All Staff Picks

Stranded
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A quick moving adventure about four kids in a blended family. The story starts as they are on a sailing trip with their uncle for some bonding time. They have to figure out how to work together to survive when they are caught in a storm and shipwrecked. An action filled story that leaves you wanting to read the second book to find out what happens next and if they will be found.
Smoke And Mirrors
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In this follow-up to their hugely successful debut album, Imagine Dragons has put together another fabulous collection of songs. A few of the songs, such as the title track Smoke + Mirrors and Summer, are reminiscent of their Night Visions album. There are a few new things they've done, however, such as the heavily '80s sounding Shots, the ballad-esque Dream, and the Persian inspired Friction. All together, the songs showcase the talents of a band on the rise.
This Is Not My Hat
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Another great story from Jon Klassen (the genius behind "I Want My Hat Back") involving hats and the people they belong to. In this wonderful read, a tiny fish has stolen the hat of a much larger fish while he was sleeping. He's pretty sure that the fish won't notice and definitely won't come after him, but the hat didn't really fit that other fish as well as it does him. The other fish has different ideas.
Before After
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This book uses beautiful and creative pictures to show what can come before and after. A caterpillar can climb a plant, eat the plant, then turn into a butterfly. Great book to use with kids and have them explain what is happening on each page.
Evil Librarian
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Cyn Rothschild isn't surprised when her boy-crazy best friend Annie falls for the very young and attractive new school librarian. But when she discovers that the new librarian is in fact a demon, she teams up with her longtime crush to help vanquish him and save Annie's life. Whether you're currently a teenager, or just vividly remember being one, Evil Librarian is an entertaining and hilarious read.
The Super Hungry Dinosaur
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When a super hungry dinosaur shows up in Hal's backyard, he must find a way to keep him happy. But what will he do when the dinosaur threatens to eat Hal, his parents, and his dog Billy? Find out in this thoroughly hilarious read with fun and clever illustrations.
Lionboy
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An adventure about a boy who can talk to cats. His parents have been kidnapped and he is trying to get them back with the help of cats he meets along the way. It is a good story set in a future when people no longer drive cars due to too much pollution that had been causing health problems.
Flora And Ulysses
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A great fiction chapter book that is combined with a little graphic novel. Flora, a young cynical girl who likes comics, rescues a squirrel from a vacuum cleaner. She then finds out that he is developing superhero-like powers as a side effect of the accident. Their adventures introduce them to interesting characters as they go through the town. A good story that ends on a warm fuzzy note.
Turn Blue
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On their 8th album, The Black Keys have managed to put together another great collection of songs. Especially good are Weight of Love, Fever, and the title track Turn Blue
Hope Unseen
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An inspiring story about a military officer who is injured and blinded while serving. When injured, the military tried to discharge him but his wife refused to sign the papers. Scotty Smiley became the U.S. Army’s first blind active-duty officer and faced many personal challenges along the way. What he has experienced since then will inspire and push you to do more yourself.
As You Wish
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A warm and joyful account of the making of The Princess Bride, as told by the Man in Black himself. A must-read for any fan of the classic film.
A Few Good Men
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A young Marine dies. A hotshot Navy lawyer known for settling out of court gets the job of defending the killers. But what seems like an open-and-shut case quickly turns into a conspiracy to hide the truth. With the help of his colleagues, Lt. Cmr. Galloway (Demi Moore) and Lt. Weinberg (Kevin Pollak), Lt. Kaffee (Tom Cruise) must battle a couple of hardheaded marines and his own ghosts to give his clients the defense they deserve.
Pretty Little Mistakes
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A fun "choose your own adventure"-style novel for adults. Will you go to college or travel to Europe? Will you end up homeless or in a mansion? If you don't like the way the story ends, just start again! Due to mature content, this title is recommended for adults only.
Sanctuary
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Sanctuary is a resort on an island off the coast of Georgia run by the Hathaway family. Although, ever since their mother left when they were children and was never heard from again, the Hathaways have never really been a family. But when Jo, Lexi and Brian all find themselves on the island at the same time, and people start turning up dead, they soon discover what the word really means. With the help of a beautiful doctor, a mysterious architect, and an affable handyman they'll finally learn how to lean, how to love and how to trust.
The Big Bang Theory, Season One
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Leonard, Sheldon, Howard and Raj are your stereotypical nerds: they read comic books, they play video games and D&D, and they have better luck with science than they do with women. But an aspiring actress named Penny just moved in across the hall from Leonard and Sheldon and life as they know it is about to change.
Gardening In Miniature
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Everything you need to know to start your own tiny living garden. Perfect for gardeners, miniaturists, or anyone who wishes to create a welcoming habitat for fairies, elves, and leprechauns!
Outlander
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This book incorporates historical fiction, sci-fi, romance, and adventure all in one. Great story about Claire Randall who accidentally travels through time and finds herself in Scotland in the year 1743. It follows her journey as she tries to get home while avoiding English soldiers, being suspected as a spy and witch, and falling deeply, and unexpectedly, in love.
Love Life
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Rob Lowe's second autobiography somehow manages to surpass his first in excellence. Rather than a (relatively) chronological story of his life (like Stories I Only Tell My Friends), this book is a collection of stories about the mysteries of life, love and parenthood. From accounts of sending his oldest son off to college, to tales from his wild years, to his honest portrayal of the ever-present threat of falling off the wagon, Rob Lowe manages to make his readers feel like they're experiencing it all right along with him.

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