Readers Guide

By Yvonne olson

The Worst Book Ever at the Library

The Worst Book Ever by Elise Gravel is, in fact, the worst book ever… in the best way possible. Too many authors are trying to write the story of Prinse Putrick and Prinsess Barbarotte and they all have different ideas of how they want the story to end. Their arguments and rewrites lead to scene changes, misspelled words, plot holes, and fart jokes. Add in an inappropriately screaming monster, and you most definitely have the worst book ever. (JNF 741.500 Gravel)

There is no such thing as ‘just a story.’ One story weaves its way into the next, and at a point, all of the stories entwine. When Alice was little, she ventured deep into the forest behind her house and came across a sticky, gigantic spiderweb. Her dad had told her that it was called the Story Web, and that the people who can see the web need to take care of it. Now, the web is in danger, and Alice must find out how to mend it in The Story Web by Megan Frazer Blakemore. (JF)

After the end of World War II and the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hanako and her family are forced to move to Japan due to their heritage. Hiroshima is in shambles after America dropped bombs of their own, and Hanako’s grandparents live right outside the destroyed city. Her family is starving and there are orphans crowding the streets. In A Place to Belong by Cynthia Kadohata, Hanako must adapt to her new world and find a way to help her family. (JF)

When Zayneb confronts her teacher for his Islamophobia, she is suspended from school. Hoping to dull her anger, her parents send her to her aunt in Doha and warn her not to get in trouble. On the flight, Zayneb meets Adam, a college dropout recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. As the two grow closer and Zayneb spends more time with her aunt, her anger at the oppression she’s faced grows. In Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali, Zayneb learns which fights are worth fighting. (YPF)

Elisabeth Scrivener has been told that sorcerers are evil since she was a foundling in one of the great libraries. She has dreamt of becoming a warden of the grimoires, charged to keep the knowledge and magic within its walls. When a mysterious force begins sabotaging her beloved library, Elisabeth becomes the suspect and has to team up with a sorcerer to keep herself safe. Loyalties and magic are questioned in Margaret Rogerson’s Sorcery of Thorns. (YPF)

Freddy and Laura Dean’s relationship has been in a cycle of break-ups and get-togethers since they first started dating. Freddy feels like an inconvenience to her girlfriend, only being called upon to hang out when Laura Dean is free. After seeing a psychic, Freddy is told she has to break the cycle in order to be happy again. Mariko Tamaki’s Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me is the story of Freddy’s struggle to balance her relationships. (YP 741.500 Tamaki)

Other recommended titles:

  • Jacked Up by Erica Sage (YPF)
  • Birthday by Meredith Russo (YPF)
  • Keep This to Yourself by Tom Ryan (YPM)
  • Jaclyn Hyde by Annabeth Bondor-Stone (JF)
  • Time Sight by Lynne Jonell (JF)
  • Me and Sam-Sam Handle the Apocalypse by Susan Vaught (JF)




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