All Staff Picks

The Children of Hurin
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Children of Hurin is Tolkien's heart wrenching tragedy about two siblings on whom a irrevocable curse is placed. Separated at childhood and unable to outrun their doom, they grow up separated, enduring war, loss, and death, finally becoming the puppets of the cruel dragon Glaurung, as he manipulates their lives together in a terrible bond that will crush their hearts and ultimately take their lives.
Cupid
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With a dash of personal flair from author Julius Lester, this book is more than just the story of Psyche and Cupid. It entertains while dishing out hard-learned lessons about love. Especially good as an audio book!
Sam Finds a Monster
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What would you do if you thought there was a monster in your kitchen? Follow Sam, the brave and inquisitive pup, as she tries to best the beast that has appeared in her house!
You Will Be My Friend
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Another hilarious adventure with Lucy the bear. As Lucy tries to make friends with her fellow animals, her well-intentioned efforts meet with less success than she’d hoped.
Little Dorrit
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When Arthur Clennam returns home from living abroad, he is surprised to find young seamstress Amy Dorrit as the object of his mother's charity. His investigation of her family's connection with the house of Clennam carries him through a dark and deadly web of people, secrets, and lies that will change Amy's life (and his) forever.
Naked in Baghdad
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Follows Anne Garrels, National Public Radio’s foreign correspondent, as she covers the buildup, events, and aftermath of the American invasion into Iraq from the heart of Baghdad.
Children Make Terrible Pets
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For the kids who wish they’d been raised by wolves, this is the story of Lucy the bear finding a new pet in the forest! It’s a great story, with plenty of humor for us big kids, along with fantastic illustrations.
Stephanie's Ponytail
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Stephanie just wants to wear her hair in a ponytail. Read along as she teaches her schoolmates an unexpected lesson in the importance of being one’s self.
The Boundless
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This is a fun story about a boy who basically grew up with a father who worked for the railroad. On his first trip riding the Boundless he runs into all kinds of adventures, including a Sasquatch, magic, and intrigue.
The Golden Compass
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This book has a unique and remarkable premise, as well as engaging writing. Add the fact that it is read by a full cast, which includes the author on the narrator’s part, and this becomes perhaps my favorite book to listen to. And I've done so more than once!
The Haunting in Connecticut
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Based on the real experience of a family who moves into a home that was once a mortuary. This one drew me in, kept me guessing, and did so without being overly dramatic.
Poop
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A very humorous way to learn about feces!
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
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Steve Carell and Keira Knightley star as two people, barely more than strangers, who embark on a delightfully crazy journey before the world comes to an end.
It's a Book
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A witty story that teaches a new generation just what a book is and what it can (or can’t) do. Full of laughs for young and old, beginning to end!
The Book Thief
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A touching film based on the best-selling novel by Marcus Zusak. In WWII Germany, a young girl learns to survive through the beauty of books, with the help of her foster parents and the secret guest under the stairs.
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
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Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt put in wonderful performances. Even though this wasn’t publicized as a comedy, I couldn’t keep myself from laughing, and laughing often. This is one you won’t regret watching.
Three Flights from Alto Nido
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With a lyrics as smooth and captivating as his voice, Greg Laswell is an artist you won’t mind leaving on repeat.
Okay for Now
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Life for Doug Swieteck is not easy. The whole town thinks he is a trouble maker just like his brother, and he’s going to have to learn to trust others before he can make them trust him.

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