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“A sweet graphic novel set in the 1970’s about ten year old Sunny’s solo trip to Florida
during summer vacation to stay with her grandfather. The reason for her visit, however, reveals serious undertones affecting many families today. “
 
Ms. Katie's Pick
Rated G

My Octopus Teacher
Found on Netflix

“Heartwarming, inspiring,
a must see!”

 

Available on Netflix

Ms. Cheryl's Pick
Young Adult title

When They Call You A Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir
by Patrisee Khan-Cullors and asha bandele

“An adaptation for teens of the 2018 powerful memoir about what it means to be Black in America by Patrisse Khan-Cullors & asha bandele. Patrisse is an organizer committed to criminal justice reform and co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Global Network.”
 
Ms. Katie's Pick
Young Adult title

Dread Nation
by Justina Ireland

“Zombies meets the Wild West–with strong female characters–this YA book delivers!”
 
Ms. Amy's Pick
Picture Book title

The Boy Who Invented the Popsicle
by Anne Renaud and Milan Pavlovic

Ms. Denise's Pick
Adult Non-fiction

Sheet pan suppers : 120 recipes for simple, surprising, hands-off meals straight from the oven
by Molly Gilbert

“Easy, delicious recipes using 1 sheet pan. We had a cookbook club and used this book to make different recipes. Everyone said their recipe was so easy, and we all agreed every dish was delicious!”
 
Ms. Katie's Pick
Middle Grade title

Look Both Ways
by Jason Reynolds

“Caste by Isabel Wilkerson describes the caste system here in our country, comparing it to India. Attention is paid to racism, which is important to examine during these times of division. Her book looks at who we are and how we got here.”
Ms. Cheryl's Pick
Adult Title

Caste
by Isabel Wilkerson

“Caste by Isabel Wilkerson describes the caste system here in our country, comparing it to India. Attention is paid to racism, which is important to examine during these times of division. Her book looks at who we are and how we got here.”
Ms. Linda's Pick
Adult Title

Books by Erik Larson

“Eric Larsen is the author of six best sellers. ‘Dead Wake’ and ‘The Devil in the White City’ are two of his award winning books. His stories are rich in historical and social detail and they read like fiction.”
Ms. Sam's Pick
Adult Title

Darkly Dreaming Dexter
by Jeff Lindsay

“Dexter is such an amazing insight into the mind of serial killers with the main character being complex, with dark and light motives.”

Available in e-book, e-audio, and hardcover formats

Ms. Denise's Pick
Adult Title
The Goldfinch
by Donna Tartt
“This is a thick book, but is really hard to put down! Suspenseful with lots of unexpected twists and turns.”
Ms. Amy's Pick
Middle Grade Title
Quick and Easy Mug Cakes
by Jennifer Lee
“Sweet Beer Cake”? “Lemon Dream Cake”? and our favorite “Honey Swirl Cake”? Yum! With the longer nights and holidays fast approaching, this book provides an easy way to make quick (literally, 5 minutes total) and yummy recipes with the kids, while still helping them learn the chemistry and math that is baking.”
Ms. Katie's Pick
Young Adult Title
Heist Society
by Ally Carter
“Sooooo much fun!”
Ms. Cheryl's Pick
Adult Title
Anxious People
by Fredrik Backman
“Fredrik Backman has done it again! I read his latest, “Anxious People” in one sitting. During the pandemic I’ve been struggling with reading, but this book captivated me by his fine writing style and fast-paced story line.”
Ms. Sam's Pick
Adult Title
Weird Massachusetts : your travel guide to the Bay State’s local legends and best kept secrets
by Jeff Belanger
“A fascinating book for those who enjoy the cryptic and weird things in life. This book makes me nostalgic as I always read it at my aunt’s and wonder at my state’s weird, scary, and cryptic background.”
Ms. Patricia's Pick
Adult Title
A Better Man
by Louise Penny
“The 15th book in the Three Pines Series by Louise Penny, “A Better Man”, continues following the spirited characters we have come to love nestled in a  quiet remote village outside the city of Quebec Canada. Knowing that there is yet a 16th book available,
is the happy ending.”
Ms. Linda's Pick
Adult Title

Books by Erik Larson

“Eric Larsen is the author of six best sellers. ‘Dead Wake’ and ‘The Devil in the White City’ are two of his award winning books. His stories are rich in historical and social detail and they read like fiction.”
Ms. Denise's Pick
Adult Title

Cooking for one : scaled recipes, no-waste solutions, and time-saving tips
by America’s Test Kitchen

“Delicious recipes. Includes ways to use leftover ingredients before they spoil.”

