September 2021: School is in Session

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Going back to school? Wishing you were going back to school? Ready to celebrate the fact that you never have to step into a classroom again? All of our Year in Reading picks this month are school-themed. 

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Rachel Fordham
Description: "Six years ago, a shocking secret sent Agnes Pratt running in search of a new start. She found it in Penance, a rugged town of miners and lumberjacks in the Dakota Territory, where she became Miss Aggie, respected schoolteacher and confirmed old maid. But the past has a way of catching up with people. When childhood friend and former sweetheart James Harris accepts a position as the town doctor, Aggie's pleasantly predictable days suddenly become anything but. James wants to know why Agnes left behind the life they had dreamed of creating for themselves--but he is the one person who can never know. In the shadows of the Black Hills, can a healing light be shed on the past? Or will the secret Agnes can't seem to outrun destroy her chance at happiness?" -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC For
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Cora Carmack
Description: With just a few weeks until she graduates, Antonella DeLuca's beginning to worry that maybe she hasn't had the full college experience. (Okay... Scratch that. She knows she hasn't had the full college experience). So Nell does what a smart, dedicated girl like herself does best. She makes a "to do" list of normal college activities. Item #1? Hook up with a jock.
Call Number: FIC Car
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Barbara Park
Description: Twelve-year-old wise-cracking shrimp Alex "Skinnybones" Frankovitch is delighted when he wins a part in a television commerical until his classmates begin to poke fun at him and he finds himself miscast in the class play.
Call Number: J FIC Par
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
J. A. White
Description: Cordelia Liu knew Shadow School was going to be different. Still, she didn't expect the school grounds to be filled with ghosts. Cordelia soon realizes she's not the only one who can see the ghosts; her new friend Benji can too. Together with super-smart Agnes, the trio are determined to find out why the ghosts are there, and whether there's a way to set them free. But the school was created with more sinister intentions, and someone is willing to go to extreme lengths to ensure that the ghosts remain trapped forever
Call Number: J FIC Whi
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Meg Cabot
Description: Having moved to Annapolis, Maryland, with her medievalist parents, high school junior Ellie enrolls at Avalon High School where several students may or may not be reincarnations of King Arthur and his court.
Call Number: YA FIC Cab
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Sonja Stone
Description: At Desert Mountain Academy, sixteen-year-old Nadia Riley begins a punishing routine to become an undercover CIA agent, but when a double-agent is reported on campus, she is the top suspect.
Call Number: YA FIC Sto
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
author Cube Kid (Author of fan fiction), illustrator Saboten (Comic book illustrator), Cube Kid (Author of fan fiction). Diary of a wimpy villager. Books 5-8
Description: Pet slimes. A potion brew-off. A creepy forest that no one will explain. What's a twelve-year-old warrior-in-training to do? As former villager Runt and his friends continue their battle preparation, they face their biggest challenges yet, and it's not just those zombies decked out in body armor (which is really weird, by the way). Runt's got a brand new nemesis who will stop at nothing to claim the top spot in the warrior competition at school. And, to make matters worse, there's a strange girl following him around wherever he goes. But old enemies will become new allies as the town rallies to save the school from a series of mysterious mob attacks. Can Runt and his friends take down the biggest, baddest boss mob yet? The adventures continue in this second installment of the unofficial Minecraft diary series by Cube Kid.
Call Number: J FIC Cub
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Jory John, Liz Climo
Description: "It's almost the first day of school, and the animals are nervous. Sloth worries about getting there on time, snake can't seem to get his backpack fastened onto his body, and bunny is afraid she'll want to hop around instead of sitting still. When they all arrive at their classroom, though, they're in for a surprise: Somebody else is nervous too. It's their teacher, the armadillo! He has rolled in as a ball, and it takes him a while to relax and unfurl. But by the next day, the animals have all figured out how to help one another through their jitters. School isn't so scary after all"--FantasticFiction.com.
Call Number: E Joh
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
J. T. Ellison
Description: "Perched atop a hill in the tiny town of Marchburg, Virginia, The Goode School is a prestigious prep school known as a Silent Ivy. The boarding school of choice for daughters of the rich and influential, it accepts only the best and the brightest. Its elite status, long-held traditions and honor code are ideal for preparing exceptional young women for brilliant futures at Ivy League universities and beyond. But a stranger has come to Goode, and this ivy has turned poisonous. In a world where appearances are everything, as long as students pretend to follow the rules, no one questions the cruelties of the secret societies or the dubious behavior of the privileged young women who expect to get away with murder. When a popular student is found dead, the truth cannot be ignored. Rumors suggest she was struggling with a secret that drove her to suicide. But look closely...because there are truths and there are lies, and then there is everything that really happened."--Publisher description.
