Recommended Reads

Recommended Reads

Staff Picks
Dorisann's pick:
  • Joanna Fluke - Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder

Margaret's pick:

  • Debbie Macomber - Cottage by the sea
Lisa's picks:
  • Diana Palmer - Wyoming True
  • Iris Johansen - Hindsight
  • Mary Balogh - Someone to Romance
  • Janet Evanovich - The Bounty
Michelle's picks:
  • Dark Sky by C.J. Box

Lori's pick:

  • Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi 

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


  1. The four winds - Hannah, Kristin
  2. 21st birthday - Patterson, James
  3. A Gambling Man - Baldacci, David
  4. Sooley - Grisham, John
  5. It's better this way : a novel - Macomber, Debbie
  6. Legacy - Roberts, Nora
  7. Finding Ashley - Steel, Danielle
  8. Golden Girl - Hilderbrand, Elin
  9. Nine Lives - Steel, Danielle
  10. The bullet - Johansen, Iris
  11. The president's daughter - Clinton, Bill
  12. Curse of Salem - Hooper, Kay
  13. The Red Book - Patterson, James/ Ellis, David
  14. Ocean Prey - Sandford, John
  15. Notorious - Palmer, Diana
  16. The Third Grave - Jackson, Lisa
  17. The Unforgiven - Graham, Heather
  18. Meant to Be - Deveraux, Jude
  19. The Forbidden - Graham, Heather
  20. The Last Night in London - White, Karen
  21. The Russian - Patterson, James/ Born, James O.
  22. Blind Tiger - Brown, Sandra
  23. The Fiancee - White, Kate
  24. The seashore book - Zolotow, Charlotte
  25. Unfinished business : an Ali Reynolds mystery - Jance, Judith A.
  26. Barbie fairytale collection
  27. The Last Thing He Told Me - Dave, Laura
  28. Vortex - Coulter, Catherine
  29. Country Proud - Miller, Linda Lael
  30. Eternal - Scottoline, Lisa
  31. The Stepsisters - Mallery, Susan
  32. Win - Coben, Harlan
  33. Calder Brand - Dailey, Janet
  34. Class act - Woods, Stuart
  35. Complications - Steel, Danielle
  36. Dark sky : a Joe Pickett novel - Box, C. J.
  37. Devil in Disguise - Kleypas, Lisa
  38. Dino-Thanksgiving - Wheeler, Lisa
  39. Jackpot - Woods, Stuart
  40. Murder at Sunrise Lake - Feehan, Christine
  41. Neighbors : a novel - Steel, Danielle
  42. No Way Out - Michaels, Fern
  43. The House Guests - Richards, Emilie
  44. The affair : a novel - Steel, Danielle
  45. The newcomer - Andrews, Mary Kay
  46. Before she disappeared : a novel - Gardner, Lisa
  47. Dog Man - Pilkey, Dav
  48. Dog Man unleashed - Pilkey, Dav
  49. Dog man. Lord of the fleas - Pilkey, Dav
  50. Faithless in death : An Eve Dallas Novel - Robb, J. D.
  51. Family reunion : a novel - Thayer, Nancy
  52. Hidden - Michaels, Fern
  53. Malibu Rising - Reid, Taylor Jenkins
  54. Pete the kitty and the groovy playdate - Dean, James
  55. Someone to cherish - Balogh, Mary
  56. The Peanuts book : a visual history of the iconic comic strip
  57. The butter battle book - Seuss, Dr.
  58. The good sister - Hepworth, Sally
  59. The lady has a past - Quick, Amanda
  60. A Distant Shore - Kingsbury, Karen
  61. A kid's guide to sewing : learn to sew with Sophie & her friends - 16 fun projects you'll love to make & use - Kerr, Sophie
  62. An Amish surprise - Gray, Shelley Shepard
  63. Best friends - Hale, Shannon
  64. Cat kid comic club - Pilkey, Dav
  65. David goes to school - Shannon, David
