Recommended Reads

Recommended Reads


Most Checked Out & Requested Books in September at Charlestown-Clark County Public Library

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  1. 1st Case - Patterson, James/ Tebbetts, Chris
  2. The return - Sparks, Nicholas
  3. Deadly Cross - Patterson, James
  4. The Coast-to-coast Murders - Patterson, James/ Barker, J. D.
  5. 28 summers : a novel - Hilderbrand, Elin
  6. Thick as thieves - Brown, Sandra
  7. Deadlock - Coulter, Catherine
  8. Shadows in death : An Eve Dallas Novel - Robb, J. D.
  9. The sentinel - Child, Lee
  10. Chance of a Lifetime - Deveraux, Jude/ Sheets, Tara
  11. The lost and found bookshop - Wiggs, Susan
  12. Christmas Cupcake Murder - Fluke, Joanne
  13. Three Women Disappear - Patterson, James/ Serafin, Shan
  14. A Time for Mercy - Grisham, John
  15. Jingle all the way : a novel - Macomber, Debbie
  16. Midnight Sun - Meyer, Stephenie
  17. The awakening - Roberts, Nora
  18. Chaos - Johansen, Iris
  19. Dreaming Death - Graham, Heather
  20. Fortune and glory : tantalizing twenty-seven - Evanovich, Janet
  21. You Betrayed Me - Jackson, Lisa
  22. A walk along the beach : a novel - Macomber, Debbie
  23. Murder Thy Neighbor - Patterson, James
  24. The Brightest Star - Michaels, Fern
  25. Apple picking time - Slawson, Michele Benoit
  26. Daylight - Baldacci, David
  27. Dog man 9 - Pilkey, Dav
  28. Royal - Steel, Danielle
  29. The 20th Victim - Patterson, James/ Paetro, Maxine
  30. Too much and never enough : how my family created the world's most dangerous man - Trump, Mary L.
  31. All That Glitters - Steel, Danielle
  32. Apples, apples, apples - Wallace, Nancy Elizabeth
  33. Battle Ground - Butcher, Jim
  34. Daddy's girls - Steel, Danielle
  35. Deadly Touch - Graham, Heather
  36. Dog Man unleashed - Pilkey, Dav
  37. Return to Virgin River - Carr, Robyn
  38. The Book of Two Ways - Picoult, Jodi
  39. The Stone Wall - Lewis, Beverly
  40. A week at the shore - Delinsky, Barbara
  41. All the devils are here - Penny, Louise
  42. Bad apple : a tale of friendship - Hemingway, Edward
  43. Eat what you love : restaurant favorites - Koch, Marlene
  44. Hideaway - Roberts, Nora
  45. Llama Llama Gram and Grandpa - Dewdney, Anna
  46. Someone to romance : a Westcott novel
  47. Super dinosaur encyclopedia
  48. The 13 days of Halloween - Greene, Carol
  49. The Christmas swap - Carlson, Melody
  50. The Friendship List - Mallery, Susan
  51. The Midwife Murders - Patterson, James/ Dilallo
  52. The apple pie tree - Hall, Zoe
  53. The black swan of Paris - Robards, Karen
  54. The falcon always wings twice : a Meg Langslow mystery - Andrews, Donna
  55. The order - Silva, Daniel
  56. The splendid and the vile / A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance during the Blitz - Larson, Erik
  57. Walk the Wire - Baldacci, David
  58. Wonderfall - Hall, Michael
  59. Anxious People - Backman, Fredrik
  60. Baby-sitters little sister : Karen's roller skates. - Farina, Katy
  61. Bitter Pill - Michaels, Fern
  62. Cajun justice - Patterson, James
  63. Choppy water - Woods, Stuart
  64. Construction cat - Odanaka, Barbara
  65. Credible threat - Jance, Judith A.
  66. Dog man : Brawl of the wild - Pilkey, Dav
  67. Fall leaves fall! - Hall, Zoe
  68. Five little pumpkins - Dean, James
  69. Gurple and Preen - Park, Linda Sue
  70. Halloween night - Hatch, Elizabeth
  71. Harry Potter and the sorcerer's stone v.1 - Rowling, J. K.
  72. Hello, Summer - Andrews, Mary Kay
  73. In the middle of fall - Henkes, Kevin
  74. Llama Llama loves to read - Dewdney, Anna
  75. Llama Llama mess mess mess - Dewdney, Anna
  76. Llama Llama time to share - Dewdney, Anna
