Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Staff Picks

We like to read, and we like to share what we read! This is a list of recent favorites.
STAFF PICKS



The Kings and Queens of Roam
The Kings and Queens of Roam
By Wallace, Daniel
2013-05 - Touchstone Books
9781476703978 Check Our Catalog

From the celebrated author of "Big Fish," an imaginative, moving novel about two sisters and the dark legacy and magical town that entwine them. In this new novel, a Southern literary master returns to the tradition of tall-tales and folklore. …More


The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
By Alexie, Sherman
Illustrator Forney, Ellen
2007-09 - Little, Brown Young Readers
9780316013680 Check Our Catalog

Awards:
American Indian Youth Literature Award (2008), Book Sense Book of the Year Award (2008), Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards (2008), California Young Reader Medal (2010), Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens (2008), Colorado Blue Spruce Award (2009), Cybils (2007), Delaware Diamonds Award (2009), Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award (2010), Florida Teens Read (2010), Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers (2009), Grand Canyon Reader Award (2010), Green Mountain Book Award (2010), Iowa Teen Award (2010), L.A. Times Book Prize (2007), National Book Awards (2007), Native American Youth Services Literature Award (2008), Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award (2008), Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award (2010), Rhode Island Teen Book Award (2009), Sequoyah Book Awards (2010), South Carolina Childrens, Junior and Young Adult Book Award (2010), Tayshas Reading (2009), Volunteer State Book Awards (2010), Washington State Book Award (2008), Young Reader's Choice Award (2010)


Based on the authors own experiences, this first young adult novel by bestselling author Alexie features poignant drawings by acclaimed artist Ellen Forney that reflect the characters art as it chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy attempting to break away from the life he was destined to live.
HPL patron: A very funny, incredibly …More


How the World Was: A California Childhood
How the World Was: A California Childhood
By Guibert, Emmanuel
Translator Pulver, Kathryn M.
2014-07 - First Second
9781596436640 Check Our Catalog


HPL patron: This is like the prelude to "Alan's War" (also by Guibert-both about Alan Cope.) It's a little slow but the illustrations are very well drawn. Best if read with "Alan's War."
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A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos
A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos
By Sobel, Dava
2011-09 - Walker & Company
9780802717931 Check Our Catalog

In her elegant, compelling style, Dava Sobel chronicles, as nobody has, the conflicting personalities and extraordinary discoveries that shaped the Copernican Revolution. …More


Unseen Academicals
Unseen Academicals
By Pratchett, Terence David John
Author Pratchett, Terry
2009-10 - Harper
9780061161704 Check Our Catalog


Discworld lives on. In this latest novel, Terry Pratchett delivers the trademark insight and humor readers the world over have come to expect from the purely funniest English writer since Wodehouse ("Washington Post Book World").
HPL patron: I listed to the playaway-the story is very entertaining and though the story is part of the Discworld series, you don't have to be …More


The Nightingale
The Nightingale
By Hannah, Kristin
2015-02 - St. Martin's Press
9780312577223 Check Our Catalog

Awards:
National Jewish Book Award (2015), Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award (2016)


#1 "New York Times" bestseller
Named a top five book of the year by Amazon
Named a best book of the year by: Buzzfeed, iTunes, "Library Journal," "Paste," self.com, "The Wall Street Journal," "The Week"
In love we find out who we want to be.

In war we find out who we are.

FRANCE, 1939
In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as …More


Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances
Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances
By Gaiman, Neil
2015-02 - William Morrow & Company
9780062330260 Check Our Catalog


From one of the most critically acclaimed and beloved storytellers of our time comes a major new collection of stories and verse
"We each have our little triggers . . . things that wait for us in the dark corridors of our lives." So says Neil Gaiman in his introduction to Trigger Warning, a remarkable compendium of twenty-five stories and poems that explore the transformative power of …More


The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel
The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel
By Horowitz, Anthony
2011-11 - Mulholland Books
9780316196994 Check Our Catalog

For the first time since the death of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a new Sherlock Holmes story has been sanctioned by his estate, whetting the appetites of fans everywhere. Information about the book will be revealed as deliberately as Holmes himself would unravel a knotty case, but bestselling novelist and Holmes expert Horowitz is sure to bring a compelling, atmospheric story to life. 320 pp. …More


Khan Academy and Salman Khan
Khan Academy and Salman Khan
By Wolff, Ariana
2015-01 - Rosen Young Adult
9781477779279 Check Our Catalog

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I Almost Forgot about You
I Almost Forgot about You
By McMillan, Terry
2016-06 - Crown Publishing Group (NY)
9781101902578 Check Our Catalog

The #1 "New York "Times bestselling author of "How Stella Got Her Groove Back "and "Waiting To Exhale" is back with the inspiring story of a woman who shakes things up in her life to find greater meaning

In"I Almost Forgot About You," Dr. Georgia Young's wonderful life--great friends, family, and successful career--aren't enough to keep her from feeling stuck and restless. When she
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Who Is Muhammad Ali?
Who Is Muhammad Ali?
By Buckley, Jim
Author Buckley, James
Illustrator Marchesi, Stephen
2014-07 - Grosset & Dunlap
9780448479552 Check Our Catalog

Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. won the world heavyweight championship at the age of 22, the same year he joined the Nation of Islam and changed his name to Muhammad Ali. He would go on to become known as OThe GreatestONand one of the world's most famous cultural icons. Illustrations. …More


Tiny Stitches: The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas
Tiny Stitches: The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas
By Hooks, Gwendolyn
Illustrator Bootman, Colin
2016-05 - Lee & Low Books
9781620141564 Check Our Catalog


Vivien Thomas's greatest dream was to attend college to study medicine. But after the stock market crashed in 1929, Vivien lost all his savings. Then he heard about a job opening at the Vanderbilt University medical school under the supervision of Dr. Alfred Blalock. Vivien knew that the all-white school would never admit him as a student, but he hoped working there meant he was getting closer …More


Jars of Hope: How One Woman Helped Save 2,500 Children During the Holocaust
Jars of Hope: How One Woman Helped Save 2,500 Children During the Holocaust
By Roy, Jennifer
Illustrator Owenson, Meg
2015-08 - Capstone Young Readers
9781623704254 Check Our Catalog

Amid the horrors of World War II, Irena Sendler was an unlikely and unsung hero. While many people lived in fear of the Nazis, Irena defied them, even though it could have meant her life. This gripping true story of a woman who took it upon herself to help save 2,500 children from the Warsaw Ghetto during the Holocaust is not only inspirational it's unforgettable." …More


Love from the Very Hungry Caterpillar
Love from the Very Hungry Caterpillar
By Carle, Eric
2015-12 - Grosset & Dunlap
9780448489322 Check Our Catalog

Celebrate love with #1 "New York Times"Best-Selling Title
You are the cherry on my cake; you make the sun shine brighter; you make my heart flutter. Using a range of images from the World of Eric Carle, and featuring the Very Hungry Caterpillar, this special gift book gives all the reasons why someone special makes the world a better and brighter place. Perfect for that someone specialany day …More


Zeke Meeks Vs the Big Blah-Rific Birthday
Zeke Meeks Vs the Big Blah-Rific Birthday
By Green, D. L.
Illustrator Alves, Josh
2013-01 - Picture Window Books
9781404876378 Check Our Catalog

Like any young boy, Zeke has his share of problems. His little sister sings embarrassing princess songs around his friends. He has a deep, dark secret of his own (he's terrified of bugs ). And his biggest enemy is a tiny, evil girl with razor-sharp fingernails. It's Zeke Meeks versus the world …More


The One and Only Ivan
The One and Only Ivan
By Applegate, Katherine
Illustrator Castelao, Patricia
2012-01 - HarperTorch
9780061992254 Check Our Catalog

Awards:
Black-Eyed Susan Award (2014), Bluebonnet Awards (2013), Bluebonnet Awards (2014), Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens (2013), Charlie May Simon Children's Book Award (2015), Christopher Awards (2013), Cybils (2012), Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award (2014), E.B. White Read Aloud Award (2013), Flicker Tale Children's Book Award (2013), Golden Archer Award (2014), Grand Canyon Reader Award (2015), Great Stone Face Book Award (2013), Kentucky Bluegrass Award (2014), Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Award (2015), Maine Student Book Award (2014), Massachusetts Children's Book Award (2016), Nene Award (2014), Nene Award (2015), Nene Award (2016), Newbery Medal (2013), North Carolina Children's Book Award (2016), Nutmeg Book Award (2016), Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award (2014), Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Book Award (2015), Rhode Island Children's Book Awards (2014), Sequoyah Book Awards (2015), Sunshine State Young Reader's Award (2014), Virginia Readers Choice Award (2014), Volunteer State Book Awards (2015), West Virginia Children's Book Award (2014), Young Reader's Choice Award (2015)

Bestselling author Applegate presents an unforgettable and uplifting tween animal fantasy that explores the power of friendship, art, and hope with humor and touching poignancy. Illustrations. …More


Malice at the Palace
Malice at the Palace
By Bowen, Rhys
2015-08 - Berkley Books
9780425260388 Check Our Catalog

Awards:
Agatha Awards (2015)

From the"New York Times" betselling author of"Queen of Hearts"comes another mystery for "fans of P.G. Wodehouse looking for laughs mingled with some amateur sleuthing." ("Publishers Weekly")
Lady Georgiana Rannoch won't deny that being thirty-fifth in line for the British throne has its advantages. Unfortunately, money isn't one of them. And sometimes making ends meet requires her to investigate …More


Titans
Titans
By Meacham, Leila
2016-04 - Grand Central Publishing
9781455533831 Check Our Catalog

A sweeping new drama from the beloved, bestselling author of "Roses."
Texas in the early 1900s, its inhabitants still traveling by horseback and barely familiar with the telephone, was on the cusp of an oil boom that, unbeknownst to its residents, would spark a period of dramatic changes and economic growth. In the midst of this transformative time in Southern history, two unforgettable …More


Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis
Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis
By Egan, Timothy
2012-10 - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
9780618969029 Check Our Catalog

Awards:
ALA Notable Books (2013), Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence (2013), Chautauqua Prize (2013)

How a lone man's epic obsession led to one of America's greatest cultural treasures: Prize-winning writer Timothy Egan tells the riveting, cinematic story behind the most famous photographs in Native American history -- and the driven, brilliant man who made them. …More