The Cold, Cold Ground
By:
Adrian McKinty
December 9, 2015
Reviewed by: Robin

I discovered a new mystery series that is set in Ireland in the 80's during the "troubles". Sean Duffy is a Catholic cop in war torn Northern Ireland. Solving crimes is not easy when you are constantly watching your back and checking under your car for bombs. This is an atmospheric book that reveals the depth of the problems in Ireland at the time while also being a great mystery read.

The Marvels
By:
Brian Selznick
December 7, 2015
Reviewed by: Kris

The Marvels is as magical and wondrous as Selznick’s The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck. The first part of the story is told entirely in drawings which chronicles a family of actors. The story picks up in 1990 when a child connects with an uncle he’s never met in a house that can be only described as magical. I loved Hugo Cabret but I daresay I loved The Marvels even more.

The Tapper Twins Tear Up New York
By:
Geoff Rodkey
December 2, 2015
Reviewed by: Steve

In the second volume of the consistently funny series, the Tapper twins are rivals in a citywide scavenger hunt. The tasks in the hunt are mostly inspired by interesting, real-world New York sites, like Dominique Ansel's cronut bakery or the Staten Island Ferry. I got a palpable sense of traveling around the city while enjoying this book.

The Seventh Trumpet
By:
Peter Tremayne
November 30, 2015
Reviewed by: Tonia

Follow Sister Fidelma, crime solving sister to the High King in 7th century Ireland, as she tries to the mystery of who killed a young nobleman. Readers who love a good historical “whodunit” should try this series by author, and renowned Celtic scholar, Peter Tremayne.

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer
By:
Carole Boston Weatherford
November 27, 2015
Reviewed by: Desi

This lushly illustrated book chronicles the life of Fannie Lou Hamer. Readers are introduced to the harsh realities of southern life for many African Americans during the civil rights era. The topics of share cropping, Jim Crow laws, and the sterilization program are covered as readers learn about Fannie Lou Hamer's quest for equal rights.

Water Knife
By:
Paolo Bacigalupi
November 23, 2015
Reviewed by: Nancy

Water has become by far the most precious commodity in the American southwest. Everyone is fighting over water--states, local governments, citizens. We’re talking militias and gangs here, as well as courtroom battles. In this dangerous world, Angel Velasquez is a “water knife,” a ruthless enforcer of water rights. Lucy Monroe is a prize-winning journalist determined to report on the grim reality no matter the risk. Maria Villarosa is an orphaned teenager desperately looking for escape to a better place. Each has a role to play in this gritty, apocalyptic thriller.

Honor Girl
By:
Maggie Thrash
November 21, 2015
Reviewed by: Kristin

In this bittersweet graphic memoir, fifteen-year-old Maggie experiences first love while at summer camp when she develops feelings for an older, female counselor. Maggie struggles with her own feelings and concerns about what others will think. She also moves through phases of having a crush to realizing her feelings might be reciprocated. As her friends become aware of the situation their treatment of her changes (though most are supportive).

Ready Player One
By:
Ernest Cline
November 18, 2015
Reviewed by: Lindsay

I have to say, after reading this book, I definitely think I leveled up (pun intended) my knowledge of everything 80's. Whether it is video games, music, movies, or television shows, if you feel any nostalgia for this time period this book will speak to you. Even if the 80's wasn’t your jam, this novel offers plenty of excitement with a solid SF/action adventure story, complete with evil corporations, a decaying planet, and an all-encompassing virtual reality…and did I mention the audio book is narrated by Wil Wheaton?

Without You, There is No Us
By:
Suki Kim
November 16, 2015
Reviewed by: Chrissie

In the insightful book Without You There is No Us, Suki Kim chronicles her teaching experience in North Korea. She attempts to find out what the young men she teaches really know about North Korea’s relationship to the rest of the world without attracting attention from her handlers. This is a personal experience for Kim; her own family was separated during the Korean War. Kim’s account is insightful and packs an emotional punch.

Goodbye Stranger
By:
Rebecca Stead
November 13, 2015
Reviewed by: Kris

Bridge is an accident survivor and this story takes place after her physical recovery from being hit by a car. She has taken to wearing cat ears all of the time which her new friends, Emily and Tabitha, find odd but they go with it. She also has a new friend, Sherm. It's fun to watch their relationship blossom from platonic to possibly something more. Stead weaves a second story with an unnamed character who is struggling with something that she did. As I read her story, I felt her pain. I was especially moved when this girl asked herself, “Who’s the real you?