In the Spotlight
W is for wasted / Sue Grafton
Two dead men changed
the course of my life that fall. One of them I knew and the
other I’d never laid eyes on until I saw him in the morgue.
The first was a local PI of
suspect reputation. He’d been gunned down near the beach at
Santa Teresa. It looked like a robbery gone bad. The other was
on the beach six weeks later. He’d been sleeping rough.
Probably homeless. No identification. A slip of paper with
Millhone’s name and number was in his pants pocket. The
coroner asked her to come to the morgue to see if she could ID
Two seemingly unrelated
deaths, one a murder, the other apparently of natural causes.
But as Kinsey digs deeper
into the mystery of the John Doe, some very strange linkages
begin to emerge. And before long at least one aspect is solved
as Kinsey literally finds the key to his identity. “And just
like that,” she says, “the lid to Pandora’s box flew open. It
would take me another day before I understood how many imps
had been freed, but for the moment, I was inordinately pleased
In this multilayered tale,
the surfaces seem clear, but the underpinnings are full of
betrayals, misunderstandings, and outright murderous fraud.
And Kinsey, through no fault of her own, is thoroughly
Never go back / Lee Child
Former military cop Jack Reacher makes it all the way from
snowbound South Dakota to his destination in northeastern
Virginia, near Washington, D.C.: the headquarters of his old
unit, the 110th MP. The old stone building is the closest
thing to a home he ever had.
Reacher is there to meet—in person—the new commanding officer,
Major Susan Turner, so far just a warm, intriguing voice on
the phone. But it isn’t Turner behind the CO’s desk. And
Reacher is hit with two pieces of shocking news, one with
serious criminal consequences, and one too personal to even
think about. When threatened, you can run or fight.
Reacher fights, aiming to find Turner and clear his name,
barely a step ahead of the army, and the FBI, and the D.C.
Metro police, and four unidentified thugs. Combining an
intricate puzzle of a plot and an exciting chase for truth and
justice, Lee Child puts Reacher through his paces—and makes
him question who he is, what he’s done, and the very future of
his untethered life on the open road.
Scaredy Squirrel prepares for
Halloween / Melanie Watt
From costume ideas to trick-or-treating strategies, Scaredy
Squirrel helps readers plan for the spookiest night of the
year! Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Halloween is the second in
a series of nutty safety guides featuring everyone's favorite
What we found in the sofa and
how we saved the world / Henry Clark
When River, Freak, and Fiona discover a mysterious sofa
sitting at their bus stop, their search for loose change
produces a rare zucchini-colored crayon. Little do they know
this peculiar treasure is about to launch them into the middle
of a plot to conquer the world!
The kids' only hope is to
trap the plot's mastermind when he comes to steal the crayon.
But how can three kids from the middle of nowhere stop an evil
billionaire? With the help of an eccentric neighbor, an
artificially intelligent domino, a DNA-analyzing tray, two hot
air balloons, and a cat named Mucus, they just might be able
to save the planet.
This clever comic adventure
from debut author Henry Clark is a truly original and utterly
wacky story about the importance of intelligence and curiosity
in a complacent world.
In the footsteps of Daniel
Boone / Randell Jones
Market hunter, frontier guide, wilderness scout, master
woodsman, expert marksman, Indian fighter, militia leader,
surveyor, land speculator, judge, sheriff, coroner, elected
legislator, merchant, tavern keeper, prisoner of war, Spanish
syndic, husband, father—Daniel Boone led one of the fullest
and most eventful lives in American history.
Encompassing 85 sites
stretched across 11 states, In the Footsteps of Daniel Boone
takes readers to the places where Boone lived, hunted, fought,
and dreamed of the next frontier.
You’ll find the sites where
two of Boone’s sons were killed by Indians, where he rescued
his kidnapped daughter from Shawnee captors, where his brother
was slain by Indians who mistook him for Boone, where he
tricked a British governor, and where he was court-martialed
on charges of treason.
In David, Kentucky, you’ll
visit the hollow where Daniel Boone saw his first buffalo.
At Fort Boonesborough State
Park, you’ll learn how his courage and cunning defeated a
At Cumberland Gap, you’ll
walk Boone’s Wilderness Trail, by which a quarter-million
settlers entered Kentucky.
And in Pennsylvania and
Missouri, you’ll see the homes where he was born into and
departed this world—a thousand miles, 86 years, and a
legendary life apart.
42 is a powerful film about how one man changed baseball… and
changed America. The film opens in 1945, after the end of
World War II, when team executive Branch Rickey has set his
mind on bringing the first black baseball player into the
ranks of an American major league baseball team despite the
disapproval of his advisers and team manager. A stubborn man
who declares that money is green, not black or white, and
claims profit as his motivation, Rickey carefully selects
Jackie Robinson from the Kansas City Monarchs. He chooses
Robinson both because he's an excellent baseball player and
because Rickey believes him to be a man with the inner
strength to withstand the bullying and abuse that's sure to
follow his appointment to an all-white team. So begins an
emotionally charged journey of prejudice, abuse, growth, and
empowerment that follows player and manager as they submerge
themselves in something much bigger than themselves. Harrison
Ford is perfectly cast as Mr. Rickey, a stubborn man with a
mission he refuses to be dissuaded from and who is
contradictorily harsh and kind, wise and comical, progressive
and old school. Chadwick Boseman, as Jackie Robinson, exudes
the intense inner strength and barely contained rage of a
black man whose physical and moral strengths are ignored by
fellow players and a public fixated on the color of his skin.
He is absolutely believable as a man who changed the world
while refusing to let the world change him. Equally strong
performances are given by Nicole Beharie as the ever-calm Mrs.
Rachel Robinson and Andre Holland as Wendell Smith, the black
reporter who accompanies Jackie Robinson almost everywhere. 42
is a poignant film that has some unexpectedly witty moments,
and viewers can expect their emotions to run the gamut from
shame, helplessness, and rage to the awakening of inspiration
and empowerment to continue to effect change and eradicate
discrimination. 42 is one of the best films produced in a long
time. Watch it--and make sure to include your teenagers in the
audience. (Ages 12 and older)
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