Youth and Teen

Jessica: First Day of Groot by Brendan Deneen

Just like the rest of us, Groot’s learning that there’s a first time (and a first day!) for everything. Follow Rocket and Groot as they set off across the galaxy learning new lessons, developing new skills, and making new memories with friends along the way.

With so many new experiences on the horizon, Groot’s sure to have a first day rooted in spectacular fun, heroics, and everything in between. Don’t be late for this thrilling adventure with the mightiest heroes from Earth and beyond!

Why I like It: It’s about getting along, sharing, and working together as a team.

Jake: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief By Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse – Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena – Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.

Why I like It: This is book one of a two part series. Each series has 5 books. The reason I love this book is because it mixes the ancient Greek Mythology of the past with the modern age. Riordan’s take on Greek Mythology in the modern world is not only funny but fascinating and fun.


Patty: The Life we Bury by Allen Eskens

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe’s life is ever the same.

Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran–and a convicted murderer. Joe, along with his skeptical female neighbor, throws himself into uncovering the truth.

Why I like it: It is a riveting, fast-paced story with unexpected twists and likable characters. 

Sandy: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.

But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.

Why I like it: If you like dry humor and a quirky main character, then saddle up for an adventure of the world through the eyes of socially awkward Eleanor. She’s an office worker in Glasgow with a complicated past. And she’s fine, perfectly fine with her life… until the day she develops a crush on a member of a local band and things go awry. Equal parts hilarious and profound. 

Marissa: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt

Shots rang out in Savannah’s grandest mansion in the misty, early morning hours of May 2, 1981. Was it murder or self-defense? For nearly a decade, the shooting and its aftermath reverberated throughout this hauntingly beautiful city of moss-hung oaks and shaded squares. John Berendt’s sharply observed, suspenseful, and witty narrative reads like a thoroughly engrossing novel, and yet it is a work of nonfiction. Berendt skillfully interweaves a hugely entertaining first-person account of life in this isolated remnant of the Old South with the unpredictable twists and turns of a landmark murder case.

Why I like it: Nothing says autumn like a good true crime novel! Bonus for taking place in the beautiful city of Savannah for those experiencing end-of-summer wanderlust.

Jake: Forgotten Holocaust: The Poles under German Occupation 1939-1945 by  Richard C. Lukas

This author examines the extraordinary circumstances in which Poles found themselves during the Nazi Occupation. Poland had some of the toughest laws under Nazi occupation than any other occupied countries. Just giving a Jewish person bread or water was a death sentence for those that were caught. In his book, Mr. Lukas documents how the Nazi’s systematically targeted the Polish-Christian population and other minorities of non-Jewish ancestry. Mr. Lukas highlights the forgotten Holocaust victims.

Why I like it: September marks the 80th year of the outbreak of World War 2, yet many have forgotten these victims of the Holocaust. This powerful book documents one of the worse periods in Human history and calls on readers to remember all the victims of the Holocaust.



Jake: Avengers: Endgame

The story follows 23 days after the previous film. Adrift in space with no food or water, Tony Stark sends a message to Pepper Potts as his oxygen supply starts to dwindle. Meanwhile, the remaining Avengers — Thor, Black Widow, Captain America and Bruce Banner — must figure out a way to bring back their vanquished allies for an epic showdown with Thanos — the evil demigod who decimated the planet and the universe.

Just Released: August 13th