New books - February, 2009

New books for the week of 16 February, 2009

SILS Collection

Beasley, Jeffrey S. Networking. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2009.

Botha, Anthon P. Knowledge: living and working with it. Cape Town: Juta, 2007.

Brophy, Peter; Jenny Craven; & Margaret Markland. Libraries without walls 6: evaluating the distributed delivery of library services. London: Facet, 2006.

Chance, Rosemary. Young adult literature in action: a librarian's guide. Westport, Conn.: Libraries Unlimited, 2008.

Johnson, Peggy. Fundamentals of collection development and management. Chicago: American Library Association, 2009.

The second edition of this manual for developing a library collection has been revised to explain how new technologies in electronic media are both logical and important in order to remain a competitive resource for information in the 21st century. Johnson (library science, U. of Minnesota) uses each chapter to explain a particular theory or responsibility behind collection management such as budgeting, policymaking, activity planning and standards for selection. Additional tips for librarians are offered on the subject of theft and damage, serial cancellations, storage, weeding out unproductive titles and developing ties with the community.

McFedries, Paul. The complete idiot's guide to creating a website. New York: Alpha Books, 2008.

Meyer, Michael. The Bedford introduction to literature: reading, thinking, writing. Boston: Bedford/St. Martins, 2008.

Riechel, Rosemarie. Easy information sources for ESL, adult learners, & new readers. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2009.

Thomas, Margie J. Klink. Re-designing the high school library for the forgotten half: the information needs of the non-college bound student. Westport, Conn.: Libraries Unlimited, 2008.

Thomas (library and information science, Louisiana State U.) is concerned that students who may not go on to college (or even finish high school) have less attention paid to their curriculum and their educational needs than those who are on the college preparatory track. She feels school librarians are responsible for preparing all students, regardless of eventual academic involvement, for lifelong learning. She describes how high schools had been restructured in the last century, models for reform and redesign and the role of the library, collaboration with the faculty in research and application, exploration of the information needs of the student going directly from school to work, applied information and technology literacy, resources to meet the needs of the students, marketing, and planning and organization for the redesigned high school library.

Juvenile Collection

Anderson, Laurie Halse. Chains. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2008.

After being sold to a cruel couple in New York City, a slave named Isabel spies for the rebels during the Revolutionary War.

Arnosky, Jim. Wild tracks!: a guide to nature's footprints. New York: Sterling Pub. Co., 2008.

Balgassi, Haemi & Chris K. Soentpiet. Peacebound trains. New York: Clarion Books, 1996.

Bauer, Jutta. Selma. La Jolla, Calif.: Kane/Miller, 2003.

A sheep ponders the meaning of happiness.


Beaty, Andrea & David Roberts. Iggy Peck, architect. New York: Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2007.

Berg, Brook & Nathan Alberg. When Marion copied: learning about plagiarism. Fort Atkinson, Wis.: UpstartBooks, 2006.

Berger, Carin. The little yellow leaf. New York, N.Y.: Greenwillow Books, 2008.

As all the other leaves float off and fly past, Little Yellow Leaf thinks, I'm not ready yet. As the seasons change all around, Little Yellow Leaf holds on to the tree. Still not ready. Will Little Yellow Leaf ever be ready? This is a story for anyone who has ever been afraid of facing the unknown-and a celebration of the friends who help us take the leap.

Blundell, Judy. What I saw and how I lied. New York: Scholastic Press, 2008.

In 1947, with her jovial stepfather Joe back from the war and family life returning to normal, teenage Evie, smitten by the handsome young ex-GI who seems to have a secret hold on Joe, finds herself caught in a complicated web of lies whose devastating outcome change her life and that of her family forever.

Boelts, Maribeth & Terry Widener. The firefighters' Thanksgiving. New York: Putnam's, 2004.

Bradley, Timothy J. Paleo bugs: survival of the creepiest. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2008.

Collins, Suzanne & Mike Lester. When Charlie McButton lost power. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2005.

