Last Updated: Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Books

EASY

No Pirates Allowed! Said Library Lou By Rhonda Gowler Greene

For thousands of years X has been known to mark the spot, especially if you’re a pirate looking at a treasure map! Can Big Pirate Pete find elusive treasure in Seabreezy Library? This unruly pirate’s quest for treasure hangs on one condition – he must first bathe and change his underwear too, in order to get help from Library Lou.

Whimsy’s Heavy Things By Julie Kraulis

Whimsy’s heavy things are weighing her down. She tries to sweep them under the rug, but she trips over the rug. She tries to put them in a tree, but they fall on her. She even tries to sail them out to sea, but they always come back. Eventually Whimsy decides to deal with the heavy things one at a time … and something surprising happens.

FUN FACTS

Digger, Dozer, Dumper By Hope Vestergaard

Have you ever thought you would find a whole book of poetry about trucks? Well here it is! Sixteen illustrated rhymes invite vehicle lovers to meet their favourite trucks face-to-face. Lots of fun!

Children’s Book of Music

This introduction to the world’s most amazing music and its creators will engage a reader for hours. Learn about the history of music from the first drum beat to electronica. Included is a CD, so you can hear the music you’ve just read about, whether it is a Chinese melody or Caribbean steel drums.

JUNIOR

The Pet War By Allan Woodrow

Otto wants a dog. Lexi wants a cat. Their mother wants neither. Pets are expensive so who’s going to pay for everything? Otto has an idea. What if he got a job and earned enough money to pay for the dog? Then Lexi proposes that whichever sibling can raise enough money first will decide which pet they get. Oddly enough, their mom and dad agree. Let the Pet War begin!

The Lost Kingdom By Matthew Kirby

Billy, his father, and a secret society of philosophers and scientists venture into the American wilderness in search of the lost people of the Welsh Prince Madoc. Traveling in a flying airship, the members of the expedition find their lives endangered in the untamed American West by terrifying creatures, a party of French soldiers hot on their trail, and the constant threat of traitors and spies. Billy will face hazards greater than he can ever imagine as he gets caught up in the fight for the biggest prize of all: America.

YOUNG ADULT

Held By Edeet Ravel

Seventeen-year-old Chloe is taken hostage while on vacation in Greece, to be used as bait in an exchange for a prisoner release from the US. And yet, she doesn’t see her situation as life threatening as the news makes it out to be. Some chapters feature Facebook posts and newspaper headlines, bringing authenticity to a life that Chloe may not even want to reclaim.

Life on Mars: Tales from the New Frontier By Jonathan Strahan

Fascinated by both the lore and romance of Mars, Jonathan Strahan, challenged some of science fiction’s finest writers to explore the possibility of life on this planet. The end result is 13 visionary tales of stirring adventure and grand romance that are sure to change the way you look at the fourth planet from the sun.

ADULT

Making Masterpiece By Rebecca Eaton

Love Downton Abbey? Sherlock? Cranford? Thank Rebecca Eaton, the long-time executive producer of Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery on PBS for bringing the shows to North American TV. Here Eaton spills the secrets about iconic productions from Fortunes of War to Prime Suspect in this candid memoir.

The New Countess By Fay Weldon

Weldon completes her Downton-esque Love and Inheritance Trilogy that began with Habits of the House and continued with Long Live the King. It's 1903 as Lord Robert and Lady Isobel prepare for a visit from King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra to Dilberne Court. Intrigue abounds!