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Outside, Inside Outside, Inside

by LeUyen Pham

This picture book does a beautiful job of explaining the last year without mentioning the word ‘pandemic’. It celebrates essential workers who could not go inside because some needed to protect us, and others made sure that we had what we needed. Even though we stayed inside we continued to learn and grow, and nature thrived on the outside. The text captures so many emotions from 2020… Continue

Patti Eaton Recommended by Patti Eaton Children's Services Assistant Manager, July 08, 2021
Mexican Gothic Mexican Gothic

by Sylvia Moreno-Garcia

Noemi Taboada receives a disturbing letter from Catalina her cousin who seems to be experiencing a mental break with reality. A strong-willed urban socialite, Noemi travels from Mexico City to rescue her cousin from the apparent neglect of her husband and his British family, the Doyles. They live together at “High Tower,” an ominous country manor, crumbling and rotting above an… Continue

Jeanne Jesernik Recommended by Jeanne Jesernik Adult Services Librarian, June 26, 2021
Take a Hint, Dani Brown Take a Hint, Dani Brown

by Talia Hibbert

Danika Brown a workaholic PhD Literature student seeks a sex buddy without emotional attachment. Zafir Ansari, a former pro Rugby player, is a romantic seeking a happy ending relationship, but he too is emotionally guarded due to past wounds. They keep their fantasies of one another secret, until they get wrapped up in a social media publicity stunt, a staged romance that boosts the success of… Continue

Jeanne Jesernik Recommended by Jeanne Jesernik Adult Services Librarian, June 26, 2021
Too Bright To See Too Bright To See

by Kyle Lukoff

Ever since Uncle Roderick passed away, Bug's house in rural Vermont has been creepier than usual. Bug has always heard strange noises and felt gusts of cold air, but now, sometimes, Bug sees another kid's face in the mirror. Meanwhile, the start of middle school is around the corner and Bug's best friend Moira wants to practice makeovers, which makes Bug uncomfortable for reasons that are hard to… Continue

Emily Roth Recommended by Emily Roth Children's Services Librarian, June 24, 2021
Piranesi Piranesi

by Susanna Clark

Susanna Clarke celebrates wonder, innocence, and the precarious art of creating meaning in life through this lean, labyrinthine story about Piranesi, a being who lives within an endless array of flooded rooms and hallways ornamented by towering preternatural statues. Piranesi’s weekly meetings with the only other human in his existence—aptly named The Other—leads him to explore… Continue

Kenny Tymick Recommended by Kenny Tymick IT & Adult Services Librarian, June 15, 2021
Evelyn Del Rey is Moving Away Evelyn Del Rey is Moving Away

by Meg Medina

Available in our catalog (English) (Spanish) Evelyn Del Rey is Daniela's best friend. They do everything together and even live in twin apartments across the street from each other: Daniela with her mami and hamster, and Evelyn with her mami, papi, and cat. But not after today--not after Evelyn moves away. Until then, they play amid the moving boxes until it's time to say goodbye, making… Continue

Kendra Recommended by Kendra Children's Services Associate, June 10, 2021
Concrete Rose Concrete Rose

by Angie Thomas

Also Available via Overdrive in e-book and e-audiobook: https://bit.ly/2St9Gbv

In this prequel to The Hate U Give, set in 1998, Starr's father Maverick Carter takes center stage. When 17-year-old Mav learns that he is the father to a three-month-old baby, he must decide whether to continue dealing for the King Lords or forge his own path. Above all, Mav wants to take care of his family, and either choice could come with deadly consequences. Fans of The Hate U Give will… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services June 10, 2021
Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet

by Laekan Zea Kemp

Penelope wants to fulfill her family’s expectations, but her heart keeps pulling her in a different direction. Her parents want her to pursue a career in nursing, but Pen is passionate about cooking and sees herself continuing her family’s restaurant, Nacho’s Tacos. When her family learns that she has chosen to follow her own dreams, her life is torn apart. The same day, Xander… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services June 03, 2021
Mindy Kim, Class President Mindy Kim, Class President

by Lyla Lee

Mindy Kim is running for class president and she's basing her whole campaign on being kind and snacks. Who wouldn't want her to win? But Mindy must conquer her biggest fear: making a speech to the class about why she would be the best pick for president. Can Mindy overcome her biggest obstacle and prove to herself and others that she is the best choice for class president? This book is the fourth… Continue

