Tom Crean : unsung hero of the Scott and Shackleton Antarctic expeditions

From  Eileen Effrat

Author:  Michael Smith

Title:   Tom Crean : unsung hero of the Scott and Shackleton Antarctic expeditions 

Making the most of limited resources, Smith documents the adventures of Tom Crean, a man who spent more time in the Antarctic than Scott or Shackleton. A modest man, he did not leave diaries, letters, photographs or books detailing his exploits as many others did. In fact, he never gave an interview and rarely spoke of his adventures to family and friends in County Kerry, Ireland. What emerges from this biography is an extremely private and unassuming man. His selfless courage, resilience, loyalty and limitless good humor kept despair in check from numerous life threatening situations. His adventures are incredible, and the man unflappable. This biography is one you won’t soon forget.

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The Eighth Guardian

From Shaquille Kampta

Title:  The Eighth Guardian 

Author:  Meredith McCardle

It’s Testing Day at Peel Academy and Amanda Oberman is just a junior.  This test decides whether you join the CIA or not.  It has been a while since a junior past the test and graduated. Amanda is expecting to not past the test and to her surprise, she passes.  However, she is pulled out of Peel Academy and asked to join the Annum Guard- a mysterious government society. By joining this society, Amanda could lose everything she loves. She joins the society and she realizes that it is not what it seems. It turns out that her father worked for the same organization, but he was killed by one of his fellow agents. The man in charge of the Annum Guard kept this secret from Amanda. This led Amanda to believe that Alpha-the man in charge- was a government agent who wanted to keep the organization out of order. However, he was also a corrupt man.  With this information, Amanda is able to take down Alpha and his evil allies.

Why we took the car

From Jackie Cantwell
Author:  Wolfgang  Herrndorf
Title:  Why we took the car 
Destined to become a YA classic, this story features a 14 year-old boy, Mike Klingenberg, who could be Holden Caulfield?s German cousin. The book was translated from the German by Tim Mohr, and nothing was lost in the translation. Mike has a serious crush on pretty and popular Tatiana, and he’s awaiting an invitation to her birthday party that summer. Mike is just another disaffected Berlin youth, until he meets the mysterious Andre Tschichatschow (Tschick), a Russian immigrant, who comes to class drunk and disheveled.  When Tschick steals a car, Mike joins him without hesitation, to escape his unraveling family life. Mike considers himself boring, but Tshick disagrees, “You just have to do something to make yourself stand out.” Adults will like this book as much as teens. I still think about the characters, long after finishing the book. Enjoy the ride!

Inferno

From  Suzanne Boglioli
Title:  Inferno
Author:  Dan Brown
This was a fascinating page-turner, once again featuring symbology Professor Robert Langdon.  This takes place in Italy and Turkey, and the imagery describing the artwork and architecture is fascinating.  It was a wonderfully written mystery, as Prof. Langdon suffers short-term amnesia and must figure out why he is in Italy and why he is being chased.

A Lesson in Chemistry

From Rosemarie Jerome
Author:  Jillian Stone
A Lesson in Chemistry
In 1887 London,” forensics” is a new science being used to fight crime.  Archibald Bruce is the Director of the Crime Laboratory for the Criminal Investigations Division of Scotland Yard whose typical day is spent collecting and testing evidence, dealing with explosives and creating new devices.  In his spare time he is a Professor of Chemistry at the university where he meets Fiona Rose.  Archie finds love, rescues Agent Phineas Gunn and becomes entangled in a mission to stop an arms dealer from supplying weapons and explosives to anarchist factions throughout Europe and the Americas.  Readers familiar with the Gentlemen of Scotland Yard series will be familiar with Archie who is an important character, but not one of the major characters.  I am glad to learn more about him and hope that he becomes the focus of a future novel.  The titles in the series are:  “An Affair with Mr. Kennedy” bk 1, “A Dangerous Liaison with Detective Lewis” bk 2 and “A Private Duel with Agent Gunn” bk 3.  This exclusive Kindle eBook is available on our circulating Paperwhite Kindle.