All Staff Picks

West to a Land of Plenty
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Another fantastic story from the Dear America series. West to a Land of Plenty is the story of Teresa Viscardi as she and her family travel from New York to the Idaho Territory by train, often encountering troubles along the way.
Feynman
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A compelling portrait of a complicated man, this graphic novel biography of physicist Richard Feynman is an extremely quick read. Even if you are not particularly interested in quantum electrodynamics, Feynman’s exploration of the intersections between science and art, his philosophy on teaching, and his many quirks make this an excellent story.
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
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Nick is the bass player and lyricist for a band that is just starting to make it in New York City. Norah is the whip smart daughter of a high powered record executive. They have the same favorite band, and are both rebounding from bad break-ups. When Nick sees his ex at a show with someone new, and asks Norah to be his girlfriend for five minutes it is just the beginning of a night that neither could have expected. This is a story about rock and roll, growing up, questioning the assumptions we make about ourselves, and love, and all to a killer soundtrack.
Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie
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This selection from the Dear America series chronicles Hattie Campbell's journey on the Oregon Trail with her family. Interesting and educational, this book is a great read for all who enjoy historical fiction.
The Marriage Plot
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n his third novel, Eugenides explores the lives of three graduates from Brown University and works backward through time to explore the ways their lives have intersected and will continue to do so – particularly as his main character, Madeleine, discovers a secret her boyfriend, Leonard, has been keeping from her through all of their college years.
Looking for Alaska
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Miles Halter has a, perhaps unhealthy, interest in famous last words, particularly those of the poet Francois Rabelais: “I go to seek a great perhaps.” At sixteen he decides to go in search of his own great perhaps, enrolling in a rigorous boarding school In Central Alabama. Miles’ safe life evaporates when he falls in with a bunch of mischievous brainiacs, led by his math-whiz video gamer roommate “the Colonel,” and gorgeous, clever and self-destructive feminist Alaska Young. Miles of course quickly falls in love with Alaska, who of course has a much more interesting and good looking college boyfriend. But then, tragedy strikes and changes everything.
Nancy Drew: The Clue of the Tapping Heels
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Famous detective Nancy Drew helps a wealthy actress find the source of a strange tapping sound in her house. As always, she has help from her friends Nancy, Bess, and Ned.
The Secret History
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Richard Papen finds himself drawn to an elite group of five Greek scholars as he begins studying at Hampden college. As Richard is allowed further into their inner circle, he learns that an unexpected secret binds them together and has changed the course of their lives forever.
Super Mario 3D Land
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Mario is back on the 3DS! Experience Mario like never before in full glasses free 3D. A great mix of that old school Mario feeling with the new school Mario platforming. Any fan of Mario should give this a try!
Gossip From the Girls' Room
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A fantastically written novel about Sofia Becker, blogger extraordinaire, and the juicy secrets she gathers from her perch in a bathroom stall. In the style of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, but geared more towards girls. And watch out for the sequel: Rumors From the Boys' Room.
I Want My Hat Back
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Bear has lost his hat. He is looking all over the forest to find it. But wait! What if he has missed it somewhere? Join him as he asks all his friends and neighbors if they might have seen his hat. Hilarious, deadpan illustrations make this book one not to be missed.
Paper Towns
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Quentin has been in love with his neighbor, Margo Roth Spiegelman ever since they found a dead body when they were kids. Quentin backed away, saying that they had to go tell their parents. Margo walked closer for a better look. Ten years ago, Margo ditched Quentin for cooler friends. One night Margo shows up at Quentin’s bedroom window dressed like a ninja and invites him to accompany her on a night of revenge pranks and also breaking into Sea World. The next morning Margo has disappeared. It seems, though, she has left clues specifically for Quentin as to where she might be found. He enthusiastically begins following the clues and learns things about Margo that even her best friends don’t know. But as the clues lead to darker places, Quentin becomes afraid of what he might find.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
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The hilarious story of middle-schooler Greg Heffley's life, told in pencil drawings. Greg tells just the facts and nothing more as he introduces you to his parents, his brothers, his classmates, and his friends. And don't miss the other books in the series as well as the two movies based on the books.
A Book of Sleep
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This book contains wonderfully rich, textured illustrations of a starry night and the animals who inhabit it. Join the wide-awake owl on his moonlit journey as he watches all the other animals settle in for the night and discovers the different ways they sleep – until owl can finally get some rest of his own.
Stranger Than Fiction
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Engaging characters and a random plot. This movie was different, original and fantastic! NOT your typical Will Ferrell movie.
Heartbeat
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Wonderful story about family, friends, and happiness.
Mario Kart 7
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The crazy kart action is back with Mario Kart 7. All new tracks and a few of the classics you love. Better online and the 3D visuals make this the definitive version of Mario Kart.
The Perfect Scoop
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Anyone interested in making their own ice-cream should check out this book.

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