  66. Diary of a wimpy kid v.10 : old school - Kinney, Jeff
  67. Diary of a wimpy kid v.12 : the getaway - Kinney, Jeff
  68. Dog man 9 - Pilkey, Dav
  69. Don't let the pigeon stay up late! - Willems, Mo
  70. Local Woman Missing - Kubica, Mary
  71. Miss Julia happily ever after - Ross, Ann B.
  72. On the house : a Washington memoir - Boehner, John
  73. Pete the cat and his magic sunglasses - Dean, James
  74. Pete the cat and the bedtime blues - Dean, Kim
  75. Pete the cat and the cool cat boogie - Dean, Kimberly and James
  76. Pete the cat and the itsy bitsy spider - Dean, James
  77. Shadow and bone v.1 - Bardugo, Leigh
  78. Someone to watch over me - Atkins, Ace
  79. Taste of home 5 ingredient healthy : simply delicious dishes for today's cooks.
  80. The Bookstore on the Beach - Novak, Brenda
  81. The Cottage on Lighthouse Lane - Bunn, Davis
  82. The Law of Innocence - Connelly, Michael
  83. The Perfect Murder - Martin, Kat
  84. The bone code - Reichs, Kathy
  85. The summer of lost and found - Monroe, Mary Alice
  86. The sweet taste of muscadines : a novel - Terry, Pamela
  87. There was a silly unicorn who wanted to fly - Geist, Ken
  88. What a waste : trash, recycling, and protecting our planet - French, Jess
  89. When I found you - Novak, Brenda
  90. When Stars Collide - Phillips, Susan Elizabeth
  91. A Time for Mercy - Grisham, John
  92. A house for Hermit Crab - Carle, Eric
  93. Allies & enemies - Vitale, Brooke
  94. Bob books. Set 1, Beginning readers / Beginning Readers - Maslen, Bobby Lynn
  95. Cottage by the sea - Macomber, Debbie
  96. Danger in Numbers - Graham, Heather
  97. Darkstalker v.1 - Sutherland, Tui
  98. Diary of a wimpy kid v.1 - Kinney, Jeff
  99. Diary of a wimpy kid v.11 : Double Down - Kinney, Jeff
  100. Diary of a wimpy kid v.14 : wrecking ball - Kinney, Jeff
  101. Diary of a wimpy kid v.8 : hard luck - Kinney, Jeff
  102. Dog Man : Mothering heights - Pilkey, Dav
  103. Dog Man and Cat Kid - Pilkey, Dav
  104. Dog eat dog - Rosenfelt, David
  105. Don't let the pigeon drive the bus - Willems, Mo
  106. Dr. Seuss's horse museum - Seuss, Dr.
  107. Emeraldalicious - Kann, Victoria
  108. Everyone loves Cupcake - DiPucchio, Kelly
  109. Feeding time at the zoo - Shahan, Sherry
  110. Find You First - Barclay, Linwood
  111. Goodnight beautiful : a novel - Molloy, Aimee
  112. Hidden treasure : a Josie Prescott antiques mystery - Cleland, Jane K.
  113. Horton and the Kwuggerbug and more lost stories - Seuss, Dr.
  114. Horton hears a Who! - Seuss, Dr.
  115. I survived the shark attacks of 1916 - Ball, Georgia
  116. If you give a mouse a cookie - Numeroff, Laura Joffe
  117. Llama Llama mad at mama - Dewdney, Anna
  118. Llama Llama mess mess mess - Dewdney, Anna
  119. Llama Llama time to share - Dewdney, Anna
  120. Lover unveiled - Ward, J. R.
  121. Max Meow : donuts and danger - Gallagher, John
  122. Monsters, mind your manners! - Spurr, Elizabeth
  123. Mother's Day surprise - Krensky, Stephen
  124. Pack up the moon - Higgins, Kristan
  125. Parting Shot - Barclay, Linwood
  126. People we meet on vacation - Henry, Emily
  127. Pete the cat and the perfect pizza party - Dean, Kim
  128. Pokémon super deluxe essential handbook : the need-to-know stats and
