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Little Heathens

Author
Mildred Kalish

Staff Comment
1st time author at the age of 80+! An interesting look at growing up during the Great Depression … with wonderful recipes!

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

All Creatures Great and Small

Author
James Herriot

Staff Comment
A wonderful memoir from a world-renowned country vet. Warm, wonderful and inspiring.

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

Angela's Ashes

Author
Frank McCourt

Staff Comment
A remarkable story of overcoming adversity. Told with a lot of humor and charm, the author shows us his impoverished childhood in Limerick. Ireland.

Suggested by
Pat, East Shore Area Library

Breaking Night: A memoir of forgiveness, survival, and my journey from homeless to Harvard

Author
Liz Murray

Staff Comment
Foraging for food on the streets and completing school assignments in stairwells - the unbelievable & incredible story of going from "Homeless to Harvard."

Suggested by
Christine, East Shore Area Library

Dewey's Nine Lives

Author
Vicki Myron

Staff Comment
Wonderful true stories of cats and how they changed their owners' lives.

Suggested by
Ray, Northern Dauphin Library

Herb & Dorothy

Author
Megumi Sasaki

Staff Comment
Meet Herb and Dorothy, my heroes! Phenomenal!

Suggested by
Diane, East Shore Area Library

James Herriot's Treasury for Children

Author
James Herriot

Staff Comment
A wonderful collection of true stories about the experiences of a country vet.

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

Losing It - And Gaining My Life Back One Pound at a Time

Author
Valerie Bertinelli

Staff Comment
One Day at a Time star tells her story. Interesting account of her life!

Suggested by
Christine, East Shore Area Library

The Professor and the Madman

Author
Simon Winchester

Staff Comment
A fascinating account of a man in an insane asylum who contributes 10,000 entries to the Oxford English Dictionary.

Suggested by
Diane, East Shore Area Library

Worn Stories

Author
Emily Spivack

Staff Comment
The perfect book for anyone that likes interesting stories. There are dozens in this book and every single one is different. Good for adults, teens, and everyone in between.

Suggested by
Emily Spivack

A Funny Little Bird

Author
Jennifer Yerkes

Staff Comment
What a cute book! Being different can be fun!!

Suggested by
Theresa, East Shore Area Library

Bud, Not Buddy

Author
Christopher Paul Curtis

Staff Comment
He's motherless and on the run in 1936. He's also very smart! Wonderful story and characterization.

Suggested by
Christine, East Shore Area Library

HELP! A Story of Friendship

Author
Holly Keller

Staff Comment
Can friendship survive gossip? This delightful story leads to good discussions.

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Author
Brian Selznick

Staff Comment
Hugo Cabret, an orphan, clock keeper, and a thief, and the stories of his travels. Exciting!

Suggested by
Connor, East Shore Area Library

Love is my Favorite Thing

Author
Emma Chichester Clark

Staff Comment
Unconditional love and forgiveness are the focus in this adorable story.

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

Only One Woof

Author
James Herriot

Staff Comment
A delightful TRUE story from world famous country vet. Great for all ages.

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons

Author
Eric Litwin

Staff Comment
Pete is a really cool cat whose motto is "It's all good."

Suggested by
Pat, East Shore Area Library

Runaway Ralph

Author
Beverly Cleary

Staff Comment
Tired of his annoying family, Ralph runs away to camp. But it is not what he expected.

Suggested by
Connor, East Shore Area Library

It's a Wonderful Life (For Kids!)

Author
Jimmy Hawkins

Staff Comment
Written by the original "Tommy" from the classic movie, this book is a perfect lesson that everyone's life matters. Wonderful!

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

Woof

Author
Spencer Quinn

Staff Comment
Told from the dog's point-of-view, Bowser finds a new home with young "Birdie" and together they solve a home town mystery.

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

A Place Called Hope

Author
Philip Gulley

Staff Comment
Finally, Quaker pastor Sam Gardner is back with a new congregation of quirky characters.

Suggested by
Phyllis, East Shore Area Library

The Art of Arranging Flowers

Author
Lynne Branard

Staff Comment
A florist deals with love, grief and renewal in a small town.

