|Middle Grade Monday|
Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia.
This slim novel packs a punch! Clayton Bryd adores his grandfather and the Blues. He tags along with Cool Papa and his band waiting for a chance to solo with his harmonica. When the unthinkable happens, Clayton's mother forbids Clayton from playing the blues and Clayton knows that's no way to live.
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein.
It is October of 1943 and we are reading the confessions of "Verity," a British spy captured by the Germans in occupied France. She is being tortured and, is therefore an unreliable witness. There are two stories at work here, Verity's present, being imprisoned and her past, the story of her friendship with Maddie, the pilot of Verity's plane, whom Verity believes is dead. The writing is absolutely superb, tension is high throughout and several plot twists keep the reader guessing.
|Waiting on Wednesday|
Serafina and the Splintered Heart by Robert Beatty.
This is the third book in the Serafina series and you need to have read the first two books; but if you like dark and suspenseful, these are the books for you. The story takes place in the early 1900s on the Biltmore estate in the Blue Ridge Mountains. While the sense of setting in these books is strong, the suspense is high as Serafina bravely faces a mysterious threat to all she holds dear. Serafina and the Splintered Heart is due out in July and the first two books are available in our library!
The Girls by Amy Goldman Koss.
Originally published in 2000, this story is told from the multiple perspectives of five girls in a seventh grade clique. Queen Bee Candace decides to dump Maya on a whim and the other three girls follow suit. Koss perfectly captures the viciousness that groupthink can spawn.
Moto and Me: my year as a wildcat's foster mom by Suzi Eszterhas
You're in for some cuteness overload here. Eszterhas was working as a wildlife photographer in Kenya when a raging wildfire and unfortunate human interference separated a two-week-old serval kitten from his mother. Eszterhas took on the responsibility for the kitten's care, which included consciously not domesticating him. She documented their year together in this photo-essay.
Wrath of the Storm
by Jennifer A. Nielsen
The Inquisitor's Tale by
Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandy Menon
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Always and Forever, Lara Jean
by Jenny Han