Recommended Reads

Recommended Reads


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

row of books

  1. The 20th Victim - Patterson, James/ Paetro, Maxine
  2. 28 summers : a novel - Hilderbrand, Elin
  3. Walk the Wire - Baldacci, David
  4. Deadlock - Coulter, Catherine
  5. A walk along the beach : a novel - Macomber, Debbie
  6. The Summer House - Patterson, James
  7. Hideaway - Roberts, Nora
  8. Thick as thieves - Brown, Sandra
  9. Camino Winds - Grisham, John
  10. Daddy's girls - Steel, Danielle
  11. The lost and found bookshop - Wiggs, Susan
  12. 1st Case - Patterson, James/ Tebbetts, Chris
  13. The return - Sparks, Nicholas
  14. Chaos - Johansen, Iris
  15. Deadly Touch - Graham, Heather
  16. The black swan of Paris - Robards, Karen
  17. Bitter Pill - Michaels, Fern
  18. Cajun justice - Patterson, James
  19. Chance of a Lifetime - Deveraux, Jude/ Sheets, Tara
  20. Dreaming Death - Graham, Heather
  21. Revenge - Patterson, James/ Holmes, Andrew
  22. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes - Collins, Suzanne
  23. Christmas Cupcake Murder - Fluke, Joanne
  24. Fair Warning - Connelly, Michael
  25. Long range v.20 - Box, C. J.
  26. Texas Outlaw - Patterson, James/ Bourelle, Andrew
  27. The Silent Wife - Slaughter, Karin
  28. The Ultimate Betrayal - Martin, Kat
  29. Where the crawdads sing - Owens, Delia
  30. You Betrayed Me - Jackson, Lisa
  31. Choppy water - Woods, Stuart
  32. Deep in the Alaskan Woods - Harper, Karen
  33. Dog Man unleashed - Pilkey, Dav
  34. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets v.2 - Rowling, J. K.
  35. Hush - Patterson, James
  36. Jingle all the way : a novel - Macomber, Debbie
  37. Lavender blue murder v.21 - Childs, Laura
  38. Midnight Sun - Meyer, Stephenie
  39. Royal - Steel, Danielle
  40. Say no more - Rose, Karen
  41. Shadows in death / An Eve Dallas Novel - Robb, J. D.
  42. The Friendship List - Mallery, Susan
  43. The numbers game : a novel - Steel, Danielle
  44. The splendid and the vile / A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance
  45. uring the Blitz - Larson, Erik
  46. After Sundown - Howard, Linda/ Jones, Linda
  47. Bombshell - Woods, Stuart
  48. Camp - Miller, Kayla
  49. Close up - Quick, Amanda
  50. Dog man : Brawl of the wild - Pilkey, Dav
  51. Dog man : Fetch-22 - Pilkey, Dav
  52. Dog man. Lord of the fleas - Pilkey, Dav
  53. Grumpy monkey - Lang, Suzanne
  54. Hello, Summer - Andrews, Mary Kay
  55. I really like slop! - Willems, Mo, author
  56. If It Bleeds - King, Stephen
  57. Masked Prey - Sandford, John
  58. Naruto v. 31 : Final Battle - Kishimoto, Masashi
  59. Near dark : a thriller - Thor, Brad
  60. The falcon always wings twice : a Meg Langslow mystery - Andrews, Donna
  61. The order - Silva, Daniel
  62. The persuasion - Johansen, Iris
  63. The sewer rat stink - Stilton, Geronimo
  64. A forgotten murder - Deveraux, Jude
  65. A week at the shore - Delinsky, Barbara
  66. Blindside v.12 - Patterson, James
  67. Coconut layer cake murder v.25 - Fluke, Joanne
  68. Credible threat - Jance, Judith A.
  69. Dance away with me - Phillips, Susan Elizabeth
  70. David gets in trouble - Shannon, David
  71. Devoted - Koontz, Dean R.
  72. Diary of a wimpy kid v.13 : the meltdown - Kinney, Jeff
  73. Diary of a wimpy kid v.2 : Rodrick rules - Kinney, Jeff
  74. Diary of a wimpy kid v.3 : the last straw - Kinney, Jeff
  75. Diary of a wimpy kid v.8 : hard luck - Kinney, Jeff
  76. Dog Man - Pilkey, Dav
  77. Dog breed guide : the complete reference to your best friend fur-ever - Resler, T. J
  78. Doodleville. v. 1 - Sell, Chad
