Rowayton Library Recommends

Elle Foreign Movie (R) 131 minutes

March 20, 2017

ELLE--FOREIGN Movies--(R)-- French: Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Film. Michèle (Isabelle Hubert) seems indestructible as head of a leading video game company, bringing the same ruthless attitude to her love life as to business. Being attacked in her home by an unknown assailant changes Michèle's life forever. When she resolutely tracks the man down, they are both drawn into a curious and thrilling game - a game that may, at any moment, spiral out of control.

Tanna (NR) 104 minutes Nauval with English subtitles

March 20, 2017

TANNA – Movies--(NR)--Nauval with English Subtitles: A 2017 Academy Award Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, follows one of the last traditional tribes in the South Pacific on the island of Tanna, as a young girl, Wawa (Maria Wawa) falls in love with her chief 's grandson, Dain (Mungau Dain). But when war with their enemies escalates, Wawa is unknowingly betrothed as part of a peace deal. The young lovers run away but are pursued by warriors of both tribes. With their lives on the line, the star-crossed lovers must choose between their hearts and the peaceful future of the tribe.  This was shot entirely on location and most of the cast played their own roles in the film.

American Masters: Maya Angelou and Still I Rise Documentary (NR) 114 minutes

March 20, 2017

American Masters: MAYA ANGELOU: AND STILL I RISE - DOCUMENTARY--(NR)--PBS and this film celebrate Dr. Maya Angelou, “a redwood tree with deep roots in American culture”. By weaving her words with rare and intimate archival photographs and videos, which paint hidden moments of her life during some of America s most defining moments. Interspersed with remarkable interviews with family and friends. From her upbringing in the Depression-era South to her work with Malcolm X in Ghana to her inaugural speech for President Bill Clinton, the film takes us on an incredible journey through the life of a true American icon.

Chasing Ice Documentary (PG-13) 75 minutes

March 20, 2017

CHASING ICE - DOCUMENTARY (PG-13)--In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. This story on one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of your changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland. The photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life. The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. As the debate polarizes America and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, Balog finds himself battling untested technology in subzero conditions, coming face to face with his own mortality. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate.

ESPN 30 for 30: O.J. Made in America Documentary (NR) 463 minutes

March 20, 2017

Espn 30 for 30: O.J. MADE IN AMERICA - DOCUMENTARY--(NR)--OSCAR WINNER for BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE, it is the defining cultural tale of modern America, an essential examination of the rise and fall of Orenthal James Simpson, and parallels between his incredible story with that of race in America. This critically acclaimed documentary series reveals how he first became a football star, why America fell in love with him off the field, what happened in the trial for his ex-wife’s murder, and finally, why he is now sitting in jail for another crime 20 years later. He is a story that divided America like few things before or since, and it is perhaps the defining cultural tale of twentieth-century America. From the producers of ESPA Films, 30 for 30 and Peabody and Emmy award-winning director Ezra Edelman.

The Weissensee Saga Season 1 Foreign Series (NR) 244 minutes

March 20, 2017

THE WEISSENSEE SAGA, SEASON 1 – Foreign SERIES--(NR)--This sweeping GERMAN family saga of conflicting loyalties, betrayal, love and hope, is set in 1980s East Berlin. Hans Kupfer (Uwe Kockischstars as a Stasi officer whose youngest son, Martin, falls in love with the daughter of a dissident, Dunja Hausmann. The Kupfers are powerful in the Communist system - father Hans and eldest son Falk are officers in the notorious Stasi secret service, and younger son, Martin, is a policeman. By contrast, the Hausmanns are dissidents. Mother Dunja is under surveillance as a singer, and daughter Julia has a record as being politically unreliable. But both families become fatefully intertwined when Martin falls in love with Julia, in defiance of his family's political alliances. The young couple will have to take on the world and both their families to see their love through.

Spiral (Engrenages) Season 5 Foreign Series (NR) 633 minutes

March 20, 2017

SPIRAL, (ENGRENAGES), SEASON 5 – Foreign SERIES--(NR)--This French police thriller, hailed around the world, reveals society’s ever-changing codes of law: a dark series with constant and increasing tension. Intentionally monochromatic photography, starkly filmed decomposing corpses, autopsies and intense interrogations set the tone for this gritty, realistic cop show. Season 5 starts with the shocking double murder of a woman and a girl that plunges characters into the world of organized crime, narcotics, and gangs. Between the cops, the lawyers, the judges, and courts, career ladder-climbing, in-depth searching into police manipulation: no one will emerge from the ordeal unscathed.

Spiral (Engrenages) Season 4 Foreign Series (NR) 649 minutes

March 20, 2017

SPIRAL, (ENGRENAGES), SEASON 4 – Foreign SERIES--(NR)--This French police thriller is a dark series with constant and increasing tension, with intentionally monochromatic photography. Season 4 begins with an investigation by Police Captain Laure Berthaud into the accidental bombing death of a young left-wing extremist who was active with a group that offered support to illegal immigrants. Defense lawyer Josephine Karlsson stands with the immigrants but finds that her anti-establishment choices this time could backfire big time. Former public prosecutor Pierre Clement agrees to represent the organized crime boss Johnny Jackal, while Judge Robana discovers that one of his fellow magistrates has charged a man previously acquitted of serial rape.

Inspector and the Sea (Der Kommissar und das Meer) Season 2 (NR) 535 minutes

March 20, 2017

INSPECTOR AND THE SEA, (Der Kommissar und das Meer), SEASON 2 – SERIES--(NR)--This blockbuster German crime series takes place on the Swedish island of Gotland. Laid-back German police inspector Robert Anders (Walter Sittler) has moved to the island to be with his Swedish wife, Line (Paprika Steen) and their two children. Anders has the job of solving crimes on Gotland, a German among Swedes, living on an island with a phobia of water he’ll have to overcome. Behind the façade of Visby’s brightly colored houses lurk criminals of all stripes. They move among the residents and the summertime tourists from all over Europe who vacation in cottages that line the beaches. Together with his loyal deputy Karin Jacobsson, charming, capable Thomas WIttberg and sardonic pathologist Ewa, they must delve below the surfaces of lives to discover the dark secrets hidden by everyone, victims, and perpetrators alike. This second season is as riveting as the first!

Grace and Frankie Season 2 (NR) 389 minutes

March 20, 2017

GRACE And FRANKIE, SEASON 2 – SERIES--(NR)--After learning their ex-husbands plan to marry one another, lifelong rivals Grace (Jane Fonda) and Frankie (Lily Tomlin) end up sharing the beach house. This season life moves on for them and their families, with business ventures, health crisis, love interests and breakups and of course, death too. Through it, all the dialog is unabashedly funny and to the point, never dodging or trying to pretty up the mess that life so often is, but confronting it head on, and making us laugh at them and ourselves.

