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 […]


The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

“I want to be beautiful” In Orleans, Belles are revered above all else, because the people of Orleans are born gray and only the Belles have the power to make them beautiful. Belles can change anything about a person’s physical appearance – from the color of their eyes to the shape of their bodies. Camellia […]


Hush by Eishes Chayil

Hush by Eishes Chayil

Please read this. Then pass it on. The subject is painful; everyone wants to hide from it, hide the knowledge of it from others. But children are being harmed and should be protected. Gittel, an eighteen year old girl, writes letters full of guilt to her dead friend, Devory, who killed herself when she was […]



Inda, by Sherwood Smith

Inda, by Sherwood Smith

First in a series, this fast-paced and exciting book introduces a complex world filled with strong, unique characters. The plot itself is fairly simple: a young noble boy is sent to the martial academy, where he makes friends with the despised younger brother of the King’s heir – and then things spiral out of control. […]


The Mad Wolf’s Daughter by Diane Magras

The Mad Wolf’s Daughter by Diane Magras

Compulsively readable adventure about the youngest of the Mad Wolf’s war band who must rescue her father and brothers from the lord’s castle where they’ve been taken for rough justice. Complex, true to Scottish history (and magic), and full of great characters, this book is impossible to put down. Betsy Bird calls this book, “a […]


The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya

The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya

Arturo’s summer started out like most summers, he got a summer job at his family’s restaurant, his best friends were around to hang out and his Abuela kept everything running smoothly. Then his mom’s god daughter, Carmen, and her father come to stay in their apartment building for the summer. Carmen, has grown up a […]