Rowayton Library Recommends

King Flashypants and the Evil Emperor

July 27, 2017

King Flashypants and the Evil Emperor by Andy Riley introduce Edward, the nine-year-old king of Edwinland. Copiously illustrated with very funny renditions of his empire and the neighboring evil Emperor Nurbison, it has many laugh out loud moments. Readers will relate to the fact the mind wanders when boring topics are raised, and there are plenty of those when you are running a kingdom. Eventually the evil empire rises up and there is a hair-raising battle. This is the first in what will clearly be a memorable series

 

Charlie's Boat

July 27, 2017

Charlie’s Boat by Kit Chase celebrates friendship and water play. Charlie, Lulu and Oliver gather at the river to fish. Everyone catches a fish but Charlie so they move on to boat building. The charming illustrations capture the frustrations of getting objects to cooperate with your plans. Charlie’s losses lead to a cooperative venture that produces fun for everyone.

The Quest for Z (The True Story of Explorer Percy Fawcett and a Lost City in the Amazon)

July 27, 2017

The Quest for Z (The True Story of Explorer Percy Fawcett and a Lost City in the Amazon) by Greg Pizzoli is the true story of Percy Fawcett, who devoted his life to exploration of the Amazon. Under the auspices of the Royal Geographic Society he went to South America on numerous trips between 1906 and 1924. He finally got backing to specifically look for a grand city in the Amazon. Read this to find out how it all ended and gain an appreciation for the struggles of early explorers. There are sidebars with all kinds of facts about the Amazon.

National Geographic Kid's Ultimate Space Atlas

July 27, 2017

National Geographic Kid’s Ultimate Space Atlas is thrilling. It’s copiously illustrated with star maps, includes detailed planet descriptions, describes deep space, the Milky Way and super novas, and in general covers everything a budding astronaut or astronomer would like to know. The illustrations and photos are so lush and fascinating everyone who dives into this book will be hooked!

Next Best Junior Chef--Lights, Camera Cook!

July 27, 2017

Next Best Junior Chef--Lights, Camera, Cook! By Charise Harper is a cooks’ tour for kids. The first in a series about the competition between Rae, Tate, Caroline and Oliver emphasizes the intensity, especially because every step is on film. The pressure of performing under the spotlight is huge for a bunch of eleven year olds, even prodigiously talented ones. It is fun to read about the dishes they create.

Whobert Whover, Owl Detective

July 27, 2017

Whobert Whover, Owl Detective by Jason Gallagher, illustrated by Jess Pauwels, is really cute. Whobert is dedicated to keeping his neck of the woods safe. He pulls out all the stops to find out what happened to Perry the Possum, who is lying awfully still. Playing possum never led to such complications! Whobert flaps all over accusing other creatures of the crime, all the while coming no closer to the obvious answer. This one will make everyone smile.

Marigold Bakes a Cake

July 27, 2017

Marigold Bakes a Cake by Mike Marlborough is the tale of a cat that loves to bake. Marigold is a persnickety sort who has set aside Mondays for uninterrupted baking time. Tackling a complex recipe requires concentration and he finds himself besieged by increasing numbers of birds who want to help. Their assistance is not exactly appreciated but the ultimate resolution is a happy one for all wannabe bakers.

Mama Lion Wins the Race

July 27, 2017

Mama Lion Wins the Race by Jon J Muth is entertaining and gorgeous. Lion and Tiger are scheduled to enter a race with all kinds of speedy competitors like Bun Bun, Stuffed Monkeys and the Flying Pandinis. The brightly colored paintings capture the verve of race day perfectly. Mama Lion has a plan, but the twists and turns of the race make the outcome uncertain. This one’s a page turner!

King Louie's Shoes

July 27, 2017

King Louie’s Shoes by D.J. Steinberg, illustrated by Robert Neubecker, is a hoot. Louis XIV is fairly short and this is a conundrum when you are the king and need to be high and mighty. He tries tall hairstyles, bigger thrones and finally hits on the idea of high heels for his shoes. Even though they prove difficult when dancing they are an immediate hit with everyone and the style persists (for women!) to this day. The illustrations are exceptional.

A New School Year--Stories in Six Voices

July 27, 2017

A New School Year--Stories in Six Voices by Sally Derby, illustrated by Mika Song, is a book of poetry about the experiences of six children at the start of the school year. They are entering kindergarten through fifth grade and all have understandable cases of nerves. The author handles their various concerns with sensitivity, understanding and humor. The adults in their lives are uniformly patient and kind, making the whole school experience very positive. The poems reinforce the legitimacy of some worries at the same time showing a clear path to managing them.

Someone Like Me

July 27, 2017

Someone Like Me by Patricia MacLachlan, illustrated by Chris Sheban, is a dreamy meditation on imagination and writing. A young girl goes through her days listening to peoples’ stories and songs, reading books over and over, trying to get her dog to talk, looking for a white horse to ride away on, and generally wondering and wandering.

LMNO Pea-quel

July 27, 2017

LMNO Pea-quel by Keith Baker is the latest adventure of the beloved peas. They are “busy again” in the colorful ABC’s, enthusiastically embracing all kinds of occupations. If there is a more entertaining, humorous way to reinforce alphabet learning we have not seen it! Young readers will eagerly turn the pages to see what the peas are up to next.

The African Orchestra

July 27, 2017

The African Orchestra by Wendy Hartmann, illustrated by Joan Rankin, celebrates the sounds of nature. Simple, rhythmic poem prose describes seed pod rattles, river reed flutes and the rumble and boom of an African drum. The watercolors depicting the landscape, animals, birds and reptiles are enchanting.

The Late Show

July 26, 2017

The Late Show by Michael Connelly introduces a new detective named Rene Ballard, who works the midnight shift with her partner. She has been dumped on the “late show” after running afoul of a powerful detective who she accused of sexual harassment. You can count on Connelly for a picture perfect LA background, expertly described police procedures, and twisty murders that have far reaching tendrils. Rene is a risk taker and the excitement builds from the first page.

Hue 1968

July 26, 2017

Hue 1968 by Mark Bowden is riveting military history about what in hindsight was a turning point of the Vietnam War. The Tet offensive and capture of Hue turned into an epic urban battle between drastically undermanned Marines and the invading armed forces from North Vietnam. The book encompasses numerous interviews with combatants on both sides, as well as exhaustive document research. It’s an eye opening look at what it was like to fight a determined enemy far from home. It’s an exceptionally well done military and social history.

Persons Unknown

July 26, 2017

Persons Unknown by Susie Steiner is a terrific thriller from this talented author. It is the follow up to Missing Presumed but it is not essential to read that book first (although we highly recommend it!). The Cambridge shire coppers are believable characters whose personal lives are artfully interwoven with the case they are working on. The dialogue has moments of laugh out loud humor despite the seriousness of the plot and her observations are spot on. It’s told from numerous points of view which allows the reader insight into the characters’ motivations.