A Place to Call Home Season 4 (NR) 629 minutes

March 20, 2017

A PLACE TO CALL HOME, SEASON 4 – SERIES--(NR)--The smash hit drama returns with nurse Sarah (Marta Dusseldorp) and the wealthy Bligh family face new challenges amid the sweeping social change in 1950’s Australia. Facing off against the villainous new wife Regina (Jenni Baird) of her former flame, George (Brett Climo). The wealthy Bligh family must confront the new challenges, both at home and politically. Also starring formidable dowager Elizabeth (Noni Hazlehurst), grandson James (David Berry), and his estranged wife, Olivia (Arianwen Parkes-Lockwood, as they forge fragile new peace and find ways to expose those they knowingly distrust.

The Code Season 2 (NR) 351 minutes

March 20, 2017

THE CODE, Season 2 – SERIES--(NR)--Months after unleashing a storm in the Australian government by exposing corrupt officials, hacker Jesse Banks (Ashley Zukerman) and his journalist brother, Ned (Dan Spielman), face the threat of extradition to the US on serious criminal charges. Fortunately for them, Australian authorities have an explosive case they cannot crack, and Jesse might have the skills they need to do it. The government’s target is the brilliant but volatile Jan Roth (Anthony LaPaglia), proprietor of an online bazaar of elicits weapons, drugs, and dangerous ideas. Exchanging Jesse’s computer expertise for their freedom, the Banks brothers and Jesse’s girlfriend, Hani (Adele Perovic), delve into Roth’s dark world. But getting close to Roth could cost the trio not only their lives but also all that they hold dear.

The Killing Season 4 (NR) 270 minutes

March 20, 2017

THE KILLING, Season 4 – SERIES--(NR)--One of the television’s most suspenseful series ever comes to a powerful, thought-provoking close. Following the shocking murder of her former lover, Detective Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) joins her partner Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman) in a race to destroy evidence that would implicate Linden in the crime. Meanwhile, the two must resolve a case involving the horrifying slaying of a prominent family whose son is enrolled in a respected military academy. Also featuring Joan Allen, the absorbing final season of this acclaimed show is riveting, addictive entertainment.

Lucifer Season 1 (NR) 560 minutes

March 20, 2017

LUCIFER, Season 1 – SERIES--(NR)--Bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, Lucifer Morningstar has relocated to the City of Angels, where he indulges in a heck of a good time. When a beautiful pop star is murdered before his eyes, Lucifer feels something for the first time in 10 billion years. Is it his natural desire to punish the wicked? Or something else like compassion? When LAPD homicide detective Chloe Decker investigates the murder, she is both repulsed and fascinated by Lucifer, who helps her solve the crime. Intrigued by Chloe’s inherent goodness, Lucifer wonders if there might be hope for him yet maybe even a chance at redemption. There’s no rest for the wicked as you’ll be tempted to binge-watch all 13 sexy, dark and irreverent episodes of this high-spirited, hell-raising and devilish series.

Moonlight (R) 111 minutes

March 20, 2017

MOONLIGHT – Movies–(R) - OSCAR WINNER for BEST PICTURE, BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR and BEST WRITING ADAPTED SCREENPLAY, Mahershala Ali. Ali, as the neighborhood drug dealer, Juan, who together with his caring girlfriend Teresa (Janelle Monae) gives timely guidance to young Chiron (Ashton Sanders). Chiron’s story is a timeless tale of human connection and self-discovery. Chronicling three defining chapters in his life, young adolescence, and mid-teen and young adult, as a young black man growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami. Anchored by extraordinary performances from a tremendous ensemble cast, including Kevin (Jharrel Jerome) and Mom/Paula (Naomie Harris). Moonlight is a profoundly moving portrayal of the coming-of-age moments, people and unknowable forces that shape our lives and make us who we are.

Manchester By the Sea (R) 137 minutes

March 20, 2017

MANCHESTER BY THE SEA – Movies--(R) -OSCAR WINNER for BEST LEAD ACTOR and BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY. Award-winning writer-director Kenneth Lonergan gives us this gem of a powerhouse film, deeply moving, with hope as an underlying theme. Solitary Boston janitor Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) suddenly becomes the sole guardian of his only brother Joe’s (Kyle Chandler) son, 16-year-old Patrick (Lucas Hedges). Trying to come to terms with a traumatic past that separated him from his wife Randi (Michelle Williams) and his former hometown. Uncle and nephew unite for an unforgettable journey of love, grief, community, sacrifice and hope.

Hacksaw Ridge (R) 139 minutes

March 20, 2017

HACKSAW RIDGE – Movies – (R)--OSCAR WINNER for BEST FILM EDITING and BEST SOUNDS MIXING. Based on the true story of Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield), the first Conscientious Objector to receive the Medal of Honor from President Truman for his extraordinary work as a medic in the South Pacific in WWII. On Okinawa, he singles-handily, during the bloodiest battle, after the US troops had pulled back, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. He was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon. He believed that while the war was justified, the killing was nevertheless wrong. As an army medic, he evacuated the wounded from behind enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers, included 2 Japanese, was wounded by a grenade and hit by snipers.

Fences (PG-13) 138 minutes

March 20, 2017

FENCES – Movies – (PG-13)--OSCAR WINNER for BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS, Viola Davis playing Rose Maxson, the wife of Troy Maxson (Denzel Washington), who makes his living as a sanitation worker in this adaptation of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Set in 1950’s Pittsburgh. The film takes a passionate look at former Negro league baseball player Maxson as he fights to provide for those he loves in a world that threatens to push him down. Once he dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player but was deemed too old when the major leagues began admitting black athletes. Bitter over his missed opportunity, Troy creates further tension in his family when he squashes his son's chance to meet a college football recruiter. Washington’s directorial triumph pulses with the universal truths of love and forgiveness, despite what lies beyond your own fence.

Arrival (PG-13) 116 minutes

March 20, 2017

ARRIVAL – Movies – (PG-13)- Oscar nominee for Best Picture and Best Director. It starts as a normal day. When twelve mysterious spacecraft touch down around the world, - led by linguistics professor and expert code breaker Louise Banks (Amy Adams) – is tasked with interpreting the language of the apparent alien visitors. In Montana at the site, which is under military control, led by Colonel Weber (Forest Whitaker) who reports directly back to D.C. and working closely with colleague Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner), Louise and the task force are being rushed for answers. Mankind teeters on the verge of global war, and Banks and the team race against time for answers – and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.

Jackie (R) 100 minutes

March 20, 2017

JACKIE – Movies – (R)-- Jackie is a portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady, then Jacqueline Kennedy. Jackie (Natalie Portman) places us in her world during the days immediately following her husband's assassination. Known for her extraordinary dignity and poise, here we see a portrait of the First Lady as she fights to establish her husband's legacy and the world of "Camelot" that she created and loved so well. Bobbie Kennedy (Peter Saarsgard); JFK (Casper Phillipson); Lyndon B. Johnson (John Carroll Lynch); Ladybird Johnson (Beth Grant); The Priest (John Hurd); The Journalist (Billy Crudup).

