Recommendations

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Lovely War Lovely War

by Julie Berry

Greek gods and goddesses. World War I and II. What more could one want in historical fiction? The four main characters (Hazel, James, Aubrey and Colette) represent the varied backgrounds of young people coming together for love and friendship during World War I. Meanwhile, Aphrodite and Ares meet up in secret during World War II and are caught by Aphrodite’s husband, Hephaestus. To gain… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services February 06, 2020
Again, but Better Again, but Better

by Christine Riccio

Have you ever wanted to start over; recreate your entire life? After several disappointing semesters of college where Shane has no social life, no love life and is drowning in coursework, she definitely wants to change everything about her life. So, Shane signs up for a semester abroad in London! However, she quickly realizes that rewriting herself is going to take more than traveling over 2,000… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services January 23, 2020
Spin the Dawn Spin the Dawn

by Elizabeth Lim

If you enjoy Sarah J. Maas or Tamora Pierce, check out this adventure-packed, heroine fantasy with a splash of Chinese folklore and forbidden romance. Skilled seamstress, Maia Tamarin, longs to become a great tailor, but she is a girl. Her father receives an invitation to compete for the position of royal tailor, but he is ailing. Maia seizes her chance, disguises herself as a boy, and goes in… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services January 09, 2020
Girl Gone Viral Girl Gone Viral

by Arvin Ahmadi

Coding and gamer prodigy, Opal Hopper, strives to develop a virtual reality platform popular enough to win her an audience with the one person who may know what happened to her father. Part mystery and part thriller, set seven years after the sudden disappearance of Opal's father, she learns of a VR competition hosted by her father’s former partner, Howie Mendelsohn. This could be her… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services December 26, 2019
10 Blind Dates 10 Blind Dates

by Ashley Elston

Sophie is planning to spend the holidays with her grandparents and huge extended family while her parents visit her bedridden, pregnant sister. Her hope is that she'll be able to sneak away and finally get a little alone time with her longtime boyfriend, but things don’t work out the way she envisions. In fact, Sophie finds out he's having second thoughts about their relationship since… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services December 21, 2019
Ain't She Sweet? Ain't She Sweet?

by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Sugar Beth Carey, the beautiful, conceited daughter of rich and powerful parents, has returned home to Parrish, Mississippi where she made so many people miserable during her teen years. Many in town are hoping to see her humiliated—not the least being her former teacher, Colin Byrne, whose career she ruined by telling lies about him. Colin is now the owner of her former home, and plans to… Continue

Adult Services Recommended by Adult Services December 20, 2019
Our Wayward Fate Our Wayward Fate

by Gloria Chao

From the author of American Panda, this story follows Ali Chu, the only Asian person at her high school. In order to fit in with her classmates, she does everything she can to blend in. Things are going just fine until a new student, who happens to be Taiwanese, enrolls at her school. All the other kids think they should be together purely because of their ethnicity, but Ali and Chase soon… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services December 20, 2019
Click Click

by Kayla Miller

Olive, a fifth-grader, has a friend to sit with on the bus, talk to on the phone and eat lunch with. But one day, she begins to wonder if she really has any true friends. When her teacher announces the annual variety show, she finds herself without anyone to perform with, and suddenly, feels like she doesn't click with anyone. She mopes around the house feeling bad about herself until her "cool… Continue

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services December 20, 2019
The Golden Compass The Golden Compass

by Philip Pullman

With the new HBO series, His Dark Materials, coming out in November, it's the perfect time to catch up on this classic story. Philip Pullman spins a fantastical tale of Lyra, a young girl from parallel universe Oxford, and her daemon, (basically the soul in animal form) Pan. Lyra is on a quest in the far north to resuce children stolen away by a sinister group with gruesome intentions. The Golden… Continue

Adult Services Recommended by Adult Services December 19, 2019
The Fountains of Silence The Fountains of Silence

by Ruta Septys

Sepetys follows four people from 1950’s Madrid when Spain is under the rule of Francisco Franco. Rafa works at a slaughterhouse and is tormented by the memory of his father’s murder, which he and his sisters, Julia and Ana, witnessed firsthand, at the hands of Franco’s guards. Ana is a maid in a hotel and dreams of leaving Spain. She is drawn to a guest named Daniel. Puri works… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services December 19, 2019
Ghoulia Ghoulia

by Barbara Cantini

Ghoulia is a “perfectly normal zombie girl” who just wants a real friend. Because she can’t hide her pale green skin or the deep purple circles under her eyes, she is worried that all the ordinary children in town will be afraid of her. Ghoulia spends all her time at Crumbling Manor with Auntie Departed and her albino greyhound, Tragedy, until she realizes that Halloween night… Continue

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services December 19, 2019
The Fruit of the Drunken Tree The Fruit of the Drunken Tree

by Ingrid Rojas

This novel takes place in 1990s Columbia during the reign of drug lord, Pablo Escobar. An affluent mother with two girls living in a gated neighborhood hires a girl from the guerilla occupied invasions to work as a live-in maid. The youngest daughter tries to understand the new maid, but her strange ways indicate something more than shyness. All the women in this story are forced to make… Continue

