophes out of his dreams and into reality. Jordan Hennessy is a thief, and when she comes close to a dream object she is after, she will stop at nothing to get it. Carmen is a hunter who has seen the damage dreaming can do, but nothing compares to the destruction about to be unleashed.

COURTESY PHOTO - The TollThe Toll (Arc of a Scythe #3) by Neal Shusterman — The Toll is the highly anticipated finale to the bestselling Arc of Scythe trilogy. Dictators, prophets, and tensions have risen. Citra and Rowan have disappeared, and Endura is gone. Nothing stands between Scythe Goddard and absolute domination. Is there anyone left to stop him?

Teen Nonfiction

COURTESY PHOTO - Playlist: The Rebels and Revolutionaries of SoundPlaylist: The Rebels and Revolutionaries of Sound by James Rhodes — Discover how the original rock stars, composers Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven are responsible for every track on your phone today. Learn their backstories, and how each shaped and defined classical music, as well as the structure of the orchestra.

Adult Fiction

COURTESY PHOTO - The Oysterville Sewing CircleThe Oysterville Sewing Circle by Susan Wiggs — Caroline Shelby finds herself back in her tiny hometown of Oysterville, Washington after a combination of scandal and tragedy sends her fleeing from her career in the fashion industry in New York. With her are the two orphaned children of her best friend, Addie and Flick. Unsure of her readiness to be their guardian she comes home, only to find out the Oysterville that she left behind has changed. But Caroline finds comfort in the town's sewing shop, and surrounds herself with a group of women that will be her support when an unexpected challenge forces her to stand and fight for everything.

COURTESY PHOTO - The Peaceful Valley Crime WaveThe Peaceful Valley Crime Wave by Bill Pronzini — Peaceful Valley, Montana is just that: peaceful. Not much happens there, and that's exactly how Sheriff Lucas Monk prefers it. Then in October 1914, a wooden cigar store Indian is stolen, setting off a wave of crime that expands to include missing teenagers, cyanide poisonings, and murder. Life in Peaceful Valley, Montana is shattered, and Sheriff Monk is left to figure out how they all tie together, in order to restore the balance in his hometown.

COURTESY PHOTO - Things You Save in a FireThings You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center — Cassie Hanwell isn't fazed by disasters: she's a firefighter and she's excellent at handling other people's tragedies. But when her ailing mother asks her to move to Boston from Texas, to be closer to home in case of a health emergency, Cassie finds herself struggling. Her new firehouse is poorly funded and she faces a lot of hazing from the crew. The handsome rookie doesn't seem to mind having Cassie around, but Cassie doesn't date firefighters. Still, she can feel her resolve slipping, despite how hard she's worked to be taken seriously throughout her career. A heartwarming contemporary romance with an endearing cast from the author of How to Walk Away.

COURTESY PHOTO - Old BonesOld Bones by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child — Nora Kelley, the archaeologist and museum curator that has showed up in Preston and Child's Pendergast series, has her first starring role in this first book in a new series. When historian Clive Benton shows up with a wild story about the Donner Party, famous for being stranded in the winter of 1847 and eventually resorting to cannibalism, Nora leads a party into the Sierra Nevada to search for a lost camp. With a supposed fortune in gold left behind to be discovered, the expedition soon finds themselves in danger from outside forces as well as the fierce weather in this suspenseful thriller.

COURTESY PHOTO - The Secrets We KeptThe Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott — Inspired by a true CIA plot to infiltrate Soviet Russia, this work of historical fiction follows the assignment of a lifetime for two secretaries from the CIA typing pool. They are tasked with smuggling the manuscript for Doctor Zhivago out of the USSR, where it's unpublishable, in order to make Boris Pasternak's magnum opus available to the world. Sally Forrester is up to the task, a seasoned spy with practice all over the world. Irina is a novice, but with Sally to bring her up to speed she learns about espionage quickly in this historical thriller.

COURTESY PHOTO - Cold StorageCold Storage by David Koepp — The screenwriter of Jurassic Park unleashes his talent in this science fiction work about a highly contagious, deadly organism discovered after a suspected biochemical attack. Buried in cold storage for decades, the organism has found its way out once more and is on a killing spree. Pentagon bioterror operative Roberto Diaz, who contained it after the first outbreak, is the only one with a change of stopping it in this fast-paced novel that largely takes place over one harrowing night.

Adult Non-Fiction

COURTESY PHOTO - Silver, Sword & StoneSilver, Sword, and Stone: Three Crucibles in the Latin American Story by Marie Arana — Silver, sword, and stone have been three driving forces that have shaped Latin America history: exploitation (silver), violence (sword), and religion (stone). In this book, longlisted for the 2020 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence, Marie Arana examines the lives of three contemporary Latin Americans: Leonor Gonzales, who works in the gold mines of Peru; Carlos Buergoes, a Cuban who fought in the civil war in Angola; and Xavier Albó, a Jesuit priest who works among the indigenous people of Bolivia. Each story is woven together with the history of Latin America over the last thousand years in a vibrant portrayal of a region.

COURTESY PHOTO - Salt & TimeSalt & Time: Recipes from a Russian Kitchen by Alissa Timoshkina — Focusing on the food of Russia, and particularly Siberia, this beautiful cookbook features 100 recipes that have been carefully adapted for modern tastes and Western kitchens. Dishes are drawn from the pre-revolutionary era, Soviet days, and contemporary times, and feature a wealth of information about the history, culture, and traditions of the region as well. Beautifully photographed and full of personal anecdotes, recipes span from starters to desserts, with additional chapters on pickling and fermenting as well as drinks of the region.

COURTESY PHOTO - Our Dogs, OurselvesOur Dogs, Ourselves: The Story of a Singular Bond by Alexandra Horowitz — The human-canine relationship is a long and storied one that spans thousands of years. Alexandra Horowitz has managed to explore multiple aspects of this relationship in her book, making it an enjoyable read for the curious dog owner as well as the more scientifically curious. From the early domestication of the wolf to our modern purebreds (pampered with sweaters, toys, and shoes), Horowitz explores our complicated bond with our canine companions, who are simultaneously family members and owned property, across thirteen fascinating chapters.

COURTESY PHOTO - Fashionopolis: The Price of Fast Fashion and the Future of ClothesFashionopolis: The Price of Fast Fashion and the Future of Clothes by Dana Thomas — The clothing industry produces over 80 billion garments every year and employs every sixth person on earth. Everyone needs a wardrobe, and in our era of fast fashion, the exploitation of labor and the environment are worse than ever. Journalist Dana Thomas argues for the development of a new, human-scale model in fashion, and travels the globe in search of companies who are working towards a more sustainable future. Examining ideas like printing 3D clothes, hyperlocalism, fabric recycling, and lab-grown materials, Thomas shows that there's hope for a brighter future for people willing to get dressed with intention.

COURTESY PHOTO - How to Raise a ReaderHow to Raise a Reader by Pamela Paul and Maria Russo — If readers are made and not born, Paul and Russo have written the definitive guide for the process. Spanning five sections they offer clear and practical advice for encouraging the joys and pleasures of reading from babies through teenagers, as well as a number of curated book lists organized by theme and reading level. Beautifully illustrated, this book will help you build a family library, engage reluctant readers, and debunk myths and sooth parental fears in the process of developing a lifelong love of reading.

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