Staff Picks


October 2021

A Thousand Questions

by Saadia Faruqi

Maryam, aka Mimi, travels to Pakistan with her mother to meet her maternal grandparents. Her American father, who is divorced from her mother, is working in the same town she’s visiting. With the help of the servant girl, Sakina, who Mimi has befriended, she attempts to reconnect with her father. 

Recommended by: Becky McCormack, Youth Services Assistant Manager

Posted in: Youth Fiction


Ground Zero

by Alan Gratz

Two stories are told in alternating chapters. In one, Brandon is caught in one of the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001. In the other, Reshmina is struggling with her twin brother who wants to join the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2019. 

Recommended by: Becky McCormack, Youth Services Assistant Manager

Posted in: Youth Fiction


Efren Divided

by Ernesto Cisneros

When Efren’s mother is deported to Mexico, his father works two jobs to earn money to bring his mother back. Seventh grader Efren becomes the main caretaker of his five-year-old twin siblings. As his grades begin to suffer, he decides to confide in his teacher.

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

Recommended by: Becky McCormack, Youth Services Assistant Manager


Dragon Hoops

by Gene Luen Yang

Yang alternately describes the history of basketball and the story of the Bishop O’Dowd Dragons, a high school boys’ basketball team in Oakland, CA. This graphic novel depicts the difficulties in the team’s drive to win the state basketball championship.

The book is available in the library and on OverDrvie and as ebook.

Recommended by: Becky McCormack, Youth Services Assistant Manager 

Posted in: Youth Fiction


Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish

by Pablo Cartaya

Marcus is facing suspension from eighth grade after he punches a kid at school. His mother decides to take him and his brother to Puerto Rico to visit some relatives and have a change of scenery. Marcus, however, is determined to reconnect with the father who left them behind ten years ago. 

Recommended by: Becky McCormack, Youth Services Assistant Manager

Posted in: Young Adult Fiction


The Violent Season

by Sara Walters

A debut young adult novel that keeps the heart rate and interest up through the entire book. Wolf Ridge, Vermont is a little town where every November violent deaths happen. Is it bad luck, a sickness, or people choosing to be bad?

After the murder of Wyatt’s mother the previous November, she decides to get to the causes of the killings and specifically who is her mother’s murderer. Along with high school angst involving Cash, her best friend forever, and a new love interest in Porter, Wyatt begins confronting the memories of that day.

Recommended by: Joan Stoiber, Youth Services Reference Librarian I

Posted in: Young Adult Fiction


Stepping Stones

by Lucy Knisley

Jen’s mom moves her to the country from the city after divorcing her father. A whole new life awaits her there. She has chores, her part-time sisters come to visit on weekends and her mom’s boyfriend is annoying and bossy. She helps out at the farmer’s market with her mom and feels bad when her math skills are not good enough to help with the cash register. Will she ever feel comfortable in her new home?

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


Stargazing

by Jen Wang

Christine makes a new friend when Moon moves in next door. Moon is so different from Christine; she’s a vegetarian, a Buddhist and she says she belongs in the sky. Can this friendship last? 

Recommended by: Becky McCormack, Youth Services Assistant Manager

Posted in: Youth Fiction


Polaris

by Michael Northrop

All the young deckhands of the ship named Polaris are left alone on board after a mutiny. When one of them disappears the others must band together to determine what has happened to him. Their discovery both horrifies and fascinates them. 

Recommended by: Becky McCormack, Youth Services Assistant Manager

Posted in: Young Adult Fiction


September 2021

Help, I’m Drowning: Weathering the Storms of Life with Grace and Hope

by Sally Clarkson

We can all acknowledge that 2020 was a difficult year . We hoped the fog would begin to clear in 2021, yet it still lingers. Among others mothers and caregivers have had an extremely challenging time managing the home and childcare during the pandemic.  Sally Clarkson’s timely book, Help, I’m Drowning: Weathering the Storms of Life with Grace and Hope provides practical tips for women who feel the darkness starting to take hold as they navigate the various storms of life. Each chapter provides anecdotes from Sally’s life as well as biblical references that aim to provide the reader with encouragement and hope that they can make it safely to the other side of their storm. Find this and many of Sally Clarkson’s other books on Hoopla Digital.

Recommended by: Darnetta Bolton, Youth Services Reference Librarian I

Posted in: Adult Nonfiction


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