The Magic Strings of Frankie PrestoMore Staff Picks +
Music writes this story, yet it almost reads like a biography of Frankie, or of any great musician. Our lives are influenced by who is in them, and by what happens each day. Being able to communicate "life" through one's music is a talent and skill that connects with everyone that listens. This one is a great book for memorable and quotable sentences, ("Music is in the connection of human souls, speaking a language that needs no words. Everyone joins a band in this life. And what you play always affects someone. Sometimes, it affects the world.") and it moved me to chills and tears at times.
FloatMore Staff Picks +
Emerson can float…he just can’t do it very well. His uncontrollable floating is his RISK factor, which means that he deals with Reoccurring Incidents of the Strange Kind. The last place Emerson wants to be is at a government-mandated summer camp for RISK kids like him, so he’s shocked when he actually starts having fun at camp—and he even makes some new friends. But it’s not all canoeing and capture the flag at Camp Outlier. The summer of fun takes a serious turn when Emerson and his friends discover that one of their own is hiding a deadly secret that puts all of their lives in danger. It’s up to the Red Maple boys to save themselves—and everyone like them.
The Music ShopMore Staff Picks +
Blend the appreciation of music with the skill of suggesting just the right piece of music for your mood and you have Frank who believes that true music appreciation can only be accomplished with vinyl --- no CD's! Throw in a beautiful woman, and Frank becomes totally tongue-tied and shy. This book is an endearing salute to music and romance. Loved the ending!
The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost WorldMore Staff Picks +
Sixty-six million years ago, the Earth’s most fearsome creatures vanished. Today they remain one of our planet’s great mysteries. Now "The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs" reveals their extraordinary, 200-million-year-long story as never before.
I Kill GiantsMore Staff Picks +
Barbara is an angry elementary-school girl who is known as a freak and claims to be a killer of giants. She faces bullies and storms with no fear, but cannot face what she hides from at home. The art is great and the story is immersive and heartbreaking. Everyone should read this. Bonus points, they're making a move based on it too.
My Husband and I: the Inside Story of 70 Years of the Royal MarriageMore Staff Picks +
When a young Princess Elizabeth met and fell in love with the dashing Naval Lieutenant Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark, it wasn't without its problems. Throughout Queen Elizabeth's record-breaking reign, she relied on the formidable partnership she had made with her consort. Now, after 70 years of their marriage, acclaimed royal biographer Ingrid Seward sheds new light on their relationship and its impact on their family and on the nation.
LessMore Staff Picks +
I always read the novels that win the big literary prizes (this one won the Pulitzer). They are usually serious, bordering on depressing. This book is anything but. It is poignant, smart and very, very funny. The protagonist is endearing and sympathetic even as he bumbles his way though his 50th birthday, managing to losing almost everything.
The Book of PearlMore Staff Picks +
I really enjoyed unraveling this story! The author took multiple perspectives, time periods, and details and weaved them together beautifully! The fantasy and adventure was awesome and I love how the author kept the story on the edge between reality and fantasy in order to make the book more real.
Dude!More Staff Picks +
Dude! You have to read this book. It's totally about this platypus and this beaver who are friends. They want to go surfing but dude, there's this shark who's in the ocean, too. But don't worry. This shark approaches and you'll never guess what happens.
ThunderheadMore Staff Picks +
The Thunderhead cannot interfere in the affairs of the Scythedom. All it can do is observe—it does not like what it sees. A year has passed since Rowan had gone off grid. Since then, he has become an urban legend, a vigilante snuffing out corrupt scythes in a trial by fire. His story is told in whispers across the continent. As Scythe Anastasia, Citra gleans with compassion and openly challenges the ideals of the “new order.” But when her life is threatened and her methods questioned, it becomes clear that not everyone is open to the change. Will the Thunderhead intervene? Or will it simply watch as this perfect world begins to unravel?