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Staff Picks New for 2018!

Staff Picks New for 2016!Contrary to popular belief, we don't sit around and read all day long. BUT we do our best to get through as many books as we can so that we can look for and find those great reads that you are looking for!

Enjoy the list and feel free to let us know what you think, too!

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Kids Korner

Peggy by Anna Walker

Karyl’s staff pick…Peggy is a very cool chicken who shows us how to make the best of an unexpected situation. Love her!

Peggy by Anna WalkerPeggy the hen is contented with her quiet existence and daily routine. When a powerful gust of wind sweeps her up and deposits her in the midst of a busy city, she explores her new surroundings, makes new friends, and cleverly figures out how to get home—with a newly kindled appetite for adventure. Evocative full-color paintings follow Peggy’s journey, offering comical details that reward repeated viewing. This reassuring tale and its unruffled heroine invites discussions of exploration, safety, and resourcefulness.

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young reader
Cilla Lee-Jenkins, Future Author Extraordinaire by Susan Tan

Nichole’s pick…this is today’s Harriet the Spy. Stories about her bi-racial family’s traditions, her soon-to-be-born little sister (who she’s named The Blob) an how she dealt with being bald until she was five will have you laughing along with Cilla.

Cilla Lee-Jenkins, Future Author Extraordinaire by Susan TanPriscilla "Cilla" Lee-Jenkins is on a tight deadline. Her baby sister is about to be born, and Cilla needs to become a bestselling author before her family forgets all about her. So she writes about what she knows best―herself! Stories from her bestselling memoir, Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire, include:

  • How she dealt with being bald until she was five
  • How she overcame her struggles with reading
  • How family traditions with her Grandma and Grandpa Jenkins and her Chinese grandparents, Nai Nai and Ye Ye, are so different

Debut author Susan Tan has written a novel bursting with love and humor, as told through a bright, irresistible biracial protagonist who will win your heart and make you laugh.

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young adult

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Nichole’s staff pick…If you read nothing else this year, read this! My new author obsession! This is such a great story and great writing…read this, read this, read this!

Strange the Dreamer by Laini TaylorThe dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around--and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

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Adult Fiction

The Resurrection of Joan Ashby by Cherise Wolas

Laura thinks this book is deserving of all the buzz it is getting! A story of writing, motherhood, sacrifice and adventure. I really love this book, please read it!

The Resurrection of Joan Ashby by Cherise WolasI viewed the consumptive nature of love as a threat to serious women. But the wonderful man I just married believes as I do―work is paramount, absolutely no children―and now love seems to me quite marvelous.
These words are spoken to a rapturous audience by Joan Ashby, a brilliant and intense literary sensation acclaimed for her explosively dark and singular stories.

When Joan finds herself unexpectedly pregnant, she is stunned by Martin’s delight, his instant betrayal of their pact. She makes a fateful, selfless decision then, to embrace her unintentional family.

Challenged by raising two precocious sons, it is decades before she finally completes her masterpiece novel. Poised to reclaim the spotlight, to resume the intended life she gave up for love, a betrayal of Shakespearean proportion forces her to question every choice she has made.

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