Allied (R) 124 minutes

March 20, 2017

ALLIED – Movies –  (R) This is “a romantic thriller not to be missed” (according to ABC-TV). In 1942, when Canadian Intelligence Officer Max Vatan (Brad Pitt), stationed in North Africa, encounters a female French Resistance fighter on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. When they return to London, intending to marry, their relationship is tested by the pressures of war. Max learns from the Secret Service Division that his wife Marianne (Marion Cotillard) may be secretly working with the enemy. With only 72 hours to prove her innocence and save his family before he must do the unthinkable, this exciting race against time is an experience that critics are calling “the best movie of the year” (Hollywood Today Live)

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (R) 113 minutes

March 20, 2017

BILLY LYNN’s LONG HALFTIME WALK - Movies-- (R)--Director Ang Lee brings his extraordinary vision to this story based on the widely acclaimed, bestselling novel. The story is told from the point of view of 19-year-old private Billy Lynn (Joe Alwyn) who, along with his fellow soldiers in Bravo Squad, becomes a hero after a harrowing battle in Iraq and is brought home temporarily for a victory tour. Through a sequence of flashbacks, the truth about what really happened is revealed- contrasting the realities of the war with America’s distorted perceptions of heroism. Co-starring Kristen Stewart as Billy’s sister, Chris Tucker, Garrett Hedlund, Vin Diesel and Steve Martin.

Our Kind of Traitor (R) 94 minutes

March 20, 2017

OUR KIND OF TRAITOR – Movies--(R) When Peter and his girlfriend, Gail, cross paths with the charismatic Dima on their Moroccan holiday, the forceful Russian is quick to challenge Peter to a friendly game of tennis. But this innocuous contest is not all it seems--Dima is a long-time servant of the Russian mafia, whose new boss, "The Prince,"  wants him and his family dead. His only hope is to ask the unsuspecting Peter to broker his sanctuary with the British intelligence services, in return for exposing a vein of corruption that runs right through the heart of the City of London. Soon they find themselves on a tortuous journey through Paris to a safe house in the Swiss Alps and, with the might of the Russian mafia closing in, begin to realize this particular match has the highest stakes of all... Written by Productions The G

Passengers (PG-13) 116 minutes

March 20, 2017

PASSENGERS – Movies --(PG-13)--Aurora (Jennifer Lawrence) and Jim (Chris Pratt) star in a high-stakes adventure about two passengers onboard a spaceship transporting them to a new life on another planet. The trip takes a deadly turn when their hibernation pods mysteriously wake them 90 years before the reach their destination. As they try to unravel the mystery behind the malfunction, they discover that the ship itself is in grave danger. With the lives of 5,000 sleeping passengers at stake, only Jim and Aurora can save them all.

The Blue Hour

March 12, 2017

The Blue Hour by Isabel Simler is a peaceful, beautiful hymn to all flora and fauna that share the color blue, and the quiet time at dusk. The illustrations are stunning. The quiet blue hour sets the relaxing tone for a tour of the world of blue. Who knew how many shades of a single color could appear in nature in such perfect harmony. This book is a work of art.

Good Night Owl

March 12, 2017

Good Night Owl by Greg Pizzoli finds Owl ready for bed but bothered by a SQUEAK he cannot locate. The reader will immediately see who is making the noise, which makes the owls fruitless searching very funny. All is resolved by bedtime!

Gus's Garage

March 12, 2017

Gus’s Garage by Leo Timmers will definitely make you smile. Gus runs a garage full of loose ends and bits of machinery that look disorganized but is a treasure trove for those in need. Each page spread shows how Gus constructs just what his customer needs from the piles of metal and “junk." It’s ingenious and sweet and by the end, the garage is looking quite neat!

Play with Me

March 12, 2017

Play with Me by Michelle Lee is about two friends whose understanding of play needs sorting out. Nico the bear has a cello he is happily playing, and Pip the piglet is full of ideas on what they can do together. Pip tries everything he can think of to interest Nico in a joint venture to no avail. Frustration gives way to a perfect solution. The illustrations are a lovely match to the back and forth dialogue.

Hippopotamister

March 12, 2017

Hippopotamister by John Green is a graphic novel about animals living in a zoo that has seen better days. Roofs are leaking, rust is accumulating and the residents are bored and the lion is suffering from split ends in his mane. The hippo is anxious to try life outside the walls and see if there is a job outside that he can “master." His buddy red panda is his guide and muse, with mixed results as they experiment with all kinds of employment. All ends well as hippo and red panda each play to their strengths for the betterment of all. This is a fast-paced, rollicking story. (Graphic Novel)

Everywhere Wonder

March 12, 2017

Everywhere Wonder by Matthew Swanson, illustrated by Robbi Behr, starts with the desire to share a story. Stop and notice all the wonders of the world and you will have a million questions about all the amazing things that are there. A story is a gift! Children and adults will appreciate the wide-eyed joy that greets every new thing.

A Cat Named Swan

March 12, 2017

A Cat Named Swan by Holly Hobbie will warm the hearts of all cat lovers. The watercolors are perfection, and the story arc from abandonment to a happy home is heartwarming. Hobbie has really captured the movements of cats and has basically read their minds. It all feels very much like Swan is talking to the reader.

Antoinette

March 12, 2017

Antoinette by Kelly DiPucchio and Christian Robinson tells the tale of Antoinette, a poodle puppy in a bulldog family who is finding her way. Her brothers are all known for their strength and smarts. One fateful afternoon the poodle puppy Ooh La La goes missing. Antoinette’s tenacity saves the day. Paris and its museums provide a fascinating backdrop for the canine adventures.

Noisy Night

March 12, 2017

Noisy Night by Mac Barnett, pictures by Brian Briggs, travels up the floors of an apartment building exploring the various ways noise can be made. Each occupant is making a commotion while noticing a different noise “above my head." The cacophony eventually reaches the top floor--does it get quiet? Everyone will have fun guessing what the noises are before turning the page to the next floor.

Tugboat Bill and the River Rescue

March 12, 2017

Tugboat Bill and the River Rescue by Calista Brill and Tad Carpenter is a great story of a tugboat and a barge who are friends. Despite the fact, the bigger, fancier boats in the Hudson River sneer at them they go about their day independently, as the tugboat captain is a bit of a nap taker. A daring rescue of a kitten provides excitement, recognition, a well-deserved award and a co-captain for life.

We Love You Rosie

March 12, 2017

We Love You Rosie by Cynthia Rylant and Linda Davick is a diverting take on opposites via Rosie the wonder dog. She goes up and down, is lost and found, can be good or bad etc. Brilliant primary colored illustrations add to the frolicking, and the reassuringly repeated message that no matter what Rosie does she is loved is a comfort.

Over and Under the Pond

March 12, 2017

Over and Under the Pond by Kate Messner, illustrated by Christopher Neal, brings a child closer to the familiar world of red-winged blackbirds, blue herons, painted turtles, woodpeckers, and minnows. The illustrations are lush and lively. It’s an eye-opener to see how much goes on under the surface! (Non-Fiction)

Mrs. White Rabbit

March 12, 2017

Mrs. White Rabbit by Giles Bachelet is a treasure. The Alice in Wonderland character is portrayed as a slightly harried mother who really doesn’t need a visit from on oversized Alice in the middle of her busy day. Full of sly humor and delightful illustrations, this will please both the reader and the listener. We especially loved the pages of carrot recipes for her picky eater.