Hello Sunshine

July 26, 2017

Hello Sunshine by Laura Dave Is a delightfully funny, sharp novel about the world of food and the lies we tell ourselves, and everyone else. The “heroine” is busted early on via social media and must remake a life that had been based on lies. She is a well known cooking personality whose persona is completely fabricated--she can’t even boil an egg. Her life in a mess, and she has to return to her hometown to try and repair the damage and make sense of her poor choices. The author has been clever about constructing a character who is far from perfect but sympathetic.

The Cave Dwellers

July 26, 2017

The Cave Dwellers by Richard Grant takes place in Germany in the early years of Hitler’s rise to power. Intriguing characters are well developed and the plot thickens very early on. It has moments of humor too as the shenanigans heat up. The main characters engage in cloak and dagger maneuvers on land and on the high seas. A core group dedicated to fighting Hitler’s rise tangles with enemies of every stripe in their efforts to save Germany.

Golden Hill

July 26, 2017

Golden Hill by Francis Spufford is marvelous historical fiction. The richly detailed background of New York in 1746 is so evocative you can almost smell the streets. The hero, Smith, arrives from London with a loaded purse and a mysterious agenda. He immediately finds himself wrapped up in complicated family and government intrigue. Highly recommended.

 

Knife Creek

July 26, 2017

Knife Creek by Paul Doiron continues the Mike Bowditch series. The Maine game warden finds himself caught up in a case involving a missing girl who was declared dead years ago. His efforts to get to the bottom of the mystery lead him into political and physical danger. Doiron is a fly fishing guide in ME who writes deeply atmospheric novels with sharp dialogue and well developed characters.

Exit West

July 26, 2017

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid, author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, do not ask us to stretch our hold on reality too much. Young lovers caught in a maelstrom of war we can too easily recognize hear of a door which could usher them to a better life. What if it were true? Would all their problems be solved? Beautifully imagined and written, a fable for our time.

Camino Island

July 26, 2017

Camino Island by John Grisham is a reliable page-turner. It’s a one off about the theft of priceless F. Scott Fitzgerald manuscripts from Princeton University. Other than the thieves, who are obviously bad guys, the other characters are in shades of gray as far as their motives. There is lots to learn about academic libraries and the priceless treasures clever thieves covet.

The People We Hate at the Wedding

July 26, 2017

The People We Hate at the Wedding by Grani Ginder is a sharp family satire, with the trademark dysfunction brought to an apex in the lead up to a family wedding. Two siblings with lots of baggage, and a mother with a secret are on their way to London for the wedding of their seemingly perfect half--sister. Complications from their various relationships make even the simplest decisions fraught. The dialogue is particularly good.

Graze

July 26, 2017

Graze--by Suzanne Lenzer is a hybrid cookbook. There are a lot of good ideas but minimal “at the stove” cooking. She emphasizes small plates and a lot of unique pairings, many of which are perfect for casual, vegetable centric summer entertaining. Gorgeous photos make the dishes pop off the page.

Out of Line: A Life of Playing with Fire

July 26, 2017

Out of Line: A Life of Playing with Fire by Barbara Lynch is also a memoir, written by a well-known Boston chef. She grew up in the Southie projects and has had a successful career running a number of highly praised restaurants. The book is as much about surviving a challenging childhood environment as it is about professional kitchens. Having said that, there are mouthwatering descriptions and recipes!

Give a Girl a Knife

July 26, 2017

Give a Girl a Knife by Amy Thielen is a memoir by a well-known chef and blogger who grew up in northern MN, but spent her twenties in some of the most famous kitchens in NYC. This is literally a tale of a journey taken while coming to an understanding of what the primal past means to you, and to your cooking chops. Read in tandem with her wonderful cookbook The New Midwestern Table.

Odyssey Uncharted

July 26, 2017

Odyssey Uncharted by Rowayton author C. Flemming Heilmann is subtitled A World War II Childhood Adventure and Education Wrapped in Mid 20th Century History. Pushed out of Malaysia as a young boy by the advancing Japanese, the family, originally from Denmark ultimately end up as refugees in Australia. A somewhat frenetic education in a number of schools ends with the securing of a law degree from Cambridge. That is just the first few decades of a fascinating life story!

Magpie Murders

July 26, 2017

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz is a twisty murder mystery with another mystery rolled over and around the original. The novel that arrives at Cloverleaf Publishing is an Agatha Christie type work set in the 1950’s, written by an established writer named Alan Conway. Chock a block with red herrings and multiple suspects it is eerily echoed in strange goings on in the present day. This is a fascinating, clever and fun romp through the genre.

Lego Batman Movie Animated Movie (PG) 104 minutes

July 26, 2017

LEGO BATMAN MOVIE – Animated Movies--(PG)--In the irreverent spirit of fun that made The LEGO® Movie a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble LEGO Batman (Will Arnett)--stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s (Zach Galifianakis) hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.

Heidi Animated Movie (NR) 111 minutes

July 26, 2017

HEIDI – Animated Movies---(NR)--English or French language--Orphan girl Heidi (Anuk Steffen) spends the happiest days of her childhood together with her eccentric grandfather (Bruno Ganz) in the Swiss mountains. With her friend, the goat general, Peter (Quirin Agrippi), she tends to goats and enjoys freedom in the mountains. But these carefree times come to an abrupt end when Heidi is taken to the city by her aunt, Dete (Anna Schinz). Forced to move into the home of an upper-class Frankfurt family, the energetic child struggles to fit in, longing for the mountains she loves. Based on the biggest Swiss international bestseller of all time, written by Johanna Spyri. A recent German remake of this classic now issued in English and French languages. And if you like this film, try Belle and Sebastian, in our Foreign movies section, about a boy and a dog during the Nazi occupation of the French Alps.

Sherpa Documentary (PG) 93 minutes

July 26, 2017

SHERPA - DOCUMENTARY--PG)--From the producers of Touching the Void & 127 Hours, an epic journey with the fearless guides of Mount Everest. Every year, Western mountain climbers make news ascending Mt. Everest. But the compelling stories of the Sherpa, the Nepalese guides who risk their lives to provide for their families, have gone untold, until now! Chronicling a fateful 2014 expedition and the tragic avalanche that spurred the Sherpas to make a stand for human rights and respect. Sherpa will forever change the way you look at the world’s most famous mountain, and the brave guides who navigate it.

