It’s finally spring! Celebrate by checking out some of these great books from Magdalena Public Library!

Fire and Ice by Dana Stabenow (Audiobook)

“Alaska State Trooper Liam Campbell, demoted and reassigned to the remote bush town of Newenham, literally steps off the plane into a murder scene. When the woman leaning over the body is Liam’s old flame, it’s evident that his new job is about to become much more complicated.”

Dana Stabenow is a New York Time’s best-selling author, known for her Kate Shugak mysteries. We just got in the audiobook version, performed by Marguerite Gavin.

Blue Moon by Lee Child (Adult Fiction)

“Jack Reacher steps out of a bus to help a potential victim and then finds himself in the thick of a turf war between two rival Ukrainian and Albanian gangs. But Reacher believes in a certain kind of justice . . . the kind that comes along once in a blue moon.”

The 24th book in the popular Jack Reacher series about a former Army Major taking on odd jobs around the country. This isn’t the most recent book, but we just got it in and I’m excited to try it.

Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood (YA Fiction)

“Andromeda, an exorcist hired by an eccentric young heir, soon realizes why all the others have quit before her. With horrifying manifestations and deadly secrets at every turn, she’d be better off leaving Magnus to his curse. But heaven help her—she’s fallen for him.”

Chosen as the October 2021 book pick for Reese’s YA Book Club, this indulgently gothic romance is a stunning modern retelling of Jane Eyre, with intricate worldbuilding, a grimly humorous heroine, and magnetic romance.

Sona Sharma: Very Best Big Sister by Chitra Soundar and Jen Khatun (Youth Fiction)

“Sona doesn’t want a little sibling. But when she learns about the naming ceremony, she is determined to find the perfect name. Because if she’s going to be a big sister, then she wants to be the very best big sister she can be.”

Sona’s story about the struggles of becoming a big sister and changing family dynamics is relatable and highly accessible. The characters are well-developed and burst with personality. A great pick for new big siblings.

Because by Mo Willems and Amber Ren (Picture Book)

“Because… an unexpected note can change a life. Mo Willems composes a powerful symphony of chance, discovery, persistence, and magic in this moving tale of a young girl’s journey to center stage.”

A truly heartwarming story told with soft illustrations and vivid colors. The repeated cause and effect structure highlights how small actions can change someone’s world for the better. One of my favorite modern picture books, I had to buy myself a copy after reading it at the library.

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems (Picture Book)

“Trixie, Daddy, and Knuffle Bunny take a trip to the neighborhood Laundromat. But the exciting adventure takes a dramatic turn when Trixie realizes somebunny has been left behind…”

It might be a bit of a cheat to have two Mo Willems books on this list, but I love to read Knuffle Bunny this time of the year. Mixing real-life black and white photography with expressive cartoon drawings, this brilliant true-to-life story is one all parents with small kids can relate to.