July Adult Staff Picks

Squeezing in on the last day of the month, here’s our list of Adult Staff Picks for July:

Walking on Water Walking on Water
by Richard Paul Evans


In this fifth New York Times bestseller in the Walk series, Richard Paul Evans’ hero Alan Christoffersen must say some painful goodbyes and learn some important lessons as he comes to the end of his cross-country walk to Key West.

Various Haunts The Various Haunts of Men
by Susan Hill


From the passages revealing the killer’s mind to the final heart-stopping twist, The Various Haunts of Men is an astounding and masterly crime debut, the first in what promises to be a magnificent series featuring Simon Serrailler.

Invisible Invisible
by James Patterson


Everyone thinks Emmy Dockery is crazy. Obsessed with finding the link between hundreds of unsolved cases, Emmy has taken leave from her job as an FBI researcher. Now all she has are the newspaper clippings that wallpaper her bedroom, and her recurring nightmares of an all-consuming fire. Could one person really be responsible for these unthinkable crimes and can she get anyone to believe her?

Cop Town Cop Town
by Karen Slaughter


Relentlessly paced, acutely observed, wickedly funny, and often heartbreaking, Cop Town is Karin Slaughter’s most powerful novel yet—a tour de force of storytelling from our foremost master of character, atmosphere, and suspense.

The Martian The Martian
by Andy Weir


A modern day Robinson Crusoe fights for his life after his crew mistakes him for dead and strands him on Mars. Though sometimes too technical for its own good, the story is an inventive take on the survival genre.

Kids Staff Picks for July

Kids– need some more books to read? We have them right here:

Wooden Teeth Wooden Teeth and Jellybeans
by Jay Nelson Jr.

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Learn about the lives of each president and what he faced while holding our nation’s highest office. Cute cartoons and illustrations, and easy-to-learn interesting and funny facts about the lives of the presidents.

Almost Home Almost Home
by Joan Bauer


Sixth-grader Sugar and her mother lose their beloved house and experience the harsh world of homelessness.

Amulet Amulet
by Kazu Kibuishi


After moving to their ancestral home, Emily and Navin’s mother is kidnapped by a tentacled creature in the basement that leads the children on a deadly chase into the magical world below their home. Book #1

Day of Tears Day of Tears
by Jules Lester


When gambling debts and greed enter into the Butler household, Pierce Butler decides to host a slave auction and breaks his promise by selling Emma, his most-valued slave and caretaker of his children–a decision that brings about unthinkable consequences.

Candymakers The Candymakers
by Wendy Mass


When four twelve-year-olds, including Logan, who has grown up never leaving his parents’ Life Is Sweet candy factory, compete in the Confectionary Association’s annual contest, they unexpectedly become friends and uncover secrets about themselves.

Unwanteds The Unwanteds
by Lisa McMann


In a society that purges thirteen-year-olds who are creative, identical twins Aaron and Alex are separated, one to attend University while the other, supposedly Eliminated, finds himself in a wondrous place where youths learn magic. Book #1

Sugar Sugar
by Jewell Rhodes


In 1870, Reconstruction brings big changes to the Louisiana sugar plantation where spunky ten-year-old Sugar has always lived, including her friendship with Billy, the son of her former master, and the arrival of workmen from China.

Treehouse The Treehouse that Jack Built
by Bonnie Verburg


Here is the boy up in the tree where he built a house overlooking the sea. Yes! This is the tree house that Jack built! With ladders, swings, turrets, and elaborate pulley systems everywhere– animals chase one another over, under, around, and through. And then– the bell rings. Where are all the animals going?

Stick Dog Stick Dog
by Tom Watson


“Stick Dog and his four friends – Stripes, Mutt, Poo-Poo and Karen – will do anything to steal some sweet-smelling hamburgers from a family at Picasso Park!”

Custard The Tale of Custard the Dragon
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A hapless dragon wards off the threats of a pirate in this humorous story-length poem.

July Young Adult Picks

The Summer Reading program continues: earn some coins for your school by reading some of these staff picks!

Don't Look Back Don’t Look Back
by Jennifer Armentrout


Seventeen-year-old Sam seems to have everything until she and her best friend, Cassie, disappear one night and now Sam has returned with amnesia, striving to be a much better person and aware that her not remembering may be the only thing keeping Cassie alive.

Artemis Fowl Artemis Fowl
by Eoin Colfer


In this graphic novel adaptation, a twelve-year-old evil genius tries to restore his family fortune by capturing a fairy and demanding a ransom in gold. But the fairies fight back with magic, technology, and a nasty troll.

Wake Wake
by Amanda Hocking


In the quiet seaside town of Capri, sixteen-year-old Gemma enjoys a close bond with her sister Harper and a growing attraction to next-door neighbor with Alex, but everything changes when, after partying with newcomers Penn, Lexi, and Thea, Gemma discovers she has powers that will force a terrible choice.

These Broken Stars These Broken Stars
by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner


Two star-crossed lovers must fight for survival when they crash land on a seemingly uninhabited planet.

Alienated Alienated
by Melissa Landers


High school senior Cara Sweeney gets more than she bargained for when she agrees to participate in earth’s first intergalactic high school exchange program.

Legend Legend
by Marie Lu


In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, 15-year-olds Day, a famous criminal, and prodigy June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover they have a common enemy. Book #1 in a series.

Confessions Confessions: The Private School Murders
by James Patterson


Teenage detective Tandy Angel attempts to exonerate her famous brother of murder charges, track down a New York City killer, and figure out what happened to her lost love. Book #2 in a series.

Lying The Lying Game
by Sara Shepard


Seventeen-year-old Emma Paxton steps into the life of her long-lost twin Sutton to solve her murder, while Sutton looks on from her afterlife.