We’re pleased to announce the following are our August selections for the Featured Book of the Month program!
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
“Soon after his retirement from a brewery in a quiet English village, Harold Fry receives a surprising letter. It’s from beloved friend and colleague Queenie Hennessy, whom he hasn’t heard from in 20 years, writing from a distant terminal cancer ward to say goodbye. He decides to embark on a 600-mile walk to say goodbye to Queenie in person. Joyce depicts Harold’s personal crisis and the extraordinary pilgrimage it generates in masterly fashion, exploring psychological complexities with compassion and insight. The result is a novel of deep beauty and wisdom about the human condition. Harold, a deeply sympathetic protagonist, has much to teach us.”
Sabriel by Garth Nix
“Since childhood, Sabriel has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom, away from the power of Free Magic, and away from the Dead who refuse to stay dead. But now her father, the Abhorson, is missing, and Sabriel must cross into that world to find him. With Mogget, whose feline form hides a powerful, perhaps malevolent spirit, and Touchstone, a young Charter Mage, Sabriel travels deep into the Old Kingdom. There she confronts an evil that threatens much more than her life--and comes face-to-face with her own hidden destiny...””
The Gollywhopper Games by Jody Feldman
“Combine the contest and puzzle elements of the TV show The Amazing Race, Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Ellen Raskin’s The Westing Game. Then, add a young man’s desire to defend his father, and you’ve got Feldman’s enjoyable debut novel. 12-year-old Gil Goodson’s father worked for the Golly Toy and Game Company but was fired after being investigated for (and acquitted of) embezzling funds. Gil is determined not only to win the Gollywhopper Games grand prize (cash, a college scholarship, and all sorts of Golly toys and games) but also to clear his father’s name. Feldman includes truly despicable villains, unexpected kindnesses, and a surprise ending. Nonstop action, appealing pencil illustrations, and increasingly difficult brainteasers will keep readers engaged.”
— Booklist Reviews
Look for displays of all our Featured Book of the Month titles at your local branch and the Main Library!