March 2024 Staff Picks

Happy March readers! I hope you enjoy reading these books as much as I have. - Mireya, Library Assistant II

Too Soon for Adios by Annette Chavez Macias
Gabby just lost her mom to cancer and is surprised to meet her biological father at her mother’s service. After giving up her dream job to care for her mother, Gabby is left staying with her aunt until her biological father offers her a house in New Mexico. This heartfelt story follows Gabby’s journey through grief, relationships and self-discovery.

Ciao for Now by Kate Bromley
Violet goes to Rome for a fashion internship that can land her a job at a New York label and is determined to beat out the other interns. The only thing that stands in her way is Matteo, her professor’s son, who will also be in Rome for the summer. This light and flirty romcom is the perfect beach read for your spring break.
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Love & Misadventure by Lang Leav
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A collection of modern poetry and whimsical illustrations depicting the journey and emotions of love. A perfect read for fans of Rupi Kaur.

Recommended by Maggie M., Teen Services Librarian.

Our Violent Ends by Chloe Gong
In 1927, with Shanghai on the brink of a revolution, Juliette, the Scarlet Gang's heir, and the boy she loves must cast aside their differences to combat monsters and governments while protecting their hearts from each other. With more politics than romance, this sequel to These Violent Delights wasn’t quite what I was expecting, but the ending was explosive and satisfying.
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The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera
Fans of Lois Lowry’s The Giver will also enjoy this new dystopian novel. When Earth is destroyed by a comet, Petra and her family are among the few people chosen to journey to a new planet. Hundreds of years later, Petra wakes on this new planet to discover she is the only person who remembers Earth. A sinister Collective has taken over the ship during its journey, bent on erasing the sins of humanity's past. Can Petra save the stories of our past, and with them, any hope for our future?
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Heartstopper (volume 5) by Alice Oseman
The penultimate graphic novel in Nick and Charlie’s romance is finally here and was worth the wait! In this volume, after finally saying "I love you," Nick and Charlie wonder what will happen to their relationship when Nick goes to university next year.

Chapter Books
Recommended by Marie Boleman, Head of Children & Family Outreach Services.

Peacemaker by Joseph Bruchac
This moving, wise story takes place during the time when the five Iroquois nations were constantly at war with each other. It begins with the kidnapping of a boy by another tribe. When a messenger appears, he weaves in a series of stories from the oral history of the Iroquois. Readers will learn about their beliefs and teachings. Can the five nations achieve peace?

The Most Precious of Cargoes: A Tale by Jean-Claude Grumberg
This cross between a fairy tale and chilling circumstances at the height of WWII is a gripping story for young readers. It features a woodcutter and his wife who desperately want a baby and a Jewish father with twin babies who are on a train. Their lives become mingled.

Premeditated Myrtle (Myrtle Hardcastle Mystery 1) by Elizabeth C. Bunce
Twelve-year-old Myrtle is a budding criminologist and toxicologist. For a girl in Victorian times, that’s a tall order! She sets out to solve the mysterious death of her next-door neighbor. A clever English murder mystery with a suspenseful plot.

Picture Books
Recommended by Morgan D., Library Assistant II.

How to Catch a Leprechaun by Adam Wallace
Watch out! This Leprechaun is up to his tricks for St. Patrick’s Day! As the Leprechaun visits each house, children try to catch him in their traps. Will someone have good luck and catch the Leprechaun? This delightful story inspires kids to try making their own trap. Who knows? Perhaps you might catch the Leprechaun!

Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
A peddler sells his caps by stacking them high on his head. Deciding to take a rest, he closes his eyes under a big tree. When he wakes up, his caps are gone! Who took them? Will he get them back? With its humor and repetitive verse, kids will love this timeless classic.

George and His Nighttime Friend by Seng Soun Ratanavanh
George is afraid of the dark. If only he had a friend to keep him company during the night. When a little mouse offers to be his friend, George discovers that the dark is not that scary after all. This story is a magical adventure that reminds us that everyone can be afraid at times. With good friends, we can overcome our fears and help them to do the same.