Recommended Reads

Recommended Reads

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


  1. A Time for Mercy - Grisham, John
  2. Deadly Cross - Patterson, James
  3. Daylight - Baldacci, David
  4. The Russian - Patterson, James/ Born, James O.
  5. Fortune and glory : tantalizing twenty-seven - Evanovich, Janet
  6. Neighbors : a novel - Steel, Danielle
  7. Before she disappeared : a novel - Gardner, Lisa
  8. The Law of Innocence - Connelly, Michael
  9. The four winds - Hannah, Kristin
  10. The return - Sparks, Nicholas
  11. The sentinel - Child, Lee
  12. All That Glitters - Steel, Danielle
  13. All the colors of night - Krentz, Jayne Ann
  14. The awakening - Roberts, Nora
  15. The Vineyard at Painted Moon - Mallery, Susan
  16. Three Women Disappear - Patterson, James/ Serafin, Shan
  17. Blink of an eye - Johansen, Iris
  18. Faithless in death / An Eve Dallas Novel - Robb, J. D.
  19. Piece of My Heart - Clark, Mary Higgins/ Burke
  20. Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Murder - Fluke, Joanne
  21. Who is the Mystery Reader? - Willems, Mo
  22. Wrong Alibi - Dodd, Christina
  23. A promised land - Obama, Barack
  24. Missing and Endangered - Jance, Judith A
  25. Nypd Red 6 - Patterson, James/ Karp, Marshall
  26. Pete the cat saves Christmas - Litwin, Eric
  27. Santa's stuck - Greene, Rhonda Gowler
  28. The Lost Boys - Kellerman, Faye
  29. Under the Alaskan Ice - Harper, Karen
  30. A Christmas resolution : a novel - Perry, Anne
  31. Hush-hush - Woods, Stuart
  32. Merry Christmas, Splat - Scotton, Rob
  33. Oh, what a Christmas! - Garland, Michael
  34. Pete the cat's 12 groovy days of Christmas - Dean, Kimberly
  35. The Polar Express - Van Allsburg, Chris
  36. Bear stays up for Christmas - Wilson, Karma
  37. Bitter Pill - Michaels, Fern
  38. Cajun justice - Patterson, James
  39. Cat kid comic club - Pilkey, Dav
  40. Cold wind : a mystery - Shelton, Paige
  41. Dinosaur Christmas - Pallotta, Jerry
  42. Holding out for Christmas - Dailey, Janet
  43. How do dinosaurs say merry Christmas? - Yolen, Jane
  44. How the Grinch stole Christmas - Seuss, Dr.
  45. Room for a little one : a Christmas tale - Waddell, Martin
  46. Santa's story - Hillenbrand, Will
  47. The 12 days of Christmas - Cabrera, Jane
  48. The Brightest Star - Michaels, Fern
  49. The Christmas baby - Bauer, Marion Dane
  50. The Coast-to-coast Murders - Patterson, James/ Barker, J. D.
  51. The Noel Letters - Evans, Richard Paul
  52. The Three Bears' Christmas - Duval, Kathy
  53. The animals' Santa - Brett, Jan
  54. There's an elf in your book - Fletcher, Tom
  55. You Betrayed Me - Jackson, Lisa
  56. 1st Case - Patterson, James/ Tebbetts, Chris
  57. A Bad Kitty Christmas v.3 - Bruel, Nick
  58. A cookie for Santa - Shaw, Stephanie
  59. Arthur's perfect Christmas - Brown, Marc Tolon
  60. Calder Brand - Dailey, Janet
  61. Chaos - Johansen, Iris
  62. Christmas at the Island Hotel - Colgan, Jenny
  63. Christmas mice! - Roberts, Bethany
  64. Click, clack, ho ho ho! - Cronin, Doreen
  65. Clifford's first Christmas - Bridwell, Norman
  66. D.W.'s perfect present - Brown, Marc Tolon
  67. Dino-Christmas - Wheeler, Lisa
  68. Dinosaur vs. Santa - Shea, Bob
  69. Dog Man unleashed - Pilkey, Dav
  70. Dog man 9 - Pilkey, Dav
  71. Egg shooters - Childs, Laura
  72. Elsewhere - Koontz, Dean R.
  73. Fly Guy's ninja Christmas v.16 - Arnold, Tedd
  74. Froggy's best Christmas - London, Jonathan
  75. How Santa really works - Snow, Alan
  76. Humphrey's first Christmas - Heyer, Carol
  77. Leave the world behind : a novel - Alam, Rumaan
  78. Maisy's snowy Christmas Eve - Cousins, Lucy
  79. Murder at Mabel's Motel - McKevett, G. A.
  80. Out of hiding : a Holocaust survivor's journey to America - Gruener, Ruth
  81. Peppa Pig and the lost Christmas list
  82. Pete the cat : Super Pete - Dean, Kim
  83. Pete the cat and the perfect pizza party - Dean, Kim
  84. Pooh's Christmas sled ride - Gaines, Isabel
  85. Ready player two - Cline, Ernest
  86. Rocking in my school shoes - Litwin, Eric
  87. Santa is coming to Indiana - Smallman, Steve
  88. Santa's new suit - Rader, Laura
  89. Santasaurus - Sharkey, Niamh
  90. Snowbear's Christmas countdown - Smythe, Theresa
  91. That's good! that's bad! on Santa's journey - Cuyler, Margery
  92. The Book of Lost Names - Harmel, Kristin
  93. The Christmas crocodile - Becker, Bonny
  94. The Christmas swap - Carlson, Melody
  95. The Duke and I v.1 - Quinn, Julia
  96. The Malt in Our Stars - Fox, Sarah
  97. The Midwife Murders - Patterson, James/ Dilallo, Richard
  98. The Wrong Family - Fisher, Tarryn. 2015005506
  99. The gingerbread man loose in the school - Murray, Laura
  100. The gingerbread pirates - Kladstrup, Kristin
  101. The last days of John Lennon - Patterson, James
  102. The lost and found bookshop - Wiggs, Susan
  103. The prisoner's wife - Brookes, Maggie
  104. The truth about Stacey v.2 : a graphic novel - Telgemeier, Raina
  105. The viscount who loved me v.2 - Quinn, Julia
  106. The wonder boy of Whistle Stop - Flagg, Fannie
  107. Thick as thieves - Brown, Sandra
  108. Tom Clancy : shadow of the dragon - Cameron, Marc
  109. White ivy : a novel - Yang, Susie
  110. 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.