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Spotlight on Books

Titles Recently Added to Our Collection


New in Nonfiction

New in Fiction

New in Mysteries and Thrillers

New in Fantasy and Science Fiction

New in YA Fiction

New in the Sciences

New in Biographies

Director Madge Slavec Spotlights Books for Young Readers

"Katherine Applegate, winner of the John Newberry Medal for The One and Only Ivan, writes for independent readers in 3rd through 6th grades and adults who want a story to read out loud just to hear the well-crafted language in these books. Check them out in the Gila Valley Library; you will make a great discovery, both for children and your own reading enjoyment, whatever your age." ~ Madge

"Wonder, by R. J. Palacio, is about the courage it takes to be an 'ordinary kid with an extraordinary face,' entering school for the first time as a fifth grader. 'Can he convince his classmates he's just like them, despite his appearance?'"

New in Nonfiction Picture Books

Itch! Everything You Didn't Want to Know About What Makes You Scratch
by Anita Sanchez
illustrated by Gilbert Ford

"A fun, intriguing, and accessible mix of anatomy and history, with a healthy dose of gross." – Kirkus 

ages 7 to 10

Made for Each Other: Why Dogs and People Are Perfect Partners
by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
photographed by William Munoz

"A smorgasbord of dog facts and tidbits whose distinguishing value may be to inspire interest in readers to research further."– Kirkus Reviews

ages 8 to 12

Earth Verse: Haiku from the Ground Up
by Sally M. Walker
illustrated by William Grill

Earth's geologic wonders beautifully captured and expressed  through haiku.

Poetry Picture Book
ages 8 to 13

Snowy Owl Invasion! Tracking an Unusual Migration
by Sandra Markle

When snowy owls from the Arctic began appearing far south of their usual winter homes, scientists took this rare research opportunity to study this beautiful bird.

ages 8 to 12

Reviews of these children's books can be found at Kirkus Reviews online