Rosa Loves Cars is one of the lovely board books, written and illustrated by Jessica Spanyol. In this delightful and simple story, we see Rosa playing pretend with a firetruck, racing toy cars down a ramp, and even pretending her toys are stuck in a traffic jam. It is rare that we get to see a young girl playing with traditionally “boy” toys. Spanyol’s books are a refreshing look on how all toys and games are for all children, regardless of gender. The other children that Rosa plays with are also a happy surprise. Her friends are a mix of boys and girls, and different races. Several of her playmates have differing abilities, such as the character Samira who races cars in her wheelchair. Overall, this is a wonderful series to share with children. They will love the simple illustrations and want to play games just like Rosa, no matter who they are. Find the title in our catalog.
The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
Format: Digital Audio Book
Who it’s for: Adults
Everyone has those days that never end. Aiden Bishop, however truly is doomed to repeat the same 24 hour period eight times, unless he can learn the truth of who killed Evelyn Hardcastle. Every day, Aiden wakes up in the body of another guest at the party, saddled with that guest’s talents, insecurities, and quirks. And every day, he must work to solve an unsolvable crime. If he cannot do so by the 8th day in the body of the 8th guest, he will have to begin once again from square one. Stuart Turton has created a dark world filled with complex characters who are often not what they seem. If the idea of the Bill Murray movie, Groundhog Day, as a psychological thriller filled with violence and set in the 19th century England appeals to you, you will want to rush to the shelves to get a copy of The 7 ½ Death of Evelyn Hardcastle. The audiobook, available both on Overdrive and Hoopla is particularly well done and read by James Cameron Stewart.
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Read the Book, Watch the Movie!
Book: Good Omens
Mini-series: Good Omens
Release Date: Early 2019
The world is ending and the demon and angel from the Garden of Eden aren’t happy about it. They have come to like the human race (and the accouterments they get to experience on earth themselves) so they decide that they will simply have to work together to prevent the antichrist from bringing it all to an end. The only problem is that the antichrist was accidentally switched at birth and currently growing up in an idyllic British country village with no idea at all about his vast and unimaginable power. Don’t worry, the distant descendant of the only truly correct prophetess, Agnes Nutter is also working to track down the antichrist before everything quite literally goes to hell. Pratchett and Gaiman, two masters of both fantasy and humor, teamed up to write one of the most beloved books of our time. Now it is being translated for the screen by Amazon Prime staring David Tennant as the demon, Crowley, and Michael Sheen as the angel, Aziraphale. If you are looking for a story that will make you laugh out loud while also reminding you that the human race is full of hope, this is a truly wonderful book. Look for the mini-series in early 2019 on Amazon Prime. Find it in the catalog
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
Who it is for: Adults
Jason Dessen is content. He has a perfectly acceptable job and a beautiful and loving family. But is he truly happy with his life? Jason is forced to face this question when a masked man abducts him and throws him into a world where everything is slightly different. His wife isn’t his wife. His son was never born. His job isn’t his job and nothing makes sense. Jason must use every resource imaginable to figure out what is going on and find the family he knows is out there somewhere.
Blake Crouch takes a story that could have easily gotten bogged down in technical jargon and instead creates a world that keeps you riveted from page one. As Jason works to determine what’s happened, the reader gets completely drawn into his search for the truth. If you’re looking for a science fiction thriller that will keep you hooked from the first page to the last, check out Dark Matter by Blake Crouch. Find it in the catalog.
Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
Who it’s for: Teens
Stevie Bell loves murder – not committing it, but studying it, especially the 1936 Truly Devious case – a series of murders committed at Ellingham Academy, an elite high school for young innovators. When Stevie gets the chance to attend Ellingham, she makes solving the Truly Devious crime her own personal project. However, when a student ends up dead, Stevie begins to suspect that the murderer from over 80 years ago is somehow back to wreak even more havoc.
Maureen Johnson has a talent for making characters feel real, and Stevie Bell is no exception. You understand her point of view and will cheer her on as she gets closer and closer to solving the crime. With a touch of romance and some lovely friendships, this is a wonderful story about Stevie becoming more comfortable in her own skin, as well as an intriguing mystery you won’t want to put down. Fair warning, this is the first book in a trilogy, so the story ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, and you’ll anxiously be waiting for the next Truly Devious mystery.