January 2020 Staff Picks

The Bodies in the Library
by Marty Wingate
Put the tea kettle on the hob when you read this cozy mystery, set in Bath, England, complete with library cat, Bunter. Enjoy the amusing murder solving talents of Hayley Burke, the new curator of The First Edition Society, who wants to mimic Miss Marple.

Please Don’t Feed the Mayor
by Sue Pethick
Could Shep, the border collie, really become the mayor of Fossett, Oregon? Electing a dog to boost tourism is a fun plot, with small town characters. a little romance, and detective work by Melanie MacDonald, who owns Shep, and the Main Street Ground Central Café.

This Tender Land
by William Kent Krueger
This is the story of orphan brothers and others caught in the cruelties of the Lincoln Indian Training School in 1932 Minnesota. The boys escape their punishing workhouse treatment taking a canoe on the Gilead River. Along the way to get to their aunt in St. Louis, they meet farmers, faith healers and the wandering poor of the depression. 

Dragonfly, a Novel
by Leila Meacham 
Five young Americans, with different backgrounds, are recruited by U.S. Intelligence to act as spies in World War II Nazi occupied Paris. Lots of intrigue as the five are given secret identities and embedded with upper class Nazi officers to discover military secrets.

Since You’ve Been Gone
by Morgan Matson
Emily is the shy, quiet type, but her best friend Sloane is much more adventurous. They’re about to have the summer of their lives until Sloane disappears. The only thing she leaves behind is a to-do list for Emily. Not sure what else to do, Emily follows the list in hopes it will bring her best friend back, which leads to a completely unpredictable summer vacation. If you’re looking for a heartwarming story to brighten up the winter days, read this book.

When Dimple Met Rishi
by Sandhya Menon
Dimple is ready to move on from high school and away from her mom’s obsession of finding the “ideal Indian husband.” Rishi is a hopeless romantic who likes the tradition of an arranged marriage. When Dimple and Rishi’s parents arrange for the pair to attend the same summer program but only tell Rishi about this arrangement, things don’t go well…at first. What blossoms is a cute romance that will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

by Rainbow Rowell
Deja and Josiah are seasonal best friends. They work together every autumn at a pumpkin patch. But it’s their senior year, and their last season working together…and their last chance to tell each other how they really feel. Deja hatches a plan to have an exciting adventure on their last shift together, but will Josiah have the guts to speak up? This graphic novel is just the cutest story and perfect for reading in front of the fire.

Picture Books
Extra Yarn 
by Mac Barnett
This tale is so cozy that an entire town gets yarn-bombed by a girl with a magical box of yarn.  Jon Klassen’s illustrations also earned this title a Caldecott Honor Award. 

Snow is My Favorite and My Best 
by Lauren Child
Snow makes Charlie’s little sister, Lola, feel warm inside. She claims that “Snow is my favorite and my best.” The Charlie and Lola series is sweet and funny. 

Miss Rumphius
by Barbara Cooney
This timeless story about a woman who opens her heart to the world and plants flowers wherever she goes has been a heart-warming favorite for several generations.  

Chapter Books for 8 - 12 

Greenglass House 
by Kate Milford
Wintertime at the creaky Greenglass house brings an assortment of strange characters who come to call and tell stories about the house’s past. Milo and Meddy soon have a mystery to solve while everyone is going a bit stir crazy cooped up in the house during the cold weather. 

The Winter Room 
by Gary Paulsen
In the summer, the room is not used. But in the winter, the family spends evenings gathered about the pot-bellied stove. They work on hand-made crafts and eat popcorn while their uncle recounts marvelous tales about life on the farm when he was child—some of them larger than life! 

The City of Ember 
by Jeanne DuPrau
Travel to a city whose children have never been outside its borders, since it is the only place where there is light in their underground world.  When the light starts to fail, Lina and Doon must find out how to escape their world.