NEW ARRIVALS – SEPTEMBER

ADULT FICTION

“All Your Perfects” by Colleen Hoover — “Half-adorable, half gut-wrenching—and wholly a great read. Hoover captures the amazing side of a happy marriage, while at the same time connecting with the struggles of having one’s expectation of ‘the perfect life’ not being met.” — (Library Journal (starred review))

“The Cloven: A Novel” by B. Catling — “A surrealistic and entertaining amalgamation of religion, philosophy, art, and nature. . . . Catling draws a compelling picture of man versus nature in an impressive story of good and evil, environmentalism, and the will of man to conquer all. . . . Visceral, violent, and literary.” —Booklist

“Conscience” by Alice Mattison — “Conscience will be a bittersweet read for many who remember the Vietnam War era. Using two narrative strands, related by three richly complex narrators, the book explores a half century in emotional and political depth.”
New York Journal of Books

“Envy: A Seven Deadly Sins Novel” by Victoria Christopher Murray — “Murray has penned hot, steamy scenes in which her protagonist’s imagination runs wild, followed by the consequences of her realizing her dangerous dreams. A jarring twist at the end has the reader wondering who the good guys really are.” —Booklist (starred review)

“Fruit of the Drunken Tree” by Ingrid Rojas Contreras — “One of the most dazzling and devastating novels I’ve read in a long time…An exquisitely intimate double portrait of two young women….Unforgettable…Readers of Fruit of the Drunken Tree will surely be transformed.”
SAN FRANCSICO CHRONICLE

“How to be Famous” by Caitlin Moran — “A joyous, yelping novel about learning to love things without apology or irony… Moran reminds us that playting it cool is a waste of time.” (NPR)

“How to Keep a Secret” by Sarah Morgan — “Emotional, riveting and uplifting. If you’ve got a sister, you’ve got to read this book!”—Susan Mallery, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“In the Distance” by Hernan Diaz — “As Diaz, who delights in playful language, lists, and stream-of-consciousness prose, reconstructs [Hawk’s] adventures, he evokes the multicultural nature of westward expansion, in which immigrants did the bulk of the hard labor and suffered the gravest dangers. . . . An ambitious and thoroughly realized work of revisionist historical fiction.” —Kirkus

“Less: A Novel” by Andrew Sean Greer — “Greer’s novel is philosophical, poignant, funny and wise, filled with unexpected turns….Although Greer is gifted and subtle in comic moments, he’s just as adept at ruminating on the deeper stuff. His protagonist grapples with aging, loneliness, creativity, grief, self-pity and more.”―San Francisco Chronicle

“The Perfect Couple” by Elin Hilderbrand — “a fantastic and clever whodunit that keeps readers in suspense throughout the entire book…Hilderbrand’s books keep getting better and better as they’re well thought out and meticulously written.”―Bookreporter

“The Shepherd’s Hut” by Tim Winton — “A mournful and fast-paced journey into the life of a young man on his own . . . Winton’s novel is alive with pain and suffering, but it is also full of moments of grace and small acts of kindness. Gorgeously written and taut with eloquent, edgy suspense, Jaxie’s journey is a portrait of young manhood amidst extreme conditions, both inward and outward.” ―Publisher’s Weekly, starred review

“Spymaster” by Brad Thor — “Thor convincingly portrays Russia as a reborn Cold War-era evil empire hellbent on reconquering its former territory.” (The Washington Post)

“Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens — “Carries the rhythm of an old time ballad. It is clear Owens knows this land intimately, from the black mud sucking at footsteps to the taste of saltwater and the cry of seagulls.”—David Joy, author of The Line That Held Us

BIOGRAPHY

“The Dead Eye and the Deep Blue Sea: A Graphic Memoir of Modern Slavery” by Vannak Anan Prum — “His resonant panels become indelible testimony to prove his experiences, not just for his family but also for the rest of the world. In recognition of his work, he ultimately received a State Department Human Rights Defender Award. . . . This glimpse into the reality of modern-day slavery provides important lessons in empathetic humanity for mature teens.” —Terry Hong, Booklist

“Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover — “If [J. D.] Vance’s memoir offered street-heroin-grade drama, [Tara] Westover’s is carfentanil, the stuff that tranquilizes elephants. The extremity of Westover’s upbringing emerges gradually through her telling, which only makes the telling more alluring and harrowing. . . . By the end, Westover has somehow managed not only to capture her unsurpassably exceptional upbringing, but to make her current situation seem not so exceptional at all, and resonant for many others.”—The New York Times Book Review

