One series that is getting a lot of attention in the junior fiction department is Michelle Paver’s Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series. The first novel, geared for ages 8 and up, is Wolf Brother. Set in the primitive world six thousand years ago, the book introduces Torak and his wolf-cub companion. After his father is killed by a demon-possessed bear, Torak begins a trek in pursuit of the animal, which threatens all existence in the forest. Wolf, who is able to speak, is his guide and companion along with a strong-willed, able girl named Renn. Their journey together takes them through deep forests, across giant glaciers, and into dangers they never imagined. The books are page-turners--original and spectacularly told adventure stories. The other titles in the series are (in order): Spirit Walker, Soul Eater, Outcast, Oath Breaker, and Ghost Hunter.
Ready for another “Love Finds You” novel? The latest in the library’s collection is Love Finds You in Hope, Kansas, by Pamela Griffen. Fashionable Easterner Alison Stripling is shocked to receive a letter from her deceased sister’s husband in Hope, Kansas, pleading for help with his six children. The letter gives Alison a chance to escape her troubles in Boston, and the name of the town seems like a sign from God. But when she arrives at a rustic cabin on the prairie, she’s in for a bigger shock. Rafe Munroe didn’t write the letter at all.
New Tricks by David Rosenfelt is the seventh in the excellent legal thrillers featuring defense attorney Andy Carpenter. Andy takes on another canine client--Waggy, a Bernese mountain puppy, who’s somehow connected to the murder of Walter Timmerman. Andy represents the dog in a custody battle between Diana, Walter’s widow, and her stepson, Steven, who’s a suspect in his father’s shooting. After Diana dies in a bomb explosion, Steven is arrested for her murder, and Andy agrees to represent him. Rosenfelt injects this clever novel with courtroom twists and a romantic surprise.
Shattered is Karen Robards’ latest novel to appear on our shelves. After Lisa Grant loses her job at a Lexington law firm in this seductive romantic thriller, she heads home to the once thriving Kentucky horse farm owned by her mother who’s dying from ALS. Lisa becomes a research assistant for former crush Scott Buchanan, the Lexington County DA. While she initially finds Scott’s grumpy personality unappealing, she begins to feel differently after looking into a cold case--the inexplicable disappearance of Michael and Angela Garcia and their two children. Astonishingly, Lisa discovers that both a treasured childhood doll and herself as a young girl resemble Marisa. Lisa’s informal investigation leads to dangerous repercussions in which she and her mother almost perish.