Art 21: Art in the Twenty-First Century Season 1-6 Documentary (NR) 1440 minutes

July 26, 2017

The Art: Art in the Twenty-First Century, Seasons 1-6 - DOCUMENTARY--(NR)--100 Artists; Meet the most dynamic visual artists of our time in this award-winning documentary series. Unparalleled in its access to today’s artists, this unique series invites viewers into artists’ studios, homes, and communities to provide an intimate view of their lives, creative processes, and sources of inspiration. The 21 one hour programs present groundbreaking artists of the new century at work and speaking in their own words-direct accessible and unfiltered-about how, why, and what they create. You, the viewer, is taken behind the scenes and beyond the museum or gallery experience-to reveal how contemporary art can change how we see the world around us.

My Mother and Other Strangers (PG) 300 minutes

July 26, 2017

MY MOTHER & OTHER STRANGERS – Series--(PG)--With her English accent and her London ways, Rose Coyne (Hattie Morahan) is the only stranger in her rural Northern Ireland town, until 4,000 Americans arrive at the nearby WWII airbase. As Rose finds herself acting as peacekeeper between the disgruntled locals and the soldiers, she is also drawn to the engaging young Captain Dreyfuss (Aaron Staton). Will Rose risk her family for this forbidden love? Also starring Ciaran Hinds.

The Goodwife Final Season (NR) 950 minutes

July 26, 2017

THE GOODWIFE, FINAL SEASON - SERIES--(NR)--Primetime Emmy Award winner Julianna Margulies returns for the last time as Alicia Florrick, the “good wife” who went on to create an independent life of her own, in this final season of the acclaimed series. Savor every pivotal episode as Alicia transforms herself from harried bond court attorney into a partner with Diana Lockhart (Christine Baranski) at the firm where her career first took root. Along the way, Alicia meets a new confidant in Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo), explores personal boundaries with Jason Crouse (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), hears a stunning confession from Eli Gold (Alan Cumming) and supports her husband, Peter (Chris Noth), in both his run for the White House and possible return to the big house. See how everything comes full circle in the shocking and satisfying finale of this gripping drama.

The Goodwife Season 6 (NR) 956 minutes

July 26, 2017

THE GOODWIFE, Season 6 - SERIES--(NR)-- Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) stood by her husband (Chris Noth) on his tumultuous path to the governor's office, but now she's entering the world of politics on her own terms by running for state's attorney. As Election Day approaches, Alicia must balance the demands of her firm and campaign as she supports her partner Car (Matt Czuchry) during shocking developments that could end his career and life as he knows it. Juliana Margulies returns in the role that earner her two Primetime Emmy Awards, and stars with Archie Panjabi, Christine Baranski, Alan Cumming and a roster of stellar guests in Season Six of the gripping series that critics call 'TV's best drama' (Slate).

Striking Out Season 1 (NR) 214 minutes

July 26, 2017

STRIKING OUT, Season 1 - SERIES--(NR)--Dublin-based solicitor, Tara Rafferty (Amy Huberman) discovers that her fiancé and fellow solicitor, Eric (Rory Keenan) cheating on her with a colleague, she breaks up with him, quits her job at the prestigious law firm where they worked together and begins accepting clients out of a makeshift office in the back of a café. With the help of Ray (Emmet Byrne) her street-smart client-turned-assistant, private detective Meg Riley (Fiona O’Shaughnessy) and friend and mentor Senior Counsel Vincent Pike (Neil Morrissey), Tara takes on a series of cases that often pit her against her

The Tunnel Sabotage Season 2 (NC-17) 400 minutes

July 26, 2017

THE TUNNEL, SABOTAGE, Season 2 - SERIES--(NC-17)-- The English-French remake of the Swedish-Danish series, The Bridge (Bron:Broen), with some slight changes. When a dead body is discovered in the English Channel tunnel, exactly midway between England and France, a detective from each country is appointed to work the investigation. The two officers must work on their own partnership as well as track down the criminal. Stephen Dillane and Clemence Poesy star.

Masterpiece Mystery: Grantchester Season 3 (PG-13) 382 minutes

July 26, 2017

Masterpiece Mystery: GRANTCHESTER, Season 3 - SERIES--(PG-13)--The whiskey-drinking and jazz-loving vicar Sidney Chambers (James Norton) returns alongside his friend and veteran cop Inspector Geordie Keating (Robson Green) for a second season of crime solving in the small country parish of Grantchester. Based on the popular Sidney Chambers mystery novels by James Runcie.

800 Words Season 2 Part 2 (NR) 365 minutes

July 26, 2017

800 WORDS, Season 2, Part 2 - SERIES--(NR)--George, Arlo and Shay are back, still living in Weld, still fixing their house and hanging out on the beach, in school and in town with all of the Weld townsfolk.

The Americans Season 4 (NR) 595 minutes

July 26, 2017

THE AMERICANS, Season 4 - SERIES--(NR)--Starring Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys as undercover Soviet spies in the U.S. near the end of the Cold War, 1981. As one reviewer notes:Following the events of last season, Philip and Elizabeth Jennings (Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell) were standing on the edge of a cliff looking over the edge. Their daughter Paige (Holly Taylor) was closer than ever to understanding the full extent of her parents’ mission in America.

 

Detective Montalbano Episodes 29 & 30 (NR) 233 minutes

July 26, 2017

DETECTIVE MONTALBANO, Episodes 29 & 30 - SERIES--(NR)--Italian with English Subtitles Murder, betrayal, office politics, temptation is all in a day’s work for Detective Salvo Montalbano (Luca Zingaretti). With his always loyal and sometimes effective police squad he solves crimes in Vigata, crossing paths with housewives and priests, liars, saints and Mafia dons. He also wages a personal war with his own demons, which fight against his professional ideals and personal commitment to beautiful long-distance girlfriend, Livia. Yet there’s always time to indulge a long-standing flirtation with his ultimate temptress, Italian cuisine. Filmed in the sun washed.

Midsomer Murders Season 19 Part 1 (NR) 353 minutes

July 26, 2017

MIDSOMER MURDERS, Season 19, Part 1 - SERIES--(NR)--The English village mystery gets a contemporary spin in this series hit with a worldwide following. Bucolic settings harbor macabre crimes and eccentric characters that are no match for DCI John Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon) and his assistant, DS Jamie Winter (Nick Hendrix). Guest stars include Anthony Calf, Sally Phillips, Susan Hampshire, Susan Jameson to name a few. The Village That Rose from the Dead, Crime and Punishment, Last Man Out, and Red in Tooth & Claw are the mysteries of this series, with behind the scenes featurettes included.

The Zookeeper's Wife (PG-13) 126 minutes

July 26, 2017

THE ZOOKEEPERS WIFE – Movies--(PG-13)--In 1939 Poland, Antonina Zabinska (Jessica Chastain) and her husband successfully run the Warsaw Zoo and raise their family in an idyllic existence. Their world is overturned, however, when the country is invaded by the Nazis and they are forced to report to the Reich’s newly appointed zoologist (Daniel Bruhi). To fight back on their own terms the Zabinskis risk everything by covertly working with the Resistance and using the zoo’s hidden tunnels and cages to save families from Nazi brutality.

