This week's NEW Books
Ancient Egypt : open up a world of information!
Discover the truth about this early human civilisation: its ancient ways of life, rulers, rituals, mythology, animals and everyday people. This history guide introduces the Egyptian gods and pharaohs, the mysteries of mummification, the great pyramids, the language of hieroglyphics, the world of Egyptian wildlife and much, much more!
The Bad Guys in Look who's talking
Blabey, Aaron, author, illustrator
They may look like Bad Guys, but these wannabe heroes are doing good deeds... whether you like it or not.
The Christmas holiday
Ashley, Phillipa, author
She's planned the perfect Christmas. But fate might have other ideas... Krystle didn't have a normal childhood and longed for warm family Christmases with presents under the tree. Now she makes sure everyone else has the perfect Christmas she never had, bringing beautiful decorations to cheer as many people as possible. With her festive business booming, she decides to celebrate by renting a secluded house in the Lakes, with a plan to make this the ultimate yuletide getaway. But fate immediately throws a spanner in the works in the form of a broken-down car, a flooded river and Max; a man who despises Christmas. Krystle becomes determined to show Max the joys of the holiday. She won't take no for an answer. Can she melt Max's Grinch-like heart? And can he show her that life doesn't need to go to plan to take you somewhere magical.
Dear rebel : 125+ women share their secrets to taking on the world
"145 trailblazing women share their best advice for the girls of today. Through letters, poems, essays, and more, they tackle topics like overcoming obstacles, discovering passions, and dreaming big"--Publisher's website.
Dune. House Harkonnen. Volume one
Herbert, Brian, author.
Collects Dune: House Harkonnen #1-4.
The Harry Potter wizarding almanac : the official magical companion to J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books
Rowling, J. K., author.
How to say Babylon : a memoir
Sinclair, Safiya, author
This stunning story of the author's struggle to break free of her strict Rastafarian upbringing ruled by a father whose rigid beliefs, rage and paranoia led to violence shows how found her own power and provides a unique glimpse into a rarefied world we know little about.
Kid Christmas : of the Claus brothers toy store
Litchfield, David, author, illustrator.
This uplifting Christmas tale tells the story of young Nicky Claus, who wanted to make every child in the city happy, even if it was for just one day.
Hillenbrand, Will, author, illustrator
Katie and her truck Little Red help fellow vehicles during a snowstorm.
The manor house : a novel
Macmillan, Gilly, author.
Childhood sweethearts Nicole and Tom are a normal, loving couple, until a massive lottery win changes their lives overnight. Soon they've moved into a custom-built state-of-the-art Glass Barn on the stunning grounds of Lancaut Manor in Gloucestershire. They have fancy cars, expensive hobbies, and an exclusive lifestyle they never could have imagined. But this dream world quickly turns into a nightmare when Tom is found dead in the swimming pool. Nicole is devastated. Tom is her rock. And their beautiful barn, with all its smart features that never seem to work for her, is beginning to feel very lonely. But she's not entirely by herself out there in the country. There's a nice young couple who live in the Manor itself along with their middle-aged housekeeper who has the Coach House. And an old friend of Tom's from school has turned up to help her get through her grief. But big money can bring big problems and big threats. Was Tom's death a tragic accident or was it something worse? And is her life in danger as well? Nicole's beginning to feel like a little fish in a big glass fishbowl. Surrounded by piranhas.
Merry Christmas, Red Truck
Hamilton, Kersten, 1958- author.
"It's Christmas Eve, but not everyone can make it home to celebrate. Red truck, wrapped in festive lights, must get through heavy flurries, slippery roads, and piles of snow, all before Christmas Day!"-- Provided by publisher.
No one saw a thing
Mara, Andrea, author
You stand on a crowded tube platform in London. Your two little girls jump on the train ahead of you. As you try to join them, the doors slide shut and the train moves away, leaving you behind. By the time you get to the next stop, you've convinced yourself that everything will be fine. But you soon start to panic, because there aren't two children waiting for you on the platform. There's only one. Has your other daughter got lost? Been taken by a passing stranger? Or perhaps the culprit is closer to home than you think?
Not now, cow
Sauer, Tammi, author
The farm animals are ready when the seasons change--except for Cow, who's always wearing the wrong outfit.
Woods, Stuart, author.
