What’s New in Books for April

Who doesn’t enjoy reading about a pig, especially one that wears wigs?  Emma J. Virjan has written about such a pig in a book entitled What This Story Needs is a Pig in a Wig.  In this very colorful rhyming book, a female pig puts on a red wig, sets out on a boat and meets all sorts of animals along the way.  Check it out for an adventurous read!


For the young chapter book readers, there is a new detective series at the Library starring two mice, Detective Wilcox and Captain Griswold, who investigate cases of missing food.  Their first one is entitled The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake by Robin Newman.  Miss Rabbit calls in about a missing cake and the mice must figure out where it is.  Check it out for a thoroughly amusing read!


The Library has 2018 – 2019 Bluebonnet books for elementary, middle and high school levels.  One book available is The Bicycle Spy by Yona Zeldis McDonough.  In this story set in France during World War II, Marcel is a young boy who loves riding his bike for himself and for making bakery deliveries.  Because of the war, the Tour de France has not been held for two years, but Marcel still dreams of competing in the race.  When a friend’s family is in danger, he must ride to deliver covert information to save them and then must think quickly when nothing goes according to plan.  Check it out for an historical read!


Paul Cleave is an author from New Zealand who has written two very quirky and absorbing stories about a serial killer/police station janitor or cleaner.  In Five Minutes Alone, Cleave pulls two characters from the series and continues with their story after the events from the first two books.  Check it out for an exciting read!


For those adult readers who are interested in the history of mental illness and the various institutions designed to house the sufferers from the madhouse to the lunatic asylum to the mental hospital, the Library has This Way Madness Lies:  The Asylum and Beyond by Mike Jay.  Packed with over 600 rarely seen photographs and illustrations, this book is a very compelling read!

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