Grand Canyon

March 12, 2017

Grand Canyon by Jason Chin is a layer-by-layer exploration of the “big ditch”--all 277 miles of it! Beginning with the bottommost strata the author describes the flora and fauna in each habitat as a boy and his father climb up towards the rim. Some denizens, such as the giant California condor, been there since the Ice Age. The detail in the paintings is remarkable. (Non-Fiction)

Tony

March 12, 2017

Tony by the late poet Ed Galing, illustrated by the very talented Erin Stead, is a gorgeous rendition of a poem about a horse who pulls a milk wagon. The rhythmic cadence of the words and the spectral, beautiful tints of the color wash illustrations create a sense of timelessness. The kindness of Tony, the driver, and the sweetness of the boy who watches for them every day are perfectly captured in this unique book.

Always

February 19, 2017

Always by Sarah Jio is a romance and mystery rolled into one page-turner. Set in Seattle, the book takes place in two time periods ten years apart. The narrator is a reporter for the local paper, engaged to a veritable prince charming that does not always agree with her views but clearly adores her. Her perfect life is upended when her past love suddenly resurfaces. What to do? Who to choose? You can whip through this in one night!

How to Hygee--The Nordic Secrets to a Happy Life

February 19, 2017

How to Hygge--The Nordic Secrets to a Happy Life by Signe Johansen is a well-rounded introduction to the spirit of hygge. The Scandinavians have used a lot of imagination to dream up enough coziness to get through their epic winters. This book shows us all how to create and benefit from the relaxed, warm and convivial environment that is the hallmark of the Scandinavian home. From décor to outside pursuits to food and drink this book is an inspiration. (Non-Fiction)

The Unsettlers--In Search of the Good Life in Today America

February 19, 2017

The Unsettlers--In Search of the Good Life in Today’s America by Mark Sundeen is well-crafted journalism. He follows the path of three distinct “off the grid” families/groups that share a desire to be self-sufficient. From Missouri to Detroit to Montana homesteaders, urban agriculturalists and organic farmers construct individual or communal lives dedicated to the proposition that a simple life is a better life – for the individual and the planet. Their determination is inspiring. (Non-Fiction)

A Really Good Day

February 19, 2017

A Really Good Day by Ayelet Waldman is her diary of 30 days of micro-dosing on LSD as an alternative approach to treating her debilitating mood disorder. She also explores the way the US criminal system treats drug possession and use. Micro-dosing was a tremendous help to her, so she is naturally in favor of relaxing punishment for medical use. It’s a fascinating, very different look at the power of psychedelic drugs. (Non-Fiction)

Home Sweet Home

February 19, 2017

Home Sweet Home by April Smith is set in1950’s, South Dakota. The newly transplanted Kusek family is somewhat naïve about both the rigors of the cattle ranching life they hope to adopt and the extent of the anti-Communist hysteria that is gripping the country. Cal and Betsy have moved to Rapid City from New York City with their young children. The novel charts their challenging adjustment and settlement, then flashes forward decades to a gruesome murder. Based on a true story, this gripping saga will keep you enthralled.

Class

February 19, 2017

Class by Lucinda Rosenfeld is an amusing send-up of present-day Brooklyn and liberal do-gooders. Karen, her husband Matt and daughter Ruby are residents of Cortland Park and go to the local, diverse, public elementary school. This satire is firmly grounded in reality. Karen does her best to be supportive of their school but finds herself caught up in the hyper-competitive race to the top. As it turns out there isn’t much a lot of parents won’t do or say to make sure their children are first among equals. Lots of laughs out loud moments leaven the more serious look at what is fair and what is not.

The Dry

February 19, 2017

The Dry by Jane Harper is set in drought-stricken, small town Australia. Aaron Falk is seconded from the Melbourne police to the tiny town where he grew up after a family is found murdered. The potential suspects are legion and may go back to a long ago, deadly day that Aaron was a part of. The sense of place is very strong. The cruelty of the severe weather and the still-raw wounds from the past haunt the present. This is vividly rendered, tense and hard to put down.

Her Every Fear

February 19, 2017

Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson is a clever, twisty book. He is very adept at creating plausible, scary situations that have people questioning their sanity. There is evil afoot on two continents as a London/Boston apartment switch between cousins unearths all kinds of secrets better left buried. Although lacking the finesse of A Kind Worth Killing this is an engrossing read.

A Meatloaf in Every Oven

February 19, 2017

A Meatloaf in Every Oven by Fran Bruni and Jennifer Steinhauer is loaded with dozens of mouthwatering recipes contributed by everyone from famous chefs and politicians to the authors’ family members. There is a lot of variety, which is a testament to the universal appeal of this iconic dish. The recipes are interspersed with funny interviews with the authors and lots of good information about techniques and ingredients. (Non-Fiction: Cookbook)

Sheet Pan

February 19, 2017

Sheet Pan by Kate McMillan is perfect for winter cooking. Imaginative, easy, tasty oven dishes all made in one pan--what could be better! The acorn squash stuffed with lamb, pomegranate etc. is gorgeous to look at and luscious to eat. The Dijon rosemary chicken thighs with pumpkin pack a ton of flavor into a few minutes of prep time. This one’s a winner. (Non-Fiction: Cookbook)

Swing Time

February 19, 2017

Swing Time by Zadie Smith is wonderful. As expected there is great writing and detailed and believable character development. A predominantly London setting among Jamaican immigrant families is very atmospheric. The love of dance unites two young friends and for a time manages to bridge their differences. As they mature and take different paths surprising truths emerge, especially for the narrator who works with a famous pop star with questionable intentions guiding her charity work in Africa. This is a moving exploration of the power of friendship.

Rather be the Devil

February 19, 2017

Rather be the Devil by Ian Rankin finds a “retired” John Rebus in vintage form. He manages to insinuate himself into active investigations despite being just a consultant to the Edinburgh police force. Reluctantly drinking light beer and definitely coughing too much, he dives into both active and cold cases that threaten to upend the tentative order the local, rival crime bosses had sanctioned. Competition has created a tough environment for the old warhorses and the newer arrivals--in both the underworld and the force.

The Old Man

February 19, 2017

The Old Man by Thomas Perry is a diverting thriller. Dan Chase is in his sixties, living in retirement in VT with his loyal dogs. All is not as it seems, though; he has been on the run for decades from shadowy government operatives who want him dead because of a long ago plan that went awry. This is a real adventure complete with movie worthy chases and various forms of mayhem. Fasten your seatbelt for a great ride.

Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

February 19, 2017

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah is excellent. It’s a no holds barred look at growing up in both apartheid and post-apartheid South Africa. His multi-race background was literally a crime when he was born, so his early years were virtually spent in hiding. It’s serious but also very funny in many parts as he skewers the ridiculous lengths South Africa went to separate the races. The unconditional love of his mother often expressed itself in ways that he did not appreciate at the time but her determination was critical to his success. (Non-Fiction; Biography)

Trolls Children's Movie (PG) 92 minutes

February 13, 2017

TROLLS --CHILDREN’S MOVIE—(PG)--Bring home happy with DreamWorks Trolls--musical adventure critics are calling "terrifically funny." When their village is invaded by the grumpy Bergens, two mismatched friends must work together in perfect harmony to save the day. Featuring hit songs performed by Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick and more. This is a feel-great picture.

American Crime Story: The People V. O.J. Simpson Miniseries (NR) 499 minutes

February 13, 2017

American Crime Story: THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON MINISERIES--(NR)-A solid cast, including Cuba Gooding Jr., John Travolta, Sarah Paulson, David Schwimmer, Bruce Greenwood and Sterling Brown. Lead this critically acclaimed account of the explosive and utterly captivating murder trial. Told from the perspective of the lawyers, it explores the chaotic dealings behind closed doors and how prosecution overconfidence, defense shrewdness, and shocking courtroom twists led to one of the most earth-shattering verdicts of all time. Based on the best-selling book The Run of His Life: The People V.  O.J. Simpson by Jeffrey Toobin, this shows the trial that riveted the world as you’ve never seen it before. Good fictional companion piece to the Oscar-nominated documentary, Made in America.

Sherlock Season Four (NR) 270 minutes

February 13, 2017

SHERLOCK, Season Four –-SERIES--(NR)--Sherlock returns with three brand-new feature length episodes, promising laughter, tears, shocks, surprises and extraordinary cases. The eagerly anticipated fourth season begins with everyone’[s favorite detective, Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch), back once more on British solid, as Doctor Watson (Martin Freeman) and his wife Mary, prepare for their biggest challenge ever becoming parents for the first time. Also, Detective Inspector Lestrade (Rupert Graves). Episodes: The Six Thatcher’s’, The Lying Detective and The Final Problem.

Undercover Season One (NR) 300 minutes

February 13, 2017

UNDERCOVER – SERIES--(NR)--Maya (Sophie Okonedo) a barrister in London is at the top of her profession. She is about to become the first black Director of Public Prosecutions. But just as her life comes under intense public scrutiny, Maya discovers that her husband Nick (Adrian Lester) has been lying to her for 20 years. At the same time, a case that has dominated her career is about to reach its conclusion. Rudy Jones (Dennis Haysbert), a black man in America wrongly convicted of murdering a white politician, is to be executed. As she fights to save Rudy and discovers more about her husband’s past, Maya begins to realise there are bigger forces at work. An intricate web of corruption involving members of the police, the press and politicians unfold.

Victoria Season One (PG) 415 minutes

February 13, 2017

VICTORIA, Season One – SERIES--(PG)--The early life of Queen Victoria from her ascension to the throne at the young age of 18 to her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert of Saxe-Cobourg. Created by Daisy Goodwin, this ambitious drama presents the early years of one of the history's greatest monarchs. Stretching from the upper echelons of the royal court to the below-stairs staff, this is a story of passionate affairs, power struggles, and unrequited love, at the center of which stands the new Queen (Jenna Coleman) a strong, complex, and willful woman who must, somehow, become an enduring icon. Well-acted, marvelous cast and a great mix of what makes a palace work in the mid-1800s.

Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None Miniseries (NR) 177 minutes

February 13, 2017

Agatha Christie’s “AND THEN THERE WERE NONE” –-MINISERIES--(NR)--Set as the world teeters on the brink of WWII, 10 strangers are invited to isolated Soldier Island. Among them are young secretary Vera Claythorne (Maeve Dermody), soldier Philip Lombard (Aidan Turner), General John MacArthur (Sam Neill), spinster Emily Brent (Miranda Richardson), and Judge Lawrence Wargrave (Charles Dance). With seemingly nothing in common, the guests wonder who their mysterious host may be. But the ominous reason for their visit soon becomes clear…and by the end of the night, the first of them is dead!

London Spy Miniseries (NR) 289 minutes

February 13, 2017

LONDON SPY – MINISERIES--(NR)--A chance romance between two men from very different worlds, one a seemingly innocuous investment banker, Alex (Edward Holcroft) actually from the headquarters of the Secret Intelligence Service, and the other, Danny (Ben Whishaw), an innocent young romantic from a world of clubbing and youthful excess, leads into mystery after one of them is found murdered. From best-seller Tom Rob Smith, Child 44 and co-starring Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling, this miniseries has been called electrifying, exquisitely subtle and an emotional tour de force.

ESPN 30 For 30: O.J. Made in America Documentary (NR) 463 minutes

February 13, 2017

Espn 30 for 30: O.J. MADE IN AMERICA --DOCUMENTARY--(NR)--One of this year’s Oscar nominations for Best Documentary, it is the defining cultural tale of modern America, an essential examination of the rise and fall of Orenthal James Simpson, and parallels between his incredible story with that of race in America. This critically acclaimed documentary series reveals how he first became a football star, why America fell in love with him off the field, what happened in the trial for his ex-wife’s murder, and finally, why he is now sitting in jail for another crime 20 years later. This is a story that divided America like few things before or since, and it is perhaps the defining cultural tale of twentieth-century America. From the producers of ESPA Films, 30 for 30 and Peabody and Emmy award-winning director Ezra Edelman. Good companion piece to miniseries, The People v. O.J. Simpson, (see above)

Harry and Snowman Documentary (NR) 84 minutes

February 13, 2017

HARRY AND SNOWMAN --DOCUMENTARY--(NR)--For Horse Lovers and Lovers of Underdog Stories! A Dutch immigrant, Harry deLeyer, journeyed to the United States after World War II and developed a transformative relationship with a broken down Amish plow horse he rescued off a slaughter truck bound for the glue factory. Harry paid eighty dollars for the horse and named him Snowman. In less than two years, Harry & Snowman went on to win the triple crown of show jumping, beating the nation’s top pedigree horses and wealthiest socialites. Famous during the 1950’s, they traveled around the world together. Their chance meeting at a Pennsylvania horse auction saved them both and crafted a friendship that lasted a lifetime. Eighty-six year old Harry tells their Cinderella love story firsthand, as he continues to train on today’s show jumping circuit. See also, White Stallions, below.

Life: Animated-Documentary (PG) 92 minutes

February 13, 2017

LIFE: ANIMATED - DOCUMENTARY--(PG)--Directed by Academy Award®-winner Roger Ross Williams (2009, Best Documentary--Short Subject, Music by Prudence), Life: Animated tells the remarkable story of how Owen found a pathway to language and a framework for making sense of the world through Disney animated films. At three years old, a chatty, energetic little boy named Owen Suskind suddenly stopped speaking and disappeared into autism. Almost four years passed and the only thing that seemed to engage Owen was Disney film. Then one day his father donned one of his son’s puppets—Iago, the wisecracking parrot from Aladdin —and asked, “What’s it like to be you?” Suddenly Owen responded to his father using dialogue from the movie. By evocatively interweaving classic Disney sequences with verité scenes from Owen’s life, the film explores how identification and empathy with characters like Simba, Jafar, and Ariel create a context for him to understand his feelings and interpret reality. Beautiful, original animations further give Owen form.

