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November 2022

With a Dog and a Cat, Every Day is Fun. Vol. 1

by Hidekichi Matsumoto

Are you a cat or a dog person? It’s not a secret you can be both, especially when furry friends have their own unique, sometimes cute and sometimes frightening personalities. This is definitely the case in Matsumoto’s dog and cat manga. Whether you have pets or not, this fun and quick read will have you smiling and laughing out loud. The black and white illustrations capture relatable expressions that reflect situations almost straight out of a meme. It is a great pick for those looking to explore the manga genre for the first time. 

Recommended by: Fanny Camargo, Youth Services Reference Librarian

Posted in: Young Adult Fiction


Scattered Showers

by Rainbow Rowell

A collection of nine sweet love stories by the beloved author Rainbow Rowell. Each story focuses on the different ways people fall in love and even feature some familiar characters from some of her other books and series. From being best friends to something more, meeting someone unexpected while waiting in line for a movie, or a college student consoled by her roommate, to even a troll being romanced by a prince! These short stories will make you laugh, cry and swoon.

Recommended by: Ayla Franco, Youth Services Assistant

Posted in: Young Adult Fiction


The Forest of Hands and Teeth

by Carrie Ryan

Mary is a girl who lives a very simple life and yearns for something more. Living in a town dictated by the Sisterhood leaves a lot to desire when everything is chosen for you. To make matters worse the village is closed off to the forest of hands and teeth by a fence. No one is ever to venture outside and disobey the Sisterhood for if you do you will be devoured by the unconsecrated. That is until the fence is breached and she is forced to venture outside to a world unknown to her.

Recommended by: Ayla Franco, Youth Services Assistant

Posted in: Young Adult Fiction


Goth Girl, Queen of the Universe

by Lindsay S. Zrull

This is a story of finding family in places you least expect it. Instagram fashion influencer and loner, Jessica, is just trying to get by. Shes bounced between many foster homes ever since she was seven due to being claimed by the state because of her mother’s mental illness. Her new foster home is in Michigan where her classmates have labeled her a witch and is constantly bullied despite her popularity in social media. The only person who is nice to her is Oscar, the geek who likes cosplay. He tries to befriend her and get her to join his cosplay group but Jess doesn’t want anything to do with those geeks. That is until she finds a use for them. One day she suddenly receives a DM from a woman claiming to be her mother wanting to reunite with her. The problem is her biomom lives in New York City and without the proper paperwork she’s worried her social worker won’t approve the trip. There is hope though, if she joins Oscar’s cosplay group, she can have a chance to go to New York since they’re planning to attend a convention there. Will she join Oscar’s cosplay group? Or count her losses and forget her Biomom ever contacted her?

Recommended by: Ayla Franco, Youth Services Assistant

Posted in: Young Adult Fiction


Friends Like These

by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez

There is a saying that goes “with friends like that, who needs enemies” and this YA novel exemplifies that perfectly. At an unsupervised party that a group of teens has at Tegan’s house, events soon explode out of control due to drugs, alcohol, and emotions. As the police and FBI try to determine exactly what happened that night, the teens scramble to cover for each other, leave out important information, and two of them, Jessica and Jake, try to solve how the night got so out of control and what actually happened to them and Tegan.

Recommended by: Joan Stoiber Youth Services Reference Librarian I

Posted in: Young Adult Fiction


Birthday

by Meredith Russo

Morgan and Eric are best friends. They were born on the same day and have always shared their birthdays together. As they get older, Eric starts to figure out who he is and what he wants to do. Morgan on the other hand doesn’t fit in their own body. Born a male, they feel more at home as a female. Afraid to tell anyone their secret, Morgan’s life starts to spin out of control and they are miserable. Will Eric and Morgan’s family figure out what’s going on and be able to help before it’s too late?

Recommended by: Erin Faxel, Youth Services Teen Librarian

Posted in: Young Adult Fiction


The Weight Of Blood

by Tiffany Jackson

This story resembles the book/movie Carrie. An outcast member of a small-town high school is brutally bullied by everyone in her life. She is biracial but has been passing for white her whole life. Her secret is ruined one day and she becomes the main target for racist bullies at her school. After a viral bullying video shows the racist roots of the town, student leaders decide to hold the town’s first integrated prom. The popular white girl convinces her black boyfriend to take the outcast to prom. Things don’t go as planned of course. The outcast has another secret, and it’s one that will cost those who tormented her their lives.

This book is available in the library and on OverDrive/Libby as an ebook and e audiobook.

Recommended by: Erin Faxel, Youth Services Teen Librarian

Posted in: Young Adult Fiction


Final Gambit

by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The conclusion to the Inheritance Game series. Avery just needs to make it a few more weeks before the Hawthorne fortune is hers. Trouble arrives though, in the form of an unexpected visitor who needs help and who sets a new set of puzzles in motion. With her life on the line and secrets about to be reviled, will Avery survive all of the Hawthorne riddles and games?

This book is available in the library and on OverDrive/Libby as an ebook and e audiobook.

Recommended by: Erin Faxel, Youth Services Teen Librarian

Posted in: Young Adult Fiction


Nothing More To Tell

by Karen McManus

A girl named Brynn returns to a school 4 years after her family had moved out of town. 4 years ago, one of her teachers was found dead, and the case was never solved. Brynn gets an internship working at a true-crime show and her big story is to find out what happened to Mr. Larkin. Students, teachers, and neighbors are all on the suspect list. 4 years ago, someone got away with murder, but they’re about to be caught.

This book is available in the library and on OverDrive/Libby as an ebook and e audiobook.

Recommended by: Erin Faxel, Youth Services Teen Librarian

Posted in: Young Adult Fiction


October 2022

Dark Room Etiquette

by Robin Roe

This YA book is over 500 pages long, but it grabs the reader—no pun intended as Sayers Wayte, the main character, is kidnapped—from the start. With his privileged lifestyle, Sayers feels nothing can touch him and he uses and abuses his charm, money and looks. After being kidnapped by a man who insists he is his long-lost son, he starts on a long journey of not only physical survival but also emotional and mental survival. Coping with the traumatic events becomes a soul searching and heart wrenching process to find his way back to discover who he really is.

Recommended by: Joan Stoiber, Youth Services Reference Librarian

Posted in: Young Adult Fiction


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