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The Art of Magic The Art of Magic

by Hanna Voskuil

A pack of paints, a set of pens and unlimited creativity throw two friends into an enchanted, fast-paced adventure. ZuZu's first summer without her best friend is looking pretty grim until she meets Andrew at a visit to the historic Mapleton Mansion. Together they stumble upon some enchanted art supplies and discover the shapes they draw and paint can come to life. Their creations are harmless,… Continue

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services September 01, 2022
The World Belonged to Us The World Belonged to Us

by Jacqueline Woodson

It's getting hot outside; hot enough to turn on the hydrants and run through the water, which means it's finally summer in the city! Released from school and reveling in their freedom, the kids on one Brooklyn block take advantage of everything summertime has to offer. Freedom from morning until night to go out to meet their friends and make the streets their playground; jumping Double Dutch,… Continue

Kim Scott Recommended by Kim Scott Children and Teen Services Manager, August 26, 2022
One True Loves One True Loves

by Elise Bryant

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Lenore stood out for her accomplishments in high school and is getting ready to head to New York University (NYU) for her freshman year (although she is still unsure of her future plans). Her family is celebrating her graduation with a Mediterranean cruise and her best friend Tessa is sure that Lenore will have the summer romance of her dreams, but Lenore is not convinced. This is a great summer… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services August 04, 2022
Be Thankful for Trees Be Thankful for Trees

by Harriet Ziefert

We all know that trees are special, but have you ever stopped to think about just how many ways that trees are part of our daily lives? Chances are you ate something today that came from a tree, and you probably or walked on something that was made from a tree. You may have even played or listened to an instrument made from a tree. Trees keep you alive, and they contribute to your happiness every… Continue

Laura Goldsborough Recommended by Laura Goldsborough Children's Services Librarian, August 04, 2022
Before Takeoff Before Takeoff

by Adi Alsaid

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Airport layovers may feel barely survivable under ordinary circumstances, but this is one nightmare tale James and Michelle will never want to relive. It all starts with a flashing green button, that when pushed, sets off a chain of unnatural events. An airport isolated snowstorm, a jungle habitat appearing from nowhere, and worst of all, no exits. Trapped in this hellish terminal gone wild,… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services July 21, 2022
Wingbearer Wingbearer

by Marjorie Liu

In this middle-grade graphic novel, the first of a series, we meet Zuli. Raised by mystical bird spirits in the branches of the Great Tree, she's never ventured beyond this safe place. When a sinister force threatens the life-giving magic of the tree, she must get to the root of it. This adventure is bigger than anything Zuli imagined, bringing her face-to-face with an ancient dragon, the… Continue

Becky S Recommended by Becky S Children's Services Associate, July 21, 2022
The Sweetest Scoop The Sweetest Scoop

by Lisa Robinson

Ben and Jerry became friends at age 12, even though one was into art and the other into science. After, college when one could not sell their art and the other did not get into medical school, they got together to brainstorm what to do next. Since they loved food, and found that ice cream was easier than other food to make, they decided to open an ice cream shop. Next, they found an abandoned gas… Continue

Patti Eaton Recommended by Patti Eaton Children's Services Assistant Manager, July 08, 2022
A Sitting in St. James A Sitting in St. James

by Rita Williams-Garcia

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This historical fiction, spanning decades and continents, gives graphic insights into the Antebellum South and weaves together many different family stories. Madam Sylvie Guilbert came to Louisiana as a young teen after being married hastily to escape the French Revolution. After 60 years as the mistress of her plantation, she wants her portrait done, and the process brings many secrets to light.… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services July 08, 2022
Luck of the Titanic Luck of the Titanic

by Stacey Lee

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Valora Luck is going to America, and she’s traveling in style on the brand-new cruise ship, the Titanic. When she arrives, she will be reunited with her brother, whom she’s been separated from for two years. However, Val is turned away at the gate due to new laws prohibiting anyone of Chinese origin from traveling to the U.S. So, Val stows away. Her ruse looks like it might pay off… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services June 22, 2022
We Can't Keep Meeting Like This We Can't Keep Meeting Like This

by Rachel Lynn Solomon

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Quinn and Tarek have known each other for years, and their families have been in business together since they were kids. Tarek is a hopeless romantic and Quinn is more of a skeptic, but the summer before Tarek leaves for college, she confesses her crush on him in an email, only to not hear from him until the following summer. However, once Quinn figures out Tarek’s reasons, things start to… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services June 09, 2022
Different Kinds of Fruit Different Kinds of Fruit

by Kyle Lukoff

Annabelle is elated when there’s a new kid, Bailey, in town. Annabelle loves hearing about their life in Seattle, plus Bailey has a cute smile and smells really good. When Annabelle’s irascible father shares that he and Bailey have something big, and surprising, in common, Annabelle begins to see herself, and her family, in a new light. She also starts to realize that her community… Continue