The Eagle Huntress-Documentary; Foreign Language (G) 687 minutes

February 13, 2017

THE EAGLE HUNTRESS –-DOCUMENTARY/Foreign Language--(G)--A spellbinding true story about a 13-year-old girl on an epic journey. Following Aisholpan as she trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter, and rises to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed down from father to son for centuries. Set against the breathtaking expanse of the Mongolian steppe, the film features some of the most awe-inspiring cinematography ever captured in a documentary, giving this intimate tale of a young girl’s quest the dramatic force of an epic narrative film. A masterful film by Otto Bell.

Legendary White Stallions Documentary (PG) 60 minutes

February 13, 2017

LEGENDARY WHITE STALLIONS - DOCUMENTARY--(PG)--Nature and PBS bring the story of the world-famous Lipizzaner stallions from their origins in ancient times in North Africa to the almost unknown drama of their rescue in 1945. The program begins at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, a unique and elite university where horses train for years to successfully execute supremely difficult maneuvers. Only a very few will master the artistic and athletic skills required to perform an impressive display of beauty and power that celebrates a perfect harmony between horse and rider, movements originally intended for use in the war in this ancient court of kings. Learn their history; spend time backstage with riders and horses, mares and their foals, and marvel at these living works of art.

Masterminds (PG-13) 94 minutes

February 13, 2017

MASTERMINDS – Movie--(PG-13)-- Zach Galifanakis is armed and dangerously funny in this hilarious action-comedy inspired by an incredible but true story. David (Galifanakis) is an unassuming armored-truck driver who longs for adventure. Lured into the scheme of a lifetime by his beautiful work crush Kelly (Kristen Wiig) and her cohort Steve (Owen Wilson). David manages the impossible and makes off with $17 million in cash. But when his partners-in-crime keep the loot and set him up for a fall, David must the authorities, evade a hit man (Jason Sudeikis) and find a way to take back what he rightfully stole!

Loving (PG-13) 123 minutes

February 13, 2017

LOVING – Movie--(PG-13)--In 1958, in the state of Virginia, the idea of interracial marriage was not only considered to be immoral to many, it was also illegal. When Richard Loving (Joel Edgerton) and Mildred (Ruth Negga) fall in love, they are aware of the eyes staring at them and the words said behind their backs. It is when they get married, however, that words and looks become actions, and the two are arrested. The couple decides to take their case all the way to the Supreme Court in order to fight for their love in this passionate and gripping drama that critics are calling ‘a masterpiece’.

American Pastoral (R) 108 minutes

February 13, 2017

AMERICAN PASTORAL – Movie--(R)--Ewan McGregor directs and stars alongside Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning in this acclaimed film adapted from Philip Roth’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Seymour Swede Levov (Ewan McGregor), a once-legendary high school athlete, is a successful businessman married to an ex-beauty queen, Dawn (Jennifer Connelly). When Swede and Dawn’s daughter (Dakota Fanning) disappears after being accused of a violent crime, Swede’s perfect life is broken forever and he is left to make sense out of the chaos.

Equals (PG-13) 93 minutes

February 13, 2017

EQUALS – Movie--(PG-13)--In a future dystopia where emotions are controlled with inoculations and coupling is strictly prohibited, two young illustrators, Silas (Nicholas Hoult) and Nia (Kristin Stewart) defy societal laws by beginning a secret love affair. When a “cure” for all human emotion is invented, the couple must plot a way to escape the totalitarian state in this sci-fi romance from director Drake Doremus.

Deepwater Horizon (PG-13) 97 minutes

February 13, 2017

DEEPWATER HORIZON – Movie--(PG-13)--A dramatization of the April 2010 disaster, when the offshore drilling rig Deepwater Horizon exploded and created the worst oil spill in U.S. history. Kurt Russell and Mark Wahlberg lead an all-star cast in this unforgettably powerful film inspired by real-life heroes. For the one hundred and twenty-six people aboard the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig, April 20, 2010, began like any normal day. Before day’s end, the world would bear witness to one of the greatest man-made disasters in U.S. history. Deepwater Horizon reveals the brave acts of the men and women who rose to the challenge and risked everything to lead others to safety.

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (PG-13) 117 minutes

February 13, 2017

Jack Reacher: NEVER GO BACK –-Movie--(PG-13)--Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) returns to enforce his bold brand of justice in this 2nd film based on the bestselling books by author Lee Child. When Army Major Susan Turner (Cobie Smulders) is framed for treason, Reacher discovers she’s the target of a massive government conspiracy. With help from Turner and a mysterious new ally, Reacher risks everything to take down the powerful organization that will stop at nothing to protect its secrets.

Inferno (PG-13) 122 minutes

February 13, 2017

INFERNO –-Movies--(PG-13)--In this contemporary action thriller, the famous symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia and finds himself the target of a manhunt. Langdon teams up with Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones); a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories. Together, they race across Europe and against the clock to stop a virus that would wipe out half the world’s population. “A thrilling action movie with lots of surprising twists and turns” (daily news)

The Girl On The Train (R) 112 minutes

February 13, 2017

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN – Movies-(R)--The Girl on the Train is based on Paula Hawkins' bestselling thriller that shocked the world. Rachel (Emily Blunt), devastated by her recent divorce, spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple that lives in a house that her train passes every day. Everything changes when she sees something shocking happen there, and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds. Alcoholic experiencing black-outs, she is confused about reality and her role in the mystery itself, but cannot stop trying to find out the truth of what she saw, what she did, what she remembers. Taut with suspense, red herrings and misdirection, this is the perfect winter thriller.

USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage (R) 139 minutes

February 13, 2017

USS INDIANAPOLIS: Men of Courage– Movie--(R)--Nicholas Cage, Tom Sizemore, and Thomas Jane star in the harrowing tale of real-life American heroes shipwrecked in shark-infested waters in the waning days of World War II. Sunk by a Japanese submarine in the Philippine Sea, stranding 300 seamen for five days after they had delivered the atomic weapons that would eventually end the war. As they await rescue, they endured extreme thirst, hunger, and relentless shark attacks.

The Light Between Oceans (PG-13) 133 minutes

February 13, 2017

THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS –-Movies--(PG-13)--Lighthouse keeper Tom Sherbourne (Michael Fassbender) and radiant, spirited Isabel (Alicia Vikander) live together in married bliss on a remote, rugged island off the coast of Australia. But their windswept world is turned upside down when Isabel learns that she’s unable to bear a child. One day, a drifting lifeboat washes ashore with a crying baby in it. The dilemma the couple now face will echo far beyond the island, engulfing and irrevocably impacting their world and that of a stranger, Hannah Roennfeldt (Rachel Weisz)--in a passionate story about love, hope, and a fateful choice. Get swept away by this stunning film, with an exclusive bonus Audio Commentary that will pull you deeper in.

Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run! An Alphabet Caper-Theodor Seuss Geisel Honors

February 9, 2017

Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run! An Alphabet Caper by Mike Twohy--In the vein of Tom and Jerry, Bugs Bunny, and other classic cartoons, Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run! is a hilariously clever alphabet caper, perfect for fans of LMNO Peas and Z Is for Moose. A little mouse is asleep until a ball suddenly bounces into his home, setting off an epic chase--from A to Z.

The Infamous Ratsos-Theodor Seuss Geisel Honors

February 9, 2017

The Infamous Ratsos by Kara LaReau Louie and Ralphie Ratso are no softies. Readers are sure to chuckle as the determined Ratso brothers' plans to act tough go hilariously awry. Louie and Ralphie Ratso's dad, Big Lou, always says that there are two kinds of people: those who are tough and those who are soft. Louie and Ralphie are tough, tough, tough, just like Big Lou, and they're going to prove it. But every time they try to show just how tough they are, the Ratso brothers end up accidentally doing good deeds instead. What'll Big Lou do when he finds out they've been acting like softies all over the Big City?

Go Otto Go!-Theodor Seuss Geisel Honors

February 9, 2017

Go Otto Go! by David Milgrim--Otto the robot builds a spaceship in this Pre-level 1 Ready-to-Read by New York Times bestselling author/illustrator David Milgrim, part of the award-winning, star-reviewed The Adventures of Otto series! See Otto work. Work, work, work on a spaceship to take him home. Since landing on Earth, Otto has made many friends, but what Otto wants most is to visit his family. Will Otto's spaceship take him up, up, up, so he can go, go, go?

Good Night Owl-Theodor Seuss Geisel Honors

February 9, 2017

Good Night Owl by Greg Pizzoli--Owl is ready for bed. But as soon as he settles in, he hears a strange noise. He'll never get to sleep unless he can figure out what's going on! He looks everywhere-in his cupboard, underneath the floorboards-even in his walls. But while he's busy tearing his house apart, he doesn't notice one tiny, squeaky, mouse-shaped detail...Will Owl ever get a good night's sleep?

We Are Growing: A Mo Willems' Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! Book (Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Winner)

February 9, 2017

We Are Growing: A Mo Willems' Elephant and Piggie Like Reading! Book by Laurie Keller
Walt and his friends are growing up fast! Everyone is the something-est. But...what about Walt? He is not the tallest, or the curliest, or the silliest. He is not the anything-est! As a BIG surprise inches closer, Walt discovers something special of his own!

We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement that Defied Adolf Hitler-Sibert Honors

February 9, 2017

We Will Not Be Silent: The White House Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler by Russell Freedman In his signature eloquent prose, backed up by thorough research, Russell Freedman tells the story of Austrian-born Hans Scholl and his sister Sophie. They belonged to Hitler Youth as young children but began to doubt the Nazi regime. As older students, the Scholls and a few friends formed the White Rose, a campaign of active resistance to Hitler and the Nazis. Risking imprisonment or even execution, the White Rose members distributed leaflets urging Germans to defy the Nazi government. Their belief that freedom was worth dying for will inspire young readers to stand up for what they believe in. (Adult Non-Fiction)

Uprooted: The Japanese American Experience During World War II-Sibert Honors

February 9, 2017

Uprooted: The Japanese American Experience During World War II by Albert Marrin
Uprooted takes a close look at the history of racism in America and carefully follows the treacherous path that led one of our nation's most beloved presidents to make this decision. Meanwhile, it also illuminates the history of Japan and its own struggles with racism and xenophobia, which led to the bombing of Pearl Harbor, ultimately tying the two countries together. Today, America is still filled with racial tension, and personal liberty in wartime is as relevant a topic as ever. Moving and impactful, National Book Award finalist Albert Marrin's sobering exploration of this monumental injustice shines as bright a light on current events as it does in the past. (Adult Non-Fiction)

Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor's Story-Sibert Honors

February 9, 2017

Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor's Story by Caren Stelson--This striking work of narrative nonfiction tells the true story of six-year-old Sachiko Yasui's survival of the Nagasaki atomic bomb on August 9, 1945, and the heartbreaking and lifelong aftermath. Having conducted extensive interviews with Sachiko Yasui, Caren Stelson chronicles Sachiko's trauma and loss as well as her long journey to find peace. This book offers readers a remarkable new perspective on the final moments of World War II and their aftermath. (Juvenile Biography)

Giant Squid-Sibert Honors

February 9, 2017

Giant Squid by Candace Fleming--The giant squid is one of the most elusive creatures in the world. As large as whales, they hide beyond reach deep within the sea, forcing scientists to piece together their story from those clues they leave behind. An injured whale's ring-shaped scars indicate an encounter with a giant squid. A piece of beak broken off in the whale's belly; a flash of ink dispersed as a blinding defense to allow the squid to escape--these fragments of proof were all we had...until a giant squid was finally filmed in its natural habitat only two years ago. (Juvenile Non-Fiction)

March: Book Three (Robert F. Sibert Informational Award Winner)

February 9, 2017

March: Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell--By Fall 1963, the Civil Rights Movement is an undeniable keystone of the national conversation, and as chair of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, John Lewis is right in the thick of it. With the stakes continuing to rise, white supremacists intensify their opposition through government obstruction and civilian terrorist attacks, a supportive president is assassinated, and African-Americans across the South are still blatantly prohibited from voting. To carry out their nonviolent revolution, Lewis and an army of young activists launch a series of innovative projects, including the Freedom Vote, Mississippi Freedom Summer, and a pitched battle for the soul of the Democratic Party waged live on national television. But strategic disputes are deepening within the movement, even as 25-year-old John Lewis heads to Alabama to risk everything in a historic showdown that will shock the world. (Young Adult Graphic Novel)

The Sun Is Also a Star-Printz Honors

February 9, 2017

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon--Natasha: I'm a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I'm definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won't be my story. Daniel: I've always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents' high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store-for both of us. The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

Scythe-Printz Honors

February 9, 2017

Scythe by Neal Shusterman--Two teens must learn the "art of killing" in the first in a chilling new series from Neal Shusterman, author of the New York Times bestselling Unwind dystology. The world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery: humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now Scythes are the only ones who can end life-and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control. Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe-a role that neither wants. These teens must master the "art" of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

The Passion of Dolssa-Printz Honors

February 9, 2017

The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry--Dolssa is an upper-crust city girl who's been branded a heretic, on the run from the friar who condemned her mother to death by fire and wants Dolssa executed, too. Botille is a matchmaker and a tavern-keeper, struggling to keep herself and her sisters on the right side of the law in their seaside town. When their lives collide by a dark riverside, Botille rescues a dying Dolssa and conceals her in the tavern, where an unlikely friendship blooms. Aided by her sisters and Symo, her surly but loyal neighbor, Botille nurses Dolssa back to health and hides her from her pursuers. But all of Botille's tricks, tales, and cleverness can't protect them forever, and when the full wrath of the Church bears down upon them, Dolssa's passion and Botille's good intentions could destroy the entire village.

