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Part of why we love being librarians is the fun of matching students with a perfect book. Click on the image, answer some questions, and we will email you with a reading list created just for you.  IN ORDER TO RECEIVE A RECOMMENDATION, YOU MUST USE YOUR OPS EMAIL. (Or, include your name and email address) 


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10/2 This week I recommend Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo. This is the story of two sisters, one in New York City, and one in The Dominican Republic whose beloved father dies in a place crash. Prior to the crash, the sisters are unaware of each other's existence. The story is written in verse and the sisters grieve and discover strength in themselves and each other. This book made me think deeply about family and how we can see goodness in people that are flawed.  This is one of my all time favorites. Here is the author reading the first chapter in verse:

9/14 This week I recommend Far from the Tree by Robin Benway. It is the story of three siblings who are put up for adoption as babies, and grow up without knowing the others exist. They find out about each other when they are in high school. Far from the Tree asks all sort of questions about what makes a family a family. I really like that this book is told from three different perspectives, and each sibling assumes the others have better lives and are happier than they. It helped me think about how we see others in terms of ourselves. Also, I liked all of the siblings; each character is complex and often contradictory. I couldn't put this book down. 

Click here to listen to the first chapter. 

9/8 This week I recommend The Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay. I liked this book because it in some ways was a murder mystery, a study of Filipino culture and politics, and a story of growing up. It starts when the main character's (Jayson) cousin is murdered by police in the Philippines. The cousins were once close, and Jay travels from the US to the Philippines to find out what happened. The ending really surprised me. 


Click on Ribay's image to hear him talk about his book. 

This week, I recommend American Street by Ibi Zoboi. Over the summer, I stayed up until 6:00 a.m. to finish this book. At some points in my life, I may have stayed up until 3:00 a.m, 4:00 at the latest. Six a.m. was a huge record for me. I will say that this book is gritty, and there is a lot of swearing. But, the book is still valuable to me, and I still recommend it--even though it contains mature content--because I cared about (and worried about) the characters. I loved the strong friendships, the the main character's immigrant story, and the magical realism. Watch an interview with the author and listen to the first chapter below. 

Here is a link to an interview with the author:

First Chapter:




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