  77. Manners are not for monkeys! - Tekavec, Heather
  78. Moonlight - Rylant, Cynthia
  79. Near dark : a thriller - Thor, Brad
  80. Parting Shot - Barclay, Linwood
  81. Pete the Cat and the unicorn's missing colors - Dean, Kim
  82. Pete the cat and the itsy bitsy spider - Dean, James
  83. Piece of My Heart - Clark, Mary Higgins/ Burke, Alafair
  84. Say no more - Rose, Karen
  85. Sisters - Telgemeier, Raina
  86. Texas Outlaw - Patterson, James/ Bourelle, Andrew
  87. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes - Collins, Suzanne
  88. The Law of Innocence - Connelly, Michael
  89. The Silent Wife - Slaughter, Karin
  90. The Ultimate Betrayal - Martin, Kat
  91. The little ghost who lost her boo! - Bickell, Elaine
  92. The mixed-up chameleon - Carle, Eric
  93. The way of love - Peterson, Tracie
  94. There's an alien in your book - Fletcher, Tom
  95. Total Power - Flynn, Vince/ Mills, Kyle
  96. Ultimate dinosaur - Palmer, Douglas
  97. Why do leaves change color? - Maestro, Betsy
  98. ou don't want a dragon! - Dyckman, Ame
  99. ABC school's for me! - Katz, Susan B.
  100. Arthur jumps into fall - Brown, Marc Tolon
  101. Bob books. Set 1 - Maslen, Bobby Lynn
  102. Camino Winds - Grisham, John
  103. Close up - Quick, Amanda
  104. Colors versus shapes - Boldt, Mike
  105. Come with me on Halloween - Kimball, Linda Hoffman
  106. Creepy pair of underwear! - Reynolds, Aaron
  107. Diary of a wimpy kid v.1 - Kinney, Jeff
  108. Diary of a wimpy kid v.14 : wrecking ball - Kinney, Jeff
  109. Diary of a wimpy kid v.2 : Rodrick rules - Kinney, Jeff
  110. Diary of a wimpy kid v.5 : the ugly truth - Kinney, Jeff
  111. Diary of a wimpy kid v.8 : hard luck - Kinney, Jeff
  112. Dinosaurs! - Gibbons, Gail
  113. Dungeon Crawl! - Eliopulos, Nick/ Flowers, Luke
  114. Fair Warning - Connelly, Michael
  115. Froggy's Halloween - London, Jonathan
  116. Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban v.3 - Rowling, J. K.
  117. Hey, who made this mess? - Gallanosa, Primo
  118. Holding out for Christmas - Dailey, Janet
  119. Johnny Appleseed plants trees across the land - Braun, Eric
  120. Killing Crazy Horse : the merciless Indian wars in America - O'Reilly, Bill
  121. Lalaloopsy : Let's Pick Apples! - Simon, Jenne/ Hill, Prescott
  122. Mind your manners, B.B. Wolf - Sierra, Judy
  123. Monsters love colors - Austin, Mike
  124. Murder Most Sweet - Walker, Laura Jensen
  125. One Good Deed - Baldacci, David
  126. One by one - Ware, Ruth
  127. Pete the cat's trip to the supermarket - Dean, James
  128. Revenge - Patterson, James/ Holmes, Andrew
  129. Shakeup - Woods, Stuart
  130. Silent bite / An Andy Carpenter Mystery - Rosenfelt, David
  131. Stamped : racism, antiracism, and you - Reynolds, Jason
  132. Sucker punch - Hamilton, Laurell K.
  133. The Attack - Griffin, W. E. B./ Butterworth, William E.
  134. The Guest List - Foley, Lucy
  135. The Noel Letters - Evans, Richard Paul
  136. The Second Mother - Milchman, Jenny
  137. The battle of the Labyrinth v.4 - Riordan, Rick
  138. The beast of bites - Peterson, Coyote
  139. The dark prophecy v.2 - Riordan, Rick
  140. The evening and the morning - Follett, Ken
  141. The pout-pout fish - Diesen, Deborah
  142. The ugly pumpkin - Horowitz, Dave
  143. Then she vanished - Parker, T. Jefferson
  144. To Tell You the Truth - Macmillan, Gilly
  145. Trick or treat, smell my feet - De Groat, Diane
  146. Tucker's apple-dandy day - Winget, Susan
  147. Uni goes to school : an Amy Krouse Rosenthal book - Rosenthal, Amy Krouse
  148. What pet should I get? - Seuss, Dr.
  149. Whirlwind - Dailey, Janet
  150. Wyoming True - Palmer, Diana

