Staff Picks

December 2020

Curiosity: the Story of a Mars Rover

by Markus Motum

A beautifully illustrated and written story told from the point of view of Curiosity, the Mars rover launched in 2011 and arriving on Mars in 2012 after traveling 350,000,000 miles. Full of interesting facts and details about the process to get there, the ongoing mission, and the rover itself, this is a book not to miss reading.

Recommended by: Joan Stoiber, Youth Reference Librarian I

Posted in: Youth Fiction

The Brokenwood Mysteries: Series 1

Meet Detective Mike Shepherd, new to small town ‘Brokenwood’, who is called in to help solve the murder of a local man in an episode titled ‘Blood and Water.’ The dead man’s history is tied to a hit and run victim from ten years earlier which further intrigues Detective Shepherd. Brokenwood police, along with Shepherd’s new assistant Detective Sims, believe the visiting detective is a bit quirky.  He loves country-western music on cassette tape, talks to the deceased victim, and has a 1971 classic car which he defends from a distraught man with a rifle. The New Zealand wine country setting is beautifully highlighted in each episode. Series 1 contains four episodes and all are movie length. If you have completed most or all of Midsomer Murders or Death in Paradise TV series and enjoyed them, this series might just be your next binge. It has seven seasons for you to enjoy. Also available on Hoopla.

Recommended by: Michelle Przekwas, Adult Services, Shelver

Posted in: Movies/TV

Forget Me Nat (Nat Enough #2), Volume 2

by Maria Scrivan

This graphic novel is #2 in the series Nat Enough. Nat has a crush on Derek! The world is wonderful until he tells her that he just wants to be friends, right before the Valentine’s Day dance Now she is crushed. With humor and insight into the junior high mind, Scrivan has Nat work her way through her problems to become true to her real friends and especially to herself.

Recommended by: Joan Stoiber, Youth Reference Librarian I

Posted in: Youth Fiction

They Called Us Enemy

by George Takei

George Takei of Star Trek fame tells the story of how his Japanese/American family was forced into internment camps during World War II. The story begins when the author is a young boy and continues up to the present day.  This title is also available on OverDrive and Hoopla.

Recommended by: Becky McCormack, Youth Services Assistant Manager

Posted in: Young Adult Fiction


by Julie Buxbaum

Straight from current headlines, this novel centers on the college admissions bribery scandal. Chloe Berringer is excited about getting into her dream college until the FBI show up at her door. Then she becomes entangled in her parents’ deceit, her possible own involvement, and the impact of learning that others don’t believe you can be successful without their help. Emotions run high between family and friends as they try to come to terms with the legal, ethical, and emotional issues the scandal has triggered.

Recommended by: Joan Stoiber, Youth Reference Librarian I

Posted in: Young Adult Fiction

Goodbye, Mr. Terupt

by Rob Buyea

Book 4 in this popular series sees Mr. Terupt announcing that he will be moving away at the end of the school year. Jeffrey, Alexia, Anna, Danielle, Luke, Peter, and Jessica, who have known him since 5th grade are now 8th graders and have him as their advisor. This group needs advising with their many different issues—physical, emotional, or relational. The students come up with a bucket-list of projects to make the last year memorable for them all and beyond.

Submitted by: Joan Stoiber, Youth Reference Librarian I

Posted in: Youth Fiction

Breaking the Ice: The True Story of the First Woman to Play in the National Hockey League

by Angie Bullaro

At the age of 5, Manon played goalie for her father’s team in Canada. She went on to become the first woman to play in the Pee-Wee tournament, Junior hockey league, and on an NHL team, the Tampa Bay Lightning. As times changed from the 1970s and more women played hockey, she was also a member of the 1998 first women’s hockey team in the Olympics playing for Team Canada.

Recommended by: Joan Stoiber, Youth Services Reference Librarian I

Posted in: Youth Biographies

Emmy Noether: The Most Important Mathematician You’ve Never Heard Of

by Helaine Becker

Emmy Noether is not well known, from how to pronounce her name to the many accomplishments in science she achieved. Her name is pronounced NER-ter and she was female, German, and Jewish, which is why in the 1930s her contributions to science were claimed by male scientists or used by them with no credit to her. She eventually had to flee Nazi Germany for America, where she was able to teach at Bryn Mawr College. Besides Noether’s theorem, which helps understand the universe, she developed math concepts to help understand the atom, develop computer software, and saved Einstein’s theory of relativity.

Recommended by: Joan Stoiber, Youth Services Reference Librarian I

Posted in: Youth Biographies

A Darker Shade of Magic

by V.E. Schwab

Kell is an Antari, a rare magic user that has to ability not only to perform a variety of spells, but can travel to the different versions of London. Grey London is completely without magic, White London has magic, but it is also run by a corrupt sibling duo that limits what can be done. Red London, Kell’s home, is a magical place where magic is found everywhere. Finally, there is Black London, a place that is all but lost and no one ever visits. When Kell is given an artifact from one London and brings it to another, he soon realizes that he was set up to be taken down by his enemies. With the help of Lila Bard, a pickpocket from Grey London, Kell must do what he can to get rid of the powerful relic. This first book of a series can be found in the library as well as on Hoopla.

Recommended by: Brandi Smits, Youth Services Manager

Posted in: Adult Fiction

Something’s Wrong With Us

by Natsumi Ando

Married to the enemy! This spin-chilling, sexy and dark psychological series follows Nao a 21-year-old traditional Japanese sweet maker and the man who framed her mother for murder. I highly recommend going into this series with knowing as little as possible. You are certainly in for a treat.
Recommended by: April Balasa, Patron Services Clerk

Posted in: Adult Fiction

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