DePaola, Tomie. The art lesson. New York: Putnam, 1989.

Dowd, Siobhan. The London Eye mystery. Oxford; New York: David Fickling Books, 2008.

Gibbons, Gail. Thanksgiving Day. New York: Holiday House, 1983.

Howe, James. It came from beneath the bed!: tales from the House of Bunnicula. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2002.

Jeffers, Oliver. The incredible book eating boy. New York: Philomel Books, 2007.

Jenkins, Emily & Pierre Pratt. Skunkdog. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008.

Kantorovitz, Sylvie. Turkey on the loose! New York: Dial Books for Young Readers, 1990.

Markes, Julie & Doris Barrette. Thanks for Thanksgiving. New York: HarperCollins, 2004.

McGill, Alice & Jude Daly. Way up and over everything. Boston, Mass.: Houghton Mifflin, 2008.

Penn, Audrey; Ruth E. Harper; & Nancy M. Leak. The kissing hand. Terre Haute, IN: Tanglewood Press, 2006.

Pennypacker, Sara & Marla Frazee. Clementine's letter. New York: Hyperion Books for Children, 2008.

Perez, Annette & Yolanda V. Fundora. My brain won't float away. New York, NY: Editorial Campana, 2006.

Raven, Margot Theis & Mike Benny. America's white table. Chelsea, MI: Sleeping Bear Press, 2005.

Rex, Michael. Goodnight goon: a petrifying parody. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2008.

Goodnight monsters everywhere, in this parody romp with its own special twist! Goodnight tomb. Goodnight goon. Goodnight Martians taking over the moon. It's bedtime in the cold gray tomb with a black lagoon, and two slimy claws, and a couple of jaws, and a skull and a shoe and a pot full of goo. But as a little werewolf settles down, in comes the Goon determined at all costs to run amok and not let any monster have his rest. A beloved classic gets a kind-hearted send-up in this utterly monsterized parody; energetic art and a hilarious text will have kids begging to read this again and again.

Roberts, Bethany & Doug Cushman. Thanksgiving mice! New York: Clarion Books, 2001.

Rosoff, Meg & Sophie Blackall. Jumpy Jack & Googily. New York: Henry Holt and Co., 2008.

Schaefer, Valorie Lee & Norm Bendell. The care & keeping of you: the body book for girls. Middleton, WI: Pleasant Company Publications, 1998.

A preteen girl's guide to basic health and hygiene--from braces to bras, pimples to periods, hair care to healthy eating.

Scillian, Devin & Victor Juhasz. H is for honor: a military family alphabet. Chelsea, Mich.: Sleeping Bear Press, 2006.

Shulevitz, Uri. How I learned geography. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 2008.

Stone,Tanya Lee & Boris Kulikov. Sandy's circus: a story about Alexander Calder. New York, N.Y.: Viking, 2008.

Terry, Sonya & Nicole Wong. "L" is for library. Fort Atkinson, Wis.: Upstart Books, 2006.

Thomas, Peggy & Layne Johnson. Farmer George plants a nation. Honesdale, Pa.: Calkins Creek, 2008.

Besides being a general and the first president of the United States, George Washington was also a farmer. His efforts to create a self-sufficient farm at Mount Vernon, Virginia, mirrored his struggle to form a new nation. Excerpts from Washington's writings are featured throughout the book, which also includes a timeline, resource section, as well as essays on Washington at Mount Vernon and his thoughts on slavery.

Viorst, Judith & Ray Cruz. Alexander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. New York: Atheneum, 1972.

He could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. He went to sleep with gum in his mouth and woke up with gum in his hair. When he got out of bed, he tripped over his skateboard and by mistake dropped his sweater in the sink while the water was running. He could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.It was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Nothing at all was right. Everything went wrong, right down to lima beans for supper and kissing on TV.What do you do on a day like that? Well, you may think about going to Australia. You may also be glad to find that some days are like that for other people too.

Winter, Jeanette. Wangari's trees of peace: a true story from Africa. Orlando, Fla.: Harcourt, 2008.

Zitkala-Sa & S. D. Nelson. Dance in a buffalo skull. Pierre, S.D.: South Dakota State Historical Society Press, 2007.

Graphic Novels


New books for the week of 9 February, 2009

SILS Collection

Evans, Dilys. Show & tell: exploring the fine art of children's book illustration. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2008.

Greenberg, Jane & Wolfgang Klas. Metadata for semantic and social applications: proceedings of the International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications: Berlin, 22-26 September 2008: DC 2008: Berlin, Germany. Singapore: Dublin Core Metadata Initiative; Göttingen: Universitätsverlag Göttingen, 2008.

Hinks, John & Catherine Armstrong. Book trade connections from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries. New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press; London: British Library, 2008.

Olson, Nancy B. Cataloging of audiovisual materials and other special materials: a manual based on AACR2 and MARC 21. Westport, Conn.: Libraries Unlimited, 2008.

This guide to the cataloging of audiovisual and other special materials covers older and newer items and addresses each media, with references to Anglo American Cataloging Rules (2002, and updates through 2005) and Library of Congress rule interpretations. Olson also describes the MARC format. In this edition, updates to chapters on cartographic materials, sound and video recordings, graphic materials, three-dimensional artifacts and realia, and kits are included, as are rewritten sections on electronic resources and serials. New examples are included. Filmstrips, slides, film loops, and other obsolete materials have been omitted.

Reynolds, David West & James Luceno. Star Wars: the complete visual dictionary. New York: Lucas Books: DK Pub., 2006.

"Star Wars Complete Visual Dictionary" is a complete, comprehensive overview of the Prequel movies (Episodes I-III) and the Trilogy (Episodes IV-VI). This is the definitive photographic guide to the entire Star Wars saga.

Schlatter, N. Elizabeth. Museum careers: a practical guide for students and novices. Walnut Creek, Calif.: Left Coast Press, 2008.

Shaw, Amy & Peter Deekle. Outstanding library public relations: 60 years of the John Cotton Dana Award and an eye toward the future. Chicago: Library Administration and Management Association, 2007.

Juvenile Collection

Bateman, Teresa & Jeff Shelly. A plump and perky turkey. New York: Scholastic, 2002.

Buzzeo, Toni & Sachiko Yoshikawa. Our librarian won't tell us anything! Fort Atkinson, Wis.: Upstart Books, 2006.

According to Carmen, a fourth-grader at Liberty Elementary, her school's librarian won't tell students ANYTHING! Fortunately, her classmate Robert doesn't believe Carmen and marches right over to ask Mrs. Skorupski question after question. Mrs. Skorupski's eyes twinkle and her rhinestone glasses sparkle as she leads Robert to the tools he needs to find the answers. Carmen scowls as she watches Robert become a Library Success Story, but eventually comes around as she realizes that Mrs. Skorupski can teach them ANYTHING!

Cherry, Lynne & Gary Braasch. How we know, what we know, about our changing climate: scientists and kids explore global warming. Nevada City, CA: Dawn Publications, 2008.

This volume describes where scientists look to find evidence of climate change--from changes in bird migration patterns and fruit blossom dates, to obtaining tree rings and mud cores--and especially how students and other citizen-scientists are assisting to monitor climate change, as well as what can be done to mitigate global warming.

Delano, Marfe Ferguson. Helen's eyes: a photobiography of Annie Sullivan, Helen Keller's teacher. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic, c2008.


Denenberg, Barry. Lincoln shot!: a president's life remembered. New York: Feiwel and Friends, 2008.

Fern, Tracey E. & Lauren Castillo. Buffalo music. New York: Clarion Books, 2008.

After hunters kill off the buffalo around her Texas ranch, a woman begins raising orphan buffalo calves and eventually ships four members of her small herd to Yellowstone National Park, where they form the beginnings of newly thriving buffalo herds. Based on the true story of Mary Ann Goodnight and her husband Charles.

