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New books for toddlers through teens as school starts

With the new school year underway, students may be interested in some of the many new books now available at the Sisson Library. And there are plenty of new books for preschoolers as well.

• For parents and other caregivers to read to their youngsters, we have “Miss Spider’s New Car,” “Cinderlily: A Floral Fairy Tale,” “The Snail and the Whale,” “Maxwell’s Mountain,” “When Dinosaurs Came With Everything,” “We’ve All Got Bellybuttons,” “Jack’s New Boat,” “Three Ring Circus,” “All in a Day,” “Willow,” “If,” “Goldilicious,” “Pinkalicious,” “Funny Farm,” “Maybe A Bear Ate It,” “The Curious Garden,” “I Am Too Absolutely Small for School,” “Edwina the Emu,” “The Foggy Foggy Forrest,” “Pumpkin Baby,” “Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum,” “Ladybug Girl,” “Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy,” “Llama Llama Misses Mama,” “The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear,” “Knock, Knock: Who’s There?” and “Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?” All these books have wonderful illustrations.

• Board books, which are books sturdy enough to be handled by young children, include “Baby Giggles,” “Baby Colors,” “Hey! Wake Up!” “Fifteen Animals,” “The Real Mother Goose Board Book,” “Snuggle Puppy!” “Belly Button Book!” “Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?” “Dear Zoo” and “Oh My Oh My Oh Dinosaurs!”

• For kindergarteners through third grade, we have “Uneversaurus: Change the Way You Look at Dinosaurs Forever,” “Reptiles: A Close-up Look at our Cold-blooded Cousins,” “The Once Upon A Map Book,” “Pop! A Book About Bubbles,” “The First Human Body Encyclopedia,” “I Want to be a Doctor,” “I Want to be a Cowboy” and “Fancy Nancy’s Favorite Fancy Words.”

• For pre-teens in the third through seventh grades, we have “The Truth About Horses, Friends, and My Life as a Coward,” “Hip Hop Speaks to Children,” “100 Cupboards: Book 1,” “Far Beyond the Garden Gate,” “Travel Team,” “Summer Ball,” “The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate,” “When You Reach Me,” “Mudshark,” “Extra Credit,” “Also Known as Harper,” “The Adventurous Deeds of Deadwood Jones,” “ Rise of the Heroes,” “ Council of Evil,” “Weirdest Stories,” book five from “The 39 Clues,” “Goat Tales,” “The Name of This Book is Secret,” book six from “The Siege of Macindaw” and five books from the “Camp Confidential” series.

• For teens in the seventh and higher grades, we have the fantasy “Dreamdark Blackbringer, “Headlock,” “The Recruit,” The Dealer,” “The Dust of 100 Dogs,” “Because I Am Furniture,” “Wintergirls,” “Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood” plus four books from the “Diary of a Teenage Girl” series books from “The Protector of the Small Quartet” series.

• Also for teens, we have biographies of three famous artists — “Pollock,” “Frida Kahlo” and “O’Keeffe” — plus other nonfiction including “Prince of Stories: The Many Worlds of Neil Gaiman” and “Mao’s Last Dancer.”


“Prospero Lost” by L. Jagi Lamplighter follows the lives and adventures of Shakespeare’s Prospero and his daughter Miranda centuries after “The Tempest.” “Bad Moon Rising” by Sherrilyn Kenyon part of the Dark-Hunter series. “The Magicians” by Lev Grossman is about the adventures of a precocious high school senior at a magical school and beyond.

Mysteries and suspense

“Fire and Ice” by J.A. Jance brings together two of the author’s heroes, Seattle investigator J. P. Beaumont and Arizona sheriff Joanna Brady when their cases intersect. “Dying For Mercy” by Mary Jane Clark is the newest in the mystery series featuring Eliza Blake and her KEY-TV News colleagues. “Bad Things Happen” by Harry Dolan surrounds a man drawn into a friendship with a mystery magazine publisher and an affair with his wife. “Alibi” by Teri Woods explores the aftermath of a drug burglary and murders gone wrong. “Rules of Vengeance” by Christopher Reich features Doctors Without Borders physician Jonathan Ransom and is the sequel to “Rules of Deception.” “Sidney Sheldon’s Mistress of the Game” by Tilly Bagshawe is a sequel to the Backwall family saga. ”“The Last Ember” by Daniel Levin is a thriller set in Rome that spans archaeology, politics and terrorism.

Other new novels

“The Deep Blue Sea for Beginners” by Luanne Rice is the story of people with dramatic past histories trying to make new lives for themselves on the isle of Capri. “Intervention” is the latest medical thriller from Robin Cook.


“Naming Nature: The Clash Between Instinct and Science” by Carol Kaesuk Yoon takes readers on a guided tour of science’s brilliant if sometimes misguided attempts to order and name the overwhelming diversity of earth’s living things. “A Colossal Failure of Common Sense” by Lawrence C. McDonald and Patrick Robinson is the inside story of the collapse of Lehman Brothers.

Books on CD

“Glenn Beck’s Common Sense: The Case Against an Out-of-Control Government” is written and read by the popular FOX News TV host.

“Shanghai Girls” by Lisa See is about two sisters who flee 1937 Shanghai for a new life with new husbands in Los Angeles. “The Time Traveler’s Wife” by Audrey Niffenegger unfolds from the points of view of both the husband and wife attempting to live normal lives while experiencing time travel.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week we thank Marge Alley, Bob Bigelow, Randall Davis, Pat Evans, Ron Graydon, Nancy A. Green, Earl Greenwood, Evelyn Kantas, Linda Kelsey, Bamma Laizure, Katy Maxcy, Susan McClure, Charles McQuerry, Eileen Midge, Janet Parks, Patsy Porter, Nancy Ray, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Sause, Kent Schafer, Brenda Wood, and the family of Bruce Muirhead.

Quotable quote

“Literature is my Utopia. Here I am not disenfranchised. No barrier of the sense shuts me out from the sweet, gracious discourse of my book friends. They talk to me without embarrassment or awkwardness.” — Helen Keller (1880-1968), American author, political activist and lecturer, and the first deaf-blind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree.

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