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Good Omens (TV Series)

Aziraphale (Michael Sheen) and Crowley (David Tennant) are an angel and a demon, respectively, who have become well acquainted during the last several millennia on earth–one could almost say…friends. They share similar job duties, although on opposing sides. Although their story begins at the beginning of everything, the plot of this series begins as they covertly […]

Kids Staff Picks

“The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart” by Stephanie Burgis

Colleen read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart and this is what she thought… Aventurine is a dragon, the fiercest thing in her mountains, but her family will not let her leave their cave until she is stronger. She sets off on her own to prove she is ready, only to be tricked by a […]

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“Bayou Magic” by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Joan read Bayou Magic and this is what she thought… The story follows 10-year-old Maddy when she spends a summer with her grandmother on the Louisiana bayou. It is a great blend of whimsical adventure and serious issues such as environmental awareness and parent/child relations. I loved how the book took the serious issue of […]

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Die vol. 1: Fantasy Heartbreaker

Kieron Gillen’s Die is like Dungeons & Dragons meets Jumanji. In 1991, six friends Solomon, Dominic, Matt, Angela, Chuck, and Isabelle gather to play a roleplaying game. Solomon, the designated game master, reveals that he has created a new game for them to play. They all create their characters and choose a die. Suddenly, they […]

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“Closer to Nowhere” by Ellen Hopkins

Amanda read Closer to Nowhere and this is what she thought… Hannah and Cal discover they are more alike than they realized as they work together to save the family they care about. It is told from alternating perspectives. Ellen Hopkins is my all time favorite author, so naturally I had to read this. The […]

Staff Picks Teens

Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas

Concrete Rose is New York Times Best-selling author, Angie Thomas’s third book. A prequel to The Hate U Give, Concrete Rose tells the story of Maverick Carter (father of Starr) as a teenager in the ’90s. At 17 years old, Mav is in a gang (his father was the leader before being sent to jail) […]

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“Black Brother, Black Brother” by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Rachel read Black Brother, Black Brother and this is what she thought… Donte and Trey, bi-racial brothers, attend Middlefield Prep where there is not much diversity. Donte is dubbed the “black brother” while Trey has fair skin and passes for white. Donte is harassed by other students and targeted by teachers, often getting in trouble […]

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Midsommar (film)

Got the midwintar blues? Travel to a sunny Swedish retreat for Hårga, a summer festival that occurs once every 90 years. There you will meet a group of people who will treat you like family. Eat, drink, be merry, and — if you are lucky — make it home alive. Midsommar is director Ari Aster’s […]

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“All Systems Red” by Martha Wells

This fantastic science fiction novella (the start of a fantastic series!) focuses on a main character who is eminently relatable: just wanting to be left alone to watch TV shows and hoping to avoid social interaction if at all possible. The surprising thing? The main character is a construct – an android with human parts […]

Staff Picks Teens

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Cohn and Levithan is perfect for anyone wanting to read a quick (and adorable) Christmas book this season! Lily decides to leave a red notebook nestled between her favorite books at famed NYC Bookstore, The Strand. In the notebook are a series of a clues and dares for […]