Suggested by
Meg, East Shore Area Library

At Home in Mitford

Author
Jan Karon

Staff Comment
NY Times bestselling author. First in a wonderful series about a very human Episcopal priest in small town North Carolina.

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

The Buck Stops Here

Author
Mindy Starns Clark

Staff Comment
A woman must discover the truth about her husband's death.

Suggested by
Ann Marie, East Shore Area Library

A Very Private Grave

Author
Donna Fletcher Crow

Staff Comment
The history of Christianity is the focus for this modern day engaging mystery.

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

Harriet Beamer Takes the Bus

Author
Joyce Magnin

Staff Comment
A 72-year-old woman travels cross country using public transportation. Heart warming and delightful!

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

Home Another Way

Author
Christa Parrish

Staff Comment
A young woman is forced to confront her past in order to claim her inheritance.

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good

Author
Jan Karon

Staff Comment
Back from his trip to Ireland Father Tim must decide what to do with his time and MANY challenges. Beautiful and inspiring!

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

The Prayer Box

Author
Lisa Wingate

Staff Comment
A great story about a person being judged before anyone knew the truth

Suggested by
Theresa, East Shore Area Library

What Follows After

Author
Dan Walsh

Staff Comment
2 boys run away in 1962 Florida. I wanted to keep reading this book until I found out what happened.

Suggested by
Theresa, East Shore Area Library

Artemis Fowl

Author
Eoin Colfer

Staff Comment
This is a fun series of books with hightech fairies & a 12yr old criminal genius.

Suggested by
Meg, East Shore Area Library

Bud, Not Buddy

Author
Christopher Paul Curtis

Staff Comment
He's motherless and on the run in 1936. He's also very smart! Wonderful story and characterization.

Suggested by
Christine, East Shore Area Library

Compulsion

Author
Martina Boone

Staff Comment
After the death of her disfigured, shut-in mother, Barrie Watson moves to her aunt's South Carolina plantation, which is guarded by an ancient spirit who cursed one of the island's three founding families and gave the others magical gifts that become compulsions

Suggested by
Lydia, William H. & Marion C. Alexander Family Library

Virals

Author
Kathy Reichs

Staff Comment
Adults will enjoy this young adult novel written by Kathy Reichs especially those that enjoyed reading other young adult books like the "Hunger Games".

Suggested by
Debbie, William H. & Marion C. Alexander Family Library

A Wrinkle in Time

Author
Madeleine L'Engle

Staff Comment
Along with her friends, a young girl searches for her father who disappeared while doing secret government work. Newbery Medal winner.

Suggested by
Connor, East Shore Area Library

Alias Hook

Author
Lisa Jensen

Staff Comment
A Neverland story for grown-ups. Hook tells a tragic tale of loss and hatred and is saved by the power of love.

Suggested by
Phyllis, East Shore Area Library

Dune

Author
Frank Herbert

Staff Comment
A modern sci-fi classic about an alien society. Detailed & absorbing.

Suggested by
Joe, East Shore Area Library

Hood

Author
Stephen Lawhead

Staff Comment
An interesting version of "Robin Hood" and how the author thinks it happened. Thrilling!

Suggested by
Lydia, East Shore Area Library

The Kingdom on the Edge of Reality

Author
Gahan Hanmer

Staff Comment
Leave the modern world behind and join Jack as he adapts to living in a medieval kingdom designed by his childhood friend.

Suggested by
Phyllis, East Shore Area Library

Sandman Slim

Author
Richard Kadrey

Staff Comment
A gifted Magician gets snatched by demons, and taken to Hell. 11 years later, he escapes, and becomes a sort of supernatural Hitman.

Suggested by
Lydia, William H. & Marion C. Alexander Family Library

The Spiderwick Chronicles

Author
Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

Staff Comment
3 kids discover a world beyond their own and it leads them on a load of adventures.

Suggested by
Connor, East Shore Area Library

The Gunslinger

Author
Stephen King

Staff Comment
1st in Dark Tower series about a gunslinger's adventures; fantasy

Suggested by
Joe, East Shore Area Library

Uprooted

Author
Naomi Novik

Staff Comment
Apprentice which fights evil with unconventional magic. I didn't want it to end, but I couldn't put the book down.

Suggested by
Phyllis, East Shore Area Library

A Wrinkle in Time

Author
Madeleine L'Engle

Staff Comment
Along with her friends, a young girl searches for her father who disappeared while doing secret government work. Newbery Medal winner.

Suggested by
Connor, East Shore Area Library

Batman: Gotham Knight

Author
Louise Simonson

Staff Comment
Well written graphic novel for kids. New challenges await Batman.

Suggested by
Connor, East Shore Area Library

The Gray Man

Author
Mark Greaney

Staff Comment
Court Gentry is The Gray Man, a silent assassin who always hits his target. Always.

Suggested by
Alex, East Shore Area Library

Guardians of the Galaxy

Author
Marvel

Staff Comment
If you are a fan of Marvel you will enjoy this book.

Suggested by
Seth, Kline Library

A Funny Little Bird

Author
Jennifer Yerkes

Staff Comment
What a cute book! Being different can be fun!!

Suggested by
Theresa, East Shore Area Library

The Art of Arranging Flowers

Author
Lynne Branard

Staff Comment
A florist deals with love, grief and renewal in a small town.

Suggested by
Meg, East Shore Area Library

Bud, Not Buddy

Author
Christopher Paul Curtis

Staff Comment
He's motherless and on the run in 1936. He's also very smart! Wonderful story and characterization.

Suggested by
Christine, East Shore Area Library

Criminal Justice

Author
Barbara Parker

Staff Comment
In private practice having lost his U.S. Attorney job, Dan Galindo takes a case that ends up in murder. Smart legal thriller.

Suggested by
Ginger, East Shore Area Library

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Author
Brian Selznick

Staff Comment
Hugo Cabret, an orphan, clock keeper, and a thief, and the stories of his travels. Exciting!

Suggested by
Connor, East Shore Area Library

Never Look Away

Author
Linwood Barclay

Staff Comment
A fast-moving thriller that keeps you guessing until the very end. Excellent dialogue.

Suggested by
Pat, East Shore Area Library

One for the Money

Author
Janet Evanovich

Staff Comment
First of the delightful Stephanie Plum novels. Read it and you'll be hooked!

Suggested by
Pat, East Shore Area Library

On the Ropes: Round One

Author
Tom Schreck

Staff Comment
A surprisingly good first book, fast paced and funny, with an involved plot that has little to do with boxing. Don't miss Round Two.

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

The Secret of Raven Point

Author
Jennifer Vanderbes

Staff Comment
A young woman volunteers as a nurse during World War II.

Suggested by
Ellen, East Shore Area Library

Sleeping the Churchyard Sleep

Author
Rett MacPherson

Staff Comment
Set in 1950s West Virginia, this is a rich and engaging novel about family, community and a long ago mystery.

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

The 13th Gift

Author
Joanne Huist Smith

Staff Comment
A good story about dealing with Christmas while grieving.

Suggested by
Meg, East Shore Area Library

Christmas Cheers

Author
Straight No Chaser

Staff Comment
Great music sung a cappella. This will get you in the holiday spirit!

Suggested by
Megan, William H. & Marion C. Alexander Family Library

Christmas in the Country

Author
Cynthia Rylant

Staff Comment
Treasured memories are the stuff Christmas is made of. Special.

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey

Author
Susan Wojciechowski

Staff Comment
This award-winning book is an unforgettable treasure for all ages. Make this a holiday tradition for the entire family.

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

The Gift of the Magi

Author
O. Henry

Staff Comment
A timeless holiday story about love and giving. Wonderful illustrations!

Suggested by
Beth, East Shore Area Library

I Am Half-Sick of Shadows

Author
Alan Bradley

Staff Comment
The 4th in the Flavia de Luce mysteries about a 12-year-old chemist. This holiday-themed mystery is funny and well written.

