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King and the Dragonflies King and the Dragonflies

by Kacen Callender

12-year-old King is certain his brother who unexpectedly passed away has become a dragonfly and visits King in his dreams. Life in his small Louisiana town would be easier if King could still talk with his best friend Sandy, but just days before he died, King's brother told him to end the friendship after overhearing a secret that Sandy might be gay. When Sandy goes missing, King must confront… Continue

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services July 02, 2020
A Phoenix First Must Burn A Phoenix First Must Burn

by Patrice Caldwell

Audiobook available via Hoopla: https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/12903274

Hoopla audiobook link: A Phoenix First Must Burn This is an anthology of 16 stories that "explore the black experience through fantasy, science fiction and magic." Each of these stories is an escape, taking you to a new, captivating world. Patrice Caldwell edited this collection and is a contributing author, but there are many other writers that share their stories in this anthology.

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services June 25, 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
The Miscalculations of Lighning Girl The Miscalculations of Lighning Girl

by Stacy McAnulty

After being struck by lightning when she was 8, Lucy’s life hasn’t been the same. From the moment lightning struck, Lucy became amazing at math. After being homeschooled for four years, she’s ready to go to college, not middle school. However, her grandmother makes her promise to try one year in school with other kids her own age and before she joins the other geniuses at… Continue

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services June 19, 2020
You Should See Me In a Crown You Should See Me In a Crown

by Leah Johnson

Audiobook available on Hoopla: https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/13284776

Hoopla audiobook link: You Should See Me In A Corwn Liz isn't like the wealthy, white, straight, prom-queen-wannabee girls at her school. She's black, poor, awkward and likes girls. Liz is smart and expects to snag a scholarship that will let her pursue her dreams of becoming a doctor. But she doesn't get the scholarship. Where others might give up, Liz kicks things into high gear with plan B:… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services June 18, 2020
The Paper Girl of Paris The Paper Girl of Paris

by Jordyn Taylor

Available via Overdrive: https://mediaondemand.overdrive.com/mediaondemand-180/content/media/4907080

Overdrive e-book link: The Paper Girl of Paris 16-year-old Alice and her family are in Paris for the summer trying to figure out what to do with the apartment her grandmother bequeathed to her, an apartment nobody knew existed. As Alice starts investigating why her grandmother kept this a secret from everyone, she finds her grandmother’s sister’s diary from the 1940’s, shortly… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services June 11, 2020
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

by Isabel Wilkerson

Available formats: Print and Overdrive e-book

Wilkerson tells the true story of six million African Americans who courageously left, or escaped, the Jim Crow South to live in Northern or Western parts of the U.S. This well researched book is the history of how many of these individuals thrived in the North despite institutionalized barriers that perpetuated widespread racism and resulted in overcrowded impoverished urban dwellings. This… Continue

Jeanne Jesernik Recommended by Jeanne Jesernik Adult Services Librarian, June 11, 2020
A Lesson Before Dying A Lesson Before Dying

by Ernest J. Gaines

Available formats: Print and Overdrive e-book

This story takes place in a racially charged Southern community during the 1940s. The protagonist, Grant Williams is well educated and has the potential to succeed outside of this impoverished plantation community that he was born and raised in. Grant is reluctantly brought into a situation where he has an opportunity to help a more disadvantaged younger black man who has been wrongly accused of… Continue

Jeanne Jesernik Recommended by Jeanne Jesernik Adult Services Librarian, June 11, 2020
The Ballad of Black Tom The Ballad of Black Tom

by Victor LaValle

Available formats: Print and Overdrive e-book

Set in Harlem in 1924, Charles Thomas Tester is a young, Black and impoverished con artist who demonstrates little talent until he is enraged enough by racial injustices to tear down the veil of his existence. His transformation begins as he delivers an occult script to a reclusive witch for a few bucks in his pocket. This one act leads him into a strange, magical and dangerous beastly realm… Continue

Jeanne Jesernik Recommended by Jeanne Jesernik Adult Services Librarian, June 11, 2020
What Can a Citizen Do? What Can a Citizen Do?

by Dave Eggers

This book explores the many ways that one can be a good citizen using simple text that makes a bold statement. From planting a tree, to taking a stand, to joining a cause, citizens have the power to make the world a better place. After all, "a citizen’s not what you are, a citizen is what you do.” Recommended for ages 5-8.

