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What’s New · Featured Book of the Month Program: April

In Cold Blood

We’re pleased to announce the following are our March selections for the Featured Book of the Month program!

Adult Title

In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences by Truman Capote
“On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues. As Truman Capote reconstructs the murder and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers, he generates both mesmerizing suspense and astonishing empathy.”

Teen Title

The Last Dragonslayer

The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde
“Adult author Fforde’s foray into children’s books will delight readers who like their fantasy with a dash of silliness. Since the Great Zambini disappeared six months earlier, the job of running Kazam Mystical Arts Management has fallen to Jennifer Strange, a foundling two weeks shy of 16, but sensible beyond her years. Kazam is part boardinghouse, part employment agency for wizards and magicians whose talents are on the decline--a high maintenance bunch. Jennifer has just begun her mentorship of another foundling, Horton “Tiger” Prawns, when she learns she is the Last Dragonslayer and that the last dragon on Earth, Maltcassion, is prophesied to die at her hand on Sunday noon. Comedic chaos ensues as the news of Maltcassion’s imminent death paves the way for a major land grab.”
Publishers Weekly

Children’s Title

Box of Shocks

Box of Shocks by Chris McMahen
“Oliver feels that his parents are way, way overprotective of him. So when he finds an old metal box, he devises “a top-secret plan so brilliant, just thinking about it will make my hair burst into flames!” The plan evolves and soon he’s filling the Box of Shocks, as it’s called, with souvenirs from a series of daredevil stunts--things his parents would never approve of. But after a summer spent at his uncle’s house, Oliver returns to find his parents have moved and his Box of Shocks has been left behind. Luckily, Oliver’s former residence is nearby, and he sneaks into the house several times in vain attempts to retrieve the box. Through this process, Oliver learns about a boy named Diggory who appears to have many hidden (and sad) secrets of his own.”
Booklist Reviews

Look for displays of all our Featured Book of the Month titles at your local branch and the Main Library!