The view from Saturday book cover

The view from Saturday

E. L Konigsburg

jFICTION Konigsburg, E. L.
Mystery, Fiction, Picture Books

Four students, with their own individual stories, develop a special bond and attract the attention of their teacher, a paraplegic, who choses them to represent their sixth-grade class in the Academic Bowl competition.

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The stories of four unique students are told and come together at the end, when they develop a special bond with each other and their teacher, who has chosen them to compete in the 6th grade Academic Bowl. Puzzles are woven throughout the narrative! -Anne W

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The Watsons go to Birmingham-- 1963

Christopher Paul Curtis

jFICTION Curtis, Christopher Paul
Fiction, Historical Fiction, Humor, Kids

The ordinary interactions and everyday routines of the Watsons, an African American family living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they go to visit Grandma in Alabama in the summer of 1963.

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You will laugh out loud again and again until the end, when you'll cry. A family from Michigan goes to visit relatives down South in Birmingham for the summer. Ten year old Kenny, the protagonist, has a wonderful voice and spirit. -Anne W

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Midnight without a moon

Linda Williams Jackson

jFICTION Jackson Linda
Fiction, Historical Fiction, Kids

Rose Lee Carter, a thirteen-year-old African-American girl, dreams of life beyond the Mississippi cotton fields during the summer of 1955, but when Emmett Till is murdered and his killers are unjustly acquitted, Rose is torn between seeking her destiny outside of Mississippi or staying and being a part of an important movement.

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It's summer in Mississippi in 1955 and one town over from where Rose Lee Carter lives with her grandparents, a boy named Emmett Till is murdered. Unrest begins to build, and Rose Lee is forced to question everything she's ever known and decide whether to join a dangerous movement for change in the South. Complex, multilayered characters dealing with wider social change as well as family events. -Anne W

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The giver

Lois Lowry

Dystopian, Classics, Kids, Fiction, Science Fiction

Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.

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A dystopian classic about a haunting world of total conformity, in which a 12-year-old boy begins slowly to uncover the secrets of the society with no discontent but also no choice or feelings. -Anne W

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When you reach me

Rebecca Stead

Kids, Fiction, Adventure, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction, Mystery

As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1980s television game show, "The $20,000 Pyramid," a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space.

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Mix of sci-fi, mystery, and historical fiction (set in the 1970s), a middle-school girl must investigate the source of mysterious notes that appear in her personal belongings and, she realizes, predict the future. Time travel! -Anne W

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The Dutch house : a novel

Ann Patchett


"Ann Patchett, the New York Times bestselling author of Commonwealth and State of Wonder, returns with her most powerful novel to date: a richly moving story that explores the indelible bond between two siblings, the house of their childhood, and a past that will not let them go"--

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Ann Patchett has had a massive library patron following since 2001’s “Bel Canto,” so it is no surprise to see the hold list growing daily for her forthcoming novel “The Dutch house” (September 24). Young Maeve and Danny are left to mostly raise themselves after their father unexpectedly purchases a Philadelphia mansion, causing their mother to flee from the startling excess. The arrival of an uncaring stepfamily and their father’s early death mean expulsion from the grand home and a lifetime of resentment. Told from the perspective of a now-grown Danny, expect an insightful, multi-generational family saga with well developed characters searching for meaning. -Jason

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Red at the Bone : A Novel.

Jacqueline Woodson


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National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson, possibly best known for her books for younger audiences, has written a new novel aimed at adult audiences. “Red at the Bone” (released September 17) begins with a girl’s coming of age celebration in a Brooklyn brownstone. Told in alternating chapters, her story, interwoven with those of her parents and grandparents unfurl over the next 200 pages to show the personal struggles they’ve gone through to arrive at this scene and place in history. Woodson’s novels are character-driven and she has a poet’s ability to do a lot with few words, readers will find an emotionally resonant multi-generational story. -Jason

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The institute.

Stephen King

Fiction, Horror

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Can summer be considered over without there being a new Stephen King novel? Fortunately, “The Institute” arrives soon (September 10) so we can safely move into fall at our normally scheduled time. In his most recent supernatural thriller kidnapped children with psychic powers are being held prisoner and exploited for their supernatural gifts. King has had prior success covering similar topics with “Firestarter” (pyrokinetic abilities, kidnapping) and “It” (adolescents teaming up against an enemy) and I could also see this sort of story receiving a popularity bump from the Netflix series “Stranger Things.” This should be another tense, can’t-put-it-down winner from the King of Horror. -Jason

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The testaments.

Margaret Atwood

Fiction, Dystopian

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Not much is yet known about Margaret Atwood’s “The Testaments” (arriving September 10) except that it’s a sequel written over 30 years after the debut of her classic cautionary novel, “The Handmaid’s Tale.” With the runaway success of the Hulu television series adaptation, combined with the current political climate, and it being the sequel to a phenomenally popular original work, this is sure to have a very long library hold list running deep into the winter. -Jason

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Where the crawdads sing

Delia Owens

FICTION Owens Delia
Fiction, Mystery

"Fans of Barbara Kingsolver will love this stunning debut novel from a New York Times bestselling nature writer, about an unforgettable young woman determined to make her way in the wilds of North Carolina, and the two men that will break her isolation open. For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. She's barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark. But Kya is not what they say. Abandoned at age ten, she has survived on her own in the marsh that she calls home. A born naturalist with just one day of school, she takes life lessons from the land, learning from the false signals of fireflies the real way of this world. But while she could have lived in solitude forever, the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. Drawn to two young men from town, who are each intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world--until the unthinkable happens. In Where the Crawdads Sing, Owens juxtaposes an exquisite ode to the natural world against a heartbreaking coming of age story and a surprising murder investigation. Thought-provoking, wise, and deeply moving, Owens's debut novel reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps"--

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I love how Delia Owens flawlessly weaves in two timelines for Where the Crawdads Sing. I was constantly trying to figure out how these timelines would merge and would look for clues to help me judge the mindset and capabilities of Kya, the "Marsh Girl." It is a beautiful story about human nature, human experience, and a celebration of nature. One of my favorite reads this year! -Becky