  129. acts on over 800 characters!
  130. Rowley Jefferson's awesome friendly adventure - Kinney, Jeff
  131. Say Goodbye - Rose, Karen
  132. Silverlicious - Kann, Victoria
  133. The Bounty - Evanovich, Janet/ Hamilton, Steve
  134. The Darling Dahlias and the Voodoo Lily - Albert, Susan Wittig
  135. The House on Olive Street - Carr, Robyn
  136. The Hunger Games v.1 - Collins, Suzanne
  137. The Palm Beach murders : thrillers - Patterson, James
  138. The Paris library : a novel - Skeslien Charles, Janet
  139. The awakening - Roberts, Nora
  140. The bear who wasn't there - Pham, LeUyen
  141. The crystal caverns v.2 - Charman, Katrina
  142. The duckling gets a cookie!? - Willems, Mo
  143. The ember stone v.1 - Charman, Katrina
  144. The kaiser's web - Berry, Steve
  145. The lost village : a novel - Sten, Camilla
  146. The madness of crowds - Penny, Louise
  147. The pigeon has to go to school! - Willems, Mo
  148. The push : a novel - Audrain, Ashley
  149. The wife upstairs - Hawkins, Rachel
  150. Trees of North America : the complete identification reference to trees- with
  151. Full-color photographs displaying leaf shape, bark, flowers, and fruit; updated range maps; and conservation status - National Audubon Society
  152. Twenty - Grippando, James
  153. Unicorns are the worst - Willan, Alex
  154. Will you be my friend? : a Bunny and Bird story - Tafuri, Nancy
  155. Wrong Alibi - Dodd, Christina
  156. A million reasons why : a novel - Strawser, Jessica
  157. A stranger in town : a Rockton novel - Armstrong, Kelley
  158. All That Glitters - Steel, Danielle
  159. All the colors of night - Krentz, Jayne Ann
  160. Ancient remedies : secrets to healing with herbs, essential oils, CBD, and the most powerful natural medicine in history - Axe, Josh
  161. Animal instinct - Rosenfelt, David
  162. Barbie v. 1, : Fashion superstar - Kuhn, Sarah
  163. Basil's War - Hunter, Stephen
  164. Bees - Hodge, Deborah
  165. Betty Bunny loves chocolate cake - Kaplan, Michael B.
  166. Biscuit in the garden - Capucilli, Alyssa Satin
  167. Biscuit loves the library - Capucilli, Alyssa Satin
  168. Biscuit meets the class pet - Capucilli, Alyssa Satin
  169. Biscuit's day at the farm - Capucilli, Alyssa Satin
  170. Blood and treasure : Daniel Boone and the fight for America's first frontier - Drury, Bob
  171. Chicka chicka 1, 2, 3 - Martin, Bill
  172. Curious George visits the zoo - Rey, Margret
  173. Deadly editions - Shelton, Paige
  174. Destined for you - Peterson, Tracie
  175. Diary of a wimpy kid v.13 : the meltdown - Kinney, Jeff
  176. Diary of a wimpy kid v.7 : the third wheel - Kinney, Jeff
  177. Dog man : Brawl of the wild - Pilkey, Dav
  178. Dog man : Fetch-22 - Pilkey, Dav
  179. Early morning riser - Heiny, Katherine
  180. Egg shooters - Childs, Laura
  181. Every vow you break : a novel - Swanson, Peter
  182. Fallen - Castillo, Linda
  183. False Witness - Slaughter, Karin
  184. Fantastic beasts and where to find them - Rowling, J. K.
  185. Fast ice : a novel from the Numa files - Cussler, Clive
  186. Fire and ice v.2 - Hunter, Erin
  187. Firefly Lane - Hannah, Kristin
  188. Five little ducks - Dean, James
  189. Gambit - Hagberg, David