Call Number: FIC Ell
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Emily Fox Gordon
Description: Ben Blau is the reluctant chair of the philosophy department of the Lola Dees Institute, surrounded by a bestiary of academic innocents and opportunists. His wife, Ruth -- a writer whose early literary success never quite blossomed into a career -- nurtures sometimes noisy and sometimes private rebellions against the conventions of academic life.
Call Number: FIC Gor
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Bridget Farr
Description: After her first day of middle school is ruined by a dress code violation, Margie Kelly begins to notice blatant sexism and decides to protest the school's gender inequality.
Call Number: J FIC Far
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Sherryl Woods, Allison. Home on the ranch Leigh
Description: Miss Liz's passion: While struggling to cope with his son, Todd Lewis falls in love with his son's teacher, Elizabeth Gentry. Home on the Ranch: Cage would do anything to help his daughter even enlisting the aid of Belle Day, his family's enemy.
Call Number: FIC Woo
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Julia Whelan
Description: Offered a fantastic job in a rising star's political campaign on condition that she will work abroad and return to Washington after spending a dream year at Oxford, Ella clashes with, and then falls for, an outspoken literature professor with a life-changing secret that forces her to rethink her ambitions.
Call Number: FIC Whe
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Faith Erin Hicks, Shelli Paroline
Description: Winning a scholarship to a prestigious boarding school, Juniper endures bullying from a popular queen bee before investigating rumors about a mythical beast in the nearby forest.
Call Number: J FIC Hic
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Beverly Jenkins
Description: Valinda Lacy's mission is to help the newly emancipated survive and flourish in post-Civil War New Orleans. When thugs destroy her school and target her, she runs for her life--into the arms of Captain Drake LeVeq. An architect from an old New Orleans family, Drake admires Valinda's determination but when her father demands she return home to marry another man, her daring rebellion draws Drake into an irresistible intrigue.
Call Number: FIC Jen
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Adam Rex, Christian Robinson
Description: "It's the first day of school at Frederick Douglass Elementary and everyone's just a little bit nervous, especially the school itself"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: E Rex
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Olivia Dade
Description: "When Martin Krause arrives at Rose Owens's high school, she's determined to remain chilly with her new colleague. Unfriendly? Maybe. Understandable? Yes, since a loathsome administrator gave Rose's beloved world history classes to Martin, knowing it would hurt her. But keeping her distance from a man as warm and kind as Martin will prove challenging, even for a stubborn, guarded ice queen. Especially when she begins to see him for what he truly is: a man who's never been taught his own value. Martin could use a good teacher--and luckily, Rose is the best. Rose has her own lessons--about trust, about vulnerability, about her past--to learn. And over the course of a single school year, the two of them will find out just how hot it can get when an ice queen melts."--Back cover.
Call Number: FIC Dad
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Jon Hassler
Call Number: FIC Has
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Danny Tobey
Description: Enjoying a prestigious first year in law school marked by a coveted job with a top professor and a relationship with a beautiful Rhodes scholar, Jeremy Davis is admitted into a mysterious club that promises him phenomenal successes and hides a deadly ancient secret.
Call Number: FIC Tob
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Yu-ju Han, Janet Hong
Call Number: FIC Han
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Delia Sherman
Description: In New York Between, a parallel Manhattan that is home to various creatures of folklore, Neef meets her counterparts at Miss Van Loon's school for human changelings, where Neef learns the basics of diplomacy and soon gets into trouble.
Call Number: J FIC She
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Suzanne Woods Fisher
Description: "Haunted by her sister's mysterious disappearance, Lucy Wilson arrives in Rowan County, Kentucky, in the spring of 1911 to work for Cora Wilson Stewart, superintendent of education. When Cora sends Lucy into the hills to act as scribe for the mountain people, she is repelled by the primitive conditions and intellectual poverty she encounters. Few adults can read and write. Born in those hills, Cora knows the plague of illiteracy. So does Brother Wyatt, a singing schoolmaster who travels through the hills. Involving Lucy and Wyatt, Cora hatches a plan to open the schoolhouses to adults on moonlit nights. The best way to combat poverty, she believes, is to eliminate illiteracy. But will the people come? As Lucy emerges from a life in the shadows, she finds purpose; or maybe purpose finds her. With purpose comes answers to her questions, and something else she hadn't expected: love. Inspired by the true events of the Moonlight Schools, this standalone novel brings to life the story that shocked the nation into taking adult literacy seriously" --Provided by publisher.
