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Chuck Johnson Recommended by Chuck Johnson Digital Services Manager, January 16, 2019
Cherry Cherry

by Nico Walker

This semi-autobiographical fiction work gives readers a chance to discover a story that is as difficult to read as it is to put down. A young man leaves his home in Cleveland to join the Army and fights in the Iraq war. He then battles the aftermath of post-traumatic stress disorder and opioid addiction and robs banks for drug money. Fans of Kurt Vonnegut may appreciate that Nico Walker's unnamed… Continue

Adult Services Recommended by Adult Services January 16, 2019
Puddin' Puddin'

by Julie Murphy

Following the Dolly Parton-loving, pageant-subverting book, Dumplin’, this companion novel focuses on Millie Michalchuk. In Dumplin’, Millie stole hearts as the sweet pageant hopeful with the can-do attitude. In Puddin’ we learn that every summer, Millie’s mom sends her to “fat camp.” This year Millie wants to go to journalism camp instead. Fate brings Millie… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services January 16, 2019
Bea Garcia: Tale of a Scaredy-Dog Bea Garcia: Tale of a Scaredy-Dog

by Deborah Zemke

Bea Garcia is an artist who draws anywhere and everywhere, but mostly in her own notebook. She especially loves to draw pictures of her dog, Sophie. When Bea’s teacher makes her visit the Garcias’ neighbor, Bert, Bea brings Sophie along for extra security. Things get bad when Bert’s terrible cat attacks and Sophie runs straight out the door. Bea searches the neighborhood, but… Continue

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services January 16, 2019
Deadly Gamble Deadly Gamble

by Linda Lael Miller

When Mojo was five, her parents were murdered and her stepbrother went to prison for the crime. Kidnapped by her babysitter to keep her safe, Mojo lived on the run for years and grew up with an assumed name. Adult Mojo now lives above a biker bar and avoids serious relationships. When her shady uncle re-enters the picture, things turn deadly for Mojo who has to use her psychic skills (including… Continue

Adult Services Recommended by Adult Services December 03, 2018
Stephen McCranie's Space Boy. Volume 1 Stephen McCranie's Space Boy. Volume 1

by Stephen McCranie

Amy is a high school student with the unique gift of synesthesia, a neurological condition where the brain mixes up senses. To Amy, everyone has a flavor. Her mom is the flavor of mint and her dad is like chocolate. She's never met anyone who didn’t have a flavor. Then, she moves to Earth and meets Space Boy, who is flavorless. Space Boy is filled with nothingness. Something tragic made… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services December 03, 2018
100 scientists who made history 100 scientists who made history

by Andrea Mills and Stella Caldwell

Masters of innovation have revolutionized our society! Through their life stories, children will learn about 100 trailblazing thinkers and how they based their research on observation, logic and reason. Learn about the history of scientific progress and put human faces to things we take for granted in everyday life. Aspiring scientists will love this book! Recommended for grades 3 and up.

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services December 03, 2018
Maisie Dobbs Maisie Dobbs

by Jacqueline Winspear

Motherless at 14, young maid Maisie is discovered reading in the library of her employer, progressive aristocrat Lady Rowan, who sets her up with a tutor and mentor. Maisie’s studies are interrupted when she enlists as a Red Cross nurse in World War II and falls in love with an army medic, but an exploding shell destroys their future together. Post-war, Maisie opens a detective agency… Continue

Adult Services Recommended by Adult Services December 03, 2018
Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel

by Val Emmich

The Tony award-winning musical is now a novel! Anxiety-ridden Evan Hansen finds himself in an odd situation when he lies about being best friends with suicide victim, Connor Murphy. Connor’s family cling to Evan as they grieve the loss of their son, and Evan finds he is pleasantly pleased to feel a part of the Murphy family. A single lie leads down the rabbit hole to complex truths in this… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services December 03, 2018
Counting Thyme Counting Thyme

by Melanie Conklin

11-year-old Thyme moves all the way from California to New York City with her mom, dad, older sister and younger brother. Trying to survive the change, Thyme tells herself it is only temporary. The doctors just need to make her brother well again and then they can all go home, to her real home in California. However, over the minutes, days and weeks Thyme has been counting up, she comes to the… Continue

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services December 03, 2018
Bluebird, Bluebird Bluebird, Bluebird

by Attica Locke

Texas Ranger Darren Matthews holds so dearly the values of truth, justice and equity. He is a Ranger first and foremost, but his high standards and ideals are continuously challenged and tested as he attempts to solve two seemingly linked murders in a close-knit community that has many secrets. Racial discrimination and tension, and violence and hatred are embedded in the town of Lark, Texas, but… Continue

Adult Services Recommended by Adult Services October 18, 2018
Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Boruto: Naruto Next Generations

by Masashi Kishimoto

You may already know the story of Naruto, a young shinobi (or ninja). As a teen, he went through many trials to eventually become the most powerful ninja in his village called Hagata. Now Naruto has a son, Boruto. Boruto is not very happy that his dad is Hagata because it means his dad works a lot and is not around very much. He even misses important occasions like birthdays. But when Boruto… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services October 18, 2018
Pashmina Pashmina

by Nidhi Chanani

Teenager Priyanka has many questions about her family but her mom refuses to answer. Pri especially wants to know why her mother left her home in India—and Pri’s father—before she was born. The subject seems permanently closed until Pri finds a mysterious pashmina tucked away in an old suitcase. When she puts it on, she is transported to the colorful India of her imagination,… Continue

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services October 18, 2018
I think I love you I think I love you

by Allison Pearson

In 1974, David Cassidy had the world’s biggest fan club, and Welsh friends Petra and Sharon were his biggest fans. Only 13, their ardor for 24-year-old David was their closest brush with true love. Meanwhile, young Bill took a job at a fan magazine answering letters as if he were David. By 1998 everyone’s lives have changed, but Petra discovers a letter that sends her on a quest to… Continue

Adult Services Recommended by Adult Services September 27, 2018
Mortal Engines Mortal Engines

by Philip Reeve

In this dystopian world, cities compete with each other in a kind of social Darwinism. Cities are on wheels and the larger ones are gobbling up the smaller towns. London is one of the big bullies and is on the hunt. There have been rumors that there is still some green space out there in the world, but it is up to an outcast historian and a girl with a scarred face to save this world before… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services September 27, 2018
Not So Different Not So Different

by Shane Burcaw

Shane Burcaw was born with spinal muscular atrophy, which makes his muscles very weak. But Shane Burcaw is not defined by his disease as he so successfully demonstrates in this book. Humor, insight and a strength that belies his physical condition answer many questions people have who meet him for the first time. Shane’s superb writing, along with excellent photographs, will change the way… Continue

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services September 27, 2018
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If you have a La Grange library card, you can check out an iPad. Read or listen to some of the current best sellers, stream a video or an eMagazine, Don't have WiFi at home? Check out a hotspot too.

Chuck Johnson Recommended by Chuck Johnson Digital Services Manager, September 06, 2018