Books & Readings

Staff Picks

Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy

Like Magic? Like Mysteries? Like Skeletons? Skullduggery Pleasant might be a read for you! When Stephanie's Uncle dies, she inherits his estate. She also comes upon a friend of her uncle, who is a skeleton sorcerer: Skullduggery Pleasant. In this book, the skeleton is the good guy. 

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.  

 

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

From the creator of Netflix's She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, Nimona is a science fiction and fantasy graphic novel about the shape-shifting teen Nimona, who is the apprentice for the villainous Lord Ballister Blackheart. Although, villains can also have disagreements. 

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.