Adult Services Recommended by Adult Services December 19, 2019
The Grace Year The Grace Year

by Kim Liggit

16-year old girls are sent away from home and forced to endure the “Grace Year,” 12 months of hard living in the wilderness with little access to fresh food, water or bedding. Upon their homecoming, they are supposedly purified and ready to marry, but Tierney James isn’t having it. Tierney discovers there are powerful forces at play and people who are deeply invested in keeping… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services December 19, 2019
The Shortest Day The Shortest Day

by Susan Cooper

The Winter Solstice marks the day with the shortest amount of daylight in the northern hemisphere each year. It also is a day that has been celebrated for eons because it means that the cold, dark days will give way to longer, warmer days as we move toward spring. The Shortest Day is a beautifully illustrated book with simple text that honors the Winter Solstice as a holiday in its own right and… Continue

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services December 19, 2019
A Room With A View A Room With A View

by E.M. Forster

Meet sheltered, young Lucy Honeychurch as she travels to Italy in this wry classic. Her sensibilities are piqued by both the beauty and sensuality of Florence, as well as the romantic entreaties of passionate, unconventional George Emerson. Lucy, who is traveling with her spinster cousin, the straight-laced Charlotte, knows that George is from a lower social class, but he’s just so much… Continue

Adult Services Recommended by Adult Services October 23, 2019
The Revolution of Birdie Randolph The Revolution of Birdie Randolph

by Brandy Colbert

16-year-old "Birdie" Randolph has always tried to live up to her parents' expectations. She studies hard and follows the rules. But Birdie has been keeping quiet about her new boyfriend, Booker because she knows her parents won't approve of his troubled past. Then Birdie's estranged aunt Carlene comes to stay after a rehab stint. Even though there is tension among Carlene and Birdie's parents,… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services October 23, 2019
Anne Frank's Diary: The Graphic Adaptation Anne Frank's Diary: The Graphic Adaptation

by Ari Folman

This illustrated version of Anne Frank's Diary showcases Anne's emotions as she comes of age hiding from the terror happening on the other side of her apartment walls. If Anne is scared, you feel her fear in your chest. If Anne is upset, you find yourself agreeing with her. The illustrations complement the text so well that even after reading it, you can still see the story playing in your head.… Continue

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services October 23, 2019
Black Leopard, Red Wolf Black Leopard, Red Wolf

by Marlon James

Author, Marlon James, jokingly referred to the book as the African Game of Thrones, but there’s very little to laugh about in this dark fantasy. Tracker, and a group including a shapeshifter, a giant and enigmatic witch, are hired to locate a boy under suspicious circumstances. Throughout their adventure, the reader is challenged to witness uncomfortable truths that fit frightfully into… Continue

Adult Services Recommended by Adult Services October 23, 2019
Where I End & You Begin Where I End & You Begin

by Preston Norton

Ezra is obsessed with a girl named Imogen and is working up the courage to ask her to prom. The only problem is Imogen’s best friend Wynona, a loud and annoying girl who has made Ezra’s life miserable for as long as he can remember. Cue the night of the solar eclipse where Ezra and Winona mysteriously switch bodies. They decide to make a deal and Winona agrees to help Ezra win over… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services October 23, 2019
Midnight Robber Midnight Robber

by Nalo Hopkinson

Seven-year-old Tan-Tan dresses in her favorite costume as her folk hero “The Midnight Robber” during Carnival on the futuristic Caribbean colonized planet, Toussaint. The festivities resemble that of Carnival on planet Earth, but all residents are connected through ear implants to the surveillance system of Grande Nanotech Sentient Interface, also known as Granny Nanny. At Carnival,… Continue

Adult Services Recommended by Adult Services October 23, 2019
Dear Haiti, Love Alaine Dear Haiti, Love Alaine

by Maika and Maritza Moulite

Alaine lives with her dad in Miami. Her mom is a journalist living in Washington, D.C., and she has never been a consistent figure in Alaine’s life. Alaine’s Aunt Estelle is an influential woman in Haiti. After her mom's career hits a road-bump, Alaine hits one of her own. In the aftermath, her dad sends her to Haiti to intern with Estelle’s company which connects donors with… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services October 23, 2019
The Watcher The Watcher

by Jeanette Winter

The Watcher is a beautifully illustrated picture book about the courageous and smart woman, Jane Goodall. From an early age, Jane was a patient person. This quality proved to her benefit as an adult when she spent many hours observing chimpanzees from afar. After gaining their trust, she was able to study them up close and even helped prevent chimpanzees from going extinct. Recommended for ages… Continue

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services October 23, 2019
The Fourth Monkey The Fourth Monkey

by J.D. Barker

A long-sought serial killer is killed by a bus with his journal conveniently in his pocket. Detective Sam Porter rushes to find a final victim the journal alludes to; a teen girl who may still be alive. The killer, who follows a “See No Evil” pattern as his modus operandi, has written extensively about his upbringing in the journal, providing plenty of reasons for the direction his… Continue

Adult Services Recommended by Adult Services October 23, 2019
Snowflake, AZ Snowflake, AZ

by Marcus Sedgwick

18-year-old Ash takes a Greyhound to catch up with his beloved older stepbrother, Bly, in Snowflake, Arizona. There he finds Bly in a community of people suffering from multiple chemical sensitivity and environmental illness who’ve chosen this remote location as an area they can make safe for themselves. As Ash learns more about the suffering of the group that calls themselves… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services October 23, 2019
This is My Fort! This is My Fort!

by Drew Daywalt

Monkey and Cake love building forts! When Cake decides to build his own fort, Monkey feels left out, so Monkey builds his own fort that's even bigger than Cake's fort. But before long, they both discover that being alone in a fort is no fun! This is the third book in the early readers series, Monkey & Cake. The books work well for early readers with repetitive dialog, large font and great… Continue

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services October 23, 2019