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Proud : living my American dream book cover
Proud : living my American dream book cover

Proud : living my American dream

Ibtihaj Muhammad

796.862092 /Muhammad
Nonfiction, Young Adult, Memoir

Shares the life story of the Olympic fencer, including how she overcame feeling out of place in her sport and how she became the first American woman to compete in the Olympics wearing a hijab.

Fascinating life story of Ibtihaj Muhammad, Olympic medal-winning fencer and Muslim-American role model. I love learning about the experiences of others, and this was a page-turning read. -Morgan

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse book cover
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse book cover

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

ON ORDER DVD
Science Fiction, Animation

Filled with humor and heart, "Into the Spider-Verse" is easily the best Spider-Man movie ever made and definitely one of the best superhero movies of all time. Also, the animation is gorgeous. -Brian

Path to the stars : my journey from Girl Scout to rocket scientist book cover
Path to the stars : my journey from Girl Scout to rocket scientist book cover

Path to the stars : my journey from Girl Scout to rocket scientist

Sylvia Acevedo

jBIOGRAPHY Acevedo, Sylvia
Kids, Biographies

"The inspiring memoir for young readers about a Latina rocket scientist whose early life was transformed by joining the Girl Scouts and who currently serves as CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA."--

An engrossing read about Sylvia Acevedo who grew from a Girl Scout to a rocket scientist and CEO. Her thirst for knowledge and success allowed her to overcome the challenges of gendered cultural expectations, domestic abuse, and racism. I loved this window into the life of an inspiring woman. -Morgan

Autoboyography book cover
Autoboyography book cover

Autoboyography

Christina Lauren

YOUNG ADULT FICTION Lauren Christin
Young Adult

High school senior Tanner Scott has hidden his bisexuality since his family moved to Utah, but he falls hard for Sebastian, a Mormon mentoring students in a writing seminar Tanner's best friend convinced him to take.

Remember your first love? The one who made your pulse race, your cheeks redden and your brain turn to mush? Christina Lauren brings all of those feelings in this sweet LGBTQ love story that does more than scratch the surface of the issues keeping Tanner and Sebastian apart. -Meredith

Once upon a river : a novel book cover
Once upon a river : a novel book cover

Once upon a river : a novel

Diane Setterfield

FICTION Setterfield, Diane
Fiction, Suspense, Historical Fiction

On a dark midwinter's night in an ancient inn on the river Thames, a wounded stranger carries in the lifeless body of a small child. Hours later the girl stirs, and returns to life. Is it a miracle? Magic? As the days pass the child remains mute and unable to answer questions. Three families are keen to claim her: the wealthy mother of a kidnapped daughter missing for two years; a farming family sure it is their son's secret daughter; a parson's housekeeper, reminded of her younger sister. Each family has secrets, must be revealed before the girl's identity can be known. -- adapted from jacket

I loved this book! It has everything I want in a good read: great writing, a crescendo of narrative, interesting characters with intertwined lives, a sense of place, and an absorbing mystery--all wrapped up in historical fiction. This is a story about storytelling--the characters tell stories, the narrator tells stories, so if you like feeling very much the reader--feeling like you are listening to someone tell you a story, this is a good pick for you. It will get you through the last few weeks of winter. -Anne M

The wolves of winter : a novel book cover
The wolves of winter : a novel book cover

The wolves of winter : a novel

Tyrell Johnson

FICTION Johnson Tyrell
Dystopian

"A captivating tale of humanity pushed beyond its breaking point, of family and bonds of love forged when everything is lost, and of a heroic young woman who crosses a frozen landscape to find her destiny. This debut novel is written in a post-apocalyptic tradition that spans The Hunger Games and Station Eleven but blazes its own distinctive path. Forget the old days. Forget summer. Forget warmth. Forget anything that doesn't help you survive in the endless white wilderness beyond the edges of a fallen world. Lynn McBride has learned much since society collapsed in the face of nuclear war and the relentless spread of disease. As the memories of her old life continue to haunt, she's forced to forge ahead in the snow-drifted Canadian Yukon, learning how to hunt and trap and slaughter. Shadows of the world before have found her tiny community--most prominently in the enigmatic figure of Jax, who brings with him dark secrets of the past and sets in motion a chain of events that will call Lynn to a role she never imagined. Simultaneously a heartbreakingly sympathetic portrait of a young woman searching for the answer to who she is meant to be and a frightening vision of a merciless new world in which desperation rules, The Wolves of Winter is enveloping, propulsive, and poignant"--

I love dystopian fiction and this is an exciting addition to the list of titles about survivors who keep on going when the odds are against them. Plus, a never-ending winter? It's just like us! :) -Meredith

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