Series, YA Fiction

The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Grades 9-12
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This is the second book in the Last Survivors series. The story follows Alex, who is left to fend for himself and his sisters after an asteroid hits the moon and leaves New York in a devastating condition. Alex’s father is in Puerto Rico and he hasn’t seen his mother since she left for work days ago. He wonders if his parents are even still alive. Alex is only 17 years old, but like it or not, he’s the man of the house now. He takes care of his sisters Bri, who is 15 and Julie who is 12 by making sure they have what they need to survive. He confides in the priests of his Catholic school, and relies on the lunch the school provides for him and his sisters. Though prospects are grim, Alex perseveres and does the best he can to provide for his family.

Romance, YA Fiction

Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern

Grades 9-12

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Amy was born with severe Cerebral Palsy, and she uses a walker to walk and a voice box to talk. She decides to hire student aides to help her navigate her senior year in high school. This is how she meets Matthew, a boy with OCD who is consumed with repeating thoughts and the need to check and double check everything he does. They find out they had more in common than they realized, and a friendship blossoms into something unexpected.

Adult Fiction, Historical Fiction

The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan

choirAges 18+

It is the beginning of World War II in England, and the choir is in danger of being shut down because there are no men to sing because they’ve all gone off to fight. The women of the town, however, are determined to defy the pastor and carry on singing, without the men. That is how they become the Chilbury Ladies’ Choir. This charming novel is told in a series of journal entries and letters and is one readers won’t soon forget.
Adult Fiction, Romance, YA Fiction

Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot

Ages 16+
queen.jpgLizzie Nichols has just booked a trip to London to visit her long time British boyfriend Andrew. She’s excited, but she knows she should have used the money to put a down payment on an apartment. She tries hard to plan for her future, but she really has no idea what she wants to do with her life. On top of that, her big mouth has gotten her in trouble again, and this time it leaves Andrew in major hot water, and her in London with no boyfriend and no place to stay. Her only saving grace is that her best friend is living in France with her boyfriend Chaz, and Lizzie is able to stay with them until she figures out her next move. But just what will that be?

Animals, Independent Reading, Series

Into the Wild: Yet Another Misadventure by Doreen Cronin

Grade 2

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Into the Wild: Yet Another Misadventure by Doreen Cronin is the third book in the Chicken Squad series. Dirt, Sugar, Poppy and Sweetie are four chicken siblings who are sure to get into trouble when they’re together. This time, they’re trying to solve the mystery of the box in the backyard. Read Into the Wild: Yet Another Misadventure by Doreen Cronin to learn what they find!

Middle Grade Fiction

Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Edgar

Grade 3
bees.jpgTwelve-year-old Carol is not looking forward to her summer and is jealous of her friends who get to go swimming and have fun at camp together. She, on the other hand, is stuck in New Mexico with her family and is helping her grandfather, whom she has never met, get settled in his new home for dementia patients. At first she tries to avoid grumpy Grandpa Serge at all costs, but then finds that she is fascinated by the unimaginable stories he tells her. Read Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Edgar if you like stories about adventure and family.

Middle Grade Fiction

Summerlost by Ally Condie

Grade 5
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Cedar is about to spend the summer in Iron Creek after a devastating accident killed her father and younger brother, Ben. Cedar is getting settled in her house when a boy named Leo dressed in a costume passes by on a bicycle. She is fascinated, and decides to follow him to the Summerlost Theatre Festival. Soon she befriends him and has a job at the festival’s concession stand. Find out what adventures await Cedar in Summerlost by Ally Condie.