Library News Nov. 23

The following books currently are available at the Portales Public Library.

The Bodies Left Behind by Jeffery Deaver. Deputy Brynn McKenzie leaves her husband and son at the dinner table to investigate a 9-1-1 call at Lake Mondac. What she stumbles into is true horror, and she narrowly escapes from two professional criminals. In a race for their lives, Brynn and a weekend visitor to the lake house, Michelle, flee into the nearby woods. Stripped of modern-day resources, Brynn and Michelle must overcome their natural reluctance to trust each other and learn to use their wits and courage to survive the relentless pursuit. With her disappearance, Brynn’s son and husband spur into action, as well as her fellow loyal deputies. Nothing is what it seems and death lingers around the next curve in this thrilling cat-and-mouse chase.

The Trouble With Boys by Peg Tyre. Boys begin to struggle the moment they step into the classroom. They are diagnosed with learning disorders four times as often as girls and get expelled from preschool nearly fives times more often. Journalist Peg Tyre interviewed hundreds of kids, parents, teachers and experts to examine how the educational system is failing our sons. She explores culprits such as high stress academics in preschool and kindergarten, banning of recess, No Child Left Behind, and the lack of male teachers as role models. Tyre, a mother of two sons, offers notes from the front lines from teachers and other school officials who are trying new techniques to motivate boys to learn again, one classroom at a time.

Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle. One small town is transformed into a romantic haven with a Christmas Eve snowstorm. Well, kind of. A delicious kiss with a charming stranger would not normally be the ending after a cold wet hike from a stranded train in the middle of nowhere. And no one would think that after traveling through 4 feet of snow one would end up with a trip to the Waffle House that would lead to love with an old friend. Or that with a painfully early morning shift at Starbucks, true love would begin. The magic of the holidays shines on these hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance and breathtaking kisses thanks to three of today’s best-selling teen authors.

Library events

Baby Laptime — 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. The theme this week is “head, shoulders, knees and toes.”