Recommended Reads

Recommended Reads

Staff Picks

Dale Mayer - Kanen
Lynsay Sands - Immortal Rising

Kat Martin - The Last Mile
Nora Roberts - Nightwork

  • It Ends With Us - Colleen Hoover


  • The museum of desire - Jonathan Kellerman 

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


  1. Run, Rose, Run - Patterson, James/ Parton, Dolly
  2. 22 seconds - Patterson, James
  3. Shattered - Patterson, James/ Born, James O.
  4. Nightwork - Roberts, Nora
  5. Sugar and salt : a novel - Wiggs, Susan
  6. The best is yet to come : a novel - Macomber, Debbie
  7. Horton and the Kwuggerbug and more lost stories - Seuss, Dr.
  8. Dream town - Baldacci, David
  9. Sparring Partners - Grisham, John
  10. A face to die for - Johansen, Iris
  11. Beautiful - Steel, Danielle
  12. Escape - Patterson, James/ Ellis, David.
  13. Suspects - Steel, Danielle
  14. The 6:20 man : a thriller - Baldacci, David
  15. When she dreams - Quick, Amanda
  16. Grace under fire - Garwood, Julie
  17. Aura of Night - Graham, Heather
  18. Death of the Black Widow - Patterson, James/ Barker, J. D.
  19. The Hotel Nantucket : a novel - Hilderbrand, Elin
  20. Death by chocolate cherry cheesecake v.1 - Graves, Sarah
  21. The Boardwalk Bookshop - Mallery, Susan
  22. Point Last Seen - Dodd, Christina
  23. Secrets - Michaels, Fern
  24. Sound of Darkness - Graham, Heather
  25. The Girl Who Survived - Jackson, Lisa
  26. The Summer Place - Weiner, Jennifer
  27. The investigator - Sandford, John
  28. The recovery agent - Evanovich, Janet
  29. Crimson Summer - Graham, Heather
  30. Hope Creek - Dailey, Janet
  31. Overboard - Paretsky, Sara
  32. Steal - Patterson, James/ Roughan, Howard
  33. The Last Mile - Martin, Kat
  34. The butter battle book - Seuss, Dr.
  35. Abandoned in death - Robb, J. D.
  36. Summer love : a novel - Thayer, Nancy
  37. The Change - Miller, Kirsten
  38. The It Girl - Ware, Ruth
  39. What happened to the Bennetts - Scottoline, Lisa
  40. A Relative Murder - Deveraux, Jude
  41. A rip through time - Armstrong, Kelley
  42. American Sign Language dictionary for beginners : a visual guide with 800+ ASL signs - Adams, Tara
  43. Aunt Dimity and the enchanted cottage - Atherton, Nancy
  44. Chrysalis : a thriller - Child, Lincoln
  45. Country Born - Miller, Linda Lael
  46. Fear Thy Neighbor - Michaels, Fern
  47. How to solve a cold case : and everything else you wanted to know about catching killers - Arntfield, Michael
  48. I didn't do the thing today : letting go of productivity guilt - Dore, Madeleine
  49. Invisible - Steel, Danielle
  50. It ends with us - Hoover, Colleen
  51. One step too far : a novel - Gardner, Lisa
  52. Shadows reel - Box, C. J.
  53. The Match - Coben, Harlan
  54. The Second Husband - White, Kate
  55. The homewreckers : a novel - Andrews, Mary Kay
  56. The power of regret : how looking backward moves us forward - Pink, Daniel H.
  57. Book lovers - Henry, EmilyCalder Grit - Dailey, Janet
  58. Criminal Mischief - Woods, Stuart
  59. Dog Man unleashed - Pilkey, Dav
  60. Dog man. Lord of the fleas - Pilkey, Dav
  61. Flying Angels - Steel, Danielle
  62. High stakes : a novel - Steel, Danielle
  63. I'll be you : a novel - Brown, Janelle
  64. My wife is missing - Palmer, Daniel
  65. Nothing to Lose - Jance, Judith A.
  66. One Italian summer : a novel - Serle, Rebecca
  67. Remember love : a Ravenswood novel - Balogh, Mary
