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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
“I listened to this book and really came to love the main character, Simon. He is a junior in high school, knows he is gay but hasn’t told anyone yet except for another student from his school who he communicates with by email only.”—Beth at KDL's Gaines Township Branch
The Art of Being Normal: A Novel by Lisa Williamson
“An emotionally moving book about two British transgender teens trying to come to terms with their lives while facing serious bullying in their school. The book is about growing up, about being different, about being brave, and about embracing your true self.” —Megan at KDL's Service Center
Batman: Arkham Asylum (15th Anniversary Edition) A Serious House on Serious Eart h by Grant Morrison
“In this graphic novel, the inmates of Arkham Asylum have taken over and force Batman to endure their personal trials. It’s dark and gritty in a series that is already dark and gritty. And I love it.” —Sarah at KDL's Wyoming Branch
Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
“If you liked ‘Ender’s Game,’ you will love this sequel to it which tells of Ender Wiggin’s adult life under the shadow of the military accomplishments of his childhood. Ender’s character is fascinating and complex in his ethical struggle to live with and redeem himself from his past.” —Janine at KDL's Service Center
The Living Great Lakes: Searching for the Heart of the Inland Seas by Jerry Dennis
“This stunningly beautiful ode to the Great Lakes is one third history, one third natural history, one third biography, and one hundred percent love story. More than just an exploration, this book delves into the heart and soul of what are truly Great Lakes.” —Mark at KDL's Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch
“Loved the movie 'Brooklyn.' Wonderful, historical movie.” —Tamara at KDL's Nelson Township / Sand Lake Branch
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
“‘The Handmaid's Tale’ by Margret Atwood is one of my favorite dystopias that includes many nuanced problems our society has the potential to have when we oppress women.” —Megan at KDL’s East Grand Rapids Branch
A Certain Age: A Novel by Beatriz Williams
“This one has a little of everything: an exciting historical setting in the Jazz Age, young women with new freedoms, older women who still want it all but the rules are changing, a guy affected by the war who is saved by love not once but twice, and a family secret sprinkled in there too.” —Michelle at KDL’s Service Center
The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer (Pantheon Graphic Novels) by Sydney Padua
“What if Charles Babbage had succeeded in inventing his Analytical Engine? Enter the Pocket Universe (which Babbage did indeed envisage) along with brilliant mathematician, Ada Lovelace (daughter of Lord Byron), and watch them try to fix the economy, fight crime, create a fool proof spell-checker, and embark on other marvelous adventures, often involving cats. Meet many great Victorians along the way, including Isambard Kingdom Brunel, George Eliot, Charles Dickens, The Duke of Wellington (and his horse, of course), Elizabeth Gaskell, Charles Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll), and, Her Royal Highness Queen Victoria. “This is a delightful escape into the realms of steam-driven scientific imagination. It's beautifully drawn, quirky, sarcastic, and comes with copious footnotes and appendices, including a simplified illustration of how the engine works - it really is a thing of beauty.” —Cathy at KDL’s Gaines Township Branch
Dinosaur Summer by Greg Bear
“When it’s time to return retired dinosaurs from the circus to the wild something goes horribly wrong. Can anyone survive the return to the Jurassic?” —Hannah at KDL’s Gaines Township Branch
Land Shark by Beth Ferry
“This frightful and biteful book is absolutely delightful. All Bobby wanted for his birthday was a real live, genuine shark, but instead he got a puppy. However, the puppy may act more like a shark than Bobby could have imagined. Fun for kids of all ages!” —Abby at KDL’s Wyoming Branch
Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard: A Peter Nimble Adventure by Jonathan Auxier
"I finished reading 'Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard' by Jonathan Auxier last week and just breathed a sigh of contentment! I cannot wait to read it to my 8-year-old granddaughter! Such a delightful story of Sophie, a girl who thoroughly loved books and reading and spent her quiet days as a book mender in her father’s bookshop. But, a powerful man in the city has made it his goal to burn every storybook and fairy tale in one giant pyre, ridding the land of all 'nonsense.' Sophie is horrified at the idea of life without storybooks. One day, a strange blindfolded boy and his sidekick cat/horse/man creature entered the shop with an unusual book they wanted mended. The unusual book had unique powers and more than one person wanted this book. And the adventure begins!" —Lynda at KDL’s Englehardt (Lowell) Branch
Draw the Line by Laurent Linn
“I couldn’t put down ‘Draw the Line’ by Laurent Linn. It’s an amazing debut novel about Adrian, a Texas teen who feels most at home drawing himself and his friends in superhero form. Because it’s told in both text and graphic novel, the story moves quickly, and you will cheer for Adrian to be the hero in real life.” —Liz at KDL’s Plainfield Township Branch
The Boy at the Top of the Mountain by John Boyne
"Boyne ('The Boy in the Striped Pajamas') returns to the landscape of World War II with the story of Pierrot, the son of a French mother and German father, who becomes orphaned in the years leading up to Hitler’s rise to power. His remaining relative—an aunt with a housekeeping job—adopts him. But the home she lives in is no ordinary place: Pierrot discovers it is also Hitler’s home. Pair this story with Monica Hesse’s 'The Girl in the Blue Coat,' another recent World War II story, to explore themes of guilt, culpability, redemption, and courage." —Dawn at KDL’s Byron Township Branch
Salvaged by Stefne Miller
“I liked this book because every chapter had a new topic that made it one of those hard-to-put-down books.” —Esther at KDL’s Alto Branch
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
"'Six of Crows' by Leigh Bardugo continues the Grisha world, this time they’re a band of unlikely thieves." —Shaunna at KDL’s Alpine Township Branch
Shopping, Seduction & Mr. Selfridge
“This book unveils the truths behind the drama of the TV show. It also provides fascinating historical insight into the very origin of and original intentions behind much of what is now the modern and familiar world of marketing and retail, illuminating along the way many much wider cultural changes set in motion by the public’s reaction to this changing world of retail that many of us take for granted today.” —Janine at KDL’s Service Center
The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
“I really enjoyed listening to this book, read by the author. I never knew what happened to the Wright brothers after Kitty Hawk and this book provided lots of interesting information about the brothers, their home life and how much they experimented before the first successful flight.” —Beth at KDL’s Gaines Township Branch
The Great Siege: Malta 1565 by Ernle Bradford
“An amazing true tale of how the Order of Knights of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem with the help of the local population were able to hold off an invasion from the Ottoman Empire. Even thought they were greatly outnumbered and had very limited supplies the island of Malta survived over three months of siege.” —Craig at KDL’s Walker Branch
The Tea Rose: A Novel (The Tea Rose Series) by Jennifer Donnelly
"This historical fiction novel is the story of Fiona Finnegan, a hard-working young woman living in White Chapel, London during the Jack the Ripper murders. It’s a rags-to-riches tale complete with murder mysteries, and a love triangle. It’s first in a series. Great for readers of Sara Donati and Diana Gabaldon."—Liz at KDL's Caledonia Township Branch
Luckiest Girl Alive: A Novel by Jessica Knoll
"I had a love/hate relationship with this book. I did not like the main character, didn't know if the 'dark secret' would be worth it, but it wasn't what I thought. I am still not sure if I love it, but I compulsively had to read it, and now I want other people to read it so I can talk about it."—Penni at KDL's Cascade Township Branch
The Travelers: A Novel by Chris Pavone
"'The Travelers' by Chris Pavone has all the international intrigue for a thrilling spy novel about a married couple working for a travel magazine…or are they?"—Shaunna at KDL's Alpine Township Branch
The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster by Scott Wilbanks
"Loved the 'Lemoncholy Life of Annie Astor'!! If you love time travel with a twist this book is awesome. Not what you expect. Check it out!"—Linda at KDL's Gaines Township Branch
A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty; With a Foreword by Qunidlen, Anna Smith
"Turn off the television talk shows. Throw away the self-help books. Everything one needs to know about life, love and family is contained between the covers of this book. Moving, honest and true, it cuts right to the heart of life."—Mark at KDL's Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch
The Singer's Gun by Emily St. John Mandel
"I loved every bit of this book. This author writes so well. It is a rare thing to have such a balanced writer - with sympathetic characters, perfect story pacing, with a good story! And poor Anton. Will he ever get out of the grip of his family's illegal activities to have his own life? And at what cost…"—Michelle at KDL's Service Center
Pip Bartlett's Guide to Magical Creatures by Array
"This is the first collaboration book between teen authors Jackson Pearce and Maggie Stiefvater for a younger audience. I found the book charming and a lot of fun to read! This is a series and I am looking forward to more adventures with Pip."—Beth at KDL's Gaines Township Branch
Monster Needs Your Vote (Monster & Me) by Paul Czajak
"A picture book appropriate for older elementary students, and appropriate for the upcoming election season. Czajak uses easy rhyming language and cute characters to teach the election process. This is a great way for kids to understand the meaning of many phrases they may be hearing in media right now (Town Hall Meetings; platform; issues, etc.) Great illustrations too!"—Peggy at KDL's Englehardt (Lowell) Branch
The Dark Side of Camelot by Seymour M. Hersh
"'The Dark Side of Camelot,' by Seymour M. Hersh, was originally published in 1997, basically rewrites the history of John F. Kennedy's rise to the presidency. Hersh, a Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter for the New York Times, conducted extensive research into how John F. Kennedy became president in spite of a wealth of indiscretions and involvement with organized crime. The book also reveals that neither Kennedy or Richard Nixon, his Republican opponent in the 1960 presidential election, were honorable men. An appropriate read in a presidential election year."—Gene KDL Information Substitute
Orchestra of Exiles: The Story of Bronislaw Huberman, the Israel Philharmonic, and the One Thousand Jews He Saved from Nazi Horrors by Array
"An engrossing title recommended for those interested in another side of World War II or human rights. My grandpa, a World War II veteran, loved it and learned from it (and he’s read most everything about World War II; it’s difficult to find something he doesn’t already know!)."—Dawn at KDL's Byron Township Branch
The Intern
"'The Intern' is a very funny, yet thought-provoking movie. It begins lighthearted and hilariously funny, but turns serious before kind of resolving. Good conversation followed in our home!"—Debra at KDL's East Grand Rapids Branch
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
"I loved this different look at the Queen of Hearts when she was young, before she lost her heart. There were a lot of familiar characters from Alice in Wonderland but from a different perspective." -Beth at KDL's Gaines Township Branch
And Then It's Spring (Booklist Editor's Choice. Books for Youth (Awards)) by Julie Fogliano
"Children and adults can appreciated And Then It’s Spring. Julie writes so poetically with sweet, well-rendered illustrations by Erin Stead (Michigan illustrator) to accompany the words. “Please don't step here. There are seeds and they are trying.” – it can’t get cuter than that, right? To top it off, the book teaches children patience and has room for parents to foster enlightening conversation with their little ones." -Alycia at KDL's Service Center
A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes) by Sabaa Tahir
"This is an excellent sequel to this teen series. I enjoy all the characters, even the bad and can't wait for the next one." -Shaunna at KDL's Alpine Township Branch
Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion by Alex T. Smith
"My favorite picture book of the year is Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion by Alex T. Smith. It's a playful, comic take on the classic Red Riding Hood tale, set in an African country." -Susan at KDL's Plainfield Branch
A Woman's Place: A Novel by Lynn Austin
"In this warm and engaging Inspirational novel, four very different women find themselves working in a shipyard during World War II. As their unlikely friendship grows, they begin to question their traditional roles, and grow stronger in the process. Available as a Book Club in a Bag, with lots of great topics for discussion." -Mark at KDL's Krause Memorial Branch
Magnificent Desolation: The Long Journey Home from the Moon by Buzz Aldrin
"From the Moon to the Sobriety of life Buzz Aldrin takes us on his journey dealing with everyday problems. Dealing with mental health and chemical dependency was frowned upon in his generation but he stood tall and won his fight. Motivational book to say the least." -Larry at KDL's Service Center
Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War by P.W. Singer
"I really enjoyed this book as it has a style similar to World War Z as the story is told from several different points of view throughout the conflict and each side gets to have a voice. China launches a surprise attack and cripples the Pacific fleet, and invades Hawaii only to find the local population are willing to fight and resist. Also Space Pirates and Manchester United references made this a book a 5/5 for me!" -Craig at KDL's Walker Branch
Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks
"My kids and I both enjoyed listening to Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks. In this school story, two very different 5th grade boys, Joe and Ravi, find themselves together in the resource room. Told from alternating points of view, we see the similarities in the boys' struggles and cheer for their friendship. The story was funny and the pace was quick, both great qualities in a middle grade chapter book!" -Liz at KDL's Plainfield Branch
Stowaway in a Sleigh by Roger Mader
""Stowaway in a Sleigh" by C. Roger Mader is a cute book about a cat who finds herself along for the ride with Santa on his sleigh. When I picked up this book, I noticed immediately that the illustrated cat looks almost identical to my real life cat; I took the story home and she enjoyed it too!" -Ashley at KDL's Cutlerville Branch
Along The Shadow by Saosin
"This is the long-awaited third album, and first in seven years, from rock band Saosin, and I did not expect it to be released so soon, but I'm very glad it was. I thought their first two albums with their second singer were great, but when I listened to this album, the return of their first singer made this band feel fresh and new again with great songs and a totally reinvented sound, and even if you only listen to one album by this band, this is the one it should be." -Quinlan at KDL's Wyoming Branch
Cooking for Two--Your Cat & You!: Delicious Recipes for You and Your Favorite Feline by Brandon Schultz
"The cat's out of the bag. That's all we're going to reveal about this little treasure." -Cathy at KDL's Cutlerville Branch
Behind Closed Doors: A Novel by B. A. Paris
"A complete and total emotional thrill ride. Jack and Grace Angel are the perfect couple with the perfect house and the perfect life. In fact, in the beginning of the book, you may get tired of reading the word “perfect.” But wait. Things are not perfect. Far from it. Life in the Angel household is downright terrifying. A page turner with a rewarding ending." -Tricia at KDL's Cascade Branch
The Fireman: A Novel by Joe Hill
"A worldwide pandemic of spontaneous combustion threatens to reduce civilization to ashes literally. Out of the chaos arises a grief stricken man with the ability to control the fire that consumes others and a pregnant nurse who loves Mary Poppins. Without an antidote and pursued by the ruthless Cremation Squads they must work together to protect their community from destruction." -Stephanie at KDL's Englehardt Branch
The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
"Natasha only believes in science and facts, unlike her head in the clouds father. But she is fighting to find a way to stay in the city she has grown to love because her entire family is scheduled to be deported the next day. A chance encounter with a stranger, Daniel, has a profound effect on both of them. But is it enough to stand the test of time & distance?"- Beth at KDL's Gaines Township Branch
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
"This is a great book and I learned a lot about South Africa and apartheid. Listening to the audiobook was a great choice since it’s narrated by Trevor Noah, great comedic timing and nice narration." -Shaunna at KDL's Alpine Township Branch
Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids by Kim John Payne
"If The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up changed your life, Simplicity Parenting might be the parenting book of your dreams. In a world full of extra stuff, hectic schedules, and excess media noise, there’s something to be said for simplicity. Author Kim John Payne says it in a way that embraces the joys of childhood and the emphasizes the balance needed in modern parenting." -Ashley at KDL's Comstock Park Branch
4 Your Eyez Only by J. Cole
"J. Cole is known for his unique production and somewhat aggressive lyrics, but this album takes it down a notch to something raw and beautiful. It is chill, but awe-inspiring, honest and straight up lit." -Abby at KDL's Wyoming Branch
Generation Kill: Devil Dogs, Iceman, Captain America, and the New Face of American War by Evan Wright
"A real story of what the invasion of Iraq was like for the regular guys on the ground fighting Saddam’s Army. All the types of personalities are here the macho alpha, the learner and the grey in the middle types. You can’t help but laugh and then cry at a take of real war." -Larry at KDL's Service Center
I Will Love You Anyway by Mick Inkpen
"A naughty pug puppy constantly gets into trouble, yet loves his little boy no matter what. The joys and pains of being a dog owner definitely hit home for me! The rhyming text is fun to read aloud and the large illustrations make it great for a group." -Liz from KDL's Plainfield Branch
Sherlock: The Abominable Bride
"A throwback to the original Sherlock Time period this gives the current duo playing Holms and Dr. Watson a run at Victorian England. Giving us the Rickenbacker Falls as a visual instead of the building this time was very reminiscent of the original story. A must watch for the Fourth Series." -Larry at KDL's Service Center
The Capture (Guardians of Ga'hoole, Book 1) by Kathryn Lasky
"Soren is a barn owl who lives with his brother and his life shatters when he is stolen from his parents and sent to a orphanage. This adventure story is a real hoot!" -Hannah from KDL's Spencer Township Branch
The Leftovers: Season One
"Based on the Tom Perrotta novel of the same name, The Leftovers is a criminally under-looked HBO drama series. With strong performances, layered symbolism, Lynchian dream sequences and an apocalyptic central mystery holding it all together, The Leftovers should not be missed by any fan of quality television." -Jacob at KDL's Service Center
City of Women by David R. Gillham
"In this intensely atmospheric first novel, Gillham depicts 1943 Berlin in all of its wartime drabness and uncertainty. This is not just another World War II novel. The confusion and moral ambiguity of the situations the characters find themselves in will leave the reader questioning their own values and world view." -Mark at KDL's Krause Memorial Branch
The Man in the Rockefeller Suit: The Astonishing Rise and Spectacular Fall of a Serial Imposter by Mark Seal
"The astonishing rise and spectacular fall of a serial impostor by Mark Seal was a fascinating nonfiction book that reads like fiction. Christian Gerheitsreiter came from Germany to the U.S. when he was 19, and lived off the kindness of various strangers for years, while re-inventing himself as various people. His final incarnation was as Clark Rockefeller, a member of the famous wealthy family. In spite of never having earned even a high school diploma he managed to charm many people into giving him free housing, invitations to parties, and more. It all started coming apart when his wealthy wife divorced him and he realized he was soon to be found out." -Susan at KDL's Plainfield Branch
Scythe (Arc of a Scythe) by Neal Shusterman
"In this world, humanity conquered everything - nobody ever dies anymore. So Scythes, the chosen ones, are the only ones who end somebody’s life to control world’s population. I liked his earlier series “Unwind Dystology”. And the strange thing is, like Unwind Dystology, this Scythe world doesn’t sound so far-fetched…. There was a Japanese manga a long long time ago that had similar concept (in this story, people who would be terminated was not by terminator’s choice but was by random selection by machine)" -Yuko at KDL's Service Center
Wolf in White Van: A Novel by John Darnielle
"Josh Darnielle (of The Mountain Goats fame) arrives on the literary scene with a moving, mysterious and entertaining novel about depression, loneliness and what drives us to keep going every day. Sean Philips is the victim of a tragic and self inflicted incident that leaves him a horribly scarred shut-it at the age of 17. During his time recuperating, he develops a play-by-mail role-playing game by the name of Trace Italian in which he leads his subscribers on an almost Quixotic hunt for an impenetrable fortress. Sweeping and claustrophobic all at once, this non-chronological tale follows Sean as he deals with grief and learns to cope." -Jacob at KDL's Service center
Be Frank With Me: A Novel by Julia Claiborne Johnson
“This was my book of the year in 2016. I loved this character and his quirkiness. The assistants expectation of working with the author and instead helping with her son and bonding with him is touching. It has touches of Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird) in it - if she had a child and lived in Los Angeles.” –Michelle at KDL’s Service Center
Dead Man Walking by Jesse Ray & the Carolina Catfish
“This Grand Rapids rockabilly duo has been one of my favorite acts to watch over the past few years. Their live shows are wildly entertaining – with lead singer and guitarist Jesse Ray often jumping onto tables in the crowd during performances, coupled with drummer Dingo Hopp furiously hammering away on his drum kit – and this 11-track album of blues-driven garage rock captures that energy and passion perfectly.” –David at KDL’s Service Center
Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut
Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut finds engineer Paul Proteus finding a way to live in a world of super computers and run by machines. Imagine that in 1952 when Vonnegut wrote this, his first novel. This book has kind of a 1984 flavor.” –Gene in KDL’s Sub Pool
The Mothers: A Novel by Brit Bennett
I recommend this book because the character development is rich and believable. The plot is also very interesting and Brit Bennett does a wonderful job writing dialogue, which is both realistic and lyrical.” –Jenna at KDL’s Englehardt Branch
The Vanishing Velázquez: A 19th Century Bookseller's Obsession with a Lost Masterpiece by Laura Cumming
“In 1845 a book seller buys a painting for only 8 pounds at an auction of a private school that is closing. There was a good possibility that this was a lost painting by Velazquez of Prince Charles (Charles I of Great Britain), but instead of being a dream-come-true, it ruined his life. This book covers John Snare’s story, a bit of history about King Charles of Britain and King Philip of Spain, and a great deal about the art of Velazquez. (This is available as an audio book on Overdrive with a good reader, but the print version has color plates in the center of the book of the art works discussed.)” –Sandy at KDL’s Alto Branch
The Bark of the Bog Owl (Wilderking Trilogy) by Jonathan Rogers
"The Wilderking trilogy by Jonathan Rogers is a great Junior Fiction read. "The Bark of the Bog Owl", "Secret of the Swamp King", and "the Way of the Wilderking" parallel the story of David and Goliath, but are in a class all their own. The fantasy world is well charactered, the action non-stop, and the conclusion more than satisfying." - Deb at KDL's Cascade Branch
And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich
"I listened to this audiobook and I have to say it is the BEST audiobook I've ever listened to. There was creepy music! And spine-tingling sound effects! And the reader was astounding! This book was so amazingly creepy. The Creeper Man actually invaded my nightmares and I woke up screaming. Highly recommend for someone who wants to be thoroughly creeped out by a good story." -Tricia at KDL's Cascade Branch
The Slowest Book Ever by April Pulley Sayre
"This book may be titled “The Slowest Book Ever” but I was able to read it in what seemed like no time at all. After reading it I can now reiterate random facts about all things s-l-o-w, but in a timely manner of course." -Courtnei at KDL's Cascade Branch
All the Kremlin's Men: Inside the Court of Vladimir Putin by Mikhail Zygar
"All the Kremlin’s Men by Mikhail Zygar is an interesting nonfiction read about Putin and Russian politics." Shaunna at KDL's Alpine Township Branch
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
"I enjoyed reading Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton, which had elements of western, sci-fi, and a wee bit of romance. This unique tale will draw you into a world of mythical creatures, barren deserts, and narrow escapes. I couldn't put it down!" -Elizabeth at KDL's Plainfield Branch
Civil War II by Brian Michael Bendis
"While not as shocking as the first civil war, this outing gives us new heroes and heroines to join a side and battle until you’re convinced to join another’s side. Spoilers: Favorites will die!" -Larry at KDL's Service Center
