New books should catch reader's eye—March 28, 2008
New books are constantly coming to the shelves of Hastings Public Library. The new books catch the eye of the patrons who check them out, and here are a few that caught my eye.
If you have children, how about some picture books. "Hello, Bumblebee Bat" by Darrin Lunde is about the smallest species of bat in the world, the bumblebee bat. Also for children, try "Minnie and Moo and the Haunted Sweater" by Denys Cazet. The Minnie and Moo series of books for children is very popular. In this book, the cows Minnie and Moo make the farmer a sweater for his birthday, but the sweater turns out to be haunted.
For older children into chapter books, try "Edward’s Eyes" by Patricia MacLachlan. This is the touching story of a boy who passes away, and his eyes are given to a boy in need. The two boys have many things in common, and Jake, the boy who received the transplant, seems to have developed some of the talents of Edward, the donor. Or try "Schooled" by Gordon Korman. This is a story about Capricorn Anderson, a boy who was raised and homeschooled by his hippie grandmother. Cap is sent to public school and is chosen to run for class president, but is it all just a ploy to make fun of the new ‘hippie’ boy in school? Read "Schooled" to find out.
New books can also be found in the teen area. For all you teen readers out there, try "Seeker" by William Nicholson. This book will appeal to readers of fantasy novels. "Seeker" tells the story of Seeker, Morning Star, and the Wildman who are in a race to save a god and themselves from the forces of evil. "Blood Brothers" by S.A. Harazin is for older teens. This book is about two boys named Clay and Joey. When Joey ends up in the hospital, his best friend Clay must find out what caused Joey’s accident or else he will be blamed.
Finally, for all the adult readers out there, how about one of these two new books: "The Blue Star" by Tony Earley or "Almost Graceland" by Steve Carlson. "The Blue Star" is a love story. Jim Glass is trying to win the heart of Chrissie Steppe, whose boyfriend Bucky is off fighting in a war. "Almost Graceland” tells the story of Ray Johnston, a man who is always being told that he looks like Elvis. This resemblance leads to an invitation to Graceland to visit the King himself.
You can find these books and many others on the new shelves of Hastings Public Library