Recommended Reads

Recommended Reads

Staff Picks
  •      Rebecca Zanetti - Hidden (ebook)
  •      Rebecca Zanetti - Mercury Striking (ebook)
  •      Kay Hooper - Curse of Salem
  •      Christine Feehan - Magic in the Wind
  •      Diana Palmer - Notorious
  •      Kate White - The Fiancée
  • I have been using Hoopla for downloadable Science Fiction audio books lately.

2021 Top 10 Adult Fiction at Charlestown-Clark County Library
  1. The Four Winds - Kristen Hannah
  2. 21st Birthday - James Patterson
  3. A Gambling Man - David Baldacci
  4. The Russian - James Patterson/James O. Born
  5. The Presidents Daughter - Bill Clinton/James Paterson
  6. Sooley - John Grisham
  7. Before She Disappeared - Lisa Gardner
  8. The Red Book - James Paterson/David Ellis
  9. Finding Ashley - Danielle Steel
  10. The Awakening - Nora Roberts

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


  1. Flying Angels - Steel, Danielle
  2. Better off dead - Child, Lee
  3. Game on : tempting twenty-eight - Evanovich, Janet
  4. One step too far : a novel - Gardner, Lisa
  5. Wish you were here : a novel - Picoult, Jodi
  6. The judge's list - Grisham, John
  7. Curse of Salem - Hooper, Kay
  8. Fear no evil - Patterson, James
  9. Invisible - Steel, Danielle
  10. Horton and the Kwuggerbug and more lost stories - Seuss, Dr.
  11. The becoming - Roberts, Nora
  12. The wish - Sparks, Nicholas
  13. Dear Santa - Macomber, Debbie
  14. Lightning in a mirror - Krentz, Jayne Ann
  15. The butter battle book - Seuss, Dr.
  16. Caramel pecan roll murder - Fluke, Joanne
  17. Criminal Mischief - Woods, Stuart
  18. How to talk when kids won't listen : whining, fighting, meltdowns, defiance, and other challenges of childhood - Faber, Joanna
  19. Meant to Be - Deveraux, Jude
  20. Mercy - Baldacci, David
  21. Steal - Patterson, James/ Roughan, Howard
  22. The awakening - Roberts, Nora
  23. The dark hours - Connelly, Michael
  24. The jailhouse lawyer - Patterson, James
  25. Abandoned in death - Robb, J. D.Autopsy : a Scarpetta novel - Cornwell, Patricia Daniels
  26. Nothing to Lose - Jance, Judith A.
  27. The Last Thing He Told Me - Dave, Laura
  28. 2 Sisters Detective Agency - Patterson, James/ Fox, Candice
  29. Cat kid comic club : Perspectives - Pilkey, Dav/ Pilkey, Dav
  30. Minecraft blockopedia
  31. Poppy Harmon investigates v.1 - Hollis, Lee
  32. The Christmas Promise - Evans, Richard Paul
  33. The Horsewoman - Patterson, James/ Lupica, Mike
  34. The Paris Detective - Patterson, James/ Dilallo, Richard
  35. The attic on Queen Street - White, Karen
  36. Birnbaum's Walt Disney World : the official vacation guide 2020 : expert advice from the inside source
  37. Clash - Miller, Kayla
  38. Diary of a wimpy kid : big shot - Kinney, Jeff
  39. Dr. Seuss's horse museum - Seuss, Dr.
  40. Forgiving Paris - Kingsbury, Karen
  41. Ice and stone - Muller, MarciaSanta's story - Hillenbrand, Will
  42. Someone perfect : A Friend of the Westcotts Novel - Balogh, Mary
  43. The four winds - Hannah, Kristin
  44. Bad Kitty gets a phone - Bruel, Nick/ Bruel, Nick
  45. Bear stays up for Christmas - Wilson, Karma
  46. Blind Tiger - Brown, Sandra 
  47. Christmas baking : festive cookies, candies, cakes, breads, and snacks to bring comfort and joy to your holiday
  48. Dog man 9 - Pilkey, Dav
  49. Horton hears a Who! - Seuss, Dr.
  50. In the night kitchen - Saint-Saëns, Camille
  1. Minecraft : Guide to combat - Jelley, Craig
  2. Pete the cat's 12 groovy days of Christmas - Dean, Kimberly
  3. Poppy Harmon investigates v.1 - Hollis, Lee
  4. Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer - May, Robert L.
  5. Smile - Telgemeier, Raina
  6. The Butler - Steel, Danielle
  7. The Joy and Light Bus Company - McCall Smith, Alexander
  8. The Paper Palace - Cowley Heller, Miranda
  9. The Santa suit - Andrews, Mary Kay
  10. The Stranger in the Lifeboat - Albom, Mitch
  11. The animals' Santa - Brett, Jan
  12. The burning - Kellerman, Jonathan
  13. The gingerbread pirates - Kladstrup, Kristin
  14. A Christmas Legacy - Perry, Anne
  15. An impossible promise - Deveraux, Jude
  16. Bear Noel - Dunrea, Olivier
  17. Billy Summers - King, Stephen
  18. Bob books. Set 1, Beginning readers / Beginning Readers - Maslen, Bobby Lynn
  19. Cat kid comic club - Pilkey, Dav
  20. Clifford's first Christmas - Bridwell, Norman
  21. Construction site : road crew, coming through! - Rinker, Sherri Duskey
  22. Dino-Christmas - Wheeler, Lisa
  23. Do I Know You? - Strohmeyer, Sarah
  24. Enemy at the Gates - Flynn, Vince/ Mills, Kyle
  25. Grumpy monkey oh, no! Christmas - Lang, Suzanne
  26. Hemlock - Albert, Susan Wittig
  27. It ends with us - Hoover, Colleen
  28. It's better this way : a novel - Macomber, Debbie
  29. Maisy's snowy Christmas Eve - Cousins, Lucy
  30. Mouse's first snow - Thompson, Lauren
  31. Not a creature was stirring, except for the platypus - Peterson, Scott
  32. Parting Shot - Barclay, Linwood
  33. Pig the elf - Blabey, Aaron
  34. Reckless girls - Hawkins, Rachel
  35. Santa's stuck - Greene, Rhonda Gowler
  36. Shall I knit you a hat? : a Christmas yarn - Klise, Kate
  37. Snow Day! - Carbone, Courtney / Laguna, Fabio / Cagol, Andrea
  38. The 1619 Project : a new origin story
  39. The Christmas Bookshop - Colgan, Jenny
  40. The Christmas baby - Bauer, Marion Dane
  41. The Left-handed Twin - Perry, Thomas
  42. The Polar Express - Van Allsburg, Chris
  43. The deepest of secrets : a Rockton novel - Armstrong, Kelley
  44. The defense lawyer : The Barry Slotnick Story - Patterson, James
  45. The devil's sea - Cussler, Dirk
  46. The final girl support group - Hendrix, Grady
  47. The song of Achilles - Miller, