Children’s books

“Terrific Tongues!” by Maria Gianferrari, illustrated by Jia Liu

What type of tongue does a frog have? Do animals use only their tongues to eat? Gianferrari’s whimsical new nonfiction picture book starts out with a guessing game and continues with humor and amazing animal facts. Children will learn why an octopus has two tongues and what geckos, bats, snakes, woodpeckers, anteaters, dogs and more use their tongues for. Resources and more information are included in the back of the book.

“With My Hands: Poems About Making Things” by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, illustrated by Lou Fancher and Steve Johnson

A creative collection of poems that rhyme, twirl down the page and inspire. Discover something new to make with each poem, from a collage to a piñata! Children will enjoy shouting out the rhyming words in “Parachute” — plastic, elastic, drastic, fantastic. They may be covered in glitter after reading “Glitter Picture” and entranced by watching a spider in “Drawing.” The collage illustrations are joyful — sharing the experience of creating from the natural to the make-believe world. A wonderful poetry collection for children of all ages.

— Paige Bentley-Flannery, Deschutes Public Library community librarian

Teen books

“Hunger: A Tale of Courage” by Donna Jo Napoli

Napoli is a leading voice in historical fiction and this is the beautiful and haunting story of 12-year-old Lorraine in 1846 County Galway, Ireland. Lorraine and her family are farmers living a hard but happy life, working the fields owned by an English aristocrat. But this year something is wrong with the potatoes, and the harvest her family relies on is ruined. Can Lorraine and her family survive the ensuing years, or will they have to leave the land they love to build a new life in the city?

“Tyler Johnson Was Here” by Jay Coles

Author Coles based this book on his own life experience, which lends incredible depth and authenticity to this moving debut novel. Marvin Johnson is a college-bound senior in Alabama. He and his twin brother, Tyler, have been best friends and done everything together. Then suddenly, Tyler is gone — killed by a police officer, leaving Marvin lost and in a downward spiral as he tries to clear his brother’s name. Other great novels to read if you like this one: “How It Went Down,” by Kekla Magoon, “All American Boys,” by Jason Reynolds and “The Hate U Give,” by Angie Thomas.

— Chandra vanEijnsbergen, Deschutes Public Library community librarian

Adult books

“Paris by the Book” by Liam Callanan

When author Robert Eady disappears, he leaves behind his wife, Leah, and two daughters who try to uncover what really happened to him. When they discover hidden plane tickets to Paris in a cereal box, Leah and her daughters travel to France to heal. The girls, Daphne and Ellie, start to become familiar with Paris and even buy an English-language bookstore. When they find Robert’s unfinished manuscript, will they finally have the answers about what really happened to him? Ideal for readers with a passion for books, a love of mystery and a longing to live and walk along the streets of Paris.

“Hot Mess” by Emily Belden

Allie Simon is in her twenties and has always played by the rules. She’s smart about her finances, has a great job and a plan for her life. That is, until she meets Benji Zane, culinary genius and the “it” chef in Chicago. His charm, good looks and fast-paced lifestyle sweep Allie off her feet and into a hot culinary adventure. He’s unpredictable, messy and sometimes causes trouble, but she’s there for him every step of the way — including using her life savings to help finance his new restaurant. But when Benji disappears and his dream becomes her reality, will she sink or swim in his industry? Belden’s novel is filled with desire, impossible decisions and the best meals in Chicago.

— Paige Bentley-Flannery, Deschutes Public Library community librarian

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