Books & Readings

Staff Picks

ANCIENT MAGUS BRIDE BY KORE YAMAZAKI

Chise is a young lady who moves to the UK and becomes a sorcerer's apprentice. Said sorcerer, Elias, is a skulled shadow creature whose been around for hundreds of years. Within her apprenticeship, she gets tricked by fairies, babysits young dragons, completes a quest for talking cats, and even finds a canine familiar named Ruth. I will warn you that the beginning is horrible, but it all makes up for it in the amazing journeys Chise and Elisa embark on in this series. 

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek By Kim Michele Richardson

Cussy Mary Carter is the last of her kind, a Blue. Her skin is as blue as the Kentucky sky. Despite this, Cussy becomes a traveling librarian in President Roosevelt’s Kentucky Pack Horse Library Project, riding an old mule for miles each day in all types of weather to deliver reading materials to the poorest mountain folk. Daily facing physical harm and prejudice, Cussy is determined to bring the joy of books and reading to an area so poor that entire families perish from starvation. Known as “Book Woman” to these destitute but proud people, Cussy not only provides them with knowledge, but hope for a better life.

 

THE PENDERWICKS BY JEANNE BRIDSALL

The Penderwicks are four sisters: Rosalind, Skye, Jane, and Batty. They all go on vacation in a cottage at Arundel estate and the girl explore the estate to find the teenage groundskeeper, Cagney, who is keeping two rabbits in his home; and a little boy named Jefferey; who is a wiz at the piano. The book is calm for the most part but has intense drama when it’s needed. Everything works out in the end, and there are other books with the sisters growing up and maturing. 

Piggy Bunny by Rachel Vail

To his parents, Liam is a perfect little piglet. They tell him he is just as he should be. Liam is not content to be "just as he should be." He wants to be the Easter bunny. He practices hopping and eating salad and delivering eggs. He becomes pretty good with the hopping and delivering eggs part. Liking salad is going to take longer, however. With encouragement from his grandparents and an ill-fitting bunny suit, Liam soon becomes the Easter Bunny. So, if you have a dream, it just might become a reality.