Staff Picks

Staff Picks

Staff Picks

I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

I'll Give You the Sun is the beautiful coming of age tale depicting the relationship between twin siblings Jude and Noah.  Told through both perspectives over a span of their teen years, this story follows the twins' family dynamics, hardships, misunderstandings, romances, and friendships.  In a brilliant narrative, Nelson shows readers that sometimes the person who knows you best really doesn't know you at all.  Readers who enjoy moving, realistic fiction will highly enjoy this one! ~Kelly, CCL

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Lovers of fantasy will rejoice in this novel perfect for tweens, teens, and adults alike!  Dragons and humans coexist in the kingdom of Goredd, and the protagonist must find a way to bridge a gap between the two, all while hiding her true nature, forming relationships, and pursuing her musical ambitions.  This book was one of the most unique fantasy novels I have ever read.  Don't miss the sequel, Shadow Scale, out in March 2015! ~Kelly, CCL

Smek for President by Adam Rex

Fans old and new will not be disappointed with this uproariously funny sequel to "The True Meaning of Smek Day". Gratuity "Tip" and JLo are out to clear JLo's name. This requires a trip to New Smekworld where Tip and JLo's friendship is put to the test. I haven't laughed this much since the first book! ~Danielle, CCL

The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud

Nora Eldridge considers herself "the woman upstairs" single, childless, an unfulfilled teacher and artist who was too afraid of failure to pursue her dreams. But when she befriends the Shahids, she allows herself to be seduced by their artistic and academic accomplishments. Nora's long-held beliefs about herself begin to change as she insinuates herself more and more into their daily lives. Her desire to be a part of the Shahids' world can only end bitterly, and despite Nora's flaws, the reader is left sympathizing with her as the new life she always longed for shatters. ~Kristin, CCL

The Martian by Andy Weir

The third mission to Mars is cut short when a violent sand storm causes the crew to evacuate. Mistakenly left behind, Mark Watney must brave the harsh Martian conditions to survive until the next mission arrives. This book takes the genre of science fiction back to its roots by telling a story rooted in the science that makes a trip to Mars possible and a compelling narrative of how one man faces the challenge of escaping a completely alien environment using only his wits and what he brought with him. ~Thomas, CCL