Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini

Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini

This is a painfully moving picture books for adults and older teens, a poem written by Hosseini and illustrated by the very talented Dan Williams. The poem is a prayer spoken at night by the father of a young boy with whom he plans to cross the Mediterranean in an overcrowded raft to get to […]


After the Shot Drops

After the Shot Drops

Bunny and Nasir were always best buds on the court and off the court until Bunny accepted a scholarship to a rival school. Now Bunny and Nasir  barely speak or see each other and are enemies on the court.  Nasir feels betrayed and left behind and knows that on the court is one place he […]


Dragon Springs Road by Janie Chang

Dragon Springs Road by Janie Chang

1908 Shanghai As the last Chinese dynasty collapses, a young mixed race girl awaits the return of her mother, hiding in the Western Residence of the house on Dragon Springs Road. Using Chinese magical realism and gritty historical detail, author Janie Chang tells the coming of age story of young Jialing, from that time awaiting […]


Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

The night magic disappeared from Orisha a ruthless king took the opportunity to kill all the maji in the kingdom leaving Zelie without her mother and her people without a way to defend themselves. Fast forward twelve years later, the children of the magi, called diviners, are now second class citizens. They are taxed and […]


Running with Lions by Julian Winters

Running with Lions by Julian Winters

Bloomington High School Lions‘ star goalie Sebastian Hughes should be excited about his senior year: His teammates are amazing, and he’s got a coach who doesn’t ask anyone to hide their sexuality. But when his estranged childhood-best-friend Emir Shah shows up at summer training camp, Sebastian realizes the team’s success may end up in the hands […]


Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World

Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World

This is an epic collection of graphic  stories of women from different time periods, races and experiences using their strengths and skills to impact the world in a multitude of ways.  There’s the bearded lady, Clementine Delait, who used her intriguing beauty and entrepreneurial skills to build a business or Josephine Baker, whose dancing and […]


Follow Your Gut by Rob Knight

Follow Your Gut by Rob Knight

You’ve heard a lot about the human microbiome — it is a hot topic! But, most of the articles assume a certain amount of knowledge. What is all this about microbes and their effect on us? Where’s the instruction manual? Weren’t we supposed to use hand sanitizer to get rid of microbes? In 2014, Rob […]


Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

It is Spring; Leah and Simon and all their friends are High School seniors, awaiting word from colleges and trying to enjoy their last months together. After all they’ve been through, Leah still holds onto a secret: she’s Bi. The time for telling Simon has past and Leah figures she’ll end High School with her […]


My Year in the Middle  by Lila Quintero Weaver

My Year in the Middle by Lila Quintero Weaver

Compelling and well written book about a Argentinian immigrant girl in 1970 Alabama during the first year of racial integration in fictional Red Grove AL. She’s caught in the middle of racial strife, and between her culture and American culture and between the Pro-George Wallace faction and the Anti-Wallace faction at school and in the […]


Drum Roll, Please by Lisa Jenn Bigelow

Drum Roll, Please by Lisa Jenn Bigelow

Wonderful summer read for 4th – 9th grade! Melly is a shy drummer heading off to Camp Rockaway, a rock music camp. For Melly, it was hard enough to head off to a new camp, but the day before she leaves, her mom and dad tell her they are divorcing. Then, at camp she meets […]