June 2021: Your Librarian Loved It!

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The theme for June's Year in Reading Challenge is books that your librarians loved! We've tested these and deemed them AMAZING! 


Kerstin Gier, Romy Fursland
Description: Way up in the Swiss mountains, there's an old grand hotel steeped in tradition and faded splendor. Once a year, when the famous New Year's Eve Ball takes place, and guests from all over the world arrive, excitement returns to the vast hallways. Sophie, who works at the hotel as an intern, is busy making sure that everything goes according to plan. But unexpected problems keep arising, and some of the guests are not who they pretend to be. Very soon, Sophie finds herself right in the middle of a perilous adventure, and at risk of losing not only her job but also her heart.
Call Number: YA FIC Gie
Format: Book
Date Added: May 19, 2021
Kelly McWilliams
Description: Agnes loves her home of Red Creek, its dusty roads, and its God. She cares for her younger siblings and follows the town's strict laws. When Agnes meets Danny, an Outsider boy, she begins to question what is and isn't a sin. Her younger brother, Ezekiel, will die without the insulin she barters for once a month, even though medicine is considered outlawed. Is she a sinner for saving him? But it isn't safe Outside, either: A viral pandemic is burning through the population. In a world where faith, miracles, and cruelty have long been indistinguishable, will Agnes be able to choose between saving her family and saving the world? -- adapted from jacket
Call Number: YA FIC McW
Format: Book
Date Added: May 19, 2021
David Opie
Description: "Take a beautifully illustrated journey -- with an adorable kiwi bird as your guide -- through the vast and colorful world of birds, with its tapestry of textures, sounds, and sights."--Publisher's description.
Call Number: E Opi
Format: Book
Date Added: May 19, 2021
Liara Tamani
Description: "Carli and Rex have an immediate connection, an understanding that must mean first love, but family secrets, disappointments--and basketball, which holds center stage in both their lives--all create complications"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: YA FIC Tam
Format: Book
Date Added: May 19, 2021
Amy Tintera
Description: "Seventeen-year-old Clara runs away from home to join a vigilante monster-flghting squad, only to discover that sometimes the most dangerous monsters are where you least expect them." -- (Source of summary not specified)
Call Number: YA FIC Tin
Format: Book
Date Added: May 19, 2021
Randi Pink
Description: Randi Pink's The Angel of Greenwood is a historical YA novel that takes place during the Greenwood Massacre of 1921, in an area of Tulsa, OK, known as the "Black Wall Street.""Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Wilson is, on the surface, a town troublemaker, but is hiding that he is an avid reader and secret poet, never leaving home without his journal. A passionate follower of W.E.B. Du Bois, he believes that black people should rise up to claim their place as equals. Sixteen-year-old Angel Hill is a loner, mostly disregarded by her peers as a goody-goody. Her father is dying, and her family's financial situation is in turmoil. Also, as a loyal follower of Booker T. Washington, she believes, through education and tolerance, that black people should rise slowly and without forced conflict. Though they've attended the same schools, Isaiah never noticed Angel as anything but a dorky, Bible toting church girl. Then their English teacher offers them a job on her mobile library, a three-wheel, two-seater bike. Angel can't turn down the money and Isaiah is soon eager to be in such close quarters with Angel every afternoon. But life changes on May 31, 1921 when a vicious white mob storms the community of Greenwood, leaving the town destroyed and thousands of residents displaced. Only then, Isaiah, Angel, and their peers realize who their real enemies are" -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: YA FIC Pin
Format: Book
Date Added: May 19, 2021
Jim Ottaviani, Maris Wicks
Description: "The U.S. may have put the first man on the moon, but it was the Soviet space program that made Valentina Tereshkova the first woman in space. It took years to catch up, but soon NASA's first female astronauts were racing past milestones of their own. The trail-blazing women of Group 9, NASA's first mixed gender class, had the challenging task of convincing the powers that be that a woman's place is in space, but they discovered that NASA had plenty to learn about how to make space travel possible for everyone."--Front flap.
Call Number: J 629.45 Ott
Format: Book
Date Added: May 19, 2021
Liz Hyder
Description: Life in Bearmouth is one of hard labor and isolation, the sunlit world far above the mine a distant memory. Newt has lived in the mine since the age of four, and accepts everything from the harsh working conditions to the brutality of the mine's leaders--until the mysterious Devlin arrives and dares to ask the question, "Why?" As tensions rise, Newt is soon looking at Bearmouth with a fresh perspective--challenging the system and setting in motion a change of events that could destroy their entire world.-- Publisher's description.
