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Pig. book cover
Pig. book cover

Pig.

ON ORDER DVD
Drama

Brian's picture

Though the description sounds like John Wick with a pig, the movie is more of a quiet meditation on love and what gives us purpose. -Brian

How the word is passed : a reckoning with the history of slavery across America book cover
How the word is passed : a reckoning with the history of slavery across America book cover

How the word is passed : a reckoning with the history of slavery across America

Clint Smith

973.00496 /Smith
History, Black Lives Matter

"'How the Word is Passed' is Clint Smith's revealing, contemporary portrait of America as a slave owning nation. Beginning in his own hometown of New Orleans, Smith leads the reader through an unforgettable tour of monuments and landmarks - those that are honest about the past and those that are not - that offer an intergenerational story of how slavery has been central in shaping our nations collective history, and ourselves."--

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A thoroughly researched exploration of the impact of slavery and how it's history has been recorded through various monuments and landmarks. You may never see the Statue of Liberty or Wall Street the same way again! -Victoria

Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe book cover
Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe book cover

Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe

Benjamin Alire Sáenz

YOUNG ADULT FICTION Saenz Benjamin
LGBTQ+, Young Adult

Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.

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I'm not sure how this book has escaped my clutches. It is a heart-warming, beautiful, soul-touching reminder that love is love! The sequel, Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World is released later this month so you have time for a re-read before it comes out! -Victoria

The 13 nights of Halloween book cover
The 13 nights of Halloween book cover

The 13 nights of Halloween

Guy Vasilovich

j394.2646 Vasilovich
Picture Books

A Halloween version of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" featuring macabre gifts such as icky eyeballs, demons dancing, and thirsty vampires.

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You will not regret checking this book out! mwha, ha, ha, ha, ha! -Karen

Bone soup : a spooky, tasty tale book cover
Bone soup : a spooky, tasty tale book cover

Bone soup : a spooky, tasty tale

Alyssa Satin Capucilli

j394.2646 Capucilli
Picture Books

"In this version of the classic tale, Stone soup, three witches are looking for a tasty treat on Halloween morning and they find only a small bone in their cupboard. So they decide to go from door to door in their village to find just the right ingredients for their bone soup"--

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The little old lady who was not afraid of anything book cover
The little old lady who was not afraid of anything book cover

The little old lady who was not afraid of anything

Linda Williams

jHOLIDAY E Williams
Picture Books

A little old lady who is not afraid of anything must deal with a pumpkin head, a tall black hat, and other spooky objects that follow her through the dark woods trying to scare her.

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This classic Halloween story is not too scary. It's about a brave little old lady walking home in the woods and meets two shoes. I won't tell you any more. The story has actions that gets kids to participate and have fun. -Karen

The teeny-tiny woman : a ghost story book cover
The teeny-tiny woman : a ghost story book cover

The teeny-tiny woman : a ghost story

Paul Galdone

jE Galdone
Picture Books

Retells the tale of the teeny-tiny woman who finds a teeny-tiny bone in a churchyard and puts it away in her cupboard before she goes to sleep.

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The dark book cover
The dark book cover

The dark

Lemony Snicket

jE Snicket
Picture Books

Laszlo is afraid of the dark which lives in the same big, creaky house as him, until one night the dark pays him a visit.

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This book can be helpful for any child afraid of the dark. -Karen

In a dark, dark room, and other scary stories book cover
In a dark, dark room, and other scary stories book cover

In a dark, dark room, and other scary stories

Alvin Schwartz

jREADER Schwartz, Alvin
Early Readers

Seven scary stories to tell at night in front of a fire or in the dark, based on traditional stories and folktales from various countries.

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The house in the night book cover
The house in the night book cover

The house in the night

Susan Marie Swanson

jE Swanson
Picture Books

Illustrations and easy-to-read text explore the light that makes a house in the night a home filled with light.

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This is a beautiful book with a simple and poetic story. A calming way to end after reading the spookier stories. -Karen

The good, the bad, and the spooky book cover
The good, the bad, and the spooky book cover

The good, the bad, and the spooky

Jory John

j394.2646 John
Picture Books

When Bad Seed cannot find an amazing costume for Halloween night, he postpones trick-or-treating for everyone else until he finds the perfect one.

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Creepy carrots! book cover
Creepy carrots! book cover

Creepy carrots!

Aaron Reynolds

jE Reynolds
Picture Books

The carrots that grow in Crackenhopper Field are the fattest and crispiest around and Jasper Rabbit cannot resist pulling some to eat each time he passes by, until he begins hearing and seeing creepy carrots wherever he goes.