“John Wilkes Booth and the Women Who Loved Him” by E. Lawrence Abel — “Finally, a thorough book about the women — a socialite, a prostitute, a teenager and at least ten actresses, including the one who tried to maim [John Wilkes Booth] — who loved loved America’s first presidential assassin.” — Kathryn Canavan, author of Lincoln’s Final Hours: Conspiracy, Terror and the Assassination of America’s Greatest President

“Notes on a Foreign Country: An American Abroad in a Post-American World”  by Suzy Hansen — “Hansen’s must-read book makes the argument that Americans, specifically white Americans, are decades overdue in examining and accepting their country’s imperial identity . . . Hansen builds her winning argument by combining personal examination and observation with geopolitical history lessons. She is a fearless patriot, and this is a book for the brave.” ―Emily Dziuban, Booklist (starred review)

“Over My Head: A Doctor’s Own Story of Head Injury from the Inside Looking Out” by Claudia L. Osborn — “Over My Head is a gripping story of recovery from physical injury — told without self-pity and by a courageous, resilient woman. With this book, Dr. Osborn has made sweet use of adversity indeed.” — Richard Selzer, author of Mortal Lessons

ADULT MYSTERY

“Bloody Sunday” by Ben Coes — “Wildly entertaining… Coes takes a terrifyingly plausible scenario ― an Iran-North Korea deal that puts the U.S. in the crosshairs ― and ratchets up the suspense with a countdown to annihilation. Dewey Andreas is the hero these times demand, and Bloody Sunday is a heart-stopping thrill ride.” ―Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author of Suspicion and The Switch

“Dreams of Falling” by Karen White — “This wonderfully woven novel has it all—intrigue, romance, echoes of lingering regrets—and the pages are brimming with compelling characters. Dreams of Falling is the best kind of novel—it’s a past-and-present love story expertly wrapped in mystery. Karen White never fails to deliver.”—Susan Meissner, bestselling author of As Bright as Heaven

“The Outsider” by Stephen King — “What begins as a manhunt for an unlikely doppelgänger takes an uncanny turn into the supernatural. King’s skillful use of criminal forensics helps to ground his tale in a believable clinical reality where the horrors stand out in sharp relief.” — Publisher’s Weekly

“Paradox” by Catherine Coulter — “Compelling characters, a timely plot, and international intrigue conspire to keep pages turning.” (Criminal Element on ENIGMA)

“Potter’s Field: An Ash McKenna Novel” by Rob Hart — “An unusual and quite affecting crime novel…we agree with a fellow PI who describes our hero as ‘a good kid trying to do the right thing.’” ―Booklist

“The President is Missing” by Bill Clinton and James Patterson — “The pages of The President Is Missing are filled with the classic tropes of a big commercial thriller . . . but the authors resist pure escapism . . . The pleasure of this book is in imagining the wild tales Clinton might disclose about his own years as President, if only he could.” ―Time

“Two Faced” by A. R. Ashworth — “In this smart, dark debut, A. R. Ashworth dishes up a gritty, satisfying plate of murder, greed, and psychopathology. The good guys are flawed in wonderfully human ways. And the bad guys? Evil to the bone…A whirlpool of tension that circles inevitably toward both truth and tragedy, with an ending that will leave readers craving for the next offering in the series.” ―William Kent Krueger, New York Times bestselling and Edgar-award winning author of the Connor O’Cork series

“What Remains of Her” by Eric Rickstad — “A gorgeous thrill ride of a novel. Eric Rickstad’s What Remains of Her is a literary page-turner that delves into the sacred and sometimes fraught relationships between fathers and daughters. In Rickstad’s hands, what will remain with you is the satisfaction of a story masterfully told.” (Lisa Alber, award-winning author of Path Into Darkness)

“Wild Fire: A Shetland Island Mystery” by Ann Cleeves — …designer Helena Fleming and her family have settled in a remote community on Shetland, where she has become a local celebrity by using “Shetland wool to create garments that were shown at London Fashion Week.” One day, Helena is dismayed to find a crude drawing tucked inside a copy of the Shetland Times depicting a gallows. Soon afterward, her 11-year-old son discovers the body of their neighbor’s young nanny, Emma Shearer, hanging from a beam in their byre. Det. Insp. Jimmy Perez, who initially takes charge of what could be a murder case, calls in a crime team from Inverness, which includes his occasional lover, Willow Reeves, who brings emotional complications to the investigation. A number of local residents appear to have had some sort of an ax to grind with Emma, and several suspects emerge.” —  Sarah Menguc, Sarah Menguc Literary Agent (U.K.).  PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, c2018.

