Here are my book picks for November! All of these are available for check out at Magdalena Public Library. Happy fall everyone, and thank you to all the veterans and active duty members of our military. We are all honored by your service. – Ivy Stover, Librarian

The Right Kind of Crazy (My Life as a Navy SEAL, Covert Operative, and Boy Scout from Hell) by Clint Emerson – Adult Nonfiction/Memoir

Veteran’s day is November 11. That means it’s a great time to read this fast paced, hilarious, real-world glimpse at the life of a former Navy SEAL. From his rebellious youth years to his 20 years of service, Emerson shows us “the right kind of crazy” needed in this rollercoaster of a memoir. A great look at SEAL team culture and the art of covert operations.

The Rose Code by Kate Quinn – Adult Historical Fiction

Three very different women become friends while working at Bletchley Park, where the brightest minds in England train to break German military codes. But war, loss, and the impossible pressure of secrecy tear them apart. When a traitor steps out of the shadows after the war, the three will have to come together again to crack one last code.

Author of The Alice Network, Quinn is no stranger to research, folding real events and people into a complex, compelling story of courage, betrayal and secrecy. Engaging characters and a well-paced plot make it hard to put down.

The Chaos by Nalo Hopkinson – YA Supernatural Fiction

Scotch is just like any other teenager trying to fit in and understand her multi-ethnic identity. At least until black spots start appearing all over her body, her brother disappears, and a volcano appears in Lake Ontario. That’s when the real fun begins.

Nalo Hopkinson is well known for her adult SciFi, and her first YA lives up to the hype. Fun, modern voice really evokes Scotch as a character, and the delightful, unique descriptions bring the craziness of the Chaos to life.

Behind Enemy Lines (True Stories of Amazing Courage) by Bill Doyle – Middle Grade, Nonfiction

“Eight true tales of courageous men and women who slipped behind enemy lines in the service of their country. One thing they all have in common: boundless bravery, unflinching determination, and the basic human need for freedom.”

The dramatized narrative brings these stories of real people and missions to life for young readers. The stories are based on interviews, biographies, reports and historic documents, with a list of referenced books at the back.

Winnie the Pooh’s Fall Harvest by Isabel Gaines and illustrated by Marderosian & Enik – Easy Reader, Level 1

Rabbit’s garden is ready for harvesting. Pooh Bear and friends come together to help him pick all the yummy vegetables.

A Level 1 Easy Reader, with short sentences and easy to understand words, great for kids learning how to read. With bright, colorful illustrations of all our favorite characters, this is a great pick for your own fall harvest!

Biscuit Visits the Pumpkin Patch by Alyssa Satin Capucilli and pictures by Pat Schories – PreK-Kinder Board Book

“What will Biscuit find in the pumpkin patch? The perfect pumpkin, and some friendly surprises!”

Biscuit is a favorite for little kids, and for good reason. This adorable little pup is full of fun, curious energy, just like them! Our copy is a board book, so it’s perfect for little hands. Easy words and short sentences also make it great for beginning readers.