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Staff Picks

November 2020

Song for a Whale

by Lynne Kelly

Iris, along with her grandmother, is deaf. When Iris finds out about a whale who has difficulty communicating with other whales, she immediately feels a connection. When her parents deny her wish to try to visit the whale in person, she hatches another plan. This title is also available in OverDrive.

Recommended by: Becky McCormack, Youth Services Assistant Manager

Posted in: Youth Fiction

I Had That Same Dream Again: The Complete Manga Collection

by Yoru Sumino

When grade schooler Nanoka is asked by her teacher to define what “happiness” means to her, she isn’t too sure what the correct answer is. But she is more than sure her friends can help her find the answer. Which consists of an un-happy girl who engages in self-harm, a high school student ostracized by her classmates and an elderly woman looking to live out her twilight years in peace. But what do these three different people have in common? As Nanoka tries to find her place in the world by exploring her relationship with these three strangers, she comes to know herself and the meaning of “happiness”.
Recommeneded by: April Balasa, Patron Services Clerk

Posted in: Adult Fiction

Truly Devious

by Maureen Johnson

Stevie Bell is obsessed with solving crimes and the 80-year-old unsolved Ellingham murders/kidnapping are on the top of her list. Millionaire Albert Ellingham left behind a school for gifted students high up in the mountains of Vermont and Stevie was accepted. Knowing that this could be her only chance to solve the Ellingham murders, Stevie gets right to work collecting any information she can. When danger comes back to the Ellingham estate, Stevie now has two mysteries to solve. Johnson reveals details from Ellingham’s story with flashbacks to his life and police interviews after the Ellingham kidnapping. Truly Devious is the first book in this teen mystery series and is available in hardcover and on OverDrive as an ebook and e audiobook.

Recommended by: Brandi Smits, Youth Services Manager

Posted in: Young Adult Fiction

Trust: America’s Best Chance

by Pete Buttigieg

I read this book on a recommendation from a friend and I was not disappointed. Buttigieg discusses the 2020 presidential candidacy from his perspective including the end of his campaign and how he still believes the country needs to move forward. It’s a short and very timely read and includes the current state of our nation focusing on the pandemic and protests as well as the events leading up to the election. I’m not one to usually read books written by politicians, but it was the right book for the right time. I also highly recommend listening to the audiobook as Buttigieg does a fantastic job with the narration. This title is available as a physical copy as well as on OverDrive as an ebook and e audiobook.

Recommended by: Brandi Smits, Youth Services Manager

Posted in: Adult Nonfiction


 Dad’s on a hunting trip and hasn’t been home in a few days is the line that starts it all. Brothers Sam and Dean Winchester embark on a road trip to find their father saving people, hunting things that go bump in the night along the way. But this show is more than that, it is about family ( in all its forms), life, death, and the supernatural. This is definitely a binge worthy series!
Recommended by: Jenna Schwartz, Adult Reference Librarian I

Posted in: Movies/TV

The Prodigal Son

 Malcom Bright is a criminal psychologist, one of the best in fact. He assists the FBI in solving crimes using his twisted genius. His genius is twisted due to his father, a surgeon and serial killer. This show is very suspenseful and has you at the edge of your seat every time. The acting is phenomenal! You have The Walking Dead’s Thomas Payne, the great Martin Sheen, and the legendary Lou Diamond Phillips.
Recommended by: Jenna Schwartz, Adult Reference Librarian I

Posted in: Movies/TV

Death by Chocolate Lab (Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery #1)

by Bethany Blake

Resident pet sitter Daphne has a soft spot for every stay that wanders into the lakeside village of Sylvan Creek. That doesn’t stop her however from disliking the arrogant, womanizing owner of the Blue Ribbon K-9 Academy. When Steve turns up dead and his prize-winning chocolate Labrador goes missing Daphne can think of a long list of people who would want to see that man dead. Her sister Piper being at the top of the police departments suspect list. Aided with her two trusty dogs and only armed with her Ph.D. in Philosophy can Daphne find the true killer before she becomes the next victim?
Recommended by: April Balasa, Patron Services Clerk

Posted in: Adult Fiction

Plain Bad Heroines

by Emily M. Danforth

This horror-comedy and highly imaginative novel focuses on a cursed boarding school for girls in New England. Flo and Clara, innocent girls who can easily be lead astray are obsessed with a darling young author Mary MacLane, the author of a scandalous bestselling memoir. With mysterious deaths, sly humor and gothic mischief Plain Bad Heroines is a book you don’t want to miss. This title is also available on OverDrive.
Recommended by: April Balasa, Patron Services Clerk

Posted in: Adult Fiction

The Ravens (The Ravens, #1)

by Kass Morgan

If you think Kappa Rho Nu is just your average sorority, think again. The sisters of Kappa Rho Nu all share a secret, they are a coven of witches. The newest pledge Scarlett Winters has a lot to live up to seeing her mother was the president of Kappa Rho Nu when she was in school. But when initiation comes and Scarlet is paired up with a girl named Vivi the girls find themselves entering a sinister world of blood oaths and betrayal.
Recommended by: April Balasa, Patron Services Clerk

Posted in: Young Adult Fiction

The Girl Who Wasn’t There

by Penny Joelson

Kasia spends much of her time looking out her bedroom window as she tries to recover her strength from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. She is so certain that she has seen another young girl in the window in the house across the street, but the couple who live there say there is not. Is it a ghost? Or is something more sinister going on in the house, and can Kasia and her new friend, Nav, discover the truth before it is too late for any of them? This is a crime-thriller that keeps the pages turning.

Recommended by Joan Stoiber, Youth Services Reference Librarian 1

Posted in: Young Adult Fiction

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