July 2021: Cold Reads for Summer Days

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Welcome to July! Sick of the heat yet? For this Year in Reading challenge, we've got books set in cold locations to give you a break! Find more activities and track your Year in Reading challenge through the Beanstack Tracker app and/or our Beanstack site!


author Koromo (Manga author), Taylor Engel
Description: A polar bear falls in love with a seal, but the seal thinks the polar bear is trying to eat it!
Call Number: YA FIC Kor
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 23, 2021
S. D. (Sophie D.) Crockett
Description: Fifteen-year-old Willo Blake, born after the 2059 snows that ushered in a new ice age, encounters outlaws, halfmen, and an abandoned girl as he journeys in search of his family, who mysteriously disappeared from the freezing mountain that was their home.
Call Number: YA FIC Cro
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 23, 2021
Alexia Gordon
Description: In the second Gethsemane Brown book, the African-American musician and expatriate can't rest easy: her ghost roomie and brother-in-law and cottage are all in trouble.
Call Number: FIC Gor
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 23, 2021
Anne Applebaum
Call Number: 365.45 App
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 23, 2021
Niviaq Korneliussen, Anna Halager
Description: Last Night in Nuuk follows the lives of five young Greenlanders exploring their identities at the cusp of adulthood. Fia has recently sworn off sausage (men) only to discover that the woman she wants is unavailable. Arnaq struggles to cope with her past as her hard-partying life spirals out of control and she betrays those she loves most. Inuk, Fia's brother, is forced to escape Greenland after political scandal implicates him, and confronts the true meaning of home. Meanwhile, Ivik and Sara must confront an important transition in their relationship.
Call Number: FIC Kor
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 23, 2021
Rachel Hawthorne
Call Number: YA FIC Haw
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 23, 2021
Waubgeshig Rice
Description: "With winter looming, a small northern Anishinaabe community goes dark. Cut off, people become passive and confused. Panic builds as the food supply dwindles. While the band council and a pocket of community members struggle to maintain order, an unexpected visitor arrives, escaping the crumbling society to the south. Soon after, others follow. The community leadearship loses its grip on power as the visitors manipulate the tired and hungry to take control of the reserve. Tensions rise and, as the months pass, so does the death toll due to sickness and despair. Frustrated by the building chaos, a group of young friends and their families turn to the land and Anishinaabe tradition in hopes of helping their community thrive again. Guided through the chaos by an unlikely leader named Evan Whitesky, they endeavor to restore order while grappling with a grave decision."--provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Ric
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 23, 2021
Liz Ireland
Description: "Love is full of surprises—though few compare to realizing that you’re marrying the real-life Santa. April Claus dearly loves her new husband, Nick, but adjusting to life in the North Pole is not all sugarplums and candy canes. Especially when a cantankerous elf named Giblet Hollyberry is killed—felled by a black widow spider in his stocking—shortly after publicly arguing with Nick. Christmastown is hardly a hotbed of crime, aside from mishaps caused by too much eggnog, but April disagrees with Constable Crinkle’s verdict of accidental death. As April sets out to find the culprit, it’ll mean putting the future of Christmas on the line—and hoping her own name isn’t on a lethal naughty list" --Amazon.
Call Number: FIC Ire
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 23, 2021
Kate Messner, Christopher Silas Neal
Description: Over the snow, the world is hushed and white, but under the snow is a secret world of squirrels and snowshoe hares, bears and bullfrogs, and many others who live outside in the woods during the winter.
Call Number: E Mes
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 23, 2021
CLAMP (Mangaka group)
Description: Legends say that when it snows, it is because the snow princess is crying. A collection of five tragic tales, all connected by the bond of snow.
Call Number: YA FIC Cla
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 23, 2021
Maggie Stiefvater
Description: In all the years she has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house, Grace has been particularly drawn to an unusual yellow-eyed wolf who, in his turn, has been watching her with increasing intensity.
Call Number: YA FIC Sti
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 23, 2021
1961- Arnaldur Indriðason, Victoria Cribb
Description: A young woman disappears from the frozen fjords of Iceland, leaving a tempest of lies, betrayal and revenge in her wake. Decades later, in the same wilderness, Inspector Erlendur is on the hunt for the missing woman but also for his long-lost brother, whose disappearance in a snowstorm when they were children has colored his entire life. Slowly, the past begins to surrender its secrets. But as Erlendur uncovers a story about the limits of human endurance, he realizes that many people would prefer their crimes to stay buried.
Call Number: LP FIC Arn
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Jun 23, 2021
S. K. Tremayne, Penelope Rawlins, Sandra Duncan, Angus King, Hachette Audio (Firm)
Description: One of Sarah's daughters died. But can she be sure which one? A year after one of their identical twin daughters, Lydia, dies in an accident, Angus and Sarah Moorcroft move to the tiny Scottish island Angus inherited from his grandmother, hoping to put together the pieces of their shattered lives. But when their surviving daughter, Kirstie, claims they have mistaken her identity--that she, in fact, is Lydia--their world comes crashing down once again. As winter encroaches, Angus is forced to travel away from the island for work, Sarah is feeling isolated, and Kirstie (or is it Lydia?) is growing more disturbed. When a violent storm leaves Sarah and her daughter stranded, Sarah finds herself tortured by the past--what really happened on that fateful day one of her daughters died?
