Allison Public Library Notes 12/12
“THE BITTEREST PILL” by Robert B. Parker . . . When a popular cheerleader dies of a suspected overdose, Police Chief Stone battles school administrators, teachers, distrustful students, and overprotective parents as he tries to unravel the drug supply chain and expose the criminals behind it.
“NOEL STREET” by Richard Paul Evans . . . A single mother finds unexpected revelations and healing in her relationship with a recently returned Vietnam POW whose personal demons have created a stir in their small Utah community. In fond memory of Carl DeBoer.
“KISS THE GIRLS AND MAKE THEM CRY” by Mary Higgins Clark . . . Navigating traumatic memories of an assault in college, a journalist researching the #MeToo movement discovers that her attacker is on the cusp of a merger that will render him a billionaire.
“A CHRISTMAS HAVEN” by Cindy Woodsmall . . . Ivy wants to leave her Old Order Amish sect so she can grow her business and Arlan wants to return to his ultra-conservative sect, but both young people have no idea what miracles the Christmas season might bring.
“YOUR HOUSE WILL PAY” by Steph Cha . . . Two teenagers in Los Angeles, one Korean-American and the other African-American, deal with the ripple effects of a shooting from decades ago after a new incident brings their families’ painful memories hurtling back.
“A DASH OF CHRISTMAS” by Samantha Chase . . . When his long-time rival Emery Monaghan’s life collapses around her, restaurant owner Carter Montgomery offers his support during the holiday season, which turns enemies into lovers.
“ALL ABOUT EVIE” by Cathy Lamb . . . A woman uncovers the real story of her past after her sister arranges to conduct a DNA test with other family members.
“TRACKING GAME” by Margaret Mizushima . . . Two brutal murders, a menacing band of poachers, and a fearsome creature on the loose in the mountains plunge Mattie Cobb and her K-9 partner, Robo, into a sinister vortex. In memory of Carl DeBoer.
“TANGLED UP IN CHRISTMAS” by Lisa Renee Jones . . . While photographing a small Texas town’s festival for a home and garden magazine, Samantha Wilson goes up against a big brooding horse trainer who isn’t making her life easy until a business arrangement brings them closer than they ever thought possible.
FOR YOUNG READERS:
“LOOK BOTH WAYS” by Jason Reynolds . . . A whimsical exploration of the role detours play in life follows a group of students who become so engaged in everyday activities while taking 10 different routes home from school that they fail to notice a school bus that has dropped from the sky.
“ARE YOU MY MONSTER?” by Amanda Noll . . . A young boy compares a drawing of his monster--depicted with a long tail, pointy nails, and big teeth--with various other monsters until he finds the perfect match.
“MOUSE'S CHRISTMAS GIFT” by Mindy Baker . . . A tiny church mouse searches for a way to bring the spirit of the holiday to his community in the wake of the parson's illness and the cancellation of the annual Christmas Eve service, an effort involving a small but transformative act of faith.
“THE TREE THAT'S MEANT TO BE” by Yuval Zommer . . . Left behind as his neighbors are chosen to be Christmas trees, a crooked little fir discovers the warmth of the holidays and the special qualities of being different when it is comforted by kindhearted animals. Given in memory of Kara North.