December 2019 Staff Picks: "Airplane" Reads

by Sandra Brown
Outfox follows FBI agent Drex Easton as he tries to catch Weston Graham, a conman and murderer. Drex is sure he has connected eight murders, including that of his mom, to Weston Graham. Sandra Brown has thought through every detail. She even includes a HUGE twist at the end that the most seasoned readers won't see coming. It's a good one for keeping occupied during travel and is available as an e-book or e-audiobook on Libby or Overdrive for light travel. 

Mack's Bar Mysteries (six book series)
by Allyson K. Abbott
Allyson K. Abbott is a pseudonym for Wisconsin author, Beth Amos. The Mack's Bar series of books star Mackenzie "Mack" Dalton who runs a Milwaukee bar she inherited from her dad. Mack has a disorder called synesthesia, which causes her senses to behave unexpectedly. She uses her neurological disorder to solve crimes. Any of her books are a fun, quick read for your flight. Find them on Hoopla or Overdrive.

Deadly Cargo
by James Patterson with Will Jordan
Deadly Cargo is one of James Patterson's BookShots, short, fast-paced books that are quick and easy to get through on a plane ride. In Deadly Cargo, Rick O'Neill and his Coast Guard team respond to a distress call only to find themselves trapped in a deadly situation. Find BookShots on Hoopla, Libby and at the library.

Let’s Get Lost
by Adi Alsaid
Free-spirited Leila is on a solo road trip across the country. She makes friends along the way and in the brief time she spends with each of them, she forms strong bonds and leaves lasting impressions. But she won’t tell anyone the reason for her journey. Let’s Get Lost is filled with fast-paced adventures, complex characters, a little bit of mystery, and just a hint of romance. It’s a great way to escape reality for a few hours.

The Chaos of Standing Still
by Jessica Brody
What could be worse than being stranded at an airport on New Year’s Eve because of a blizzard? How about being stuck there, alone, on the one-year anniversary of your best friend’s death, and accidentally swapping your phone with the stranger you literally ran into? Ryn’s bad day just keeps getting worse, but what follows is a night filled with fun and adventure, and for the first time since her friend’s death, Ryn feels like maybe she can start moving on. You’ll feel a real connection to the characters in The Chaos of Standing Still and you’ll want to give them (or the book) a hug when you’ve finished reading.

The Living
by Matt de la Peña
Shy’s family needs money, so he decides to get a summer job working on a luxury cruise ship. He’s looking forward to some of the perks of the job – free food, pretty girls – but then a record-setting earthquake hits, and everything changes. The earthquake is just the start of the disasters, and soon anyone left alive is fighting to survive. A survival story mixed with some mystery, suspense and adventure, The Living is the perfect book to suck you in and make you forget your own surroundings.

13 Little Blue Envelopes
by Maureen Johnson
When 17-year-old Ginny’s eclectic aunt dies, she leaves Ginny a series of envelopes with orders to open them at certain times. The first envelope contains $1,000 and instructions to buy a plane ticket. The next envelope directs her to an apartment in London. The third envelope tells Ginny to find a starving artist. So starts Ginny’s wild summer adventure across Europe. 13 Little Blue Envelopes is a fun and fast-paced travel book that will have you looking forward to your next adventure.

We Don’t Eat Our Classmates

by Ryan T. Higgins
Children will gobble up this hilarious story about Penelope Rex on her first day of school.

Morris Mole
by Dan Yaccarino
Morris Mole has always been a little different than his brothers, but this adventure helps him learn that even the smallest creature can do big things.

The Story of Diva and Flea
by Mo Willems and Tony DiTerlizzi
A brave dog and streetwise cat develop an unexpected friendship in this tale of discovery.

The Street Beneath My Feet 
by Charlotte Guillain
This absorbing nonfiction title features detailed illustrations of natural and man-made worlds under the ground. 

Chapter Books for ages 8 - 12
The Desperate Adventures of Zeno & Alya
by Jane Kelley
Featuring a bird with a big personality, this story is perfect for air travel! Our hero Zeno, an African grey parrot, meets Alya, a sick child, in a brief but meaningful encounter. Each is desperate to be reunited, but the journey proves difficult. This adventure is hilarious, heart-breaking, but most of all, hopeful.

Holly Farb and the Princess of the Galaxy
by Gareth Wronski
Holly Farb is down in the dumps after losing the student president election. But her day gets even worse when she is mistaken for an intergalactic princess and kidnapped by space pirates! Can she escape and make it home before her test on Friday? This hysterical, raucous caper will make even the longest flight pass by in no time.

Letters to Anyone and Everyone
by Toon Tellegen
Take a break from the busyness of flying with this delightfully playful collection of short stories. Featured here are letters from the cake-loving bear, the hurried tortoise, the accident-prone elephant, and many more! Best enjoyed with a cup of something hot and a bite of something sweet.