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January 2021

Clean Getaway

by Nic Stone

William “Scoob” Lamar is on a remarkably interesting and confusing RV trip with his grandmother. Between talking in her sleep, taking him to unusual places and telling him things she never had before, Scoob is confused and sometimes frightened but is ultimately enlightened. This book is available in the library and on Overdrive/Libby as an ebook and e audiobook.

Recommended by: Becky McCormack, Youth Services Assistant Manager

Posted in: Youth Fiction


A Mouse in the House

by Ghada Rafati

This book tells about a little girl named Charlie who lives with 3 cats, 2 birds and 1 dog. She has learned the importance of taking care of animals by watching her mom take care of their pets at home. See how Charlie reacts when she notices an unexpected visitor in the house this winter. See how Charlie reacts. The story is very well thought out and will teach your children how to treat little animals. Ideal for kids around Charlie’s age 4-7 years old.
Recommended by: Ghada Rafati, Patron Services Clerk

Posted in: Youth Fiction


Just Like That

by Gary D. Schmidt

Set in the 1960s just as earlier books such as The Wednesday Wars and Okay for Now, Schmidt has written another gem of a book with compassion and humor. Meryl Lee Kowalski and Matt Coffin meet at a Maine boarding school run by Mrs. Nora MacKnockater. Both are working through life events that have caused them unhappiness. As they work their way to growth and change, they find that they need help from each other and others to overcome the past.

Recommended by: Joan Stoiber, Youth Reference Librarian I

Posted in: Youth Fiction


To Night Owl From Dogfish

by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Avery and Bet are being sent to camp together by their fathers who want to take a motorcycle trip to China. They agree NOT to become friends or see each other at all in person. As the plot moves forward they, of course, become friends and that dynamic creates quite a bit of drama. Written entirely through email and letter exchanges, this book is highly entertaining. This book is available in the library and on Overdrive/Libby as an ebook and e audiobook.

Recommended by: Becky McCormack, Youth Services Assistant Manager

Posted in: Youth Fiction


Ahimsa

by Supriya Kelkar

Based on the author’s great grandmother’s experiences in India, this historical fiction book deals with prejudice and the fight for independence. The main character, Anjali, is unhappy when her mother tells her she is joining Gandhi’s peaceful rebellion. As her mother makes adjustments to help improve her country, Anjali slowly comes around to her mother’s way of thinking. 

Recommended by: Becky McCormack, Youth Services Assistant Manager

Posted in: Youth Fiction


The Canyon’s Edge

by Dusty Bowling

A novel in verse by the author of Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus. Nora and her father go hiking in a slot canyon on the anniversary of Nora’ mother’s death in a restaurant shooting. A flash flood separates them and leaves Nora with no supplies. As she struggles to survive the desert, Nora must also survive the Beast who has haunted her dreams for the past year. This is a page turning book full of action and emotion as Nora struggles to survive her inner and outer demons. This book is available in the library and on Overdrive/Libby as an ebook and e audiobook.

Recommended by: Joan Stoiber, Youth Services Reference Librarian I

Posted in: Youth Fiction


They Threw Us Away (The Teddies Saga #1)

by Daniel Kraus

First in a trilogy for middle grades, this is the story of Buddy, a teddy bear, who finds himself in a garbage dump and releases other bears that he finds still in their boxes. How did they get there?   Why were they dumped? The teddies only want to be hugged by a child so they can have their Forever Sleep.

To do so, the teddies must band together to try and survive the many perils awaiting them as they try to find a home. This book reads like a cross between a fairy tale and Toy Story. It is a great read and leaves the reader anxious for the sequel.

Recommended by: Joan Stoiber, Youth Services Reference Librarian I

Posted in: Youth Fiction


December 2020

Words on Fire

by Jennifer Nielsen

Audra, a young Lithuanian girl, escapes her farm house when both of her parents are arrested. Her mother gives her a package, tells her the recipient’s name and town and tells her to give it only to that person. Although Audra is frightened and confused, she does her best amidst many difficulties to fulfill her mother’s wish. This title is also available on Hoopla.

Recommended by: Becky McCormack, Youth Services Assistant Manager

Posted in: Youth Fiction


Infinite Hope: A Black Artist’s Journey from World War II to Peace

by Ashley Bryan

Ashley Bryan, an artist, storyteller and writer, tells the story of his service in World War II. This autobiography includes many of his letters home and much of his art produced during those years. 

Recommended by: Becky McCormack, Youth Services Assistant Manager

Posted in: Youth Biographies


King and the Dragonflies

by Kacen Callender

This book opens with the recent death of King’s older brother, Khalid. As the family is learning to live with this loss, King’s former best friend goes missing. Add King’s emerging sexual identity and friend issues for a page turning real life drama. 

Recommended by: Becky McCormack, Youth Services Assistant Manager

Posted in: Youth Fiction


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