Fleischman, Sid. The trouble begins at 8: a life of Mark Twain in the wild, wild West. New York: Greenwillow Books, 2008.

Fox, Mem & Helen Oxenbury. Ten little fingers and ten little toes. Orlando, Fla.: Harcourt, 2008.

Freedman, Russell. Washington at Valley Forge. New York: Holiday House, 2008.

George, Jean Craighead & Priscilla Lamont. Goose and Duck. New York, NY: Laura Geringer Books, 2008.

Gorbachev, Valeri. Christopher counting. New York: Philomel Books, 2008.

Gourse, Leslie & Martin French. Sophisticated ladies: the great women of jazz. New York: Dutton Children's Books/Penguin Young Readers Group, 2007.

Grant, K. M. Blue flame. New York: Walker, 2008.

Many years have passed since the Occitanian knights killed Richard the Lionheart in a courageous battle to keep the Blue Flame--sparked at the moment of Christ?s death--from falling into the wrong hands. Now it is in danger once again, as enemies from the north draw near. In the midst of this looming battle, lifelong friends Raimon, son of a Cathar weaver, and Yolanda, daughter of a Catholic Count, are falling in love. But a new religious crusade is about to begin, setting boy against girl, family against family, neighbor against neighbor, south against north. Though many seek to possess the Blue Flame, only one person is destined to wield its power to save the people and the sovereignty of the Occitan.

Gravett, Emily. Little Mouse's big book of fears. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2008.

Spiders: Little Mouse is afraid of them (arachnophobia).Shadows: Little Mouse is afraid of those (sciaphobia).In fact, Little Mouse is afraid of everything. Join her as she faces her fears and records them in her journal - and discovers that even the biggest people are afraid of some things.

Grey, Mini. Traction Man meets Turbodog. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2008.

Harris, Robie H. & Michael Emberley. Mail Harry to the moon! New York, NY: Little, Brown and Co., 2008.

Henkes, Kevin. Old Bear. New York: Greenwillow Books, 2008.

Hennessy, B.G. & Lynne Cravath. One little, two little, three little pilgrims. New York: Puffin Books, 2001.

Horse, Harry. Little Rabbit's new baby. Atlanta: Peachtree, 2008.

Howe, James & Marie-Louise Gay. Houndsley and Catina and the quiet time. Cambridge, Mass.: Candlewick Press, 2008.

Ibbotson, Eva & Kevin Hawkes. The dragonfly pool. New York, N.Y.: Dutton Children's Books, 2008.

At first Tally doesn't want to go to the boarding school called Delderton. But she soon discovers that it is a wonderful place where freedom and self-expression are valued. Tally organizes a ragtag dance troupe so the school can participate in an international folk dancing festival in Bergania in the summer of 1939. There she befriends Karil, the crown prince, who would love nothing more than to have ordinary friends and attend a school like Delderton. When Karil's father is assassinated, it is up to Tally and her friends to help Karil escape the Nazis and the bleak future he has inherited.

Kadir, Nelson. We are the ship: the story of Negro League Baseball. Mattituck , N.Y.: Amereon House, 1992.

Laidlaw, Rob. Wild animals in captivity. Markham, Ont.; Brighton, Mass.: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2008.

Lunge-Larsen, Lise; Margi Preus; & Andrea Arroyo. The legend of the lady slipper: an Ojibwe tale. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1999.

Mangum, Ariana. Carlos, the mouse who discovered America. Bloomington, Ind.: AuthorHouse, 2008.

Mussi, Sarah. The door of no return. New York: Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2008.

Myers, Walter Dean. Sunrise over Fallujah. New York, NY: Scholastic Press, 2008.

Robin Perry, from Harlem, is sent to Iraq in 2003 as a member of the Civilian Affairs Battalion, and his time there profoundly changes him.

Nuzum, K. A. The leanin' dog. New York: Joanna Cotler Books, 2008.

Poe, Edgar Allan & Gris Grimley. Edgar Allan Poe's tales of mystery and madness. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2004.

Rockwell, Anne & Lizzy Rockwell. Thanksgiving Day. New York: Harper Trophy, 2002.


Rohmann, Eric. A kitten tale. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2008.

Sams, Carl R. & Jean Stoick. First snow in the woods: a photographic fantasy. Milford, MI: C.R. Sams II Photography, 2007.

Readers are taken on a beautiful photographic journey deep into the autumn woods as the animals of the forest get ready for the year's first winter storm. They hear the cries from the great gray owl who came down from the far north carrying the warning, "Winter is coming early this year! Prepare." From the very first page, readers will be fascinated by the exquisite photographs of wildlife amid a background of vibrant autumn reds and golds. Will the animals be ready for the cold, hard winter to come?

Sams, Carl R. & Jean Stoick. Lost in the woods: a photographic fantasy. Milford, MI: C.R. Sams II Photography, 2004.

A spring tale of trust, patience, and waiting for your time. Woodland creatures are concerned for a newborn white-tailed fawn they believe is lost.

Sams, Carl R. & Jean Stoick. Stranger in the woods: a photographic fantasy. Milford, MI: C.R. Sams II Photography, 2000.

Forest animals, awakened by the birds' warning that there is a stranger in the woods, set out to discover if there is danger and find, instead, a wonderful surprise.

Schulman, Janet & Meilo So. Pale Male: citizen hawk of New York City. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2008.

Smith, Hope Anita & E.B. Lewis. Keeping the night watch. New York: Henry Holt and Co., 2008.

Tan, Shaun. Tales from outer suburbia. Crows Nest , N.S.W.: Allen & Unwin, 2008.

An exchange student who's really an alien, a secret room that becomes the perfect place for a quick escape, a typical tale of grandfatherly exaggeration that is actually even more bizarre than he says... These are the odd details of everyday life that grow and take on an incredible life of their own in tales and illustrations that Shaun Tan's many fans will love.

Weatherford, Carole Boston & Floyd Cooper. Becoming Billie Holiday. Honesdale, Penn.: Wordsong, 2008.

Before the legend of Billie Holliday, there was a girl named Eleanora. The world, however, would know her as Billie Holliday, possibly one of the greatest jazz singers of all time. Eleanora's journey into legend took her through pain, poverty and run-ins with the law. By the time she was fifteen, she knew she possessed something that could change her life - a voice. Eleanora could sing! Her remarkable voice led her to a place in the spotlight with some of the era's hottest big bands. Billie Holliday sang as if she lived each lyric and in many ways she had.

Wheeler, Lisa & Frank Ansley. Turk and Runt: a Thanksgiving comedy. New York: Aladdin Paperbacks, 2005.

Graphic Novels

Adams, Scott. You don't need experience if you've got attitude. Kansas City, Mo.: Andrews and McMeel, 1996.

Campbell, Ross. Wet moon. Portland, OR: Oni Press, 2004.

An unusually usual day-to-day story in the Deep South, set in the gothic, swampy southern town of Wet Moon, a place fraught with lousy love lives, teen angst, and shadowy rednecks. As Cleo Lovedrop heads off for college at the local art school, she's haunted by her melancholic past: a lost love, a lost child. Friends and enemies live their lives around her, as trouble and dissent brews amongst them: an unseen social assailant spreads slander about Cleo, she is forced to deal with her two brusque roommates, and discovers unsolved mysteries about the girl who lived in her room previously. Elsewhere, Trilby deals with unsettled emotional and sexual issues, and keeping her secret habits hidden from everyone. And Audrey comes to the realization that, despite all her efforts, she always causes her friends distress, while Fern, a peculiar, deformed girl who lives in an isolated mansion in the bayous, begins to notice Cleo and her friends. As the moon grows full and lunar rays shine down, lunacy and moon-calves run free. Goths, friendship, romance, sex, betrayal, gossip, cats, murder, guilt, a squirrel monkey, and all the terrible and wonderful things people do to each other.