Norman: The Rise and Fall of a New York Fixer (R) 118 minutes

July 26, 2017

NORMAN: The Moderate Rise And Fall of a New York Fixer - Movies--(R)--Norman Oppenheimer (Richard Gere) lives a lonely life in the margins of New York City power and money, and strives to be everyone’s friend. His incessant networking leads him nowhere until he ends up befriending a young but charismatic politician, Micha Eshel (Lior Ashkenazi), at a low point in his life. Three years later, the politician becomes the Prime Minister of Israel. Norman uses Eshel’s name to leverage his biggest deal ever: a series of quid pro quo transactions linking the Prime Minister to Norman’s nephew (Michael Sheen), a rabbi (Steve Buscemi), a mogul (Harris Yulin), his assistant (Dan Stevens) and a treasury official from the Ivory Coast. Norman’s plans soon goes awry, creating the potential for an international catastrophe he must struggle to prevent. Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer is a comedic and compassionate drama of a man whose downfall is rooted in a human frailty all too easy to forgive--a need to matter.

The Lost City of Z (PG-13) 141 minutes

July 25, 2017

THE LOST CITY OF Z – Movies--(PG-13)--The Lost City of Z tells the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett, who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment who regard indigenous populations as "savages", the determined Fawcett- supported by his devoted wife, son and aide de camp returns time and again to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case, culminating in his mysterious disappearance in 1925.

The Sense of an Ending (PG-13) 108 minutes

July 25, 2017

THE SENSE OF AN ENDING - Movies--(PG-13)--BOOK TO MOVIE, The book by Julian Barnes; Jim Broadbent leads an all-star cast in this gripping story based on the acclaimed novel about a man whose quiet life is upset by the consequences of decisions made a lifetime ago. Michelle Dockery, Emily Mortimer, Charlotte Rampling.

A Quiet Passion (PG-13) 126 minutes

July 25, 2017

A QUIET PASSION - Movies--(PG-13)--Cynthia Nixon delivers a triumphant performance as Emily Dickinson as she personifies the wit, intellectual independence and pathos of the poet whose genius only came to be recognized after her death. Acclaimed British director Terence Davies (House of Mirth, The Deep Blue Sea) exquisitely evokes Dickinson s deep attachment to her close-knit Amherst family, including her nurturing sister Vinnie (Jennifer Ehle) and proud patriarch father (Keith Carradine), along with the manners, mores and religious convictions of that time which she wrestled with before finding transcendence in her poetry. The NY Times Critics’ Pick; Official Selection NY Film Festival

Land of Mine Foreign Movie (R) 101 German with English Subtitles

July 25, 2017

LAND OF MINE – Foreign Movies--(R)--German with English subtitles--As World War II comes to an end, a group of young German POWs is captured by the Danish army and forced to defuse and clear 2 million land mines from the Danish coast. With little to no training, the boys soon discover that the war is far from over. Inspired by true events, Land of Mine exposes the untold story about the young men who faced overwhelming odds in a post-war world.

The Fate of the Furious (PG-13) 272 minutes

July 25, 2017

THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS– Movies--(PG-13)-- Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and Michelle Rodriguez lead an all-star cast as the global blockbuster franchise delivers its most action-packed, high octane adrenaline rush yet in The Fate of the Furious. Now that Dom (Diesel) and Letty (Rodriguez) are married and Brian and Mia have retired from the game--and the rest of the crew has been exonerated--the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman (Charlize Theron) seduces Dom into the world of crime he can't seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before. From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, our elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world's stage and to bring home the man who made them a family.

The Image (R) 89 minutes

July 25, 2017

THE IMAGE - Movies--(R)--Albert Finney, John Mahoney, Kathy Baker, Swoosie Kurtz and Marsha Mason make this 1990 HBO release a superb summer watch. Jason Cromwell (Finney) is the highest-rated news anchor in the country. But when his latest investigation of an S&L leads a bank president to suicide, questions start to arise. As evidence begins to suggest the man was wrongly accused, the media and Cromwell in particular, appear to be more and more responsible for an innocent man’s death. Fighting to preserve his position, he finds his private life falling apart as well, wife, mistress and producer problems threaten on all sides. Examining the timeless issues of power and ethics in the pressure-cooker world of journalism, this movie is still very current with today world!

The Outsiders, The Complete Novel (PG-13) 113 minutes

July 25, 2017

THE OUTSIDERS, The Complete Novel– Movies--(PG-13)--New release of Francis Ford Coppola’s production of this groundbreaking movie from the 70’s. Starring Diane Lane, Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, Rob Lowe, Patrick Swayze, Emilio Estevez, Tom Cruise and C. Thomas Howell. The story is the conflict between the Greasers, the kids from the wrong side of the tracks with extreme family problems and little money vs. the Socs, the middle class, kids from well-off families, who are angry teens out to get the Greasers away from their territory, their girls, their lives. A deeply moving film of young men just trying to grow up without dying.

Waterloo (G) 128 minutes

July 25, 2017

WATERLOO - Movies--(G)--A film to follow up the history bookclub’s reading of Waterloo, this is a classic film newly acquired by our library. One of the most infamous chapters of history is brought to life in this spectacular film from Academy Award winning director Sergei Bondarchuk. With an acclaimed international cast headed by Rod Steiger, Christopher Plummer, and Orson Welles. This movie tells the story of Napoleon Bonaparte, from his abdication and exile, his dramatic escape and reunion with his devoted troops and Generals to his last desperate bid for ultimate power and glory.

The Shadow Cipher by Laura Ruby (Grades 5 and up) Summer Reading

July 5, 2017

The Shadow Cipher--by Laura Ruby--When a real estate mogul buys their historic, rent-controlled building in NYC, three middle schoolers band together to solve a centuries-old mystery. They throw themselves into the Morningstar Cipher, named for the twins who built much of New York’s astounding infrastructure (elevators that go sideways, subways that climb buildings), hoping to discover a treasure—but the Cipher “tries to solve you” as you solve it. This first volume in the York series opens up an ever-expanding sense of magic that promises bigger things to come.

The Left-Handed Fate by Kate Milford (Grades 5 and up) Summer Reading

July 5, 2017

The Left-Handed Fate--by Kate Milford--An ancient inscription and a handful of puzzling artifacts plunge three young people into both the War of 1812 and a much larger, older conflict. Set in Nagspeake (the setting of companion book, The Green Glass House), the tale focuses on risk-averse Max, dedicated Oliver and fiery Lucy. A tragic turn of events leaves Lucy as captain of her father’s ship as she deals with the quick-changing politics of the time, as well as the mysterious men in black that constantly pursue the Even 9-year-old Liao (Lucy’s half-brother) gets pulled into trying to solve the mystery of the three-part device, a supposed super weapon able to stop all wars. If you like a touch of suspense along with fast-paced action, this book is for you.

