Staff Picks

Trains Spaceman by Mike Massimino
HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED what it would be like to find yourself strapped to a giant rocket that's about to go from zero to 17,500 miles per hour? Or to look back on Earth from outer space and see the surprisingly precise line between day and night? Or to stand in front of the Hubble Space Telescope, wondering if the emergency repair you're about to make will inadvertently ruin humankind's chance to unlock the universe's secrets? Mike Massimino has been there, and in Spaceman he puts you inside the suit, with all the zip and buoyancy of life in microgravity.
This autobiography of astronaut Mike Massimino is told in amazing detail. Massimino’s tone is conversational and, although rife with engineering details, never feels too advanced for the average reader. While most people might only recognize him from his appearances on The Big Bang Theory, this book is full of details of Massimino’s early days at NASA, and details his two Hubble Space Telescope servicing missions. This is such an inspiring story and has encouraged many to see the world beyond the stars.
- Nicole, Children's Librarian
Jason Porath Rejected Princesses: Tales of History's Boldest Heroines, Hellions, and Heretics by Jason Porath
Blending the iconoclastic feminism of The Notorious RBG and the confident irreverence of Go the F**ck to Sleep, a brazen and empowering illustrated collection that celebrates inspirational badass women throughout history, based on the popular Tumblr blog.
Carefully researched and beautifully illustrated, Rejected Princesses is full of humor and hearthache, triumps and losses, exploring the lives of women from dozens of countries and time periods. At 384 pages, its easily the size of a school textbook, but is considerably more entertaining, and Porath has gone to great lengths to research women who are less well known, but definitely worthy of havingt their story told. Readers will find themselves unable to put the book down in favor of turning the page to discover who comes next.
–Meghan, Youth Services Manager
Between shades of gray by Ruta Sepetys Between shades of gray by Ruta Sepetys
Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they've known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin's orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions.
This novel takes place during World War II, when the Soviet Union occupied Lithuania and over 100,000 were deported to Siberia as forced labor. The author manages a realistic portrayal of the time while also discussing art and resistance, and how different people cope with and try to maintain their humanity during traumatic events.
–Danielle, Youth Services Coordinator
Love is love by IDW Publishing Love is love by IDW Publishing
The comic industry comes together in honor of those killed in Orlando. Co-published by two of the premiere publishers in comics-DC and IDW, this oversize comic contains moving and heartfelt material from some of the greatest talent in comics, mourning the victims, supporting the survivors, celebrating the LGBTQ community, and examining love in today's world.
Covering everything from celebrating the LGBTQ community to mourning the victims of the Orlando Pulse shooting to supporting the survivors this comic contains material from many writers, editors and artists in the comic industry. Emanating from its pages is the strong message to love, just love.
–Melissa, Reference
The legend of Arturo King The Legend of Arturo King by L.B. Dunbar
He's a living legend.I'm a rock god. It's no secret. My band, The Nights, got our start playing at the Round Table in NYC. I always wanted to be the king of Rock & Roll. I just had no idea how close I already was. Being raised in a foster home, I didn't know the extent of my inheritance. Hell, I didn't even know I had anything. And now, I've got it all. But there is still one thing I want,Guinevere DeGrance. She's hiding in the wings. I'm the opposite of him. Quiet and reserved, always avoiding the limelight. All I wanted was to play the cello, but trained for society,I was forced into his spotlight. Thrown into his crowd--with all eyes on me. And I couldn't resist. He's talented and sexy, completely irresistible. He's changed me. Awakened me. He's everything to me. He's Arturo King.
This book is a modern take on the classic story of King Arthur and the Round Table with a hot Rock and Roll twist.
–Melissa M, Reference Librarian
The Boy on the Wooden Box by Leon Leyson
Leon Leyson (born Leib Lezjon) was only ten years old when the Nazis invaded Poland and his family was forced to relocate to the Krakow ghetto. With incredible luck, perseverance, and grit, Leyson was able to survive the sadism of the Nazis, including that of the demonic Amon Goeth, commandant of Plaszow, the concentration camp outside Krakow. Ultimately, it was the generosity and cunning of one man, a man named Oskar Schindler, who saved Leon Leyson's life, and the lives of his mother, his father, and two of his four siblings, by adding their names to his list of workers in his factory-a list that became world renowned: Schindler's List.
This best seller focuses on the author's experience in the holocaust and death camps of WWII. By twists of fate and strange coincidences, he ends up as a factory worker for Oskar Schindler along with his family. Thanks to Schindler's well-known compassion and generosity, the boy makes it through the holocaust along with his mother, father and sister. This is a compelling and haunting biography which would pair well with The Boy in the Striped Pajamas for readers who are hungry for more information on a child's experience during the holocaust.
-Michelle, Youth Services Manager
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Long before she was the terror of Wonderland, she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love. Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen.
This book is a twisted fairy tale that will enthrall and delight any reader that enjoys Alice in Wonderland.
-Melissa, Adult Reference Librarian
Ms Marvel volume 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson Ms Marvel volume 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson
Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City - until she is suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the all-new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm!
Ms Marvel is a phenomenal addition to the Marvel universe, with teenagers that actually sound like teenagers, a diverse cast and the fantastic story of a teenage fangirl trying to use her newly acquired powers to follow in her heroes' footsteps.
-Meghan, Youth Services Manager
Goldie Vance Goldie Vance by Hope Larson, Brittney Williams
Sixteen-year-old Marigold “Goldie” Vance lives at a Florida resort with her dad, who manages the place. Her mom, who divorced her dad years ago, works as a live mermaid at a club downtown. Goldie has an insatiable curiosity, which explains her dream to one day become the hotel’s in-house detective. When Charles, the current detective, encounters a case he can’t crack, he agrees to mentor Goldie in exchange for her help solving the mystery.
Goldie Vance is an incredibly charming graphic novel featuring secret agents, drag racing for great justice, mermaids, mysteries and more.
-Meghan, Youth Services Manager