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I love this book! It's so cute and perfect for Halloween! If you like this book by Aaron Reynolds, check out 'Creepy Pair of Underwear,' also by Reynolds. -Karen

Beneath the bed and other scary stories book cover
Beneath the bed and other scary stories book cover

Beneath the bed and other scary stories

Max Brallier

jREADER Brallier Max
Early Readers

The kids at school dare John to visit the old house on the hill at night, and when he and his sister go in they find dusty dishes set on the table, a book open like it is waiting for a reader, and something hiding under the bed in the attic--and that is only one of the five scary stories with unexpected twists that are included in this collection.

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This book is the first in a series of three. It's pretty creepy so I would suggest it for readers 8 and up. My 7.5 year old grandson read this book over and over again until he told me to take it back, "This book creeped me out, Mimi!" -Karen

A not-so-scary monster! book cover
A not-so-scary monster! book cover

A not-so-scary monster!

Jonathan Fenske

jE Lego
Picture Books

When a minifigure meets a new monster friend, this creature is down in the dumps. She doesn't always want to be scary. Sometimes she just wants to do cartwheels, or dress up and make silly faces. But with a little help, this new friend learns it's okay to be whatever you want to be. It's a delightfully funny and sweet story that will put a smile on the faces of readers of all ages.

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Leo : a ghost story book cover
Leo : a ghost story book cover

Leo : a ghost story

Mac Barnett

jE Barnett
Picture Books

Leo is a friendly house ghost--but when a family moves into his house, and tries to get rid of him, he leaves and roams the city looking for a friend.

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Wee Sister Strange book cover
Wee Sister Strange book cover

Wee Sister Strange

Holly Grant

jE Grant
Picture Books

"A wild, nameless girl the townspeople call Wee Sister Strange roams through forests and marshes and bogs in search for a bedtime story"--

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The wolf, the duck & the mouse book cover
The wolf, the duck & the mouse book cover

The wolf, the duck & the mouse

Mac Barnett

jE Barnett
Picture Books

When a mouse is swallowed by a wolf, he learns that a duck devoured earlier has set up a table to enjoy the food the gluttonous predator eats.

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This is a fun and quirky story! I love it! -Karen

The women of Troy : a novel book cover
The women of Troy : a novel book cover

The women of Troy : a novel

Pat Barker

FICTION Barker Pat
Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction

"Troy has fallen and the victorious Greeks are eager to return home with the spoils of an endless war--including the women of Troy themselves. They await a fair wind for the Aegean; it does not come, because the gods are offended. The body of King Priam lies unburied and desecrated, and so the victors remain in suspension, camped in the shadows of the city they destroyed as the coalition that held them together begins to unravel. Old feuds resurface and new suspicions and rivalries begin to fester. Largely unnoticed by her captors, the one time Trojan queen Briseis, formerly Achilles's slave, now belonging to his companion Alcimus, quietly takes in these developments. She forges alliances when she can, with Priam's aged wife the defiant Hecuba and with the disgraced soothsayer Calchas, all the while shrewdly seeking her path to revenge."--Jacket flap.

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There are so many books coming out right now reimagining the Greek myths, poetry, and plays that it definitely has become its own genre. I'm perfectly happy with this and have indulged in many over the last few years. But I am moved by Pat Barker's novels the most. Her fiction has a humanity about it: well written, focused on characters and their relationships to others, lush in description. The second novel following the character of Briseis, Barker often writes in trilogies. I hope this means there will be a third. -Anne M

The great mistake book cover
The great mistake book cover

The great mistake

Jonathan Lee

FICTION Lee Jonathan
Historical Fiction, Fiction

"From the acclaimed author of High Dive comes an enveloping, exultant novel of New York City at the turn of the twentieth century, a story of one man's rise to fame and fortune, and his murder in a case of mistaken identity. On Friday the 13th of November, 1903, a famous man was killed on Park Avenue in broad daylight by a stranger. It was neither a political act nor a crime of passion. It was a mistake. The victim was Andrew Haswell Green, the "Father of Greater New York," who shaped the city as we know it. Without him there would be no Central Park, no Metropolitan Museum of Art, no Museum of Natural History, no New York Public Library. His influence was everywhere, yet he died alone, misunderstood, feeling that his whole life might have been, after all, a great mistake. A work of tremendous depth and piercing emotion, The Great Mistake is a portrait of a self-made man--farm boy to urban visionary; the reimagining of a murder investigation that shook the city; and the moving story of a singular individual who found the world closed off to him, and, in spite of all odds, enlarged it"--

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How does Andrew Haswell Green, such an important, consequential New York City figure find himself a murder victim due to mistaken identify at the age of 83? Jonathan Lee's fictional treatment of the life and times of Green explores how this puzzling, unfathomable murder takes place as well as Green's extraordinary rise to New York prominence from humble farm-boy roots. Green has a somewhat traditional American "pick yourself up from your bootstraps" life story, but it is much more complicated than that. And we know from the beginning where it ends.If you are looking for a book with a "sense of place," to be taken to the chaotic, hustle of the streets of late 19th Century New York, "The Great Mistake" will take you there. -Anne M