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

On Strike for Christmas

Author
Sheila Roberts

Staff Comment
What would happen if all the women in the small town go on strike for Christmas? Funny!

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

It's a Wonderful Life (For Kids!)

Author
Jimmy Hawkins

Staff Comment
Written by the original "Tommy" from the classic movie, this book is a perfect lesson that everyone's life matters. Wonderful!

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

Abandon

Author
Blake Crouch

Staff Comment
A blizzard threatens as a psychic tries to find why all Abandon's residents disappeared.

Suggested by
Ginger, East Shore Area Library

A Bad Day for Sorry

Author
Sophie Littlefield

Staff Comment
A formerly abused woman becomes a vigilante to help other abused women.

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

Criminal Justice

Author
Barbara Parker

Staff Comment
In private practice having lost his U.S. Attorney job, Dan Galindo takes a case that ends up in murder. Smart legal thriller.

Suggested by
Ginger, East Shore Area Library

Fidelity

Author
Thomas Perry

Staff Comment
This is a fast-moving thriller with lots of plot twists and interesting characters.

Suggested by
Pat, East Shore Area Library

Heart Shaped Box

Author
Joe Hill

Staff Comment
A middle aged rock star, who collects morbid items, buys a "haunted" suit online. It's no joke and the ghost is out to kill him! Truly scary!

Suggested by
Phyllis, East Shore Area Library

The Most Dangerous Thing

Author
Laura Lippman

Staff Comment
A funeral reunites four childhood friends, forcing them to relive the terrible secret they share.

Suggested by
Pat, East Shore Area Library

Never Look Away

Author
Linwood Barclay

Staff Comment
A fast-moving thriller that keeps you guessing until the very end. Excellent dialogue.

Suggested by
Pat, East Shore Area Library

Sworn to Silence

Author
Linda Castillo

Staff Comment
This is a gripping story of serial murders committed in an idyllic Amish community. The ending will surprise you.

Suggested by
Pat, East Shore Area Library

The Last Alibi

Author
David Ellis

Staff Comment
Couldn't put down this terrific courtroom thriller. Move over, John Grisham… Seriously!

Suggested by
Ginger, East Shore Area Library

Five Minutes' Peace

Author
Jill Murphy

Staff Comment
Moms everywhere will relate to Mrs. Large's problem … very funny!

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

All Creatures Great and Small

Author
James Herriot

Staff Comment
A wonderful memoir from a world-renowned country vet. Warm, wonderful and inspiring.

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

Constable & Toop

Author
Gareth P. Jones

Staff Comment
A ghostly mystery full of humor and suspense with likable characters (including the ghosts!)

Suggested by
Phyllis, East Shore Area Library

Dog vs. Cat

Author
Chris Gall

Staff Comment
2 unlikely friends learn to cooperate, working through a series of problems. Funny!

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

Giant George

Author
Dave Nasser

Staff Comment
A wonderful memoir of a 'little' blue-eyed dog. Funny, heartwarming, entertaining.

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

Irish Cream

Author
Andrew Greeley

Staff Comment
Nuala McGrail is back with another captivating blend of romance, humor and intrigue.

Suggested by
Meg, East Shore Area Library

Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind

Author
Ann Ross

Staff Comment
Meet the unpredictable Miss Julia, a smart, sassy, and hilariously funny senior citizen. Her adventures will keep you reading.

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

This is Where I Leave You

Author
Paula Weinstein, Shawn Levy, Jeffrey Levine

Staff Comment
The father of the Altman tribe has died and the family convenes in their home town for the funeral. Dad's last wish was that they sit Shiva (stay under the same roof together) for the full seven days. This is odd because they weren't really observant Jews, but the four adult children and various spouses go along with it. Hilarity Ensues, Life Lessons are Learned, and Changes are made. I have both read the book, and watched the film numerous times, very enjoyable.

Suggested by
Lydia, William H. & Marion C. Alexander Family Library

Twenties Girl

Author
Sophie Kinsella

Staff Comment
Part ghost story, part mystery, part romantic-comedy about the importance of family and relationships

Suggested by
Phyllis, East Shore Area Library

You Can Do it, Bert!