Call Number: LP FIC Fis
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Jessica Goodman
Description: "In Gold Coast, Long Island, everything from the expensive downtown shops to the manicured beaches, to the pressed uniforms of Jill Newman and her friends, looks perfect. But as Jill found out three years ago, nothing is as it seems. Freshman year Jill's best friend, the brilliant, dazzling Shaila Arnold, was killed by her boyfriend. After that dark night on the beach, Graham confessed, the case was closed, and Jill tried to move on. Now, it's Jill's senior year and she's determined to make it her best yet. After all, she's a senior and a Player--a member of Gold Coast Prep's exclusive, not-so-secret secret society. Senior Players have the best parties, highest grades and the admiration of the entire school. This is going to be Jill's year. She's sure of it. But when Jill starts getting texts proclaiming Graham's innocence, her dreams of the perfect senior year start to crumble. If Graham didn't kill Shaila, who did? Jill vows to find out, but digging deeper could mean putting her friendships, and her future, in jeopardy" --Amazon.
Call Number: YA FIC Goo
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Ruthanna Emrys
Description: "Two decades ago the U.S. Government rounded up the people of Innsmouth and took them to a desert prison, far from their ocean, their Deep One ancestors, and their sleeping god, Cthulhu. Only Aphra and Caleb Marsh survived the camps, emerging without a past or a future. Now it's 1949, and the government that stole Aphra's life needs her help. FBI Agent Ron Spector believes that Communist spies have stolen dangerous magical secrets from Miskatonic University, secrets that could turn the Cold War hot in an instant and hasten the end of the human race. Aphra must return to the ruins of her home, gather the scraps of her stolen history, and assemble a new family to face the darkest of human politics and the wildest dangers of an uncaring universe"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Emr
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Diana Wynne Jones
Description: When a teacher at an English boarding school finds a note on his desk accusing someone in the class of being a witch, magical things begin to happen and an Inquisitor is summoned.
Call Number: YA FIC Jon
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
K. J. (Writer of young adult fiction) Reilly
Description: Ever since the thing that happened, there are certain people Joel Higgins hasn't been able to talk to in person. Sure, he shows up at school, does his mandatory volunteer hours at the soup kitchen, and spends pretty much every moment thinking about Eli, the most amazing girl in the world. But that doesn't mean he's keeping it together, or even that he has any friends. He's drafted 901 text messages-- but never presses send. But as Joel spends more time with Eli and Benj, he forms bonds with the people they serve at the soup kitchen... and begins to understand that the world is bigger than his own pain. -- adapted from jacket
Call Number: YA FIC Rei
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
Claudia Mills
Description: Seventh-grade honor student Sierra Shepard faces expulsion after accidentally bringing a paring knife to school, violating the school's zero-tolerance policy.
Call Number: J FIC Mil
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 17, 2021
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A Life Once Dreamed
Rachel Fordham
FIC For
Rebel
Beverly Jenkins
FIC Jen
All Played Out
Cora Carmack
FIC Car
School's First Day Of School
Adam Rex, Christian Robinson
E Rex
Almost Starring Skinnybones
Barbara Park
J FIC Par
Teach Me
Olivia Dade
FIC Dad
Archimancy
J. A. White
J FIC Whi
The Dean's List
Jon Hassler
FIC Has
Avalon High
Meg Cabot
YA FIC Cab
The Faculty Club : A Novel
Danny Tobey
FIC Tob
Desert Dark
Sonja Stone
YA FIC Sto
The Impossible Fairy Tale : A Novel
Yu-ju Han, Janet Hong
FIC Han
Diary Of An 8-bit Super Warrior. From Seeds To Swords
author Cube Kid (Author of fan fiction), illustrator Saboten (Comic book illustrator), Cube Kid (Author of fan fiction). Diary of a wimpy villager. Books 5-8
J FIC Cub
The Magic Mirror Of The Mermaid Queen
Delia Sherman
J FIC She
First Day Critter Jitters
Jory John, Liz Climo
E Joh
The Moonlight School
Suzanne Woods Fisher
LP FIC Fis
Good Girls Lie
J. T. Ellison
FIC Ell
They Wish They Were Us
Jessica Goodman
YA FIC Goo
It Will Come To Me
Emily Fox Gordon
FIC Gor
Winter Tide
Ruthanna Emrys
FIC Emr
Margie Kelly Breaks The Dress Code
Bridget Farr
J FIC Far
Witch Week
Diana Wynne Jones
YA FIC Jon
Miss Liz's Passion
Sherryl Woods, Allison. Home on the ranch Leigh
FIC Woo
Words We Don't Say
K. J. (Writer of young adult fiction) Reilly
YA FIC Rei
My Oxford Year : A Novel
Julia Whelan
FIC Whe
Zero Tolerance
Claudia Mills
J FIC Mil
One Year At Ellsmere
Faith Erin Hicks, Shelli Paroline
J FIC Hic