Book of the Month

  • February 2020

    Reaching for the Moon by Katherine Johnson 

    When she was a young girl, Katherine loved math.  She skipped several grades and was soon working with a professor on more complex problems.  However, opportunities for young African American girls in the field of mathematics were almost nonexistent during the 1940's and 50's.  Katherine ended up joining an organization that would become NASA and worked on projects including the Apollo 11 mission, and her story was made famous by the film Hidden Figures.  This autobiography looks at the extraordinary life of Katherine Johnson. 

    Biography

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  • January 2020

    Alex and Eliza by Melissa De La Cruz 

    Calling all Hamilton fans!  This is the story of Elizabeth (Eliza) Schuyler before she was Alexander Hamilton’s wife.  As the Revolutionary War rages on, Eliza wants to do everything she can to support the brave troops fighting for freedom.  However, her mother wants to see her three daughters married into wealthy, respectable families.  When Eliza first meets the impoverished Colonel Alexander Hamilton, she wants nothing to do with him.  But as their paths continue to cross, she can’t deny that there is something that keeps drawing the two together. 

    Historical Fiction - 1777 

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  • December

    Pennyroyal Academy by  M.A. Larson

    A girl with no name and no memory finds herself in the middle of a war.  On one side, princesses and knights.  On the other side, witches and dragons.  After enlisting to become a princess, she is taken to Pennyroyal Academy, where she is given the name Evie and trained to battle the dark forces that are growing throughout the kingdoms. But the war is much more personal than she could possibly ever imagine, and as she learns about her past, she must make some very difficult choices that could affect her life and the lives of everyone she knows.

    (Fantasy)

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  • November

    Cleopatra in Space #1: Target Practice by  Mike Maihack

    When 15 year old Cleopatra is mysteriously zapped thousands of years into the future, she discovers a prophesy that says she has been chosen to save the galaxy.  With the help of some new friends and a talking cat, she enrolls in a high-tech school where she learns alien languages, combat fighting, and algebra.

    Graphic Novel

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  • October

    The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda 

    Gene has been passing as a vampire for years, carefully following every rule. Don’t sweat. Don’t laugh. Don’t draw attention to yourself.  But when he is chosen to participate in the hunt for the last remaining humans among ruthless vampires, he must do everything he can to stop them from discovering his true nature. 

    Horror & Suspense 

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  • September

    The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty

    Lucy Callahan was struck by lightning when she was 7 and is now a genius-level math whiz.  After being home schooled since the incident 4 years ago, Lucy feels ready to go to college.  But her Nana has a different plan for her...middle school.  If she wants to enroll in college, Lucy must complete Nana's four requirements: go to 7th grade for 1 year, make 1 friend, join 1 activity, and read 1 book that is not a math textbook.  Can Lucy make it through the year?

    Realistic Fiction

     

     

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  • June/July

    Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

    Morrigan Crow is cursed.  Born on the wrong day of the year, she is supposed to die on her 11th birthday.  But a mysterious stranger named Jupiter North shows up one day and whisks her off to a magical city called Nevermoor.  Once there, she finds that her savior is part of a secret group known as the Wundrous Society, which holds a competition ever year to recruit new members.  Morrigan has been chosen to enter this competition, where she must complete four difficult and potentially deadly trials to earn her place and remain in the safety of this new, strange place.  If she fails, she will be returned home to face her own doom. 

     Fantasy

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  • August

    Freedom Trials by Meredith Tate

    Evelyn Summers is imprisoned for a crime that was wiped from her memory.

    In order for Evelyn to be released, she―along with other “reformed” prisoners―must pass seven mental, physical, and virtual challenges known as the Freedom Trials. One mistake means execution and, with her history of being a snitch, her fellow inmates will do everything they can to get revenge.

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