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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 Works of Dostoevsky The Works of Dostoevsky

by Fyodor Dostoevsky

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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
Rainbirds Rainbirds

by Clarissa Goenawan

Tokyo native, Ren, visits the small town where his sister has been teaching only to learn of her murder. Akakawa is a vaguely sinister town where everyone has a secret and odd coincidences occur. Ren is asked to fill Keiko’s position in the cram school. He is also offered a room in the home where she had been living (rent-free) with a politician and his unstable wife. Ren befriends another… Continue

Adult Services Recommended by Adult Services February 24, 2020
The Boxcar Children The Boxcar Children

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Siblings Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny are orphans. They're sure the only way they can stay together is to avoid their mean, old grandfather and make it on their own. When the children find an abandoned boxcar in the woods, they decide to call it home. However, after Violet becomes ill, they come to know their grandfather, and he isn’t at all like they thought him to be. He embraces the… Continue

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services February 24, 2020
Hunter's Green Hunter's Green

by Phyllis A. Whitney

Three years ago, Eve returned to America when caught in a compromising position with her new husband’s brother. Eve loved Justin, but being young and insecure, fell into manipulative Marc’s trap. She has returned to England at the request of their cousin, who hopes that Eve will stop Justin’s divorce proceedings and planned remarriage. When an old gardener mutters cryptic words… Continue

Adult Services Recommended by Adult Services February 24, 2020
Wicked Nix Wicked Nix

by Lena Coakley

Wicked Nix, the foulest of fairies, has been left behind in the forest while the other fairies are in Summer Country. There is a strange bald man referred to as “man people” who takes up residence in a cottage in the forest. People are not allowed to live in the forest, so Nix tries to get the old man to leave so the queen fairy is not angry when she returns. In a strange twist of… Continue

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services February 24, 2020
Mistress of Nothing Mistress of Nothing

by Kate Pullinger

Since her teens, Sally has served consumptive Lady Duff-Gordon. Her lady’s health is failing, so the doctor sends them to live in the dry Egyptian desert, leaving their families in England. They hire Omar, a local man, to ease their way into Egyptian culture and help Sally run the small household. Sally and Omar fall in love and she becomes pregnant. Though already married, Omar is allowed… Continue

Adult Services Recommended by Adult Services February 24, 2020
Bob Bob

by Wendy Mass

For five years, Bob, the creature Livi made friends with during her last visit to her grandmother’s in Australia, has been waiting for her, living quietly in the closet of Livi's mom's childhood bedroom. What kind of creature is Bob? Neither Bob or Livi can figure it out. He doesn't eat or sleep much, and it seems adults can't see him. Other children believe him to be an odd-looking… Continue

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services February 24, 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
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

Also available via Overdrive: https://mediaondemand.overdrive.com/library/teens/media/4691776

Overdrive ebook link: Our Wayward Fate 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… 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 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

Also available via Overdrive: https://mediaondemand.overdrive.com/library/teens/media/4514311

Overdrive ebook link: The Grace Year Overdrive audiobook link: The Grace Year 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… 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
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