Staff Picks

A Little Night Magic by Lucy March

A small town waitress seeking to shake up her life gets more than she bargained for in this light, funny, and magical paranormal romance about friendship, love, and adorable magical creations. After spending years in her small hometown living in the same house, working at the same diner, and in love with the cook, Tobias, Olivia decides she needs to get out of her rut. Then everything changes when a mysterious woman shows up at the diner, warning Olivia that she not only has magic of her own, but she’s also in grave danger.

Almost Super by Marion Jensen

Finally, it’s the day that Rafter and his brother Benny will get their superpowers!   They are both part of the Bailey Family – superheroes that protect their town from the evil supervillains, the Johnsons.  However, after all that waiting . . . when they do get their powers, they’re duds.  Benny can turn his belly-button from an innie to an outie.  And Rafter can make a match light by striking it on polyester.  How can they fight evil Johnsons (shake fist) with those powers? 

The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison

Jodi Brett and Todd Gilbert seem to possess an enviable life together.  Todd, a general contractor, flips houses on Chicago’s north side affording them a comfortable lifestyle.  Jodi, a psychologist in part-time private practice from their lakeside condo, celebrates her professional achievements alongside their twenty-year relationship.  Then Todd’s best friend’s daughter, a college student named Natasha, announces her pregnancy and upcoming nuptials to Todd, and Jodi’s world tilts on its axis.  Receiving notice to vacate their home spurs Jodi to

Crash and Burn by Michael Hassan

David “Burn” Burnett has had it in for Steven “Crash” Crashinsky since elementary school.  David is positive the two are connected in the same way as Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort- one will have to die in order for the other to live.  Crash recounts their entire twisted history, including on-and-off periods of friendship and fighting, rivalries over girls, and horrific family tragedies.  All of this leads up to April 21st of the boys’ senior year of high school: the day David brings automatic rifles and explosives to school.  This novel is

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

On the fantastical island of Thisby, people come from far and wide to watch the deadly Scorpio Races, run by anyone brave enough to try to tame and ride the man-eating water horses that come out of the surrounding ocean each autumn. Out of desperation, Kate “Puck” Connolly is riding her family horse this year; the first time a woman or a land horse has competed. Returning champion Sean Kendrick is riding, too, dreaming of independence from his employer for himself and his water horse.

The Dark Lady by Irene Adler

This first book in the Sherlock, Lupin & Me series introduces the reader to young Sherlock Holmes and his two best friends in the summer of 1870.  While at a seaside resort town, the three find a dead man on the beach with an apparent suicide note in his pocket.  Then a diamond necklace gets stolen and they wonder if there’s a connection.  The friends end up in jeopardy more than once as they investigate, and the cliffhanger chapter endings keep the suspense moving.

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Set on a plantation in Charleston, South Carolina in 1803, this novel explores the relationship between two young girls that progresses over thirty-five years.  Sarah, the daughter of the plantation owner, is given for her eleventh birthday ownership of ten-year-old Handful who is to be her handmaid.  The two form a unique bond, learning much from each other and the differences there are between being free and slave.  Sarah is a brilliant and eager student, but she finds out that a young woman’s place is not in education, but in preparing

Dance of the Reptiles: Selected Columns by Carl Hiaasen

Carl Hiaasen is most well-known for his wacky novels that take place in Southern Florida. Most of his villains are greedy developers ruining the Florida coastline with their condo developments or tourists who do not respect the ecosystem. However, Hiaasen has been a columnist at the Miami Herald for over 25 years and has used his column to express his disdain for Florida’s crooked politicians and damaging environmental policies, among many other topics.

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