Kendra Recommended by Kendra Children's Services Associate, June 09, 2022
Tides of Mutiny Tides of Mutiny

by Rebecca Rode

Get ready for summer reading with a swashbuckling adventure on the high seas. Lane longs to become a ship captain like her father, but even female sailors are executed. Cabin boy on her father's ship is the best Lane can hope for. When a mysterious stranger manages to blackmail his way onto the crew by revealing he knows Lane is a girl, her life seems in constant danger. Can she trust this man?… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services May 26, 2022
Button Pusher Button Pusher

by Tyler Page

Button Pusher is a realistic graphic novel about Tyler, a child diagnosed with ADHD. Tyler's brain is different. He has a hard time paying attention in class. He acts out in silly, over-the-top ways. To the adults in his life, Tyler seems like a troublemaker, but he knows that he's not. Tyler is curious and creative. He's the best artist in his grade, and when he can focus, he gets great grades!… Continue

Becky S Recommended by Becky S Children's Services Associate, May 26, 2022
Born on the Water Born on the Water

by Nikole Hannah-Jones

A young student receives a family tree assignment in school, but she can only trace back three generations. Her Grandma gathers the whole family and the student learns that 400 years ago, in 1619, their ancestors were stolen and brought to America by white slave traders. Before that, they had a home, a land and a language. She learns how the people said to be born on the water survived. With… Continue

Kim Scott Recommended by Kim Scott Children and Teen Services Manager, April 28, 2022
Time Will Tell Time Will Tell

by Barry Lyga

In this mystery thriller, friends Elayah, Liam, Marcie and Jorja find a time capsule left unopened by their parents. Most of the contents are typical remnants from the past, but at the very bottom they find a knife and a note reading "I'm sorry. I didn't mean to kill anyone." The book features a split cast via flashback chapters that follow the parents, creating a slow reveal as both you the… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services April 28, 2022
Catalina Incognito Catalina Incognito

by Jennifer Torres

This new beginning chapter book series features Catalina, a girl who likes things to be perfect. Her family describes as her being persnickety. She is disappointed when her great-aunt, Tia Abuela, a famous telenovela actress, gives her a sewing kit for her 8th birthday. However, she discovers that it’s not boring but instead, can be used to turn ordinary clothing into magical disguises. She… Continue

Patti Eaton Recommended by Patti Eaton Children's Services Assistant Manager, April 15, 2022
The Diamond Keeper The Diamond Keeper

by Jeannie Mobley

Set in a small village outside of Brittany during the French Revolution, two sisters become unexpectedly involved in the conflict. They have lived and worked their whole lives at their family inn, but their lives get turned upside down with the arrival of a mysterious family who is being pursued. Soon, they find themselves in possession of the famous French crown jewels, and the French Blue,… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services April 15, 2022
I Must Betray You I Must Betray You

by Ruta Sepetys

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This is the newest historical fiction book by the author of Salt to the Sea. Set in 1989 Romania, Nicolae Ceau?escu is the dictator of this communist nation and he has pitted his citizens against one another. Cristian has been blackmailed to become an informant with the promise of medicine for his sick grandfather, Bunu. Cristian is also navigating the waters of friendship and romance, while not… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services April 06, 2022
We Have a Playdate We Have a Playdate

by Frank Dormer

This early reader story follows four friends around the playground as they learn from each other and have the most fun they can in a day. The simple illustrations focus on the characters and the actions. Each chapter takes the group to a new piece of playground equipment, each with its own challenges. How does snake enjoy the swings? What happened to the monkey bars? There is fun, laughter, (and… Continue

