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The following items are available at the Hancock County Public Library, 900 W. McKenzie Road. Descriptions are provided by the publisher, unless otherwise noted. For more information on the library’s collection or to reserve a title, visit hcplibrary.org.

Fiction: “Dead Sea Conspiracy” by Jerry B. Jenkins

Archaeologist Nicole Berman is the first woman to be awarded a permit to lead a dig in Saudi Arabia. Nicole has a hunch that the artifacts she hopes to discover have the power to rewrite world history. She assembles a team that will ultimately surprise – and in some cases – betray her. Will she find what she believes to be the key to unifying the three major religions before a dangerous enemy gets to her? Meanwhile, in a parallel storyline, readers are launched back to ancient Ur where young Abram is sent to learn from his forebears, who tell him firsthand stories of being on the ark during the Great Flood. How will Abram cope with his heritage of multiple faiths and what will he teach his descendants?

Nonfiction: “What If? 2: Additional Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions” by Randall Munroe

The millions of people around the world who read and loved “What If?” still have questions, and those questions are getting stranger. Planning to ride a fire pole from the moon back to Earth? The hardest part is sticking the landing. Hoping to cool the atmosphere by opening everyone’s freezer door at the same time? Maybe it’s time for a brief introduction to thermodynamics. Want to know what would happen if you rode a helicopter blade, built a billion-story building, made a lava lamp out of lava, or jumped on a geyser as it erupted? Okay, if you insist. Unfazed by absurdity, Randall consults the latest research on everything from swing-set physics to airplane-catapult design to clearly and concisely answer his readers’ questions. You can learn a lot from examining how the world might work in very specific extreme circumstances.

Youth: “There’s a Ghost in this House” by Oliver Jeffers

A young girl lives in a haunted house, but she has never seen a ghost. Are they white with holes for eyes? Are they hard to see? Step inside and help the girl as she searches under the stairs, behind the sofa, and in the attic for the ghost.—Amazon

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