Staff Picks

Book Review: 'Fresh Off the Boat' by Eddie Huang

There is one thing you will notice about Eddie Huang fairly early on in

Biography of an Unknown Graffiti Artist

New Book about Banksy

When Wall and Piece came out a few years ago, I did not know much about the graffiti artist Banksy, but I was intrigued.

February Goodreads Book Review

'It's Kind of a Funny Story'

Ned Vizzini’s It’s Kind of a Funny Story tells the tale of Craig Gilner, a 15-year-old high school student who suffers from anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts. While much of the subject material in the novel is quite serious, the whole story is infused with humor, and it is much more amusing than a story about mental illness has any right to be. The novel begins with Craig detailing the few things in life that give him pleasure, as well as the many, many things that cause him anxiety. It seems that nearly everything in his life causes stress. School, girls, his friends, and his parents—they all contribute to Craig’s neuroses that have gotten bad enough that he can barely eat, sleep, or function normally. After a lengthy introduction to Craig’s problems, and one particularly bad night that ends with him calling a suicide hotline, Craig visits the emergency room. 

Book Review: The 4-Hour Chef

Have you been looking for that perfect cookbook that covers everything from kale chips to field dressing a deer to olive oil gummy bears? Look no further -- that book has finally been published!

Teen Book Review: 'Midnight City'

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Check Out the Lunar Chronicles

Looking for some teen-aged cyborg love and satisfaction? Look no further! 

'Goliath' by Tom Gauld

There is something wholly upsetting about hearing the villain's side of the story. I learned recently that the Joker from the Batman comics was driven to madness by an event in his life that was so jolting -- so shattering that he genuinely forgot what the event was.

Spotlight on Series

Humphrey!

Curl up, get cozy, and read!Summer According to HumphreyBy Betty G. BirneyJUV J BIRNEYWhen summer arrives, Humphrey, the pet hamster of Longfellow School's Room 26, is surprised and pleased to learn that he will be going to Camp Happy Hollow.

Kids' Book of the Week

'The Yuckiest, Stinkiest, Best Valentine Ever' by Brenda Ferber and Tedd Arnold

Leon has got a crush on Zoey. But his Valentine's Day card has other ideas about meaning of the day of love.

Spotlight on Series

Children of the Crow Cove

Curl up, get cozy, and read!The Crow-GirlBy Bodil BredsdorffJUV J BREDSDORFFAfter the death of her grandmother, a young orphaned girl leaves her house by the cove and begins a journey that leads her to people and experiences that exemplify the wisdom her grandmother had shared with her. 155 pages.

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