Staff Picks

Staff Pick

The Somethingosaur by Tony Mitton, illustrated by Russell Ayto (2013). The Somethingosaur begins with an egg, a lovely purple egg that cracks open to reveal a small orange creature. But… what is it? And where, oh where, is its mom? The mystery of the creature’s identity slowly reveals itself as ...Read More

Staff Pick

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour (2017). Marin’s dorm room is her sanctuary. The college freshman has taken refuge in New York, about as far as she could have managed to flee from her hometown. But the particles of her past are stirred when her best friend from high school ...Read More

A Poignant Reality, Penned for Middle Schoolers

Refugee by Alan Gratz (2017). Refugee is the timely story of three children from three different historical eras who must flee their homes and find refuge in other countries. Josef, a Jewish boy from Nazi Germany, escapes with his family on a ship bound for Cuba. In 1994, Isabel and ...Read More

Alexie Memoir: Audio Version Excels

You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie (2017). Native American poet and author Sherman Alexie has written an expressive, moving and humorous memoir of what it is like to grow up as an Indian in the United States. Inspired by the death of his mother in ...Read More