A Spotlight on Books about Social Equality

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Adult Nonfiction

The Black and the Blue by Matthew Horace
Veteran police officer and CNN law enforcement analyst Matthew Horace offers an unforgettable account of the racism, bigotry, and colorlines that permeate America's law enforcement culture, institution, and system, and lays out a blueprint for change.

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
Set amid the civil rights movement, the never-before-told true story of NASA’s African-American female mathematicians who played a crucial role in America’s space program.

And Still I Rise: Black America Since MLK by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
A timeline and chronicle of the past fifty years of black history in the U.S. in more than 350 photos.

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Coates shares with his son—and readers—the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children’s lives were taken as American plunder.

The Black List by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
Twenty-five prominent African-Americans of various professions, disciplines, and backgrounds offer their own stories and insights on the struggles, triumphs, and joys of black life in America and, in the process, redefine "black list" for a new century.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
An autobiography describing the early years of Maya Angelou’s life. The first in a seven-volume series, it is a coming-of-age story that illustrates how strength of character and a love of literature can help overcome racism and trauma.

Adult Fiction

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
Newlyweds Celestial and Roy, the living embodiment of the New South, are settling into the routine of their life together when Roy is sent to prison for a crime he didn't commit. An insightful look into the lives of people who are bound and separated by forces beyond their control.

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
A journey through Mississippi’s past and present that is both an intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle. Grapples with the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power, and limitations, of the bonds of family.

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates
The story of the enslaved Hiram Walker, who can't remember the mother he lost young but is blessed with mysterious powers and is determined to join the war on slavery, escape the plantation, and rescue the family he made for himself there.

Beloved by Toni Morrison
Brings the unimaginable experience of slavery into the literature of today and into the reader's comprehension.

Teen Books

SLAY by Brittney Morris
By day, seventeen-year-old Kiera Johnson is an honors student, a math tutor, and one of the only Black kids at Jefferson Academy. But at home, she joins hundreds of thousands of Black gamers who duel worldwide as Nubian personas in the secret multiplayer online role-playing card game, SLAY. No one knows Kiera is the game developer, not her friends, her family, not even her boyfriend, Malcolm, who believes video games are partially responsible for the "downfall of the Black man,” Driven to save the only world in which she can be herself, Kiera must preserve her secret identity and harness what it means to be unapologetically Black in a world intimidated by Blackness. But can she protect her game without losing herself in the process?

Monster by Walter Dean Myers
As a way of coping with the horrific events that entangle him, Steve, an amateur filmmaker, decides to transcribe his trial into a script, just like in the movies. He writes it all down, scene by scene, the story of how his whole life was turned around in an instant. But despite his efforts, reality is blurred and his vision obscured until he can no longer tell who he is or what is the truth. This compelling novel is Walter Dean Myers's writing at its best.

