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Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith

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Private detective Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott, his assistant, return in Galbraith’s (a.k.a. J. K. Rowling) third book in the Cormoran Strike series. Wasting no time with pleasantries, readers are thrown into the action with a package containing a woman’s severed leg delivered to Robin at work. In between arranging her upcoming nuptials and having an on-again off-again relationship with her fiancé, she inadvertently places herself in danger while trying to determine which of the four men from Cormoran’s past is responsible. Meanwhile, believing he is the target of the madman, not Robin, Cormoran follows his own hunches. Action and plot twists abound, making this the best book yet in the series. This well-conceived and -written mystery with likable main characters will keep you coming back for more.

IQ by Joe Ide

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Isaiah “IQ” Quintabe is a high school dropout in East Long Beach, one of LA’s roughest neighborhoods; he’s also a brilliant investigator driven to apply his talents to cases the police won’t touch. His grateful clients are more likely to pay him in casseroles than cash, so when a childhood frenemy contacts IQ about a paranoid rapper offering $50,000 to find out who wants him dead, IQ reluctantly takes the case. His investigation leads him to a devious diva, a megalomaniac manager, a pair of braindead bodyguards, and a hired killer whose dog could send Cujo running.

Filled with colorful characters and a switchback plot, IQ is a page-turning mystery that will leave you eagerly awaiting the sequel (to be released in fall 2017).

True Tales to Be Told: Every Bone Tells a Story

This superb introduction to archaeology and anthropology looks closely at four ordinary people who lived thousands of years ago and were discovered within the last 20 years: Turkana Boy, Lapedo Child, Kennewick Man, and Iceman.  The discovery of the bones of these people has influenced debates about the nature of the earliest members of the family Hominidae.  

Sci-Fi Pick For Teens: Apollo's Outcasts

Jamey Barlowe has been unable to walk since childhood, the result of being born on the Moon. Jamey's father sends him, along with five other kids, back to the Moon to escape a political coup that has occurred overnight in the United States. Jamey will have to learn a whole new way to live, one that entails walking for the first time in his life. It won't be easy and it won't be safe. Jamey soon finds himself at the center of a dangerous political struggle stretching from the Earth to the Moon. 

Juvenile Fiction Selection: Masterminds by Gordon Korman

Serenity, New Mexico is an idyllic town where everyone has everything that they need, the lawns are perfectly manicured, and there is no crime.  Serenity is small and there are only thirty kids living in it, including Eli Frieden.  Eli has never left Serenity and why would he ever want to?  All the kids have pools, he has his friends, and his father is the mayor and principal of the school. This town seems perfect and Eli is perfectly happy to live there.  Everything changes the day his best friend Randy convinces him to ride their bikes to the edge of town.  Something strange happens to Eli when he hits the town limits; he gets terribly sick and has to be rescued.  The next thing he knows Randy is getting sent away to live with his grandparent's in Colorado.  Things are changing in Serenity, especially when Eli discovers a secret letter Randy has left him that leads to even more surprises.  Eli teams up with two other kids, Tori and Malik, and together they discover that Serenity is not at all what it seems, and neither are they!  (Grades 4-6 School Library Journal)

Teen Recommendation: The Smell of Other People's Houses

A 1970s Alaskan fishing town is the setting for this tale of four teenagers struggling with hardship over the course of a year, during which their stories occasionally collide and intertwine.   Dora only wants to find a safe home and loving family, but when good fortune strikes, it may be her downfall.  Ruth misses her parents and hopes to escape the harsh life she has endured with her Gran, but a relationship with a popular guy at school might not be the escape she needs. Stowing away on a ship proves dangerous for Hank, who seeks a safe haven for himself and his brothers, and Alyce must choose between her love of dancing and her father’s expectation that she continue to spend summers fishing with him. The gutsiness of these four teens who, at heart, are trying to find their places in the world and survive against challenging odds, will resonate with readers of all ages.  

Teen Fiction from the ages: Tangled Webs

London, 1725. Everybody has a secret. Lady A will keep yours—for a price. Lady A is a seventeen-year-old orphan named Arista who trades in secrets and lives in fear of her abusive master.  To escape this life she has to pass herself off as a boy to move safely through London's criminal underworld. Everything changes when she meets Grae Sinclair, who loves Arista for who she is and promises to help her escape her criminal life.

Picture Book Selection: Plants Can't Sit Still

Do plants really move? Absolutely! You might be surprised by all the ways plants can move. Discover the many ways plants (and their seeds) move. Whether it's a sunflower, a Venus flytrap, or an exotic plant like an exploding cucumber, this fascinating picture book shows just how excitingly active plants really can be. Recommended for Grades K-2.

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