Becky S Recommended by Becky S Children's Services Associate, March 31, 2022
Pilar Ramirez and the Escape from Zafa Pilar Ramirez and the Escape from Zafa

by Julian Randall

Fans of Tristan Strong and Land of Stories, here is your next obsession. Pilar Ramirez’s world is changing, and she doesn’t care for it. Her Chicago neighborhood is gentrifying, her best friend moved away and her responsibilities have doubled. The only constant is Abuela and Mami’s code of silence around her cousin Natasha who disappeared in the Dominican Republic 50 years ago.… Continue

Kendra Recommended by Kendra Children's Services Associate, March 17, 2022
Both Sides Now Both Sides Now

by Peyton Thomas

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Finch has big goals: college in Washington, D.C. and making history as the first openly trans congressman. Finch has a plan: win the National Speech & Debate Tournament as a springboard to fulfilling these dreams. He has yet to get accepted into any D.C., colleges and is developing a crush on one of his debate competitors, but these are minor challenges. The topic for this year’s debate… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services March 16, 2022
Between Shades of Gray: The Graphic Novel Between Shades of Gray: The Graphic Novel

by Ruta Sepetys

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“They took me in my nightgown.” Lina’s opening statement is as haunting in this graphic novel adaptation as in Sepetys’ novel highlighting Russia’s genocide of the Lithuanian people alongside World War II Europe. A perfect companion read for fans of Art Spiegelman’s Maus or the graphic novel adaptation of Anne Frank's Diary, this story follows Lina’s… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services March 03, 2022
Bathe the Cat Bathe the Cat

by Alice B. McGuinty

It's cleaning day, but the family cat will do anything to avoid getting a bath. So instead of mopping the floor or feeding the fish, the family is soon busy rocking the rug, vacuuming the lawn, and sweeping the dishes. Bouncy rhyme carries the story headlong into the growing hilarity until finally Dad restores some kind of order, but will the cat avoid getting his whiskers wet? This hilarious… Continue

Kim Scott Recommended by Kim Scott Children and Teen Services Manager, March 03, 2022
The Gender Identity Guide for Parents The Gender Identity Guide for Parents

by Tavi Hawn

The Gender Identity Guide for Parents is a timely resource for any parent, educator or adult interested in clear, easily understood topics and advice regarding kids and gender expression and identity. This book is a quick read, coming in at 138 pages (including FAQs, references and print and online resources). Tavi Hawn, practicing Licensed Clinical Social Worker, defines and explains concepts… Continue

Laura Goldsborough Recommended by Laura Goldsborough Children's Services Librarian, February 17, 2022
The Bone Spindle The Bone Spindle

by Leslie Vedder

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In this gender swapping LGBTQIA+ version of Sleeping Beauty, a young prince is Briar Rose. Fi is a treasure hunter who accidentally pricks her finger on a spindle she finds in the ruins of an ancient castle. This magically binds her to the spirit of Briar Rose who has been asleep for 100 years thanks to the spell of an evil witch. Fi and her treasure hunting partner, Shane, are the only hope for… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services February 17, 2022
The Genius Under the Table: growing up behind the Iron Curtain The Genius Under the Table: growing up behind the Iron Curtain

by Eugene Yelchin

This autobiography of the artist and illustrator as a child growing up in the Soviet Union feels like life. Yevgeny, as he was called as a child, struggled with understanding the world around him. It is quite a world; Leningrad in the 1960’s. He is an ordinary child going to school and trying to please his family. Does he have a special talent like his brother? Who is the man missing from… Continue

Becky S Recommended by Becky S Children's Services Associate, February 03, 2022
Wilder Girls Wilder Girls

by Rory Power

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Meet Hetty, a headstrong navy brat who is enjoying a newfound liberation at Raxter School for Girls. That is, until the Tox sets in. Byatt, her best friend (and maybe something more), viewed this all-girls boarding school as a fresh start before the mysterious plague. The teachers died quickly, but the Tox kills teenagers much slower, gradually unraveling their biology. A military quarantine is… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services February 03, 2022
Harry’s Trees Harry’s Trees

by Jon Cohen

This is a story of young Oriana, whose belief in fairy tales is the greatest resource she has in order to survive a great loss. And so, Oriana spends much time in the forest, adorns a red cloak and happens upon a stranger named Harry, who is on the run from a brother named, Wolf! Harry's trees and Oriana's forest becomes the magical place for their quest to heal broken hearts. Naturally this… Continue