Kim Scott Recommended by Kim Scott Children and Teen Services Manager, May 27, 2021
Wolfboy Wolfboy

by Andy Harkness

What’s a big, blue, HUNGRY, HUFFY, GROWLY Wolfboy to do when he can’t find any rabbits? As he climbs, stomps, sploshes and slogs along, searching through the forest, creek, bog and ravine he uncovers no rabbits—or any other food for that matter! Will he ever be satisfied, or will his hanger get the best of him? And, will the cute rabbits be part of the surprise ending? Readers… Continue

Laura Goldsborough Recommended by Laura Goldsborough Children's Services Librarian, May 13, 2021
They Went Left They Went Left

by Monica Hesse

Also available via Overdrive: https://bit.ly/3oDkBLA

During the Nazi deathcamps, Zofia watches helplessly as member after member of her family goes left to the gas chambers and shooting squads. Yet, she clings to the hope of be eventually reuniting with her brother Abek. But once liberated, Zofia returns home only to find destruction, anti-Semitism, and no Abek. Desperate to locate her brother, Zofia travels across Europe, visiting refugee camps,… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services April 29, 2021
Yolk Yolk

by Mary H.K. Choi

Also available via Overdrive: https://bit.ly/3v35ey5

Jayne and June are Korean-American sisters living in New York City whose lives have taken different paths, and they haven’t had much of a relationship in a long time. Jayne’s life is in disarray. She struggles through fashion school, a deadbeat relationship and an eating disorder. Meanwhile, her sister is rich and has a successful career. Their lives are forced together when June… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services April 15, 2021
Katie the Catsitter Katie the Catsitter

by Colleen AF Venable; Illustrated by Stephanie Yue

Katie takes a summer job as a catsitter to raise money for camp, but these aren't normal cats. There are 217 of them and each one has a special skill, like Jolie the computer hacker and Gracie the language expert who can meow in 82 languages. Their owner might not be normal either. In fact, Katie starts to suspect that she might be a notorious supervillain that has been prowling New York City.… Continue

Emily Roth Recommended by Emily Roth Children's Services Librarian, April 15, 2021
Superman Smashes the Klan Superman Smashes the Klan

by Gene Luen Yang

No waiting via Hoopla: https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/13338135

It’s 1946 and Dr. Lee is moving up in the world. He’s landed a Metropolis job, enabling his family to move out of Chinatown. His kids are excited at being closer to the legendary hero, Superman, but not everyone is thrilled with the Lee’s new prospects. The family is soon targeted by the Ku Klux Klan, and it’s up to budding sleuth, Roberta Lee, and her idol, Superman, to… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services April 01, 2021
Sky Gazing Sky Gazing

by Meg Thacher

Who hasn’t stared up at the sky and wondered about the stars, the sun, the moon and the planets? Readers are given a tour of the solar system and deep space with no telescope or binoculars required. Kids will learn how to spot and observe planets, identify constellations throughout the seasons, how the Earth’s moon was formed and why there are phenomena such as eclipses, meteor… Continue

Patti Eaton Recommended by Patti Eaton Children's Services Assistant Manager, April 01, 2021
Eat A Peach: A Memoir Eat A Peach: A Memoir

by David Chang

An explicitly honest and intimate sharing of Chang’s life experience as chef and successful restaurateur (founder of Momofuku restaurant group) with the goal of bringing Korean food and culture to the world. As a son of immigrant parents caught between two cultures, Chang shares his difficult childhood experiences of assimilation, he talks candidly about living with mental illness, and he… Continue