Author
Ole Konnecke

Staff Comment
Everyone needs a little encouragement sometimes. It's great to have friends to cheer you on…

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

VeggieTales: Abe and the Amazing Promise

Staff Comment
As the old saying goes, "Good things come to those who wait." The whole line of VeggieTales are awesome!

Suggested by
Ashley, McCormick Riverfront Library

The A-Team

Staff Comment
There's a great blend of action and comedy. It will make you laugh and give you a fast-paced trip!

Suggested by
Chris, McCormick Riverfront Library

Big Miracle

Staff Comment
A wonderful story about how a town and people across the country get together to save this family of whales.

Suggested by
Theresa, East Shore Area Library

Bridge to Terabithia

Author
Katherine Paterson

Staff Comment
A story of friendship, imagination and growing up. A story to cherish again and again. Required reading for many schools.

Suggested by
Mary, East Shore Area Library

The Five People You Meet in Heaven

Author
Mitch Albom

Staff Comment
This simple, quick read has valuable messages about life that we all can take heed to. Check out the movie, too!

Suggested by
Ashley, McCormick Riverfront Library

Herb & Dorothy

Staff Comment
Meet Herb and Dorothy, my heroes! Phenomenal!

Suggested by
Diane, East Shore Area Library

Runaway Ralph

Author
Beverly Cleary

Staff Comment
Tired of his annoying family, Ralph runs away to camp. But it is not what he expected.

Suggested by
Connor, East Shore Area Library

The Pyramid

Staff Comment
It starts out horror and turns into something much more interesting! I absolutely loved the thrill, adventure, and completely unique concept.

Suggested by
Sydney, William H. & Marion C. Alexander Family Library

This is Where I Leave You

Staff Comment
The father of the Altman tribe has died and the family convenes in their home town for the funeral. Dad's last wish was that they sit Shiva (stay under the same roof together) for the full seven days. This is odd because they weren't really observant Jews, but the four adult children and various spouses go along with it. Hilarity Ensues, Life Lessons are Learned, and Changes are made. I have both read the book, and watched the film numerous times, very enjoyable.

Suggested by
Lydia, William H. & Marion C. Alexander Family Library

Irish Cream

Author
Andrew Greeley

Staff Comment
Nuala McGrail is back with another captivating blend of romance, humor and intrigue.

Suggested by
Meg, East Shore Area Library

One for the Money

Author
Janet Evanovich

Staff Comment
First of the delightful Stephanie Plum novels. Read it and you'll be hooked!

Suggested by
Pat, East Shore Area Library

On the Ropes: Round One

Author
Tom Schreck

Staff Comment
A surprisingly good first book, fast paced and funny, with an involved plot that has little to do with boxing. Don't miss Round Two.

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

The Prostitutes' Ball

Author
Stephen Cannell

Staff Comment
A very different Shane Scully story than usual -- light-hearted and funny, but still a great police drama.

Suggested by
Pat, East Shore Area Library

Sleeping the Churchyard Sleep

Author
Rett MacPherson

Staff Comment
Set in 1950s West Virginia, this is a rich and engaging novel about family, community and a long ago mystery.

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

St. Patrick's Day Murder

Author
Leslie Meier

Staff Comment
The author blends Celtic culture and Irish folklore into this murder mystery set in a quaint Maine harbor town. Really enjoyable read.

Suggested by
Pat, East Shore Area Library

Sworn to Silence

Author
Linda Castillo

Staff Comment
This is a gripping story of serial murders committed in an idyllic Amish community. The ending will surprise you.

Suggested by
Pat, East Shore Area Library

Woof

Author
Spencer Quinn

Staff Comment
Told from the dog's point-of-view, Bowser finds a new home with young "Birdie" and together they solve a home town mystery.

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

Hungry Girl: 200 Under 200: 200 Recipes Under 200 Calories

Author
Lisa Lillien

Staff Comment
Stay healthy - not hungry with these filling low-cal recipes. If you like to eat, you'll like this book.

