Patterson & Grabenstein Return to Middle School | Audio in Advance December 2015 | Middle Grade


Christopher, Matt. Blake Griffin. (Great Americans in Sports). Hachette Audio. ISBN 9781478960621. Reader TBA. Gr 3-7–Blake Griffin is known for being a #1 draft pick, Rookie of the Year, slam dunk contest winner, and one of the best power forwards playing today. But he had to fight to make it onto the NBA court at all […]

Valentine’s Day, Space, & World Travels | Audio in Advance December 2015 | Early Elementary


Bruce, Mary Grant. A Little Bush Maid. Brilliance. ISBN 9781489020338. Read by Eloise Mignon. Gr 1-3–Billabong, a large cattle and sheep property in the Australian countryside, is home to 12-year-old Norah Linton, her widowed father, David, and her older brother, Jim. Norah’s prim and proper aunts, who live in the city, believe she is in danger […]

Kresley Cole, Jessica Brody, & Megan Rhodes | Audio in Advance December 2015 | Young Adult


Brody, Jessica. Unforgotten. (Unremembered, Bk. 2). Brilliance. ISBN 9781511324663. Read by Julia Whelan. Gr 7 Up–After a daring escape from the Diotech scientists who created her, Seraphina and Zen believe they are finally safe from the horrors of her past. But new threats await them at every turn as Zen falls prey to a mysterious […]

Audiobooks by Charlton, Lawson, Stewart, and Wodicka | Xpress Reviews


A historical mystery with romance, Lawson’s “furiously” poignant memoir, a nonagenarian has questions about her new neighbor, Wodicka’s latest is a sad, achingly sensitive story of two eccentric people

Volcanoes, Dame Maggie Smith, & Life in the Andes | Audio in Advance December 2015 | Nonfiction


Barr, Niall. Eisenhower’s Armies: The American-British Alliance During World War II. Dreamscape. ISBN 9781682620687. Reader TBA. The Anglo-American relationship from 1941-1945 proved to be the most effective military alliance in history. Yet there were also constant tensions and disagreements that threatened to pull the alliance apart. This book highlights why the unprecedented level of cooperation […]

Series Installments from Val McDermid, Denise Mina, & Thea Harrison | Audio in Advance December 2015 | Fiction


Abdou, Angie. Between. Recorded Books. ISBN 9781490686677. Read by Meredith Orlow. Vero and her husband, Shane, have two kids, two cars,and  two jobs. They are not coping well. In response to their looming domestic breakdown, Vero and Shane get live-in help with their sons—a woman from the Philippines named Ligaya; the children call her LiLi. […]

Mary Gaitskill, ReShonda Tate Billingsley, & Chris Ewan | Audio in Advance December 2015 | Stephanie’s Picks


Berlin, Lucia. A Manual for Cleaning Women. Blackstone. ISBN 9781504676519. Reader TBA. This volume compiles the best work of short-story writer Berlin, who crafts miracles from the everyday, uncovering moments of grace in the laundromats and halfway houses of the American Southwest, in the homes of the Bay Area upper class, among switchboard operators and struggling […]

Lessons Learned in Year One | Music Matters, October 1, 2015


Collection development, whether you’re talking about books or media, is a process. If you’re new to an area, it makes sense to start with the least complicated aspects.

LJ Media Reviews: October 1, 2015


Fiction from King, Kwan, Pitre; nonfiction on human trafficking, the Vikings, treasure hunters, Marco Polo. Documentaries on LGBT people in Cameroon, Hurricane Sandy, organ donation programs, plus new Trailers: What’s coming on DVD/Bu-ray

Audiobooks from Block, Graves, Grecian, Keillor, & Schultz | Xpress Reviews


Matt Scudder tries to save a gangster’s daughter, Lizzie Snow moves to Bearkill, ME, Grecian’s Scotland Yard detective meets Jack the Ripper, Keillor and company celebrate two score years on the radio, history through the Mailer & Buckley