Jeanne Jesernik Recommended by Jeanne Jesernik Adult Services Librarian, March 23, 2021
The Van Gogh Deception The Van Gogh Deception

by Deron Hicks

This mystery novel for middle-grade readers, a 2021 Bluestem Award nominee, will keep you on the edge of your seat. The story focuses on a boy with amnesia who recalls all kinds of information about art, but doesn't remember his name or how he came to be sitting in the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. all alone. The boy and his new friend race across the city to solve both the mystery… Continue

Becky S Recommended by Becky S Children's Services Associate, March 18, 2021
Picture Us in the Light Picture Us in the Light

by Kelly Loy Gilbert

Audiobook available via Hoopla: https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/12429647

On the surface, Danny Cheng’s life seems perfect. He goes to a prestigious high school in Silicon Valley, has a great group of friends and has just been offered a full-ride scholarship to his dream college. However, the idea of leaving his best friend Harry behind fills Danny with dread. He also discovers a mysterious box in the closet and realizes his parents have a secret. Meanwhile, as… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services March 18, 2021
Bedtime for Sweet Creatures Bedtime for Sweet Creatures

by Nikki Grimes, Pictures by Elizabeth Zunon

This sweet, beautifully illustrated story imagines the ordinary routine of bedtime as an animal-filled journey. When the red-pajama clad child isn't sleepy, they delay bedtime by growling like a bear, questioning like an owl and hunting for water like a sly wolf. From tigers, to squirrels, to snakes, the little child dodges around bedtime until they are finally tired enough to sleep, curling up… Continue

Kendra Recommended by Kendra Children's Services Associate, March 04, 2021
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

by Erika L. Sánchez

Also available via Overdrive: https://bit.ly/2PWUlyj

Mothers aren’t supposed to have favorites, but Olga was definitely Amá’s favorite. Julia is “the odd daughter out.” When Olga dies in a horrible accident and their parents collapse into depression, Julia decides to try and uncover who her sister really was behind that boring, lonely, perfect Mexican daughter image. This powerful #OwnVoices novel is set in Chicago… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services February 26, 2021
Everything Sad is Untrue (a true story) Everything Sad is Untrue (a true story)

by Daniel Nayeri

Daniel tells stories. As a middle schooler from Iran, he fills his time in his new classroom in Oklahoma sharing stories about what it was like living in Iran and what it's like being "the refugee kid in the back of the class." This beautiful tale illustrates how we are all connected, and how when we listen to one another's stories, we can no longer be enemies. Highly recommended for older… Continue

Kim Scott Recommended by Kim Scott Children and Teen Services Manager, February 19, 2021
Happily Ever Afters Happily Ever Afters

by Elise Bryant

Also available via Overdrive: http://bit.ly/3rPYB0Q

A talented writer, 16-year-old Tessa, has recently moved with her family to Long Beach, California. Being biracial and having a brother with disabilities has, at times, made her feel like she’s on the fringe, but in Long Beach, Tessa feels like she finally fits in. She has been accepted into the creative writing program of an elite school, but once there, her creative juices stop flowing.… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services February 12, 2021
Genesis Begins Again Genesis Begins Again

by Alicia Williams

Genesis has an awful lot to handle for a 13-year-old. She and her family have been evicted several times because her father’s paycheck goes toward alcohol and gambling and her mom’s pay doesn’t cover the rest. Dad’s words hurt when he’s drunk; the most hurtful of them that Genesis is too black, like him, and not enough like her light-skinned mom. Even her black… Continue

