Staff Picks

Janet's Picks

The Saturday Boy by David Fleming
Middle-Grade fiction, ages 10 and up
Viking Books for Young Readers, 2013
Loved this poignant and funny book about growing up, the mysteries of friendship, and the love between a son and his deployed dad. It grabbed me from the first page.

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Middle-Grade Fictionalized Memoir in Verse
Ages 10 and up
Newbery Honor Book, National Book Award
Nancy Paulsen Books, 2014
Beautifully written story of the author’s early childhood memories in the civil-rights era South and a move to New York City.  Not hard to see why Woodson wins so many literary awards!  Everyone loves this book!

Margie’s Picks:

Me…Jane by Patrick McDonnell
Picture book, ages 3-7
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2011
The Story of Jane Goodall: "McDonnell's skill as a cartoonist enables him to express Goodall's joy, wonder and satisfaction with a simple stroke of the pen."―New York Times

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Middle-Grade fiction, ages 10-up
Nancy Paulsen Books, 2015
“Poignant. . . . Emphasis on ‘thinking outside the box’ . . . Ally’s new friendships are satisfying, as are the recognition of her dyslexia and her renewed determination to read. Fans of R.J. Palacio’s Wonder will appreciate this feel-good story of friendship and unconventional smarts.”
—Kirkus Review

Sue’s Picks:

Malcolm at Midnight by W. H. Beck, illustrated by Brian Lies
Middle-Grade fiction, grades 4-6
HMH Books for Young Readers, 2012.
"A rip-roaring tale; even rodent haters will have to like Malcolm."—Kirkus

Ish by Peter H. Reynolds
Picture book, ages 3-adult
Candlewick Press, 2004
"A creative spirit learns that thinking "ish-ly" is far more wonderful than "getting it right" in this gentle new fable from the creator of the award-winning picture book THE DOT."

Kim’s Picks:

The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Young Adult fiction, ages 12-up
Bloomsbury USA Children, 2015
"This thriller YA is Scandal meets Veronica Mars.” — An excellent read everyone needs to give a try because all the pieces fit well together and kept you hanging on for more. 



The Rook by Daniel O'Malley
Adult fiction
Little, Brown and Company, 2012
"It’s utterly convincing and engrossing — totally thought-through and frequently hilarious. The writing is confident and fully fledged.” — Lev Grossman, Seven Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2012TIME Entertainment