Recommended Reads

Recommended Reads

Staff Picks Patron Pick
Michelle's picks:
  • A measure of darkness by Jonathan Kellerman

Dorisann's pick:

  • The cracked spine - Paige Shelton
Lisa's picks:
  • Have You Seen Me by Kate White
  • The Ultimate Betrayal by Kat Martin
  • Stronger Than You Know by Lori Foster (E-book)
  • Say You're Sorry by Karen Rose
  • Legacy by Nora Roberts
Lois at Sellersburg
  • Call Your Daughter Home by Deb Spera

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


  1. The president's daughter - Clinton, Bill
  2. It's better this way : a novel - Macomber, Debbie
  3. The Noise - Patterson, James/ Barker, J. D.
  4. The jailhouse lawyer - Patterson, James
  5. The judge's list - Grisham, John
  6. The wish - Sparks, Nicholas
  7. Blind Tiger - Brown, Sandra
  8. Dear Santa - Macomber, Debbie
  9. Complications - Steel, Danielle
  10. Vortex - Coulter, Catherine
  11. Apples never fall : a novel - Moriarty, Liane
  12. Better off dead - Child, Lee
  13. Billy Summers - King, Stephen
  14. Curse of Salem - Hooper, Kay
  15. High Stakes - Johansen, Iris
  16. An impossible promise - Deveraux, Jude
  17. Horton and the Kwuggerbug and more lost stories - Seuss, Dr.
  18. The Butler - Steel, Danielle
  19. The Last Thing He Told Me - Dave, Laura
  20. Forgotten in death - Robb, J. D. . 95081025
  21. 2 Sisters Detective Agency - Patterson, James/ Fox, Candice
  22. A Gambling Man - Baldacci, David
  23. The Fiancee - White, Kate
  24. The Forbidden - Graham, Heather
  25. Foul play - Woods, Stuart
  26. Good habits, bad habits : the science of making positive changes that stick - Wood, Wendy
  27. The bullet - Johansen, Iris
  28. The unknown - Graham, Heather
  29. Golden Girl - Hilderbrand, Elin
  30. Meant to Be - Deveraux, Jude.
  31. Nine Lives - Steel, Danielle
  32. The Paper Palace - Cowley Heller, Miranda
  33. The Santa suit - Andrews, Mary Kay
  34. The four winds - Hannah, Kristin
  35. When Stars Collide - Phillips, Susan Elizabeth
  36. Class act - Woods, Stuart
  37. Forgiving Paris - Kingsbury, Karen
  38. Horton hears a Who! - Seuss, Dr.
  39. Legacy - Roberts, Nora
  40. Santa Cruise - Michaels, Fern
  41. The Third Grave - Jackson, Lisa
  42. The madness of crowds - Penny, Louise
  43. We were never here : a novel - Bartz, Andrea
  44. Apple turnover murder v.13 : a Hannah Swensen mystery - Fluke, Joanne
  45. Death of a Neighborhood Witch v.11 - Levine, Laura
  46. Devil in Disguise - Kleypas, Lisa
  47. Malibu Rising - Reid, Taylor Jenkins
  48. Notorious - Palmer, Diana
  49. The Red Book - Patterson, James/ Ellis, David
  50. 21st birthday - Patterson, Jam
  51. A slow fire burning - Hawkins, Paula
  52. Aftermath - Blackstock, Terri
  53. Dr. Seuss's horse museum - Seuss, Dr.
  54. Fallen - Castillo, Linda
  55. False Witness - Slaughter, Karin
  56. I survived Hurricane Katrina, 2005 v.3 - Tarshis, Lauren
  57. Karen's worst day - Farina, Katy
  58. Murder at Sunrise Lake - Feehan, Christine
  59. Not a happy family - Lapeña, Shari
  60. Ocean Prey - Sandford, John
  61. Sooley - Grisham, John
  62. Sustaining faith - Oke, Janette
  63. The Last Night in London - White, Karen
  64. The Shadow - Patterson, James
  65. Unfinished business : an Ali Reynolds mystery - Jance, Judith A.
  66. 12 principles for raising a child with ADHD - Barkley, Russell A.
  67. A terrible fall of angels - Hamilton, Laurell K.
  68. Bloodless - Preston, Douglas/ Child, Lincoln
  69. Calder Brand - Dailey, Janet
  70. Destined for you - Peterson, Tracie
  71. Dog Man : for whom the ball rolls - Pilkey, Dav
  72. Dog man : Fetch-22 - Pilkey, Dav
  73. I survived the attacks of September 11, 2001 v.6 - Tarshis, Lauren
  74. Keep Me Warm at Christmas - Novak, Brenda
  75. Llama Llama misses Mama - Dewdney, Anna
  76. No Way Out - Michaels, Fern
  77. Pack up the moon - Higgins, Kristan
