September

The Island of Dr. Libris by Chris Grabenstein
Author of lots of middle grade novels. This is a typical fiction comes to life story but not difficult. I wasn't entirely happy with the final chapters. Slightly confusing. But lots of fun moments as well as scary times. Billy is spending his summer on the lake while his mom works on her dissertation and his dad is looking for work somewhere else. He finds out early in the story that what he reads is coming to life on the island in the lake where he proceeds to implicate himself. OK but not my fav. 4th+

The Copper Gauntletl by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
book 2. Spending the summer with his dad has gotten awkward, especially when Call decides his father wants to kill him and his pet Havoc. Back at school the Alkahest, ie the Copper Gauntlet, disappears. More fighting. More lack of trusting. This moves really fast and I thought it was reasonably well-told. I really really thought this was a trilogy. but no. It's Harry Potter all over. They have to finish school, and save the world. 4th+


The Bronze Key by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
Sad this isn't the end because it will probably be another 6 months to a year before the next one is out. Oh well. Our trio of Call, Aaron, and Tamara have to solve the mystery of the mole. Pretty dark. 4th+

The Book Club Murders by Leslie Nagel
I throw in an adult book now and then just to remember what the difference is. Sex and steamy longing. That's it.

Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War. by Steve Sheinkin
Another winner by Sheinkin. I lived through this, but it was moving and informative. Captures Ellsberg's conflicted emotions in releasing confidential Pentagon Papers. He was a political insider and a veteran, but also needed to do the right thing. Well written as usual.

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier
Catrina's family has moved to Bahia de la Luna, in Northern Colorado to help with the health of her little sister, Maya who has cystic fibrosis. But Cat finds out the whole town is haunted.. This is based on a lot of Mexican traditions, especially Dia de los Muertos. Unusual but great cultural piece.
4th+

Off the Grid by CJ Box
The latest Joe Pickett novel. Nate Romanowski, Joe's friend, has been hiding off the grid until he is contacted by a shadow group from the government. Joe is also contacted by the WY Governor to find out what's up. This is set in the Red Desert of Wy--another dramatic setting that Box is so good at. This is a hair-raising political thriller with a fair amount of violence. The whole country is in serious danger. But noble Joe is there. Adult.

The Shepherd's Crown by Terry Pratchett
The last of the Tiffany Aching Adventures. So much is changing: witches come and go, Iron Horses (trains) roll across Disc world, and the elves are restless (an understatement). Tiffany must deal with her own questionings as well as challenges from enemies and friends. I cried a lot during this one, mostly because I knew Terry Pratchett is gone. But great writing. MS for innuendos.

out of Range by CJ Box
Joe Pickett is called to fill in for a. Warden who has. Ommited suicide. But there are too many questions. jackson Hole is not like the rest of Wyoming. Lots of intrigue, and danger from wildlife and humans. Adult for sure.

In Plain Sight (Joe Pickett book 6) CJ Box
John Wayne Keeley wants Joe Pickett to suffer. And his family too. This one has a sociopath which makes it a bit more creepy. Plus the especially disfunctional Scarlett family with missing matriarch Opal and her three sons.

Savage Run (Joe Pickett book 2) by CJ Box
This turns into a life and death chase with Joe and others fleeing a certifiably crazy assassin. Suitably tense if somewhat violent. Adult

The Amateurs book 1 by Sara Shepard