  68. The 17 day kickstart diet : a doctor's plan for dropping pounds, toxins, and bad habits - Moreno, Mike
  69. The Bad Guys in Do-you-think-he-saurus? v.7 - Blabey, Aaron
  70. The Book Woman's Daughter - Richardson, Kim Michele
  71. The Last Thing He Told Me - Dave, Laura
  72. The Missing Piece - Lescroart, John T.
  73. The Paris Apartment - Foley, Lucy
  74. The amazing Spider-man : an origin story - Thomas, Rich
  75. The bad guys v.4 : in attack of the zittens - Blabey, Aaron
  76. The children on the hill - McMahon, Jennifer
  77. The seven husbands of Evelyn Hugo - Reid, Taylor Jenkins 
  78. The seven husbands of Evelyn Hugo : a novel - Reid, Taylor Jenkins
  79. The summer getaway : a novel - Mallery, Susan
  80. You don't want a dragon! - Dyckman, Ame
  81. 3-D space - Stott, Carole
  82. A man of honor - Bradford, Barbara Taylor
  83. Ariel and the Big Baby / Rapunzel Finds a Friend - Koster, Amy Sky/ Patrick, Ella/ Thomas, Jeffrey
  84. Caramel pecan roll murder - Fluke, Joanne
  85. Cat Kid Comic Club 3 : On purpose - Pilkey, Dav
  86. City of the dead - Kellerman, Jonathan
  87. Cold, Cold Bones - Reichs, Kathy
  88. Day at the Beach - Booth, Tom
  89. Diary of a wimpy kid v.14 : wrecking ball - Kinney, Jeff
  90. Dog Man - Pilkey, Dav 
  91. Dog Man : a tale of two kitties - Pilkey, Dav
  92. Dr. Seuss's horse museum - Seuss, Dr.
  93. Dreaming of Flight - Hyde, Catherine Ryan
  94. Friendly frenzy - Arnold, Tedd Illustrator
  95. Game on : tempting twenty-eight - Evanovich, Janet
  96. Goldilicious - Kann, Victoria
  97. Holy chow / An Andy Carpenter Mystery - Rosenfelt, David
  98. Jane Austen's lost letters : a Josie Prescott antiques mystery - Cleland, Jane K.
  99. K is for kindergarten - Dealey, Erin
  1. Karen's kittycat club - Farina, Katy
  2. Karen's witch - Farina, Katy
  3. Killing the killers : the secret war against terrorists - O'Reilly, Bill
  4. Lessons in Chemistry - Garmus, Bonnie
  5. Lightning in a mirror - Krentz, Jayne Ann
  6. Llama Llama loves to read - Dewdney, Anna
  7. Moonshot : inside Pfizer's nine-month race to make the Impossible possible - Bourla, Albert
  8. Parting Shot - Barclay, Linwood
  9. Pete the kitty and the groovy playdate - Dean, James
  10. Pizza and Taco : who's the best? - Shaskan, Stephen Artist
  11. Pokémon super deluxe essential handbook : the need-to-know stats and facts on over 800 characters!
  12. Red on the river - Feehan, Christine
  13. Remarkably Ruby vol. 06 - Libenson, Terri
  14. Robert B. Parker's Revenge Tour - Lupica, Mike
  15. Shamed v.11 : - Castillo, Linda
  16. Sierra six - Greaney, Mark
  17. Sight words, kindergarten : Kindergarten - Kertell, Lynn Maslen
  18. Sister Stardust - Green, Jane
  19. Summer at the Cape - Thayne, RaeAnne
  20. The Adventure zone. [4], The crystal kingdom - McElroy, Clint
  21. The Bad Guys in Alien Vs. Bad Guys v.6 - Blabey, Aaron
  22. The Bad Guys in Mission unpluckable v.2 - Blabey, Aaron
  23. The Bad Guys v.1 - Blabey, Aaron
  24. The Baxters : A Prequel - Kingsbury, Karen
  25. The Berenstain Bears and the wishing star - Berenstain, Stan
  26. The Big Dark Sky - Koontz, Dean R.
  27. The Ex-husband - Hamilton, Karen
  28. The Good Left Undone - Trigiani, Adriana
  29. The Island - McKinty, Adrian
  30. The Paris Detective - Patterson, James/ Dilallo, Richard
  31. The deepest of secrets : a Rockton novel - Armstrong, Kelley
  32. The dragonet prophecy v.1 - Sutherland, Tui
