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“The Story of Arthur Truluv” by Elizabeth Berg is a beautiful novel about three lonely people trying to fill the void their losses have created. Ultimately, it’s a feel-good story our Library Associate Ruth highly recommends.
Schemes, spies, and secrets reign in these mystery and suspense books for teens.
"Rain Fall" by Barry Eisler is the first novel in a fantastic, supremely cool series featuring John Rain, an assassin who specializes in masking his deadly work as the result of natural causes. Eisler's writing is a wonderful combination of lyrical prose, technical tradecraft, and soulful meditations on the psychological toll of conflict and violence, says our Library Associate Mike.
Icy places full of storytelling that has winter as a backdrop.
"The Lost Queen" by Signe Pike pulls readers into the politics and drama of 6th Century Scotland. Richly written, and vibrant in detail and depth, this first in a series features strong female characters, and plenty of politics. These books are perfect for fans of "Game of Thrones" and "Outlander," says our Librarian Rebekah.
Grades 3-5 can grab a flashlight and curl up with these nighttime reads.
"Made in China" by Amelia Pang is a well-researched and sobering look at the manufacturing industry, both within and outside the U.S., that might have you thinking twice about the products you buy - and the companies you buy from - says our Librarian Erin.
From books to movies, readers in grades 3-5 can explore the fascinating form of stop-motion animation!
"America's National Historic Trails" by Karen Berger is perfect for both the armchair traveler and the avid outdoors person. The reader journeys through America's varying terrain, and follows in the footsteps of some of the most important moments in American history. With a total of 19 trails covering over 37,000 miles, there is something for everyone in this book, says our Librarian Rebekah.
Fans of Jack Reacher will love these suspense and thriller series.
"A Good Girl's Guide to Murder" by Holly Jackson is a mystery recommended for grades 9 and up. Five years earlier, Andi Bell was murdered by her boyfriend Sal. But a classmate isn't so sure that Sal is guilty, and her search for truth makes this a captivating mystery that you won't be able to put down, says our Librarian Kylie.
Here are a number of good books for grades 3-5 to enjoy!
"The Moving Finger" was one of Agatha Christie's personal favorites, and this standalone cozy mystery is the third in her Miss Marple series. Residents of Lymstock receive vicious poison pen letters, and one of the recipients commits suicide. Or was it murder? It's up to Miss Marple to find out. This is the perfect novel for those new to Christie as well as those who read her faithfully, says our Librarian Erin.
These death-defying page-turners for middle school students will set hearts racing!
"The Starless Sea" by Sue Morgenstern is beautifully written, with a cast of authentic and complex characters. The story begins when Zachary Ezra Rawlins, a graduate student in New England, discovers a mysterious book in the university library. Ultimately, he finds himself caught up in a life and death world of intrigue, all tied together by a mysterious underground library beside the starless sea. If you're looking for a little bit of magic, and a love of the written word, this book is for you, says our Librarian Lauren.
These books for pre-K to grade 2 celebrate the adventure and beauty we find in nature. Share a story, then head outside and explore the great outdoors!
"Prairie Lotus" by Linda Sue Park is a fresh and fascinating perspective on the pioneer experience, highlighting the strengths of people of color in 1880s America. Fourteen-year-old Hannah moves to the Dakota Territory with her father and dreams of becoming a dressmaker. But in their new town, horrific racism threatens to leave her with no friends - and no future. This inspiring book for grades 5 and up shares previously untold stories from our history, says our Librarian Kylie.
These non-fiction books written by women let you explore math, science, history, and nature.
Fans of Craig Johnson, Jane Harper, and C.J. Box will enjoy "Bitter Wash Road" by Garry Disher. This police procedural series occurs in a small community in the Australian Outback. Disgraced and demoted Constable Paul Hirschhausen investigates the murder of a local teenage girl, attempting to find justice amid corruption and violence, says our Library Associate Mike.
The Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, presents the Newbery Award annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children in grades 4-8.
“The Lager Queen of Minnesota” by J. Ryan Stradal is storytelling at its best. This book is a love letter to beer, but it's also a great homage to family and the people of the Midwest. If you're looking for a wonderful slice of life book, then this is for you, says our Library Associate Ruth.
Are these girls defined by their parentage or are they powerful women all their own? Read these wonderful stories to find out!
A former juror's past verdict may come back to bite her in the exciting novel "The Holdout" by Graham Moore. It's a twisty legal thriller that will delight fans of John Grisham and Scott Turow. This is a fast-paced, intricately plotted read that you won't be able to put down, says our Librarian Erin.
Celebrate Women's History Month by reading these fascinating and amazing stories of women around the world!
If you like mysteries, monsters, and a good pulse-pounding adventure story, "Jackaby" by William Ritter is all of these and more. When Abigail Rook assists R.F. Jackaby – an investigator of the unexplained and the supernatural – with a murder investigation, she discovers that some monsters wear very familiar faces. "Supernatural" meets Sherlock Holmes in this thrilling mystery.
These books for grades 3-5 highlight inspiring, trailblazing women.
"American Cake" by Anne Byrn is a beautiful cookbook that chronicles the history of cake in America, beginning with recipes favored by the earliest colonists, and ending with today's modern trends.
Well-behaved women seldom make history...or become the inspiring lead of a patriarchy-smashing historical Young Adult novel.
Millennial California girl Mia wakes up in a hospital with no idea who she is. She must rely on Siri, her past social media posts, and her ingenuity to retrace her steps until her life falls back into place in Sam Tschida's debut novel "Siri, Who Am I?" This humorous adventure is full of heart and hastags and perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella's "Remember Me" and Hannah Orenstein's "Love At First Like," says our Librarian Erin.
These captivating books for grades 3-5 are all about women who starred on stage and on screen.
"The Westing Game" by Ellen Raskin is a middle grade mystery. Follow along with the smart, sarcastic Turtle Wexler, one of 16 residents in the brand new Sunset Towers apartment building, as she works to uncover the secrets left behind in a cryptic last will and testament. If you enjoy puzzles and secrets, you'll love solving the mystery alongside the main characters.
Dive into some historical fiction tales of real-life women who have worn a crown.
Readers will delight in the hilarious banter and epic battle of wills in the love story “The Gunslinger’s Vow” by Amy Sandas. Prim society lady Alexandra Brighton enlists the help of bounty hunter Malcolm Kincaid for one last trip home before she settles down into a stuffy society marriage. At least that’s the plan, until she meets the handsome – and extremely irritating – Kincaid.
Grades 3-5 can read about the best of the best in a variety of sports.
"Once Upon a River" by Diane Setterfield is a mystery unlike any other. Steeped deep in folklore, this book asks readers to challenge their beliefs of what is possible. Setterfield is a master of tension, and subtly pulls her narrative between logic, scientific evidence, and the belief that there could be something darker at work in the world. This book is perfect for fans of Agatha Christie and readers who enjoy the otherworldly feeling of fairy tales, says our Librarian Rebekah.
These Young Adult books highlight many powerful women – read their amazing stories.
One playgroup, consisting of Park Avenue mothers and their babies, is about to erupt from secrets, lies - and possibly a few drugs - in "Happy and You Know It" by Laura Hankin. Told with dark humor and a few juicy twists, Hankin delivers on a story that teaches us how fragile perfection truly is. This satirical yet relatable story is the perfect read for fans of "Such a Fun Age" and "The Nanny Diaries," says our Librarian Erin.
These picture book biographies of amazing female inventors are perfect for grades 3-5. Introduce these creative and brilliant women to your kids!
“Invisible Differences” by Mademoiselle Caroline and Julie Dachez is a graphic novel and autobiography based on Dachez's life. It follows the story of 27-year-old Marguerite, a fictionalized version of the author who knows she is different from everyone else. Eventually she is diagnosed with what was formerly known as Asperger's Syndrome and learns being neurologically diverse is not a flaw. This is a heartfelt memoir, well written, and beautifully illustrated, says our Librarian Rebekah.
Gripping tales of women who get way in over their heads, but who have the strength and determination to forge their own destinies, while perhaps solving a mystery or two!
"Moon of the Crusted Snow" by Waubgeshig Rice is a masterfully written post-apocalyptic novel set in a remote First Nations community in northern Canada. Insightful social commentary regarding the plight of First Nations tribes, and memorable, authentic characters make this a wonderful read, says our Library Associate Mike.
Readers in grades 4-8 should try these titles if they enjoy live theater, either as part of the production or as an audience member!
"How the Penguins Saved Veronica" by Hazel Prior is a sweet, heartwarming story about the creation of a family made up of human and animal members. The novel is also a reminder that it's never too late to start over. It's the perfect light read for fans of "The Love Story of Missy Carmichael" and "The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett," says our Librarian Erin.
Don't remember the title but know the cover was white? Perhaps this selection of teen reads is what you are looking for!
"Just Mercy: A True Story of the Fight for Justice" by Bryan Stevenson is suitable for grades 7 and up. Stevenson is a criminal defense lawyer who founded the Equal Justice Initiative, which provides legal representation to prisoners wrongly convicted of crimes, denied effective representation, or denied a fair trial. This book is full of fascinating and alarming stories about flaws in the criminal justice system, says our Librarian Kylie.
Are human boyfriends boring you? Give these romantic heroes a try!
"Hamnet" by Maggie O'Farrell is an incredibly thoughtful and nuanced story about William Shakespeare's wife and children. The novel focuses on those forgotten by history, centered on the women and children, and includes the death of his son, Hamnet. This is a brilliant work of historical fiction, says our Library Associate Ruth.
"Pie makes everyone happy." - Laurie Halse Anderson.
"Monte Walsh" by Jack Schaefer is the story of a maverick cowboy and his best friend as they traverse hardscrabble frontier towns, tension-filled cattle drives, brushes with the law, ranch life, and the pitfalls of a nomadic existence. Schaefer has a masterful style and an unrivaled ability to convey the culture and landscape of the American west, says our Library Associate Mike.
Want to explore a cool fantasy world but don’t know where to start? Check out one of these books for readers in grades 3-5 for a wonderful dive into fantasy!