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
Rashad and Quinn—one black, one white, both American—face the unspeakable truth that racism and prejudice didn’t die after the civil rights movement. There’s a future at stake, a future where no one else will have to be absent because of police brutality. They just have to risk everything to change the world. Cuz that’s how it can end.

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
An ode to Put the Damn Guns Down, this is New York Times bestseller Jason Reynolds’s fiercely stunning novel that takes place in sixty potent seconds—the time it takes a kid to decide whether or not he’s going to murder the guy who killed his brother.
Told in short, fierce staccato narrative verse, Long Way Down is a fast and furious, dazzlingly brilliant look at teenage gun violence, as could only be told by Jason Reynolds.

Stamped — Racism, Anti-Racism and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
This is NOT a history book.
This is a book about the here and now.
A book to help us better understand why we are where we are.
A book about race.
Through a gripping, fast-paced, and energizing narrative written by beloved award-winner Jason Reynolds, this book shines a light on the many insidious forms of racist ideas--and on ways readers can identify and stamp out racist thoughts in their daily lives.

Dear Martin by Nic Stone
Justyce McAllister is top of his class and set for the Ivy League—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. And despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can't escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates. Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out.
  Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up—way up, sparking the fury of a white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. Justyce and Manny are caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it's Justyce who is under attack.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least win her first battle. As the daughter of an underground hip hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri’s got massive shoes to fill. Insightful, unflinching, and full of heart, On the Come Up is an ode to hip hop from one of the most influential literary voices of a generation. It is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; and about how, especially for young black people, freedom of speech isn’t always free.

Children’s Picture Books

The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander
Famous African-American athletes, artists, and activists are highlighted in this book. Their accomplishments are celebrated while acknowledging the incredible hardships they had to overcome to reach those triumphs.

Ron’s Big Mission by Rose Blue
Future astronaut, Ron McNair, tells the story of his childhood and how he defied segregation laws to register for a library card in the whites’ only library of his South Carolina childhood.

Hair Love by Matthew Cherry
Black hair is celebrated in this adorable picture book where a father must learn to style his preschool daughter’s hair.

Granddaddy’s Gift by Margaree King Mitchell
In the segregated South, a young girl goes with her Grandfather to register to vote. Despite adversity and hardship because of his decision, he still teaches his granddaughter that the right to vote is precious.

Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson
This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of African Americans in America and how even though they experienced slavery and racism, they were able to fight for freedom, fight for their rights and continue fighting for equality.

Children’s Chapter Books

New Kid by Jerry Craft
This graphic novel of seventh-grader Jordan Banks who struggles to fit in at his new private school where he is one of the few African Americans attending.

A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramee
12-year-old Shayla does not like making waves at her junior high school.  She is a good student and a rule follower.  However, she must decide whether or not following the rules is worth it when her school bans the BLM armband she begins wearing to show support for the movement.

Genesis Begins Again by Alicia Williams
13-year-old Genesis does not like her dark skin and is trying to lighten it as this novel begins. However, as her talent for singing begins to be encouraged she learns about other black musicians about how racist ideas of beauty are hurtful and untrue.

One Crazy Summer by Rita Garcia Williams
It is 1968 and three sisters, Delphine, Vonetta and Fern are visiting their mother for the summer in Oakland, California.  When they arrive in Oakland, they learn their mother works for the Black Panther Party, a group of African Americans struggling for civil rights. The girls spend the summer attending the Black Panther-run community center and learning more about the struggle for equality Black Americans face and more about their mysterious mother who left their father when the girls were very young.

Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson
Six diverse kids in Ms. Laverne’s sixth grade classroom are supposed to meet weekly in an unused art room for a book club. However, instead of talking about books, Ms. Laverne encourages them to talk and share about their lives.  Through these conversations, the kids’ worries and fears emerge including racial profiling, deportations and gun violence.  These conversations also bring the kids closer together and help them understand one another.