Call Number: YA FIC Hyd
Format: Book
Date Added: May 19, 2021
Aliza Layne, Natalie Riess, Kristen Acampora
Description: Twelve-year-old goblin and witch-in-training Beetle enlists her former best friend, Kat Hollowbones, to help stop Kat's sorceress aunt from demolishing the mall where Beetle's friend Blob Ghost is trapped.
Call Number: J FIC Lay
Format: Book
Date Added: May 19, 2021
Jewell Parker Rhodes
Description: Suspended unjustly from elite Middlefield Prep, Donte Ellison studies fencing with a former champion, hoping to put the racist fencing team captain in his place.
Call Number: J FIC Rho
Format: Book
Date Added: May 19, 2021
Gail Jarrow
Description: "...explores the science and grisly history of U.S. Civil War medicine, using actual medical cases and first-person accounts by soldiers, doctors, and nurses."-- Publisher's description.
Call Number: YA 973.775 Jar
Format: Book
Date Added: May 19, 2021
Anja Kampmann, Anne Posten
Description: "One night aboard an oil drilling platform in the Atlantic, Waclaw returns to his cabin to find that his bunkmate and companion, Mátyás, has gone missing. A search of the rig confirms his fear that Mátyás has fallen into the sea. Grief-stricken, he embarks on an epic emotional and physical journey that takes him to Morocco, to Budapest and Mátyás’s hometown in Hungary, to Malta, Italy, and finally to the mining town of his childhood in Germany. Waclaw’s encounters along the way with other lost and yearning souls – Mátyás’s angry, grieving half-sister; lonely rig workers on shore leave; a truck driver who watches the world change from his driver’s seat – bring us closer to his origins while also revealing the problems of a globalized economy dependent on waning natural resources. High as the Waters Rise is a stirring exploration of male intimacy, the nature of memory and grief, and the cost of freedom – the story of a man who stands at the margins of a society from which he has profited little, though its functioning depends on his labor" --Amazon.
Call Number: FIC Kam
Format: Book
Date Added: May 19, 2021
Linda LeGarde Grover
Description: When Loretta surrenders her young girls to the county and then disappears, she becomes one more missing Native woman in Indian Country's long devastating history of loss. But she is also a daughter of the Mozhay Point Reservation in northern Minnesota and the mother of Azure and Rain, ages 3 and 4, and her absence haunts all the lives she has touched--and all the stories they tell in this novel.
Call Number: FIC Gro
Format: Book
Date Added: May 19, 2021
Jayanta Kāykiṇi, Tejaswini Niranjana
Description: "Jayant Kaikini’s gaze takes in the people in the corners of Mumbai―a bus driver who, denied vacation time, steals the bus to travel home; a slum dweller who catches cats and sells them for pharmaceutical testing; a father at his wit’s end who takes his mischievous son to a reform institution. In this metropolis, those who seek find epiphanies in dark movie theaters, the jostle of local trains, and even in roadside keychains and lost thermos flasks. Here, in the shade of an unfinished overpass, a factory-worker and her boyfriend browse wedding invitations bearing wealthy couples’ affectations―'no presents please'―and look once more at what they own" --Amazon.com.
Call Number: FIC Kay
Format: Book
Date Added: May 19, 2021
Jackie Kay
Description: "At the age of 29, Kay embarks on a search for her birth parents, her head full of the stories her mother invented about an African chief torn away from his Scottish true love. What follows is a journey that zigzags between Lagos and Aberdeen, the bizarre and the domestic, in a quixotic search for that spark of connection to family"--Jacket.
Call Number: B Kay
Format: Book
Date Added: May 19, 2021
Maggie Nelson
Description: "A genre-bending memoir, a work of 'autotheory' offering fresh, fierce, and timely thinking about desire, identity, and the limitations and possibilities of love and language. At its center is a romance: the story of the author's relationship with the artist Harry Dodge. This story, which includes the author's account of falling in love with Dodge, who is fluidly gendered, as well as her journey to and through a pregnancy, is an intimate portrayal of the complexities and joys of (queer) family-making"--Dust jacket flap.
