May Adult Staff Picks

eveShotgun Lovesongs
Nickolas Butler

I am an impatient reader and if books become too descriptive I tend to skim until the action starts up again. In “Shotgun Lovesongs” I found myself reading every word and sometimes rereading descriptive passages several times because I loved the way they were written. It has been placed on my “Read Again” list.
-Debbie

Harry QuebertThe Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair
Joel Dicker

Already an international bestseller, “The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair” is a fast-paced thriller packed with unique characters and plenty of twists that will have you guessing until the very end.
-Mike

Fear NothingFear Nothing
Lisa Gardner

The last thing Boston Detective D.D. Warren remembers is walking the crime scene after dark. Then, a creaking floorboard, a low voice crooning in her ear–she is later told she managed to discharge her weapon three times. All she knows is that she is seriously injured, unable to move her left arm, unable to return to work.
-Crystal

EveEve
Iris Johansen

Eve Duncan’s mission in life is to bring closure to the families who have experienced the agony of a missing child. As a forensic sculptor, she is able to piece together bones, create a face, and bring an identity to a child who would have otherwise gone unidentified. Eve is brilliant, driven, and tormented—because her own daughter, Bonnie, was taken from her years ago.
-Crystal


EveMr. Churchill’s Secretary
by Susan Elia MacNeal

This period piece is the first in a series of three books about Maggie Hope, a young woman from America who returns to England in search of her roots. She gets caught up in the events of the day, landing a job as a secretary for Winston Churchill, replacing a young woman who is found murdered. Of course, Maggie finds herself in danger as she attempts to solve the murder and find out what really happened to her parents, supposedly killed under mysterious circumstances. A delightful new mystery series for fans of historical fiction set in the backdrop of war-time Britain.
-Robin


This is whereThis is where I leave you
Jonathan Tropper

“This Is Where I Leave You” is Jonathan Tropper’s most accomplished work to date, and a riotously funny, emotionally raw novel about love, marriage, divorce, family, and the ties that bind, whether we like it or not.
-Serena


Ten Tiny BreathsTen Tiny Breaths K. A. Tucker
Kacey Cleary’s whole life imploded four years ago in a drunk-driving accident. Now she’s working hard to bury the pieces left behind. All but one: her little sister, Livie. Kacey can swallow the constant disapproval from her born-again aunt Darla over her self-destructive lifestyle; she can stop herself from going kick-boxer crazy on Uncle Raymond when he loses the girls’ college funds at a blackjack table. She just needs to keep it together until Livie is no longer a minor, and then they can get the hell out of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
-Heather


Henrietta LacksThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Rebecca Skloot

Henrietta Lacks, as HeLa, is known to present-day scientists for her cells from cervical cancer. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells were taken without her knowledge and still live decades after her death.
-Crystal

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American Girl Book Club: Kirsten

American Girl fans from Kindergarten-6th grade met on May 15 to discuss the American Girl of the month, Kirsten Larson. We talked about what it was like growing up on the American frontier, tried blueberry muffins, and created some fun crafts.

Kirsten Larson migrates to the American frontier from Sweden to the United States at age nine. In the book “Happy Birthday, Kirsten!” Kirsten’s friends sew a quilt for her birthday gift. This was a fun pastime for children in the 1800’s and quilts held special meanings for both the receiver and the quilter. With that in mind the first craft was for each girl to decorate their own quilt square.

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The girls working hard on their quilt squares.

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The finished product!

Next we made our very own American Girl necklaces using a Scrabble tile kit with epoxy stickers and small jewelry bails. The girls traced and cut out their American Girl printed images, attached the image to the tile with an epoxy sticker, and fastened the bailer to the back of the tile with a small glue dot. Then we put our new pendants on a chain necklace and proudly wore them home.

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An example of the American Girl necklaces we made.

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We are so proud of our crafts!

We all had a wonderful time during our American Girl Kirsten book club and all of the girls worked really hard on their craft projects. Be sure to stop by the Mooresville Public Library’s Youth Services department to see the quilt that the girls made together!