While filming on location in scenic Santa Barbara, California, Peter Barrington and Ben Bacchetti look to expand Centurion Studios' business by making a deal with a young Croatian billionaire. But when the magnate's wife is kidnapped, Teddy Fay is brought in to assess the threat and recover the young woman. As Teddy unravels the threads of her disappearance, he quickly comes to find that darker forces are at play and an old vendetta has been revived that puts them all at risk. Meanwhile, danger lurks even nearer to home as an obsessive fan with perilous intentions weasels his way onto the film set.
On a sleigh
Albert, Rosalyn, author.
Get ready to snuggle in a sleigh with these fun friends and ride through wintry forests. With lots to spot and see from friendly reindeer, little igloos, the Northern Lights, and even Santa and his elves, there's no end to the excitement of this sleigh ride. This fun, rhyming book for toddlers is vibrantly illustrated and includes a diverse set of characters. A perfect introduction to transport for young children.
The puppets of Spelhorst
DiCamillo, Kate, author
"Shut up in a trunk by a taciturn old sea captain with a secret, five friends--a king, a wolf, a girl, a boy, and an owl--bicker, boast, and comfort one another in the dark. Individually, they dream of song and light, freedom and flight, purpose and glory, but they all agree they are part of a larger story, bound each to each by chance, bonded by the heart's mysteries. When at last their shared fate arrives, landing them on a mantel in a blue room in the home of two little girls, the truth is more astonishing than any of them could have imagined"-- Provided by publisher.
The secret history of Christmas baking : recipes & stories from tomb offerings to gingerbread boy
Raedisch, Linda, 1968- author
Spice up your season by rolling, molding, and kneading your way through some of the world's most iconic Christmas recipes. Interspersed with tales of sailors, saints, tomb raiders, and artisans, The Secret History of Christmas Baking proves that even the humblest holiday treat has a global backstory. Did you know that the ancient Egyptians had their own version of gingerbread or that marzipan was once considered a pharmaceutical? Linda Raedisch dispels some long-standing culinary myths and delves into the darker chapters of the West's centuries-long romance with sugar and spices. In addition to more than forty recipes for modern bakers, you'll find illustrated instructions for dressing up your cakes and cookie plates with paper stars, angels, and witches. From Linzer tartlets to Christstollen, you can turn your kitchen into an Old World Christmas market stall.
Snacking bakes : simple recipes for cookies, bars, brownies, cakes & more
Arefi, Yossy, author, photographer.
The award-winning author of Snacking Cakes presents sixty simple recipes that require minimal effort yet result in maximum flavor as you create delectable delights perfect for snacking, including cookies, bars, brownies, cakes and loaves.
A step-by-step guide to botanical drawing & painting : create realistic pencil and watercolor illustrations of flowers, fruits, plants and more!
Kobayashi, Hidenari, author.
In this lushly illustrated book, master painter and art teacher Hidenari Kobayashi provides step-by-step instructions showing you how to create botanical drawings and paintings in the popular French botanical style. He details all the tools and materials needed, describes in detail the techniques you'll use, and walks you through the creative process of drawing and painting 18 different botanical subjects. A Step-by-Step Guide to Botanical Drawing and Painting provides everything you need to learn this charming style of artistic expression--from first sketch to final brushstroke!
The talk of Coyote Canyon
Novak, Brenda, author
With her piercings, tattoos and spiky blond hair, Ellen Truesdale doesn't quite fit in with the other folks in Coyote Canyon - and that's just fine with her. She's only here to put her father out of business, as payback for abandoning her when she was young. Either way, she's struggling to keep her rival well-drilling company afloat. And being a single woman in a male-dominated field has started to take a toll. So when Hendrix Durrant steps in to help, Ellen has no choice but to let him. But the closer she works with him, the more she sees what she's been missing - in life and love.
The unofficial home alone cookbook : from a "lovely" cheese pizza to a "highly nutritious" mac and cheese dinner, tasty meals inspired by a holiday classic
Taylor, Bryton, author.
Watership down : the graphic novel
Adams, Richard, 1920-2016, creator
A beautiful and faithful graphic novel adaptation of Richard Adams's beloved story of a group of rabbits on an epic journey in search of home."Every rabbit that stays behind is in great danger. We will welcome any rabbit who joins us." Watership Down is a classic tale of survival, hope, courage, and friendship that has delighted and inspired readers around the world for more than fifty years. Masterfully adapted by award-winning author James Sturm and gorgeously illustrated by bestselling artist Joe Sutphin, this spectacular graphic novel will delight old fans and inspire new ones, bringing the joy of Watership Down to a new generation of readers.