The Whispering Woods, Book 2 (Grades 3-5) Summer Reading

July 5, 2017

The Whispering Woods: A Novel--Twelve-year-old Warren has learned that his beloved hotel can walk, and now it’s ferrying guests around the countryside, transporting tourists to strange and foreign destinations. But when an unexpected detour brings everyone into the dark and sinister Malwoods, Warren finds himself separated from his hotel and his friends—and racing after them on foot through a forest teeming with witches, snakes, talking trees, and mind-boggling riddles, all accompanied by stunning illustrations and gorgeous design from Will Staehle on every page.

 

 

The All Seeing Eye, Book 1 (Grades 3-5) Summer Reading

July 5, 2017

The All Seeing Eye: A Novel--With fantastic Victorian-esque design, fast-paced action, and plenty of puzzles to solve, this middle grade mystery is a fun and engaging read for even the most reluctant readers. Warren the 13th is the lone bellhop, valet, groundskeeper, and errand boy of his family’s ancient hotel. The strange, shadowy mansion is full of crooked corridors and mysterious riddles—and it just might be home to a magical treasure known as the All-Seeing Eye. But if Warren is going to find the hidden treasure, he’ll need to solve several other mysteries first: What is the strange creature lurking in the hotel boiler room? Who is the ghostly girl creeping around the garden’s hedge maze? And why is the hotel’s only guest covered in bandages? Full of puzzles, secret codes, outrageous inventions, and hundreds of intricate illustrations, Warren the 13th and The All-Seeing Eye will delight and confound readers of all ages.

Recess Warriors: Hero is a Four-Letter Word by Marcus Emerson (Grades 3-5) Summer Reading

July 5, 2017

Recess Warriors: Hero is a Four-Letter Word--by Marcus Emerson--Welcome to how recess should be—full of action-packed, imaginative adventures. The first title in this graphic novel series introduces Bryce and Yoshi who battle a group of cootie-infested ashen-faced zombies who have taken over the playground. Soon events include a scheming pirate. As the rapidly pivoting situations continue, readers realize the plot is a big, constantly morphing game of pretend that takes place every day in the school yard. Full color panels with varying intensity keep the pages turning

Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe (Grades 3-5) Summer Reading

July 5, 2017

Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat--by Javaka Steptoe--Readers get an intimate yet succinct look at the formative years of Jean-Michel Basquiat. As a little boy who saw art everywhere, his skills develop through the nurturing of his mother and his exposure to the messy, beauty of the city. Excellent endnotes for those wanting to learn more round out the artistic accomplishment of this 2017 Caldecott Medal winner.

The Curse of the Attack O Lanterns, Book 3 by Chris Schweizer (Grades 3-5) Summer Reading

July 4, 2017

The Curse of the Attack O Lanterns, Book 3--by Chris Schweizer--When rule breaking during one of their investigations lands the detectives in “service detention,” the four friends find themselves lugging pumpkins off a foreclosed pumpkin patch. To thank them for their service, Sheriff Obie allows each Creep to take home a pumpkin to carve into a jack-o-lantern. Bad idea. Once carved, the jack-o-lanterns come to life—and attack everyone within reach! It turns out the pumpkins came from a cursed patch, and to stop the Attack-o-Lanterns from destroying their town, the Creeps will have to team up with the patch’s unpleasant owner, Old Lady Bitterwood, who happens to be a witch.

 

The Trolls Will Feast, Book 2 by Chris Schweizer (Grades 3-5) Summer Reading

July 4, 2017

The Trolls Will Feast, Book 2--by Chris Schweizer--In Pumpkins County, monster attacks are a common enough occurrence, but when an invisible monster attacks Jarvis, the Creeps know they’ve found their next case. Through Mitchell’s extensive monster expertise, the gang identifies the culprit: a Troll. Unfortunately, Trolls travel in packs. They hibernate together, and they feast on humans together. The tastiest type of human? Those who have been marinating in their own stress hormones. And there’s an awful lot of stress to go around these days, what with the town’s gossip site spewing out nonstop misinformation and alarmist messages. Could the Trolls be behind the countywide breakdown in communication? With the towns’ anxiety levels soaring off the charts, it’s up to the Creeps to find out—before the Trolls’ big feast.

Night of the Frankenfrogs, Book 1 by Chris Schweizer (Grades 3-5) Summer Reading

July 4, 2017

Night of the Frankenfrogs, Book 1--by Chris Schweizer--In Pumpkins County, weird things happen every day, but nobody ever makes a fuss. Nobody, that is, except the Creeps: Carol, a big-city girl new to Pumpkins County, who finds kindred spirits in Mitchell (monster expert), Jarvis (military brat with logistics know-how), and Rosario (girly girl on the outside, muscle underneath). The Creeps are on the case to figure out the spooky mysteries and still get to class on time. Last week it was a pudding monster. This week, it’s killer frogs—reanimated from the team’s biology class dissection experiment. Who’s behind the Frankenfrog attacks? The Creeps will track down the answers!

A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of the Snowy Day by Andrea Pinkney (Grades 3-5) Summer Reading

July 4, 2017
A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of the Snowy Day--by Andrea Pinkney with pictures by Lou Fancher and Steve Johnson--Using poetry (collage verse) author Pinkney lyrically relates the story of Keats and how Peter the lovable character in the ever-popular The Snowy Day, came to be created. What students may be surprised to know is how groundbreaking this children's book was for its time. This title inspires with its multimedia art and story of a boy who followed his passion for art into adulthood. (Juvenile Biography)

Moto and Me: My Year as a Wildcat's Foster Mom by Suzi Eszterhas (Grades 2-5) Summer Reading

July 4, 2017
Moto and Me: My Year as a Wildcat's Foster Mom--by Suzi Eszterhas--While working as a wildlife photographer in Kenya the author ends up helping an orphaned baby serval. With the help of local rangers who share their knowledge about life on the savanna, Suzi carefully nurtures Moto as he grows and learns how to survive in the wild. For animal lovers and young environmentalists alike.

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy (Grades 2-5) Summer Reading

July 4, 2017
I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark--by Debbie Levy and illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley--"Fight for the things that you care about. But do it in a way that will lead others to join you." This picture book biography of Justice Ginsburg traces her achievements in the field of law back to her girlhood years, emphasizing the importance of dissent in the face of an unequal society. Students will delight as they watch a young Ginsburg "protest" being forced to write with her right hand (she was left-handed) and "object" to being made to take home economics instead of shop class. She is the embodiment that disagreeing does not need to mean being disagreeable.

Smart About Sharks by Owen Davey (Grades 1-5) Summer Reading

July 4, 2017
Smart About Sharks--by Owen Davey--Has a fascination about the sea's most feared and often misunderstood residents? Then dive into this slim volume full of detailed yet "bite-sized" facts about these amazing creatures. Stunning artwork makes the learning easy. Last pages offer ideas on how readers can help their finned friends live in healthier oceans.

