Nonfiction

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Sheterly

Ages 14+
hidden-figuresThis is the true story of how four African American women helped achieve some of the greatest of NASA’s moments through their works in mathematics. These four women were Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden. They were a part of a group of people called “computers,” who calculated the math needed with pencils and adding machines. Through their work, they were able to launch rockets and astronauts into space. Don’t miss the movie adaptation of their story, staring Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer.

Award/Honor Books, Romance, YA Fiction

When We Collided by Emery Lord

Grades 9-12

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Vivi has just arrived in Verona Cove for the summer, and she has already fallen in love with it. She is working at the local crafting store when Jonah and his little sister Leah come to paint. Jonah is only sixteen but has taken on the role of main caregiver for his siblings after his mother has fallen ill. Neither Vivi nor Jonah expected to become as close as they did so quickly, but meeting each other that summer changes their lives forever.

Award/Honor Books, YA Fiction

Tell Me Something Real by Calla Devlin

Grades 9-12

tell-meThe Babcock sisters have a close relationship with each other even though all three of them are vastly different. Their family is shaken when they learn the news that their mother has cancer. The girls spend time with her at a Mexican clinic where she is receiving an alternative treatment. While the girls try to balance their lives at school with their mother’s imminent death, they are blindsided with a truth about their mother that they never could have imagined.

 

LGBTQ+, Romance

You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan

Grades 9-12

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Kate and Mark have been sitting next to each other in class all year, yet have never spoken to each other. Mark is in love with his best friend Ryan, but Ryan might not feel the same way. Kate has been admiring a girl from afar, but hasn’t acted on her feelings. Then Kate and Mark meet up outside of class for the first time, and instantly click. Their friendship is fast and unexpected, but they become more important to each other than the people who supposedly know them best.

Fantasy, Mystery, Science Fiction, Series

The Librarians and the Lost Lamp by Greg Cox

Ages 18+

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Fans of TNT’s The Librarians will love this new trilogy based on the TV show. This first book takes place in the past and the future. In the past, Flynn Carsen is on a mission to find Aladdin’s lamp before a criminal organization gets a hold of it. In the future, the guardian Eve Baird and a new group of librarians take on Las Vegas and dive into a mystery involving the Lamp and the djinn it can summon.

 

YA Fiction

The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins

Grades 9-12

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Hopkins uses both verse and prose to tell the stories of Ariel and Maya. Seventeen-year-0ld Ariel has always lived with her dad after her mom disappeared when she was a baby. The two of them have moved around a lot, and now Ariel is ready to stay in one place.

Maya is a teenager who finally escapes her abusive mother, and finds comfort in an older man she trusts. However, she isolated the only family she had, and life gets a lot more complicated when she finds out she is pregnant.

Both girls’ stories intertwine when out of the blue, Ariel’s mother shows up and tells her that she didn’t abandon her; in fact, her father kidnapped her. Ariel doesn’t know who to believe. Meanwhile, Maya is dealing with a loss of her own, and the novel ends in a twist no one saw coming.

Mystery, Series

High Heat by Richard Castle

Ages 18+

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Nikki Heat is back and better than ever in the latest book in the Heat series. This case gets personal when Heat learns that the next target of a terrorist group in New York City is her own husband, Jameson Rook. Meanwhile, Nikki swears she sees her mother, a woman who has been dead for 20 years, and the cliffhanger at the end of this one will leave readers hungry for more!

 

Award/Honor Books, Nonfiction

Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille by Jen Bryant

Grades 1-4

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An accident caused Louis Braille to lose his sight at five years old. Braille was desperate to live like everyone else, and most of all, missed the ability to read books. When he discovered that even the school for the blind in Paris didn’t have books for him to read, he created his own system using only 6 dots so that he was able to feel the words with his fingers and was finally able to read. The story is written in first person, as if Braille is actually narrating his own biography, and it is simple enough for children to read on their own.

Memoirs

Waking Up In Heaven: A True Story of Brokenness, Heaven and Life Again by Crystal McVea

Ages 18+

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When Crystal McVea was in the hospital, she died for nine minutes, went to heaven, and then came back in order to tell people how the experience of being in God’s presence changed her life forever. Her life wasn’t easy, and she endured many hardships growing up. However, this experience helped her faith in God grow stronger, and she was instructed by God Himself to tell certain people what had happened to her. Although it was hard for Crystal to write about the dark times in her life, she was able to move past that and tell about the incredible experience she had when she visited heaven.