Allison Public Library Notes 12/05
“THE 19TH CHRISTMAS” by James Patterson . . . A peaceful San Francisco holiday season is shattered by a criminal mastermind’s ominous threats for Christmas morning, prompting Detective Lindsay Boxer and her friends to prepare for an attack by a commissioned army of criminals. Given in memory of Carl DeBoer.
“THE STRANGER INSIDE” by Lisa Unger . . . Twelve-year-old Rain Winter narrowly escaped an abduction while walking to a friend’s house. Her two best friends, Tess and Hank, were not as lucky. Tess never came home, and Hank was held in captivity before managing to escape. Their abductor was sent to prison but years later was released. Then someone delivered real justice--and killed him in cold blood.
“RIGHT BESIDE YOU” by Mary Monroe . . . Refusing to act on their secret attraction to one another, a career woman who longs for a family and her boss, an overworked widower with two teen daughters, risk opening their hearts to one another during a chaotic snow day.
“DROWNING WITH OTHERS” by Linda Keir . . . Prep school sweethearts Ian and Andi Copeland, after the remains of a body of a man who disappeared 20 years earlier are found, must confront the truth about themselves and about a marriage built on a murderous lie when their daughter, for her journalism class, investigates the death.
“THE PERFECT LOVE SONG” by Patti Callahan Henry . . . Attending his brother’s Christmas destination wedding in Ireland, Jimmy teams up with the bride’s best friend to write a song that launches him to fame and helps him reconsider romance.
“THE DRY” by Jane Harper . . . Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke’s steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now more than one person knows they didn’t tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead.
“NO OCEAN TOO WIDE” by Carrie Turansky . . . In 1909 London, Laura's mother falls ill and her brother and sisters are forced into an orphan's home, so Laura teams up with a wealthy young lawyer to find them and reunite their family. In memory of Carl DeBoer.
“BARNUM” by Robert Wilson . . . P.T. Barnum is the greatest showman the world has ever seen. As a creator of the Barnum & Baily Circus and a champion of wonder, joy, trickery, and “humbug,” he was the founding father of American entertainment—and as Robert Wilson argues, one of the most important figures in American history.
“WRAPPED UP IN YOU” by Jill Shalvis . . . Organizing a fiercely stable life to compensate for a childhood spent constantly on the move, Ivy resists the advances of a man she believes will also prove temporary, a vacationing rancher who would avoid heartbreak.
FOR YOUNG READERS:
“GUTS” by Raina Telgemeier . . . Developing a chronic stomachache that she initially dismisses as a bug, young Raina discovers that her symptoms are related to her anxieties about school, food and changing friendships, in a story based on the Eisner Award-winning author’s childhood.
“THE GREAT SANTA STAKEOUT” by Betsy Bird . . . Freddy Melcher is obsessed with Santa Claus: he has posters, clothes, underwear, action figures, everything but a photograph of the real Santa--and though it will take planning, trip wires, and staying awake late, this year he is determined to get the ultimate selfie.
“THE BROKEN ORNAMENT” by Tony DiTerlizzi . . . When a fairy emerges from an old ornament that Jack accidently breaks, she can make magical things happen, but she is not able to fix the ornament that is so precious to Jack's mother so it is up to him to make some Christmas magic of his own.
“CONSTRUCTION SITE ON CHRISTMAS NIGHT” by Sherri Duskey Rinker . . . It is Christmas Eve, and all the construction vehicles are finishing up work on the site, and when they leave they find that there is a special present waiting for each of them.
NEW DVDs for your viewing enjoyment: THE LION KING, HOBBS & SHAW, and THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN.