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Staff Digital Picks: YA for Teens and Adults

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One of the booming arenas of publishing, YA Lit is relatable, well-paced, and offers all the feels. Many stories tackle issues squarely, but in a hopeful way, which makes them an appealing reading choice no matter if your teen years are far behind you. Choose from these hand-picked favorites available on OverDrive or Hoopla, and don’t miss previous staff recommendations for what to read, watch, or listen from home. Looking for something to match a specific mood or interest? Send a request for customized suggestions, and our expert advisory staff will be happy to make your match.

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Don’t Get Caught by Kurt Dinan
A motley group of uncool kids are set up by a secret society known as the Chaos Club, so they band together and instigate a prank war. With short chapters, high energy, and the mix of shadowy conspiracy with underdog tale, this is a winner for a variety of teen and adult readers. ~Cathleen

Available as ebook

 

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A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

For Sherlock fans: This series is a great riff off of the original tales with Sherlock as a teenage girl and Holmes a boy at boarding school. ~Emily

Available as ebook or e-audio

 

 

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Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero

Reading the pages of Gabi’s journal is a gut-punch. On the cusp of adulthood, navigating body shaming, racism, and finding her own voice along with the joys that come from learning how to celebrate yourself and what you love in life, Gabi is a character you’ll want to keep rooting for. ~Jenny

Available as ebook or e-audio

 

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Far from the Tree by Robin Benway

The story of three siblings who were taken away from their mother as young children and find each other in their teens is riveting! ~Denise  

Available as ebook or e-audio

 

 

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Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson

I love books that oscillate between different characters so I get multiple points of view. Let Me Hear a Rhyme highlights three high school students as they work to honor their murdered friend by making him a rap celebrity. Fast paced, full of secrets, and heavy with friendship.. ~Al

Available as ebook or e-audio

 

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The Berlin Boxing Club by Robert Sharenow

I usually give wide berth to stories about boxing, but this tale of a bullied cartoonist in Nazi-era Berlin taking lessons from German national hero Max Schmeling completely won me over. A crowd-pleasing underdog story against backdrop of art, history, and family. ~Cathleen

Available as ebook

 

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Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

A few kids on the edge of adulthood facing the big themes in life: death, love, and life-altering decisions. Bonus: It is set in a bookstore! ~Emily

ebook or e-audio

 

 

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Getting Over Garrett Delaney by Abby McDonald

Sadie attempts to get over her epic heartbreak over her best friend in this satisfying, humorous, uplifting read that is great for fans of Sarah Dessen! The overall hopeful tone of the book paired with Sadie’s dogged attempt to move on makes this book one of my personal favorites. ~Jenny

Available as ebook

 

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The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

A little bit of fantasy and a lot of heart and some laughs along the way. ~Denise

Available as ebook or e-audio

 

 

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After the Fire by Will Hill

Looking for a book that’ll keep you turning the pages until the very end? After the Fire is it! Not for the feint of heart, this twisty, turny, thriller escape plot will keep you engaged the entire time. ~Al

Available as ebook

 

 

Rebel with a Cupcake book coverRebel with a Cupcake by Anna Mainwaring

Endearing Jesobel presents as a young woman who knows who she is and what she has to offer, and it’s only when faced with a new crush that her self-assurance begins to erode. British teens, sassy dialogue, and friends who love enough to call each other on their stuff — this is a recipe for an entertaining read. ~Cathleen

Available as ebook

 

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The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Two teens on the verge of making huge life decisions give into a fate-filled, love-at-first-sight day in New York City. ~Emily

Available as ebook or e-audio

 

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With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

Acevedo has a way with bringing her characters to life! So good!. ~Denise

Available as ebook or e-audio

 

 

 

We Were Liars book coverLaura recommends
We Were Liars
by E. Lockhart
ebook or e-audio
We Are Okay book coverChelsea recommends
We Are Okay
by Nina LaCour
ebook or e-audio
Will Grayson, Will Grayson book coverLaura recommends
Will Grayson, Will Grayson
by John Green and David Levithan
ebook or e-audio

 

everything everything book coverChelsea recommends
Everything Everything
by Nicola Yoon
ebook or e-audio
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Children of Blood and Bone
by Tomi Adeyemi
ebook or e-audio

Staff Hoopla Picks: Music to Get You Moving

Staff Music Picks

Has being limited to home day after day left you listless? Or perhaps you find yourself vibrating with energy to burn? Either way, Hoopla has music to get you moving for your own personal dance party. Staff nominated albums that tap their toes, sway their hips, and cause their heads to bob. Each is available to you from home, so don’t hesitate to take a spin on the floor. Let’s start the music!

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Dancing on My Own: Remixes by Robyn
If you are literally dancing on your own right now, here’s 40 straight minutes of dance music to bop along to, built around Robyn’s pop single, “Dancing On My Own.” While hard to choose, the Jackwob remix was my favorite; I found it captured the fun angst of the song the best! ~Jenny

 

 

Fame Monster coverAllison L. recommends
The Fame Monster
Lady Gaga
“danceable, theatrical, likely nostalgic for many”
Back to Black coverEmily recommends
Back to Black
Amy Winehouse
“sultry tunes to dance to”
(also recommended by Kelda and Chelsea)
Racine Carree CD coverCathleen recommends
Racine Carrée
Stromae
“irresistible blend of genres and cultures in rhythms that bewitch”

 

80s Mixtape coverDenise recommends
80s Mixtape
“get your groove on and party like it’s 1989”

Future Nostalgia coverAbby recommends
Future Nostalgia
Dua Lipa
Gold coverLaura recommends
Gold
The Mavericks

 

Best of cover BowieChelsea recommends
Best of Bowie
David Bowie
ABBA Gold coverDenise recommends
ABBA Gold
ABBA
Wild Young Hearts coverCathleen recommends
Wild Young Hearts
Noisettes

 

Night Visions coverChelsea recommends
Night Visions
Imagine Dragons
Highwomen coverEmily recommends
The Highwomen
The Highwomen
“empowering”
Baja Sessions coverLaura recommends

Chris Isaak

 

Audiobook Giveaways Every Week

SYNC logoWant great listens to immerse you in new stories? TrySYNC, a free summer audiobook program that gives away two themed titles each week for downloading. These are top-quality productions featuring standout performances, and though the design is to encourage literacy and listening in teens across the country, adults and families find ready entertainment, too!

This week you can grab Tiffany D. Jackson’sMonday’s Not Coming, an absorbing thriller read by Broadway star Imani Parks, and the bestsellingThe 57 Busby Dashka Slater, an award-winning true story read by the incomparable Robin Miles. Upcoming pairs includeThe Music of What Happensby Bill Konigsberg with Katherine Reay’sThe Brontë Plot andKindredby Octavia E. Butler offered withBurn Baby Burnby Meg Medina.

SYNC is sponsored by AudioFile Magazine and titles are delivered through Sora, the student reading app from OverDrive. Download the app to the device you anticipate listening on, access your first week’s titles, and enjoy more ready opportunities to read with your ears!

Staff Digital Picks: Comics and Graphic Novels

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Are you longing for story but finding it difficult to sink into a full-length book? You might find what you are looking for in comics and graphic novels! Drama, action, history, humor, fantasy, memoir, and romance are all on offer in a medium that combines art and language to deliver absorbing tales. Today our readers’ advisory staff spotlight their favorite selections available to you through the Library’s digital services, so you can sample without delay. Don’t forget to visit previous staff recommendations for what to read, watch, or listen to from home, and you are enthusiastically invited to request customized suggestions for titles in OverDrive or Hoopla might be a perfect match for your current mood.

 

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New Kid by Jerry Craft
This tender-hearted graphic novel will touch anyone who has had to start over somewhere. 7th grader Jordan is forced to go to a new private school instead of art school like he so desires. During his first year at the school, he has to figure out ways to fit in, combat prejudice, and continue with art. This is a poignant, piercing story with amazing artistry, totally able to be binged in one sitting. ~Al N.  (also recommended by Kelda and Cathleen)

Available both on Hoopla as ebook and e-audio and on OverDrive as ebook and e-audio

 

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Saga by Brian K. Vaughn, illustrated by Fiona Staples

A series to get hooked on and there are plenty of volumes to keep you going. Get lost in the chase to hunt down these outlaws: a couple of star-crossed lovers (and baby makes three). Many adventures and thrills across various worlds in this literal sweeping saga. ~Chelsea

Nine collected volumes available on Hoopla or on OverDrive

 

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Sugar Falls: A Residential School Story by David Alexander Robertson, illustrated by Scott B. Henderson

A vivid narrative of abuse, survival, and resilience, this is one woman’s story of her experience with and survival of the Canadian residential schools that First Nations children were forced to attend. ~Allison L.

Access on Hoopla or on OverDrive

 

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol 1

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Ryan North, illustrated by Erica Henderson

Unrelenting optimism, faith in the goodness of others, healthy body positivity, and a cheerful sense of duty. This series is more than a bit silly, but that’s part of its charm – and all the more welcome in days such as these. ~Cathleen

Access multiple collected volumes via Hoopla

 

 

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Super Late Bloomer: My Early Days in Transition by Julia Kaye

The succinct writing and illustrations puts a spotlight on Kaye’s vulnerability in sharing her transition in this illustrated memoir. Her focused chronicles of such a personal experience offer a chance to relate and/or bear witness to another person’s trials and happy moments during a pivotal period. ~Jenny

Access on Hoopla

 

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Backstagers by James Tynion IV, illustrated by Rian Sygh

The stories and friendships of the behind-the-scenes crew of a high school drama club with touches of magic. ~Emily

Access multiple collected volumes and single issues on Hoopla

 

 

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer by Jordie Bellaire, illustrated by Dan Mora and Matt Taylor

The scooby gang reinvented and enjoying present day thrills and the usual chills. ~Chelsea

Access on Hoopla

 

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Daytripper by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá

As one of the characters testifies, this is a story “about life…but death has a big part in it,” but don’t let that keep you away. It is fantastical, heart-wrenching, and surprisingly uplifting, and the ethereal, meditative nature needs to be experienced to be truly appreciated. ~Cathleen

Access on Hoopla

 

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Man-Eaters by Chelsea Cain, illustrated by Kate Niemczyk

One of my favorite satirical comics, Man-Eaters turns young women into cats, cats that men greatly fear. If you like satire and content that at the same time doesn’t take itself too seriously while also revealing more serious lessons about society, give this a try! ~Al N.  (also recommended by Chelsea)

Access multiple collected volumes on Hoopla

 

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Hey Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

A wonderful memoir confronting the topics of addiction in the family and using what one loves to find a way through it. ~Emily

Available both on OverDrive as ebook and e-audio and on Hoopla as e-audio

 

 

Royal City book coverRoyal City by Jeff Lemire

There are times when we read for escapism, but there is equal interest in reading to help make sense of the unexpected in life, of what doesn’t turn out as we believe it might when we are children. This is one of those stories. ~Cathleen

Access three collected volumes on Hoopla

 

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Moonstruck by Grace Ellis, illustrated by Shae Beagle and Kate Leth

Magic, cute werewolves, baristas, and more encase this bubbly book. Join for the laughs and the many pals. ~Chelsea

Access two volumes on Hoopla

 

 

Fun Home coverChelsea recommends
Fun Home
by Alison Bechdel
Archie Christmas Classics coverDenise recommends
Archie Christmas Classics
by Bob Bolling, Frank Doyle, George Gladir and Al Hartley
illustrated by Dan DeCarlo, Stan Goldberg and Bob White
March Book One coverChelsea recommends
March, Book One
by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin
illustrated by Nate Powell

Staff Hoopla Picks: Comfort TV

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When everything becomes too much, we look for comfort in different forms of escape television. Sometimes we want to lose ourselves in gentle or dramatic history; other times we want contemporary and edgy. You have access to hundreds of streaming programs through Hoopla Digital with your library card, and below are a few recommendations courtesy of your friendly Advisory Staff. Other viewing suggestions are available here and here, and you can also contact us to ask for titles hand-picked to match your personal taste!

Absolutely Fabulous video imageChelsea recommends
Absolutely Fabulous
Series 1-6
UK comedy
Wolf Hall video imageLaura and Cathleen recommend
Wolf Hall
Miniseries: 6 episodes
UK historical drama
Story of Cats video imageAl recommends
The Story of Cats
2 episodes
US nature documentary

 

Call the Midwife video imageAl recommends
Call the Midwife
Seasons 1-7
UK historical drama
Rick and Morty video imageChelsea recommends
Rick and Morty
Season 1
US animated comedy
Great British Baking Show video imageChelsea, Al, and Cathleen recommend
The Great British Baking Show
Seasons 1-5
UK reality competition

 

Dickensian video imageCathleen recommends
Dickensian
Series 1
UK historical drama
Key and Peele video imageAl recommends
Key & Peele
Season 1
US comedy
Robot Chicken video imageChelsea recommends
Robot Chicken
Season 1
US animated comedy

 

Librarians video imageAl recommends
The Librarians
Seasons 1-4
US action-adventure, science fiction/fantasy
Cranford video imageChelsea recommends
Cranford
Seasons 1-2
UK historical drama
Search Party video imageCathleen recommends
Search Party

Season 1
US dark comedy, mystery

 

Coroner video imageThe Coroner
Seasons 1-2
UK crime drama
Scott and Bailey video imageScott & Bailey
Series 1-5
UK crime drama
Seasons 1-6

US comedy, science fiction/fantasy