  78. Prime Directive - Bunn, T. Davis
  79. Robert B. Parker's payback - Lupica, Mike
  80. Say Goodbye - Rose, Karen
  81. Should I share my ice cream? - Willems, Mo
  82. Someone to cherish - Balogh, Mary
  83. State of Terror - Penny, Louise/ Clinton, Hillary Rodham
  84. Such a quiet place : a novel - Miranda, Megan
  85. Survive the night : a novel - Sager, Riley
  86. Surviving Savannah - Henry, Patti Callahan
  87. The Cellist - Silva, Daniel
  88. The Unforgiven - Graham, Heather
  89. The personal librarian - Benedict, Marie
  90. The song of Achilles - Miller, Madeline
  91. We don't eat our classmates - Higgins, Ryan T.
  92. Win - Coben, Harlan
  93. 19 Yellow Moon Road - Michaels, Fern
  94. A matter of life and death : a Robin Lockwood novel - Margolin, Phillip
  95. An Untidy Death - Brett, Simon
  96. Cat kid comic club - Pilkey, Dav
  97. Catching fire v.2 - Collins, Suzanne
  98. Chicka chicka 1, 2, 3 - Martin, Bill
  99. Clash - Miller, Kayla
  100. Cross country v.14 : a novel - Patterson, James
  101. Do unto otters : a book about manners - Keller, Laurie
  102. Dog Man - Pilkey, Dav
  103. Dog Man : Mothering heights - Pilkey, Dav
  104. Dog man : Brawl of the wild - Pilkey, Dav
  105. Enemy at the Gates - Flynn, Vince/ Mills, Kyle
  106. Falling - Newman, T. J.
  107. Finding Ashley - Steel, Danielle
  108. Grumpy monkey - Lang, Suzanne
  109. Have you filled a bucket today? : a guide to daily happiness for kids - McCloud, Carol
  110. Hemlock - Albert, Susan Wittig
  111. How the Grinch stole Christmas - Seuss, Dr.
  112. I survived the Children's Blizzard, 1888 - Tarshis, Lauren
  113. If you take a mouse to school - Numeroff, Laura Joffe
  114. Lightning Strike - Krueger, William Kent
  115. Llama Llama and friends - Dewdney, Anna
  116. Murder Gets a Makeover - Levine, Laura
  117. My "a" sound box - Moncure, Jane Belk
  118. My b sound box - Moncure, Jane Belk
  119. My friend is sad - Willems, Mo
  120. Parting Shot - Barclay, Linwood
  121. Pete the cat and his magic sunglasses - Dean, James
  122. Piggy : let's be friends! - Lai, Trevor
  123. Play ball! - Chan, Reika
  124. Purplicious - Kann, Victoria
  125. Santa's Sweetheart - Dailey, Janet
  126. Seven days in June : a novel - Williams, Tia
  127. Shadow and bone v.1 - Bardugo, Leigh
  128. Siege and storm - Bardugo, Leigh
  129. Starfire v.1 - Alvarez, Jennifer Lynn
  130. The Christmas Wedding Guest - Mallery, Susan
  131. The Cottage on Lighthouse Lane - Bunn, Davis
  132. The House Guests - Richards, Emilie
  133. The Lorax - Seuss, Dr.
  134. The Petes go marching - Dean, James
  135. The Saboteurs - Cussler, Clive/ Du Brul, Jack B.
  136. The Summer of No Attachments - Foster, Lori
  137. The eagle's claw : a novel of the Battle of Midway - Shaara, Jeff
  138. The final girl support group - Hendrix, Grady
  139. The friendship bridge / The Friendship Bridge - Buller, Laura
  140. The giver of stars - Moyes, Jojo
  141. The last trial - Turow, Scott
  142. The midnight library - Haig, Matt
  143. The newcomer - Andrews, Mary Kay
  144. The official Harry Potter baking book : 45 Recipes Inspired by the Films - Farrow, Joanna
  145. The perfect daughter - Palmer, Daniel
  146. The racecar alphabet - Floca, Brian
  147. The therapist - Paris, B. A.
  148. This little piggy's book of manners - Allen, Kathryn Madeline
  149. Tom Clancy target acquired - Bentley, Don
  150. Tom Clancy's op-center. The Black Order - Rovin, Jeff
  151. Trees of North America - National Audubon Society
  152. Trial by fire - Deutermann, Peter T.
  153. Ugly love - Hoover, Colleen
  154. What pet should I get? - Seuss, Dr.
  155. When I found you - Novak, Brenda
  156. Where the crawdads sing - Owens, Delia
  157. Whiplash - Dailey, Janet
  158. Who was King Tut? - Edwards, Roberta

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.