November Staff Picks: Kids and Teen

Hello readers!

Since we know how much you all love staff picks, we have decided to feature our monthly picks in a more accessible way for those of you shopping from home! You might remember this display from the very front of the store, the shelves greeting you as you walk in the door–but if you’re staying safe and home and missing the monthly favorite book recommendations from the staff, here we are! Bringing them to you!

Teresa’s Pick: The Bad Guys, by Aaron Blabey
Mister Wolf is determined to prove he isn’t a bad guy but a good guy. Together with Shark, Piranha & Snake, Wolf forms his new posse ready to right the wrongs of the world! This is the first in a series that is cute & funny for emergent readers and beyond (but be aware, parents may still want to read along for the laughs)!

Allison’s Pick:  A Rush of Wings, by Laura E Weymouth
“For fans of Serpent & Dove and A House of Salt and Sorrows comes a darkly atmospheric and romantic fantasy about an untrained witch who must unlock her power to free her brothers from a terrible curse and save her home.”

Julie’s Pick: The Lost Language, by Claudia Mills
A story about family and friendship, navigating loss and finding oneself: two middle-school girls take on the task of saving an endangered language by learning it, and things don’t go as expected. Beautifully written in prose, with wonderful character development – I could see bits of my middle-grade self in Betsy!

Andrea’s Pick: The Scorpio Races, by Maggie Stiefvater
Every November, the island of Thisby hosts their annual Scorpio Races, where young men compete in a race along the sea. The big catch, they compete with man-eating water horses that come up from the sea every October.  Puck, lost and without any other options, is the first female to compete in the Scorpio Races with nothing but a land horse and a deep need to win to provide for her family. This book is perfect for the fall season, as you read it you can feel the cold on your skin and can smell the ocean in the air. With beautiful writing and perfect high stakes, it keeps you invested throughout the whole book.

Elliot’s Pick: Aurora’s End, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
“The squad you love is out of time. Prepare for the thrilling finale in the epic, best-selling Aurora Cycle series about a band of unlikely heroes who just might be the galaxy’s last hope for survival.”

Nicole’s Pick: The Cursed Carnival and Other Calamities, by Rick Riordan and Co 
The perfect starter for anyone looking to get into the wide, wide world of Rick Riordan Presents, this short story collection will introduce middle graders to all the heroes of modern mythology they need. From Tristan Strong to Nizhoni Begay to Aru Shah, these stories bring new adventures to each mythological series that you won’t want to miss.

Revati’s Pick: Norman Didn’t Do It! by Ryan T Higgins
We all have a friend that we love so much that maybe we feel a little sad when they find a new “best” friend. Maybe we get a bit irrational. Maybe we become a bit like Norman.

Zane’s Pick: Chez Bob, by Bob Shea
Bob is a lazy, genius bird eater who has decided to turn himself into a bird restaurant so that he can attract them to his big hungry alligator mouth. It doesn’t turn out the way he plans, and the ending might help warm your heart as the season turns frigid and unkind. It’s like a sweater for your heart. Please enjoy the heart sweater.

Kelvin’s Pick: Onion John, by Joseph Krumgold
12-year-old Andy befriends the eponymous character, who grows onions and eats them like apples. The townspeople view Onion John as a mostly harmless if strange presence, and with good intentions offer to improve the man’s situation in life. But the best intentions can come with unintended consequences, and everyone involved is forced to consider what it means to do good for others and what is most important to ourselves and those around us.

Tara’s Pick: The Diviners, by Libba Bray
“A young woman discovers her mysterious powers could help catch a killer in the first book of The Diviners series–a stunning supernatural historical mystery set in 1920s New York City, from Printz Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Libba Bray.”

Remember, all of these books are available online by clicking their titles above! Curbside pick up and home delivery are both available!

Happy reading!

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