The Explorer
By Katherine Rundell
Adult Fiction, 2017
Reviewed by Pam Tallmadge, Youth Services

A plane crash in the Amazon sets off this tale of survival and facing fear. Will Fred, Lila and Con, along with Lila’s little brother, Max, be able to survive in this unknown place. Will the Explorer help them? Will they be reunited with their families? This is an adventurous tale that requires four children to pay close attention to their surroundings, work together and face their fears.  Follow their journey as they find that exploring is sometimes “a word for walking out into the unknown. Sometimes, it’s a word for coming home.”

The Fearless Baker: Simple Secrets for Baking like a Pro
By Erin Jeanne McDowell
Adult Non-Fiction, 2017
Reviewed by Katarzyna Janiga, Adult Services

Baking can be intimidating – many recipes are so precise that they need to be followed step-by-step to avoid disasters. Erin Jeanne McDowell’s book aims to educate novice (and expert) bakers on the whys and hows of baking to reduce that intimidation factor and help create amazing treats. Her book is full of great recipes accompanied by incredible photographs, as well as a section on why certain methods work, and additional pro-tips for anyone who wants to improve their baking skills.