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March 2024

Hannah and the Ramadan Gift

by Qasim Rashid

A charming story about the holy month of Ramadan and Eid Al-Fitr holiday. This picture book will teach children how to help people in their community. The month of Ramadan for Muslims is about being generous and forgiving, not just about fasting. If you are unfamiliar with this part of Islam, you will find the answers in this very simple, joyful story.
Recommended by: Ghada Rafati, Patron Services Clerk

Posted in: Youth Fiction

Kind of Spark

by Elle McNicoll

Addie is autistic along with her sister, Keedie. They have a very strong bond. Unfortunately, Addie’s new teacher is not kind to her and treats her differently from the other students. When Addie learns at school that in the past women were accused of being witches and burned at the stake, she feels empathy for them. She wants to commemorate them and attempts to receive permission from the village board. 

 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

February 2024

Connor Crowe Can’t Let Go

by Howard Pearlstein

This picture book has a wonderful and important message to kids about our obsession with electronic devices. It shows all of the simple joys in life that can be experienced without devices and more importantly all the wonderful feelings and reconnection with family which is so important in our daily lives.  Recommended for Ages 5 and up.
Recommended by: Lenore Garoufalis, Youth Services Assistant

Posted in: Youth Fiction

The Plot to Kill a Queen

by Deborah Hopkinson

Emilia Bassano is the narrator and heroine of this historical fiction story that is written in three acts. She is always “wondering” and thinking “why not?” which proves to be very useful as she investigates the plot to kill a queen and acts as a secret agent. Although she grew up in Queen Elizabeth’s castle, she is sent to Sheffield Castle, where Mary, Queen of Scots is being held captive. Intrigue and subterfuge are around every corner as secret messages and double dealings are rampant throughout the castles. The illustrations add to the understanding of what life was like in Elizabethan times. The side notes about the theater and terms used such as prologue and aside are informative.

Recommended by: Joan Stoiber, Youth Services Reference Librarian I

Posted in: Youth Fiction

The Gray

by Chris Baron

Whenever Sasha feels overwhelmed by all that he sees, hears and feels, he goes to a place he calls the Gray, where it is hard to distinguish reality from fantasy. His therapist and parents feel it would be helpful for him to go stay with his aunt and get back to nature. That also means getting away from all the screen time that Sasha has been doing as the area has no wi-fi. Things don’t go smoothly as Sasha has trouble with a bully, an unfriendly boy, and falls off a horse. All of this helps him to grow and change but does it help him enough when the going gets really rough?

Recommended by: Joan Stoiber, Youth Services Reference Librarian I

Posted in: Youth Fiction

January 2024

The Life and Crimes of Hoodie Rosen

by Isaac Blum

Hoodie’s entire Orthodox Jewish community has moved to the non-Jewish town of Tregaron. The people of Tregaron aren’t happy that so many Orthodox Jews are moving in at once. When Hoodie falls for the non Jewish daughter of the mayor who is trying to kick Hoodie’s community out of town, life gets rough. Things get even worse when the town is hit by anti-Semitic crimes that escalate into a deadly shooting. Should Hoodie abandon his community for his first love, or should he stick by them through the good and bad?  This book will open your eyes to things that some in the Jewish community (and many other groups as well) are experiencing today.

Recommended by: Erin Faxel, Youth Services Teen Librarian

Posted in: Youth Fiction


by Christie Matheson

Heartbreaking story of what living in a shelter looks like in the eyes of a ten-year-old. But also shows how resilient and driven a young girl can be and how she overcomes sadness.  It also reminds readers what is most important and what we have in life is often taken for granted.
Recommended by: Lenore Garoufalis, Youth Services Assistant

Posted in: Youth Fiction

The Cardboard Kingdom: Snow and Sorcery

by Chad Sell

The Cardboard Kingdom: Snow and Sorcery by Chad Sell is the third installment of the graphic novel series. The Cardboard Kingdom is a neighborhood group of kids with big imaginations who like having adventures together. In this book, some kids from across town want to join the kingdom, but no one can seem to get along. A battle is brewing to settle things once and for all, unless they can find a way to live together in harmony. With slimy snowball attacks, elaborate costumes, and a whodunit mystery, this story has all the excitement to make you keep reading!

Recommended by: Erin Cady, Youth Services Reference Librarian

Posted in: Youth Fiction

Babble: And How Punctuation Saved It

by Caroline Adderson

A humorously written story about the town of Babble. No one could understand each other and they all talked all the time in monotone, but never listening. The first few pages are one long run on sentence because there is no punctuation. Luckily, a young girl comes along and begins to share strange objects with all the town people. With the period they can stop talking and listen. With the question mark they can have a discussion. Other punctuation marks are given out such as commas, quotation marks, apostrophes, and very importantly exclamation marks. A very fun way to emphasize the importance of using punctuation but also the importance of communication in understanding each other. 

Recommended by: Joan Stoiber, Youth Services Reference Librarian 

Posted in: Youth Fiction

Different: A Story of the Spanish Civil War

by Monica Montanes

With Francisco Franco in charge in Spain anyone who was different was in danger. Anyone who had fought for freedom had to flee the country. Different is told through the voices of seven-year-old Socorro and nine-year-old Paco who are siblings. Because their father had to escape Spain because of his political beliefs, the family must hide the truth and keep secrets in order to survive. They can’t ask for more food or better treatment because someone might find out why their father isn’t home anymore. After 8 years a letter finally arrives from the father reuniting them in Venezuela. Different is based on the author’s family history.  

Recommended by: Joan Stoiber, Youth Services Reference Librarian 

Posted in: Youth Fiction

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