Beth’s June Suggestions

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Nimona – Noelle Stevenson

The graphic novel debut from rising star Noelle Stevenson, based on her beloved and critically acclaimed web comic, which Slate awarded its Cartoonist Studio Prize, calling it “a deadpan epic.”

Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All these and more await in this subversive, irreverent epic. Featuring an exclusive epilogue not seen in the web comic, along with bonus conceptual sketches and revised pages throughout.
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An Ember in the Ashes – Sabaa Tahir

“[An Ember in the Ashes] thrusts its readers into a world marred by violence and oppression, yet does so with simple prose that can offer moments of loveliness in its clarity. This complexity makes Ember a worthy novel—and one as brave as its characters.” – The New York Times Book Review


mosquitoland coverMosquitoland – David Arnold

“Arnold proves his worth as a top-notch storyteller on his first literary go-round, which is reminiscent of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off if done by John Hughes with Jack Kerouac. . . Mosquitoland stings in all the right places, which is why it will no doubt be many teenagers’ new favorite book and win over the crustiest old-timer, too.” – USA Today

Victoria’s April Recommendation

The Line by Teri Hall

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“Rachel thinks that she and her mother are safe working for Ms. Moore at her estate close to The Line, an invisible border of the Unified States, but when Rachel has an opportunity to Cross into the forbidden zone, she is both frightened and intrigued.”  Summary from catalog

3 Similar Reads

The Maze Runner by James Dashner – “Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape.”  Summary from catalog

The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau – “In the year 241, twelve-year-old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city, perhaps even to glimpse Unknown Regions.” – Summary from catalog

The Giver by Lois Lowry – “Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.” – Summary from catalog

Victoria’s March Recommendation

Bumped by Megan McCafferty

bumped“In 2036 New Jersey, when teens are expected to become fanatically religious wives and mothers or high-priced ‘Surrogettes’ for couples made infertile by a widespread virus, sixteen-year-old identical twins Melody and Harmony find in one another the courage to believe they have choices.” – Summary from catalog

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3 Similar Reads

Wither by Lauren DeStefano – “After modern science turns every human into a genetic time bomb with men dying at age twenty-five and women dying at age twenty, girls are kidnapped and married off in order to repopulate the world.” – Summary from catalog

Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan – “Part of the first generation to be conceived in deep space, fifteen-year-old Waverly is expected to marry young and have children to populate a new planet, but a violent betrayal by the dogmatic leader of their sister ship could have devastating consequences.” – Summary from catalog

Fragments by Dan Wells – “With the help of Samm and Heron, Kira sets out on a desperate search for clues as to who she is, while Marcus and the remaining human population gear up for war with the Partials.” – Summary from catalog

Genna’s July Recommendation

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

ocean at the end of the laneI love Neil Gaiman. If you’ve never read him before, he combines mythology with realistic story lines, and his works are usually dark or haunting in some way. This book was a very quick read – less than 200 pages. It is his first adult novel that he has published since Ananasi Boys (which I also highly recommend).  The best way to describe this book is to say that when the book ended, I felt like I had woken up from a somewhat somber but fulfilling dream. It was a very emotional ending.

The story is set in England where an old man revisits his childhood neighbor’s farm – The Hempstocks – and sits by the pond. He then begins to remember his past as a child playing on the farm, and his childhood friend Lettie, and what they came across on the farm.

This book includes magic, a bad witch, and good witches, but most of all, it’s a story of survival. Also, there are a few cute kittens that make an appearance in the story. 🙂 Beautifully written, and very haunting. Loved every second of it, and cried at the end.

Other Recommend Reads by Author Neil Gaiman:

Anansi Boys 

American Gods

Good Omens

The Graveyard Book


Victoria’s April Recommendation

Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close

girls in white dresses“Girls in White Dresses tells the story of three women grappling with heartbreak and career change, family and new love- all while suffering through endless rounds of weddings and bridal showers.” – (From the inside of the book)

I love this book because it’s written in way that makes the characters and their conversations seem realistic.

3 Similar Reads:

The Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank

Bridget Jones’s Diary: A Novel by Helen Fielding

Little Earthquakes: A Novel by Jennifer Weiner



Rebecca’s May Recommendation

Sunset Park by Paul Auster

“This novel takes place during the 2008 economic crash, and begins with the movements of protagonist Miles Heller, who is living in Miami and works as someone who “trashes out” homes of those who could no longer afford to keep them.  Miles is 28 and is living in a self-imposed exile, a third year college dropout who cannot reconcile himself to a traumatic event that took place in his teens.  It is only until he meets Pilar, a young girl who he falls in love, that he travels back to his hometown in New York and lives as a squatter in an abandoned house in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.  This fast-paced, character-driven novel is beautifully and emotionally written and is told from the perspective of several people, including the other squatters of the building and from Miles’ parents.  I finished this book in less than two days–it is a wonderfully crafted work of literary fiction that grabs you at the first page and doesn’t let go.”

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3 Similar Reads (Fiction)

1) The Good Terrorist by Doris Lessing (Access to library catalog here)

2) Amsterdam by Ian McEwan (Access to library catalog here)

3) The Sea by John Banville (Access to library catalog here)

3 Similar Reads (Nonfiction)

1) Nothing to be Frightened Of by Julian Barnes (Access to library catalog here)

2) War in the Neighborhood by Seth Tobocman

3) Just Kids by Patti Smith (Access to library catalog here)

Ellen’s April Recommendation

The Watch that Ends the Night : Voices from the Titanic by Allan Wolf

Just in time for the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic, this wonderful novel in free verse is captivating and engrossing even for those who know the story of the Titanic quite well. A perfect pick for Poetry Month, and absorbing in both print and audiobook format.  I enjoyed the book so much that I requested the audiobook as well, and it is one of the best audiobooks I’ve had the pleasure of listening to.”

Read about it or request it from the library catalog!

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