A Walker witch descendant stumbles upon a wayward boy left for dead in the forbidding wicker woods. And so the dark magic and even darker mystery begins in the Young Adult novel "Winterwood” by Shea Ernshaw. This is the perfect read-alike to Maggie Stiefvater's "The Raven Boys," says our Librarian Erin.
These books for middle school students are all different, but they shine as bright at the stars!
Witty and vivacious, Alice Roosevelt (Eleanor's cousin), captivated the nation with her daring antics as First Daughter after Theodore Roosevelt became president in 1901. She was an indispensable advisor to her father during his third presidential run. "American Princess: A Novel of First Daughter Alice Roosevelt" by Stephanie Marie Thornton is an excellent fictional biography of her fascinating life.
Take a trip from your armchair to Paris, the city of lights!
The graphic novel "Lumberjanes" is a summer camp romp – complete with supernatural monsters and mystical quests – that is appropriate for readers age 10 and up. This action-packed comic is full of fun, humor, and friendship to the max, with spunky, lovable characters that support and help each other through their adventures. It’s perfect for fans of “Paper Girls,” by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang, and “Giant Days,” by John Allison.
These books for readers in grades 3-5 are out of this world!
"We Are All the Same in the Dark" by Julia Heaberlin is a slow-burning psychological thriller that paints an atmospheric portrait of a small town haunted by past traumas and burning secrets. Equal parts criminal investigation and intimate character study, this is the perfect read for fans of Lisa Jewell's "Then She Was Gone," says our Librarian Erin.
Fans of the Netflix Series "Bridgerton" will love these eBooks, too.
“Show Me a Sign” by Ann Clare LeZotte is an Own Voices historical fiction novel for ages 8 to 12. This novel is based on the true story of a thriving deaf community with their own sign language that lived on Martha’s Vineyard in the early 19th Century - and what happened when a scientist took one of their members in order to learn more about the community. This is a captivating read with a really evil villain, but the story has a satisfying ending, says our Librarian Lexy.
If you love folktales and fairy tales, these stories are for you!
"Medicine Walk" by Richard Wagamese is a moving Own Voices selection by one of Canada's most acclaimed indigenous writers. This is a beautifully written story of redemption, drama, father-son relationships, and the power of forgiveness. Atmospheric and moving, this novel will resonate with fans of Kent Haruf, Louise Erdrich, and Ivan Doig, says our Library Associate Mike.
We all love animals, introduce your beginner reader birth to grade 2 to these nonfiction books featuring simple text, large font, and amazing pictures!
Three cousins uncover family secrets, sinister plots – and murder – in "The Cousins" by Karen M. McManus. This young adult murder mystery and family drama features the suspenseful builds and plot twists McManus is famous for, and the story will keep readers hooked until the last page. This thrilling read is perfect for fans of E. Lockhart's "We Were Liars," says our Librarian Erin.
Can't get enough of Christie mysteries? Give these thrilling TV series and film adaptions of Christie's works a try!
“This is Your Time” by Ruby Bridges is a beautiful and heartfelt letter from the author, who was the first black child to attend an all-white school. She tells readers what that was like, how things have changed since then, and the work we still need to do to address racism in America. This book is suitable for all ages, but is written to be accessible to young elementary school students, says our Librarian Lexy.
Readers age 8-12 can cuddle up with some books about our furry best friends.
"Always the Last to Know" by Kristan Higgins is a heartwarming read that keeps love, family, and friendship right in the center but it doesn't shy away from struggles and difficult topics. This book is perfect for fans of Emily Giffin, Elin Hilderbrand, and Jane Green, says our Librarian Meredith.
These books for teens took home prestigious prizes.
“Ayoade On Top” by Richard Ayoade is a wildly entertaining, hysterical gem of a book about a horrible movie, "The View from the Top." This satirical analysis subjects the movie to a rigorous – and hilarious critical analysis. You don't need to see the movie to enjoy the book, and by the time you’re finished reading you'll be laughing, and an expert on this often forgotten box office disaster, says our Library Associate Mike.
Real people and real stories come to life through amazing illustrations, interesting and surprising stories, and just the right amount of information in these books for grades 3-5
"Deacon King Kong" by James McBride is a deeply satisfying reading experience that is mainly about the intertwining lives of residents of a 1960s housing project. This book provides backstories and anecdotes about even minor characters, offering a delightful cast of characters with the best of nicknames and intentions, says our Library Associate Ruth.
A captivating selection of narratives examining immigration in America and the ongoing global refugee crisis.
If you're looking for a new way to be sustainable, or if you're just looking for a new way to see old things, "Mending Life: A Handbook for Repairing Clothes and Hearts" by Nina and Sonya Montenegro is the book for you. This beautifully illustrated book combines a practical mending guide with thoughtful meditations on the act of mending, and it's a joy to read, says our Librarian Rebekah.
Have you ever wondered what life is like in other countries? Check out these beautiful stories from all over the world for readers birth to grade 2!
"The Butterfly Conspiracy" by Vivian Conroy is a richly developed historical mystery set in the late Victorian era that is equal parts focused on amateur detecting and natural history, while also examining the differences that define London society. This first entry in the Merriweather and Royston series is sure to please fans of Deanna Raybourn and Frances Brody, says our Librarian Erin.
Trickster tales for pre-K through grade 2 originate in many different cultures and are used to entertain and teach lessons about how to behave and treat other people.
"Clean Getaway" by Nic Stone takes readers on a journey across the south to important sites from the civil rights movement. Our Librarian Lexy recommends this book for grades 4 and up. Join Scoob and his grandmother as he learns about the “Green Book” and important people and moments in civil rights history. He’ll also find out what his grandmother has been hiding from him!
This collection of classic novels written by authors with diverse heritages and backgrounds represent the deep literary history of their cultures and are some of the best of classic literature.
"Beloved" by Toni Morrison is a Pulitzer-prize winning book that carries an unforgettable message with each word. This historical fiction novel about a former slave, Sethe, is the heart-wrenching story of her struggle with the memories of being a slave and the baby she lost.
Examine the history of urban housing policies in America and issues like public housing, homelessness, racism, and social justice.
“Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court” by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, recommended for grades 7 and up, is our Middle School Librarian Kylie's favorite sports autobiography. The book shares how Abdul-Jabbar struggled with his identity and how he also became a pivotal part of the civil rights movement – all while becoming a basketball legend.
Our bodies offer each of us different joys and challenges. In these books for readers ages 8-12, young people with disabilities and illnesses share their stories.
“Dread Nation” by Justina Ireland is a “Zombies meet the Wild West” series that poses the question: What if the Civil War had been interrupted by the restless dead? This genre-bending historical fiction is packed with political intrigue, jaw-dropping fight scenes, and a cliffhanger ending that will leave you begging for the sequel, "Deathless Divide."
Adventure with strong, Black female leads at their center. Give these young adult fantasy novels a try!
What is scarier than finding true love? Having to survive a beauty pageant! "Accidental Beauty Queen" by Teri Wilson is a quick, feel-good read sure to be enjoyed by fans of Sophie Kinsella's "I Owe You One," says our Librarian Erin.
Fascinating real-life stories to honor those who have had an influence on history.
"The Hate U Give" by Angie Thomas provides a scope into police brutality, white privilege, and the power of a single voice. This phenomenal, award-winning book is based on a true story.
Let these stories of historical figures come to life in these beautifully illustrated picture books.
"Leave the World Behind" by Rumaan Alam is a suspenseful and thought-provoking novel that will keep you guessing. Clay and Amanda and their kids want to get away from the city and reconnect as a family. Late-night visitors bring disturbing news. Is there really an apocalypse or is it just a sinister plot? This book is perfect for fans of Mike Chen's “A Beginning at the End” and Karen Thompson Walker's “The Age of Miracles,” says our Librarian Erin.
These books are perfect for readers in grades 3-5.
"This Light Between Us: A Novel of World War II" by Andrew Fukuda is a young adult novel that covers a penpal relationship between two 10-year-olds on opposite sides of the world. Alex is Japanese American, and Charlie is a Jewish girl living in Paris. They share their fears as the world around them changes and becomes oppressive, and the novel follows them into adulthood 10 years later. You'll be completely engaged with these characters, says our Library Associate Ruth.
Explore different tales that take us through the decades and focus on Black lives.
“Hide and Seeker” by Daka Hermon is recommended for readers ages 8-12. Life is tough for 12-year-old Justin. His mother dies and his sister has to take care of him. Then his best friend Zee goes missing. When Zee does return, he's different and acts like he's trapped in a living nightmare. During a game of hide and seek, Justin and the other kids learn what Zee has been through - because an ancient evil known as the Seeker is now going after them. Do they have what it takes to escape?
These books for readers in grades 3-5 incorporate the diary/journal style of writing and, in doing so, allow the reader to feel closer to the characters.
"Solo" by Kwame Alexander is told as a novel in verse, with a combination of poetry, text messages, and song lyrics. It's the story of someone finding themselves through music and using their talents to make the world a better place.
Are you looking for something new and interesting to read? These fictional stories were all inspired in some way by real-life events.
"The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights" by Steve Sheinkin takes readers back to World War II when segregated black units in the U.S. Navy had little formal training or instruction compared to their white counterparts. On July 17, 1944, an explosion kills more than 300 men, most of them black. Survivors who refuse reassignment or request different jobs are charged with mutiny. Fifty men are eventually tried, convicted, and imprisoned despite the glaring prejudice and illegal practices revealed at their trial. This is a riveting story of racial prejudice and injustice for middle grade readers on up who want to explore the beginnings of the civil rights movement, says our Librarian Erin.
Read about some of the joys and struggles of being young and Black in America in these teen books.
"Dress Coded" by Carrie Firestone is the inspiring story of a budding activist finding her voice and using it to help others. After two years of watching other girls be anxious and humiliated over their middle school's strict dress code, Molly Frost takes action. She starts a podcast where girls can share their stories, which grows into a movement that affects the entire community. This book is recommended for upper middle grade and younger Young Adult readers, says our Librarian Kylie.
Cuddle up with some books about our furry best friends suitable for readers ages 8-12.
