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Staff Picks

September 2022

The Path

by Bob Staake

This is a beautifully written picture book that is inspirational and uplifting.  It teaches the reader that there are many paths and important choices to make in life. Some of these paths may be challenging, but it shows that they can be conquered and the reader will move forward to create their own path in life.  I loved the simplistic colorful illustrations that tie in perfectly to the lyrical words. 

Recommended by: Lenore Garoufalis, Youth Services Assistant

Posted in: Youth Fiction

Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn

by Kenard Pak

Autumn has arrived and soon enough nature will once again remind us of the delightfulness of those early Fall days and the beauty all around us. The transitional aspects of the changing seasons are presented in this beautiful book as a conversation between a young child and nature itself. Whether in the forest or around town, children will learn and recognize the signs of autumn as they read and explore the evocative images in this engaging picture book. 

Recommended by: Fanny Camargo, Youth Services Reference Librarian

Posted in: Youth Fiction

Barakah Beats

by Maleeha Siddiqui

Nimra, who’s in 7th grade, is going to public school for the first time. She’s excited because her best friend from preschool, Jenna, goes to the same school. But once school starts Nimra senses that Jenna isn’t as invested in their friendship as Nimra. When Nimra is asked to join a popular band with older boys she becomes conflicted trying to blend her faith, music and new friends. 

Recommended by: Becky McCormack, Youth Services Assistant Manager

Posted in: Youth Fiction

The Jigsaw Jungle

by Kristin Levine

Claudia’s dad, who’s a teacher, doesn’t come home after the last day of school. Claudia and her mom are frightened and anxious. They file a missing person’s report and wait to find out any information. Then Claudia hears from her dad and it turns out he’s not missing at all. He’s just gone to visit a friend to ‘think things over’. Now Claudia is confused and mad.

This book is available in the library and on OverDrive as an ebook.

Recommended by: Becky McCormack, Youth Services Assistant Manager

Posted in: Youth Fiction

The Chance to Fly

by Ali Stroker

Natalie is concerned for a few reasons. For one, she has just moved across the country so is the new kid in class. Secondly, she really wants to try out for a musical but isn’t sure about getting a part. Her parents seem to want her to stick with wheelchair racing instead so she has to get to tryouts on her own. Things start working out when she makes new friends but then drama strikes!

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

How to Survive Your Murder

by Danielle Valentine

A perfect meta read where Scream meets Happy Death Day is the perfect book for the up-and-coming spooky season. Alice is the eye witness to her sister Claire’s death last Halloween. But every one doubts she saw what she says she did. When a Sidney Prescott look-alike confronts her in the bathroom of the courthouse and asks her if she is okay sending an innocent guy to jail, Alice gets a second chance at that faithful night one year ago. Now all she has to do is keep Claire and herself alive as she tries to find who is really out to get them.
Recommended by: April Balasa, Patron Services Clerk

Posted in: Young Adult Fiction

Self-Made Boys: A Great Gatsby Remix

by Anna-Marie McLemore

The author, who identified self as transgender, mixed race, read The Great Gatsby and immediately thought of this remix. Traveling to New York City in 1922, Nicolás Caraveo, a 17-year-old Latinx transgender boy from Wisconsin, hoped to make enough money on Wall Street to send money back to parents for their support. He rented a house in West Egg from his 18-year-old cousin, Daisy Fabrega, and found out that his cousin went by Daisy Fay and passed as white. Nick’s neighbor in West Egg was a mysterious young man named Jay Gatsby, who threw wild, dazzling parties. Nick tried to overcome prejudice and decadence, as he found himself falling for Jay, even though he knew Jay loved Daisy. Many aspects of the original story such as Nick, Myrtle, the gas station, and swimming pool are incorporated into the remix with all new orientations of the characters.

Recommended by: Joan Stoiber, Youth Services Librarian

Posted in: Young Adult Fiction


by Megan Freeman

In this novel in verse, Maddie wakes up to realize that her entire town is deserted except for her. She is unable to determine exactly what happened but must now seek to provide for herself. She forges ahead with a Rottweiler named George and LOTS of library books. As time goes by, she encounters many different scenarios that test her resourcefulness and ingenuity in order to stay as safe and healthy as possible. 

Recommended by: Becky McCormack, Youth Services Assistant Manager

The Legend of Auntie Po

by Shing Yin Khor

Mei lives in a logging camp with her cook father who is from China. She makes the best pies ever. Her best friend, Bee, is the camp foreman’s father. When racial tumult enters the scene, Mei tries to navigate her new world. She receives comfort through her retelling of stories of the Chinese matriarch, Auntie Po, and her giant blue water buffalo, Pei Pei. 

Recommended by: Becky McCormack, Youth Services Assistant Manager

Posted in: Youth Fiction

The Pigeon Will Ride the Roll Coaster!

by Mo Willems

This brand-new picture book was recommended to me by friend and coworker. It did not disappoint.  We all love our friend Pigeon!  Pigeon is witty, adorable and loves hot dogs. In this book Pigeon mentally prepares himself to ride a roller coaster. He knows he’ll have to wait in line and need a ticket. Pigeon is very excited for how awesome the ride will be. Will the roller coaster be as thrilling as Pigeon envisions? You’ll have to read to find out!

Recommended by: Malorie Carpenter, Youth Services Assistant

Posted in: Youth Fiction

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