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--Staff Picks Teens

Lost in the Never Woods

A dark retelling of Peter Pan, Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas follows 18 year old Wendy Darling who is suddenly reliving a trauma that happened five years ago. When she was 12, Wendy and her brothers John and Michael went missing. Wendy was found alone in the woods 6 months later, but […]

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“There Must be More Than That!” by Shinsuke Yoshitake

A young girl becomes upset when her older brother tells her the future is doomed. Where did he get this idea? From a pessimistic grown-up, of course. Depressed about the inevitable plagues and wars that will doom our future, the young girl consults her grandma, who imparts an important truth: “Grown-ups act like they can […]

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“Miss Sherlock” TV Series

This modern adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes detective stories features a female-led cast that’s packed with as much adventure as the original stories. Set in Tokyo, Japan, the story follows Sara “Sherlock” Futaba and Dr. Wato Tachibana’s chance meeting after the murder of Wato’s close friend and teacher. As their friendship and […]

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“The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher” by Dana Alison Levy

Colleen read The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher and this is what she thought… With two dads, four brothers, a cat, a dog, and an imaginary cheetah named Flare – this book is truly overflowing with misadventures! The story follows the Fletchers through one school year. Sam (twelve-years-old) lives and breathes soccer, but his teacher […]

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“The Undoing” TV Series

Based on the novel “You should have known” by Jean Hanff Korelitz, this thrilling miniseries first published on HBO tells the story of a very successful New York therapist, Grace Fraser (Nicole Kidman) married to a respected child oncologist, Jonathan (Hugh Grant) and their lives that spin out of control. After a young mother from […]

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“Plain Bad Heroines” by Emily Danforth

A novel about a movie production about a novel; Plain Bad Heroines is layered enough to pull the reader in and clever enough to make it a page turner. The book centers around the school of Brookhants, an all girl’s school on the coast of Rhode Island. A cluster of deaths surrounding the school haunts […]

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A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder

5 years ago the quiet town of Fairview, Connecticut was rocked by a murder-suicide involving two teenagers. 17 year old Pippa Fitz-Amobi, however, doesn’t believe that Sal Singh actually murdered his girlfriend, Andie Bell, and then killed himself days later. So when it’s time to declare her senior capstone project, she decides to investigate and […]

--Staff Picks Kids

“Fighting Words” by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Amanda read Fighting Words and this is what she thought… Della, and her older sister Suki, escape an abusive living situation and end up in a foster home. They learn that there are adults in the world they can trust, and that they deserve to be happy children in a loving home. I loved The […]

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The Archer by Paulo Coelho

Having previously read The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, I felt compelled to read his latest book The Archer. As with The Alchemist, Coelho’s writing strives to inspire the reader, in this case, through the metaphor of practicing archery. The story starts off with a foreigner seeking Tetsuya, who is known as the most gifted archer […]