Mike’s Booknotes


At the Library for February 28th, 2017

Last Updated 2017/02/27

      Novelist Douglas Preston writes the true story of how a group of scientists recently discovered the untouched ruins of a vanished culture in ‘The Lost City of the Monkey God.’   Erin Hunter fans will be delighted with her latest novel ‘Hawkwing’s Journey’—released in a super edition which includes a host of


At the Library for Feburary 21, 2017

Last Updated 2017/02/19

      In ‘Drawn by Their Smiles,’ Cranbrook’s Kimiko Toyota chronicles all of her accomplishments, setbacks, tears, and joys as she tries (and is ultimately successful) in establishing His Hope Uganda—a non government children’s ministry in Uganda.   Fans of James Dashner’s ‘Maze Runner’ books should enjoy ‘The Fever Code’—a prequel to the entire


At the Library for Janurary 24th, 2017

Last Updated 2017/01/23

      ‘Imagine this Valley’ is Stephen Legault’s collection of essays celebrating the landscape, culture, community and natural history of Alberta’s Bow Valley.   Part of her ‘Just Enough’ series, Jillian Roberts’ ‘What Happens When a Loved One Dies’ helps both adults and children talk about this difficult subject with each other.   Preschool


At the Library for January 17th, 2017

Last Updated 2017/01/16

      Celebrating ten years of columns he wrote for the Okanagan Sunday, ‘I Held My Breath for a Year’ is a collection of Stan Chung’s favourite work that resonated the most with his readers.   Greg Heffley thinks he has a plan to stop playing video games, celebrate Halloween, and make a home


At the Library for January 3rd, 2017

Last Updated 2017/01/02

      In the spring of 2014, Eric Larsen and Ryan Waters set out to traverse nearly 500 miles across the melting Arctic Ocean, unsupported, from Northern Ellesmere Island to the geographic North Pole. ‘On Thin Ice’ is the tale of their journey, and how much of the frozen sea ice is rapidly disappearing.


At the Library for December 20th, 2016

Last Updated 2016/12/19

      ‘Jamie Oliver’s Christmas Cookbook’ and ‘Christmas Cookie Swap’ are new this week to help bring in the holidays.  For younger readers we have  Gordon Korman’s ‘Jingle’—part 8 of his ‘Swindle’ series.   Please note the Library will be closed Friday, December 23rd through till Monday, December 26th, and again the Library will


At the Library for December 13th, 2016

Last Updated 2016/12/12

      Denise Marchessault has included recipes from every corner of our province in her latest cookbook ‘British Columbia from Scratch.’   In ‘Dining with Dinosaurs’ Hannah Bonner describes in a uniquely entertaining way just what all the creatures from the Mesozoic period actually ate.   Preschool Story Time is this Wednesday at 11:00


At the Library for December 6th, 2016

Last Updated 2016/12/05

      ‘Aloha Wanderwell’ tells the amazing true story of the first woman in history to drive around the world. This feat is all the more amazing when one considers that Aloha was only 16 at the time (she quite high school to answer an ad for a travelling secretary), she didn’t know how


At the Library for November 29th, 2016

Last Updated 2016/11/28

      New in biographies this week is Amber Smith’s ‘Danger Close’—Smith was the first woman elite combat helicopter pilot to be stationed in both Iraq and Afghanistan, and she explains in detail just how she was able to thrive in a male-dominated unit.   In ‘To Burp or Not to Burp’ Dafydd Williams


At the Library for November 22, 2016

Last Updated 2016/11/21

      Anthony Sadler recounts how he and his two best friends decided to tackle an Isis terrorist who boarded a train in Brussels intent on killing all 500 passengers in ‘The 15:17 to Paris.’   Helaine Becker takes a scientific approach to seeing if Frankenstein, Dracula, and even Bigfoot could actually survive in