Call Number: FIC Tre
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Jun 23, 2021
Molly Ostertag
Description: As his extended family gathers for their annual Midwinter Festival magic competition, Aster decides to enter the contest meant for witches, despite the lingering discomfort and hostility of certain family members. Meanwhile, Ariel struggles to accept her new family's love while her estranged aunt attempts to lure her away by poisoning her self-esteem.
Call Number: J FIC Ost
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 23, 2021
Carolyn Jess-Cooke
Description: Architect Tom Faraday is determined to finish the high-concept, environmentally friendly home he's building in Norway -- in the same place where he lost his wife, Aurelia, to suicide. It was their dream house, and he wants to honor her with it. Lexi Ellis takes a job as his nanny and immediately falls in love with his two young daughters, especially Gaia. But something feels off in the isolated house nestled in the forest along the fjord. Lexi sees mysterious muddy footprints inside the home. Aurelia's diary appears in Lexi's room one day. And Gaia keeps telling her about seeing the terrifying Sad Lady... Soon Lexi suspects that Aurelia didn't kill herself and that they are all in danger from something far more sinister lurking around them.
Call Number: FIC Jes
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 23, 2021
Rosamund Lupton
Description: "Yasmin, a beautiful astrophysicist, and her precocious deaf daughter, Ruby, arrive in a remote part of Alaska to be told that Ruby's father, Matt, has been the victim of a catastrophic accident. Unable to accept his death as truth, Yasmin and Ruby set out into the hostile winter of the Alaskan tundra in search of answers"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Lup
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 23, 2021
John Le Carré, Michael Jayston
Description: Fifty-year old Alec Leamas has grown weary and stale in espionage. He longs to "come in from the cold". One by one his agents have been killed by an East German agent. So Leamas is sent to trap the agent and destroy him.
Call Number: FIC Le C
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Jun 23, 2021
Andrea Barrett
Description: Capturing a crucial moment in the history of exploration the mid nineteenth-century romance with the Arctic, this book focuses on a particular expedition and its accompanying scholar-naturalist, Erasmus Darwin Wells. Through his eyes, we meet the Narwhal's crew and its commander--obsessed with the search for an open polar sea and encounter the far-north culture of the Esquimaux. In counterpoint, we see the women left behind in Philadelphia, explorers only in imagination. And finally they discover not what was always there and never needed discovering, but the state of their own souls.
Call Number: FIC Bar
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 23, 2021
Wong Herbert Yee
Description: A little girl investigates tracks in the snow, trying to determine what could have made them.
Call Number: E Yee
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 23, 2021
Esi Edugyan
Description: Washington Black, an eleven-year-old field slave, knows no other life than the Barbados sugar plantation where he was born. When his master's eccentric brother chooses him to be his manservant, Wash is terrified of the cruelties he is certain await him. But Christopher Wilde, or "Titch," is a naturalist, explorer, scientist, inventor, and abolitionist. He initiates Wash into a world where a flying machine can carry a man across the sky; where two people, separated by an impossible divide, might begin to see each other as human; and where a boy born in chains can embrace a life of dignity and meaning. When a man is killed and a bounty is placed on Wash's head, Titch abandons everything to save him. -- adapted from back cover
Call Number: LP FIC Edu
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Jun 23, 2021
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A Polar Bear In Love. 01
author Koromo (Manga author), Taylor Engel
YA FIC Kor
Shiver
Maggie Stiefvater
YA FIC Sti
After The Snow
S. D. (Sophie D.) Crockett
YA FIC Cro
Strange Shores An Inspector Erlendur Novel
1961- Arnaldur Indriðason, Victoria Cribb
LP FIC Arn
Death In D Minor
Alexia Gordon
FIC Gor
The Ice Twins
S. K. Tremayne, Penelope Rawlins, Sandra Duncan, Angus King, Hachette Audio (Firm)
FIC Tre
Gulag : A History
Anne Applebaum
365.45 App
The Midwinter Witch
Molly Ostertag
J FIC Ost
Last Night In Nuuk
Niviaq Korneliussen, Anna Halager
FIC Kor
The Nesting
Carolyn Jess-Cooke
FIC Jes
Love On The Lifts
Rachel Hawthorne
YA FIC Haw
The Quality Of Silence : A Novel
Rosamund Lupton
FIC Lup
Moon Of The Crusted Snow : A Novel
Waubgeshig Rice
FIC Ric
The Spy Who Came In From The Cold A George Smiley Novel
John Le Carré, Michael Jayston
FIC Le C
Mrs. Claus And The Santaland Slayings
Liz Ireland
FIC Ire
The Voyage Of The Narwhal : A Novel
Andrea Barrett
FIC Bar
Over And Under The Snow
Kate Messner, Christopher Silas Neal
E Mes
Tracks In The Snow
Wong Herbert Yee
E Yee
Shirahime-syo
CLAMP (Mangaka group)
YA FIC Cla
Washington Black
Esi Edugyan
LP FIC Edu