Recommendations

See what La Grange Public Library staff members have to recommend.


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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

Also Available via Overdrive: https://bit.ly/3HuI1uL

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
Crying in H Mart Crying in H Mart

by Michelle Zauner

From the indie rockstar of Japanese Breakfast fame, and author of the viral 2018 New Yorker essay that shares the title of this book, an unflinching, powerful memoir about growing up Korean American, losing her mother, and forging her own identity. In this exquisite story of family, food, grief, and endurance, Michelle Zauner proves herself far more than a dazzling singer, songwriter, and… Continue

Kate Lagerstrom Recommended by Kate Lagerstrom Adult Services Librarian, December 29, 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
The Alice Network The Alice Network

by Kate Quinn

In this enthralling novel from New York Times bestselling author Kate Quinn, two women—a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947—are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption.

Jane Ruback Recommended by Jane Ruback Adult Services Associate, December 17, 2021
Anxious People Anxious People

by Fredrik Backman

a charming, poignant novel about a crime that never took place, a would-be bank robber who disappears into thin air, and eight extremely anxious strangers who find they have more in common than they ever imagined. Looking at real estate isn't usually a life-or-death situation, but an apartment open house becomes just that when a failed bank robber bursts in and takes a group of strangers hostage.… Continue

Jane Ruback Recommended by Jane Ruback Adult Services Associate, December 17, 2021
The Restaurant The Restaurant

by Pamela Kelley

Three sisters: Mandy, Emma, and Jill are all at turning points in their lives when they inherit a Nantucket restaurant from the grandmother. The will stipulates they must work together for a year at the restaurant, or lose their shares to the chef, Paul.

Jane Ruback Recommended by Jane Ruback Adult Services Associate, December 17, 2021
The Personal Librarian The Personal Librarian

by Marie Benedict

In her twenties, Belle da Costa Greene is hired by J. P. Morgan to curate a collection for his newly built Pierpont Morgan Library. Belle becomes a fixture on the New York society scene and one of the most powerful people in the art and book world as she helps build a world-class collection. But Belle has a secret, one she must protect at all costs. She is the daughter of Richard Greener, the… Continue

Jane Ruback Recommended by Jane Ruback Adult Services Associate, December 17, 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

Also Available via Hoopla: https://bit.ly/3pQ2qEI

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

Also available via Overdrive: https://bit.ly/3r6rAzQ

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
War Brides War Brides

by Bryan, Helen

With war threatening to spread from Europe to England, the sleepy village of Crowmarsh Priors settles into a new sort of normal. Nightly air raids become grimly mundane. Rationing curtails every comfort. Men leave to fight and die. Five women forge an unlikely bond of friendship that will change their lives forever.

Jane Ruback Recommended by Jane Ruback Adult Services Associate, October 19, 2021
The Hunting Party: an novel The Hunting Party: an novel

by Lucy Foley

During every Christmas break a group of thirty-something friends from Oxford meet to welcome in the New Year together. This year they're going to an isolated estate in the Scottish Highlands. They arrive on December 30, just before a historic blizzard seals the lodge from the outside world. What can go wrong?

Jane Ruback Recommended by Jane Ruback Adult Services Associate, October 19, 2021
Before the Coffee Gets Cold: a novel Before the Coffee Gets Cold: a novel

by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

In a small back alley in Tokyo at a century-old coffee shop rumored to offer patrons the chance to travel back in time, four customers reevaluate their formative life choices.

Jane Ruback Recommended by Jane Ruback Adult Services Associate, October 19, 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
What If It's Us What If It's Us

by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

Also Available via Overdrive in e-book and e-audiobook: https://bit.ly/3lWzaKr

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
White Smoke White Smoke

by Tiffany D. Jackson

Also Available via Overdrive: https://bit.ly/3jjcUIS

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
Unbound: The Life + Art of Judith Scott Unbound: The Life + Art of Judith Scott

by Joyce Scott

In this picture book biography, Joyce Scott tells the story of her twin sister Judy, a remarkable fiber artist with Down syndrome. Born at a time when people with disabilities were largely misunderstood, Judy was sent to live at an institution for over 30 years. When Joyce and Judy can finally live together as adults, Judy thrives at the Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland, California, where… Continue

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services September 16, 2021
How We Fall Apart How We Fall Apart

by Katie Zhao

Also Available via Overdrive: https://bit.ly/3C5ppPG

Full of secrets brought to the surface, one of five friends goes missing and is later found dead. All of the friends are the top academic achievers in their class at an elite prep school and could have their own motives for murder. The story is fast paced and full of plot twists. Hard to put down until the very end. Many serious issues are tackled in this book including mental illness, racism,… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services September 16, 2021
Ways to Make Sunshine Ways to Make Sunshine

by Renee Watson

Ryan Hart’s name means “king” and she is determined to keep growing into the name her parents gave her—to be a leader, to see the best in people, to be a good daughter, sister and friend. But Ryan has a lot on her mind: fourth grade, self-image, and especially her family. Her dad finally has a new job but money is still tight. That means changes like moving into a new… Continue