  190. Garfield goes bananas - Davis, Jim
  191. Go, dog, go! - Eastman, P. D.
  192. Haunted hibiscus - Childs, Laura
  193. Her dark lies - Ellison, J. T.
  194. Hot to Trot - Beaton, M. C./ Greene, Rod
  195. I can be a ballerina - Webster, Christy
  196. Intuitive fasting : the flexible four-week intermittent fasting plan to recharge your metabolism and renew your health - Cole, Will
  197. It's mine! - Lionni, Leo
  198. Legacy of War - Smith, Wilbur
  199. Lightning game - Feehan, Christine
  200. Little women v.1 : or Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy - Alcott, Louisa May
  201. Meet Shimmer and Shine! - Tillworth, Mary
  202. Moana's big leap v.7 - Francis, Suzanne
  203. Mother May I - Jackson, Joshilyn
  204. Murder in an Irish Bookshop : A Cozy Irish Murder Mystery - O'Connor, Carlene
  205. My family history - O'Connor, Jane
  206. Night of the bats! v.2 - Eliopulos, Nick
  207. Nypd Red 6 - Patterson, James/ Karp, Marshall
  208. One by one - Ware, Ruth
  209. Pete the cat : Super Pete - Dean, Kim
  210. Pigeon finds a hot dog! - Willems, Mo
  211. Piranhas don't eat bananas - Blabey, Aaron
  212. Pup Fiction - Berenson, Laurien
  213. Saving the Day! - Lagonegro, Melissa
  214. Sea Monkey & Bob - Reynolds, Aaron
  215. Seven days in June : a novel - Williams, Tia
  216. Six Weeks to Live - McKenzie, Catherine
  217. Snoopy came to play - Gallo, Tina
  218. Something's wrong! : a tale of a bear, a hare, and some underwear - John, Jory
  219. Sonic the hedgehog. v. 3, : Battle for Angel Island - Flynn, IanStick With Me! : Sunny Day - Carbone, Courtney
  220. Summer Island - Hannah, Kristin
  221. Summer color! - Murray, Diana
  222. Sunflower sisters : a novel - Kelly, Martha Hall
  223. T. Rex and the Mother's Day hug - Grambling, Lois G.
  224. Tales from the not-so-perfect pet sitter v.10 - Russell, Rachel Renée
  225. The Ask and the Answer v.2 - Ness, Patrick
  226. The Cellist - Silva, Daniel
  227. The Disney princess cookbook - Littlefield, Cindy A.
  228. The Drowning Kind - McMahon, Jennifer
  229. The Guest List - Foley, Lucy
  230. The Ickabog - Rowling, J. K.
  231. The Sneetches, and other stories. - Seuss, Dr.
  232. The Vineyard at Painted Moon - Mallery, Susan
  233. The Woman With the Blue Star - Jenoff, Pam
  234. The great alone - Hannah, Kristin
  235. The hidden rainbow - Matheson, Christie
  236. The lightning thief v.1 - Riordan, Rick
  237. The magical adventures of Phoebe and her unicorn - Simpson, Dana
  238. The mark of Athena v.3 - Riordan, Rick
  239. The midnight library - Haig, Matt
  240. The path to Sunshine Cove - Thayne, RaeAnne
  241. The sentinel - Child, Lee
  242. The whispering oak v.3 - Charman, Katrina
  243. There was an old lady who swallowed a fly - Taback, Simms
  244. There was an old monkey who swallowed a frog - Ward, Jennifer
  245. This book is cute! - Flynn, Sarah WassnerTruly Tyler - Libenson, Terri/ Libenson, Terri
  246. What's your sound, Hound the Hound? - Willems, Mo
  247. When the stars go dark : a novel - McLain, Paula
  248. Wolfie the bunny - Dyckman, Ame
  249. You don't want a dragon! - Dyckman, Ame
  250. Zoo day - Rockwell, Anne F.

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.