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services June 11, 2020
A Good Kind of Trouble A Good Kind of Trouble

by Lisa Moore Ramee

Seventh-grader Shayla doesn’t like getting into trouble—it makes her palms itch and it definitely makes her parents mad. But when the new school year springs some changes on her, like having the elementary school bully, Bernard, as her lab partner, joining the track team, and following her sister’s footsteps by getting involved with Black Lives Matter, Shayla starts getting into… Continue

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services June 04, 2020
Be Not Far From Me Be Not Far From Me

by Mindy McGinnis

Available via Overdrive: https://mediaondemand.overdrive.com/mediaondemand-180/teens/media/4766166

Overdrive e-book link: Be Not Far From Me Ashley feels at home in the wilderness. She's not afraid of a little hiking excursion with friends. But when she catches her boyfriend with another girl, she freaks out. Next thing Ashley knows, she has fallen down a ravine, become separated from the group, and worst of all, she's injured and disoriented. Strong characterization set against the harsh… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services June 04, 2020
New Kid New Kid

by Jerry Craft

7th grader Jordan loves to write comics about his life and dreams of going to art school. When his parents send him to a private academic school instead, he finds that he is one of the only kids of color in his grade and struggles to find his place. Published in 2019, New Kid was the winner of the Newbery Medal, Coretta Scott King Author Award and Kirkus Prize for Young Readers' Literature. This… Continue

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services May 28, 2020
Clap When You Land Clap When You Land

by Elizabeth Acevedo

Available via Overdrive: https://mediaondemand.overdrive.com/mediaondemand-180/content/media/4876224

Overdrive e-book link: Clap When You Land Overdrive audiobook link: Clap When You Land Written in verse, this book is loosely inspired by the real-life crash of American Airlines Flight 587 in 2001 which was traveling to the Dominican Republic and crashed in Queens, New York, killing 260 people. Told in alternating points of view, it follows the lives of half-sisters Camino and Yahaira Rios,… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services May 28, 2020
Girls Save the World in This One Girls Save the World in This One

by Ash Parsons

Available via Overdrive: https://mediaondemand.overdrive.com/mediaondemand-180/content/media/4867090

Overdrive e-book link: Girls Save the World in This One Read this funny and fearful novel starring June and her friends as they attend a ZombieCon gone wrong. That's right, it was supposed to be a fandom filled, dream-day experience complete with a celebrity crush meet-up. But events take a bloody turn, placing the fate of the entire human race in the hands of June and her friends. If you're a… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services May 21, 2020
Stef Soto, Taco Queen Stef Soto, Taco Queen

by Jennifer Torres

All seventh grader Stef Soto wants is to get away from her Tia Perla, her family’s taco truck. Born to overprotective immigrant parents, Stef wants a little more freedom, like the ability to walk a few blocks to meet her dad after school so she won’t get teased for being picked up in a rundown taco truck. However, when her family’s livelihood is in danger because of new laws… Continue

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services May 14, 2020
Within These Lines Within These Lines

by Stephanie Morrill

No waiting available on Hoopla: https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/12314825

Hoopla e-book link: Within These Lines Hoopla audiobook link: Within These Lines Set against the backdrop of World War II, Italian-American Evalina, and the son of Japanese immigrants, Taichi, are never supposed to be together. In fact, such a marriage would be deemed illegal in California at the time. Yet they are in love and determined to eventually get married. Then comes Pearl Harbor, and… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services May 08, 2020
The Interestings The Interestings

by Meg Wolitzer

audiobook available

When ordinary, suburban, 15 year old Jules Jacobson gets invited to the "cool kids" teepee on a warm July night in 1974, she is pulled into an orbit that will hold on until her adult years. "The Interestings", their ironically chosen name, follows three boys and three girls after their initial meeting at Spirt-in-the-Woods, an exclusive camp for the arts. I love books that introduce me to… Continue

