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Staff Picks New for 2017!

Staff Picks New for 2016!Contrary to popular belief, we don't sit around and read all day long. BUT we do our best to get through as many books as we can so that we can look for and find those great reads that you are looking for!

Enjoy the list and feel free to let us know what you think, too!

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Kids Korner

The Night Gardener by The Fan Brothers

The Night Gardener by The Fan BrothersJulia’s staff pick…Surprises are always best when their origin remains a mystery!

One day, William discovers that the tree outside his window has been sculpted into a wise owl. In the following days, more topiaries appear, and each one is more beautiful than the last. Soon, William’s gray little town is full of color and life. And though the mysterious night gardener disappears as suddenly as he appeared, William—and his town—are changed forever.

young reader

Pax by Sara Penny Packer

Jane pick! Peter has lost his mom and his dad is being deployed so Peter must go live with his grandfather. Consequently he must return his pet fox, Pax, who he rescued when Pax was orphaned to the wild. A touching and engaging story filled with subtle life lessons.

Pax by Sara Penny PackerPax was only a kit when his family was killed, and “his boy” Peter rescued him from abandonment and certain death. Now the war front approaches, and when Peter’s father enlists, Peter has to move in with his grandpa. Far worse than being forced to leave home is the fact that Pax can’t go. Peter listens to his stern father—as he usually does—and throws Pax’s favorite toy soldier into the woods. When the fox runs to retrieve it, Peter and his dad get back in the car and leave him there—alone. But before Peter makes it through even one night under his grandfather’s roof, regret and duty spur him to action; he packs for a trek to get his best friend back and sneaks into the night. This is the story of Peter, Pax, and their independent struggles to return to one another against all odds. Told from the alternating viewpoints of Peter and Pax.

young adult

A Death Struck Year by Makiia Lucier

Laura’s pick! A great historical novel set during the 1918 Spanish Influenza epidemic. Our heroine Cleo works for the Red Cross and grows up fast!
A deadly pandemic, a budding romance, and the heartache of loss make for a stunning coming-of-age teen debut about the struggle to survive during the 1918 flu.

A Death Struck Year by Makiia LucierFor Cleo Berry, the people dying of the Spanish Influenza in cities like New York and Philadelphia may as well be in another country--that's how far away they feel from the safety of Portland, Oregon. And then cases start being reported in the Pacific Northwest. Schools, churches, and theaters shut down. The entire city is thrust into survival mode--and into a panic. Headstrong and foolish, seventeen-year-old Cleo is determined to ride out the pandemic in the comfort of her own home, rather than in her quarantined boarding school dorms. But when the Red Cross pleads for volunteers, she can't ignore the call. As Cleo struggles to navigate the world around her, she is surprised by how much she finds herself caring about near-strangers. Strangers like Edmund, a handsome medical student and war vet. Strangers who could be gone tomorrow. And as the bodies begin to pile up, Cleo can't help but wonder: when will her own luck run out?


Adult Fiction

Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese

Cutting For Stone by Abraham VergheseBarb loves this book and was mesmerized! A very engaging tale of twins born to a nun in Ethiopia. Orphaned at birth they are raised by their mother’s best friend who is a doctor. A tragic consequence involving the girl they grew up with, splits the boys apart, forcing one to flee to America. A wonderful story of love, sibling ties, medicine and political unrest.

Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon. Orphaned by their mother’s death and their father’s disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution.

Moving from Addis Ababa to New York City and back again, Cutting for Stone is an unforgettable story of love and betrayal, medicine and ordinary miracles--and two brothers whose fates are forever intertwined.

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