“White Rose” by Kip Wilson is a Young Adult novel in verse set in World War II. This is historical fiction novel in verse at its best, based on the true story of a young German student named Sophie Scholl. Sophie forms the White Rose Resistance and becomes a voice for the oppressed. This is an amazingly well-written novel about bravery and standing up to injustice, says our Library Associate Ruth.
Get carried away with the fun illustrations in these graphic novels for grades 3-5.
If you enjoy dark and absurd humor, check out "Beauty Queens" by Libba Bray. Nothing stops the Miss Teen Dream Beauty Pageant contestants - not even a plane crash! Discover how these beauty queens figure out how to survive the island - and each other. This satire keeps the laughs coming! The audio version, read by the author, is awesome, says our Librarian Meredith.
Don't remember the title but know the color of the cover? Try these Young Adult reads in delicious shades of pink.
"It Happens All the Time" by Amy Hatvany is an emotional story of friendship, betrayal, and the long road to recovery and healing. This timely novel explores the issue of consent between two adults, Tyler and Amber, after one night that changes their lives forever. Readers who enjoy Emily Giffin and Randy Susan Meyers will also enjoy this mainstream novel of character-driven domestic fiction, says our Librarian Erin.
Travel the world with these stories from all across the globe designed for readers in kindergarten to grade 2.
"Finding Layla" by Meg Elison is the story of a 14-year-old girl's resilience in the face of poverty and neglect. Layla's mom is negligent and abusive, so Layla must take care of herself and her six-year-old brother. They don't have enough food, her home is a disaster, and she looks ragged - but how can a teenager keep her family afloat all by herself? This hard-hitting YA novel shows the challenges that people can hide in plain sight, and the incredible spirit it can take to survive them, says our Librarian Kylie.
"Good things happen when you meet strangers." - Yo-Yo Ma.
“The Boys in the Back Row” by Mike Jung is a beautifully written book full of wit and humor that celebrates the friendship between two middle school boys, Matt and Eric. While the story focuses on the adventure they plan together before Eric moves away, the book also adeptly addresses bullying, racism, and other issues middle school students face, says our Library Associate Ruth.
There is nothing better than handmade socks to make yourself or someone else happy.
The modern-day Young Adult thriller “Sadie” by Courtney Summers is two stories in one. The first is Sadie's search for the person who murdered her sister Mattie because the police botched their investigation. The second involves the true crime podcast of West McCray, who uncovers where Sadie went and what happened to her. The two stories speed toward each other in an investigative thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat.
Would you like to have any of these creatures as a pet? Readers birth to age 2 will enjoy these stories.
“Coo” by Kaela Noel is ideal for readers in grades 5 and up. It's a story about love and loss and what it means to be a family. Coo is abandoned in New York City, and discovered by a flock of pigeons. She grows up on a rooftop with the pigeons for 10 happy years, until trouble occurs. When her closest friend is attacked by a hawk, Coo seeks help from a human - and learns that some humans have bad intentions. This gut-wrenching story will stay with you forever, says our Librarian Lexy.
Discover the best Teen & Young Adult World War II Historical Fiction.
Do you love snowmen? These jolly figures and their complex history are the subject of “The Illustrated History of the Snowman” by Bob Eckstein. Discover when the word snowman first appeared in the dictionary. Read about humorous and unexpected ways the snowman has been thought of and utilized across nations and cultures, and how the snowman’s image has been featured in art, propaganda, commercials, political intrigue, and much more, says our Librarian Erin.
Hey, football fans in grades 3-5, huddle up with a good book!
Isadora Peabody is awkward, shy, and resigned to a life of spinsterhood. A chance meeting with dashing ship captain Ryan Calhoun changes her life. But his secret – and a dangerous mission – will tear them apart unless they can learn to trust each other, work together, and defeat a common enemy. "The Charm School" by Susan Wiggs is an opposites attract historical romance that is sweet, witty, and endearing.
Looking for a memoir as captivating as "Educated?" Try these eight titles sure to keep you reading until the last page.
Readers looking for romance, mystery, and history will find much to enjoy in "A Northern Light" by Jennifer Donnelly. This is beautifully crafted young adult historical fiction about a young woman who has dreams of college in the city but is bound by family promises. Mattie is a hopeful character stuck in a place that she's never quite fit into, and she must choose between the life she's always known and the life she's always wanted, says our Librarian Meredith.
Get children in kindergarten through grade 2 hooked on reading with these series.
𝘕𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘺 𝘋𝘳𝘦𝘸 meets 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘎𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘉𝘶𝘥𝘢𝘱𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘏𝘰𝘵𝘦𝘭 in Kerstin Gier's novel "A Castle in the Clouds." Sophie is an intern at a luxury hotel in the Swiss Alps where she unravels mysteries while working an assortment of odd, unluxurious jobs. This novel, filled with a large cast of quirky characters - each hiding a secret or two - is told with wit, humor, and lots of heart, says our Librarian Erin.
Life didn’t come with a manual. It came with a Mother.
Three mysteries converge in "I Found You" by Lisa Jewell. Full of suspense and gothic flair, this novel is perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty and Ruth Weir. This dark mystery will keep you guessing until the end, says our Librarian Lauren.
These young royals rule the page! Take a dive into these fantastical tales for teen readers today.
"You Deserve Each Other" by Sarah Hogle is a romance featuring witty dialogue and warm, tender moments. Naomi thought she was the luckiest girl in the world. Her fiancée Nicholas was the epitome of perfection: handsome, charming, and polite. Until Naomi realizes she can't stand Nicholas, and she thinks he feels the same way. Will one get the other to break off their engagement and pay for the non-refundable wedding? Or will they rekindle their romance?
Experience life through someone else's eyes by reading these journals perfect for readers ages 8-12.
"When We Were Vikings" by Andrew David MacDonald is an amusing coming of age tale about Zelda, a young woman with fetal alcohol syndrome who hopes to become a legendary Viking someday. She finds a crusade in her brother, Gert, who has resorted to illegal schemes to say afloat financially. This candid and engaging novel is perfect for fans of "Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine," says our Librarian Erin.
Not all ghost stories are fictional... Haunted houses, lingering spirits, and more abound in these thrilling and chilling real-life tales.
Kelly needs a date for her sister’s wedding, but with no one in sight, this talented robotics engineer decides to build her own dream man. At first, it’s wonderful: Ethan is smart, devoted and handsome – the perfect boyfriend – and Kelly’s family doesn’t realize Ethan is not real. Now Kelly is having a hard time letting go. But how long can she lie to family and friends while holding onto a fantasy that seems destined for disaster? “The Plus One” by Sarah Archer is a heartwarming tale of love, acceptance, and learning to love yourself, too, says our Librarian Erin.
These girls LOVE science. Read about the exciting ways they solve problems!
"Strange the Dreamer" by Laini Taylor is an epic fantasy full of gods and monsters, ghosts and demons, and dreams and nightmares. Taylor's writing is lyrical and strange, and the world she creates makes an impression you won't soon forget. This book will leave you breathless - and also desperate to read the sequel, "Muse of Nightmares."
"When it rains, look for rainbows. When it's dark, look for stars." -Oscar Wilde.
“Life Undercover” by Amaryllis Fox is a nonfiction page-turner about a talented, ambitious CIA agent. When Fox was in college, she developed an algorithm to predict the likelihood of a terrorist attack. The CIA recruited her at age 21, and it was the start of an amazing career. Readers will be both amazed and humbled by the lengths people like Fox go every day to keep American citizens safe from harm.
Are you brave enough to crack open these chilling tales suitable for readers in middle school and up?
Fans of witty and detailed narratives, historical fantasy, and fast-paced monster hunts will enjoy "My Calamity Jane" by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows. The greatest heroes of the wild west are about to meet the supernatural in this novel, the third in a series. Each book focuses on a famous Jane from history – in this case Calamity Jane - and rewrites her story with a happier ending and magical subplots, says our Librarian Erin.
Calling all theater kids! Check out these books perfect for ages 8-12 and starring the many ways we can enjoy the stage.
The “Princess Pulverizer” series by Nancy Krulik are fun books for readers in grades 2-4. Princess Serena (who prefers to be known as Princess Pulverizer) wants to be a knight, but she has to change her behavior first. To help her get ready, her dad gives her a challenge: perform eight acts of kindness. Each book in the series tells of an act of kindness on her quest for knighthood. Fans of Shannon Hale’s “Princess in Black” will enjoy this series, says our Librarian Lexy.
Do you like cozy mysteries with a food theme? Then whet your appetite with these suggestions. You may even find a new recipe to try!
“All-American Murder” by James Patterson provides a heartbreaking yet fascinating glimpse of Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots football star convicted of murder. Blessed with an abundance of talent, but plagued by a troubled personal life, Hernandez received a life sentence for his crime. This book is perfect for readers who enjoy fast-paced, thrilling nonfiction.
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Jimmy is an eighth-grader whose cousin Patrick has just died. To make matters worse, Jimmy is supposed to say a few words at Patrick’s funeral – but he and Patrick were not friends, not even close. “Speechless” by Adam Schmitt is an amazing book with realistic and compelling characters. Readers will also identify with the raw emotions that are happening through this difficult time for Jimmy and his extended family. This book is highly recommended for young people and adults, says our Library Associate Ruth.
Can't remember the title but only the color of the cover? You are not alone, so try some of these yellow-orange reads!
Josie Pie thought she'd become a Broadway star after high school, but reality was a big disappointment. Desperate for escape, her life changes when she becomes the hero of every book she reads. She becomes fully absorbed in each character, which also takes her one step further from reality. But is real life worth returning to? This is a whimsical Young Adult novel of bookish proportions, and filled with plenty of humor. "Kind of a Big Deal" by Shannon Hale is highly recommended for fans of magical realism and coming of age novels, says our Librarian Erin.
These books from the 1970s for grades 3-5 are fun for both the young and the young at heart.
“The Elephant’s Girl” by Celesta Rimington is a great read for ages 8-12. This book is an adventure complete with a mystery, magic, and the bond between a girl and an elephant. Twelve-year-old Lex receives messages from the elephant Nyah that take her on a journey of self-discovery. This heartwarming tale is about love of family and friends and addresses serious issues such as animal rights. It's an excellent read, says our Library Associate Ruth.
