Suburban Library Cooperative - Library Staff Recommendations 2014




Children / YA


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The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend / Dan Santat
Tired of waiting to be picked as an imaginary friend, Beekle goes on an adventure in search of a friend to call his own: Good for story times.
(Abby from EPL)

The Book with No Pictures / B.J. Novak
This is an imaginative and fun picture book without any pictures.
(Holly C. from TPL/Librarian)

Curse of the Thirteenth Fey: The True Tale of Sleeping beauty / Jane Yolen
Another amazing story from the pen of Jane Yolen set in modern times. You will get no chores done until you finish. This is an amazingly wonderful book.
(Loretta at FRA & RSV)

Divergent / Veronica Roth
This is suspenseful, adventurous, thrilling, and romantic. How could you not love this engaging trilogy?
(Erin Krieg from WAM)

Fair is Fair: World Folktales of Justice / Sharon Creeden
Written by an attorney this book gives you a new perspective on well-known tales from around the world, using tales to illuminate important cases and legal issues.
(Loretta at FRA & RSV)

The Fault in Our Stars / John Green
Although the story is sad, it is not depressing. The author is very insightful when it comes to what a cancer patient is experiencing. It is a comedy and tragedy rolled into one. The characters are exceptionally mature given they are teenagers. It has recently been made into a movie.
(Rita from RSV)

The Giver / Lois Lowry
Born into a life of "sameness" the main character is chosen to retain the memories of the past and learns that the world is a place filled with wonders he never knew existed, both good and bad.
(Nancy from SLC)

Illusion / Sherrilyn Kenyon
The Chronicles of Nick series always keeps you guessing and looking forward to the next book.
(April from WAM)

Looks like Daylight: Voices of Indigenous Kids / Deborah Ellis
Loriene Roy, former ALA President, and Deborah Ellis interviewed Indigenous teens around the country who live on or near reservations, including several in Michigan and Sarnia, Ontario. Their life experiences are challenging and different than teens in urban areas. This is an important book to help young adults bridge the differences that still exist with Native Americans.
(Cynthia at SCS)

The One and Only Ivan / Katherine Applegate
Although this is considered a children's book, I think it could be considered YA because it's a book about art, self-hood, relationships, coming of age. A true heart-warmer that also makes you think.
(Michelle from SCS)

BCD = Book on CD, BD = Blu-ray Disc, CD = Compact Disc, DVD = Digital Video Disc, EB = eBook, FIC = Fiction, LT = Large Type, MeLCat = MeLCat material, NONFIC = Non-Fiction, PL = Playaway, PS3 = Playstation 3 Game


Out of My Mind / Sharon M. Draper
"Eleven-year-old Melody has a photographic memory. Her head is like a video camera that is always recording, always. And there's no delete button. She's the smartest kid in the whole school-but NO ONE knows it...If only she could tell people what she thinks and knows." At last someone takes the time to find a machine which will allow her to speak for the first time. It is a miracle unfolding to the reader but not to everyone in her school who hears her at last. This reader found herself cheering Melody on as she emerges from her silence. This is a great book discussion for 5th or 6th graders.
(Kathy Nuss from CLL/ Collection Assistant)

The Puzzling World of Winston Breen / Eric Berlin
Winston Breen finds puzzles everywhere. Solving them is what he does best. His sister uncovers mysterious wooden strips with words and letters that even Winston can't figure out. It turns out the strips are part of a scavenger hunt that a father set up for his children. If all four sets are put together, they will lead to a ring worth thousands of dollars.
(Library Page)

The Ring & the Crown / Melissa De la Cruz
A creative take on royal history, this historical fantasy follows the juicy intertwined exploits of teen socialites, royals, servants, and magicians.
(Bethany from SHL)

Sorta Like a Rock Star: A Novel / Matthew Quick
Amber Appleton is a stereotypical good girl. No lie. She's also homeless, upbeat, and unfailingly humorous, until something happens that changes her voice. Now it's her friends' turn to help her.
(Miss Jennie from WAM)

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender / Leslye J. Walton
Like its title suggests, a strange and beautiful work of magical realism that will appeal as much, if not more, to adults as teens. It is a great choice for readers looking for fantasy more subtle and graceful than the more popular paranormals and vampire novels.
(Lauren from SLC)

Sunny Sweet is So Dead Meat / Jennifer Ann Mann
It's the day of Sunny's science fair, but Masha's little sister seems to be interested in anything but getting to the fair, and back home, without a fuss. From exploding ketchup bottles to coming face-to-face with the boy she likes, Masha's day just keeps getting worse and worse. Or does it?
(Miss Jennie from WAM)

To All the Boys Iíve Loved Before / Jenny Han
Creative and quirky Lara Jean writes secret letters to every boy she's ever been in love with. Things get complicated when somehow the letters are mailed, and she has to face the boys from her past.
(Bethany from SHL)

Twisted Fairy Tales / Maura McHugh
Classic tales done in a whole new way, this book will entice you to rethink Rapunzel, the Red Shoes and more. A must read for all 'grown-up' lovers of fairytales.
(Loretta at FRA & RSV)

The Witch of Blackbird Pond / Elizabeth George Speare
Entertaining for any age!
(Beverley Ortman from RSV/Clerk)