ADULT NON-FICTION

“The Blood of Emmett Till” by Timothy B. Tyson — “The Blood of Emmett Till is a work critical not just to our understanding of something that happened in America in 1955 but of what happens in America here and now. It is a jolting and powerful book… swift-flying and meticulously researched.” (Leonard Pitts The Washington Post)

“Fear: Trump in the White House” by Bob Woodward — “A harrowing portrait of the Trump presidency . . . Again and again, Woodward recounts at length how Trump’s national security team was shaken by his lack of curiosity and knowledge about world affairs and his contempt for the mainstream perspectives of military and intelligence leaders.”—Phillip Rucker and Robert Costa, The Washington Post

“Liars, Leakers, and Liberals: The Case Against the Anti-Trump Conspiracy” by Judge Jeanine Pirro — At this point in American history, we are the victims of a liberal sabotage of the presidency unlike anything we’ve ever witnessed. Nevertheless President Trump continues to fight every day to keep his promise to Make America Great Again. Today that bold idea has already led to a conservative judge on the Supreme Court, tax reform, and deregulation that has unleashed an economy stronger than anyone could have imagined.
But there are dark forces that seek to obstruct and undermine the president and reverse the results of the 2016 presidential election. They are part of a wide-ranging conspiracy that would seem incredible if it weren’t being perpetrated openly. Driven by ambition, blinded by greed, and bound by a common goal-to unseat the 45th President of the United States-this cabal is determined to maintain its wrongful hold on national political power…..
It’s about time the American public knows the truth about the plot to bring down the Trump presidency. By the time you’ve finished this book, you’ll agree with Judge Pirro that the only way to stop these hoodlums is to Take Them Out in Cuffs!” — Front Cover

“Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America” by James Forman Jr. — “Timely . . . A masterly account of how a generation of black elected officials wrestled with recurring crises of violence and drug use in the nation’s capital . . . A big deal and a major breakthrough . . . Forman’s novel claim is this: What most explains the punitive turn in black America is not a repudiation of civil rights activism, as some have argued, but an embrace of it . . . ” ―Khalil Gibran Muhammad, The New York Times Book Review

“Red Scare in the Green Mountains: Vermont in the McCarthy Era 1946-1960” by Rick Winston – “Well-written and thoroughly researched, Rick Winston’s Red Scare in the Green Mountains shines a penetrating light on and compellingly recreates the little-known story of how valiant Vermonters rallied to withstand the pressures and distortions of the McCarthy Era. Strikingly relevant for our own era.” Tony Hiss, author of The View from Alger’s Window — back cover

ADULT AUDIO BOOK

“Victoria the Queen: An Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled an Empire” by Julia Baird — “…Fifth in line to the throne at the time of her birth, Victoria was an ordinary woman thrust into an extraordinary role. As a girl, she defied her mother’s meddling and an adviser’s bullying, forging an iron will of her own. As a teenage queen, she eagerly grasped the crown and relished the freedom it brought her. She was outspoken with her ministers, overstepping conventional boundaries and asserting her opinions. And as science, technology, and democracy were dramatically reshaping the world, Victoria was a symbol of steadfastness and security-queen of a quarter of the world’s population at the height of the British Empire’s reach.” — Baker & Taylor Annotation

LARGE PRINT

MUSIC

“John Williams: A Life in Music”

BLUE/DVD

“The 15:17 to Paris”
“Black Panther”
“The Child in Time”
“GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II”
“Great Escape at Dunkirk”
“I Kill Giants”

“Lady and the Tramp”
“LIttle Women”
“Red Sparrow”
“Super Troopers 2”
“Unforgotten: The Complete First Season”
“The War: A Ken Burns Film”

“Wonderstruck”
“A Wrinkle in Time

BOARD BOOK

“Mary Poppins ABC” by P. L. Travers
“Big Trucks: Getting the Job Done Together”
 – Sergio De Giorgi, illustrator