Hill, Joe & Gabriel Rodriguez. Locke & key. San Diego, CA: IDW, 2008.

Onstad, Chris. The great outdoor fight. Milwaukie, Or.: Dark Horse; London: Diamond, 2008.

Russell, P. Craig & Neil Gaiman. Coraline. New York: HaperCollins Pub., 2008.

When Coraline steps through a door in her family's new house, she finds another house strangely similar to her own (only better). At first, things seem marvelous. The food is better than at home, and the toy box is filled with fluttering wind-up angels and dinosaur skulls that crawl and rattle their teeth. But there's another mother and another father, and they want her to stay and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go. Coraline will have to fight with all her wit and all the tools she can find if she is to save herself and return to her ordinary life.

TenNapel, Doug. Gear. Berkeley, Calif.: Image, 2007.

TenNapel, Doug. Iron West. Berkeley, CA: Image Comics, 2006.

Preston Struck is an incompetent outlaw with a heart of fool's gold. He discovers an army of metal men bent on destroying central California. While Struck avoids any form of heroism, he gets a little help from a magical old shaman and his sidekick Sasquatch. Struck is going to need all the help he can get because he's deputized just as the mechanical men have taken over the railroad and are mutating the train into a giant demonic iron monster.

TenNapel, Doug. Monster zoo. Berkeley, Calif.: Image, 2008.

New books for the week of 2 February, 2009

SILS Collection

Baltzan, Paige & Amy Phillips. Essentials of business driven information systems. Boston: McGraw-Hill Irwin, 2009.

Barr, Catherine. Best new media, K-12: a guide to movies, subscription web sites, and educational software and games. Westport, Conn.: Libraries Unlimited, 2008.

Bolan, Kimberly. Teen spaces: the step-by-step library makeover. Chicago: American Library Association, 2009.

Coleman, Tina & Peggie Llanes. The hipster librarian's guide to teen craft projects. Chicago: American Library Association, 2009.

Evans, G. Edward & Thomas L. Carter. Introduction to library public services. Westport, Conn.: Libraries Unlimited, 2009.

"A library's primary function is to provide access to information considered useful or valuable to the society in which they exist." True to their introduction, Evans and Carter provide a solid, broadly based view of library public service and its functions. As in the preceding edition, its authors marry the importance of the help ethos with a plethora of technological tools and techniques. Each chapter covers the role, purpose, and philosophy related to major functional areas of public service, including points to ponder, forms and flowcharts, review questions and suggested readings. The result brings into focus the duties and responsibilities of both professional librarians and support staff, with particular emphasis on areas of common concern. Coverage of such essential topics as circulation, reference, interlibrary loan, literacy instruction, reserves, and security has been extended, updated, and predicated on the importance of keeping a watchful eye on ethical and legal implications.

King, Brandy E. & Kathy Reinold. Finding the concept, not just the word: a librarian's guide to ontologies and semantics. Oxford: Chandos, 2008.

König, Simon. Biomacromolecular mass spectrometry research progress. New York: Nova Science Publishers, 2008.

Library of Congress. Report of the Librarian of Congress. Washington: G.P.O., 2007.


Juvenile Collection

Cashore, Kristin. Graceling. Orlando, FL: Harcourt, 2008.

Collins, Suzanne. The hunger games. New York: Scholastic Press, 2008.

In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.

Fleming, Candace. The Lincolns : a scrapbook look at Abraham and Mary. New York: Schwartz & Wade Books, 2008.

Green, John. Paper towns. New York, N.Y.: Dutton Books, 2008.

When Margo Roth Spiegelman beckons Quentin Jacobsen in the middle of the night - dressed like a ninja and plotting an ingenious campaign of revenge - he follows her. Margo's always planned extravagantly, and, until now, she's always planned solo. After a lifetime of loving Margo from afar, things are finally looking up for Q . . . until day breaks and she has vanished. Always an enigma, Margo has now become a mystery. But there are clues. And they're for Q. Printz Medalist John Green returns with the trademark brilliant wit and heart-stopping emotional honesty that have inspired a new generation of readers.