The Good Germ Hotel: Meet Your Body's Marvelous Microbes book cover
The Good Germ Hotel: Meet Your Body's Marvelous Microbes book cover

The Good Germ Hotel: Meet Your Body's Marvelous Microbes

Sŏng-hwa (Children's science book writer) Kim

j579 Sung-hwa
Health, Science

Check in to The Good Germ Hotel to learn about all the good germs and bacteria superheroes that live inside the human body. These amazing microbes fight viruses, digest food, and keep us healthy and happy. Did you know that your body is full of bacteria? And that most of it is good bacteria that helps to keep you healthy? Well, now is your chance to get up close and personal with the microorganisms that live inside all of us. Travel through the body with our gut bacteria guide, stopping off to meet the other amazing microbe residents along the way.

Frannie's picture

A book about good germs, what great timing! This is the perfect blend of factual information for kids and interesting pictures to keep them captivated. Whether you are raising a young citizen scientist or have a kid with a cold who doesn't understand that antibiotics won't help, this is a great read. Bonus points for including "gross" things people love like farts, smelly feet, and poop. -Frannie

The snail with the right heart : a true story book cover
The snail with the right heart : a true story book cover

The snail with the right heart : a true story

Maria Popova

jE Popova
Science, Nature

This is the real-life story of Jeremy, a rare garden snail found in 2015 by a retired London scientist. Jeremy's shell spiraled to the left, indicating reversed internal anatomy--including a heart positioned on the right. As a result, a similarly rare mate was needed in order to procreate.

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I've been waiting for the prolific blogger of Brain Pickings, Maria Popova to finally write a book and it's as delightful, observant, dry and fascinating as she is. This is a children's book but should be enjoyed by all ages. If you like this, check out You are Stardust by Elin Kelsey (a book Popova once recommended on her blog!). -Victoria

Home is Not a Country book cover
Home is Not a Country book cover

Home is Not a Country

Safia Elhillo

YOUNG ADULT FICTION Elhillo, Safia
Young Adult

"Nima doesn't feel understood. By her mother, who grew up far away in a different land. By her suburban town, which makes her feel too much like an outsider to fit in and not enough like an outsider to feel like that she belongs somewhere else. At least she has her childhood friend Haitham, with whom she can let her guard down and be herself. Until she doesn't. As the ground is pulled out from under her, Nima must grapple with the phantom of a life not chosen, the name her parents didn't give her at birth: Yasmeen. But that other name, that other girl, might just be more real than Nima knows. And more hungry. And the life Nima has, the one she keeps wishing were someone else's...she might have to fight for it with a fierceness she never knew she had."--

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I absolutely loved the brutal honesty, the language and slight mysticism of this book. The author tackles the Islamophobia of a post 9/11 world in a delicately poetic and human way. This is a great read into the lives of those forced to flee their motherland for hopes of better opportunities only to find the grass is often anything but greener on the other side. -Victoria

Are You a Cheeseburger? book cover
Are You a Cheeseburger? book cover

Are You a Cheeseburger?

Monica Arnaldo

jE Arnaldo
Picture Books

Grub is a lonely raccoon rumbling in the trash for food. Seed is a seed patiently waiting in the trash, hoping someone will plant it. When the two finally meet, they realize they might be able to help each other! Grub wonders what Seed will grow, and is hoping it's Grub's favorite food, mouthwatering cheeseburgers.

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This one caught my eye because of the glowing seed on the cover, and did not disappoint! Come for the protagonist of a racoon obsessed with delicious garbage, stay for the story of friendship and the lesson of patience when gardening. You will be rewarded with a Cheeseburger sunrise. -Frannie

Ariadne book cover
Ariadne book cover

Ariadne

Jennifer Saint

FICTION Saint Jennifer
Fiction

"Ariadne, Princess of Crete, grows up greeting the dawn from her beautiful dancing floor and listening to her nursemaid's stories of gods and heroes. But beneath her golden palace echo the ever-present hoofbeats of her brother, the Minotaur, a monster who demands blood sacrifice every year. When Theseus, Prince of Athens, arrives to vanquish the beast, Ariadne sees in his green eyes not a threat but an escape. Defying the gods, betraying her family and country, and risking everything for love, Ariadne helps Theseus kill the Minotaur. But will Ariadne's decision ensure her happy ending? And what of Phaedra, the beloved younger sister she leaves behind? Hypnotic, propulsive, and utterly transporting, Jennifer Saint's Ariadne forges a new epic, outside the traditional narratives of heroism and glory that leave no room for women"--

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Calling all fans of Circe and A Thousand Ships! Ariadne is another novel rooted in Greek mythology, told from the female perspective. It opens up the untold narrative of Ariadne, Princess of Crete, beginning with her role in the story of the Minotaur. Engaging tale, complex characters, all the things I like! -Becky

Sweater weather book cover
Sweater weather book cover

Sweater weather

Matt Phelan

ON ORDER BOOK
Picture Books

"On a crisp, fall day and evening, rambunctious bear cubs turn getting dressed into an adventure"--

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Dance like a leaf book cover
Dance like a leaf book cover

Dance like a leaf

A. J. Irving

jE Irving
Picture Books

"As her grandmother's health declines, a young girl begins to take the lead in their cozy shared autumn traditions"--

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Hello Autumn! book cover
Hello Autumn! book cover

Hello Autumn!

