We’re pleased to announce the following are our April selections for the Featured Book of the Month program!
The Importance of Being Seven by Alexander McCall Smith
Becoming seven is of aching importance to Bertie Pollock, who has been an unhappy six-year-old in the five previous 44 Scotland Street novels. To Bertie, whose mother seems to see him as more of a product than an actual child, the age of seven seems to offer so much more freedom than six ever has. Bertie, who must perform an endless round of self-improvement exercises (like reading W.H. Auden’s poetry), has a loving but timid father and a baby brother, Ulysses. The maternally over-managed Pollock family occupies one flat on 44 Scotland Street in the New Town neighborhood of Edinburgh. Fans of the series will rejoice at hearing again some of the familiar treads on the fashionable tenement’s stairs. By following an assemblage of characters on and near 44 Scotland Street, McCall Smith manages sidesplitting send-ups of contemporary pretentiousness and wry and often poignant commentary on the roles of chance, cruelty, and fate in our lives. McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series has long been his most popular, but the Scotland-set novels are hot on Mmm Precious Ramotse’s formidable tail.
— Booklist Reviews
Alexander McCall Smith will visit the Main Library on Saturday, April 6 at 2:00 p.m. Learn more about his visit.
Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
“This volume picks up where Clockwork Angel (2010) ended. Set in Victorian London and featuring powerful demon-fighting Shadowhunters defending human “mundanes” from a vampire, demons, and a madman building a clockwork army, this novel offers mystery, adventure, and, most importantly, a delicious love triangle. Tessa Gray remains at the London Institute with the Shadowhunters as she tries to discover the source of her unique power to transform into another person. Try as she might to guard herself against gorgeous but deliberately cruel Will, she finds that he makes her heart race. She is also drawn to his blood brother, slowly dying but beautiful and kind Jem. As events race to a cliff-hanger ending, secrets are revealed that explain Will’s cruelty and leave Tessa with an agonizing choice between the two friends. Clockwork Prince will not disappoint fans and it will definitely leave them eager for the conclusion of the trilogy.”
— School Library Journal
Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
“In this poignant look at the realities of immigration, 13-year-old Esperanza, daughter of an affluent Mexican rancher, is forced to trade fancy dolls and dresses for hard work and ill-fitting hand-me-downs after her beloved father dies. Laboring in the United States during the Great Depression, picking grapes on someone else’s land for pennies an hour, Esperanza is transformed into someone who can take care of herself and others.”
— Hornbook Guide Reviews
Look for displays of all our Featured Book of the Month titles at your local branch and the Main Library!