Hardinge, Frances. Well witched. New York: HarperCollinsPublishers, 2007.

Three friends fall prey to the demands of the Well Witch when they trespass in her wishing well and steal some coins.

Hawking, Lucy & Stephen Hawking. George's secret key to the universe. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2007.

Follows the adventures of a young boy and his neighbor friend as they travel through a computer portal into outer space, where they explore such mysteries as black holes and the origins of the universe, while trying to evade an evil scientist.

Horvath, Polly. My one hundred adventures. New York: Schwartz & Wade Books, 2008.

The winner of a National Book Award, a Newbery Honor, and countless other awards has written her richest, most spirited book yet, filled with characters that readers will love, and never forget. Jane is 12 years old, and she is ready for adventures, to move beyond the world of her siblings and single mother and their house by the sea, and step into the "know-not what." And, over the summer, adventures do seem to find Jane, whether it's a thrilling ride in a hot-air balloon, the appearances of a slew of possible fathers, or a weird new friendship with a preacher and psychic wannabe. Most important, there's Jane's discovery of what lies at the heart of all great adventures: that it's not what happens to you that matters, but what you learn about yourself.

Kuklin, Susan. No choirboy: murder, violence, and teenagers on death row. New York: Henry Holt and Co., 2008.

Lanagan, Margo. Tender morsels. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2008.

A young woman who has endured unspeakable cruelties is magically granted a safe haven apart from the real world and allowed to raise her two daughters in this alternate reality, until the barrier between her world and the real one begins to break down.

Lockhart, E. The disreputable history of Frankie Landau-Banks: a novel. New York: Hyperion, 2008.

Sophomore Frankie starts dating senior Matthew Livingston, but when he refuses to talk about the all-male secret society that he and his friends belong to, Frankie infiltrates the society in order to enliven their mediocre pranks.

Macaulay, David. The way we work: getting to know the amazing human body. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2008.

Menzel, Peter & Faith D'Aluisio. What the world eats. Berkeley, Calif.: Tricycle Press, 2008.

Murdock, Catherine Gilbert. Princess Ben: being a wholly truthful account of her various discoveries and misadventures, recounted to the best of her recollection, in four parts. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2008.

Our White House: looking in, looking out. Cambridge, Mass.: Candlewick Press, 2008.

More than one hundred leading authors and illustrators donate their talents in a creative tour de force that is making history. Conceived and co-created by the National Children's Book and Literary Alliance, this incomparable collection of essays, personal accounts, historical fiction, and poetry melds with an equally stunning array of original art to offer a multifaceted look at America's history through the prism of the White House. Starting with a 1792 call for designers to plan a presidential mansion and continuing through the present day, OUR WHITE HOUSE takes in everything from the amusing antics of presidents' children and pets to the drama of the White House ablaze and the specter of war; from the role of immigrants, African Americans, and Native Americans to the thoughts and actions of many presidents themselves. These highly engaging writings and illustrations, expressing varied viewpoints and interwoven with key historical events, are a vital resource for family sharing and classroom use - and a stirring reminder that the story of the White House is the story of every American.

Pearson, Mary (Mary E.). The adoration of Jenna Fox. New York: Henry Holt, 2008.

Pratchett, Terry. Nation. New York, NY: HarperCollins, 2008.

After a devastating tsunami destroys all that they have ever known, Mau, an island boy, and Daphne, an aristocratic English girl, together with a small band of refugees, set about rebuilding their community and all the things that are important in their lives.

Werlin, Nancy. Impossible: a novel. New York, NY: Dial Books, 2008.

