August 2015 Book of the Month

August’s pick is The Friendship Riddle by Megan Frazer Blakemore.

The story is set in a small seaside town, similar to Gloucester. One day Ruth finds a small origami envelope with a riddle in a library book and the quest begins! Losing her best friend to the popular girls, Ruth learns that the more friends the merrier and ends up with a “motley crew” of kids just as excited about the quest as she is!

July 2015 Book of the Month

July’s pick is Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen.

Seriously, you can’t go wrong reading any book written by Sarah Dessen. In this latest one, Sydney feels she is invisible. Her brother, Peyton, is in prison and her parents focus is on him while Sydney tries to navigate her life on her own. Then she meets Mac and his family and things begin to change, including how she feels about herself.

June 2015 Book of the Month

This month’s pick is We all looked up by Tommy Wallach

A meteor named Ardor is heading toward Earth. It will be here in two months. There is only one question with millions of answers: What would you do with those two months?
While not the best book I’ve read, it does raise the endless possibilities with knowing there are only 2 months left for humanity. The lives of four teenagers converge, trying to find meaning as the end is hurling towards them.

May 2015 Book of the Month

This month’s pick is Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.

The Silvers are the elite and the Reds the poor, it’s the way it has always been. Mare Barrow is a Red, or is she? The King of the Silvers discovers that she is different, a mix of Silver and Red with unique powers. With one foot in each world, Mare tries to change history causing a chaotic, violent event in which she learns one truth: anyone can be betrayed by anyone.

April 2015 Book of the Month

This month’s pick is Rhyme Schemer by K.A. Holt

Keven, aka The Poetry Bandit, feels powerless. At home and at school, he is a victim to bullying that no one seems to see, except the school librarian, Mrs. Little. Sometimes in life, all it takes is one person to give you the courage to right what is wrong, and make you see that what you are is truly special.

March 2015 Book of the Month

This month’s pick is The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand

What is the secret that Lex carries with her since her brother Ty committed suicide? And how does she come to terms with it? This is a healing journey not just for Lex, but for her parents, friends, and Tyler’s friends. It’s a journey of letting go with love.

January Book of the Month

This month’s pick is Stronger than you know by Jolene Perry

Joy, an emotionally broken teen, arrives at her Aunt and Uncle’s house after being removed from her Mother by Social Services. After suffering years of physical and emotional abuse, she finally experiences life in a normal family. Slowly, Joy finds the strength to heal and allow love and kindness into her life.

This book is recommended for the mature reader due to the subject matter.

December Book of the Month

This month’s pick is Egg & Spoon by Gregory Maguire

This is an intriguing tale of mystery, adventure, mistaken identity, fairy tales and Baga Yaga! It begins when Elena, a peasant, and Ekaterina, of high society, accidently switch places. Set in Russia, the weather is going crazy, but how can a magical house that walks on chicken legs, a cat that talks, a Faberge egg, and a Firebird egg help to set things right? Let’s start with Baga Yaga, if you remember, she eats children!

November Book of the Month

This month’s pick is Teeny little grief machines by Linda Oatman High.

My name is Lexi (rhymes with sexy) is the first line of this story in verse. Sixteen and unsure of her place in the world, she carries the burden of her baby sister’s death and the grief of those around her. Until she falls apart.