  33. The grouchy ladybug - Carle, Eric
  34. The midnight lock - Deaver, Jeffery
  35. The wheels on the bus
  36. There's a mouse hiding in this book! - Bird, Benjamin
  37. This Time Tomorrow - Straub, Emma
  38. Three debts paid - Perry, Anne
  39. Unmasked : my life solving America's cold cases - Holes, Paul
  40. We don't eat our classmates - Higgins, Ryan T.
  41. Welcome to Alola! - Barbo, Maria S.
  42. Welcome to the School by the Sea : The First School by the Sea Novel - Colgan, Jenny
  43. Where the crawdads sing - Owens, Delia
  44. You don't want a unicorn! - Dyckman, Ame
  45. A new beginning v.1 - Bentley, Sue
  46. American girl sweet & savory treats cookbook : delicious recipes inspired by your favorite characters
  47. Animal strike at the zoo, it's true! - Wilson, Karma
  48. Attack of the Underwear Dragon - Rothman, Scott
  49. Bear feels scared - Wilson, Karma
  50. Bloomsbury girls - Jenner, Natalie
  51. Born to be wild : how baby animals survive and thrive
  52. Confess - Hoover, Colleen
  53. Cornbread & Poppy - Cordell, Matthew
  54. Dog man : Fetch-22 - Pilkey, Dav
  55. Easter egg disaster - Ruelle, Karen Gray
  56. End of days : a Pike Logan novel - Taylor, Brad
  57. Escargot - Slater, Dashka
  58. Five little pumpkins - Dean, James
  59. Ice team
  60. If you give a pig a party - Numeroff, Laura Joffe
  61. In a New York minute - Spencer, Kate
  62. Kingdom of bones : a thriller - Rollins, James
  63. Llama Llama and the bully goat - Dewdney, Anna
  64. Llama, llama red pajama - Dewdney, Anna
  65. Lost cat - Mader, C. Roger
  66. Max and Ruby and twin trouble - Wells, Rosemary.
  67. Official Fortnite : the ultimate locker
  68. Pete the Cat's Not So Groovy Day - Dean, James/ Dean, James / Dean, Kimberly
  69. Pete the cat : Five little bunnies - Dean, Kimberly
  70. Pinkalicious - Kann, Victoria
  71. Pinkalicious : flower girl - Kann, Victoria
  72. Pizza and Taco : best party ever! - Shaskan, Stephen
  73. Real friends - Hale, Shannon
  74. River of time : my descent into depression and how I emerged with hope - Judd, Naomi
  75. Robert B. Parker's bye bye baby - Atkins, Ace
  76. Rubylicious - Kann, Victoria
  77. Sonic the Hedgehog v.2 : Broken bonds
  78. Summer Island - Hannah, Kristin
  79. Team Rocket to the rescue! - Barbo, Maria S.
  80. The Bad Guys in The baddest day ever - Blabey, Aaron
  81. The Disney princess cookbook - Littlefield, Cindy A.
  82. The House on Olive Street - Carr, Robyn
  83. The Jelly Bean tree - Yuly, Toni
  84. The Sackett novels of Louis L'Amour. - L'Amour, Louis
  85. The bad guys in intergalactic gas; 5 - Blabey, Aaron
  86. The darkest place - Margolin, Phillip
  87. The first fast draw - L'Amour, Louis
  88. The good son - Mitchard, Jacquelyn
  89. The love hypothesis - Hazelwood, Ali
  90. The love of my life - Walsh, Rosie
  91. The magnolia palace : a novel - Davis, Fiona
  92. The overnight guest - Gudenkauf, Heather
  93. The shadow house - Downes, Anna
  94. The sleep fix : practical, proven, and surprising solutions for insomnia, snoring, shift work, and more - Macedo, Diane
  95. Waiting is not easy! - Willems, Mo
  96. When you are engulfed in flames - Sedaris, David
  97. Who was Charles Schulz? - Holub, Joan
  98. Winter turning v.7 - Sutherland, Tui
  99. iPhone for seniors - Spivey, Dwight

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.
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.