PICTURE BOOK

“Adrian Simcox Does NOT Have a Horse” by Marcy Campbell
“Allie All Along”
by Sarah Lynne Reul
“Am I Yours” by Alex Latimer
“Are You Scared, Darth Vader” by Adam Rex
“An Atlas of Imaginary Places”
by Mia Cassany
“A Big Mooncake for Little Star” by Grace Lin
“Blue” by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
“Drawn Together” by Minh Le
“Geraldine”
 by Elizabeth Lilly
“Giraffe Problems” by Jory John
“The Golden Glow” by Benjamin Flouw
“Hello Lighthouse” by Sophie Blackall
“How to Code a Sandcastle”  by Josh Funk
“Imagine” by Raul Colon
“Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise” by David Ezra Stein
“Maximillian Vilainous” by Margaret Chiu Greanias
“A Parade of Elephants” by Kevin Henkes
“Pie is for Sharing” by Stephanie Ledyard
“Pretty Kitty” by Karen Beaumont
“Red Sky at Night” by Elly MacKay
“The Remember Balloons” by Jessie Oliveros
“Rock What Ya Got” by Samantha Berger
“The Rough Patch” by Brian Lies
“Saturday is Swimming Day” by Hyewon Yum
“Sir Simon Super Scarer” by Cale Atkinson
“Snow Pony and the Seven Miniature Ponies” by Christian Trimmer
“Sterling, Best Dog Ever” by Aidan Cassie
“Ten, Nine, Eight” by Molly Bang
“Too Much! Not Enough” by Gina Perry
“You’re Safe with Me” by Chitra Soundar & Poonam Mistry

JUVENILE AUDIO

“Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales”  by Hans Christian Andersen — “Unlike the Brothers Grimm, who collected and retold folklore and fairy tales, Hans Christian Andersen adopted the most ancient literary forms and distilled them into a genre that was uniquely his own. His fairy tales are remarkable for their sense of fantasy, power of description, and vivid imagination. They are like no others written before or since.” — Public Domain (P)2018 Listening Library

JUVENILE BIOGRAPHY

“The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler”  — “Biographies of key figures from WWII are plentiful in kids books, but Hendrix’s captivating account of the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer is a standout . . . The combination of Hendrix’s sharp, concise words and evocative artwork gives readers a strong sense of historical context, the enormity of the perilous actions undertaken by Bonhoeffer and other resistance fighters, and the revolutionary nature of his theology of action and civil disobedience. A poignant, compellingly presented, and timely account of a brave individual who lived his life with true conviction.” — (Booklist)

“The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science” by Joyce Sidman – “A fantastic array of illustrations embellish the text with photos of butterflies, caterpillars, and chrysalises, and lovely images of Maria’s artwork and that of her fathers. Meanwhile, exceptional captions identify and establish each illustration’s relevance to Maria’s life. A vibrant, wonderfully rounded biography on a pioneering and prodigiously talented woman.” — Booklist, starred review

“Thomas Paine and the Dangerous Word” by Sarah Jane Marsh — “Nobody expected much of young Thomas Paine,” begins Marsh in this buoyant story of Paine’s often-turbulent development as a Revolutionary-era writer and political activist. Though Paine attended school as a youth, he was forced to withdraw to work in his father’s corset shop. Nevertheless, as Paine is quoted as saying, “The mind once enlightened cannot again become dark.” Marsh recounts difficult passages in Paine’s life–failed businesses, bankruptcy, the death of his first wife and separation from his second–demonstrating how his love of the written word and dogged persistence (along with a fortuitous meeting with Benjamin Franklin) led to his eventual fame. Once in America, Paine channeled his outrage over the injustice of slavery and advocacy for American independence into his magnum opus, Common Sense. … Describing Paine as “America’s first best-selling author,” Marsh pays tribute to this inspiring historical figure.”

JUVENILE FICTION

“Beyond the Bright Sea” by Lauren Wolk — “Wolk has a keen sense for the seaside landscape, skillfully mining the terror the ocean can unleash as a furious nor’easter heightens tension in the novel’s climax.” — Booklist, starred review

“Blooming at the Texas Sunrise Motel” by Kimberly Willis Holt — “Holt . . .returns to the South to tell a tender, character-driven story, this time of a girl discovering her roots. . .This gently told narrative will appeal to readers of heartfelt, realistic fiction.”-Booklist

“The Dark Prophecy, Trials of Apollo, Book Two” by Rick Riordan — “Apollo (now a human teen called Lester) and friends head to Indianapolis to save an oracle threatened by a power-mad resurrected Roman emperor. Demigod Meg, who was given command over Apollo but betrayed him in The Hidden Oracle, needs the Throne of Memory–and Apollo’s help–to save herself from an oracle-induced madness. Greek myths form the intriguing backstory of this humorous, gripping action-adventure.” — THE HORN BOOK, c2018.

