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June 2021

Monica recommends:

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angelberger

From Goodreads...

 Meet Dwight, a sixth-grade oddball. Dwight does a lot of weird things, like wearing the same T-shirt for a month or telling people to call him "Captain Dwight." This is embarrassing, particularly for Tommy, who sits with him at lunch every day.

But Dwight does one cool thing. He makes origami. One day he makes an origami finger puppet of Yoda. And that's when things get mysterious.

Betsey recommends:

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

I loved meeting and going through the years with Addie. This book made me feel as though I was going through all different types of life with the characters who were so fantastically drawn up by Schwab. The hold list was worth the wait for this one, I would suggest it to those looking for a bit of a time travel love adventure without leaving the couch! 


Morgan recommends:

Fable by Adrienne Young 

From Goodreads...

 Fable has spent the last four years of her life trying to get off of the horrible trap of an island she was stranded on. Stranded by her own father. She's weathered storms, thieves and starvation until she finally saved up enough for passage off of the island. But then, just when she feels like she can finally take a breath, the real adventure starts.


Stacey C. recommends:

Too Good to Be True by Carola Lovering

From Amazon...

Skye Starling is overjoyed when her boyfriend, Burke Michaels, proposes after a whirlwind courtship. Though Skye seems to have the world at her fingertips—she’s smart, beautiful, and from a well-off family—she’s also battled crippling OCD ever since her mother’s death when she was eleven, and her romantic relationships have suffered as a result.

But now Burke—handsome, older, and more emotionally mature than any man she’s met before—says he wants her. Forever. Except, Burke isn’t who he claims to be. And interspersed letters to his therapist reveal the truth: he’s happily married, and using Skye for his own, deceptive ends.

Marilyn recommends: 

The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant

You MUST listen to this one on audiobook! Linda Lavin (yes, she was Alice) absolutely kills it as a Jewish bubbeh, only adding to the charm of Addie’s sentimental journey growing up in Boston. Beginning in 1915, the bright, driven daughter of desperately poor Russian immigrants refuses to be hemmed by her parents’ meager expectations. She fights her way up and out of her limited circumstances with wit, grace and determination. This sweet story is chronologically organized and rather predictable, but oh-so satisfying.

Unapologetic about her desires and choices, Addie rises above her mother’s bitter, miserable outlook with the help of friends and adults who encourage her dreams. You will cheer Addie on through all her struggles as she grows into the confident, accomplished woman relating her experiences to her granddaughter in this fictional memoir.


Stacey J. recommends:

The Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss 

From Amazon...

The ancient Britons built ghost walls to ward off enemy invaders, rude barricades of stakes topped with ancestral skulls. When the group builds one of their own, they find a spiritual connection to the past. What comes next but human sacrifice? 

A story at once mythic and strikingly timely, Sarah Moss’s Ghost Wall urges us to wonder how far we have come from the “primitive minds” of our ancestors.