Great Reads

Interactive Picture Books

Little one not as into reading as you’d like? Turn story time into play time with these wonderful interactive picture books!

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What Teens Are Reading

Check out this review from one of our Teen Book Reviewers.

1984 by George Orwell

Genre: Adventure, Dystopian Fiction, Science Fiction

Format: Book, Ebook, Audiobook

Plot: This book is about a man named Winston that lives in a world with little freedom. The ruling party has made it illegal to protest, write, speak or even think negatively against them. Winston is a low ranking party member that has saw how terrible the party is from the inside. He meets a women named Julia and joins an organization called the Brotherhood that has the goal of taking down the ruling party.

Review: I like the book because it brings light to a world without the basic freedoms we have today. It shows how the world would be if only one view was allowed to be thought and spoken. Other teens will probably not like this book unless they like and understand a general knowledge of politics.


-Jonathan, Teen Book Reviewer

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Hi I’m Ms. Charlotte and Manga is one of my favorite types of books. In conjunction with reading a traditional novel, I usually read a manga series at the same time.  I’ve always enjoyed being exposed to the Japanese culture and the unique art style. But besides finding it enjoyable, did you know that reading manga is beneficial for your brain? Manga actually requires you to have a different set of skills than reading traditional books. Besides challenging your brain to read from right to left, mangas have more images and fewer words (Rozema, 2015). Did you know that mangas also have several layers to each story? They contain: images, words, Japanese onomatopoeia, and their own visual language. When you put these all together “…even proficient readers of English- who …have been socialized into more traditional…storylines- may find manga, as we do, to be a challenging read (Schwartz, 2006). This means reading manga can be fun, but it also exercises your brain!

Here are some great mangas for grades 6-12 to download from Libby or Overdrive to get you started!

Rozema, Robert (2015) Manga and the Autistic Mind. English Journal. 105 (1) 60-68.

Schwartz, Adam & Rubinstein-Avila, Eliane (2006) Understanding the Manga Hype: Uncovering the Multimodality of Comic-Book Literacies. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy 50 (1) 40-49.

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

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Ellingham Academy was founded by Albert Ellingham in the early twentieth century. It is a private school for the brightest thinkers, inventors and artists. But shortly after it opened, Albert’s wife and daughter were kidnapped. The only real clue was a mocking riddle listing methods of murder, signed with the frightening pseudonym “Truly, Devious.” It became one of the great unsolved crimes of American history.

Stevie Bell, a new student at Ellingham Academy, believes she can solve this cold case. But she doesn’t anticipate becoming part of the mystery herself. Will Stevie be able to solve the mystery before someone else goes missing? Read this amazing trilogy to find out.

Books to Big Screen

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It’s summertime and that means big blockbuster movies will be released. I know I get excited every time a book gets turned into a movie. I am always curious to see how Hollywood will interpret the book. This year I am looking forward to the movie Artemis Fowl. The movie is set to be released on June 12 on Disney+. If you are a fan of the book like I am, then you won’t want to miss this one.

Artemis Fowl written by Eoin Colfer, tells the story of a young boy millionaire who aims to be the greatest thief of all time. But when he kidnaps a fairy, he has bitten off more than he can chew. Holly Short turns out to be no ordinary fairy. She is the Captain of the LEPrecon Unit and these aren’t the same fairies we are used to hearing about in bedtime stories. They are dangerous. Artemis Fowl is a great adventure that will keep you on your toes.

There is still time to read or listen to this riveting tale. Click the link below to take you to all the options for digital downloads.

Who was…? What was…? Where is…? Series

These very popular series tell incredible stories of trailblazers, legends, innovators, cool places, and important events.

Click on the link to learn how to download books from Overdrive,

Black Lagoon Series

There’s never a dull moment in author Mike Thaler’s popular series. Hubie faces everything from everyday problems to menacing monsters in this off-the-wall funny series. The series is written on a 3rd grade reading level, but the wacky humor can be enjoyed by both younger and older readers.

May the 4th Be With You!

What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum

In this contemporary YA romance we meet total opposites Kit and David. Kit is popular and David is socially isolated. After losing her father, Kit decides to sit next to quiet David and together their lives merge. This book touches on topics such as grief, loneliness, and being on the spectrum. Readers will enjoy the coming-of-age romance between Kit and David as they struggle through their life challenges.

Poached by Stuart Gibbs

“Who stole Kazoo the Koala? That is the question on everyone’s mind at Funjungle. In this squeal to Belly Up, Teddy Fitzroy finds himself in the middle of another mystery. This time with everyone believing he stole Kazoo. Will Teddy be able to solve the mystery before it’s too late. Read poached to find out

Pete the Cat and the Treasure Map by James Dean

Captain Pete and his crew are going on a seaside adventure to find buried treasure and jewels. On their journey, they encounter a giant sea monster. If you like pirate stories, you’re going to love this book. For more stories about Pete the Cat, head on over the Library’s Overdrive collection of ebooks and audiobooks. All you need is your library card to sign up.

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