Suggested by
Deidre and Desiree, Madeline L. Olewine Memorial Library

All Creatures Great and Small

Author
James Herriot

Staff Comment
A wonderful memoir from a world-renowned country vet. Warm, wonderful and inspiring.

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

Everyday Easy Cheap Eats

Author
DK Publishing

Staff Comment
I love food and cookbooks as well. They help me with new ideas and different ways to make stuff. You don't have to spend a lot of money to make good, delicious food. This is why I love these cheap recipes books.

Suggested by
Monique, Madeline L. Olewine Memorial Library

The Children's Book of Virtues

Author
edited by William J. Bennett

Staff Comment
An excellent collection of fables, stories and poems that teach good character.

Suggested by
Mary, East Shore Area Library

Dewey's Nine Lives

Author
Vicki Myron

Staff Comment
Wonderful true stories of cats and how they changed their owners' lives.

Suggested by
Ray, Northern Dauphin Library

Giant George

Author
Dave Nasser

Staff Comment
A wonderful memoir of a 'little' blue-eyed dog. Funny, heartwarming, entertaining.

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

Holy Ghosts

Author
Gary Jansen

Staff Comment
A beautiful memoir about the connection between religion and the paranormal.

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

Little Heathens

Author
Mildred Kalish

Staff Comment
1st time author at the age of 80+! An interesting look at growing up during the Great Depression … with wonderful recipes!

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

Only One Woof

Author
James Herriot

Staff Comment
A delightful TRUE story from world famous country vet. Great for all ages.

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

Saving Simon

Author
Jon Katz

Staff Comment
Best-selling author, Katz, discovers surprising personal growth when he rescues a neglected donkey.

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

Christmas Cheers

Staff Comment
Great music sung a cappella. This will get you in the holiday spirit!

Suggested by
Megan, William H. & Marion C. Alexander Family Library

Against All Odds

Author
Irene Hannon

Staff Comment
This book has romance, mystery and faith all in a great story.

Suggested by
Theresa, East Shore Area Library

The Art of Arranging Flowers

Author
Lynne Branard

Staff Comment
A florist deals with love, grief and renewal in a small town.

Suggested by
Meg, East Shore Area Library

Deadline

Author
Sandra Brown

Staff Comment
One of Sandra Brown's best stories including a twist I did not see coming.

Suggested by
Pat, East Shore Area Library

The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells

Author
Andrew Sean Greer

Staff Comment
What if you could [fix] everything wrong in your life by living in a different time period?

Suggested by
Phyllis, East Shore Area Library

Irish Cream

Author
Andrew Greeley

Staff Comment
Nuala McGrail is back with another captivating blend of romance, humor and intrigue.

Suggested by
Meg, East Shore Area Library

A Little Folly

Author
Jude Morgan

Staff Comment
If you love Jane Austen, you're likely to enjoy this witty period piece too.

Suggested by
Ginger, East Shore Area Library

Love Me Anyway

Author
Tiffany Hawk

Staff Comment
An intimate look at flight attendants both before and after 9/11.

Suggested by
Ellen, East Shore Area Library

The Movement of Stars

Author
Amy Brill

Staff Comment
A Quaker woman discovers a comet in 1840s Massachusetts.

Suggested by
Ellen, East Shore Area Library

One Plus One

Author
Jojo Moyes

Staff Comment
You're in for one crazy road trip with four misfits in this book.

Suggested by
Ellen, East Shore Area Library

Twenties Girl

Author
Sophie Kinsella

Staff Comment
Part ghost story, part mystery, part romantic-comedy about the importance of family and relationships

Suggested by
Phyllis, East Shore Area Library

99 - Stories of the Game

Author
Wayne Gretzky

Staff Comment
EXCELLENT look at hockey through the ages by someone who's lived it (Also available in audio)

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

The gratitude diaries : how a year looking on the brightside can transform your life

Author
Janice Kaplan

Staff Comment
Read how the author brought more gratitude & positive thinking into her life.

