On the shelves — Dec. 25

The following books are available at:

Clovis-Carver Public Library

“If I Have to Tell You One More Time: The Revolutionary Program That Gets Your Kids to Listen Without Nagging, Reminding, or Yelling” by Amy McCready presents twenty-three tools that are easy to implement and proven effective for correcting misbehavior and bringing out the best in your kids ages two to twelve.

“Secret Daughter” by Shilpi Gowda interweaves the stories of a family in a remote village in India who must give away their newborn daughter to save her life, and the American couple who adopt the baby, convinced that the love they feel will overcome all obstacles.

“The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb” by Melanie Benjamin shines a spotlight on a fascinating female figure whose story has never been fully told: a woman who became a nineteenth-century icon and inspiration, and whose most daunting limitation became her greatest strength.

“Solomon’s Oak” by Jo-Ann Mapson explores the complexities of love and loss in a story of Glory Solomon, a young widow who hosts weddings on her California farm; Juniper McGuire, a 14-year-old homeless girl; and Joseph Vigil, a disabled former Albuquerque police officer who find in each other a second chance at happiness.

“The One-Way Relationship Workbook: Step-by-Step Help for Coping with Narcissists, Egotistical Lovers, Toxic Coworkers and Others Who Are Incredibly Self-Absorbed” by Neil Lavender helps you understand the mind of self-centered individuals and how to have regular contact with them comfortably, effectively, and without frustration.

“English Tea Murder” by Leslie Meier continues the sleuthing adventures of Lucy Stone who joins a tour group bound for London, but after their leader dies in mid-flight of an apparent asthma attack, she begins to notice peculiar behavior of other members of the group and suspects that the death was an elaborate act of revenge.

“The Forgotten Highlander: An Incredible WWII Story of Survival in the Pacific” by Alistair Urquhart tells the true story of a prisoner of war who endured 750 days of grueling work, inhuman treatment, disease, and starvation until the atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, Japan , just as he was working outdoors in a nearby mine.

Portales Public Library

“Winter Town” by Stephen Edmond

Every winter, Evan looks forward to a visit from his childhood best friend who moved away when her parents got a divorce. This year, however, Lucy arrives a little different. Usually the “girl next door,” Lucy now has choppy black hair, a nose stud, and a bad attitude. Evan knows deep down that the Old Lucy still exists, and he’s determined to find her … even if that means making her mad. Evan is faced with learning if opposites can attract, or if growing up means also having to grow apart.

“Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever” by Jeff Kinney

School property has been damaged, and Greg Heffley is the prime suspect. Funny thing is he’s innocent, well kind of innocent. Thankfully a surprise blizzard hits town, so the authorities have taken a pause on the investigation. Don’t you think being trapped inside with the entire family should be punishment enough? We’ll see what happens when the snow melts and Greg is left to face the music.

“A Christmas Tree for Pyn” by Olivier Dunrea

Pyn and her papa live in a cottage in the mountains. Her papa is very bear-like and doesn’t soften for anyone, not even little Pyn. Pyn is hoping her papa will cave in and give her, her very first Christmas tree, like the ones in the village.