“Echo’s Sister” by Paul Mosier — “Books like Echo’s Sister are the reason authors are told to ‘write what you know.’ Paul Mosier breaks your heart a dozen times over, then patches it back up so that it’s somehow larger than when you started.” (Sarah Miller, author of Miss Spitfire)

“Family Game Night and Other Catastrophes” by Mary E. Lambert — “Brave, honest and heartfelt. With grace and humor, the author tackles the overlooked subject of hoarding and gives us a loving portrait of a family in the process of healing.” — Phoebe Stone, author of The Boy on Cinnamon Street

“Ghost Boys” by Jewell Parker Rhodes — “Rhodes captures the all-too-real pain of racial injustice and provides an important window for readers who are just beginning to explore the ideas of privilege and implicit bias.” ―School Library Journal, starred review

“Halfway Normal” by Barbara Dee — “A powerful story about surviving and thriving after serious illness.” (School Library Journal, Starred Review School Library Journal)

“Harbor Me” by Jacqueline Woodson — “Woodson celebrates all that is essential and good for humanity—compassion, understanding, security, and freedom—in this touching novel. . . . Woodson’s skills as poet and master storyteller shine brightly here as she economically uses language to express emotion and delve into the hearts of her characters. Showing how America’s political and social issues affect children on a daily basis, this novel will leave an indelible mark on readers’ minds.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Louisiana’s Way Home” by Kate DiCamillo — DiCamillo builds a resilient and sympathetic character in Louisiana, and the juxtaposition of her down-to-earth observations with Granny’s capriciousness lightens the narrative and allows for a good deal of humor…The overarching themes addressing forgiveness, love, friendship, acceptance, home, and family (“Perhaps what matters when all is said and done is not who puts us down but who picks us up”) ring honest and true.” —The Horn Book (starred review)

“The Magic Misfits” by Neil Patrick Harris — “Adventure, suspense, and excitement await these young magic misfits as they learn to trust one another and become friends.”―School Library Connection

“The Magic Misfits: The Second Story” by Neil Patrick Harris — “Acceptance, love, and understanding are at the heart of this novel, which features a diverse cast of child characters… the message that friendship helps children conquer adversity is a welcome one.”―Kirkus

“Restart” by Gordon Korman — “Middle schooler Chase Ambrose falls off his roof and into a new life in this thought-provoking novel laced with Korman’s trademark humor. As Chase, who has concussion-induced amnesia, realizes he used to be a bully, he decides his former identity won’t be his future destiny. Told from the perspective of Chase and a few classmates, the novel addresses issues of bullying directly and realistically.” —  THE HORN BOOK, c2018.

“Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe” by Jo Watson Hackl — “Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe is part treasure hunt, part wilderness adventure, and all heart.”–Alan Gratz, New York Times Bestselling author of Refugee

“A Stitch in Time” by Daphne Kalmar — “Kalmar introduces a delightfully intricate character in Donut, whose passions include bird taxidermy, memorizing tidbits from the atlas Pops gave her, and her friendships with affectingly portrayed Vermonters. The author leaves readers knowing that her insightful, articulate, and wry heroine will land―solidly―on her feet.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Talons of Power (Wings of Fire, Book 9)” by Tui Sutherland — “The war is over. The false prophecy has been fulfilled. But the dragonets still have enemies. A dark evil, buried for centuries, is stirring.
And a young NightWing may have had the first true prophecy in generations . . .

Something is coming to shake the earth
Something is coming to scorch the ground
Jade Mountain will fall beneath thunder and ice
Unless the lost city of night can be found.