Megan Mosher
Library Assistant II

Young Adult Picks for May

Here are our May picks of Young Adult books you will love!

Matched Matched
by Ally Condie

YA CON
Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander’s face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate… until she sees Ky Markham’s face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. -Crystal

Maze Runner The Maze Runner
by James Dashner

YA DAS
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers–boys whose memories are also gone. Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out–and no one’s ever made it through alive. -Crystal

Uninvited Uninvited
by Sophie Jordan

YA JOR
Davy had everything—a terrific boyfriend, the homecoming crown, a bright future at Juilliard—but when her genetic tests come back positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome, she loses it all. She is placed in a special class with other “carriers” who are treated like the murderers they someday might become. Only Sean, a fellow HTS carrier, can relate to her new life and tells her that she alone controls her actions—not the code embedded in her DNA. But even if she can learn to trust him, can Davy trust herself? -Megan

giver The Giver
by Lois Lowry

YA LOW
Jonas’ world is perfect. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver, who alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. It is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back. -Megan

tankborn Tankborn
Karen Sandler

YA SAN
Kayla and Mishalla, two genetically engineered non-human slaves (GENs), fall in love with higher-status boys, discover deep secrets about the creation of GENs, and find out what it means to be human. -Serena

red scarf girl Red Scarf Girl: a Memoir of the Cultural Revolution
By: Ji-li Jiang

YAB JIA
An engrossing biography from Ji-li Jiang as she recounts her experiences growing up under Chairman Mao’s New China and then the dramatic changes which occurred to her and her family during the Cultural Revolution. -Megan

May Youth Services Picks

Here are our May picks of Kids books that we know you’ll love:

buzz Buzz, Buzz, Baby!
by Karen Katz

BB KAT
Explore with baby in this lift-the-flap board book and discover all kinds of fun bugs!
-Megan

Crictor Crictor
by Tomi Ungerer
E UNG
An elderly French woman receives an unusual gift from her son, a boa constrictor she takes around town and dotes upon. Beautifully illustrated and just plain fun!
-Mike

boris Boris Sees the Light
by Andrew Joyner
J Joy
Boris and his friends Frederick and Alice are camping in the backyard, but it is very dark–except for a mysterious light moving through the bushes.
-Serena

secretsbook Secrets of the Book
Erin Fry
J FRY
Sixth grader Spencer Lemon has a degenerative eye disease—and he’s rapidly losing his eyesight—so he has no idea why he was chosen to guard Pandora’s Book. When Ed hands over the book, he doesn’t get a chance to explain any of the rules to Spencer. Spencer only knows that the book contains famous dead people—people who can be brought back to life. Spencer and his autistic best friend, Gregor, soon figure out how to get people out of the book, but not how to get them back in.
-Crystal

fairest Fairest of All
Sarah Mlynowski
J MLY
After moving to a new house, ten-year-old Abby and her younger brother Jonah discover an antique mirror that transports them into the “Snow White” fairy tale. Book #1 of a series.
-Megan

stayalive Stay Alive #1 Crash
Joseph Monninger
J MON
When the members of Junior Action News Team crash land in the Alaskan backwoods, one thing is clear: not everyone is going to survive. No cell phones. No internet. Their supplies are limited, as is their knowledge of the wilderness. Part of the group wants to wait it out. Other wants to search for help. But above all they must stay alive!
-Crystal

Pie Pie
Sarah Weeks
J WEE
Alice’s aunt Polly passes away and entrusts the recipe for her world-famous pie crust to her cat, which she leaves in Alice’s care. As everyone tries to discover the secret ingredients, Alice learns some important lessons about faith, love, and family. A sweet mystery you’re sure to enjoy!
-Megan

Chew on This Chew on This: Everything You Don’t Want to Know About Fast Food
by Eric Schlosser
J 394.1 SCH
This book reveals the truth about what lurks between those sesame seed buns, what a chicken “nugget” really is, and how the fast food industry has grown and developed.
-Megan