The Worm by Elise Gravel (Grades 1-4) Summer Reading

July 4, 2017

The Worm--by Elise Gravel--The Worm is a look at the earthworm. It covers such topics as the worm's habitats (sometimes they live inside other animals), its anatomy (its muscle tube is slimy and gross), and its illustrious history (worms have been on Earth for 120 million years). Although silly and off-the-wall, The Worm contains factual information that ties in with curriculum.

The Toad by Elise Gravel (Grades 1-4) Summer Reading

July 4, 2017

The Toad--by Elise Gravel--She's good for the environment and she's disgusting! Distinctive trait: Warts Food preference: Bugs and worms Special talent: Eating her own skin Disgusting? Yes, but fun, too! The Toad is the next installment of the Disgusting Critter series. Hilarious illustrated non-fiction about toads perfect for beginning readers. Humorous text and funny illustrations will leave young readers croaking for more.

 

The Spider by Elise Gravel (Grades 1-4) Summer Reading

July 4, 2017

The Spider--by Elise Gravel--This book looks at the spider. It covers such topics as the spider's habitats (pretty much everywhere but outer space), the silk it spins (it can trap prey and makes a nifty bowtie), and its parenting practice (female spiders carry around their eggs in a silk purse). Although silly and off-the-wall, The Spider contains real information that will both amuse and teach.

 

The Slug by Elise Gravel (Grades 1-4) Summer Reading

July 4, 2017

The Slug--by Elise Gravel--The Slug is a look at the land slug. It covers such topics as the slug's two pairs of tentacles, one pair for seeing, one pair for smelling (it can see you're a kid and smell like broccoli), its breathing hole (on the side of its head!), and its pretty gross mucous covering (in order to find a partner, the slug can follow another slug's mucous trail. True love!). Although silly and off-the-wall, The Slug contains real information that will tie in with curriculum.

The Rat by Elise Gravel (Grades 1-4) Summer Reading

July 4, 2017

The Rat--by Elise Gravel--The Rat is a look at the black rat. It covers such topics as the rat's long, agile tail (it's good for balancing and picking noses), long teeth (they can chew through anything, including books) and disgusting taste in food (delicious electrical wires in tomato sauce, anyone?). Although silly and off-the-wall, The Rat contains real information that will tie in with curriculum.

Head Lice by Elise Gravel (Grades 1-4) Summer Reading

July 4, 2017

Head Lice--by Elise Gravel--This book examines head lice. It covers such topics as head lice habitats (human heads only, dogs are gross), anatomy (his body is slightly see through, so he can always see what he ate for lunch), and parenting practice (the female louse sticks eggs to human hair and uses the leftover glue for her model airplanes). Although silly and off-the-wall, Head Lice contains factual information that will both amuse and teach.

The Fly by Elise Gravel (Grades 1-4) Summer Reading

July 4, 2017

The Fly--by Elise Gravel--The first in a series of humorous books about disgusting creatures, The Fly is a look at the common housefly. It covers such topics as the hair on the fly's body (requires a lot of shaving), its ability to walk on the ceiling (it's pretty cool, but it's hard to play soccer up there), and its really disgusting food tastes (garbage juice soup followed by dirty diaper with rotten tomato sauce, for example). Although silly and off-the-wall, The Fly contains factual information that will tie in with curriculum.

The Skydiving Beavers: A True Tale by Susan Wood (Grades 1-3) Summer Reading

July 4, 2017
The Skydiving Beavers: A True Tale--by Susan Wood and illustrated by Gysbert van Frankenhuyzen--A game warden invents an ingenious solution for a town's wildlife problem in this tale set in 1948. What is the problem? A huge group of beavers used to making the most of their natural habitat quickly becomes regarded as nuisances to the humans wanting to build homes and businesses in a growing town in Idaho. How could the creatures be safely relocated? An innovative warden and a brave beaver named Geronimo work together in a most amazing manner.

Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt, Book 2 by Ben Clanton (Grades 1-3) Summer Reading

July 4, 2017

Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt, Book 2--by Ben Clanton--Happy-go-lucky Narwhal and no-nonsense Jelly find their inner superheroes in three new under-the-sea adventures. In the first story, Narwhal reveals his superhero alter ego and enlists Jelly to help him figure out what his superpower is. Next, Narwhal uses his superpower to help a friend find his way back home.

 

Unicorn of the Sea, Book 1 by Ben Clanton (Grades 1-3) Summer Reading

July 4, 2017

Unicorn of the Sea, Book 1--by Ben Clanton--Narwhal is a happy-go-lucky narwhal. Jelly is a no-nonsense jellyfish. The two might not have a lot in common, but they do they love waffles, parties and adventures. Join Narwhal and Jelly as they discover the whole wide ocean together. A wonderfully silly early graphic novel series featuring three stories. In the first, Jelly learns that Narwhal is a really good friend.

Animals by the Numbers: a Book of Animal Infographics by Steve Jenkins (Grades K-5) Summer Reading

July 4, 2017
Animals by the Numbers: A Book of Animal Infographics--by Steve Jenkins--Utilizing his signature artwork of cut and torn paper collages, Jenkins presents visually engaging info graphics that succeed in presenting a lot of information in easy to understand charts and graphs. As the world becomes more data driven, kids need to be exposed to multiple ways to compare, contrast and compile. This book is a great beginning focusing on amazing information about a wide range of animals.

The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken (Grades K-3) Summer Reading

July 4, 2017
The Book of Mistakes--by Corinna Luyken--This book almost defies description. It is more of an experience than a story. Readers view a creative journey of first drawing a face, then an arm and neck and then an odd creature that seems like part frog, part cat, part cow. Mistakes happen when you create, and you can either embrace them or not. But maybe they aren't mistakes at all, just an interesting step in creating something unique, magical and ultimately thought-provoking.

Blobfish Throws a Party by Miranda Paul (Grades K-3) Summer Reading

July 4, 2017
Blobfish Throws a Party--by Miranda Paul and illustrated by Maggie Caton--Blobfish are having a moment. There are a few books out there that have a blobfish as the star, but only this one ends with such a summer-worthy all out party. When he sends out the message that he is having a party, mermaids, monkeys, sheep, shorebirds and many others misinterpret his message in the most hilarious ways. Don't fret-Blobfish eventually gets the credit for his great idea. Sure to make a splash (reading-wise) for the hot days!

A Squiggly Story by Andrew Larsen and Mike Lowery (Grades K-2) Summer Reading

July 4, 2017

A Squiggly Story--by Andrew Larsen and Mike Lowery--A young boy admires his big sister who loves to read and write. He would like to write a story but thinks he can't. Like any good writing coach, his sister tells him: "Write what you KNOW." Using letters and squiggles, he begins to craft a story his way. This is a positive example of how a picture book can inspire and help transform often e elusive creative impulses to something concrete and satisfying.