We've added tons of new titles – whether you're into sports, video games, or K-Pop, we've got something for middle school students.
In "How to Be a Good Creature," author Sy Montgomery reflects on her life through 13 animals she has encountered. Animal lovers will enjoy this poetic journey throughout the natural world, and will appreciate the prevailing sentiment that humans and animals share a bond that transcends time and space, says our Librarian Erin.
Books about open spaces: “When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” ― John Muir.
You’ve probably heard the story of Snow White before, but “The Shadow Queen” by C. J. Redwine weaves magic, intrigue, and adventure to take this tale to places you’ve never imagined. It's a juiced-up fairy tale starring a princess who can totally save herself, but might need some help saving her kingdom.
These real people lived interesting lives. Readers age 8-12 can earn about their experiences with these awesome biographies!
“Another Good Dog” by Cara Sue Achterberg is feel-good nonfiction at its finest. When Cara and her family lose their beloved dog Lucy, they decide to foster dogs until they find their next furry companion to join their home permanently. However, Cara soon realizes that fostering dogs is her passion, and she can save hundreds of dogs, rather than just one. This book is full of heartwarming stories all animal lovers will enjoy.
These picture books for birth to age 2 feature humor, repetition, rhythm, and rhyme.
"King of the Mole People" by Paul Gilligan is a hilarious book for readers age 8-12. Doug wants to fit in like any other kid, but he's awkward, and a little strange - who has eel sandwiches for lunch? Doug does. And then he's named King of the Mole People, a title he doesn't like at all. This is the first in a series of fun, fast reads, says our Library Associate Ruth.
Have you ever wanted a robot as a friend? Readers in grades 3-5 will enjoy these stories and discover how exciting robots can be!
Secrets and lies between three women lead to a devastating fire - and possible murder. But which of the three is the culprit? Laura, Mia, and Janie all have something to hide in "Three Perfect Liars" by Heidi Perks. This is a slow-burning psychological suspense filled with surprising twists and bombshell reveals, right up to the final page. Fans of Chandler Baker's "Whisper Network" will enjoy this book, says our Librarian Erin.
If you love Netflix's "The Crown," you'll love these fascinating behind the scenes looks at members of the British royal family.
"Every Falling Star: The True Story of How I Survived and Escaped North Korea" by Sungju Lee is recommended for readers in grades 7 and up. Lee's family are loyal members of the Communist Party, until his father gets into trouble. The family is exiled, and that's where the real problems begin. Both of his parents disappear, and Sungju is forced to scrabble for survival on the streets. This book feels like something out of "The Hunger Games," but it's real, and events like this are still happening, says our Librarian Kylie.
Home is the abiding place of the affections. Find your style with these books.
The AstroNuts series by Jon Scieszka for grades 3-5 are funny, action-packed books that will teach you a lot about space, life, and the environment, too! The AstroNuts are four mutant animal astronauts, and they have a special mission: since we can no longer live on earth, they have to find a new home for us. Each book is a new adventure. If you like graphic novels and science, you will like this series, says our Librarian Lexy.
Eight great books for fans of the cosmos ages 8-12!
A touching tale of grief, healing, and second chances at life, "I Liked My Life" by Abby Fabiaschi is a character-driven story of family relationships and coping with unspeakable loss. Maddy seems like the perfect wife and mother, until she commits suicide. Her husband and daughter are left reeling from the loss and must reconstruct their lives and forge a new relationship with each other. This is the perfect read for those who enjoyed "Daisy Cooper's Rules for Living," says our Librarian Erin.
These are worlds you don't want to end up living in! Take a look through these classic dystopian tales, each more terrifying than the next.
"This is Happiness" by Niall Williams is a beautiful, lyrical homage to a bygone time in Ireland. The world is about to change, and 17-year-old Noel Crowe isn't sure what comes next. Their small town's electrification project brings a boarder: Christy, a man in his 60s, and the unlikely pair become fast friends. This is a delightful book with lovingly created characters, and the author is a genius at depicting a place and time, says our Library Associate Ruth.
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“Dorothy Must Die” by Danielle Paige is a twist on the classic movie of the same name that’s a great read for those who love fantasy and horror novels. This story is about the dark side of the rainbow, the way power corrupts, and the oppressed fight back. It will hook you with its familiar characters and keep you turning pages with its surprising twists. Recommended for fans of "The Cinder" series by Marissa Meyer and the dark fairy tales of Holly Black.
These women made important discoveries, created wonders, and even committed serious crimes. In short, they influenced history!
In "Dry" by Neal and Jarrod Shusterman, five teens frantically search for water in their native Southern California, which is experiencing a severe drought. They aren't sure they can trust each other, but working together may be the only way to survive in a world ruled by riots, illness, crime, and fire. This desperate survival story recommended for grades 8 and up feels like it could really happen, says our Librarian Kylie.
Double the adventure and double the trouble in these books sure to delight readers in grades 3-5!
"Destiny of the Republic" by Candice Millard is a nonfiction page-turner, often reading like a thriller, as Millard seamlessly interweaves the narratives of President Garfield's life and presidency with the mentally ill man who shot him. Millard shines a spotlight on a most extraordinary president, and one of the country's greatest forgotten losses.
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Fifteen-year-old Cass and her 17-year-old sister Emma disappear without a trace... until Cass turns up at her mother's door, alone. Cass says they were abducted by a couple who wanted pregnant Emma's baby. But an FBI forensic psychiatrist believes there is more to the story than Cass is willing to reveal in "Emma in the Night" by Wendy Walker. This is a gripping, intricately plotted novel of psychological suspense that is perfect for fans of B.A. Paris' "Behind Closed Doors," says our Librarian Erin.
These books from the 1960s are fun reads for grades 3-5 whether it's your first or 50th time checking them out!
“Snapdragon” by Kat Leyh is a delightfully strange graphic novel recommended for readers in grade 5 and up. Snap’s town has a witch named Jacks, and as Snap gets to know the old woman, she becomes fond of her, and learns a lot about herself, too. This unique story is all about being your true, authentic self, and loving what you love - even if people think you're weird for it, says our Librarian Lexy.
Attention cat lovers! These picture books are the cat's whiskers for readers birth to age 2!
Jake Liddell is a war hero, but he comes home torn about his experience. He was not prepared for the horrific side of war and now he isn't sure what to do: Should he warn other high school students about what they're getting into? Or should he keep quiet and honor his family and town's pro-military beliefs? "Price of Duty" by Todd Strasser is a quick and intense read for grades 9 and up that will have you asking some big questions affecting young people in this country, says our Librarian Kylie.
You've seen these women on the screen, now try reading them in a book! These humorous memoirs from your favorite comedic ladies are sure to tickle your funny bone.
Pregnant teen Isabelle Poole becomes part of an experiment called The Infinite Family Project, where she joins nine other couples to raise their children as one extended family. Cracks begin to show as resentments fester, project funding dwindles, and Isabelle falls for the project organizer, in Kevin Wilson's "Perfect Little World." This thought-provoking warm and humorous story is perfect for fans of T.C. Boyle's “The Terranauts,” says our Librarian Erin.
Mystery and detective chapter books for elementary Super Sleuths in grades 3-5!
Greek mythology doesn't belong to male heroes anymore! Hear things from the female perspective as they retell classic Greek myths in new and fantastical ways.
Get swept away by these powerful stories for readers ages 8-12 that read like poetry.
Laugh out loud with these hilarious humor titles for middle schoolers.
“Dancing with the Octopus” by Debora Harding is a haunting memoir featuring plenty of heartbreaking moments, but ultimately it's a story of hope and triumph over undefeatable odds. It's the perfect read for fans of "Educated" and "The Glass Castle," and readers won't be able to put this book down until the very end, says our Librarian Erin.
Cats and dogs are great, but have you ever wanted a pet dinosaur? Any animal can be a pet according to these books for readers birth to age 2!
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Pigs are more than their curly tails, pot bellies, and cute oinks. These picture books for readers birth to age 2 illustrate another side of the classic farm animals we know and love.
"American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land" by Monica Hesse is the true crime story of a bizarre five-month arson spree that kept a small Virginia town on edge. Hesse writes a compelling and well-researched true account that reads like dramatic fiction, says our Librarian Erin.
"My Almost Flawless Tokyo Dream Life" by Rachel Cohn is a coming-of-age story about Elle, who is used to relying on herself, until her dad takes her to Japan to live with him. Surrounded by the popular, elite kids at her school, life seems too good to be true, and Elle comes to understand who she really is and what she values. This escapist drama is also an incredible travel fantasy, full of the curious and beautiful corners of Japan and Japanese culture.
Whether mysterious or epic, thrilling or chilling, an adventure awaits within the pages of these books for readers ages 8-12!
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"Regretting You" by Colleen Hoover expertly balances heartbreak and love, with particular focus on the changing dynamics between mothers and growing daughters. This is an engaging and intricately plotted story of regrets, grief, second chances, and old and new loves that will appeal to fans of domestic fiction and the works of Jane Green and Elin Hilderbrand, says our Librarian Erin.
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"The Hippo at the End of the Hall" by Helen Cooper is a middle grade book suitable for readers ages 8-12. One day Ben receives a strange invitation to the Gee Museum - and he decides to go. The museum is a magical place, but some evil people want to take it over. Readers who enjoy adventure, mystery, and magical stories will love this book, says our Library Associate Ruth.
Readers in grades 1 to 3 who love reading about sweet animals being rescued should check out these books!
“The Middler” by Kirsty Applebaum is a wild ride from start to finish. This dystopian story about friendship, trust, and betrayal is suitable for grades 5 and up. Full of twists and turns, nothing in the story is what it appears to be. Readers who like plot twists and action have to check this book out, says our Librarian Lexy.
Looking for an exciting new world to visit? These magical stories for readers ages 8-12 will take you on some extraordinary adventures.
