Latest books to hit Oakhurst Library shelves this month are:
* The President’s Shadow by Brad Meltzer (Fiction). To most, it looks like Beecher White has an ordinary job. A young staffer with the National Archives in Washington, D.C., he’s responsible for safekeeping the government’s most important documents…. and, sometimes, its most closely held secrets. But there are a powerful few who know his other role – which this time involves a severed arm, found buried in the White House Rose Gardens.
* Ever After by Jude Deveraux (Fiction). You will enjoy the author’s eagerly awaited third novel in her blockbuster Nantucket Brides trilogy. Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything for her beautiful blond stepsister Shelly. When Hallie arrives home from work early one fateful day, she makes two startling discoveries: Not only has a mysterious relative left Hallie a house on Nantucket, but Shelly has been trying to steal it.
* Golden Riders by Ralph Cotton (Western). Arizona Ranger Sam Burrack has something of a reputation for finishing what he sets out to do – usually with a shot from his Winchester. He’d been on the trail of five gunmen for days. Then there was four. But when a few of the riders escape in a jailbreak, word gets back to the gang leader that his brother fell under the gun of a lawman – Burrack. Now Burrack is both hunter and hunted, and if he doesn’t live up to his reputation, he won’t live very long.
* Fighting Fire in the Sierra National Forest by Marcia Pemer Freedman (Non-Fiction). To live in the foothills on the edge of the Sierra National Forest is to live with the certainty of summer wildfires. While fire remains a constant threat, the strategy for combating it has greatly evolved. Marcia Freedman traces the history of firefighting and fire management from the forest’s early years through the policy shifts that began in the 1960s, and the measures used today.
* Sherlock: Season 1, 2, and 3. Sherlock Holmes is on the case again in a thrilling contemporary version of Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic. Sherlock stars Benedict Cumberbatch, as 21st century London’s go-to consulting detective, Sherlock Holmes, with Martin Freeman as his loyal friend Dr. John Watson. True to the spirit of the original books, this series takes readers into the fascinating world of Sherlock Holmes.
* When Calls the Heart: Season 1. When Calls the Heart tells the story of Elizabeth Thatcher, a young teacher accustomed to her high society life, who receives her first classroom assignment in Coal Valley - a small coal mining town where life is simple, but often fraught with challenges. Living in a 19th century coal town, Elizabeth will have to learn the ways of the frontier if she wishes to thrive in the rural west on her own. The films are inspired by Janette Oke’s bestselling book series about the Canadian West.
* Wild. In this film viewers join Cheryl Strayed, played by Reese Witherspoon, as she hikes the Pacific Crest Trail and rediscovers herself after her mother’s death. Based on Strayed’s 2012 memoir, Wild creates an emotional bond between the viewer and Cheryl herself. With stunning landscapes and great use of flashbacks and storytelling, Wild is an unforgettable and emotional journey that leaves a huge impression.
Mandie and the Cherokee Treasure. In the second installment of the acclaimed Mandie series, Mandie is forbidden by her Uncle John to join him on a dangerous quest to keep an old promise. Mandie and her long-lost mother take matters into their own hands. Joined by friends, they embark on a harrowing journey by train to protect Mandie’s stubborn uncle. Grand adventure ensues as they race to outwit evil conspirators and dare to face the secrets of the Lost Antler Cave.
Children’s and Young Adult Titles
* ABC School’s for Me! By Susan Katz (Picture Book). Get ready for school with this clever, rhyming alphabet story with wonderful illustrations. Alphabet from A to Z. Books that are just right for me. Crayons for coloring in my hand. Dump trucks playing in the sand. Cuddle up with your little bear and enjoy this rhyming read-aloud chock-full of the ABC’s of school
Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce (Juvenile Series). Kids will enjoy these two books from the Big Nate series. In Great Minds Think Alike, two heads are better than one, except when they’re crashing into each other. But that won’t prevent Big Nate and his pals from hatching great ideas for fun. In Big Nate On A Roll, Nate’s a big deal in his scout troop… until Artur – aka Mr. Perfect – joins. Now Nate’s stuck in second place. And Artur means business. Will Nate take the grand prize – or wipe out, big time?
* Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly (Juvenile Fiction). Deep in the ocean in a world not so different from our own, live the merpeople. Their communities are spread throughout the oceans, seas, and freshwaters all over the globe. Serafina, a mermaid of the Mediterranean Sea, finds herself haunted by strange dreams that foretell the return of an ancient evil. Led only by her shadowy dreams, Sera searches for five other mermaid heroines who are scattered across the six seas. Together, they will uncover a conspiracy that threatens their world’s very existence.
* Navy Seal Dogs by Mike Ritland (Young Adult Non-Fiction). Mike Ritland was a smaller-than-average kid who was often picked-on at school – which led him to spend more time with dogs at a young age. After graduating BUD/S training – the toughest military training in the world –to become a SEAL, he was on combat deployment in Iraq when he saw a military working dog in actionand instantly knew he’d found his true calling. This is the true story of how Mike grew from a bullied kid, to a member of the elite SEAL team, to the trainer of the world’s most highly skilled K9 warriors.
The Oakhurst Branch Library, located at 49044 Civic Circle Drive, is open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Thursday, and 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Friday and Saturday.