Morris Mole by Dan Yaccarino (Grades K-2) Summer Reading

July 4, 2017
Morris Mole--by Dan Yaccarino--Morris is the smallest of many brothers. He tries to share his ideas, but no one seems to hear him. When food becomes scarce, the bigger brothers make a decision, but Morris has another somewhat radical idea. See how Morris not only helps out his family but also how he digs deep to find courage to deal with a couple scary situations.

What's Your Favorite Favorite? Book 3 by Bob Shea (Grades K-2) Summer Reading

July 4, 2017

Ballet Cat: What is Your Favorite Favorite?--by Bob Shea--Ballet Cat and her cousin Goat are preparing a show for Grandma. Each is trying to outdo the other--Ballet Cat with an elaborate dance routine (of course), and Goat with his amazing (amazingly lame, that is) magic tricks. Neither act goes off quite as planned, but it doesn't matter . . . because Grandma falls asleep during the performance! Oh well, at least Ballet Cat and Goat learn how to cooperate. (But Ballet Cat cooperates better!)

Dance! Dance! Underpants! Book 2 by Bob Shea (Grades K-2) Summer Reading

July 4, 2017

Ballet Cat: Dance, Dance Underpants--by Bob Shea--Ballet Cat is getting her friend Butter Bear ready for her big ballet debut. "Leap, Butter Bear, leap!" Ballet Cat prompts. But Butter Bear would prefer to just point her toe. When Ballet Cat keeps pushing, Butter Bear gets hungry, then thirsty, then sleepy . . . The bottom line is that Butter Bear would rather do almost anything to avoid making a big leap. Why? Because her bottom is covered in silly underpants! This second entry in the Ballet Cat series will have beginning readers rolling on the floor with laughter.]

 

The Totally Secret Secret, Book 1 by Bob Shea (Grades K-2) Summer Reading

July 4, 2017

Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret--by Bob Shea--Ballet Cat and Sparkles the Pony are trying to decide what to play today. Nothing that Sparkles suggests--making crafts, playing checkers, and selling lemonade--goes well with the leaping, spinning, and twirling that Ballet Cat likes to do. When Sparkles's leaps, spins, and twirls seem halfhearted, Ballet Cat asks him what's wrong. Sparkles don’t want to say. He has a secret that Ballet Cat won't want to hear. What Sparkles doesn't know is that Ballet Cat has a secret of her own, a totally secret secret. Once their secrets are shared, will their friendship end, or be stronger than ever?

Good Night Owl by Greg Pizzoli (Grades K-1) Summer Reading

July 4, 2017
Good Night Owl by Greg Pizzoli
Something is preventing Owl from falling asleep. Observant readers will recognize the culprit right away even though the tiny creature is always out of Owl's sight. Poor Owl grows more and more frustrated as he tries to locate where the noise is. Off come the bed covers, up come the floorboards, and soon the roof and walls are gone. The good news is that Owl and the "noise" both finally get some much needed sleep after all the silly, over-the-top reactions quiet down.

The Giant Jumperee by Julia Donaldson and Helen Oxenbury (Grades K-1) Summer Reading

July 4, 2017
The Giant Jumperee-by Julia Donaldson and Helen Oxenbury
Rabbit, Cat, Bear, and Elephant are afraid of a voice coming out of Rabbit's burrow, but Mama Frog solves the mystery. What in the world is the think making so much noise? The Giant Jumperee who can "squash you like a flea" or "sting you like a bee" seems VERY frightening. But when Mama Frog counts to three, everyone is surprised who comes out! Great opportunities for new readers to practice rhyming words and use repeated phrases.

The Weissenseee Saga Season 3 Foreign (NR) 290 minutes

June 18, 2017

THE WEISSENSEEE SAGA, Season 3 - Foreign SERIES--(NR)--German with English subtitles--The lives of two families in East Berlin in Autumn 1989: the iron curtain is falling and the changing political climate takes its toll on the Kupfer family. Martin tries to get his daughter back with the aid of a West German reporter. His brother Falk belongs to a group of hardcore Stasi officers who want to preserve the Communist power, while his father, Hans, opposes any movement that can get out of control. Meanwhile Dunja Hausmann and Vera Kupfer are fighting for democratic reforms amid the ranks of the Civil Rights movement. Everyone is hiding skeletons in their closets.

The Weissenseee Saga Season 2 Foreign (NR) 295 minutes

June 18, 2017

THE WEISSENSEEE SAGA, Season 2 -Foreign SERIES--(NR)--German with English subtitles: A cold war Romeo & Juliet drama about the lives of two families in East Berlin between 1980 and 1990 as the era of communist DDR slowly comes to an end. Conflicting loyalties, betrayal, love and hope with Uwe Kockisch (Brunetti series) as Stasi officer Hans Kupfer, whose youngest son, Martin, falls in love with the daughter, Julia, of a dissident singer. Six years have passed since she was arrested for treason. Martin hasn’t seen her since, and will never forgive his brother Falk for having betrayed them. Julia’s mother, well-known singer Dunja Hausmann, is betraying her deepest convictions and working with the Stasi to alleviate her daughter’s harsh prison conditions. Hans is working behind the scenes to campaign for radical reform in the Stasi and the Party from within, and Falk’s wife, Vera, meets a pastor and gets involved in the environmental and civil rights movements.

800 Words Season 2, Part 1 (NR) 364 minutes

June 18, 2017

800 WORDS, Season 2, part 1 --SERIES--(NR)--After relocating from the whirlwind of Sydney, newspaper columnist George Turner (Erik Thomson) is slowly learning what it means to be a local in the quirky New Zealand town of Weld. He wanted his kids, Shay (Melina Vidier) and Arlo (Benson Jack Anthony), to have a fresh start after the death of his wife, but all did not go according to plan. Now George must reunite his family by bringing Shay home from her self-appointed exile in Australia. And if George is to become a fully functioning town resident, he must actually start anew- including finding a job with steady income and revamping his love life. With the many attractive, eligible women living in Weld, who will receive George’s affections.

Scream Queens Season 1 (NR) 570 minutes

June 18, 2017

SCREAM QUEENS, Season 1 --SERIES--(NR)--Fun, Scary, Glamorous, and Hilarious! Get hooked on this mischievous and addictive new series that will have you screaming in delight. A mysterious “Red Devil” killer wreaks havoc at Wallace University’s Kappa Kappa Tau sorority, putting every pledge on edge. Tension mounts as it becomes clear that anyone could be the murderer--or the next victim. Meanwhile Dean Cathy Munsch (Jamie Lee Curtis) forces Kappa’s tyrannical fashionista president, Chanel Oberlin (Emma Roberts), to accept anyone who wants to join the sorority.