Maria Recommended by Maria Member Services Associate, May 07, 2020
Between Shades of Gray Between Shades of Gray

by Ruta Sepetys

Available via Overdrive: https://mediaondemand.overdrive.com/mediaondemand-180/content/media/611742

Overdrive e-book link: Between Shades of Gray Overdrive audiobook link: Between Shades of Gray Young Lina and her family are forced from their home in Lithuania and imprisoned in a brutal Siberian encampment under Stalin’s rule. Lina is a gifted artist and seizes every opportunity to capture, on stolen paper or bark, moments of beauty people still manage to create under the harrowing… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services May 01, 2020
I Want My Hat Back I Want My Hat Back

by Jon Klassen

Watch picture books come to life with with videos created by Weston Woods Studios! We especially like this animated version of I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen. This story follows a bear on a darkly funny journey through the forest as he searches for his lost hat. You can search "Weston Woods" under "Suppliers" on Kanopy Kids to find more animated versions of your favorite picture books.… Continue

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services April 30, 2020
Gotham High Gotham High

by Melissa de la Cruz

No waiting on Hoopla: https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/13280633

Overdrive Graphic Novel: Gotham High From the author of Alex and Eliza comes the story of teenage Bruce Wayne. He’s been kicked out of yet another boarding school and returns home to Gotham High when a string of kidnappings begin. Bruce starts looking into them, but is he just a pawn in the kidnapper’s game? Additionally, a string of characters (Bruce’s classmates) will be… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services April 24, 2020
Gutenberg's Apprentice: A Novel Gutenberg's Apprentice: A Novel

by Alix Christie

Available now via Hoopla! https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/12037079

This is a historical fiction story of the “dark art” of printing and the world’s printing predecessors from nearly six centuries ago set in a time of plague, superstition, the fall of Constantinople and extreme poverty. The year is 1450 and the place is the German city of Mainz. This late medieval city is part of the Holy Roman Empire and a central hub for long distance trade… Continue

Jeanne Jesernik Recommended by Jeanne Jesernik Adult Services Librarian, April 24, 2020
My Jasper June My Jasper June

by Laurel Snyder

A year after Leah's family endures a terrible tragedy, she meets Jasper. Jasper is a girl her age who appears in the neighborhood suddenly. She seems mysterious and almost magical. But Leah will learn that Jasper also has secrets and has endured hardships of her own. Together, the two girls learn to carve out a place for themselves. Although this book deals with heavy topics, Snyder writes with a… Continue

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services April 23, 2020
Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor: Hidden Human History Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor: Hidden Human History

by Jody Houser

No waiting on Hoopla: https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/12396540

Hoopla Graphic Novel link: Hidden Human History If you miss the Doctor Who TV series, check out the Doctor Who comics on Hoopla! There are over 300 comics to choose from featuring the adventures of every Doctor. If you are a Thirteenth Doctor fan, Hidden Human History is a classic mix of action, mystery and a few emotional, feel-good moments. In this saga, the Doctor and her companions track a… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services April 17, 2020
All Your Twisted Secrets All Your Twisted Secrets

by Diane Urban

Available via Overdrive: https://mediaondemand.overdrive.com/mediaondemand-180/teens/media/4788114

Overdrive e-book link: All Your Twisted Secrets Overdrive audiobook link: All Your Twisted Secrets Hoopla audiobook link: All Your Twisted Secrets This new thriller is equal parts Breakfast Club and Agatha Christie. A queen bee, star athlete, valedictorian, stoner, loner and music geek are all invited to a scholarship dinner, but it's really a trap. The six must choose one to kill, or they… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services April 10, 2020
Dragons and Marshmallows Dragons and Marshmallows

by Asia Citro

Zoey and Sassafras series

In this first book of the Zoey and Sassafras series, Zoey learns that her mom cares for injured magical creatures in their barn, and Zoey is very excited to help out. But when her mom is away, can Zoey, with the help of her cat Sassafras, figure out how to help a sick baby dragon? This story combines fantasy with real scientific facts, and is perfect for budding scientists and animal lovers.… Continue