Adult Services Recommended by Adult Services February 02, 2022
Once More Upon a Time: An Enchanting Romantic Fairy Tale Once More Upon a Time: An Enchanting Romantic Fairy Tale

by Roshani Chokshi

Once upon a dream, there was a prince named Ambrose and a princess named Imelda who loved each other... But alas, no more. "What a witch takes, a witch does not give back!" This modern fairytale gives a new spin on traditional story tropes of a royal couple in love, villains devising malicious schemes, kingdoms in peril, enchanted creatures and a quest through strange lands. While… Continue

Adult Services Recommended by Adult Services February 02, 2022
Rough Animals Rough Animals

by Rae DelBianco

Wyatt Smith has an eerily inseparable connection and a dark history with his twin sister, Lucy, but he suddenly is compelled to leave Lucy and their home in Box Elder, Utah in order to save what little they have left of their family farmstead. Smith seeks retribution after his cattle are killed and so he travels south through harsh desert terrain alongside of a powerful, strange and violent girl… Continue

Adult Services Recommended by Adult Services February 02, 2022
What Lives in the Woods What Lives in the Woods

by Lindsay Currie

Ginny and her brother Leo are ready to enjoy their summer, but their plans change when their dad, a restoration expert, announces that the family will spend a month in Michigan at Woodmore Manor, a creepy old mansion with lots of history and spooky legends. Ginny starts encountering strange phenomenon; ticking sounds only she can hear, shadowy figures, a mannequin that moves and broken… Continue

Patti Eaton Recommended by Patti Eaton Children's Services Assistant Manager, January 20, 2022
When You Get the Chance When You Get the Chance

by Emma Lord

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Millie has been going to Broadway plays ever since she can remember, and performing has always been her true passion. She is raised by her dad, who is quite the opposite and very introverted. When she finally gets into the Madison Musical Theater Precollege program in California, she is all set to go, but her dad wants her to stay closer to home. This sets her on a path to find her mom who she… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services January 20, 2022
The Gilded Ones The Gilded Ones

by Namina Forna

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In Deka’s world, girls undergo a rite of passage ceremony on their 16th birthday called "the cutting." If they are pure, their blood runs red. If their blood runs gold, they’re cast out as demons with immortal powers. During Deka’s cutting, her village is attacked by actual monsters that only she seems capable of defeating. Suspecting her newfound powers, the high priest… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services January 06, 2022
Frankie & Bug Frankie & Bug

by Gayle Forman

This book has everything a summer story should have: ice cream, lemonade, roller skating, time at the beach, new friends and...a serial killer. Set in 1987 Venice, California, we meet 10-year old Bug, her family and her neighbors as summer begins. Bug is frustrated that her plans for a perfect summer are being changed, but this summer and meeting Frankie will open her eyes to a much wider world.… Continue

Becky S Recommended by Becky S Children's Services Associate, January 05, 2022
Gilded Gilded

by Marissa Meyer

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This is a retelling of Rumpelstiltskin that combines all the magical elements of the original with other German folklore. 18-year-old Serilda is a gifted storyteller, and also is known as the girl with the “wheel spoke” eyes. She is shunned by most villagers except the children she helps teach. One night, she helps save forest creatures from the evil Erlking who is on the prowl. When… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services December 30, 2021
My Two Border Towns My Two Border Towns

by David Bowles

A picture book debut by an award-winning author about a boy's life on the U.S./Mexico border, visiting his favorite places on The Other Side with his father, spending time with family and friends and sharing in the responsibility of community care. My Two Border Towns by David Bowles, with stunning watercolor illustrations by Erika Meza, is the loving story of a father and son's weekend ritual, a… Continue

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services December 22, 2021
From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry

by Paula Yoo

In 1982, 27-year-old Chinese American, Vincent Chin, was beaten to death by two white men during his bachelor party. Vincent’s killers claimed it was a bar fight gone wrong, while Vincent’s friends and mother believed it was a hate crime. Anti-Asian sentiment was at an all-time high in 1980’s Detroit because many autoworkers—like Vincent’s killers—believed that… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services December 16, 2021
Treasury of Magical Tales from Around the World Treasury of Magical Tales from Around the World

by Donna Jo Napoli

Have you ever read a story about the moon that has its roots in the Russian Arctic? How about a magic frog from Sri Lanka? Or a magic bowl in Palestine? Donna Jo Napoli has collected and adapted these oral stories and others from around the world. The stories are all connected by the “thread of magic” and illustrated beautifully by Christina Balit (who also illustrated Napoli’s… Continue