Asking For It-Printz Honors

February 9, 2017

Asking For It by Louise O'Neill--Emma O'Donovan is eighteen, beautiful, and fearless. It's the beginning of summer in a quiet Irish town and tonight she and her friends have dressed to impress. Everyone is at the party, and all eyes are on Emma. The next morning Emma's parents discover her collapsed on the doorstop of their home, unconscious. She is disheveled, bleeding, and disoriented, looking as if she had been dumped there. To her distress, Emma can't remember what happened the night before. All she knows is that none of her friends will respond to her texts. At school, people turn away from her and whisper under their breath. Her mind may be a blank as far as the events of the previous evening, but someone has posted photos of it on Facebook under a fake account, "Easy Emma"--photos she will never be able to forget. As the photos go viral and a criminal investigation is launched, the community is thrown into tumult. The media descends, neighbors chose sides, and people from all over the world want to talk about her story. Everyone has something to say about Emma.

March: Book Three (Michael L. Printz Award Winner)

February 9, 2017

March: Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell--By Fall 1963, the Civil Rights Movement is an undeniable keystone of the national conversation, and as chair of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, John Lewis is right in the thick of it. With the stakes continuing to rise, white supremacists intensify their opposition through government obstruction and civilian terrorist attacks, a supportive president is assassinated, and African-Americans across the South are still blatantly prohibited from voting. To carry out their nonviolent revolution, Lewis and an army of young activists launch a series of innovative projects, including the Freedom Vote, Mississippi Freedom Summer, and a pitched battle for the soul of the Democratic Party waged live on national television. But strategic disputes are deepening within the movement, even as 25-year-old John Lewis heads to Alabama to risk everything in a historic showdown that will shock the world. (Young Adult Graphic Novel)

They All Saw A Cat-Caldecott Honors

February 9, 2017

They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel--The cat walked through the world, with its whiskers, ears, and paws.  In this glorious celebration of observation, curiosity, and imagination, Brendan Wenzel shows us the many lives of one cat, and how perspective shapes what we see. When you see a cat, what do you see?

Leave Me Alone-Caldecott Honors

February 9, 2017

Leave Me Alone! by Vera Brosgol--One day, a grandmother shouts, "LEAVE ME ALONE!" and leaves her tiny home and her very big family to journey to the moon and beyond to find peace and quiet to finish her knitting. Along the way, she encounters ravenous bears, obnoxious goats, and even hordes of aliens! But nothing stops grandma from accomplishing her goal--knitting sweaters for her many grandchildren to keep them warm and toasty for the coming winter.

Freedom in Congo Square-Caldecott Honors

February 9, 2017

Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford--As slaves relentlessly toiled in an unjust system in 19th century Louisiana, they all counted down the days until Sunday, when at least for half a day they were briefly able to congregate in Congo Square in New Orleans. Here they were free to set up an open market, sing, dance, and play music. They were free to forget their cares, their struggles, and their oppression. This story chronicles slaves' duties each day, from chopping logs on Mondays to baking bread on Wednesdays to plucking hens on Saturday, and builds to the freedom of Sundays and the special experience of an afternoon spent in Congo Square. (Juvenile Non-Fiction)

Du Iz Tak?-Caldecott Honors

February 9, 2017

Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis--Du Iz tak? What is that? As a tiny shoot unfurls, two damselflies peer at it in wonder. When the plant grows taller and sprouts leaves, some young beetles arrive to gander, and soon with the help of a pill bug named Icky-they wrangle a ladder and build a tree fort. But this is the wild world, after all, and something horrible is waiting to swoop down-booby voobeck!-only to be carried off in turn. Su! With exquisitely detailed illustrations and tragicomic flair, Carson Ellis invites readers to imagine the dramatic possibilities to be found in even the humblest backyard.

Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (Randolph Caldecott Award Winner)

February 9, 2017

Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe
Jean-Michael Basquiat and his unique, collage-style paintings rocketed to fame in the 1980s as a cultural phenomenon, unlike anything the art world had ever seen. But before that, he was a little boy who saw art everywhere: in poetry books and museums, in games and in the words that we speak, and in the pulsing energy of New York City. Now, award-winning illustrator Javaka Steptoe's vivid text and bold artwork echoing Basquiat's own introduce young readers to the powerful message that art doesn't always have to be neat or clean--and definitely not inside the lines--to be beautiful. (Juvenile Non-Fiction)

Wolf Hollow-Newberry Honors

February 9, 2017

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk--Growing up in the shadows cast by two world wars, Annabelle has lived a mostly quiet, steady life in her small Pennsylvania town. Until the day new student Betty Glengarry walks into her class. Betty quickly reveals herself to be cruel and manipulative, and while her bullying seems isolated at first, things quickly escalate, and reclusive World War I veteran Toby becomes a target of her attacks. While others have always seen Toby's strangeness, Annabelle knows only kindness. She will soon need to find the courage to stand as a lone voice of justice as tensions mount. (Young Adult)

The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog-Newberry Honors

February 9, 2017

The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz
The Inquisitor's Tale is bold storytelling that's richly researched and adventure-packed. It's no surprise that Gidwitz's latest book has been likened to The Canterbury Tales, considering its central story is told by multiple storytellers. As each narrator fills in what happens next in the story of the three children and their potentially holy dog, their tales get not only more fantastical but also more puzzling and addictive. However, the gradual intricacy of the story is not Gidwitz's big accomplishment. Rather it is the complex themes (xenophobia, zealotry, censorship etc.) he is able to bring up while still maintaining a light tone, thus giving readers a chance to come to conclusions themselves

Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life-Newberry Honors

February 9, 2017

Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives, and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan
In his gentle yet deeply powerful way, Ashley Bryan goes to the heart of how a slave is given a monetary value by the slave owner, tempering this with the one thing that CAN'T be bought or sold-dreams. Inspired by the actual will of a plantation owner that lists the worth of each and every one of his "workers", Bryan has created collages around that document, and others like it. Through fierce paintings and expansive poetry, he imagines and interprets each person's life on the plantation, as well as the life their owner knew nothing about their dreams and pride in knowing that they were worth far more than an Overseer or Madam ever would guess.

The Girl Who Drank the Moon (John Newberry Award Winner)

February 9, 2017

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill--One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. As Luna's thirteenth birthday approaches, her magic begins to emerge--with dangerous consequences. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Deadly birds with uncertain intentions flock nearby. A volcano, quiet for centuries, rumbles just beneath the earth's surface. And the woman with the Tiger's heart is on the prowl.

My Kite is Stuck and Other Stories

February 1, 2017

My Kite is Stuck and Other Stories by Salina Yoon is a collection of three stories about a group of very busy animal friends. Duck, duck, and porcupine are constantly looking for things to occupy themselves and in the course of a day they climb trees, make friends with different bugs and build a lemonade stand. All this activity is illustrated in dazzling color.