April Kids Picks

Here’s some of our favorite kids books we’ve been reading–we hope you’ll love them too!

Awesome Minecraft Building Ideas Awesome Minecraft Building Ideas
J 794.8 MIN

Ever wanted to build something in Minecraft? This guide answers all your questions!
-Serena

Sam & Dave Dig a Hole Sam & Dave Dig a Hole
by Mac Barnett

E BAR

Two boys decide to dig until they find something spectacular. Kids will love watching as Sam and Dave dig humorously close to diamonds but keep missing them.
-Mike

I Dare You Not to Yawn I Dare You Not to Yawn
by Hélène Boudreau

E BOU

A boy gives yawn-resisting tips to avoid bed, but it just may be inevitable!
-Mike

The Kind of Friends We Used to Be The Kind of Friends We Used to Be
by Frances O’Roark Dowell

J DOW

Kate and Marylin are best friends forever… Well, except for last year when they weren’t friends anymore… And except for this year when they both want to be friends again, but just don’t know how.
-Crystal

The Day My Butt Went Psycho The Day My Butt Went Psycho
by Andy Griffiths

J GRI

When Zack’s butt decides to run away, Zack ends up on a journey across the Great Windy Desert, through the Brown Forest, and over the Sea of Butts before descending into the heart of an explosive buttcano to face the biggest butt of all. My son thought this book series was hysterical.
-Serena

Everything on a Waffle Everything on a Waffle
by Polly Horvath

J HOR

In the small Canadian town of Coal Harbour, in a quaint restaurant called The Girl on the Red Swing, everything comes on a waffle–lasagna, fish, you name it. Even waffles! Eleven-year-old Primrose Squarp loves this homey place, especially its owner, Kate Bowzer, who takes her under her wing, teaches her how to cook, and doesn t patronize or chastise her, even when she puts her guinea pig too close to the oven and it catches fire. Primrose can use a little extra attention. Her parents were lost at sea, and everyone but her thinks they are dead.
-Crystal

The Mailbox The Mailbox
by Audrey Shafer

J SHA

Vernon Culligan had been dead to the town of Draydon, Virginia, so long that when the crusty Vietnam vet finally died, only one person noticed. Twelve-year-old Gabe grew up in the foster care system until a social worker located his Uncle Vernon two years before. When he comes home to discover that his uncle has died of a heart attack, he’s terrifed of going back into the system–so he tells no one. The next day, he discovers a strange note in his mailbox: I HAVE A SECRET. DO NOT BE AFRAID. And his uncle’s body is gone.
-Crystal

You’ll Like it Here (Everybody Does) You’ll Like it Here (Everybody Does)
by Ruth White

J WHI

While Meggie and David Blue are from another planet, they’re a lot like Earth kids, with similar hopes and dreams, and can’t wait to grow up. But they also have grossly unique qualities, such as blue streaks in their hair that pop up randomly and language skills that sound like nothing on this planet. The story takes these alien kids, along with their mother and grandfather, by accident, to a far planet in which the society is not only oppressive but hostile to individual freedom.
-Crystal

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April Adult Picks

Here’s what we’ve been reading lately. What about you?

Inside the O'Briens Inside the O’Briens
by Lisa Genova
F GEN
Joe O’Brien, a veteran police officer, is just not acting the same. His wife Rose finally convinces him to go to the doctor where he is diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease. They have four children and each child has a 50/50 chance of coming down with HD. The children rally around Joe, supporting him as his symptoms worsen, each trying to decide if they want to be tested for the gene. A heartbreaking, heartwarming story of love and commitment and family. -Debbie

Girl On the Train Girl On the Train
by Paula Hawkins
F HAW
Brings back memories (in some ways) of Rear Window, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, but with a more in depth psycho-emotional plot. The plot, by the way, is quite good. I do not believe you will figure it out until the end. Good read, but pay attention to details. -John

Station Eleven Station Eleven
by Emily St. John Mandel
F MAN
“Station Eleven” tells the story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity. Reading this inspired me to read The Passage by Justin Cronin, which I’m currently enjoying. -Serena

NYPD Red 3 NYPD Red 3
by James Patterson
F PAT
NYPD Red is the elite, highly trained task force assigned to protect the rich, the famous, and the connected. And Detective Zach Jordan and his partner Kylie MacDonald-the woman who broke his heart at the police academy-are the best of the best, brilliant and tireless investigators who will stop at nothing to deliver justice. -Crystal

Never Knowing Never Knowing
by Chevy Stevens
F STE
“Never Knowing” is a fast-paced, riveting, and adrenaline-filled psychological thriller. You will not want to put this book down! -Sara

Outcast Outcast Vol. 1 – A Darkness Surrounds Him
by Robert Kirkman
741.59 KIR
Well-crafted tale of a man seeking to understand why he is haunted by demonic possessions. For fans of Kirkman’s “The Walking Dead” or horror comics in general. -Mike

Lessons of History Lessons of History
by Will and Ariel Durant
901 DUR
Haven’t gotten around to reading Will and Ariel Durant’s 10-volume Pulitzer-winning “The Story of Civilization” yet? Try their concise and insightful “best parts” version instead. -Mike