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Murder Will Out: January 2015

M.C. Beaton's first Agatha Raisin mystery has been made into a television movie. It premiers in Great Britain on Boxing Day (December 26), hopefully we will be seeing “Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death” in the States soon.

Epic Fantasy for Teens

The false prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Grave mercy by Robin LaFevers

Throne of glass by Sarah J. Maas

Shadow and bone by Leigh Bardugo

Falling kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

The Paladin prophecy. Book 1 by Mark Frost

Finnikin of the rock by Melina Marchetta

Teen Mysteries

Trust me, I'm lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer

Jackaby by William Ritter

Also known as by Robin Benway

The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Jimmy Coates: assassin? by Joe Craig

We were liars by E. Lockhart

Etiquette & espionage by Gail Carriger

Grades 6-9 Winter themed reading

Brian's winter by Gary Paulsen

He would have to find some way to protect himself, some weapon. The fire worked well when it was burning, but it had burned down. His hatchet and knife would have done nothing more than make the bear really angry -- something he did not like to think about -- and his bow was good only for smaller game. He had never tried to shoot anything bigger than a foolbird or rabbit with it and doubted that the bow would push the arrow deep enough to do anything but -- again -- make the bear really made.
He bundled in his bag that night, the end of the two weeks of warm weather. He kept putting wood on the fire, half afraid the bear would come back. All the while he tried to think of a solution.
But in reality, the bear was not his primary adversary. Nor was the wolf, nor any animal. Brian had become his own worst enemy because in all the business of hunting, fishing and surviving he had forgotten the primary rule: Always, "always" pay attention to what was happening. Everything in nature means something and he had missed the warnings that summer was ending, had in many ways already ended, and what was coming would be the most dangerous thing he had faced since the plane crashed.

Julie of the wolves by Jean Craighead George ; pictures by John Schoenherr

100 Page Biographies

Searching for a biography that's just the right size? The following biographies have between 100 and 200 pages. Additional 100-page biographies can be found in the Who Was series and the Sterling Biographies series.

John Adams, the writer: a treasury of letters, diaries, and public documents by compiled and edited by Carolyn P. Yoder

John & Abigail Adams: an American love story by Judith St. George

Ansel Adams: America's photographer ; a biography for young people by Beverly Gherman

The voice that challenged a nation: Marian Anderson and the struggle for equal rights by Russell Freedman

Failure is impossible: the story of Susan B. Anthony by Lisa Frederiksen Bohannon

Winter Themed Books for Kids

Winter waits by Lynn Plourde ; illustrated by Greg Couch

Lynn Plourde, author of the best-selling picture book "Wild Child," reunites with acclaimed illustrator Greg Couch to continue the story of Nature's family with this exquisite book that captures the joy of a father-son relationship.

Winter lullaby by Barbara Seuling ; illustrated by Greg Newbold

As the natural world changes with winter's approach, young children worry about the creatures they see around them. Where do the ducks and other animals go? Will they find shelter from the cold? Will they be safe and warm? In Winter Lullaby, Barbara Seuling's reassuring, gentle verse and Greg Newbold's breathtaking paintings reveal what animals do to survive as winter takes hold.

Winter: an alphabet acrostic by Steven Schnur ; illustrated by Leslie Evans

New Books in Tamil for 2014

Nilavum malarum pāṭutu! by Elci Tivākar

Entaṉ kaṇṇōṭu kalantuviṭu-! by Nivētā Jeyānantaṉ

Itayak katavu by Iṉpā Alōciyas

Vilāciṉi: Kōccaṭaiyāṉu̲kku muṉ, kuṟṟap pulaṉāyvu carittirap putiṉam by Ṭākṭar El. Kailācam = Vilasini / L. Kailasam

Kaṟupput tāmarai by Rājēṣkumār

Kiḻical: tērnteṭutta ciṟukataikaḷ by Pūmaṇi ; tokuppāciriyar, Ka. Mōkaṉaraṅkaṉ = Kizical / author, Poomani

Vaḷaiyāta paṉaikaḷ by Irā. Nantakōpāl

Pārttipaṉ kaṉavu by Kalki Ār. kiruṣṇamūrtti

Kolvateḻututal 90 by Ār. Em. Nausāt

Eṉatu payaṇam: kaṉavukaḷukkuc ceyalvaṭivam koṭuttal by Ē.Pi.Jē. Aptul kalām ; ōviyaṅkaḷ, Piriyā Cepāsṭiyaṉ ; Tamiḻil, Nākalaṭcumi Caṇmukam