Laura Goldsborough Recommended by Laura Goldsborough Children's Services Librarian, February 11, 2021
This is How We Fly This is How We Fly

by Anna Meriano

Also available via Overdrive: https://bit.ly/3eHl8Jx

As if the fact that the plot is loosely based on Cinderella wasn’t enough, add in quidditch and you won’t want to put this book down. Ellen Lopez-Rourke is 17 and a soon-to-be college freshman. She spends her last summer at home dealing with drama with her BFFs, conflict at home and channeling her anxiety into her newfound passion for quidditch. Through these struggles and changes,… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services January 29, 2021
Measuring Up Measuring Up

by Lily LaMotte

When Cici and her family emigrate from Taiwan to Seattle, Cici misses her grandmother, A-má, more than anything. Determined to buy A-má a plane ticket to visit for her birthday, Cici signs up for a six-week cooking competition. She must decide whether she should cook the delicious Taiwanese dishes A-má taught her, or learn new recipes to please the American judges. Readers… Continue

Emily Roth Recommended by Emily Roth Children's Services Librarian, January 28, 2021
Opposite of Always Opposite of Always

by Justin A. Reynolds

Available via Overdrive: http://bit.ly/3vmj4MK and Hoopla: https://bit.ly/3qQxWPZ

This #OwnVoices rom-com explores the possibilities of having a second, or infinite second chances, to save the one you love. When Jack meets funny, sweet, Froot Loops loving Kate, it’s love at first sight. Even his family and friends love her. But tragedy strikes and Kate dies unexpectedly. Jack feels like his world is caving in, but in an unexpected twist, he wakes up to find himself… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services January 15, 2021
A Cuban Girl's Guide to Tea and Tomorrow A Cuban Girl's Guide to Tea and Tomorrow

by Laura Taylor Namey

Also available via Overdrive: https://bit.ly/2M6tcXK

In this #OwnVoices novel, 17-year-old Lila has her life planned out in Miami after high school graduation. She's got her boyfriend, best friend and abuela all playing equal roles. However, after a series of unfortunate events, her future can no longer be the one she imagined. Her parents have family friends in England and send Lila there to reset her mental health. Although she's not initially… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services January 01, 2021
Wild bird Wild bird

by Wendelin Van Draanen

Also available via Overdrive: https://bit.ly/2VUtp24

Wren goes to a wilderness survival camp in an attempt to turn her life around. Well, it’s more her parents’ decision than hers. At first, she hates it, but as she realizes her mistakes and makes a friend named Hannah, she starts to have fun. During the eight-week camp, she learns wilderness skills, including how to make a fire without a match, and how to make and take down a tent… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services December 03, 2020
Twins Twins

by Varian Johnson

Maureen and Francine are identical twins, but even though they look alike, there are a thousand ways in which they’re different. Now in sixth grade, Francine wants to be viewed as an individual, while Maureen is still happy to be part of a pair. For the first time, Maureen fears that she and Francine are growing apart. Can Maureen find the confidence to navigate middle school without her… Continue

Emily Roth Recommended by Emily Roth Children's Services Librarian, December 03, 2020
Victor And Nora: A Gotham Love Story Victor And Nora: A Gotham Love Story

by Lauren Myracle

Also available in Hoopla: https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/13692195

This reimagining of Mr. Freeze and Nora’s backstory introduces these doomed lovebirds as teenagers, plagued by personal troubles, but full of life, love and curiosity. Told in alternating perspectives, the story opens with Victor and Nora’s chance meeting and follows their blossoming relationship. Vivid color palates and alternating artistic styles convey the characters' range of… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services December 03, 2020
Ship Breaker Ship Breaker

by Paolo Bacigalupi

Also available via Overdrive: https://bit.ly/3fl2Ewo

Set in a dystopian future on an earth ravaged by environmental disaster and civilizations toppled by corporate empires, each day is a survival story. Nailer survives mostly because he is small. He is a valuable scavenger, able to break down copper wiring from the tightest passages of the ships that frequently sink along the Mississippi River. When Nailer discovers the wreckage of an elite… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services November 20, 2020
Doodleville Doodleville

by Chad Sell

Ever wish your doodles and drawings would come to life? That's exactly what Drew is dealing with in Doodleville. Drew loves drawing, but faces challenges when her doodles come alive and escape while on a visit to the Art Institute of Chicago. Deciding it is time to take her talents to the next level, Drew draws a monster she names Leviathan. Just like the other doodles, this particular monster… Continue

