Raymie Nightingale, by Kate DiCamillo.
Raymie Clarke has a plan: If she can win the
Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition,
then her father will see Raymie’s picture in the
paper and (maybe) come home. As the competition approaches, loneliness, loss and unanswerable questions draw Raymie and two of
her competitors into an unlikely friendship.
This is a great book for readers age 10 and up.
(Item #1048711, 4/12)—Lindsay Bubitz
300 Days of Sun, by Deborah Lawrenson.
Traveling to Faro, Portugal, journalist Joanna
Millard hopes to escape an unsatisfying rela-
tionship and a stalled career. Joanna soon real-
izes that the town’s economy is compromised
by corruption and wartime spoils. A young
man who befriends her hopes to engage
Joanna in discovering the truth about a child
kidnapped more than two decades ago.
Ultimately, she learns that the past is not as far
behind as we think it is. (Item #1049351,
The Nest, by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney. If you
think your family has issues, wait until you
meet the Plumbs. Four siblings have been
watching their joint trust fund soar in value,
and each one has plans for how the money can
solve their self-inflicted problems. Can one
sibling save them all, or will the four need to
reconsider the futures they’ve imagined and
face the interesting decisions they’ve made?
(Item #1049352, available now)—Scott Losse
The Last Goodnight: A World War II Story of
Espionage, Adventure, and Betrayal, by
Howard Blum. Betty Pack was charming,
beautiful and intelligent—and she knew it. She
served as an agent for Britain’s MI- 6 and then
America’s OSS during World War II. Through
access to recently unclassified files, Blum
discovered the truth about the attractive
blonde, who seduced diplomats and military
attachés across the globe in exchange for
ciphers and secrets. This is an intriguing look
at an American debutante turned Allied spy
who deserves to be a household name.
(Item #1049356, 4/12)—Brian Hovis
Martha Stewart Living 25th Anniversary.
This special anniversary issue includes a
roundup of 25 years of covers, Good Things
and What’s for Dinner. An additional 25 stories touch on the major tenets of the magazine:
cultivating the palate, the power of the handmade, the home as a laboratory, teaching and
learning, and inspiration from nature.
(Item #1029584, 3/29)—Tyler Damon
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