H Is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
“In this wildly original and ferocious memoir, Macdonald, a British academic, deals with the loss of her father through falconry. “ –Mark at KDL’s Rockford Branch
Trucker Ghost Stories: And Other True Tales of Haunted Highways, Weird Encounters, and Legends of the Road by Annie Wilder
“If you love ghost stories and truckers then this is a match made in 18 wheeler heaven!” –Hannah at KDL’s Spencer Township Branch
I See You by The XX
“I’ve been listening to this album non-stop since I stumbled upon the track ‘On Hold’ on Apple Music. This CD is a spectacular blend of ear-wormy pop vocals and chill EDM instrumentals.” -Crystal at KDL's Caledonia Branch
Cat Knit by Jacob Grant
"This is an adorable picture book that wonderfully captures the cat’s reaction to a new play mate, yarn as well as what happens after yarn goes missing but is returned in a different form." -Beth at KDL's Gaines Township Branch
Bandette Volume 1: Presto! by Paul Tobin
"Meet my newest favorite heroine! Bandette is a costumed teen burglar – both the bane of the police and criminals. She adores chocolate bars, is a little bit French and has some Audrey Hepburn in her too so she has my heart! Three volumes of this graphic novel are now available." -Michelle at KDL's Service Center
Survivors Club: The True Story of a Very Young Prisoner of Auschwitz by Array
"What an AMAZING book. Even though it's catalogued as juvenile nonfiction, I can't think of an adult or teen who wouldn't find this book riveting. I could not stop reading it. Though I'm fascinated by WWII and Holocaust stories, they are often (of course!) unremittingly grim. This book was sad in parts, but overall it was a very uplifting story. The coincidences and unexplained luck that helped this family (mostly) survive were a wonder." -Susan at KDL's Plainfield Branch
Black Water Lilies: A Novel by Michel Bussi
"This intriguing novel starts out with a narrator telling you that it is the story of three women, of murder and mystery, and proceeds to twine the stories in incredible ways, all in Monet’s village of Giverny. I loved the settings, characters, descriptions of the art, the flowers AND the twisty, twining stories of the three women. Most excellent reading!" -Suzanne at KDL's Cascade Branch
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
"After an author has a stunning first series, it can be hard to do the same with the next published book. Well, I am very excited to say that Laini Taylor really pulled out all the stops in this beautiful and moving book! Loved it!" -Beth at KDL's Gaines Township Branch
A Town Like Alice (Vintage International) by Nevil Shute
"If you like historical fiction this is a gem. A Town Like Alice tells of a young woman who miraculously survived a Japanese "death march" in World War II, and of an Australian soldier, also a prisoner of war, who offered to help her--even at the cost of his life." -Jaime at KDL's Plainfield Branch
A Good Day for a Hat by T. Nat Fuller
"Young children will love how the main character has just the right hat for each situation he comes across. Great for pre-school age." -Jill at KDL's Service Center
Saturn Run by John Sandford
"Saturn Run by John Sandford is a fast moving sci fi book that might appeal to people who liked The Martian by Andy Weir. It is a thriller set in the future about the race between China and the U.S. to reach Saturn first, after activity was spotted there through a space telescope. It has action, a bit of mystery and a bit of humor all mixed together to create a good read with some unexpected surprises." -Susan at KDL's Plainfield Branch
The Private Life of Mrs Sharma by Ratika Kapur
"Read how Mrs. Sharma thinks a modern life in India should be lived. This risky first-person drama will get you yelling “no” (in your head, of course) throughout." -Michelle at KDL's Service Center
Unearthed by Alexandra Risen
"I love reading about someone else’s fixer-up garden project when it’s not my own. Note: This garden will come to life and become its own character in this memoir." -Michelle at KDL's Service Center
Windwitch: A Witchlands Novel (The Witchlands) by Susan Dennard
"This is a Fantasy teen book that is unique and original and I love it! The characters are strong and interesting, the world is unique and filled with adventure. Highly recommend this series." -Shaunna at KDL's Alpine Township Branch
Duets: The Final Chapter by The Notorious B.I.G.