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services April 09, 2020
Most Likely Most Likely

by Sarah Watson

Also available via Overdrive: https://mediaondemand.overdrive.com/media/4838919

Overdrive Link: Most Likely CJ, Ava, Jordan and Martha have been best friends since kindergarten, and one of them is destined to become the future President. When local authorities announce they’ll be tearing down the park where they first became friends, the group is determined to save the park as their final mission before college. The pressures of high school begin to take their toll… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services April 03, 2020
The Poet X The Poet X

by Elizabeth Acevedo

No waiting on Hoopla: https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/13051375

Hoopla e-book link: The Poet X Hoopla audiobook link: The Poet X Celebrate National Poetry Month by reading a book about the power of poetry and having the courage to speak up. For Xiomara Batista, poetry is where she hides her unspoken self. Xiomara’s life is dictated by her religious upbringing, and she feels increasingly stifled as her body matures and she falls in love. An invitation… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services April 03, 2020
To Night Owl from Dogfish To Night Owl from Dogfish

by Holly Goldberg Sloan

12-years-olds, Avery and Bett, couldn't be more different. But when their dads fall in love and want the girls to find common ground, they are sent to the same summer camp. The girls make a vow not to speak to each other because there is no way they are going to become friends. However, things don't work out as planned. Told through email exchanges, this delightful story is lighthearted and… Continue

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services April 02, 2020
The Works of Dostoevsky The Works of Dostoevsky

by Fyodor Dostoevsky

No Wait on OverDrive! https://bit.ly/2Uxrfpm

Explore the ethical quandaries of an ex-student in Crime and Punishment, preview the seminal work, The Brothers Karamazov by reading the famous monologue, "The Grand Inquisitor," enjoy the company of a contemptible misanthrope in Notes from the Underground, or shift gears into the humorous with Uncle's Dream. Dostoevsky remains a profound voice that sagely speaks to the enduring nature of man,… Continue

Kenny Tymick Recommended by Kenny Tymick Adult Services Librarian, March 31, 2020
Milkman Milkman

by Anna Burns

No Wait on Hoopla! https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/12255448

Winner of the Man Booker prize in 2018, Milkman is a tale of gossip and hearsay, silence and deliberate deafness. It is the story of inaction with enormous consequences. The stream of consciousness style of writing marries together the confusion and paranoia of Troubles era Northern Ireland, and Burns manages to string together a disturbing yet intimate representation of the impact and… Continue

Kenny Tymick Recommended by Kenny Tymick Adult Services Librarian, March 31, 2020
The Renaissance The Renaissance

by Will Durant

No Wait on Hoopla! https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11191179

Will and Ariel Durant's massive undertaking "The Story of Civilization" is a series of 11 completed books, roughly totaling 10,000 pages of historical narrative published between 1935 and 1975. The Durants' illustrious prose is breathtakingly sublime in style and prescient in their comments on the philosophy of understanding history. This volume supplies a healthy sense of awe at the art and… Continue

Adult Services Recommended by Adult Services March 30, 2020
Melmoth Melmoth

by Sarah Perry

Available on OverDrive! https://mediaondemand.overdrive.com/mediaondemand-180/content/media/3750467

Lean, mean, and packed full of psychological dread. In true Gothic fashion, Perry pens a symphony of prose and perturbation as we follow Helen Franklin, an Englishwoman working in Prague under self-imposed exile. When Karel, a colleague of Helen's, goes missing after researching the folk legend of Melmoth the Witness, she finds herself despairing over his abandoned documents to discover the truth… Continue

Kenny Tymick Recommended by Kenny Tymick Adult Services Librarian, March 30, 2020
Black Leopard, Red Wolf Black Leopard, Red Wolf

by Marlon James

Available on OverDrive! https://mediaondemand.overdrive.com/mediaondemand-180/content/media/4127164

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

Kenny Tymick Recommended by Kenny Tymick Adult Services Librarian, March 30, 2020
The Golden Compass The Golden Compass

by Philip Pullman

Available on OverDrive! https://mediaondemand.overdrive.com/mediaondemand-180/content/media/5760