Suggested by
Ann Marie, East Shore Area Library

Your heart is a muscle the size of your fist

Author
Sunil Yapa

Staff Comment
A homeless man travels to Seattle encountering his estranged father, a police chief, other characters & situations combine to create a novel of compassion. Memorable and moving!

Suggested by
Diane, East Shore Area Library

Dead Scared

Author
S.J. Bolton

Staff Comment
Det. Flint discovers her investigation is the mere tip of the most unspeakable crime imaginable.

Suggested by
Ginger, East Shore Area Library

The Hopefuls

Author
Jennifer Close

Staff Comment
This book shows how difficult a political campaign can b on a marriage.

Suggested by
Ellen, East Shore Area Library

Playing With Fire

Author
Tess Gerristen

Staff Comment
Can a piece of music make a child want to hurt others? Find out in this captivating quick read page turner.

Suggested by
Kelly, East Shore Area library

Dream With Little Angels

Author
Michael Hiebert

Staff Comment
A beautifully written novel about small town life and death seen through the eyes of an observant eleven year old boy.

Suggested by
Pat, East Shore Area Library

Beloved Poison

Author
E. S. Thompson

Staff Comment
Secrets abound in this victoria era crime novel. A rich cast of characters, scientific detail, & Gothic atmosphere. I didn't want it to end.

Suggested by
Phyllis, East Shore Area Library

The Athena Project

Author
Brad Thor

Staff Comment
Four women are about to undertake one of the nation's deadliest assignments.

Suggested by
Alex, East Shore Area Library

Falling

Author
Jane Green

Staff Comment
Emma leaves behind her Manhattan life for a new start in Connecticut.

Suggested by
Sydney, William H. & Marion C. Alexander Family Library

Who am I?

Author
Gervase Phinn

Staff Comment
An unusual creature tries to find out who he is by asking all the animals he meets.

Suggested by
Pat, East Shore Area Library

Cry Heart, But Never Break

Author
Glenn Ringtved

Staff Comment
A wise and sensitive book that helps children deal with the death of a loved one.

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

Cat knit

Author
Jacon Grant

Staff Comment
A cute story about a cat and its yarn.

Suggested by
Kiri, East Shore Area Library

Great

Author
Glen Gretzky

Staff Comment
Wonderful story. Children need encouragement, love, & support to grow up into strong, confident adults.

Suggested by
Millie, East Shore Area Library

The Birch & Bark House

Author
Nick Neddo

Staff Comment
Omakayas learns courage, sadness happiness & her true family history.

Suggested by
Glenda, East Shore Area Library

A Little Book of Sloth

Author
Lucy Cooke

Staff Comment
Too cute for words! A wonderful look at an interesting, unique creature.

Suggested by
Susan, East Shore Area Library

The Obstinate Pen

Author
Frank W. Dormer

Staff Comment
The adventure of a pen and the chaos it creates.

Suggested by
Kiri, East Shore Area Library

Out of My Mind

Author
Lauren Sabel

Staff Comment
Beautiful reminder to not make assumptions about those differently-abled than we are.

Suggested by
Ginger, East Shore Area Library

Bad Boys

Author
Margie Palatini

Staff Comment
A madcap fairy-tale, Willy & Wally Wolf are in trouble again. Enter taining!

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Theresa, East Shore Area Library

Happy in Our Skin

Author
Fran Manushkin, illustrated by Lauren Tobia

Staff Comment
A delightful look at what makes us all human, different and the same!

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Millie, East Shore Area Library

If You Plant a Seed

Author
Kadir Nelson

Staff Comment
A beautiful story about sharing told with simple words and paintings.

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Susan

The Story of Ferdinand

Author
Munro Leaf

Staff Comment
This peacable bull has been smelling the flowers and delighting children for more than 30 years. A classic tale.

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Millie

The Lion and the Mouse

Author
Jenny Broom

Staff Comment
Beautiful illustrations and peek-through windows tell this traditional story.

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Meg

Do Unto Others

Author
Laurie Keller

Staff Comment
How will Mr. Rabbit be able to get along with his new neighbors? The golden rule!!

