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Within These Lines Within These Lines

by Stephanie Morrill

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

Hoopla e-book link: https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/12314825 Hoopla audiobook link: https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/12326521 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… Continue

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

by Meg Wolitzer

audiobook available

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

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

by Ruta Sepetys

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

Overdrive e-book link: https://mediaondemand.overdrive.com/mediaondemand-180/content/media/611742 Overdrive audiobook link: https://mediaondemand.overdrive.com/mediaondemand-180/content/media/543193 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… Continue

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

by Melissa de la Cruz

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

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

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

by Alix Christie

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

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

Jeanne Jesernik Recommended by Jeanne Jesernik Adult Services Librarian, April 24, 2020
Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor: Hidden Human History Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor: Hidden Human History

by Jody Houser

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

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

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

by Diane Urban

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

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

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services April 10, 2020
Most Likely Most Likely

by Sarah Watson

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

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

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

by Elizabeth Acevedo

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

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

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services April 03, 2020
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

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

Author, Marlon James, jokingly referred to the book as the African Game of Thrones, but there’s very little to laugh about in this dark fantasy. Tracker, and a group including a shapeshifter, a giant and enigmatic witch, are hired to locate a boy under suspicious circumstances. Throughout their adventure, the reader is challenged to witness uncomfortable truths that fit frightfully into… Continue

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

by Philip Pullman

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

With the new HBO series, His Dark Materials, coming out in November, it's the perfect time to catch up on this classic story. Philip Pullman spins a fantastical tale of Lyra, a young girl from parallel universe Oxford, and her daemon, (basically the soul in animal form) Pan. Lyra is on a quest in the far north to resuce children stolen away by a sinister group with gruesome intentions. The Golden… Continue

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

by Thanhhà Lai

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

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

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services March 06, 2020
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

Now on OverDrive & Hoopla

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