On the shelves — April 17

The following books are available at:

Clovis-Carver Public Library

The Redemption of Sarah Cain by Beverly Lewis was given by Maria Inman in memory of Sara Denise Shell.

A thoroughly modern woman with a successful career, Sarah Cain had ridiculed her sister Ivy’s choice of a Plain lifestyle, but after Ivy’s death, Sarah is stunned to learn that she has been appointed guardian of Ivy’s five Amish orphans.

A Merry Heart by Wanda Brunstetter was given by Maria Inman in memory of Sara Denise Shell.

Following the loss of the man she loved, Miriam Stoltzfus is known in her Amish community as the old maid schoolteacher with a heart of stone until two men want to court her: one, a widower with a young daughter, and the other a newspaper reporter outside her faith who is easy to talk to and makes her smile again.

All I Can Handle: I’m No Mother Teresa by Kim Stagliano tells with humor, honesty, and vigor what it is to raise three daughters with autism, and how the experience led to her increasing activism in the autistic community in her exhaustive search for treatments.

Betsy Ross and the Making of America by Marla Miller provides a close look into the life of the famous Philadelphia seamstress who stitched America’s first flag, and skillfully depicts the tensions behind the war, the events that tore families apart, and the challenges that bound them together.

Dead Zero by Stephen Hunter plunges deep into the world of high-tech national security, the hearts and minds of those who kill for duty, and the latest mission for veteran sniper Bob Lee Swagger, who may have finally met the only man who can outshoot him.

Colonel Roosevelt by Edmund Morris recounts the last decade of the life of Theodore Roosevelt, one of the few whose greatness increased after office as he wrote forty books, hunted lions, founded a third political party, survived an assassin’s bullet, and explored a river longer than the Rhine.

Portales Public Library

Where the Streets Had a Name by Randa Abdel-Fattah. Thirteen-year-old Hayaat is on a mission to get soil from her grandmother’s home in Jerusalem to save her beloved Sitti Zeynab. However, Hayaat has a few problems in getting that soil-not only does she live in Bethlehem, but she lives on the side of the West Bank wall where they have curfews and a travel permit system. In addition, her best friend Samy always has trouble following her. So, how are they supposed to get to Jerusalem without any trouble? With a little luck on their side, Hayaat and Samy just might be able to take on this great adventure.

Chime by Franny Billingsley. Briony believes her secret is what killed her stepmother, destroyed her twin sister’s mind, and threatens all the children in the Swampsea. Briony wishes she no longer had her secret but knows if she were to tell a soul of it, she would be hanged. After all, that is what happens to witches– they’re hanged by the neck until they’re dead. Until Eldric, a university dropout reveals secrets that even Briony doesn’t know.

The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel by Diana Gabaldon. After a long absence, Jamie Fraser is finally coming home to Scotland. His grandfather, Murtagh, promised Jamie’s late parents that he’d take care of their son, but he knows keeping that promise will not be easy. There’s a bounty out for the young exile’s head, courtesy of Captain Black Jack Randall, the sadistic British officer who’s crossed paths with Jamie in the past. And within the court of the powerful MacKenzie clan, Jamie is a pawn in the power struggle between his uncles who either want to kill him or have Jamie’s loyalty.