Lucy has nine months to break an ancient curse in order to save both herself and her unborn daughter. Inspired by the ballad "Scarborough Fair," this riveting novel combines suspense, fantasy, and romance for an intensely page-turning and masterfully original tale.Lucy is seventeen when she discovers that the women of her family have been cursed through the generations, forced to attempt three seemingly impossible tasks or to fall into madness upon their child's birth. But Lucy is the first girl who won't be alone as she tackles the list. She has her fiercely protective foster parents and her childhood friend Zach beside her. Do they have love and strength enough to overcome an age-old evil?

Graphic Novels

Bliss, Harry. Luke on the loose: a Toon Book. New York: RAW Junior, 2009.

Brown, Chester. Louis Riel : a comic-strip biography. Montreal: Drawn and Quarterly; New York: Distributed in the USA by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006.

Ellis, Warren. Down: and Tales of the Witchblade. Berkeley, Calif.: Image Comics, 2006.

Evensen, Erik. Gods of Asgard: a graphic novel interpretation of the Norse myths. Columbus, OH: Studio E3, 2007.

Hayes, Geoffrey. Benny and Penny in The big no-no!: a Toon Book. New York : Raw Junior, 2009.

Howard, Josh. The lost books of Eve. Dallas, TX: Viper Comics, 2008.

Creation is still in it's infancy. Man is just a myth. And the Garden Of Eden is a place of perfect peace and tranquility. That is, until it's keeper, Adam, is abducted. Now, his wife Eve, young and new to the world, must venture outside the safett of the Garden for the first time to go in search of her husband, all the while battling monsters, demons, and even the gods themselves. But Eve's quest for Adam soon becomes part of a bigger search for wisdom and knowledge as Eve struggles to find her own - and the human race's - place in the world.

Robinson, Alex. Box office poison. Marietta, GA: Top Shelf Productions, 2001.


New books for the week of 26 January, 2009

SILS Collection

Beyerlein, Michael M.; Susan T. Beyerlein; & Frances A. Kennedy. Innovation through collaboration. Amsterdam; Oxford: Elsevier JAI, 2006.

Kaestle, Carl F. & Janice A. Radway. Print in motion: the expansion of publishing and reading in the United States, 1880-1940. Chapel Hill: Published in association with the American Antiquarian Society by the University of North Carolina Press, 2009.

Luft, Eric v.d. The inscribed list: or, why librarians are crazy: hilarious real names of real people from library catalogs. North Syracuse, N.Y.: Gegensatz Press, 2008.

Preer, Jean L. Library ethics. Westport, Conn.: Libraries Unlimited, 2008.

Smiraglia, Richard P. Shelflisting music: guidelines for use with the Library of Congress classification, M. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press: Music Library Association, 2008.

Tinsley, Thomas A. Deadlines and duct tape: how to manage the it function from a business perspective. Tampa, FL: Meghan Kiffer Press, 2008.

Turow, Joseph. Media today: an introduction to mass communication. New York: Routledge, 2009.

Juvenile Collection

Bridwell, Norman. Clifford's Thanksgiving visit. New York: Scholastic Inc., 1993.

Orozco, Rebeca & Lucho Rodríguez. Aves de México: conócelos de cerca! México, D.F.: Ediciones Tecolote, 2007.

Riordan, Rick. The battle of the Labyrinth. New York: Hyperion Books for Children, 2008.

When demonic cheerleaders invade his high school, Percy Jackson hurries to Camp Half Blood, from whence he and his demigod friends set out on a quest through the Labyrinth, while the war between the Olympians and the evil Titan lord Kronos draws near.

Graphic Novels

Gibbons, Dave. Watching the watchmen: the definitive companion to the ultimate graphic novel. London: Titan, 2008.

Hennessey, Jonathan & Aaron McConnell. The United States Constitution: a graphic adaptation. New York: Hill and Wang, 2008.

Method Man & Sanford Greene. Method Man. New York: Grand Central; London: Little, Brown, 2008.

Spiegelman, Art. Breakdowns: portrait of the artist as a young...! New York: Pantheon Books, 2008.