Kendra Recommended by Kendra Children's Services Associate, September 02, 2021
The Girl from the Sea The Girl from the Sea

by Molly Knox Ostertag

Also Available via Overdrive: https://bit.ly/3jkTqDN

In this beautifully illustrated graphic novel, Morgan longs to finish high school, escape her tiny island off the coast of Nova Scotia, and leave behind the stress in her life: her divorced parents, her annoying brother, and her biggest secret – she’s gay. When a mysterious girl named Keltie appears in the sea and saves her from drowning, Morgan assumes she’s hallucinating. But… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services September 02, 2021
Walls Walls

by Laura Elliott

Also available via Hoopla: https://bit.ly/3gRWrKz

This Cold War drama jumps straight into the action. August 1960. Drew’s military family is stationed in deeply divided Berlin, Germany. Tensions between the U.S. and Soviet Union are intensifying, and Drew finds himself thrust into a personalized version of the war, when he befriends his East German cousin, Matthias. Each chapter is accompanied by historical photos and blurbs, giving… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services August 26, 2021
Ahmed Aziz's Epic Year Ahmed Aziz's Epic Year

by Nina Hamza

After his dad gets sick, Ahmed and his family move from Hawaii to Minnesota. Ahmed cannot imagine a worse place to live. To top it off, he's one of the only brown kids in his school. Not one to excel at school, Ahmed surprises himself by reading all the books assigned to him in class, and he doesn't hate them. Then Ahmed starts to learn about his family's past, particularly his uncle. Getting… Continue

Kim Scott Recommended by Kim Scott Children and Teen Services Manager, August 19, 2021
Hunted by the Sky Hunted by the Sky

by Tanaz Bhathena

Also Available via Hoopla Audiobook: https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/13538258

Gul's parents were murdered by the tyrannical monarch that rules her India-inspired fantasy world. King Lohar's would kill her too, if he could find her. The Sisters of the Golden Lotus discover her first, and recognizing her star-shaped birthmark as a sign of her magical powers, train her in magical warfare. Now, Gul has the tools for revenge. But then she meets Cavas, a boy prepared to enlist… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services August 05, 2021
Invented by Animals: Meet the Creatures Who Inspired Our Everyday Technology Invented by Animals: Meet the Creatures Who Inspired Our Everyday Technology

by Christiane Dorion and Gosia Herba

Did you ever wonder where the idea to make paper from wood pulp came from? Or whether someone could design a real invisibility cloak someday? Or how cool it could be to be able to crawl across a ceiling? All these ideas and more came from scientists, inventors and other curious folks studying animals and insects! Think about it... Animals and insects have been finding amazing ways to adapt their… Continue

Laura Goldsborough Recommended by Laura Goldsborough Children's Services Librarian, August 05, 2021
When the Apricots Bloom When the Apricots Bloom

Huda and Rania, childhood friends, become reunited as adults through a mutual friendship with Ally, an Australian ambassador’s wife living in Baghdad. Balancing loyalties to countrymen, living and dead, and to one another consumes their days. Ultimately though, each woman must decide when to keep and when to break confidences for their families’ survival, a non-negotiable commitment.… Continue

Jeanne Jesernik Recommended by Jeanne Jesernik Adult Services Librarian, July 27, 2021
Prairie Lotus Prairie Lotus

by Linda Sue Park

This wonderful historical novel is set in 1880 Dakota Territory. Hanna and her father arrive in the town of LaForge to begin a new life. Not only do they face the usual issues of life in a newly established town, far from bigger cities, but they will face racism as well. Hanna is half-Chinese, the only Asian person most people in LaForge have ever met. Will this friendly, smart and talented girl… Continue

Becky S Recommended by Becky S Children's Services Associate, July 22, 2021
We Are the Ants We Are the Ants

by Shaun David Hutchinson

Also Available via Overdrive: https://bit.ly/3lDgdfY

Henry Denton has been periodically abducted by aliens for years. But now, for the first time, they’ve given him a task. They world is ending in 144 days, and it’s up to Henry to save it. All he has to do is press a big red button, and the apocalypse will be averted. However, Henry can think of a lot of reasons not to press it. He’s mercilessly bullied at school and his home life… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services July 22, 2021
Don't Breathe a Word Don't Breathe a Word

by Jordyn Taylor

This harrowing mystery toggles in time between 1962 and today. In 1962, Hardwick Preparatory Academy is building a fallout shelter and six kids, including Connie and her crush Craig, are selected to "test it out" for a few days. Unfortunately, something goes horribly wrong. In modern day, Eva and the other kids at Hardwick don't know anything about the shelter. But as Eva begins to realize what… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services July 08, 2021
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
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

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services June 24, 2021
Born a Crime : Stories From a South African Childhood Born a Crime : Stories From a South African Childhood

by Trevor Noah

Also Available via Overdrive: https://bit.ly/3xrJQD6

Filled with the same wit and humor that has made The Daily Show host a successful comedian, this autobiographical account of his life is inspiring and astonishing. A story of achievement against all odds, each chapter tackles a different obstacle, accompanied by a different hilarious episode from his life. There’s the crime of his mixed race birth under a racist regime, that time he opted… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services June 24, 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
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
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
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

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services 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

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services January 28, 2021