“A lot of after death music comes out for our favorite musicians but this uses Biggies actual verses and flows to combine with current superstars and it works. Do not sleep on the B.I.G.” -Larry at KDL's Service Center
The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley: A Novel by Hannah Tinti
"A strange but effective hybrid of ”Pulp Fiction” and a Greek myth, “The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley” is a tale about a non-traditional father-daughter dynamic and the repercussions of a dark past. With rich, vivid writing and strong plot force, you will not want to put it down until you discover the story behind each of Hawley’s bullet wounds." -Jaci at KDL's Cascade Branch
Molotov's Magic Lantern: Travels in Russian History by Rachel Polonsky
"When British journalist Rachel Polonsky moves into an apartment on Romanov Street in Russia she discovers that this place was once home to the Soviet Elite including the infamous Vyacheslav Molotov. Her curiosity of her new home causes her to delve into a research project that uncovers a side of Russia previously hidden to the world." -Hannah from KDL's Spencer Township Branch
Everything I Never Told You: A Novel (Alex Awards (Awards)) by Celeste Ng
"In an effort to read more diversely, I chose Celeste Ng’s gripping debut, which begins with one daughter’s peculiar death and ends in a flurry of unspooled secrets that will haunt James and Marilyn Lee forever. This book will break your heart and sew it back together all at once, if you’re lucky." -Paris from KDL's Kentwood Branch
The Vegetarian: A Novel by Han Kang
"Han Kang’s The Vegetarian is more than its macabre makeup, it is a meditation on patience in the face of oppression, and dare I say, avant-feminism? Told from three opposing perspectives to our female protagonist, Yeong-hye, who abruptly goes vegetarian to ward off blood-soaked nightmares, Kang’s most terrifying undertaking may be her finest." -Paris at KDL's Kentwood Branch
The Sheep Who Hatched an Egg by Gemma Merino
"I took Gemma Merino’s “The Sheep Who Hatched an Egg” to local preschool & young 5’s classes and it was a hit! In it, Lola the sheep learns that beautiful, glossy wool is not as important as taking care of a new friend. I also recommend Merino’s picture books, “The Cow Who Climbed a Tree” and “The Crocodile Who Didn’t Like Water” as fantastic readalouds." -Elizabeth at KDL's Plainfield Branch
Sharpe's Tiger (Richard Sharpe's Adventure Series #1) by Bernard Cornwell
"I could not got enough of this story. As a young private Richard Sharpe, in the British army in India is faced with an accusation of assaulting an officer and sentenced to 200 lashes. Luckily for him there is a secret mission to infiltrate the enemy stronghold and the general cuts down Sharpe and decides to give him another chance, the story unfolds from there." -Craig at KDL's Walker Branch
Hidden Figures
"This was an incredible story! The personal challenges these women had to overcome at NASA and at home, being black women in a segregated society, made their accomplishments even more astonishing. Don’t miss out on this wonderful part of history that should have been taught in school." -Beth at KDL's Gaines Township Branch
DAMN by Kendrick Lamar
"He’s got royalty, got loyalty inside his DNA and his music. This album is an origin story of race, struggle, power, redemption and legacy. It flows and flows and flows." -Abby from KDL's Wyoming Branch
The Chosen (Ballantine Reader's Circle) by Chaim Potok
"First published fifty years ago, this best-selling and now classic novel, set in the small Orthodox Jewish communities of Brooklyn, New York, addresses universal themes and conflicts, and is a great pick for adults, young adults, and book clubs." -Mark at KDL's Rockford Branch
American War: A novel by Omar El Akkad
"Set in the post-apocalyptic American South, a family struggles to survive a second Civil War where uncaring politicians, suicide bombers, and a deadly plague lay waste to the former United States of America. Excellent debut novel, well written and chilling." -Stephanie from KDL's Englehardt Branch
The Girl Before: A Novel by JP Delaney
"The Girl Before is a sleek thriller about a mysterious architect (think a sexy mash-up of Steve Jobs and Christian Gray) who is the brain of the most state of the art, high-tech house ever built in England. Emma and Jane make it past the competitive screening process to be residents – but at a terrible price. The women who are selected to live in the house have a tendency to be found dead. Those who enjoyed Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train will especially find this to be a page turner." -Crystal at KDL's Caledonia Township Branch