Looking to help the environment? "An Almost Zero Waste Life" by Megean Weldon will help you live a greener life and offers helpful tips on how to reduce waste and make smart purchasing choices. She includes recipes for healthy meals and natural home cleaners, recycling recommendations, and more. The book also has several tips on how to make holiday celebrations less wasteful, says our Librarian Erin.
Who doesn't love a guessing game? Try these fun, interactive books for younger readers from preschool to grade 2!
“When Stars Are Scattered” by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed is a middle grade graphic novel suitable for readers ages 8 to 12. This is Omar’s true story of how he escaped violence in his village in Somalia, found a foster family in a refugee camp Kenya, and through perseverance, achieved his dreams. This inspiring story is a testament to foster families, friendship, support, and determination, says our Library Associate Ruth.
Birds enrich our lives in many ways. They are beautiful to behold, melodious to listen to, and provide us with bird-watching as a hobby.
"The Phantom Tollbooth" by Norton Juster is a classic and the perfect book for the whole family to read and enjoy together. This fun fantasy story is full of great lessons for kids and adults, says our Librarian Lexy.
Readers in kindergarten through grade 3 can learn about these amazing people.
Andrew lives a solitary life and mostly socializes online, although his boss and coworkers think he's happily married with children. Andrew's secret life may come to light, however, when he meets and forms a friendship with a new coworker. Now he has to decide whether it's time for him to start living life again. "How Not to Die Alone" by Richard Roper is perfect for anyone looking for uplifting tales of second chances and found families. And fans of "Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine" need look no further for their next read, says our Librarian Erin.
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What do you do when everyone around you is trying to force you into a real-life rom-com? In "When Dimple Met Rishi" by Sandhya Menon, Dimple is torn between tradition, parental expectations, and her desire to make her own path. This sweet romance is recommended for fans of "Crazy Rich Asians" by Kevin Kwan, "American Panda" by Gloria Chao, and "Love from A to Z" by S.K. Ali.
Did you know these movies were books for middle school readers first? Read the book then watch the movie!
Is it murder, or suicide? That's the question at the heart of "The Lost Man" by Jane Harper as Nathan Bright tries to find out how and why his beloved brother Cameron died. In the process, Nathan will have to unearth some painful family secrets. Leisurely paced and atmospheric, Harper creates well-drawn, sympathetic characters and slowly reveals their motivations. This book is highly recommended for anyone who loves Tana French's Dublin murder squad series.
Is your child in grades K-2 ready to read and looking for a place to start? Give these books a try!
Readers who enjoyed the complicated family dynamics of Tara Westover's “Educated,” and the breakthrough genetic research of Rebecca Skloot's “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” will love “Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family” by Robert Kolker. This memoir combines the best elements of Westover and Skloot's books, as the Galvin family's American dream shatters following the revelation that six of their 12 children have schizophrenia. While the family grapples with the fallout of the diagnoses, scientists work to find the breakthrough the medical world needs to treat the illness, says our Librarian Erin.
Engross yourself in one or more of eight sagas that take place over several decades.
"The Last Weeks of Abraham Lincoln" by David Alan Johnson is a well-written account of the last weeks of this beloved president's life. Johnson takes readers behind the scenes into President Lincoln's daily routine as he triumphantly led the nation through the end of the war, drew up plans for reconstruction, and dealt with personal problems. This is an excellent book for those seeking engaging, accessible nonfiction.
If your first or second grader is ready to start reading chapter books, these are the books for them - and you can find plenty more in our Early Chapter Books section at the Library!
A simple drug overdose or murder? That's the central question of Rose Andersen's memoir "The Heart and Other Monsters." At first, it seems like Rose's sister Sarah died of a drug overdose. Then Rose discovers evidence that suggests Sarah's lethal overdose was not accidental. A story of both grief and unconditional love, Andersen's memoir is an intimate portrait of the opioid epidemic's toll on addicts and those who love them, says our Librarian Erin.
It's never too late - these eight titles are great places to start.
Tana French writes the most complex and atmospheric crime novels around, and her latest, "The Searcher," is no exception. After two decades on the Chicago Police force and following a painful divorce, Cal Hooper moves to Ireland to start over. However, he gets caught up in an investigation for a missing boy and learns that he didn't leave violence behind in the U.S. French is the modern master of the thinking person's crime novel, and she takes it to a new level with this book, says our Library Associate Ruth.
Under the Sea: Readers in grades 3-5 can dive into the deep ocean and explore marine life.
A young woman's dream gig for the summer turns into a nightmare when she is accused of murdering another girl who looks exactly like her. "I Killed Zoe Spanos" by Kit Frick is perfect for fans of Courtney Summers' novel "Sadie." They will enjoy this atmospheric, intense, and intricately plotted mystery, says our Librarian Erin.
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A creepy, ethereal modern fairy tale, “Pet” by Akwaeke Emezi is a 2019 National Book Award finalist recommended for readers in grades 8 and up. This 200-page book jumps right into the action and packs a serious punch, says our Librarian Kylie.
Spark your imagination with these playful books for readers birth to age 2!
“The Thousandth Floor” combines Gossip Girl by way of Blade Runner, interlacing juicy scandal with high tech and luxury. This sci-fi vision of New York City's Upper East Side takes readers to a place where the wealthy literally look down on the entire world, and no one tells the whole truth about their lives.
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Readers looking to immerse themselves in meticulously researched, sprawling historical nonfiction should look no further than "The Hemingses of Monticello" by Annette Gordon-Reed. This book delves into the little known life of Sally Hemings, one of the most famous, and least known, African-American women in U.S. history. The half-sister of President Thomas Jefferson's wife Martha, Sally spent 38 years as Jefferson's slave, bore his children, and eventually bought their freedom. Her extraordinary story is fascinating.
Prince and Princess fans birth to grade 2 are sure to love these royal reads!
"Stepsister" by Jennifer Donnelly is a dark reimagining of the classic fairytale "Cinderella." Heroes are great, but sometimes villains are a lot more fun, and readers in grades 6 and up may find they have a lot in common with this ugly stepsister, says our Librarian Kylie.
With beautiful illustrations, superb dialog, and diverse characters, these romances pop off the page and come to life in graphic novel form.
Liz Lighty doesn’t care about high school traditions like prom. But in her school, prom king and queen receive college scholarships, and after her own scholarship plan falls through, Liz decides to run. She’s not the typical candidate - she's unpopular, poor, and black, but Liz tackles her fear of the spotlight and takes steps toward her dream of becoming a doctor. This is a delightful read featuring competition and romance, friendship and family, says our Librarian Erin.
You'll be amazed by these remarkable and unlikely friendships between animals of all species in these books aimed at readers in grades 2-5
Sunny St. James has a new heart thanks to a transplant, and a new lease on life. She’s got a second chance and she doesn’t want to blow it. After her surgery, she creates a life plan: she wants to do amazing things she's never done before, find a new best friend, and kiss a boy for the first time. “The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James” by Ashley Herring Blake is a sweet, summery LGBTQ+ romance for grades 5 and up, says our Librarian Kylie.
“The Wife Upstairs” by Freida McFadden is a psychological thriller full of twists and turns. Sylvia is down on her luck, and a chance meeting and job offer should be the answer to all of her problems. She can’t shake the feeling that it all sounds too good to be true… but she takes the job as a companion to Victoria Barnett anyway. Sylvia will soon understand why she should have trusted her instincts.
These great family read-alouds will appeal to a range of ages and be an experience to remember.
You may think you know the story, but you've never experienced fairy tales like these. Check out these updated twists on modern classics.
"Hollywood Park" is a memoir by Mikel Jollett that begins with his childhood in the infamous Church of Synanon cult. After escaping the cult, he had to contend with a highly dysfunctional family, poverty, drug and alcohol abuse, and emotional trauma before he found his passion - and outlet - in music. Filled with poetic prose, this memoir is an engaging exploration of coming of age while overcoming innumerable odds, says our Librarian Erin.
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"Gideon the Ninth" by Tamsyn Muir defies classification. This science fiction space odyssey features necromancers that talk to the dead and reanimate skeletons, and stars a character who is very good with a sword and pretty good at letting her mouth get her into a whole lot of trouble. This spooky mystery drips with humor, dusty hallways, and so, so many skeletons.
Pets make life better, and shelters are full of animals who need a good home. Celebrate our feline friends by curling up with a book about one of these amazing creatures.
"The Canyon's Edge" by Dusti Bowling is a gritty and honest story for readers in grades 5 and up who like survival stories. Nora's mother was killed in a shooting on Nora's birthday, and both she and her father struggle with physical and emotional injuries from the event. Disaster strikes a year later while Nora and her dad are hiking in a canyon, and Nora has to dig deep to find the strength and courage to save herself - and her father. This is a fast-paced adventure story that will keep readers turning the pages!
These characters might be a little unconventional, but they're super none the less! Save the day with these unlikely heroes for middle grade readers ages 8-12.
“Four-Four-Two” by Dean Hughes is a popular, exciting World War II story recommended for grades 7 and up. This book examines the impact of internment camps on Japanese-Americans from the perspective of Yuki and his friend Shig. To prove their loyalty to America, they sign up for an all-Japanese regiment called the Four-Four-Two and fight Nazis in Japan. This is bloody and thought-provoking historical fiction that draws on the real experiences of Japanese-American soldiers, says our Librarian Kylie.
Get into some girl power! These fantasy epics are the first in a series that are sure to hook readers with their combination of magic, romance, and adventure.
"Death on the Nile" by Agatha Christie is her 17th novel featuring the detective Hercule Poirot. His cruise vacation is interrupted by murder, and he is surrounded by several conspicuous and suspicious characters. The twists in this story will keep you guessing until the killer is finally revealed, says our Librarian Erin.
Drama, intrigue, and a little bit of romance - discover these fun middle grade titles suitable for ages 8-12 for a great escape!
"The Belles" by Dhonielle Clayton fully immerses you in the fantasy world of Orleans, where beauty is currency, and illustrates what can hide under the facade of magic and pretty dresses. This is a recommended read for fans of The "Selection" series by Kiera Cass, "Uglies" by Scott Westerfeld, and "Throne of Glass" by Sarah J. Maas.
