All Staff Picks

The Lady In Number 6
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Allice Herz-Sommer is the oldest holocaust survivor. She was a concert pianist with a husband and a son when WWII began. Music sustained her throughout her life.
Dead End in Norvelt
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This funny and quirky story is part mystery, part historical fiction, part autobiography. Follow Jack Gantos through the strange world of a small (and dwindling) rural Pennsylvania community
The First Strawberries
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A traditional tale about the origins of a sweet fruit that is meant to remind us of the importance of love, respect, and cooperation.
The Myth Of Progress
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An analysis of economic ideals (such as continuous growth) in light of ecological principles (like the law of entropy) which demonstrates that all systems ultimately function within the boundaries of physical laws.
The Midwife's Apprentice
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A homeless young woman travels from village to village seeking shelter and food. When a sharp-speaking midwife happens upon the girl, she takes her in to be an apprentice. Learn about life in Medieval society and the history of midwifery in this quick read.
Things I Have to Tell You: Poems and Writings by Teenage Girls
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Young women from around the country and world share their perspectives on the tumultuous, emotional period of growth that is the transition from girlhood to womanhood. The writers’ voices point to the value, respect, and love that each young woman must discover in and for herself, functioning as a literary support for navigating the challenges of growth.
Assault With A Deadly Glue Gun
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Anastasia Pollack, crafts editor for a fashion magazine, has a lot of problems. Now on top of everything, she finds a dead body, and the police suspect her of murder. Can someone skilled in making crafts solve a murder?
Okay For Now
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Doug has a lot of troubles, including a rough home life and a propensity for attracting negative attention despite the fact that he doesn't want to be a jerk. In this painful yet heart-warming story, Doug finds friendship, love, and compassion from teachers, neighbors, and librarians who push him to discover his talents.
Your Own, Sylvia
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This compelling story of success and tragedy recounts the life of the artist who was Sylvia Plath; her story is told in poems, an homage to her and the craft that she mastered. The book incorporates facts lifted from biographies and Plath's own writings, yet the details are filled in by the author to create a more complete picture. An engaging and intimate read.
A World Without Princes
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Sophie and Agatha’s happy ending is not what they expected, and when they return to the school for help, things there are dire as well. Will Agatha and Sophie survive to find their “happily ever after”?
The Sleeping Dictionary
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A young woman’s turbulent life is set against the history of India and the Raj.
Millions of Cats
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In this 1929 Newbery Honor Medal winner, a very old couple seeks the companionship of something sweet, little, and fluffy. Simple black and white wood cut illustrations and rhythmic text make this whimsical story a lasting favorite.
Take Shelter
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A working-class family man struggles with his sanity after seeing signs of the apocalypse.
Quest For The Tree Kangaroo
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Follow conservation biologists into the field as they study the tree kangaroo in the high mountain cloud forests of Papua, New Guinea and learn about the important work of conservationists around the world.
Your Pal Mo Willems Presents Leonardo the Terrible Monster
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Leonardo is a monster who can’t scare anyone--he's just too cute. After many failed attempts at being frightening, Leonardo sets out to find “the most scaredy-cat kid in the whole world” and “scare the tuna salad out of him!” Will he succeed in scaring, or find a new skill along the way? This story of friendship is a light-hearted gem for all ages.
On This Spot
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A fun and informative look back through geologic time that transforms the busy streets of New York City into very different environments.
The Three Pigs
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Follow these pigs on a thrilling postmodern adventure through the pages of various nursery rhymes and folk tales. Wiesner's vivid and sophisticated illustrations will captivate readers, young and old.
Long Live the King
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Second in the Dilberne fortune trilogy, this Downton Abbey era fiction details the life of parents trying to marry off their children.

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