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services November 20, 2020
The Fountains of Silence The Fountains of Silence

by Ruta Sepetys

Also available via Overdrive: https://bit.ly/3pMubvA

Sepetys follows four people in 1950s 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 at the hands of “the Crows,” 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 with babies at an orphanage, and some may have… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services November 06, 2020
Mia Mayhem is a Superhero! Mia Mayhem is a Superhero!

by Kara West

Meet Mia, an ordinary eight-year-old who finds out she has an extraordinary super-secret, she’s A SUPERHERO! All her life, Mia thought she was a super klutz. It turns out, most of her accidents are really the results of her superpowers, and now, she can perfect them in her afterschool Program for In-Training Superheroes, a.k.a. THE PITS. With graphic illustrations on almost every page, this… Continue

Kendra Recommended by Kendra Children's Services Associate, October 29, 2020
Battle of the Bad-Breath Bats Battle of the Bad-Breath Bats

by David Bowles

Cousins Malia, Ivan and Dante are visiting their Aunt Lucy for the summer. On the way to a waterpark, they meet an old woman who suggests they take a shortcut through an alley. They come out on 13th Street, but it's really a strange world filled with dangerous beasts. This beginning chapter book series is perfect for kids ages 5-8 who love “scary” stories that are also funny.… Continue

Patti Eaton Recommended by Patti Eaton Children's Services Assistant Manager, October 22, 2020
In the Hall with the Knife In the Hall with the Knife

by Diana Peterfreund

No waiting on Hoopla: https://bit.ly/3kzZ43p

A creepy mansion, a murder and six suspects. This novel adaptation of the Clue board game opens with chapters for each protagonist: Beth ‘Peacock’ Picach, Orchid McKee, Vaughn Green, Sam ‘Mustard’ Maestor, Finn Plum and Scarlet Mistry. Students at a Maine boarding school, these six are stranded with their headmaster during a terrible storm when the headmaster is murdered.… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services October 20, 2020
The Gilded Wolves The Gilded Wolves

by Roshani Chokshi

Also available via Overdrive: https://bit.ly/2Hw9lzD

The backdrop is 1889 Paris, just weeks before the Exposition Universelle begins. There are six main characters, all misfits of very diverse backgrounds, led by the ambitious Séverin. The story follows them as they try to pull off a heist, prevent an evil organization from taking over their magical society and save the world from fascism. Séverin and his accomplices deal with… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services October 13, 2020
Stella Endicott and the Anything-is-Possible Poem Stella Endicott and the Anything-is-Possible Poem

by Kate DiCamillo

This is the newest addition to the Tales from Deckawoo Drive series about the neighbors of Mercy Watson, the clever, adventurous, toast-eating pig! Stella is starting second grade, and her teacher, Miss Liliana, believes in “listening closely and speaking softly and singing loudly.” She also believes, like Stella, that anything is possible in stories and poems! But, Stella’s… Continue

Laura Goldsborough Recommended by Laura Goldsborough Children's Services Librarian, October 08, 2020
Your Own Worst Enemy Your Own Worst Enemy

by Gordon Jack

Also available via Overdrive: https://bit.ly/34uhPQi

Three candidates; one student council president. Incumbent Stacey Wynn believes she is a shoo-in for reelection, but she doesn’t know about the secret crush her campaign advisor Brian has on new girl and second candidate, Julia Romero. In fact, Stacey believes Brian is gay, until Julia enters the race and starts flirting with Brian. Things really heat up when a third candidate, famous… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services October 06, 2020
Show Me a Sign Show Me a Sign

by Ann Clare LeZotte

The year is 1805 and 11-year-old Mary Lambert is Deaf, but so are many others living in Martha's Vineyard. Almost everyone is comfortable using sign language, so Mary has never felt isolated or unusual. Everything changes when a researcher arrives and decides to study Mary to determine the cause of widespread deafness on the island. Mary must save herself and prove there is nothing wrong with… Continue