Available in hardcover format

Ms. Amy's Pick
Kids' Podcast

Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls (Kids’ Podcast)

“The Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls podcasts are not only extremely interesting and no longer than 25 minutes, they are inspirational for us all! I especially liked the ones about Greta Thunberg and Jane Goodall.”

Ms. Katie's Pick
Middle Grade Title

Rain Reign
by Ann M. Martin


“Wow, does this author know how to tell a story. My heart just broke and then…well, I’ll let you read it.”

Available in e-book and hardcover formats

Ms. Cheryl's Pick
Adult Title

Foolproof Fish
by America’s Test Kitchen (Adult Title)

“Do you love eating seafood? I’m crazy for it, eating some sort of fish dish every weekend. this book is filled with simple recipes. I’ve had the best tuna of my life using their recipe for grilled tuna steaks with vinaigrette. Paella is another favorite. Dive into fish and shellfish cookery with confidence.”
Available in hardcover format

Ms. Linda's Pick
Adult Title

Books by Bill Bryson

“Everything written by Bill Bryson is very readable. He has covered a wide range of subjects with smarts and humor.”

Available in e-book, e-audio, audio, and hardcover formats

Ms. Sam's Pick
Young Adult Title

Ranger’s Apprentice: The Ruins of Gorlan
by John Flanagan (Young Adult Title)

“When I first picked up this book, I wished the protagonist was female–but then I couldn’t put it down!”

Available in e-book, e-audio, and hardcover formats

Ms. Denise's Pick
Adult Title

Still Alice
by Lisa Genova (Adult Title)

“Early onset Alzheimer’s from the patient’s perspective.”

Available in e-book, large print, regular print, and DVD formats

Ms. Amy's Pick
Adult Non-Fiction Title

Eager
by Ben Goldfarb (Adult Non-fiction Title)

“There’s a very good reason why beavers are a keystone species. Read to find out why these amazing rodents are instrumental to the health of our world.”

Available in hardcover format

Ms. Katie's Pick
Kids' Podcast

Six Minutes Podcast

“I’ve only just started this podcast, but what an adventure! All told to you in 6 minute bites. I can’t wait to see what happens next!”

Ms. Cheryl's Pick
Adult Title

The Vanishing Half
by Brit Bennett

“Brit Bennett presents a timely book on racial identity and bigotry in “The Vanishing Half”

Available in e-book, e-audio, and hardcover formats

Ms. Linda's Pick
DVD

Songcatcher (DVD)

“Songcatcher is a wonderful movie with a great cast and interesting characters. Since the plot involves a musicologist searching for old folk songs in the hills of Appalachia, the soundtrack is amazing.”

Available in DVD format

Ms. Fiona's Pick
Young Adult Title

An Ember in the Ashes
by Sabaa Tahir

“Beautifully written–will leave you wanting more!”

Available in e-book, e-audio, and hardcover formats.

Ms. Denise's Pick
Teen/Adult Title

Ready Player One
by Ernest Cline

“A must read adventure filled with non-stop action in a virtual gaming world. The movie is just a great as the book.”

Available in e-book, e-audio, hardcover, and DVD CD audiobook formats.

Ms. Amy's Pick
Young Adult Title

The Leaf Reader
by Emily Arsenault

“This book is a page turner! I enjoyed the many twists and turns this tale takes. It kept me guessing until the very end.”

Available in e-book. From other libraries available in regular print, book on CD.

Ms. Katie's Pick
Young Adult Title

The Dirt Diary
by Anna Staniezwski

“We’ve all been there. Those cringey moments you’d like to take back– the times you wish you could have a do over…The Dirt Diary depicts them so well in all their embarrassing glory.”

Available in e-book

Ms. Cheryl's Pick
Adult Title

Hidden Valley Road Inside the Mind of an American Family
by Robert Kolker

“Schizophrenia strikes over three and a half million young adults in this country, resulting in heartache for the sufferers and their loved ones. Meet the Galvin family: half of their tribe of twelve is diagnosed with this malady. The story is intriguing and gripping. Mental illness has a profound and lasting impact on families.”

Available in e-book, e-audio, and from other libraries regular and large print.

Ms. Linda's Pick
Adult Titles

“It wouldn’t be summer without a book by Elin Hilderbrand. She is well known as the ‘queen of the beach reads.’ “

Available in regular and large print, e-book and e-audio, audio-CD and PlayAway formats.

 

Ms. Fiona's Pick
Adult Title

The Fifth Season
by N. K. Jemisin (Adult Title)

“An incredibly well-written and amazing book.”

Available in e-book, e-audio. From other libraries regular print.

Ms. Denise's Pick
DVD

Lark Rise To Candleford


“A heartwarming trip into the past.”

Available in DVD format