Some new books for the dog days of summer

We follow turkey friends Bob & Tom through a day as they try to figure out what to do. By no means are they at the top of the barnyard's intellectual heap, but their serious conversations will entertain youngsters who enjoy silly humor. Kids will laugh at their unique way of thinking as they search for a dry spot in the rain, learn the value of swimming suits and replace their lost names.

What happens when the Blyton Summer Detective Club finds an actual monster while solving one of their mysteries, and then they grow up haunted by the memory?  The group gets back together to in order to confront the fears that have followed them since that fateful night.  In a way, it really is Scooby-Doo for grown ups.  There are areas where you may have to suspend your disbelief, but the quality of the writting and story makes it easy to do.  The book does have some strong language and violence so just make sure you expect that (to the guys out there, be ready for page 16 and 17;  I wasn't mentally prepared, and I still haven't recovered).  And then there's the cover; I mean, it's worth getting the book just for the cover.  However, if you are looking for a good story on top of a good cover, then I highly recommend Meddling Kids.  

We have autographed copies of Lair of the Lion: A History of Beaver Stadium.  Written by two longtime Penn Staters, Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering Harry H. West and Librarian Emeritus Lee Stout, Lair of the Lion shows how Beaver Stadium came to be. It includes a look at its predecessors, “Old” Beaver Field, built in 1893 on a site centrally located northeast of Old Main, and “New” Beaver Field, built on the northwest corner of campus in 1909, and details the many expansions made to the current field, including the feat of engineering undertaken in 1978 when hydraulic jacks were used to lift the stadium and add 16,000 seats along the inner lower ring of the structure. Featuring over 200 photos, Lair of the Lion is a celebration both of the ways in which Penn State fans, students and athletes have experienced home games from the 1880s to the present day, and of the monumental structure the Nittany Lions now call home.

Walking with Miss Millie is the inspiring debut novel by Tamara Bundy. It brings to life a heart-filled story of family, friendship, diversity and expanded horizons. It's 1968 when an unhappy Alice, her mother and her little brother Eddie leave Ohio for Rainbow, GA to care for Alice's grandmother. Her accidental eavesdropping on a party-line phone conversation leads to a wonderful, life-changing friendship with the wise Miss Millie and her dog Clarence. She, and we, are priviledged to share Miss Millie's stories and gather wisdom. It's a 'dang' good way to spend a sultry summer day - walking with Miss Millie, Alice, Clarence and the friends they make and meet along the way. Aimed at ages 8 and up, it will also speak to those of us who lived through the 60s.

What makes a good whodunnit?  Is it the brilliant detective who can navigate through the red herrings and dead ends with seeming ease?  Or do you prefer a fallible investigator, thrust into a role for which he or she is ill-prepared, yet through sheer perseverance ultimately comes to the solution with the reader right in tow?  Following the sudden death of her star writer, Alan Conway, an editor is given his final manuscript, Magpie Murders - a last novel that may or may not hold clues to the circumstances of his demise.  As the bodies, both literary and in the real world, begin to pile up, one is determined to be suicide, another an accident, and three more to be murder.  Will she find out the true manner of Conway's death, and will it be soon enough to avoid paying a terrible price?

We are moving forward under our new ownership and invite you to stop in for the August First Friday, August 4, 6:30 to closing for a chance to meet Kathryn and Isak in person

The staff: Tom, Alissa, Nancy, Jacob & Victor, are eager to help you meet all your book buying needs.

We thank you for your faithful patronage and look forward to the future.  


The staff at Otto's Bookstore





Bob and Tom Cover Image
ISBN: 9781481461405
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Atheneum Books - July 25th, 2017

Meddling Kids Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385541992
Availability: Special Order
Published: Doubleday Books - July 11th, 2017

Lair of the Lion: A History of Beaver Stadium Cover Image
ISBN: 9780271077765
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penn State University Press - July 3rd, 2017

Walking with Miss Millie Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399544569
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - July 4th, 2017

Magpie Murders Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062645227
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper - June 6th, 2017

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