Looking to start your journey in coding? Here are some kid-friendly titles for grades K-5 to teach you the basics!
"My Dear Hamilton" by Stephanie Dray is a riveting book about the life of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton, the wife of one of the most famous men in America's history: Alexander Hamilton. The story grabs readers and doesn't let them go until the very last page. This is a great read for fans of historical fiction and fictional biographies.
Take a deep dive into these fascinating true accounts of various cults, their leaders, and the terrible crimes they committed in service of their twisted belief systems.
The thriller "Behind Closed Doors" by B.A. Paris has the potential to trap you and not let you go, says our Librarian Erin. We meet the perfect couple: Jack and Grace, only to discover that Jack is a psychopath. Grace needs to outsmart her husband to save herself - and her sister - but time is running out. Paris ramps up the suspense and keeps readers guessing until the end.
Caution! Gross & Smelly Books: For kids in grades 2-5 (and parents!) who find foulness fascinating, try these reads.
Love is complicated, especially when you hate the person you are meant to be with!
"Before the Ever After" by Jacqueline Woodson is a middle grade story that reveals the tragic side of America's favorite sport. A lyrical novel told in verse from a child's perspective, the book examines the impact CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) has on a star pro football player and his family. Ultimately, this book shows the importance of love and support received from friends and family and being grateful for what you have, says our Librarian Erin.
Try out a bunch of different stories and voices in these collections. Perfect for when you're looking for something short but memorable!
"Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi is a quiet and moving novel that masterfully addresses addiction and depression with intricate and compelling characters, says our Library Associate Ruth.
Cosmic fun awaits for readers in grades 2-5; grab one of these science fiction Graphic Novels!
You'll want to read "Mexican Gothic" by Silvia Moreno-Garcia with the lights on, says our Librarian Erin. All the alluring themes of gothic literature are here: mystery and horror, curses, nightmares, the paranormal, romance, villains, and flawed heroes – set against the backdrop of 1950s Mexico.
Readers in grades 3-5, are you looking for that next great dinosaur read? Here's a thrilling, educational, and flat-out fun booklist just for you!
"The Snow Fell Three Graves Deep" by Allan Wolf is a Young Adult novel that will appeal to readers who enjoy dark and spooky history, says our Librarian Lexy. Fans of the morose and macabre, and even true crime podcast listeners will enjoy this book based on a true story.
The Library has everything you need to prepare for your job hunt. These books cover everything from perfecting your resume to answering difficult interview questions.
"Game Changer" by Tommy Greenwald is a novel in verse recommended for grades 6 and up and told partially in poetry, and partially in texts and social media posts. This book examines sports culture and how it can build strength, confidence, and promote teamwork – yet also be toxic. This quick, exciting read keeps you turning the pages as the mystery unfolds, says our Librarian Kylie.
Read about a variety of daring plans, escapes, and death-defying efforts to break free from confinement.
"Deacon King Kong" by James McBride features a delightful cast of characters with the best of nicknames and intentions who live in a 1960s housing project. Their seemingly desperate and disconnected lives merge in the most unlikely of ways, revealing the best of humanity, says our Library Associate Ruth.
With a mix of humor and drama, these books prove that schoolroom intrigue is not limited to the kids, but often started by the adults!
Politics can be divisive, but in the Young Adult novel "Yes No Maybe So" by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed, politics brings two teens from different cultures together, says our Librarian Erin. The book highlights political and racial injustices Muslims face in America, and encourages teens to become politically active.
"The Rumi Prescription: How an Ancient Mystic Poet Changed My Modern Manic Life" by Melody Moezzi is the perfect companion to the pause button we are all having to press right now, says our Library Associate Ruth. This book of self-discovery draws inspiration from the wisdom of the 13th Century Persian poet as well as the challenges in the author's life.
Some books hit home no matter how old you are. Look at these poignant titles audiences young and old will appreciate.
A podcast search for an unknown father leads to a national sensation in "The Kids Are Gonna Ask" by Gretchen Anthony. This is a story of family, the effects of secrets, and the unexpected paths that curiosity can take, says our Librarian Erin.
Itching for an adventure? Readers in grades 3-5 can choose their own path with these awesome books.
"Here in the Real World" by Sara Pennypacker is a great read for grades 5 and up. This book will appeal to daydreamers and people who like to spend time alone, says our Librarian Lexy. And it asks the question: Can a dreamer be a hero in the real world?"
The classic tale of a boy who never grows up is retold in these eight novels filled with many recognizable characters, although their stories are not as we remember them.
These books are a great alternative to traditional early readers. Kids who enjoy reading become lifelong readers.
Love and freshly baked pastries heat up the scene in the Young Adult graphic novel "Bloom" by Kevin Panetta. Ari has always wanted to pursue his dream of living in the big city and playing in his band. But after he meets Hector at his father's bakery, he is faced with a difficult choice. This is an intimate portrayal of a slow-burning romance and the artistry of baking, says our Librarian Erin. Fans of Bill Konigsberg's "The Music of What Happens" and Colleen Venable's "Kiss Number 8" will enjoy this book.
These action-packed, high octane reads offer unrelenting intrigue, espionage, and political fiction. Strap in for an explosive ride!
“A Burning” by Megha Majumdar is one of those books that leaves you deeply glad it was written, says our Library Associate Ruth. This novel has a lot to say about the intersections of power, fame, and being a good person, and Majumdar is a great new voice in fiction.
Experience a little bit of magic in everyday life with these great reads for grades 3-5!
"The Dark Lord Clementine" by Sarah Jean Horwitz is a great read for grades 3-5, says our Librarian Lexy. Clementine, the daughter of Dark Lord Elithor, is next in line to be the Dark Lord. When her father begins to waste away, she's forced to take on the full responsibilities of the Dark Lord - and reverse the curse an unknown rival placed on her father!
Like video games? You'll love these gamer and gamer-adjacent titles.
Two teens learn the meaning of self-worth and see beyond first impressions in "Holding Up the Universe" by Jennifer Niven. This novel tackles several teen issues, including the death of a parent, divorce, anxiety, and bullying, says our Librarian Erin. Fans of Natasha Friend's "How We Roll" or Jennifer Gilmore's "We Were Never Here" will enjoy this touching, romantic, character-driven story of two people who find out what it means to be yourself.
Audiobooks for older readers in grades 4-8 can be enjoyable anytime – on a long car ride, before bed, or relaxing under a shady tree!
"Istanbul Passage" by Joseph Kanon is a book with a great sense of place. The writing is also smart and engaging - without being so action-driven that it becomes predictable, says our Library Associate Ruth.
These nonfiction titles for readers in preschool through grade 2 will show them that true stories are cool!
"The Indigo Girl" by Natasha Boyd is a story of friendship, betrayal, ambition, and love that is based on the true story of Eliza Lucas, a 16-year-old who was left in charge of her family's South Carolina plantation in 1739. To save her family, Eliza grows the riskiest crop of all - indigo - while fighting against the gender and racial inequalities of the era. This is the story of a young woman who accomplished remarkable feats in the face of insurmountable odds, says our Librarian Erin.
"This Was Our Pact" by Ryan Andrews is great for graphic novel lovers and readers in grades 3-5. This is a book about magic, friendship, and adventure that will also appeal to fans of "The Phantom Tollbooth," says our Librarian Lexy.
If you enjoy fractured fairy tales and The Land of Stories series, try these titles recommended for grades 4 and 5 that are inspired by characters like Rapunzel, Prince Charming, and Rumpelstiltskin.
Books that stretch the boundaries of what science can accomplish. Bonus? Most of them are also hilarious.
"Best Babysitters Ever" by Caroline Cala is a hilarious middle grade book recommended for grades 4 and up, says our Librarian Kylie. Malia, Bree, and Dot decide to form a Babysitter's Club to raise money to throw an epic birthday party. But they are terrible businesswomen who don’t really like kids. What could possibly go wrong?
The good, the bad, and the ugly of friendships.
"Rodham" by Curtis Sittenfeld has a simple premise: What if Hillary had not married Bill Clinton? This work of fiction is engaging and imaginative, says our Library Associate Ruth.
Learn more about the men and women who worked to establish our great nation!
"Brightstorm" by Vashti Hardy is a great read for grades 4-6, plus teens and adults who like steampunk adventures. This book is fast-paced and exciting from start to finish, and anyone who enjoys fantasy and adventure should check out this book, says our Librarian Lexy.
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"The Lovely War" by Julie Berry is a romantic Young Adult read for grades 7 and up. This is a tense and heart-wrenching story of the strength forged by the bonds of friendship and love in a world wracked by tragedy, says our Middle School Librarian Kylie.
Readers in grades 1 & 2 with a good sense of humor will enjoy these stories with silly characters that will make them giggle!
What do you do when everyone around you is trying to force you into a real-life rom-com? In "When Dimple Met Rishi" by Sandhya Menon, Dimple is torn between tradition, parental expectations, and her desire to make her own path, says our Young Adult Librarian Martha.
These gripping adventures will leave you on the edge of your seat, breathless know what happens next.
"City of Scoundrels" by Gary Krist recounts the headlining and outrageous incidents in Chicago that occurred over 12 days during the summer of 1919. This book will give fans of history, true crime, and political commentary much to love, says our Librarian Erin.
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"Mooncakes" by Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu is a cozy supernatural mystery with just a touch of romance, says our Young Adult Librarian Martha.
Readers in first and second grade will love these Magical Animal Series, especially if they have ever wanted a magical animal for a friend.
Viewing the "Whitman Alabama Project" sparked a new joy to hear this poet's words. The project uses the book-length poem "Song of Myself," which was written in 1855. Whitman invites us to share the song, engaging materials, ideas, emotions, and affections. It's a big poem with big ideas, says our Library Associate Ruth.
"Creativity is the way I share my soul with the world" - Brené Brown. Relax and rejuvenate with a new craft project!
The "Girls Survive" series is perfect for readers in grades 3-5, and shares the perspective of a girl who lived through that time. Our Librarian Lexy highlights four of those books that cover the following events: the Trail of Tears, the Oregon Trail, the 1918 Influenza pandemic, and the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire.
