All Staff Picks

The One and Only Ivan
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Ivan is a gorilla, who lives in cage in a shopping mall. He has promised his dearest friend to save a baby elephant from sharing his fate. This is his version of the story – and it’s a Newbery award winner.
My Ideal Bookshelf
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A swath of pop-culture personalities including authors, artists, musicians, scientists, and even skateboard legends write short essays describing their perfect book collection. It's not a collection of book lists as much a series of love letters to the written word.
Everything All the Time
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Band of Horses' music is great for inducing as well as enhancing feelings of optimism. Bring out your inner idealist with this album.
Sailor Twain
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A mysterious and evocative story set on the historic Hudson River. The captain of a steamship who is also an author observes the strange behavior of a Frenchman whose brother has disappeared on the river traveling aboard. Strange mythology and the weaknesses of mankind are beautifully illustrated.
Goblin Secrets
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This was the kind of book I find hard to put down – there’s lots of action, imagination and mystery. No wonder it won the 2012 National Book Award.
The Confession
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Inspector Rutledge hears a man confess to a murder, and then a short time later finds the man dead. Another intriguing mystery in this series set in post WWI England.
Magic Pickle Vs. The Egg Poacher
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A highly imaginative and funny story of a kosher dill pickle superhero and his battle against a mischievous egg. (This book might just grab the interest of kids who don't like to read!)
English Vinglish
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Shashi is a housewife loved by her family but not always respected by them. Her limited English is a source of family amusement. A family wedding in the USA gives her an opportunity to take English classes, and for her family to notice how much they miss her.
Bad Blood
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Beautiful Alaskan scenery is the backdrop for this story of rival villages. A young man and woman from opposing villages are kept apart by this rivalry. Kate Shugak helps the couple while Sergeant Chopin searches for a murderer.
My Beloved World
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Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor never let any limitations get in her way. Whatever she lacked, she found a way to fill the gap. Her inspiring memoir provides a blueprint for success in life.
The Keeper Of Lost Causes
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The Copenhagen police set up Department Q to investigate cold cases. What starts as boring work for the detectives turns surprising and complicated in this new mystery series.
The Whites Of Their Eyes
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Benjamin and Jill are so over being intimidated by Mr. Lyman, and now, its war. These kids are smart, but are they smart enough to outwit Lyman? There’s enough action and mystery here to keep readers coming back for more.
Kinsey And Me
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Short stories with the author’s protagonist, Kinsey Millhone from her alphabet mysteries, alternate with her childhood memories in this story collection. The author details how writing provided both a livelihood and catharsis from her difficult childhood.
Six Years
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Jake Fisher sees a funeral notice, and soon he is on a trail for a long lost love. Warning: you won’t be able to put this book down until you finish it.
Fear Itself
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Benjamin and Jill have figured out the first clue and found the first of the five safeguards. However, if they use it, they might just make things worse for themselves and the school. This series will have kids waiting impatiently for the next title so that they can find out what happens next.
Don’t Ever Get Old
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This poignant, sometimes funny, and fast moving mystery is nominated for the 2013 Edgar award for best first novel. Buck Schatz, POW camp survivor during WWII, retired from the Memphis police, and is bored out of his mind in retirement. An event from the past sparks an interest and a mystery.
Searching For Sugar Man
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Incredible true story of an American musician who went back to his day job, never aware he had become a legend outside of the US. A moving tale of redemption.
We The Children
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Benjamin Pratt’s old school is about to be torn down to make room for an amusement park. That’s sounds pretty cool, but Benjamin and his friend Jill think there’s something fishy going on with the whole deal. These two kids with the help of five mysterious clues have only 28 days to figure out what’s going on before it’s too late. This is another good read from master storyteller Andrew Clements.

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