Staff Picks

Winter 2015-2016

Youth and Teen

Jessica: The Hammer of Thor: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #2 by Rick Riordan

This book is full of adventure, true friendship, and mythology. This is a quick read, but would recommend reading book one, “The Sword of Summer”, as this book is part of a series.





Tiffany: The Empty Pot by Demi

I like this book because it shows children the value of having integrity and being honest.






Jodi: Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson and Shannon Watters. Illustrated by Brooke A. Allen

A ridiculously fun adventure. Five girls and their camp counselor try to figure out what the heck is going on at summer camp. They learn to trust and depend on each other to figure it out and save their skins!







Joan: What You Owe Me by Bebe Moore Campbell

This is a story about a country girl and a Holocaust survivor who become close friends and set out to build a towering cosmetics company. They loose everything; a close friendship, and a dept that needs to be paid. I liked this book because it showed two very strong women from different backgrounds that worked hard against all odds to fulfill their dreams.



Patty: The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

In this gripping novel, a dark secret threatens to expose the best and worst in everyone tied to the estate of a thriving plantation in Virginia in the decades before the Civil War.

Grissom’s debut novel unfolds in a heartbreaking and ultimately hopeful story of class, race, dignity, deep-buried secrets, and familial bonds.



Cathrine:History Buff's guide to the presidents The History Buff’s Guide to the Presidents by Thomas R. Flagel.

Sprinkled with humor, Flagel takes an unorthodox look at the American Presidents’ political and personal lives. For those who love American History Fun Facts, this is a fantastic read!




Aubrey: Garden for the Blind by Kelly Fordon

An atmospheric collection of short stories set in Detroit and its surrounding suburbs, this book demonstrates the complexities of a life fully lived and interconnectedness of characters and place.