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Shelf Space: What's New at the Harvard Public Library, 9/18/20

Note: The library building is closed to the public, but curbside pickup is available Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

New for Children

by Kayla Miller

Olive is excited to start sixth grade: new teachers, new experiences, and a field trip to the big city. But when Olive finds out that a school policy is keeping some kids from going on the trip, she decides to act. She’s prepared to do whatever it takes to be heard, even if it means running against two of her closest friends in the student council election.

Ragweed & Poppy

by Avi

The way adventurous golden mouse Ragweed comes to the aid of deer mouse Poppy, and how Poppy comes to his, is the hilarious story of how their rousing friendship begins. Fans of animal stories, and especially of the previous books in the Poppy series by Newbery Medal author Avi, will love “Ragweed & Poppy.”

New for Young Adults

by Patrick Ness

Sarah Dewhurst and her father, outcasts in their little town, are forced to hire a dragon to work their farm, something only the poorest of the poor ever have to resort to. The dragon, Kazimir, has more to him than meets the eye, though. He has arrived at the farm with a prophecy that involves a deadly assassin, a cult of dragon worshippers, two FBI agents in hot pursuit, and somehow, Sarah Dewhurst herself.

Midnight Sun

by Stephenie Meyer

The story of Bella and Edward from “Twilight” is told from Edward’s point of view and takes on a new and decidedly dark twist in “Midnight Sun.” 

Meeting Bella is both the most unnerving and intriguing event Edward has experienced in all his years as a vampire. As we learn more fascinating details about Edward’s past and the complexity of his inner thoughts, we understand why this is the defining struggle of his life. How can he justify following his heart if it means leading Bella into danger?


New for Adults

The Book of Lost Names
by Kristin Harmel

Eva Traube Abrams, a semiretired librarian, is shelving books when her eyes lock on a photograph in a magazine lying open nearby. She freezes; it’s an image of a book she hasn’t seen in 65 years—a book she recognizes as “The Book of Lost Names.” The accompanying article discusses the looting of libraries by the Nazis during World War II—an experience Eva remembers well. The book appears to contain some sort of code, but researchers don’t know where it came from or what it means. Only Eva holds the answer, but will she have the strength to revisit old memories?

Iron Empires: Robber Barons, Railroads, and the Making of Modern America
by Michael A. Hiltzik

In 1869, when the final spike was driven into the Transcontinental Railroad, few were prepared for its seismic aftershocks. America’s railways soon exploded into a titanic industry helmed by speculators, crooks, and visionaries. Vicious competition between empire builders sparked stock market panics and crashes, provoked strikes, and transformed the nation’s geography. Spanning four decades and featuring some of the most iconic figures of the Gilded Age, “Iron Empires” reveals how the robber barons drove the country into the 20th century and almost sent it off the rails.

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