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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) […]

Kids Staff Picks

“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 […]

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Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs

No one likes getting up early for work, not even Santa Claus, who only works one day out of the year. Raymond Briggs’s comic-style book begins with Santa waking up on Christmas Eve. He has a full day of deliveries ahead, and he is cranky about every step of the journey. Throughout the day, he […]

Kids Staff Picks

“Everything on a Waffle” by Polly Horvath

Chance read Everything on a Waffle and this is what he thought… Eleven-year-old Primrose Squarp lives in Coal Harbour, British Columbia, Canada. After her parents her swept away at sea, Primrose is placed in the care of her uncle Jack. The book follows Primrose as she continues her daily routine, not in mourning for her parents, but […]

Kids Staff Picks

“OCDaniel” by Wesley King

Joan read OCDaniel and this is what she thought… Daniel is a typical eighth-grader. He’s desperate to fit in, to make his father proud, and hide the fact that he thinks he might be crazy. He’s pretty busy with school and football (and Zaps and Routines), but then he gets a mysterious note that changes everything. […]

General Staff Picks

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

“The Beauty of the House is immeasurable; its Kindness infinite.” If you’re like me, you’ve been waiting for this book for 16 years! Susanna Clarke’s first novel, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, is a delicate masterpiece of storytelling magic, and is a book I revisit every year so my bar was set high for her […]

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Maids by Katie Skelly

On the first page of Maids, a graphic novel by Katie Skelly, a young woman picks a human eyeball off the floor and cautiously pokes at it with her index finger. As she is about to prod the pupil of the disembodied ocular sphere, Skelly shifts the frame to show the same young woman ringing […]