Call Number: B Nel
Format: Book
Date Added: May 19, 2021
Corey Sobel
Description: "The Redshirt introduces Miles Furling, a young man who is convinced he was placed on earth to play football. Deep in the closet, he sees the sport as a means of gaining a permanent foothold in a culture that would otherwise reject him. Still, Miles's body lags behind his ambitions, and recruiters tell him he is not big enough to compete at the top level. His dreams come true when a letter arrives from King College. The elite southern school boasts one of the best educations in America and one of the worst Division One football programs. King football is filled with obscure, ignored players like Miles-which is why he and the sports world in general are shocked when the country's top recruit, Reshawn McCoy, also chooses to attend the college. As brilliant a student as he is a player, the intensely private Reshawn refuses to explain why he chose King over other programs. Miles is as baffled as everyone else, and less than thrilled when he winds up rooming with the taciturn Reshawn. Initially at odds with each other, the pair become confidants as the win-at-all-costs program makes brutal demands on their time and bodies. When their true selves and the identities that have been imposed on them by the game collide, both young men are forced to make life-changing choices"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Sob
Format: Book
Date Added: May 19, 2021
Claire Fuller
Description: "At fifty-one years old, twins Jeanie and Julius still live with their mother, Dot, in rural isolation in the English countryside. The cottage they have shared their entire lives is their only protection against the modernizing world around them. Inside its walls, they make music, and in its garden, they grow everything they need to survive. To an outsider, it looks like poverty; to them, it is home. But when Dot dies unexpectedly, the world they've so carefully created begins to fall apart. The cottage they love, and the security it offered, is taken back by their landlord, exposing the twins to harsh truths and even harsher realities. Seeing a new future, Julius becomes torn between the loyalty he feels towards his sister and his desire for independence, while Jeanie struggles to find work and a home for them both. And just when it seems there might be a way forward, a series of startling secrets from their mother's past come to the surface, forcing the twins to question who they are, and everything they know of their family's history" -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Ful
Format: Book
Date Added: May 19, 2021
Joseph Mitchell, Grover Gardner
Description: Saloon keepers, street preachers, gypsies, steel-walking Mohawks, a bearded lady, and a ninety-three-year-old "seafoodetarian" who believes his specialized diet will keep him alive for another two decades are among the people that Joseph Mitchell immortalized in his reportage for the New Yorker and in four books--McSorley's Wonderful Saloon, Old Mr. Flood, The Bottom of the Harbor, and Joe Gould's Secret--that are still renowned for their respectful observation, their graveyard humor, and their offhand perfection of style. These masterpieces (along with several previously uncollected stories) are available in one volume, which presents an indelible collective portrait of an unsuspected New York and its odder citizens-as depicted by one of the great writers of this or any other time.
Call Number: FIC Mit
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: May 19, 2021
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A Castle In The Clouds
Kerstin Gier, Romy Fursland
YA FIC Gie
Blood And Germs : The Civil War Battle Against Wounds And Disease
Gail Jarrow
YA 973.775 Jar
Agnes At The End Of The World
Kelly McWilliams
YA FIC McW
High As The Waters Rise : A Novel
Anja Kampmann, Anne Posten
FIC Kam
All The Birds In The World
David Opie
E Opi
In The Night Of Memory : A Novel
Linda LeGarde Grover
FIC Gro
All The Things We Never Knew
Liara Tamani
YA FIC Tam
No Presents Please : Mumbai Stories
Jayanta Kāykiṇi, Tejaswini Niranjana
FIC Kay
All These Monsters
Amy Tintera
YA FIC Tin
Red Dust Road : An Autobiographical Journey
Jackie Kay
B Kay
Angel Of Greenwood
Randi Pink
YA FIC Pin
The Argonauts
Maggie Nelson
B Nel
Astronauts : Women On The Final Frontier
Jim Ottaviani, Maris Wicks
J 629.45 Ott
The Redshirt : A Novel
Corey Sobel
FIC Sob
Bearmouth
Liz Hyder
YA FIC Hyd
Unsettled Ground
Claire Fuller
FIC Ful
Beetle & The Hollowbones
Aliza Layne, Natalie Riess, Kristen Acampora
J FIC Lay
Up In The Old Hotel And Other Stories
Joseph Mitchell, Grover Gardner
FIC Mit
Black Brother, Black Brother
Jewell Parker Rhodes
J FIC Rho