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services December 09, 2021
Between Perfect & Real Between Perfect & Real

by Ray Stoeve

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Dean is a trans guy, but everyone believes he is a lesbian. Fearing backlash from his parents who didn’t respond well to the lesbian admission, and his girlfriend, Dean plans on waiting until college to fully come out. But then, he is cast as Romeo in his school's nontraditional representation of Romeo and Juliet. As he gains courage from his “found family” at an LGBTQ support… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services December 02, 2021
The Sea in Winter The Sea in Winter

by Christine Day

It's been a hard year for Maisie Cannon ever since she tore her ACL and her dreams of dancing ballet professionally were put on hold. Her blended family is loving and supportive, but Maisie knows they just can't understand how hopeless she feels. She is not excited for their family midwinter road trip near the Makah community where her mother grew up. Soon, Maisie's anxieties and dark moods start… Continue

Kendra Recommended by Kendra Children's Services Associate, November 29, 2021
Marcus Makes a Movie Marcus Makes a Movie

by Kevin Hart

Comedian Kevin Hart makes his writing debut with this middle-grade novel. Marcus is a middle school student who joins the video club because nothing else is open. He loves to draw comic strips and has created a hero named Toothpick. Once he commits to making this movie, he is all in. Marcus is sure he is the greatest filmmaker of all time. But he quickly discovers that making a movie is WAY… Continue

Kim Scott Recommended by Kim Scott Children and Teen Services Manager, November 11, 2021
Vampires, Hearts & Other Dead Things Vampires, Hearts & Other Dead Things

by Margie Fuston

If you were immortal, could you enjoy life? Veronica hasn’t enjoyed life since her father was diagnosed with terminal cancer. She and her dad have always been inseparable; fellow vampire buffs, who were elated the day “vampires went public.” Thus, Veronica decides to track down a real vampire, in hopes of giving her father a chance at immortality. But convincing a vampire to… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services November 04, 2021
All These Bodies All These Bodies

by Kendare Blake

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Set in 1958 Minnesota, the supernatural meets true crime in this mystery. Michael Jensen, 17, is the son of the local sheriff and dreams of becoming a journalist. His career aspirations get a boost when a local family becomes victims in a string of bizarre murders. They are found lifeless; bodies completely drained of blood. Marie, a quiet 15-year-old, is found at the scene of the crime covered… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services October 28, 2021
What If It's Us What If It's Us

by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

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Broadway geek, Arthur, is only in New York City for the summer, and aspiring novelist, Ben, is still hung up on his ex. But after they have an epic meet-cute at the post office, it feels like the universe has plans for them. The only problem? They don’t know how to find each other again. And when they do reunite, it’s nothing like Arthur's favorite musical numbers. Is the universe on… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services October 14, 2021
Asha and the Spirit Bird Asha and the Spirit Bird

by Jasbinder Bilan

This is the story of Asha, a girl living in the foothills of the Himalayas. Money is tight, so her father works far away from their small-town home. When he suddenly stops sending his wages, a ruthless moneylender ransacks their farm. Asha makes a pact with her best friend, Jeevan, to find her father and make things right. The journey is dangerous; they must cross the world's highest mountains… Continue

Becky S Recommended by Becky S Children's Services Associate, October 14, 2021
White Smoke White Smoke

by Tiffany D. Jackson

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In this haunted house story we meet Mari and her family as they move to a new town to start over after something bad has happened at her previous school. It’s also the first home for their newly blended family, including her brother Sammy and younger stepsister, Piper. It’s apparent quickly that strange things are happening; random doors opening, shadows lurking, things go missing and… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services September 30, 2021
A Black Hole is Not a Hole A Black Hole is Not a Hole

by Carolyn Cinami DeCristofano

This is a great introduction to the extremely complex concept of black holes. The author not only explains what they are, but how they form, where they are located and what would happen if a person were to visit one. It also gives the historic timeline of scientific theories and discoveries regarding black holes. This beautifully illustrated book is highly informative, but it also makes the… Continue

Patti Eaton Recommended by Patti Eaton Children's Services Assistant Manager, September 30, 2021