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Battle of the Bad-Breath Bats Battle of the Bad-Breath Bats

by David Bowles

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

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

by Diana Peterfreund

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

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

by Roshani Chokshi

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

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

by Kate DiCamillo

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

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

by Gordon Jack

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

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

by Ann Clare LeZotte

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

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

by Rita L. Hubbard

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

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

by Kristina Forest

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

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

by Julie Murphy

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

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

by Michael Rex

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

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

by Iva-Marie Palmer

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

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

by Rebecca Stead

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

Emily Roth Recommended by Emily Roth Children's Services Librarian, August 13, 2020
The Old Woman and the River The Old Woman and the River

by Ismail Fahd Ismail

Print copies available in catalog

At the outset of an 8-year war between Iraq and Iran in the 1980s, Um Qasem, her husband and grown family are forced from their village of Sabiliyat in Iraq’s lush delta region of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. Years later, widowed and homesick, Um Qasem, accompanied by her donkey, Good Omen, journeys home to Sabiliyat to deliver her husband’s unearthed bones and his spirit to a… Continue

Jeanne Jesernik Recommended by Jeanne Jesernik Adult Services Librarian, August 10, 2020
Invitation to a Bonfire Invitation to a Bonfire

by Adrienne Celt

Print copies available in catalog

Zoya Andropova, a young girl without family and a recent refugee from the Soviet Union, struggles to fit in at a New Jersey boarding school during the 1920s. Zoya later becomes curator of the school’s exotic plant conservatory and leads a solitary existence until she falls for Russian author Leo Orlov, a married professor with elevated status. This artfully written noir is full of clever… Continue

Jeanne Jesernik Recommended by Jeanne Jesernik Adult Services Librarian, August 10, 2020
The Parker Inheritance The Parker Inheritance

by Varian Johnson

Candace is spending the summer in Lambert, South Carolina in her grandmother’s old home with her mother. Her father has stayed in Atlanta because her parents are divorcing and he needs to fix up the house for sale. She finds a letter in the attic that details a mysterious fortune and shares the content with her new friend Brandon. The plot shifts between present and flashback sections that… Continue

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services July 30, 2020
The Voting Booth The Voting Booth

by Brandy Colbert

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

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services July 30, 2020
Dear Haiti, Love Alaine Dear Haiti, Love Alaine

by Maika Moulite & Maritza Moulite

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Alaine never really had time to pay attention to her parents' stories about Haiti, the country from which they immigrated. However, when a prank gone bad threatens to get her expelled from prep school, she agrees to a spring volunteer immersion project in Haiti. Once there, she begins to learn things about Haiti and her family's past that may make it impossible for her to ever truly resume her… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services July 16, 2020
Front Desk Front Desk

by Kelly Yang

Front Desk is the incredible story of the author’s experience as an immigrant from China living in California. Mia is a 10-year-old girl who lives and works in a motel with her parents. Mia and her family face many challenges in their new community including poverty and racism. Front Desk contains some heartbreaking moments, but positive messages about treating everyone with kindness and… Continue

Jenny Recommended by Jenny Children's Services Associate, July 16, 2020
I'm Not Dying With You Tonight I'm Not Dying With You Tonight

by Gilly Segal & Kimberly Jones

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Set against the backdrop of a racial clash at a football game that escalates to violent rioting, this story is told in alternating chapters by two students from very different cultural backgrounds. Lena is stylish, popular, driven and black. Campbell is the new girl, meek, unsure and white. They don’t know each other, understand each other or like each other, but during this… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services July 02, 2020
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

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

by Patrice Caldwell

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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. Hoopla audiobook: A Phoenix First Must Burn Curbside… Continue

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

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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: prom queen and its accompanying scholarship. Read this… Continue

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

by Jordyn Taylor

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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 before the time her grandma left France for the… 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

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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.

Emily Roth Recommended by Emily Roth Children's Services Librarian, 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

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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 backdrop of the Appalachian wilderness, Be Not… 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

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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, neither of whom know of the other's existence until the death of their father on board the… 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

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Add some thrills to your life with 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 zombie apocalypse fan,… 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

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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 Taichi and his family are evacuated to an internment camp. This is a period in… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services May 08, 2020
Between Shades of Gray Between Shades of Gray

by Ruta Sepetys

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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 circumstances. She also defiantly uses her art to record the destruction and obscenities she has… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services May 01, 2020
Gotham High Gotham High

by Melissa de la Cruz

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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 instantly familiar to Batman fans.… Continue

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

by Alix Christie

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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

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

by Jody Houser

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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 blood sucking breed of aliens wrecking havoc… Continue

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

by Diane Urban

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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 will all die. Amber Prescott (a.k.a. the music geek) has faith that she can get herself and the rest of her classmates out safely, but the odds are not… 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

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

by Sarah Watson

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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 on each girl, however, and soon… Continue

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

by Elizabeth Acevedo

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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 to join a slam poetry club might be her breaking point, or perhaps,… 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 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
Butterfly Yellow Butterfly Yellow

by Thanhhà Lai

Also available in Hoopla audiobook: https://bit.ly/33xDeb4

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, Texas from a business card the volunteer… 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

Emily Roth Recommended by Emily Roth Children's Services Librarian, March 06, 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

Patti Eaton Recommended by Patti Eaton Children's Services Assistant Manager, 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

Patti Eaton Recommended by Patti Eaton Children's Services Assistant Manager, 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

Laura Goldsborough Recommended by Laura Goldsborough Children's Services Librarian, 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

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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 II and are caught by Aphrodite’s husband, Hephaestus. To gain… Continue

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

by Christine Riccio

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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 quickly realizes that rewriting herself is going to take more than traveling over 2,000… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services January 23, 2020
Spin the Dawn Spin the Dawn

by Elizabeth Lim

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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

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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, Howie Mendelsohn. This could be her… Continue

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

by Ashley Elston

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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 finds out he's having second thoughts about their relationship since… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services December 21, 2019