Emily Roth Recommended by Emily Roth Children's Services Librarian, September 24, 2020
The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read

by Rita L. Hubbard

Imagine learning to read at age 116! Born into slavery in 1848, Mary Walker's long life spanned from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement. However, she was always too busy raising her family, working, cooking, cleaning, babysitting and selling sandwiches to raise money for her church to learn to read. This beautiful picture book biography demonstrates that with perseverance and dedication,… Continue

Kendra Recommended by Kendra Children's Services Associate, September 10, 2020
Now That I've Found You Now That I've Found You

by Kristina Forest

Available via Overdrive: https://bit.ly/30581JM

Evie and Milo travel all over New York City trying to find Gigi. Gigi, Evie's Hollywood-legend-grandmother, has been a recluse for the last 20 years after an incident at an award show ceremony. Evie is on the brink of becoming the next big star herself, but needs Gigi’s help after the betrayal of one of her closest "friends." Evie and Milo need to find her before she is scheduled to accept… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services September 09, 2020
Faith Taking Flight Faith Taking Flight

by Julie Murphy

Before she was Zephyr, she was Faith Herbert, a nerdy high school girl, orphaned and living with her grandmother. She enjoyed comic books, blogging and fan-girling over her favorite TV show, The Grove. When she gains the ability to fly and The Grove starts filming in her hometown, Faith’s life seems to be taking an exciting turn. However, people and animals start mysteriously disappearing,… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services August 27, 2020
Facts vs. Opinions vs. Robots Facts vs. Opinions vs. Robots

by Michael Rex

On the surface this book is quite silly, but even robots need help learning the differences between facts and opinions! In this book, there are seven different robots (FACT), each with differently shaped heads, bodies and arms (FACT), but which robot is the best (OPINON)? Which one has the best dance moves (OPINION)? We'll also look for more information if we don’t have enough to make a… Continue

Laura Goldsborough Recommended by Laura Goldsborough Children's Services Librarian, August 27, 2020
Gimme Everything You Got Gimme Everything You Got

by Iva-Marie Palmer

Available via Overdrive: https://bit.ly/2YGSyPp

This coming of age story is set in Chicago in the late 1970’s. Susan Klintock is in high school and has never played soccer before, but when the dreamy Bobby McMann shows up and heads up the new girls soccer team, she decides to go for it just to get closer to him. While she's participating in all the practices, she realizes how she loves the team camaraderie and the sport itself. The story… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services August 20, 2020
The List of Things That Will Not Change The List of Things That Will Not Change

by Rebecca Stead

When Bea’s dad prepares to get remarried, Bea discovers she is about to get her greatest wish of all, a stepsister. When things aren’t as perfect as Bea hoped and the changes in her life bring unexpected challenges, Bea turns to a list that her parents gave her when they first got divorced, the list of “Things That Will Not Change.” This funny and heartfelt book is perfect… Continue

Emily Roth Recommended by Emily Roth Children's Services Librarian, August 13, 2020
The Voting Booth The Voting Booth

by Brandy Colbert

No waiting on Hoopla: https://bit.ly/30z0pzV

This book follows Marva, a political activist just waiting for Election Day. While she is at the polling place she sees Duke. Duke doesn’t really care—he just wants to vote and be on his way. But when Duke is turned away at the polling place and Marva witnesses this, she takes it upon herself to make sure his vote is counted. This takes them on a crazy adventure across the city to see… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services July 30, 2020
Nightbooks Nightbooks

by J.A. White

Alex is on his way to destroy his nightbooks, his notebooks filled with original scary stories, when he is trapped by the witch, Natacha. Natacha loves his scary stories and listens to one each night, which is the only thing keeping Alex alive. With his nightbooks running out of stories and writer’s block preventing him from creating more, Alex will have to figure out how to escape from her… Continue

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services June 25, 2020