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Brenda

Even superheroes have to sleep

Author
Sara Crow

Staff Comment
A funny rhyme showing children that sleep is important to everyone.

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Ellen

The Secrets of Wishtide

Author
Kate Saunders

Staff Comment
A clever and charming new series featuring a widow and her cohorts solving crimes in Victorian England.

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Phyllis

The Matchmakers of Minnow Bay

Author
Kelly Harms

Staff Comment
A light-hearted novel about second chances in love and life.

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Phyllis

Prayers for Sale

Author
Sandra Dallas

Staff Comment
A historical novel that takes you into the hard life of women in a small Colorado mining town during the 1800's. Characters are strong and lovable.

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Pat

Fifty plants that changed the course of history

Author
Bills Laws

Staff Comment
A great collection of tales dealing with the plants and their impact.

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Meg

The Memory Keeper's Daughter

Author
Kim Edwards

Staff Comment
A lifelong secret creates emotional troubles and conflict in the lives of two families.

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Pat

Fatal Option

Author
Chris Beakey

Staff Comment
One poor decision creates a domino effect in this intricate thriller.

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Ginger

Orphan Train

Author
Christina Baker Kline

Staff Comment
A teenager "aging out" of foster care does community service helping an elderly woman and discovers answers to haunting mysteries.

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Diane

The hidden life of trees : what they feel, how they communicate : discoveries from a secret world

Author
Peter Wohlleben

Staff Comment
Enchanting and intriguing. Illustrates how trees communicate, protect and care for each other.

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Diane

Accidental Saints: Finding God in All The wrong People

Author
Nadia Bolz-Weber

Staff Comment
An angry profane stand up comic turned pastor takes readers along on her faith journey with a god who won't leave her alone. Funny and deeply moving.

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Millie

Andy Warhol Was a Hoarder

Author
Claudia Kalb

Staff Comment
A fascinating look at the mental health problems of famous people.

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Alyssa

Movies

VeggieTales: Abe and the Amazing Promise

Staff Comment
As the old saying goes, "Good things come to those who wait." The whole line of VeggieTales are awesome!

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Ashley, McCormick Riverfront Library

The A-Team

Staff Comment
There's a great blend of action and comedy. It will make you laugh and give you a fast-paced trip!

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Chris, McCormick Riverfront Library

Big Miracle

Staff Comment
A wonderful story about how a town and people across the country get together to save this family of whales.

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Theresa, East Shore Area Library

Bridge to Terabithia

Author
Katherine Paterson

Staff Comment
A story of friendship, imagination and growing up. A story to cherish again and again. Required reading for many schools.

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Mary, East Shore Area Library

The Five People You Meet in Heaven

Author
Mitch Albom

Staff Comment
This simple, quick read has valuable messages about life that we all can take heed to. Check out the movie, too!

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Ashley, McCormick Riverfront Library

Herb & Dorothy

Staff Comment
Meet Herb and Dorothy, my heroes! Phenomenal!

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Diane, East Shore Area Library

Runaway Ralph

Author
Beverly Cleary

Staff Comment
Tired of his annoying family, Ralph runs away to camp. But it is not what he expected.

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Connor, East Shore Area Library

The Pyramid

Staff Comment
It starts out horror and turns into something much more interesting! I absolutely loved the thrill, adventure, and completely unique concept.

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Sydney, William H. & Marion C. Alexander Family Library

This is Where I Leave You

Staff Comment
The father of the Altman tribe has died and the family convenes in their home town for the funeral. Dad's last wish was that they sit Shiva (stay under the same roof together) for the full seven days. This is odd because they weren't really observant Jews, but the four adult children and various spouses go along with it. Hilarity Ensues, Life Lessons are Learned, and Changes are made. I have both read the book, and watched the film numerous times, very enjoyable.

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Lydia, William H. & Marion C. Alexander Family Library

Irish Cream

Author
Andrew Greeley

Staff Comment
Nuala McGrail is back with another captivating blend of romance, humor and intrigue.

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Meg, East Shore Area Library