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The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
Holly Black

HORROR TEEN BLACK

“If you like vampires that are more frightening than sparkly, this book is for you! When seventeen-year-old Tana wakes up following a party in the aftermath of a violent vampire attack, she travels to Coldtown, a quarantined Massachusetts city full of vampires, with her ex-boyfriend (who is infected by a vampire bite) and a mysterious vampire boy in tow.”—Veronica at KDL’s Krause Memorial branch


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Jane, the Fox, and Me
Fanny Britt

J BRITT

“In a beautifully illustrated graphic novel we see the world of young Helene, who encounters the very real and very unfortunate feelings of loneliness and rejection among her classmates. She finds solace in books, and specifically with the story of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (which, spoiler alert! This book tells the ending of Jane Eyre). Like The Little Prince, this is a children’s book that grown-ups will love, too.”—Rosie at KDL’s Wyoming branch


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One Summer: America, 1927
Bill Bryson

HISTORY US 20TH BRY

“In One Summer, Bryson weaves together the fantastic figures and notable events of summer 1927 into a candid and enjoyable read. From Charles Lindbergh’s flight across the Atlantic to Babe Ruth’s 60-homerun season. If you liked any of Bryson’s previous titles, this should be on your list.”—Eric at KDL’s Tyrone Township branch


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Warlord: A Novel of Robin Hood (Outlaw Chronicles)
Angus Donald

SF DONALD

“The fourth book in Angus Donald’s Robin Hood series, the saga of Alan Dale continues. Alan is one of Robin Hood’s trusted knights that is sent off to Normandy to fight alongside King Richard. However, Alan has more on his mind then just helping the Lionhearted king win back his French land, Alan has a quest all of his own to solve and worries about his beloved wife to be back in England. Steeped in historical battles and settings anyone who enjoys medieval historical fiction will not be disappointed.”—Craig at KDL’s Cascade Township branch


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Looks Like Daylight: Voices of Indigenous Kids
Deborah Ellis

SOCSCI TEEN ELL

“Writer and activist, Deborah Ellis, has given voice to youth around the world; this time she turns her efforts to Native American youth in Canada and the US, letting them tell about their lives in their own words and giving us a fuller picture of our multicultural land in the process.”—Helen K. at KDL’s Spencer Township branch


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Inhuman
Kat Falls

SF TEEN FALLS

“A unique dystopian tale in which the Eastern half of the United States is walled off due to a devastating plague that turns humans into animal-hybrids called Ferals. Delaney must become a Fetch—someone who risks going into the Feral Zone to retrieve precious items—in order to save her father from prosecution, with the help of two handsome guys: Everson the Wall Guard, and Rafe, a boy who grew up on the East side of the wall. All without getting infected, or killed. Awesome world building and full of interesting plot twists.”—Kelly at KDL’s Cascade Township branch


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Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital
Sheri Fink

SOCSCI FIN

Reconstructs five days at Memorial Medical Center after Hurricane Katrina destroyed its generators to reveal how caregivers were forced to make life-and-death decisions without essential resources.

Recommended by Shaunna at KDL’s Alpine Township branch


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Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All
Tom Kelley,David Kelley

BUSINESS KEL

“One of the best books that I’ve read about creativity. David founder of IDEO and Stanford d.school creator and his brother Tom Kelley IDEO partner have written one of the most inspiring stories about creativity. If you want to unleash your creative potential you must read this book.”—Rubén at KDL’s East Grand Rapids branch


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The Year of Shadows
Claire Legrand

SF J LEGRAND

“12-year-old Olivia’s life is turned upside down when her eccentric, maestro father moves the family into the city’s decrepit orchestra hall. Olivia’s mother has inexplicably disappeared, leaving her grandmother and a temperamental cat as her roommates. To top it all off, the hall is haunted by ghosts who cannot move on from the present without Olivia’s help. Beautifully written with periodic illustrations, this book explores relationships within unconventional families, both alive and those of the past.”—Liz at KDL’s Plainfield Township branch


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Far Far Away
Tom McNeal

HORROR TEEN MCNEAL

“Jeremy Johnson Johnson is protected by and can communicate with the ghost of Jacob Grimm, one of the Brothers Grimm, famous for writing fairytales. As the story unfolds, Jeremy’s life becomes a fairytale, and it may not end happily ever after. This story was perfect, magical, and unforgettable! I loved the well-developed characters, the use of language, and the intriguing and unique plot.”—Kris at KDL’s Comstock Park branch


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The Husband's Secret
Liane Moriarty

“If you were cleaning out the attic and discovered a letter written by your husband to you, BUT only to be opened upon his death (and he’s still very much alive), would you open it? This is one of those books you will not want to put down!”—Robin at KDL’s Spencer Township branch


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Wonder
R. J. Palacio

J PALACIO

“This book lived up to its title – it’s a wonder! You will love Auggie Pullman for his courage in the face of bullying both overt & covert. You will love the few kids who befriend him for their kindness & courage despite peer pressure to behave otherwise. Kindness is an over-arching theme here…it’s a great read for both kids & adults.”—Marlys at KDL’s Wyoming branch


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The Whole Golden World
Kristina Riggle

MICH RIGGLE

“The unthinkable happens…your high-school daughter becomes involved with one of her teachers. Local author Kristina boldly explores the consequences of such a volatile situation. Jodi Picoult fans take notice!”—Theresa at KDL’s Byron Township branch


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A Star for Mrs. Blake: A novel
April Smith

“In the 1930s thousands of American mothers made a pilgrimage to France to visit the graves of their soldier sons. Sponsored by the U.S. government, the trip brought together these ‘Gold Star Mothers’ from all walks of life. Based on this history, April Smith brings to life five of these pilgrims, including spirited librarian, Cora Blake. This is memorable, heartfelt historical fiction.”—Melissa at KDL’s Service Center


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