Shelley Rotner

jE Rotner
Picture Books

"All the signs of autumn including leaves turning colors, animals preparing for the winter or migrating, the harvesting of fall produce, cooler weather, and shorter days are noted in this photo-essay about the season"--

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Leif and the fall book cover
Leif and the fall book cover

Leif and the fall

Allison Sweet Grant

jE Grant
Picture Books

Leif is a leaf. A worried leaf. It is autumn, and Leif is afraid to fall. "All leaves fall in the fall," say the other leaves. But Leif is determined to find a different way down, and with his friend Laurel, he uses the resources around him to create a net, a kite, a parachute in hopes of softening his landing. The clock is ticking, the wind is blowing. What will happen when a gust of wind pulls Leif from his branch?

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The giving day : a Cubby Hill tale book cover
The giving day : a Cubby Hill tale book cover

The giving day : a Cubby Hill tale

Cori Doerrfeld

jE Doerrfel
Picture Books

Cooper is excited to help his grandmother by delivering honey at the annual Great Giving Festival, but one jar after another is ruined when he takes time to help his friends.

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Tiny bird : a hummingbird's amazing journey book cover
Tiny bird : a hummingbird's amazing journey book cover

Tiny bird : a hummingbird's amazing journey

Robert Burleigh

jE Burleigh
Picture Books

As autumn nears, flowers fade and insects become quiet, and Tiny Bird leaves his northern home for the long and perilous journey to lush southern forests. Includes facts about hummingbirds.

Karen's picture

If your child is a bird-watcher, here's a wonderful book to spark their interest in hummingbirds. -Karen

The leaf thief book cover
The leaf thief book cover

The leaf thief

Alice Hemming

jE Hemming
Picture Books

Squirrel enjoys looking at the beautiful, colorful leaves, but everyday more and more disappear which makes him think someone is stealing them. Includes information on seasonal leaf loss in Autumn.

Karen's picture

A cute and funny story about the seasons. -Karen

The secret fawn book cover
The secret fawn book cover

The secret fawn

K. (Kallie) George

jE George
Picture Books

"A little girl is always missing out on the wonderful things her family gets to see and do, just because she is the youngest and littlest. She misses seeing shooting stars because she goes to bed too early; she can't pick the first apple of autumn because she's too short and, this morning, everyone else got to see a deer . . . except her. She goes into her backyard in search of the deer, a sugar cube tucked in her pocket. She sees a flick of brown in the orchard - is that the deer? No, it's just the neighbor's friendly dog (Shhhhh, Nala!). Is that it by the pond? No, that's just a bird, playing in the water. Just when she's about to give up, she spots a fawn, beautiful, quiet and small . . . just like her. For a tranquil and sublime moment, they look at each other, saying hello with their eyes. Then the fawn returns to its mother, and the little girl to hers. The Secret Fawn beautifully captures the power of nature to inspire children and shows how private experiences and connecting with nature can help kids cope with feeling left out."--

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Goodbye summer, hello autumn book cover
Goodbye summer, hello autumn book cover

Goodbye summer, hello autumn

Kenard Pak

jE Pak
Picture Books

"In a simple, evocative conversation with nature, a young girl witnesses how the season changes from summer to autumn"--

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A beautiful way to celebrate the end of summer and welcome the beginning of fall. -Karen

Fall with Lily and Milo book cover
Fall with Lily and Milo book cover

Fall with Lily and Milo

Pauline Oud

jE Oud
Picture Books

Fall is here! Lily and Milo go exploring in the woods. They see a hedgehog, nuts, apples, mushrooms, and lots of colored leaves. The woods are so pretty in fall! Milo wants to take everything home.

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These are really cute simple and colorful books perfect for babies and toddlers. -Karen

Autumn babies book cover
Autumn babies book cover

Autumn babies

Kathryn Osebold Galbraith

jBOARD BOOK Galbraith
Board Books

"An adorable, diverse cast of babies cavort through a fall landscape and a variety of seasonal activities."--

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Fall book cover
Fall book cover

Fall

Ailie Busby

jBOARD BOOK Busby
Board Books

Children describe their favorite things to do during the fall, from collecting acorns to baking pies.

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