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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
The Friend The Friend

by Sigrid Nunez

Unexpectedly profound is the outcome of Nunez's endeavor to marry together themes of loss and despair with wry, yet sincere ponderings over the nature of our canine companions. Nunez writes a darkly humorous and poignant story of a woman grappling with the death of a friend. This book generates its value in an emotional currency not often found in literature and is a well-earned recipient of the… Continue

Adult Services Recommended by Adult Services August 09, 2019
Return to Zero Return to Zero

by Pittacus Lore

Lorien Legacies Reborn #3

The third and final book in the Lorien Legacies Reborn series is here! Set in the same world as I Am Number Four, this book finalizes the story of the Garde, a subspecies of the population who are gifted with powers known as “legacies.” Legacies include speed and telekinesis, and the main job of the Garde is to defend their planet from attack. This series is a fun summer read full of… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services August 09, 2019
The Missing Baseball The Missing Baseball

by Mike Lupica

Mike Lupica brings his sports knowledge and great writing to early chapter book readers. This is book one in the Zach and Zoe Mysteries series about a brother and sister duo who love sports. In this story, Zach and Zoe follow clues to find Zach's missing baseball, signed by his favorite major league player. If your beginning chapter book reader loves sports and is ready to delve into a good… Continue

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services August 09, 2019
Slammed Slammed

by Colleen Hoover

Her father’s death was devastating, and now 18-year-old Layken’s mother has uprooted her Texas family and relocated them to Michigan. Things look brighter when she meets Will, the hot, friendly guy from across the street. They go on one wonderful date to a poetry slam before the bottom falls out of their budding relationship in a shocking way. Layken must make mature decisions in the… Continue

Adult Services Recommended by Adult Services August 09, 2019
Starry Eyes Starry Eyes

by Jenn Bennett

Former best friends and couple, Zorie and Lennon, are stranded together after a group camping trip in the California wilderness goes awry. With no one but each other, they are forced to face their issues and come to terms with lingering romantic feelings in order to survive. It doesn’t help that their families are also the modern-day California version of the Montagues and Capulets.… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services August 09, 2019
Meet Yasmin! Meet Yasmin!

by Saadai Faruqi

Yasmin, a spirited second-grader, boldly uses her imagination and ingenuity to have adventures and solve life’s little problems. In this four-part early chapter book series, Yasmin’s curiosity leads her to new discoveries, trials and mishaps. Readers will cheer on Yasmin's creativity and determination as she becomes an explorer who creates her own neighborhood map, or as she finds the… Continue

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services August 09, 2019
A Gathering of Old Men A Gathering of Old Men

by Ernest J. Gaines

When a brutal Cajun farmer is killed on a Louisiana plantation, a white woman and 18 elderly black men each claim responsibility. The sheriff believes he knows who did it, though plenty of people had motives. Meanwhile, the dead man’s father debates whether to form a lynch mob while his college student son tries to convince him “the old days are over.” This is a fascinating… Continue

Adult Services Recommended by Adult Services July 11, 2019
A Taxonomy of Love A Taxonomy of Love

by Rachael Allen

Spenser, a hopeful scientist and all around nerd, understands that one never grows too old to climb trees. He also has Tourette syndrome. When Hope moves next door the summer before seventh grade, they form the beginning of their life-changing friendship. The pair grow up together and experience the highs and lows of life in high school, including sibling rivalries, family tragedies, new… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services July 11, 2019
The Astronaut Who Painted the Moon The Astronaut Who Painted the Moon

by Dean Robbins

Alan Bean was one of the astronauts on board the Apollo 12 mission, and the fourth person in history to set foot on the moon. He wanted everyone to feel the magic and mystery of outer space, so when he returned to Earth, he began to paint what he saw. The words in this book explain the beauty he saw, but the paintings are what really capture the experience. Recommended for ages 4-6.

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services July 11, 2019
The Secret Scripture The Secret Scripture

by Sebastian Barry

The tragic story of a 100-year-old Irish woman unjustly installed in a mental asylum for most of her life is told through journal entries. Roseanne McNulty had several strikes against her when she was locked up. She was Protestant in a strongly Catholic county, beautiful and joyfully sexual with her new husband, and acquainted with local rebels. Now, the Roscommon Regional Mental Hospital is… Continue

Adult Services Recommended by Adult Services July 11, 2019
Bridge of Clay Bridge of Clay

by Marcus Zusak

From the author of The Book Thief, this story is set in the Sydney, Australia suburbs. Five brothers have been left to their own devices after the death of their mother and their father’s abandonment soon after. (Their father is only referred to as "The Murderer.") The Dunbar boys invent individual ways of coping and surviving, and as they love, fight and learn to deal with the adult world,… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services July 11, 2019
How to Survive a Totally Boring Summer How to Survive a Totally Boring Summer

by Alice Delacroix

Randall moved to a new town and is worried his summer won’t be as fun, but he and his friend decide to start a chess club. They find a meeting place, recruit members, set the meeting time and the Checkmate Squad is born! But they are met with a grumpy man who takes over the chess tables and the school bully who causes problems. How will they deal with these unexpected issues? Read this… Continue

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services July 11, 2019