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Nancy's Notes - July 22

Blank Park Zoo at the Library, "The Spy" by Clive Cussler, "Insatiable" by Meg Cabot, "The Wedding Girl" by Madeline Wickham, "Hannah's List" by Debbie Macomber.

We had a great time today with the Blank Park Zoo who brought animals for summer reading. Participants got the chance to make a shark hat and then were entertained by five critters that arrived from Des Moines. There is nothing that holds the attention of youngsters like animals. Next week Stephanie Schmidt will be on hand with some water tricks. The Wright County Conservation will also be on hand with a water table for the kids to experiment with.

Detective Isaac Bell is back in Clive Cussler's, "The Spy". The story begins in 1908 and international tensions are mounting as the world plunges toward war. When an American battleship-gun designer dies in an apparent suicide, his daughter turns to Van Dorn Agency to clear her father's name. Van Dorn puts Issac Bell, his chief investigator, on the case. Bell soon realizes that the clues point not to suicide, but to murder. It becomes clear that someone is orchestrating the destruction of America's brightest technological minds, and the murders connect to a top-secret project called Hull 44.

Meg Cabot has long been popular with young adult readers. Her latest is adult fiction. Meena Harper is the main character in "Insatiable". She is sick of hearing about vampires but her bosses are making her write about them anyway, even though she doesn't believe in them. Meena is familiar with the supernatural as she knows how and when someone is going to die. Her precognition can't prepare her for what happens when she meets and falls in love with Lucien Antonescu, a modern day prince with a dark side. It's a dark side that many members of an ancient society of vampires would like to see him dead for. Meena's always been able to see everyone else's future, but never able to look into her own. While Lucien seems to be everything Meena has ever dreamed of in a boyfriend, he might turn out to be more like a nightmare.

Madeline Wickham, who also writes under the name Sophie Kinsella, has written a comedy about the ultimate wedding crasher in, "The Wedding Girl". At the age of eighteen, Milly was up for anything. Now, ten years later, she is a very different person. Engaged to a man who is wealthy, serious and believes her to be perfect, she is facing the biggest and most elaborate wedding imaginable. But one episode from the past has the power to completely derail her nuptials. Milly has locked away this history and persuaded herself it doesn't exist, with only four days to go before the wedding, her secret catches up with her.

Debbie Macomber is one of our most popular authors among our female readers. Her newest is entitled, "Hannah's List". On the anniversary of his beloved wife's death, Dr. Michael Everett receives a letter Hannah had written him. She reminds him of her love and makes a final request, she wants him to marry again. Hannah tells him not to spend his life grieving for her and to gives him a list of three women she has chosen for him to consider. Each of the three women has her own heartache. During the months that follow, he spends time with each, learning more about them and about himself. He's a man who needs the completeness love can offer and Hannah's list leads him to the woman who can help him find it.

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