Staff Picks


June 2020

Forest of Souls (Shamanborn, #1)

by Lori M. Lee

Sirscha might come from nothing but she’s intent on becoming something. After years of hard work and training to become the queen’s next royal spy everything comes undone when her best friend Saengo is killed but then is restored back to life by Sirscha. Now with her new found abilities as a soulguide she is summoned to restrain the wild and untamed trees of the Dead Wood. She must do so quickly before the trees shatter the brittle peace or even worse, claim Saengo.
Recommended by: April Balasa, Patron Services Clerk

Posted in: Young Adult Fiction


Hood

by Jenny Elder Moke

Isabelle of Kirkless has only ever known a quiet life within the sheltered walls of the convent, where she lives with her mother Marien. She had no idea she had the blood of both kings and rebels alike flowing in her veins. But when Prince John’s ruthless right hand man the Wolf disturbs that Isabelle must seek out the only man that can help. The father she never knew, Robin Hood. Joining forces with him and his merry men, Isabelle is thrust into a world of thieves, mercenaries, handsome young outlaws, new enemies with old grudges, and a king that wants her and her family dead. Does she have what it takes? Or will the Wolf win in the end? The next chapter in the Robin Hood story continues, are you ready for the newest adventure?
Recommended by: April Balasa, Patron Services Clerk

Posted in: Young Adult Fiction


By the Book

by Amanda Sellet

Mary Porter-Malcolm is a devotee to classic literature and she knows all to well about Mistakes That Have Been Made, especially by young woman who don’t know any better. After a girl at her new school nearly succumbs to the wiles of a notorious cad, Mary begins to write the Scoundrels Survival Guide, which is a rundown of literary types to be avoided at all cost. It doesn’t take long for Mary however to realize that real life and the literary world don’t play by the same rules. Now if she wants her own happy ending Mary is going to have to write it herself. Also available on OverDrive.
Recommended by: April Balasa, Patron Services Clerk

Posted in: Young Adult Fiction


Mommy’s Khimar

by Jamilah Thompkins - Bigelow

This book is about a little girl from Africa who likes mommy’s Khimar or Hijab. She likes to look inside mommy’s closet and count the Khimars, there are so many colors. She wears them without her mom seeing her and when she wears her favorite yellow Khimar (hijab) she becomes a queen with a golden train or a superhero in a cape that can run at a speed of a light, but at night mommy’s Khimar makes her feel she is safe and that mommy is always around.

Recommended by: Ghada Rafati, Patron Service Clerk

Posted in: Youth Fiction


Ninth House

by Leigh Bardugo

Alex Stern has a secret skill.  She can see ghosts.  For a while when she was a kid, she didn’t realize others couldn’t see the gray-tinted people roaming around.  It got her in trouble and made her an outcast.  Now her special skills are a perfect fit to join the Lethe, a group of people set to monitor the rituals of the secret society houses of Yale.  The disappearance of her mentor, a suspicious murder, and a well-known ghost pull her deep into a world of magic, horror, and secrets.  Bardugo is well-known for her YA novels in the Grisha universe, but this is her first novel for adults.  Ninth House is a hefty first book in a series, but worth the read.

Recommended by: Brandi Smits, Youth Services Manager

Posted in: Adult Fiction


I See the Sun in Turkey

by Dedie King

This book is a bi-lingual picture book. Mehmet is a little boy from Turkey who lives with his mom, dad, older brother Farouk and his baby brother Hilal. Mehmet enjoys the everyday walk to school with his mom and fishing with his dad. The family would pray Isha every night at the Blue Mosque while many kids play in the yard of the mosque. What is fantastic about this book is that it is not just talking about a Turkish family’s daily life, it also talks about how Mehmet treated and helped the refugees in his city in a very gentle and kind way even as a little boy.
Recommended by: Ghada Rafati, Patron Services Clerk

Posted in: Youth Fiction


World on Fire

This World War II British drama follows the lives of ordinary people and how the war affected them.  Staring actors like Sean Bean and Helen Hunt this is one TV series you don’t want to miss.
Recommended by: April Balasa, Patron Services Clerk

Posted in: Movies/TV


Girls Save the World in This One

by Ash Parsons

June and her two best friends are more then excited for the biggest event ever to come to their town and that is the thing that celebrates all things zombie related: ZombieCon! As die hard fans of the show Human Wasteland the girls plan to hit all the panels, photo ops and even meet the cast but soon strange things start happening. Some people seem to be getting way to into the zombie thing and when one even bites a cast member, the girls realize this could only mean one thing. The Zombie Apocalypse has really come to ZombieCon!
Recommended by: April Balasa, Patron Services Clerk

Posted in: Young Adult Fiction


VFW

Don’t let the title mislead you. VFW is not another war picture but something a little more out there. While spending another night at their local VFW hall a group of military veterans get thrown head first into an all out war, when an innocent teenager shows up with a bag full of drugs she stole from a drug dealer that was responsible for her sister’s death. Now with the dealer and his goons wanting their stash back the veterans are in for the fight of their lives as they try to protect their VFW hall and the teenage girl. With a fabulous cast of actors as well as some good one liners VFW is a one of a kind movie you don’t want to miss.
Recommended by: April Balasa, Patron Services Clerk

Posted in: Movies/TV


Abigail

When Abigail was just a little girl her father was taken away. The authorities claimed he was one of the sick. Now that Abby is old and the epidemic has returned to her closed off city, she is more then determined to find out what really happened to her father. This beautiful Steampunk movie takes the viewer on an adventure as they question what seems to be on Abby’s mind: what if they sick aren’t really sick, but they have magic instead?
Recommended by: April Balasa, Patron Services Clerk

Posted in: Movies/TV


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