Fiction

Esperanza Rising

Monday, October 5, 2015
Pam Munoz Ryan
Esperanza Rising

While working one evening at the library in youth services a young patron about eleven years old recommended to me Esperanza Rising.  What a great read. The story begins with Esperanza, a young girl about to turn 13 years old. Her parents own a very successful ranch called “El Rancho de las Rosas” in Aguascalientes, Mexico.   Esperanza leads a very carefree life. She had fancy clothes, a magnificent home, and servants to provide whatever she needed.  She had parents and a grandmother who adored her.  It was close to the big celebration of her thirteenth birthday when life for Esperanza changed from a fairytale to a nightmare.  The tragic death of her father, force Esperanza and her mother and some dedicated servants to leave their beloved El Rancho de las Rosas and seek refuge in California.  What they face in this new land of opportunity is poverty, sickness, grueling work, and prejudice.  How do they overcome all this… hope and faith.   Esperanza surely does rise!  Great book.  Check our Catalog

Kate D., Youth Services

George

Monday, October 5, 2015
Alex Gino
George

When people look at George, they see a boy but she knows she is really a girl.  Her best friend from elementary school, Kelly, understands and when George wants to play Charlotte in the class play, Charlotte's Web,  Kelly arranges it so she can play the part one time.
This book is so thoughtful and while reading it, I really could understand how transgender people feel and think.   It is important for teens and also adults.  Everyone should read it.  Check our Catalog
Sue N., Youth Services

Out of My Mind

Monday, September 21, 2015
Sharon Draper
Out of My Mind

Melody is a young girl with a lot to say.  Melody can’t speak so no one can hear what she is thinking.  She can’t write, nor can she physically express herself clearly.  She has cerebral palsy.  She is so frustrated at everyone treating her as if she were dumb, if they only knew!  In fifth grade she is able to move out of the class for the kids with “disabilities” and get mainstreamed for a few hours of the day.  She is in heaven not being asked to relearn the alphabet yet again, to actually be able to learn.   With the help of those close to her she gets a Medi-Talker, a computer that she can program to be her voice.  With this technology she is able to participate in classes and even in Whiz Kids.  The book is Melody’s autobiography.   She is eloquent.   It is painful to hear her frustrations and how she is seen by others and how she is treated, even when she is able to speak for herself.  If you read Wonder you will appreciate Out of my Mind.  It truly should be required reading for all of us who need a dose of gratitude for how good we have it and for appreciating what those different from us have to offer.

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Cindy A., Circulation

 

The Liar

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Nora Roberts
The Liar

This is a typical Nora Roberts book with great characters and a terrific plot. Shelby , a country girl from Tennessee is wooed by a handsome man and moves to Philadelphia to live the wealthy life with him. She has a little girl and when he dies in a boating accident, she is horrified to discover that he left her with crippling debt and was an adulterer and a liar also.  In order to get her life back, she returned to her home town and tries to begin a new life with her daughter.  Of course she finds a new man who is very concerned about her and it goes on from there.  Very good  'lady fiction' book that I could not put down.     Check our Catalog

Sue N., Youth Services

The Dinner: a novel

Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Herman Koch
The Dinner: a novel

The events in this book take place in the course of one evening and the discourse is between two Dutch families in the Netherlands - brothers and their wives, along with their respective children who are middle-school aged boys.  The one brother is an unemployed former teacher, married to a seemingly complacent wife; the other brother is paired with "Babette" and this brother has political aspirations and exhibits an outgoing, friendly demeanor one would expect from a politician.  The commonality  between them is their sons and as the dinner progresses from one course to another, details of the horrific events that have taken place at the hands of both sons begin to emerge.  The parents continue to exhibit a nonchalant attitude as they gracefully meander through dinner and each forkful of food brings forth more disturbing details of the evening in which the sons have played a part.  The police have been brought in concerning this "act" to investigate and as the couples continue to eat, the subject finally comes up that needed to be discussed...how is each couple going to respond to the shattering accusations levied upon the boys.  



Their seemingly ordinary lives begin to unravel as the parents discuss the incident and it is revealed how far some parents will extend themselves in order to protect not only their son but themselves as well.  It is unimaginable that there are parents in this world who would go to such far extremes to cover for their children.  The subject is compelling and the different scenarios that play out point to the darker side of human nature. Check our Catalog

Sue H., Reference

Back Spin

Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Harlan Coben
Back Spin



When Myron Bolitar, MB Sports Rep. goes to the U.S. open to try to recruit new clients he ends up with so much more.  He is asked to help find the kidnapped son of Jack Coldren, the lead golfer.  While keeping everything hushed, Myron uncovers family secrets and past hatreds. This is a fast paced "who done it" book that will keep you guessing until the end.  Myron is also witty and full of one liners which will keep you laughing too.  I will definitely read more of the Myron Bolitar series.

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Jan H., Tech. Services

Finding Jake

Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Bryan Reardon
Finding Jake

We hear too many times about school shootings and this book  goes into depth with the parents of the boy who may or may not have done the deed. Jake is missing and the police have not been able to find him. Simon is a stay at home dad and his wife is a lawyer and Jake loves staying home and raising Jake and Laney.   Chapters of the book show Jake's personality at different ages and other chapters tell what is happening days and even weeks after the shooting.  A great character study and a gripping book. Check our Catalog

Sue N., Youth Services

Stay

Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Victor Gischler
Stay

David Sparrow is a stay at home dad and his wife Amy has just been  promoted to Deputy District Attorney. A major case with a crime lord comes close to home for them and David has to uncover some skills which he had put aside and about which his wife does not  know. 

The book has some humor with David and the playdate neighborhood but it is also a thriller and one with a great plot and characters. Check our catalog.

Sue N., Youth Services

The Same Sky

Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Amanda Eyre Ward
The Same Sky

Two strong women make this book very hard to put down. Alice is struggling to have a baby without success. Carla, a  young girl who cares for her brother in Honduras,  tries desperately to get her and her brother to Texas. The book tells about the many children who try to get into the United States. I knew nothing about what these people go through and it was a real eyeopener. The book is "about courage through struggle, hope amid heartache and finding strength to follow a dream." Excellent novel.  Check our catalog.

Sue N., Youth Services

Sister : a novel

Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Rosamund Lupton
Sister: a novel

Rosamund Lupton has written two novels, Sister: A Novel and Afterwards. They are not a series but each is a stand alone novel of mystery and  suspense. In Sister Beatrice returns to her home town of London, after living in New York, when she finds out that her younger sister, Tess, is missing.  The body is found and police are calling her death a suicide. Beatrice is unwilling to accept that her sister would take her own life. Beatrice becomes an investigator and the story becomes a real page turner. It is also a story of the closeness of sisters. Check our Catalog

Jan K., Youth Services

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