A comfortable seat is required for these gripping, suspense-filled reads — they will keep you reading long after the sun goes down!
"Barnum: An American Life" by Robert Wilson brilliantly captures the life of P.T. Barnum, the world's greatest showman. Barnum made stars of the unusual and the talented - and may have committed a fraud or two along the way, says our Librarian Erin.
"American Cake" by Anne Byrn is a beautiful cookbook that chronicles the history of cake in America, beginning with recipes favored by the earliest colonists, and ending with today's modern trends, says our Librarian Dana.
Young readers in first and second grade will enjoy these mystery series. Follow the clues and find out who did it!
Great stories of all kinds under 300 pages.
Middle grade readers who like a good foodie story will enjoy "Summer of a Thousand Pies" by Margaret Dilloway, says our Library Associate Ruth. This sweet, contemporary story is about a girl named Cady who works through her relationship and trust issues by developing recipes and baking in her aunt’s pie shop.
Dive into these eight novels which share a glimpse of the unconscious.
"Beloved" by Toni Morrison is a Pulitzer-prize winning book that carries an unforgettable message with each word, says our Banned Book Club Library Associate Madi.
Love animals? Explore our many books for readers in grades K-2 that will make you feel like you are at the zoo!
"The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms" by N.K. Jemisin is fantasy like you have never experienced, with enough political intrigue and magic to satisfy fans of all high fantasy, says our Young Adult Librarian Martha.
Have you ever wanted to be a spy? Check out these exciting adventures for readers in grades 3-5 that feature kids who save the day!
"How Much of These Hills is Gold" by C. Pam Zhang is a story that examines the various definitions of home and where you belong, says our Library Associate Ruth. Zhang's writing is beautiful and truly transports you to the twilight of the gold rush and the Californian landscape.
Motivating and completely relatable, these books will move you!
"The Last Weeks of Abraham Lincoln" by David Alan Johnson is a well-written account of the last weeks of this beloved president's life, and an excellent book for those seeking engaging, accessible nonfiction, says our Librarian Dana.
Is your middle grade reader a fan of thrills and chills? Check out these books!
Schoolroom drama, both on and off the stage, reverberates through the townspeople of Liston Heights in "Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes" by Kathleen West. This debut novel is a breezy beach read that highlights the ins and outs of overbearing parents and overworked teachers, says our Librarian Erin.
Try the first in a series, and get swept up in an engrossing family saga!
The bestselling book "The Hunger Games," about a dystopian America ruled by a corrupt government, has had a lot of influence over its readers, says our Banned Book Club Library Associate Madi. For instance, protestors in Thailand used the three-fingered hand symbol made famous in the book to protest government-instituted oppression.
The best part of any romance is always at the beginning, sometimes from the very first meeting!
The graphic novel "Lumberjanes" is a summer camp romp appropriate for readers age 10 and up, says our Young Adult Librarian Martha. This action-packed comic is full of fun, humor, and friendship to the max, with spunky, lovable characters that support and help each other through their adventures.
The “dog days of summer” is an idiom based on astrology and the appearance of the dog star Sirius during the hot summer months. Take a break from the heat and enjoy these titles for readers in Kindergarten to second grade about real dogs who lived amazing lives.
"American Wife" by Curtis Sittenfeld is a fictionalized look the life of former First Lady Laura Bush and provides a very plausible insight into her mind, says our Library Associate Ruth. The book makes the reader think about the relationship between spouses when high-stakes politics are involved.
Nonfiction doesn't have to be dry and boring. These page-turning nonfiction titles are as engaging as fiction!
Middle grade readers who like a little mystery mixed with magic and adventure will enjoy "Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire" by John August, says our Library Associate Ruth.
Travel back in time with these great books recommended for grades 3-6. Older readers who can't get enough history will love the books on this list!
Is it murder, or suicide? That's the question at the heart of "The Lost Man" by Jane Harper as Nathan Bright tries to find out how and why his beloved brother Cameron died. In the process, Nathan will have to unearth some painful family secrets, says our Librarian Dana.
Ever think your school is boring? Experience the boarding school life by reading one of these thrilling books!
The historical fantasy novel "Gods of Jade and Shadow" by Silvia Moreno-Garcia is the story of Cinderella, set in the jazz age, and mixed with Mexican folklore, says our Librarian Erin. This excellent fairytale features a wonderful female heroine, Casiopea, who is both relatable and enviable.
Here's a tribute to everyone's favorite dessert. Get inspiration and ideas from these fabulous books.
Our Banned Book Club Library Associate Madi recommends "The Giver" by Lois Lowry, a unique dystopian novel that remains a children's literature favorite to this day.
Readers in grades 3 to 5 will enjoy these nonfiction crazy creatures and learn some fascinating facts!
"The Charm School" by Susan Wiggs is an opposites attract historical romance that is sweet, witty, and charming, says our Librarian Dana.
Like a brisk walk outside, poetry can provide a healthy distraction; a meaningful change in perspective; nourishment for the soul.
"The Cheerleaders" by Kara Thomas is a Young Adult thriller you won't be able to put down until the very end, says our Librarian Erin. Thomas expertly weaves together the clues in this compelling mystery that also celebrates the power of female friendship.
From old-school to cutting-edge, these Crime Fiction reads will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Do you love unicorns? Then you will love these magical books!
“The Beekeeper of Aleppo” by Christy Lefteri is a debut novel that packs a powerful punch, says our Library Associate Ruth. Lefteri provides readers with a stunning portrayal of refugees that experience devastating loss.
"The Westing Game" by Ellen Raskin is a middle grade mystery. If you enjoy puzzles and secrets, you'll love solving the mystery alongside the main characters, says our Young Adult Librarian Martha.
Unable to take a trip? The books on this list allow you to discover the world from the comfort of your home!
“Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court” by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, recommended for grades 7 and up, is our Middle School Librarian Kylie's favorite sports autobiography. The book shares how Abdul-Jabbar struggled with his identity and how he also became a pivotal part of the civil rights movement – all while becoming a basketball legend.
From the smallest deities to the major gods of legend and scripture, their personalities are often larger than life! These eight titles give life not only to gods of various cultures around the world, but rewrite the stories we know of them.
"Clean Getaway" by Nic Stone takes readers on a journey across the South to important sites from the civil rights movement. Our Librarian Lexy recommends this book for grades 4 and up. Join Scoob and his grandmother as he learns about important people and moments in civil rights history – and finds out what his grandmother has been hiding from him.
While you may not be sitting in an actual courtroom, these riveting courtroom dramas will leave you at the edge of your seat!
If it's escapist fiction you're looking for, our Library Associate Ruth recommends "The Authenticity Project" by Clare Pooley. This has it all: struggles, triumph, and complex characters who are remarkable, she says.
Some journeys change you forever. Check out these books at https://gpld.org/read.
In "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" by Sherman Alexie, the author recounts his experiences as a Native American in a country that no longer feels like home, says our Banned Book Club Library Associate Madi.
Keep your brain sharp this summer with these fast-paced and fascinating nonfiction titles!
If you enjoy women's fiction, check out “The Night the Lights Went Out” by Karen White. Our Librarian Dana says the characters slowly stole their way into her heart, feeling like good friends by the time she finished the last page.
"Strange the Dreamer" by Laini Taylor is an epic fantasy full of gods and monsters, ghosts and demons, and dreams and nightmares, says our Young Adult Librarian Martha. This book will leave you breathless - and also desperate to read the sequel, "Muse of Nightmares."
These fun and fluffy romantic Young Adult stories offer a sunny perspective on life.
“The Stars Beneath Our Feet” by David Barclay Moore is a middle grade novel about 12-year-old Lolly and his struggle to find his way - while surrounded by gang influences. He uses his creativity in building LEGOs to help himself heal through - and escape - his grief. It’s a book with an important message, says our Library Associate Ruth.
Embark on a Historical Mystery: Go back in time and solve a mystery with these first entries from eight popular and exciting historical mystery series.
"The Flatshare" by Beth O'Leary is a romantic novel that asks the question: Is it possible to fall for someone you've never met face-to-face? Our Librarian Erin says this is a sweet and hopeful romance that is perfect for fans of "500 Miles From You" by Jenny Colgan and "Attachments" by Rainbow Rowell.
Friends can make the world a better place. Here are some books celebrating the gift of friendship that are perfect for our young readers ages 3 to 5!
For those that love reading about food, from the home cook to the professional, this list covers it all.
Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune by Pamela S. Turner is an epic tale full of betrayal, backstabbing, honor, loyalty, war, and feuding families - and it's all real history, says our Middle School Librarian Kylie. This book is recommended for grades 6 and up.
"Kitchen Confidential" by Anthony Bourdain is a fascinating ride of his culinary journey and the mistakes he made, says our Library Associate Ruth. Bourdain sets the bar high with this book, and it holds up.
"The Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky is a contemporary Young Adult novel that packs a potently emotional punch, says our Banned Book Club Library Associate Madi.
If you like mysteries, monsters, and a good pulse-pounding adventure story, "Jackaby" by William Ritter is all of these and more, says our Young Adult Librarian Martha.
"Eight Perfect Murders" by Peter Swanson is a book with a unique premise, says our Library Associate Ruth. Someone is committing murders - based on books about perfect murders that a bookseller wrote about on his blog. It's a clever premise that makes for a good read, she says.
“Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee” is the true crime novel Harper Lee researched but never wrote. Author Casey Cep weaves together a gripping true crime case and the biography of a beloved yet complicated writer who struggled as well as triumphed in her works, says our Librarian Erin.
"The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle" by Stuart Turton is an Agatha Christie-style murder mystery, but with body swapping. Deeply atmospheric and intricately plotted, this unique novel will appeal to lovers of complex mysteries and puzzles, says our Librarian Dana.
"Thornhill" by Pam Smy is scary, creepy, and weird, and our Librarian Lexy says it's also one of her favorite books. She recommends this book for older kids who like reading scary books - or even grown-ups who like horror novels.
