What We're Reading Now

We're always on the lookout for wonderful new books, from picture books to adult, from light to literary.  Take a look at some of our current favorites.

Stella by Starlight (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781442494978
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 1/2015

In Bumblebee, North Carolina, segregation is alive and well in 1932. One night, Stella and her brother hear a noise across the lake and see men in robes gathered around a burning cross. Their community has long lived with the indignities and insults of segregation. When Stella and Jojo alert their parents, their community gathers together to figure out what to do next. Based loosely on her family's history, Draper's prose immerses the reader in the story. We're not reading about Stella, we are Stella. She has given her family, and all readers a great gift. For grades 4 and up. --Cathy

ISBN-13: 9780375858604
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers, 1/2015

A bear wakes up on a glorious morning and smells berries in the back of a truck. He climbs in, eats them all, and falls asleep. When he wakes up, he is in the heart of the city and finds many things similar to his forest at home. And then he eats your sandwich. Told by a friendly narrator, this story of a bear in the city is enhanced by clever illustrations and a very funny ending. For ages 3 and up. --Cathy

ISBN-13: 9781455551927
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Published: Grand Central Publishing, 1/2015

Fourteen year old Kevin comes to live with his grandfather Pops the summer his little brother dies. Completely torn up with guilt, he has to endure the catatonic state his mother is in as well as the shunning by his father. Pops is a semi retired big animal vet with lots of love and wisdom to share. Kevin experiences a whole new world in this small coal mining town. Reflecting back on this fateful summer, the adult Kevin remembers the people who changed his life. With acute observations, high drama, and intimate moments, everyone will be cheering for the good guys. I loved it--highly recommended. --Valerie

The Rosie Effect (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781476767314
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Published: Simon & Schuster, 12/2014

Oh that Don Tillman--he tries so hard. Don and Rosie have moved to NYC and Rosie is pregnant! Don is dismayed as he knows he has to work harder than most to deal with change. But he so loves her. Rosie is stressing over work and Don's seeming uninterest in the baby. Hilarity ensues. Recommended. --Valerie

ISBN-13: 9780385755887
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers, 1/2015

Finch and Violet meet at the top of the school’s bell tower and both are considering jumping. It’s not unusual for Finch to be there; planning on how to kill himself is an almost daily occurrence. But Violet, whose sister recently died in a car accident, is new to struggling with the darkness. The two become partners in geography class and form a friendship that leads to a romance. Told in two voices, this is a beautiful, heartbreaking YA debut from Jennifer Niven. For grades 9 and up. --Cathy

Hug Machine (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781442459359
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 8/2014

The Hug Machine is very good at hugging - the best. He hugs soft things, square things, and long things. Spiky things? Not a problem. Equal parts sweet and funny. Campbell's Hug Machine is a quirky, rip-roaring, fun read; only made better by Campbell's off the wall illustrations. --Kirk

ISBN-13: 9780525425632
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Published: Dutton Juvenile, 5/2013

Hopeless romantic Isla has harbored a crush on fellow student Josh since her freshman year. When she runs into him over the summer before senior year, Isla thinks that there might be a chance for them. Unfortunately. there are a number of obstacles in their way and you're not sure if they can navigate the path to happily ever after. Utterly charming characters make this a great read for grades 9 and up! --Cathy

The Bone Clocks (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781400065677
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Published: Random House, 9/2014

Mitchell (Cloud Atlas, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet) has written another masterpiece. This one is science fiction. Although I don 't generally like sci fi, I have to rank this novel up there with The Sparrow, though it's a very different sort of book. The story centers around Holly Sykes, who, when we meet her on page one, is a fifteen-year old London girl who has decided to run away from home. Her voice is perfect and pulls you into the story immediately. As she tells us about herself, we begin to understand that Holly has had episodes of hearing voices and that she seems to have some uncanny abilities, including precognition. The book begins in 1984, but in a method Mitchell has used before, the story jumps forward in history several times, as far into the future as the mid-21st century, and introduces several new characters to the chronicle of Holly's life. Within the structure of the real world, Mitchell tells a story of good versus evil, of Anchorites versus Horolgists, both atemporals, who are battling each other in a fight to the death. It's a whopping good tale. --Alice

ISBN-13: 9780544535022
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Published: Houghton Mifflin, 12/2014

An inspiring WWII tale to warm any booklover's heart, this short anecdotal story brings to life what intrepid librarians and the US government did during the darkest hours. Learning about the book burnings in Germany, outraged librarians worked to get special edition books printed and shipped to soldiers overseas. From westerns and adventure stories to poetry and classic literature, these books became treasured items for the men in the trenches. What a difference a book makes. Give this to all the historians on your list. --Valerie

ISBN-13: 9780307464880
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Published: Clarkson Potter, 10/2014

Once again, Ina brings joys to our kitchens, this time by creating meals we can prepare ahead, even if it's just Sunday night sandwiches. She shares what we need to know to plan, prep, store, and assemble fabulous meals. Enjoy! --Martha

Herman's Letter (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781619634237
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Published: Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 11/2014

Herman the bear and Henry the raccoon are the best of friends. When Henry moves away, they keep in touch by mail. One day, Henry sends Herman an invitation to visit. When Herman joyfully takes his reply to the post office, he learns that it's closed for the winter, and he embarks on a journey to deliver the letter himself. Lift-the-flap pages and bright illustrations make this picture book one to share with ages 3 and up. --Julia

Belzhar (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780525423058
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Published: Dutton Juvenile, 9/2014

When Jam loses her boyfriend (of 41 days), her first true love, she cannot overcome her grief. Her parents take her to a boarding school for "fragile but highly intelligent" teenagers. A small group are selected for a English class called Special Topics in English. Here they are given special journals to write down their feelings. A bit of magical realism allows each one to go back in time before their troubles began. Wolitzer handles the traditional teen angst with a deft hand. The homage to Sylvia Plath works well as the platform for renewal and rebirth.For grades 9 and up. --Valerie

ISBN-13: 9781439159866
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Published: Scribner Book Company, 7/2014

Yes, it's an epic story, but not only because it's about breaking a speed record for boating through the Grand Canyon. Fedarko uses the boat ride as a focal point, around which he builds a fascinating framework that includes the history of the Grand Canyon and its exploration, the changing geography of the Colorado River and its tributaries, a description of the life of Colorado River guides, and the politics of energy and environmentalism that surrounded the building of the Hoover and Glen Canyon dams. A river guide himself, Fedarko writes with a passion that he manages to sustain throughout the entire book, making it feel like a suspenseful thriller that you can't put down. For those who enjoy reading about the southwest. Highly recommended.--Alice

Following Flora (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780803741287
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Published: Dial, 11/2014

The Gadsby family from After Iris is back! Mother and Father have returned, and Zoran, the Bosnian nanny, has moved. Without Zoran, chaos ensues, along with some mysteries and plenty of humor. Farrant's voice rings true, making you glad to spend more time with the Gadsbys. It's a great read aloud or a read alone for grades 5 and up. --Cathy