Books & Readings

Staff Picks

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinerella is re-envisioned as a cyborg in futuristic China in this first book of the Lunar Chronicles, a new series by Marissa Meyer. Publisher's Weekly lists this title as one of the best teen books of the year.

The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian

When one thinks of genocide, one immediately thinks of the horrific events of the Holocaust; however, the Armenian Genocide, or as Chris Bohjalian refers to it in his novel, The Sandcastle Girls, the “Slaughter You Know Next to Nothing About” actually predates the Holocaust. In the novel, Bohjalian juxtaposes the main character’s modern day life with the story of her grandparents’ romance that began in Syria in 1915. Armen, an Armenian engineer is searching for his wife and infant daughter who he believes have both perished in the desert death camps. Elizabeth, an American from Boston, has arrived in Syria to tend to the endless parade of refugees. Despite the daily horrors that Armen and Elizabeth witness, the two begin an unlikely friendship that blossoms into a deep and abiding romance.  

 

The Marble Queen by Stephanie J. Blake

Freedom Jane McKenzie is good at playing marbles. Her goal to become the Marble Queen at the Autumn Jubilee's competition is hindered by family issues.The Marble Queen is a timeless story about growing up.

Piggy Bunny by Rachel Vail

To his parents, Liam is a perfect little piglet. They tell him he is just as he should be. Liam is not content to be "just as he should be." He wants to be the Easter bunny. He practices hopping and eating salad and delivering eggs. He becomes pretty good with the hopping and delivering eggs part. Liking salad is going to take longer, however. With encouragement from his grandparents and an ill-fitting bunny suit, Liam soon becomes the Easter Bunny. So, if you have a dream, it just might become a reality.