“The Epic Crush of Genie Lo” by F.C. Yee is “the summer book blockbuster you’ve been waiting for,” says our Young Adult Librarian Martha. This hilarious mix of Chinese mythology, Kung Fu action, and sarcastic humor will have you alternately laughing and gripping the edge of your seat, she says.
The themes in the science fiction classic “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury, about a dystopian society where reading is banned and television is taking over, are still relevant today, says our Library Associate Madi.
"Echo Mountain" by Lauren Wolk is a middle grade book that our Library Associate Ruth recommends. Although set in the Depression, the book is interwoven with such an amazing fortitude and determination that readers are encouraged to continue to hope, she says.
Our Library Associate Ruth is a big fan of poetry, and highly recommends Rumi, a 13th Century Persian poet. His works will capture your heart, she says, and she shares one of her favorite Rumi works, the poem "The Guest House."
"Solo" by Kwame Alexander is told as a novel in verse, with a combination of poetry, text messages, and song lyrics. It's the story of someone finding themselves through music and using their talents to make the world a better place, says our Young Adult Librarian Martha.
"Vinegar Girl" by Anne Tyler is a modern, quirky, and humorous twist on William Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew," says our Librarian Erin. She recommends this quick read for its humor and heart.
Our Librarian Dana shares one her recent favorite romance novels, "You Deserve Each Other," by Sarah Hogle. This "lovers-to-enemies and back to lovers again" romance features witty dialogue and warm, tender moments, she says.
The classic novel “Alice in Wonderland” is our Banned Book Club feature today, and our Library Associate Madi discusses the controversy surrounding this book.
"The Water Keeper" by Charles Martin is about love and redemption - and more: it's also a gritty, action-packed thriller that made for a captivating read, says our Library Associate Ruth.
Discover the adventures - and misadventures - of the Durrell family when they move from England to the Grecian island of Corfu in "My Family and Other Animals" by Gerald Durrell. It's joyous in its chaos and touching in the heartfelt memories Durrell recounts, and the book is a great escape read, says our Librarian Martha.
"Over the Moon" by Natalie Lloyd is a great book for grades 3-5 and anyone who likes an adventure story with some fantasy and magic, says our Librarian Lexy.
If "The Hunger Games" set in space sounds like a cool concept, you have to check out "Nyxia" by Scott Reintgen. It's an exciting sci-fi story for grades 6 and up, says our Middle School Librarian Kylie.
“Fun Home” by Alison Bechdel is a graphic novel memoir that offers a story many people live, and acts as a safe space to contemplate the complexities of sexuality, says our Banned Book Club Library Associate Madi.
“The Story of Arthur Truluv” by Elizabeth Berg is a beautiful read about three people trying to fill the void their losses have created, and ultimately, it’s a feel-good story our Library Associate Ruth recommends.
The complicated relationship between a woman and her mother-in-law turns into a murder in "The Mother-in-Law" by Sally Hepworth. This is a slow-burning suspense that shows how small misunderstandings lead to larger consequences, says our Librarian Erin.
"Destiny of the Republic" is a nonfiction page-turner that often reads like a thriller, as the author seamlessly interweaves the narratives of President James Garfield's life and presidency with the mentally ill man who shot him, says our Librarian Dana.
“The Nix” is a literary book of social satire, brimming with humor, says our Library Associate Ruth.
You’ve probably heard the story of Snow White before, but “The Shadow Queen” weaves magic, intrigue, and adventure to take this tale to places you’ve never imagined, says our Young Adult Librarian Martha.
"The Lovely and the Lost" is an exciting thriller recommended for grades 6 and up that is full of mortal danger, long-hidden secrets, and twists, says our Middle School Librarian Kylie.
Our Banned Book Club Librarian Madi says: "The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas provides a scope into police brutality, white privilege, and the power of a single voice."
The middle grade novel "Small Spaces" is an "atmospheric paranormal tale that is equal parts mystery and an exploration of moving on through grief," said our Librarian Erin.
"The Starless Sea" is "beautifully written, with a cast of authentic and complex characters. This novel is a love letter to stories," says our Librarian Lauren.
Readers looking to immerse themselves in meticulously researched, sprawling historical nonfiction should look no further than "The Hemingses of Monticello" says our Librarian Dana.
Learn why “Killing November” is a dangerous and twisty tale, according to our Middle School Librarian Kylie.
“Trouble at Table 5” is recommended for grades 1-3 and anyone who likes a good story about mischief, says our Librarian Lexy.
Discover why our Banned Book Club Librarian Madi says “Dope Sick” by Walter Dean Myers provokes thought about poverty and institutional racism.
Discover why our Library Associate Ruth says the Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling) is gripping and unexpected.
Our Young Adult Librarian Martha says “My Almost Flawless Tokyo Dream Life” is a coming of age story about a girl’s journey to understanding who she is and what she values.
Learn why our Librarian Erin recommends the graphic novel “Twilight Man,” which is about the fascinating life of “The Twilight Zone” creator Rod Serling.
Our Library Associate Ruth says “The Vineyards of Champagne” has something for everyone: mystery, romance, friendship, and history.
Our Librarian Dana discusses why “Life Undercover” by Amaryllis Fox is a “nonfiction page-turner.”
“Every Heart a Doorway” is short and sweet but packs an emotional punch, says our Young Adult Librarian Martha.
“Secret Solders” is historical fiction that takes teens to an era they don’t often see in books, says our Librarian Kylie.
Effren Divided is a timely and moving story about the enduring bonds of family, says our Library Associate Ruth.
"Inheritance" by Dani Shapiro is a nuanced and vulnerable look at a secret uncovered and how it impacts so many lives, says Library Associate Ruth.
“A Wish in the Dark” by Christina Soontornvat is a wonderful book for grades 4-6 and shows us that those born in darkness are not doomed to return says our Librarian Lexy.
A babysitting gig becomes more than one woman bargains for in “Nothing to See Here,” which our Librarian Erin recommends.
“The Wolf’s Boy” is a beautiful story that will draw you in, says our Library Associate Ruth.
If you need a good mystery to escape, “I Found You” is the perfect read, says our Librarian Lauren.
“The Thousandth Floor” combines Gossip Girl with a technological thriller, says Young Adult Librarian Martha.
Readers will delight in the hilarious banter and epic battle of wills in the love story “The Gunslinger’s Vow,” says our Librarian Dana.
Discover why our Banned Book Club Librarian Madi recommends you read “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley, a classic that depicts a dystopian future.
Learn why our Young Adult Librarian Martha recommends the frothy rom-com “The Summer of Jordi Perez.”
“Home Cooking” by Laurie Colwin will make you appreciate the joy of food and eating accordng to our Library Associate Ruth.
Fans of “Little House on the Prairie” will enjoy reading Ma’s side of the story in “Caroline: Little House, Revisited,” says Librarian Dana.
Sue Monk Kidd’s “The Book of Longings” is moving and lyrical, says our Librarian Lauren.
“Dorothy Must Die” is a twist on the classic movie of the same name that’s a great read for those who love fantasy and horror novels, says our Young Adult Librarian Martha.
Our middle school librarian Kylie highly recommends the graphic novel “The Faithful Spy,” which is a story about trying to do the right thing in Hitler’s Germany.
The graphic novel “They Called Us Enemy” by George Takei is “a riveting yet saddening piece of our American history,” says our Librarian Erin.
Discover why GPLD’s Librarian Dana says “Another Good Dog” is feel-good nonfiction at its finest.
Our Young Adult Librarian Martha describes “Dread Nation” as “Zombies meet the Wild West.” Discover why she highly recommends this “genre-bending historical fiction novel.”
Discover why our Library Associate Ruth feels “Tiny Beautiful Things” by Cheryl Strayed is like a "warm hug."
George Orwell’s 1984 remains relevant today even though it was published 70 years ago, says Librarian Madi, who leads our Banned Book Club.
Learn why our Librarian Erin says “Sorcery of Thorns” by Margaret Rogerson is a “dynamic, action-packed fantasy/adventure.”
Discover why Librarian Dana says “All-American Murder” by James Patterson provides a “heartbreaking yet fascinating glimpse” of Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots football star convicted of murder.
Our middle school librarian Kylie recommends “Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction” and shows us how to make a pencil crossbow! All you need is a pen, a pencil, duct tape, and a fat rubber band.
Miss Ginny’s favorite author just had a birthday! Can you guess who it is? Join us to learn more about this amazing author.
“From the Desk of Zoe Washington” by Janae Marks is a great book for grades 5 and up and is a mystery with a dash of sweetness thrown in, says GPLD Librarian Lexy.
Discover why GPLD’s young adult librarian Martha recommends “With the Fire on High” by Elizabeth Acevedo to fans of books about food, coming of age, and travel.
Our Miss Sarah recommends the kid’s book “There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly” by Simms Taback. You can get a digital copy of the book through gpld.org/databases – go to BookFlix for a sing-along version.
GPLD’s Library Associate Ruth says “The Lager Queen of Minnesota” by J. Ryan Stradal is “storytelling at its best.” Find this and other eBooks to check out at gpld.org/read.
Discover why our Librarian Erin has high praise for “You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington” by Alexis Coe. Find this and other eBooks to check out at gpld.org/read.
GPLD’s Librarian Lexy Jones says “The Best of Iggy” by Annie Barrows is an entertaining book for grades 3-5. Find this and other eBooks to check out at gpld.org/read.
Our Teen Librarian Martha explains why the modern-day Young Adult thriller “Sadie” by Courtney Summers is such a great read. Find this and other eBooks to check out at gpld.org/read.
Learn why GPLD's Librarian Dana highly recommends "American Princess: A Novel of First Daughter Alice Roosevelt." Find this and other eBooks to check out at gpld.org/read.
Our Banned Book Club supports freedom to read. GPLD's Library Associate Madi talks about three books worth checking out: “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood; “Carrie” by Stephen King; and “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” by Junot Díaz. Find these and other eBooks to check out at gpld.org/read.
Enjoy a book talk with middle school librarian Kylie on "Funny, You Don't Look Autistic: A Comedian's Guide to Life on the Spectrum" by Michael McCreary. Get it through OverDrive at gpld.org/read.