“The Passenger” an Intriguing and Thrilling Read

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Library Treasures

Those who enjoyed Kathleen Grissom’s The Kitchen House will be delighted to take up her new novel Glory Over Everything (GRI). Her earlier work in 2010 left many of us asking what happens next. This new, stand-alone novel satisfies that desire. Here we meet Jamie, who fled from the plantation, and is now presenting himself in society as a wealthy white silversmith. What he should have done but didn’t, and the consequences to others, makes this a deeply enriching read.

Readers seeking a combination of historical fiction and fantasy fiction would be happy to read The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley (PUL). Central characters Thaniel Steepleton and Keita Moridraw are so intriguing that one is drawn into the story. There is a mystery and crime to solve. Shifting between Thaniel’s present mystery and Moridraw’s background makes an interesting style.

The conclusion to the Shattering Seas series is here. Half A War, by Joe Abercrombie (ABE), continues from Half a King and Half the World. If you like fantasy novels, this is a must. This series is more focused on the action of the plot and the interactions between characters than some of Abercrombie’s other works.

Randy Wayne White is best known for his series featuring retiring NSA agent Doc Ford. He began writing fiction while working as a fishing guide in Florida, the setting for most of his books. His earlier writings include the Hawker series, which were published under the pen name Carl Ramm. We are adding earlier Ramm titles, starting with Detroit Combat (M RAM).

My first inclination is not to pick a thriller to read but if I had done that with The Passenger by Lisa Lutz (M LUT), it would have been a loss. Her novel pulled me in immediately and then as the pages were turned, it was one surprise after another. The central character is Tanya Dubois, whose older husband Frank has just died after (the reader thinks) falling down the stairs. We then learn she doesn’t want to hang around to deal with questions from the police. What follows is intriguing and a thrilling read.

Gentle Fiction readers can pick up You’re the One that I Want, by Susan May Warren (GF WAR), if you like characters where the chemistry is tangible and realistic. The witty dialog enables the reader to follow relationships through danger, insecurities and self-doubt.

A Son’s Vow, by Shelley Shepard Gray (GF GRA), is so real that one is drawn into the story. Events revolve around a deep tragedy–an explosion at a local mill that killed five men, and two friends, Darla and Lukas must figure out how to keep going in spite of mishaps.

Leslie Gould weaves a wonderful, heartwarming tale in Amish Sweethearts (GF GOU), offering a well-written and easy to read novel. The storyline revolves around Lila and Zane, who have grown up as neighbors and are close friends. Lila is Amish and Zane is English (as the Amish refer to him), so the reader gets to see life from two different perspectives.

When a fictional family feels as inviting and warm as the Turners–Francis, Viola and their 13 children—readers take notice. When that perceptive work turns out to be a debut, as in The Turner House by Angela Flournoy (FLO), the list of awards grows. The storylines concentrate mostly on Francis (father), Charles (cha-ha, the eldest) and Lelah (the youngest).

Available for K to grade 1 are Blastoff! Readers developed by literacy experts to combine standards-based content with developmentally appropriate text. Level 1 titles provide support through repetition of high-frequency words, light text, predictable sentence patterns and visual support. Titles include Creepy Crawlies Slugs (J 594.3 BOR), Ticks (J 595.42 BOR), Black Widow Spiders (J 595.44 BOR) and Praying Mantises (J 595.72 BOR).

For Grades 3 to 5, Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor (J SCI) provides much to enjoy. Frank Einstein is an intelligent kid living with his grandfather. Frank wants to win the science fair so he can use the money to help grandfather. When an experiment with neural networks accidentally works, he creates self-aware robots. The science diagrams show scientific principles at work and science fair jokes provide both challenge and entertainment.

Dr. Leroy Hommerding
Beach Library Director