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Shelf Space: What's New at the Harvard Public Library, 2/21/21

New for Children

The Book of Mythical Beasts and Magical Creatures
by Stephen Krensky

Enter the enchanting world of mythical creatures and explore the history behind them in this beautifully illustrated compendium for kids aged 7 to 9. You’ll meet an incredible cast of mind-boggling fictional animals from all around the world. Say hello to Bigfoot in the forests of North America and learn about the Native American traditions that inspired its story. Voyage to Japan to meet kitsune, supernatural nine-tailed foxes that can turn into humans. From narwhal tusks inspiring the legend of unicorns to dinosaur bones creating rumors of dragons, there is an interesting story behind every magical beast.

Mr. Lemoncello and the Titanium Ticket
by Chris Grabenstein

Far away from his magical library, everyone’s favorite gamemaker, Luigi Lemoncello, is building something new. Something secret. And he’s about to let the world see it. He’ll reveal that hidden deep within the Lemoncello-tastic new building is a single titanium ticket. 

Four lucky boys and girls are about to win the chance to go inside the building on a spectacular scavenger hunt that will take them through bigger-than-life live-action games ... towering, skyscraper-size Jenga; dizzying real-life Chutes and Ladders; death-defying games of Rush Hour; plus ball pit moats and more. Each game will get the players closer to the titanium ticket.

New for Young Adults

by Kristin Cashore

Queen Bitterblue of Monsea must head to the nation of Winterkeep after her envoys drown in suspicious circumstances. Somewhere there, Lovisa Cavenda waits and watches while tragedy with devastating political and personal ramification strikes.


by Sara Shepard and Lilia Buckingham

After her family moves to Los Angeles, Delilah Rollins, already a minor internet celebrity, plunges into the competitive and glamorous world of social media influencers. But can cosmetics and good lighting conceal cheating, manipulation, blackmail, and murder?

New for Adults

The Invention of Medicine: From Homer to Hippocrates
by Robin Lane Fox

Medical thinking and observation were radically changed by the ancient Greeks. In the fifth century BCE, a Greek doctor put forward his clinical observations of individual men, women, and children in a collection of case histories known as the Epidemics. Among his working principles was the famous maxim “Do no harm.” In “The Invention of Medicine,” acclaimed historian Robin Lane Fox puts these remarkable works in a wider context and upends our understanding of medical history by establishing that they were written much earlier than previously thought. Lane Fox endorses the ancient Greeks’ view that their texts’ author, not named, was none other than the father of medicine, the great Hippocrates. Lane Fox’s argument changes our sense of the development of scientific and rational thinking in Western culture, and he explores the consequences for Greek artists, dramatists, and the first writers of history.

by Patricia Daniels Cornwell

In the aftermath of a sabotaged NASA rocket launch, Captain Calli Chase comes face to face with her missing twin sister, as well as the startling truth of who they really are. Now a top secret program put in motion years ago has spun out of control, and Calli embarks on a frantic search for the missing link between the sabotaged rocket launch and her predetermined destiny. But it’s a search that someone else is very interested in stopping.

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