Staff Picks

Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good by Kathleen Flinn

If only all food memoirs were this funny and truly heartwarming!  An ode to her childhood and her relationship with food, Kathleen Flinn (author of The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry) gives loving and hilarious family memories that ring true to those who’ve grown up appreciating the art of food. In 1960s rural Michigan, her family’s struggles to make ends meet on a farm with five constantly famished children strikes a chord of familiarity with many of her Midwestern readers.

Bird by Crystal Chan

Jewel never knew her brother John. Jewel’s grandfather nicknamed her brother Bird, and encouraged him to pretend he could fly. Bird jumped off a cliff and died the day Jewel was born. No one talks about Bird or how he died, and her grandfather doesn’t speak at all. One night Jewel climbs her favorite tree and discovers someone else is already there, and his name is John. The two become fast friends, sharing their hopes and dreams for the future. 

Anatomy of a Girl Gang by Ashley Little

In the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, five girls from different backgrounds band together to form an all-girl gang. Mac and Mercy, tired of abuse from the male members of the Viper gang to which they belong, recruit three other street-smart girls to form a family who will always have each others’ backs. The Black Roses, however, are not a gang to be messed with. Mac, the self-appointed leader, is fearless, organized, and completely unemotional at dealing with any obstacle in her way. Mercy, her best friend and co-founder of the Black Roses, is tough, level-headed,

Secrets of a Runaway Bride by Valerie Bowman

Miss Annie Andrews absolutely, positively knows that she and Arthur Eggleston are meant to be together, so much so that she - on several occasions - has tried to convince Arthur to elope.  Now that her older sister is away, Annie has the perfect opportunity to run away with Arthur - except her sister left good friend, Jordon Holloway, in charge of Annie in her absence so as to avoid any type of scandal.

The Story of Owen by E.K. Johnson

Before the Thorskards moved to Trondheim, Ontario, the small town didn’t have a permanent dragon slayer.  Most large towns and cities employ dragon slayers, but with the profession lacking new talent, supply and demand creates problems for the average town. Having famous dragon-slayer Lottie Thorskard move to town is like winning the lotto!  Dragons are a constant threat, their insatiable appetites competing with mankind’s need for fossil fuels.

The Tilted World by Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly

Set against the backdrop of the Great Mississippi Flood during Prohibition in rural Mississippi, Tilted World tells the story of a bootlegger, her shady husband, an orphan baby, and two federal investigating agents and how their lives become entwined.  Weeks of constant rain and the impending natural disaster adds tension to this atmospheric story filled with murder and moonshine.  The strong-willed Dixie Clay who is mourning the recent death of her baby and decent, blues-loving agent Ted Ingersoll are drawn to each other in their mutual attachment to the orphan baby and thei

She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick

Laureth is blind. But in order to travel with her brother to find their missing father in  New York, she must pretend to see. Laureth’s father left her clues in his old notebook and she must follow patterns and coincidences in order to find out what has really happened to him. This fast-paced tale takes Laureth and the reader all over New York City to find the real mystery that their father was in search of, all along.

Servants of the Storm by Delilah S Dawson

Dovey witnessed her best friend Carly die in one of the most violent hurricanes Savannah, Georgia has ever seen. One year later, she is being heavily medicated with mysterious white pills that arrive monthly in an unmarked glass bottle. Due to the pills, Dovey is able to cope with day-to-day activities like attending school or play practice, but feels as if she is in a dead fog and cannot remember anything beyond the time Carly died. While at a past favorite coffee shop, Dovey is positive she sees Carly, but loses her in an alley.

The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

Nastya Kashnikov has struggled to surface for the past two years, ever since the mysterious incident that cost her everything – including her identity as an acclaimed pianist - and utterly broke her spirit.  Now she just wants to put the past behind her and keep everyone at a distance.  She’s doing a pretty good job of it, too, with her snark, sneering and sarcasm.  Until she finds herself inexplicably drawn to the one person at her new school who seems as isolated and alone as she is,  Josh Bennett.  After the loss of his family,  all Josh wants is

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