The Last Kingdom Season 2 (NR) 487 minutes

June 18, 2017

THE LAST KINGDOM, Season 2 --SERIES--(NR)--Uhtred (Alexander Dreymon) is still recovering from fighting a defining battle that saved Wessex for King Alfred (David Dawson) but which came at a huge personal price. Mourning for those he has lost, Uhtred begins a voyage north to reclaim his own fate: to avenge Earl Ragnar's death and recapture his ancestral lands Alfred's conviction to create a united England is stronger than ever and he sets his sights on the wild lands of the north, which have fallen into chaos and rebellion. It is a dangerous time for Saxon and Dane alike but Alfred champions a new king--a Christian Dane-- to unite the tribes. Uhtred is faced with questions of fate and duty as he continues to fight for the country of his birth, against the people of his upbringing. With a newfound love, it seems he may finally be on his chosen path but in times of rivalrous factions, bloodshed and shocking betrayal he is tested like never before.

The Last Kingdom Season 1 (NR) 480 minutes

June 18, 2017

THE LAST KINGDOM, Season 1 --SERIES--(NR)--872 AD, England is Born: Re-telling the valiant story of King Alfred the Great of Wessex and his desire to unite many separate kingdoms into what would become England during a time of epic struggle and heroic deeds against the invading Danes. Combining real historical figures and events with fictional characters, it is the story of how a people reclaimed their land from the invading Vikings and build a place they call home. The star-packed cast features Alexander Dreymon (Utred), David Dawson (Alfred), Rutger Hauer (Ravn), Emily Cox (Brida), Matthew Macfayden (Lord Utred), and Ian Hart (Beocca). The story follows Uhtred’s life, born a Saxon and caught as a lad during a raid, taken and raised as a Viking, returning to his homeland to fight, for whom?

Seed: The Untold Story Documentary (PG) 94 minutes

June 18, 2017

SEED: THE UNTOLD STORY --DOCUMENTARY--(PG)--A rare and wonderful documentary. Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds: worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers and indigenous seed keepers fight a David & Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, theses heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds. Seed features Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, Winona Laduke and Raj Patel. A gorgeously made film.

The Red Turtle (PG) 81 minutes

June 18, 2017

THE RED TURTLE – Animated Movies--(PG)--Nominated for the 2016 Animated Feature this highly acclaimed film by Studio Ghibli has been much-anticipated. This Masterfully animated fantasy film tells the story of a man shipwrecked at sea who becomes stranded on a beautiful but desolated island. He learns to live in isolation, seemingly tormented by his efforts to escape the island by a giant red turtle. Miraculously, he soon comes upon a young woman also lost at sea and create a family together.

My Life as a Zucchini (PG-13) 68 minutes

June 18, 2017

MY LIFE AS A ZUCCHINI – Animated Movies--(PG-13)--French or English language--Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature this is the delightful and touching tale about the uplifting power of friendship in the face of adversity, and how friends can make a difference. After his mother’s sudden death, 9-year-old Zucchini is befriended by a kind police officer and taken to a foster home filled with other orphans his age. Though he struggles to find his place at first, with the help of his new friends, Zucchini learns to trust and love again as he searches for a new family of his own. With a band of unforgettable characters you’ll be cheering for this movie that stands as a testament to the resilience of the human heart.

A United Kingdom (PG-13) 111 minutes

June 18, 2017

A UNITED KINGDOM- Movies--(PG-13)--In the late 1940s, Prince Seretse Khama (David Oyelowo) of Bechuanaland is studying law in Britain in preparation for his eventual ascension to the throne. There, the dashing prince falls in love with a white British clerk, Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike), and they plan to marry. While they suspect that his uncle, the Regent, would disapprove, nothing prepares them for the diplomatic firestorm and domestic political tumult their defiant love would spark. Now facing a citizenry leery of a white Briton as their Queen, the international opposition is even more unyielding from the British holding their land as a protectorate and fearful of South Africa's racist backlash to this affront to their apartheid domination. Against all odds, King Khama and Ruth must struggle to maintain their love and help their people in a land that would become the Republic of Botswana.

Before I Fall (PG-13) 99 minutes

June 18, 2017

BEFORE I FALL - Movies--(PG-13)--Samantha Kingston has everything: the perfect friends, the perfect guy, and a seemingly perfect future. But after one fateful night, Sam is trapped reliving the same day over and over, and starts to question just how perfect her life really was. As she untangles the mystery of a life derailed, she must also unwind the secrets of those closest to her, and discover the power of a single day to make a difference-before she runs out of time for good. Based on the best-selling novel, Before I Fall is a moving exploration of courage, kindness, and second chances.

The Shack (PG-13) 132 minutes

June 18, 2017

The Shack - Movies--(PG-13)--Based on the New York Times best-selling novel, The Shack takes us on a father’s transformative spiritual journey. After a family tragedy, Mack (Sam Worthington) spirals into a crisis of faith, and questions God’s existence and life’s purpose. Mack is unable to move on until he gets a mysterious invitation to an abandoned shack. There, God reveals Himself in the form of three strangers led by Papa (Octavia Spencer). Mack’s journey will transform audiences of all ages, in this movie that you will want to watch over and over.

Logan (R) 138 minutes

June 18, 2017

LOGAN - Movies --(R)--In the near future, 2029, a weary Logan (Hugh Jackman) cares for an ailing Professor X (Patrick Stewart) in a hideout on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are upended when a young mutant, Laura (Dafne Keen), arrives, being pursued by dark forces. Logan, whose powers to self-heal are dwindling, works as a chauffeur, is asked to drive Laura to the Canadian border by a strange female. The Professor has been waiting for Laura a long time. However, a powerful corporation is pursuing her for the secrets in her DNA. Beset by everyday problems, can our aging, ailing heroes help her as they themselves are struggling to survive?

Get Out (R) 104 minutes

June 18, 2017

GET OUT - Movies--(R)--When Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), a young African-American man, visits his white girlfriend's (Allison Williams) family estate, he becomes ensnared in the more sinister, real reason for the invitation. At first, Chris reads the family's overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter's interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined. This speculative thriller from Blumhouse, producers of The Visit, Insidious series and The Gift, and The Mind of Jordan Peele (Key & Peele) is equal parts gripping thriller and provocative commentary.

The Great Wall (PG-13) 103 minutes

June 18, 2017

THE GREAT WALL - Movies--(PG-13)--Directed by Zhang Yimour and starring Matt Damon as William, this is the story of European mercenaries searching for black powder who become embroiled in the defenses the Great Wall of China against a horde of monstrous creatures. As wave after wave of marauding beasts besiege the massive structure, mercenary soldier William, imprisoned within the wall, joins a huge army of elite warriors to confront and defend the unimaginable and seemingly unstoppable force.