  79. Dragonslayer v.2 - Sutherland, Tui T.
  80. Fearless - Michaels, Fern
  81. Garfield nutty as a fruitcake - Davis, Jim
  82. Hidden Salem - Hooper, Kay
  83. If you tell : a true story of murder, family secrets, and the unbreakable bond of sisterhood - Olsen, Gregg
  84. Kristy's Great Idea - Martin, Ann M.
  85. Kristy's great idea v.1 : a graphic novel - Martin, Ann M.
  86. Last girl standing - Jackson, Lisa
  87. Miss Julia knows a thing or two - Ross, Ann B.
  88. My new friend is so fun! - Willems, Mo
  89. Parting Shot - Barclay, Linwood
  90. Peace Talks - Butcher, Jim
  91. Someone to romance : a Westcott novel - Balogh, Mary
  92. Sucker punch - Hamilton, Laurell K.
  93. The 19th Christmas v.19 - Patterson, James
  94. The Guest List - Foley, Lucy
  95. The House of Kennedy - Patterson, James
  96. The Jackal - Ward, J. R.
  97. The Midwife Murders - Patterson, James/ Dilallo, Richard
  98. The book of lost friends : a novel - Wingate, Lisa
  99. The boy from the woods - Coben, Harlan
  100. The girl from widow hills : a novel - Miranda, Megan
  101. The half sister - Jones, Sandie
  102. The mark of Athena v.3 - Riordan, Rick
  103. The room where it happened : a White House memoir - Bolton, John R.
  104. The secret garden - Burnett, Frances Hodgson
  105. The son of Neptune v.2 - Riordan, Rick
  106. The wedding dress : a novel - Steel
  107. Truth and Justice - Michaels, Fern
  108. When you see me : a novel - Gardner
  109. Wrath of Poseidon - Cussler, Clive/ Burcell, Robin
  110. Zeus, dog of chaos - Tubb, Kristin O'Donnell
  111. Alexander Hamilton - Chernow, Ron
  112. All the devils are here - Penny, Louise
  113. American demon - Harrison, Kim
  114. Bad Kitty for president v.5 - Bruel, Nick
  115. Bad Kitty school daze v.6 - Bruel, Nick
  116. Big Nate goes for broke v.4 - Peirce, Lincoln
  117. Big Nate v.6 : in the zone - Peirce, Lincoln
  118. Diary of a wimpy kid v.14 : wrecking ball - Kinney, Jeff
  119. Diary of a wimpy kid v.9 : the long haul - Kinney, Jeff
  120. Dog Man : for whom the ball rolls - Pilkey, Dav
  121. Fire truck vs. dragon - Barton, Chris
  122. Garfield tips the scales - Davis, Jim
  123. Girls of Summer - Thayer, Nancy
  124. Golden in death v.50 - Robb, J. D.
  125. Guinness world records 2019
  126. Guts - Telgemeier, Raina, author
  127. Have You Seen Me? - White, Kate
  128. Holding out for Christmas - Dailey, Janet
  129. Home before dark : a novel - Sager, Riley
  130. Journey of the pharaohs v.17 : a novel from the NUMA files - Cussler, Clive
  131. Lethal game v.16 - Feehan, Christine
  132. Little fires everywhere : a novel - Ng, Celeste
  133. One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish - Seuss, Dr.
  134. Outsider - Castillo, Linda
  135. PopularMMOs presents enter the mine
  136. Sonic the Hedgehog v. 1 : fallout! - Flynn, Ian
  137. The Attack - Griffin, W. E. B./ Butterworth, William E.
  138. The Somerset Girls - Foster, Lori
  139. The Truth About Stacey - Martin, Ann M.
  140. The crushing depths - Pettrey, Dani
  141. The final deception - Graham, Heather
  142. The house of Hades v.4 - Riordan, Rick
  143. The last trial - Turow, Scott
  144. The lost hero v.1 - Riordan, Rick
  145. The puppy prince - Mews, Melody
  146. The silent patient - Michaelides, Alex
  147. The thank you book - Willems, Mo
  148. The tyrant's tomb v.4 - Riordan, Rick
  149. The water keeper - Martin, Charles
  150. To Kill a Mocking Girl - Kincaid, Harper
  151. Too much and never enough : how my family created the world's most dangerous man - Trump, Mary L.

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.