…the next chapter in the epic, bestselling Wings of Fire series!” — Amazon

“The Trumpet of the Swan: Illustrated Edition” by E. B. White — “The delightful classic by E. B. White, author of Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little , about overcoming obstacles and the joy of music. Now featuring gorgeous illustrations by Fred Marcellino! Like the rest of his family, Louis is a trumpeter swan. But unlike his four brothers and sisters, Louis can’t trumpet joyfully. In fact, he can’t even make a sound. And since he can’t trumpet his love, the beautiful swan Serena pays absolutely no attention to him. Louis tries everything he can think of to win Serena’s affection-he even goes to school to learn to read and write. But nothing seems to work. Then his father steals him a real brass trumpet. Is a musical instrument the key to winning Louis his love? “We, and our children, are lucky to have this book.” -John Updike

“Where the Watermelons Grow” by Cindy Baldwin — “Where the Watermelons Grow is a spot-on, insightful novel about a preteen learning to live with and accept a parent’s mental illness.” (BookPage.com)

‘Where the Woods End” by Charlotte Salter — “Hand to readers who like their plots action-packed, their monsters fanged, and their fairy tales dark.” —Booklist

JUVENILE NON FICTION

“The Big Book of the Blue” by Yuval Zommer — “Cheerful, witty, and absolutely enticing… The oversize pages featuring creatures from the deep blue sea are filled from top to bottom with illustrations encompassing a palette of blues [and] drawings are unique in their crisp details and dizzying compositions. Factual and visually accurate, this sure-fire kid magnet should prompt a lot of interest―and requests for multiple readings. Just be sure to allow plenty of time for poring over each page.” — Booklist (starred review)

“Grand Canyon” by Jason Chin — “An outstanding introduction to one of the world’s greatest outdoor wonders, with much to offer elementary students about Southwestern biomes, sedimentary geology, and the profound pleasures of observing nature.”―School Library Journal, starred review

“The Great Rhino Rescue: Saving the Southern White Rhinos” by Sandra Markle — “…Markle describes the shrinking population of southern white rhinoceroses. Conservation measures, including laws against the sale of their horns, during the twentieth century had led to increases in the animals’ numbers. In 2007, poachers killed 13 rhinos. In 2015, they killed 1,338, the devastating result of a false rumor (spread through Asia) that ground rhino horn cured cancer. Besides discussing history and strategies for saving the southern white rhino, the book introduces a baby and its mother, rangers patrolling rhino habitats, and vets working to save orphaned calves as well as older animals mutilated by poachers…. An informative volume explaining an ongoing conservation crisis.”–Booklist

“Pipsqueaks, Slowpokes, and Stinkers: Celebrating Animal Underdogs” by Melissa Stewart — “Puny? Poky? Clumsy? Shy? A lighthearted look at the surprising traits that help some animals survive. Written with a lively, playful voice, Pipsqueaks, Slowpokes, and Stinkers introduces young readers to a variety of “animal underdogs” and explains how characteristics that might seem like weaknesses are critical for finding food and staying safe in an eat-or-be-eaten world. Award-winning author Melissa Stewart offers readers a humorous and informative nonfiction picture book with a gentle message of understanding and celebrating differences. Stephanie Laberis’s bright, bold―and scientifically accurate―illustrations add to the fun.” —  Publisher Annotation

“Space Boy, Volume 1” by Stephen McCranie — Amy, 16, has spent her whole life on a mining colony in deep space. When her father loses his job, she and her family must move back to Earth. To make the 30-year trip back, they are cryogenically frozen. Upon awakening on Earth, Amy must adjust to life in a new place and time. Technology has drastically changed, her old friends have grown up and have children of their own, and everyone at her high school seems peculiar to her, especially a mysterious boy named Oliver. The characters in this graphic novel are a joy–so expressive and authentic, it’s impossible not to care for them. Amy’s synesthesia causes her to associate people with flavors, which adds dimension to the characters. Her mother is like mint, “sharp and bright”; her father is like hot chocolate, “sweet and full of gentle warmth.” The linework is superb, the palette appealing, and the backgrounds dynamic–vivid yet subtle, they deftly illustrate Amy’s flavors. The panel layouts mimic the original webcomic version of the book, with long flowing panels or sets of panels that advance the action smoothly and create lots of drama.” —  Kelley Gile, Cheshire Public Library, CT. SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, c2018.

YOUNG ADULT

“Not Even Bones” by Rebecca Schaeffer — “Twisty, grisly, genre-bending and immersive, Not Even Bones will grab you by the throat and drag you along as it gleefully tramples all of your expectations.” —Sara Holland, New York Times best-selling author of Everless

“Here to Stay” by Sara Farizan — “Islamophobia, racism, homo- and heterosexuality, toxic masculinity, offensive sports mascots, activism, friendship, immigration, school politics, gun rights, and a splash of Iranian history make this about a lot more than high-school sports.”
Booklist