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

Kenny Tymick Recommended by Kenny Tymick Adult Services Librarian, March 30, 2020
Butterfly Yellow Butterfly Yellow

by Thanhhà Lai

No waiting audiobook available on Hoopla: https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/12407207

Hoopla Audiobook Link: Butterfly Yellow 18-year-old H?ng sets out to find her younger brother who was torn from her arms six years earlier at the end of the Vietnam War. H?ng, then 12, believed she and her five-year-old brother, Linh, would go to America together. However, she was separated from her brother at the last minute because she was too old. All she has now is an address in Amarillo,… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services March 06, 2020
The Best At It The Best At It

by Maulik Pancholy

When Rahul Kapoor starts seventh grade, his beloved grandfather Bhai gives him some advice: find one thing you’re really good at and become the best at it. Rahul is convinced that once he figures out what he’s the best at, his anxieties will go away and his classmate Justin will notice him. With the help of his best friend Chelsea, Rahul is determined to prove himself, but what if… Continue

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services March 06, 2020
Not Quite Kosher Not Quite Kosher

by Stuart M. Kaminsky

A series of coincidences following a jewelry store heist gone bad complicates matters for Abe Lieberman, a Chicago cop working the case with longtime partner, Bill Hanrahan. Adding to the confusion are plans for Abe’s grandson’s bar mitzvah, and recovering alcoholic Bill’s upcoming wedding to Iris, the Chinese waitress he loves. The story unfolds primarily on the north side of… Continue

Adult Services Recommended by Adult Services February 24, 2020
Who is the Mystery Reader? Who is the Mystery Reader?

by Mo Willems

Fans of the Elephant and Piggie series will love Mo Willems’ newest beginning reader series, Unlimited Squirrels. In the second book in the series, Who is the Mystery Reader?, the crew of squirrels returns for superhero-themed adventures. A red-mask-and-underwear-clad Mystery Reader appears at opportune moments to sound out words and help his friends gain confidence in their decoding… Continue

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services February 24, 2020
Renia's Diary Renia's Diary

by Renia Spiegel

After being locked in a safe for decades, this recently discovered diary of a young polish woman provides a unique perspective on World War II and the Holocaust. Living in territory occupied by Russia until 1942, Renia is somewhat sheltered as Hitler invades and Warsaw crumbles to ghetto. Her journal provides a surreal contrast of normal life events, like school, friends, her changing body and… Continue

Adult Services Recommended by Adult Services February 24, 2020
As Brave As You As Brave As You

by Jason Reynolds

As Brave as You is full of questions. Brothers Ernie and Genie travel to Virginia from Brooklyn to spend a month with their grandparents. 11-year-old Ernie has a lot of questions like, how does a house catch a tree? How do you catch topsy-turvy? How many stars are there in the sky? Over the month (with no internet!) the boys get to know their grandparents and rural southern living a whole lot… Continue

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services February 24, 2020
Spies: The Secret Showdown Between America & Russia Spies: The Secret Showdown Between America & Russia

by Marc Favreau

Do you enjoy James Bond movies or TV shows like Agent Carter or Jack Ryan? Are you a Cold War history buff, intrigued by stories about the CIA, FBI, KGB, MI6 or maybe the Cambridge Five? Then you will enjoy these thrilling, true-life stories chronicling events from the KGB’s founding in 1945 through the end of the Cold War. There's also real Cold War spy terminology and code words included,… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services February 20, 2020
Lovely War Lovely War

by Julie Berry

Also available via Overdrive: https://mediaondemand.overdrive.com/library/teens/media/4098692

Overdrive ebook link: Lovely War Overdrive audiobook link: Lovely War 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… Continue

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

by Christine Riccio

Also available via Overdrive: https://mediaondemand.overdrive.com/library/teens/media/4322334

Overdrive ebook link: Again, but Better Overdrive audiobook link: Again, but Better 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… 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

Also available via Overdrive: https://mediaondemand.overdrive.com/library/teens/media/4265123

Overdrive ebook link: Girl Gone Viral 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,… Continue

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

by Ashley Elston

No waiting on Hoopla: https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/12514431

Hoopla ebook link: 10 Blind Dates Overdrive ebook link: 10 Blind Dates 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… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services December 21, 2019