March 2020 Staff Picks

Declutter Your Data
by Angela Crocker
Looking for a fresh start this Spring? Use this quick read to organize your digital life. This book features short chapters, current topics and ready to use checklists and charts to get your online life organized and digitally safe.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive, Live Happy
by Amy Newmark & Deborah Norville
Spring brings new life and beginnings. Be inspired to begin or renew your own happy life with these inspiring true stories. Lead the life you want by getting advice from others and learning from their personal stories.

National Geographic Four Seasons of Travel
Plan your travel by the season. Use this book to guide you to the places that are best to see in all seasons. Rest assured you'll be in the right place at the right time.

Tell Me Three Things
by Julie Buxbaum
Sixteen-year-old Jessie is struggling to fit in at her new school in Los Angeles. When she receives an email from someone calling themselves Somebody/Nobody offering to help, Jessie takes a desperate leap of faith and begins to rely on SN. As Jessie opens up to SN, she can’t help but want to know who her virtual friend is, but will she be disappointed when she discovers SN’s true identity? This book will keep you guessing until the very end.

Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now
by Dana L. Davis
After her mom dies of cancer, Tiffany moves in with the wealthy biological father she’s never met. Tiffany doesn’t quite fit in with her new family and new rules, but she tries to make the best of things, until another man claiming to be her real father threatens to change everything. Prepare yourself for a rollercoaster of emotions with this book.

Where You’ll Find Me
by Natasha Friend
In the first month of school, thirteen-year-old Anna is dumped by her best friend, stuck at the lunch table with the outcasts and misfits, and forced to live with her dad and stepmom while her mother is in the hospital.  As she learns to adapt to all these changes, Anna realizes that not all change is bad. Where You’ll Find Me is the perfect book for middle schoolers learning to navigate the changes in their lives.

The Beginning of Everything
by Robyn Schneider
One night changes everything for Ezra Faulkner. Before the accident, Ezra was a star athlete and a shoo-in for homecoming king, but now he’s got a shattered leg and an ex-girlfriend. Things are looking grim for Ezra until he meets the eccentric new girl, Cassidy Thorpe, and starts to see new beginnings instead of tragic endings. Relatable characters, witty dialogue and wry humor make this book a quick read.  

Picture Books

Maple Syrup Season
by Ann Purmell
This wonderful book follows a family through the entire maple syrup process.

Duck at the Door
by Jackie Urbanovic
Duck decides to spend the winter at Irene’s . . . and mayhem abounds!

Little Pea
by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Little Pea must eat all of his candy before he can have “dessert” but Little Pea doesn’t like candy! What is he to do?

Books for ages 8 - 12

The Science of Breakable Things
by Tae Keller
How do you grow a miracle?
For the record, this is not the question Mr. Neely is looking for when he says everyone in class must answer an important question using the scientific method. But Natalie's botanist mother is suffering from depression, so this is The Question that's important to Natalie. When Mr. Neely suggests that she enter an egg drop competition, Natalie has hope. Eggs are breakable. Hope is not.

Natalie has a secret plan for the prize money. She's going to fly her mother to see the Cobalt Blue Orchids--flowers that survive against impossible odds. The magical flowers are sure to inspire her mother to love life again. Because when parents are breakable, it's up to kids to save them, right?

The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl
by Stacy McAnulty
Lucy Callahan was struck by lightning. She doesn't remember it, but it changed her life forever. The zap gave her genius-level math skills, and ever since, Lucy has been homeschooled. Now, at 12 years old, she's technically ready for college. She just must pass one more test--middle school!

Lucy's grandma insists- Go to middle school for one year. Make one friend. Join one activity. And read one book (that's not a math textbook!). Lucy's not sure what a girl who does calculus homework for fun can possibly learn in 7th grade. She has everything she needs at home, where nobody can make fun of her rigid routines or her superpowered brain. The equation of Lucy's life has already been solved. Unless there's been a miscalculation?

Inside Out & Back Again
by Thahnha Lai
For all the ten years of her life, Hà has only known Saigon: the thrills of its markets, the joy of its traditions, and the warmth of her friends close by. But now the Vietnam War has reached her home. Hà and her family are forced to flee as Saigon falls, and they board a ship headed toward hope. In America, Hà discovers the foreign world of Alabama: the coldness of its strangers, the dullness of its food... and the strength of her very own family.