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If Jack’s In Love

“If Jack’s In Love” by Stephen Wetta is a very pleasant surprise. This first novel by Wetta is set in the late 1960’s, the summer when Jack turns 13. Something terrible has happened in Jack’s small town–a popular boy has gone missing–as Jack’s older brother is the only suspect. To make matters worse, Jack is… View more

The Hunter by John Lescroart

 The Hunter is another great standalone thriller by John Lescroart. One of Lescroart’s dynamic, recurring characters, San Francisco private investigator Wyatt Hunt, stars in a very private story about family and identity. The Hunter begins with Hunt receiving a cryptic text about the biological parents who abandoned him: “How did ur mother die?”  We quickly… View more

Spooky Staff Picks

Jeff- Them! – A classic 1950’s horror movie involving giant mutated ants attacking the Southwest. Dixie- The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, True Blood, and the Halloween movie series with Michael Myers. Renee- Rot and Ruin and Dust and Decay are fun zombie thrillers by Jonathan Maberry. Curtis- The Last Sin Eater– A dark dramatic… View more

House Rules

House Rules by Jodi Picoult is, in my opinion, one of the best fiction titles around whose main character lives on the Autism spectrum. Meet Jacob, a teen with Asperger’s Syndrome. He’s a forensic analysis junkie – over-focused on one area, like many other kids with AS. He has steered the local police in the… View more

Sum by David Eagleman

Let’s assume, for a minute, there’s an afterlife. Most people already do this. However, one step past the assumption the road diverges. One person imagines this particular heaven, while another pictures that one. A third might envision being reborn as a wholly different life form,  a fourth a return to some ultimate state of being,… View more

The Walk

Fans of Richard Paul Evans will not be disappointed in his new series, The Walk, with the first book of the same title. It is the ongoing journal of a man who has been devastated by loss and his walk to Key West, Florida. He deals with the good and the bad as he stoically… View more

Room

The Alex Awards  are given each year to books originally written for adults that  appeal to a young adult audience.  As a Young Adult librarian, I really wanted to read at least one of the winners, and I was really pleased with this year’s awards.  The list was full of exciting titles, from vampire families… View more

Annabel

Nowhere to run. Nowhere to hide. Except in your own body, where ignorance is not bliss. Meet Wayne Blake, a child growing up unaware of his infant diagnosis of hermaphroditism. Mother and midwife sense girl, father and doctor insist boy. As he is being raised male in Labrador, where one bows to the supremacy of… View more

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