Staff Picks

April 2020

Tweet Cute

by Emma Lord

Pepper is a busy high school student, balancing her grades, college applications, swim team, and her mom’s fast-food Twitter account. When Big League Burger accidentally starts a feud with a small local business, all of Twitter sits back to enjoy the show. As Pepper tries to navigate her Twitter fight, she finds herself spending more time with Jack, a guy she’s known for years but never paid much attention to, meanwhile also talking to Wolf, a guy she’s never met on an app developed for her school. Will her Twitter feud accidentally lead to a meet-up with the perfect guy? Or has she already met him? Also available on OverDrive.

Recommended by: Alejandra Menendez, Youth Services Reference Librarian I

Posted in: Young Adult Fiction

Ordinary Hazards: A Memoir

by Nikki Grimes

This novel in verse takes us through the author’s formative years of life. Since her mother is a paranoid schizophrenic and her father is unable to care for her, Nikki and her sister land in the foster care system. When her mother remarries Nikki is brought back to live with her but her older sister is not. Nikki misses her sister and her biological father who encourages her artistic side. While difficult to read at times, this book is ultimately uplifting and celebrates perseverance and fortitude. 

Recommended by: Becky McCormack, Youth Services Assistant Manager

Posted in: Young Adult Nonfiction

Five Feet Apart

by Rachael Lippincott

The title of this book refers to the distance at which Stella and Will, both of whom have cystic fibrosis, must stay from each other. Stella initially dislikes Will when they meet in the hospital due to his wanton disregard for his health. Will, an artist, agrees to use the app Stella created to take his medications if she’ll let him draw her portrait. And the rest, they say, is history. But how it all comes together is the real fun in this romantic tale. Also available on OverDrive.

Recommended by: Becky McCormack, Youth Services Assistant Manager

Posted in: Young Adult Fiction

The Parker Inheritance

by Varian Johnson

Candice loves mysteries and brain teasers. After she finds a letter addressed to her grandmother, she teams up with Brandon, the boy across the street to try to solve a mystery from the 1950s and to collect a fortune. Flipping between the present and past, the children uncover a case of racism that is still impacting the town. Fans of The Westing Game, which plays a role in this mystery, will enjoy this complex, yet fast-paced story. This book is a 2019 Coretta Scott King Honor Book. Also available on OverDrive.

Recommended by: Joan Stoiber, Youth Reference Librarian I

Posted in: Youth Fiction

Stef Soto, Taco Queen

by Jennifer Torres

A debut novel about a young girl finding her voice. Stef is tired of being teased about her family’s taco truck. But when the city steps in with regulations, which side will Stef be on? This is a heartwarming multicultural novel based on current events. Also available on OverDrive.

Recommended by: Joan Stoiber, Youth Reference Librarian I

Posted in: Youth Fiction

Nowhere Boy

by Katherine Marsh

A story about being in a lockdown situation during a real lockdown! In this book it is not a virus, but a threat of terrorism that has caused the lockdown in Brussels. Ahmed has fled Syria with his father but ends up hiding alone in the wine cellar of Max’s house. Max, newly arrived from Washington, D.C. and feeling uncomfortable in his new surroundings, discovers him and wants to help. But after a terrorist attack occurs, the police are looking for any foreigners. What to do when you don’t know who to trust, including your family? A timely novel about the importance of understanding to replace the fear of different cultures.  Based on a true, similar incident that occurred during WWII. Also available on OverDrive.

Recommended by: Joan Stoiber, Youth Reference Librarian I

Posted in: Youth Fiction

Lifeboat 12: Based on a True Story

by Susan Hood

What difference could it make if Ken got on lifeboat 12 instead of lifeboat 8? Ken finds out when the ship he is on is torpedoed before it can reach Canada from England. Many parents were evacuating their children to escape the Blitz to the safety of Canada. To do so though, they had to cross the Atlantic Ocean. Ken finds himself on lifeboat 12 with other survivors but with limited food and water. Can they survive the stress, the storms, and keep their sanity? Also available on OverDrive.

Recommended by: Joan Stoiber, Youth Services Reference Librarian I

Posted in: Youth Fiction

A Cry in the Dark (Carly Moore: Book 1)

by Denise Grover Swank

Carly, a young woman with a brand new identity, is on the run from a family mired down in shady business dealings. But while on the road to a new town, her car breaks down. Carly then meets a handsome tow-truck driver, takes on a part-time job, witnesses a murder and then becomes the target of those murderers. A few bad people, in this small, forgotten town in the Smoky Mountains, think she’s someone she’s not. So she’ll have to solve a murder to prove them wrong. And while all this goes on around her, she worries that someone may recognize her. Will she find the chance to get back on the road before her father finds her? If you enjoy suspense with some light romance, this might be the series for you. Available on OverDrive.

Recommended by: Michelle Przekwas, Adult Services Shelver

Posted in: Adult Fiction

Willow Moss and the Lost Day (Starfell Series, book 1)

by Dominique Valente

In the kingdom of Starfell, magic is real–but not everybody has magical powers. Willow Moss is the youngest in the Moss family, and by comparison, her magical talent is small. Her mother can speak to the dead, her sisters can make things explode, and her grandmother was a world-famous potion maker. Willow’s talent is finding lost things; usually keys or toothbrushes. Nobody thinks much of Willow’s magical skill… Until the day that the world’s most feared witch comes asking for Willow’s help. Last Tuesday has gone missing, and that lost day threatens to unravel the universe. This delightful story draws from many classic fantasy elements, yet still feels fresh. I loved the cast of characters: monsters, dragons, trolls, and of course, witches. This book is a delightful escape from the mundane, and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. Also available on Hoopla.

Recommended by: Kara DeCarlo, Youth Services School Liasion

Posted in: Youth Fiction

Terns of Endearment

by Donna Andrews

Meg and family join Meg’s grandfather Dr. Blake, on a cruise in which he will be giving lectures. All seems to be going well until a famous writer falls overboard. Was it a suicide, the curse of the Bermuda Triangle, or foul play? Also available on Hoopla.

Recommended by: Holly Balasa, Youth Services Shelver

Posted in: Adult Fiction

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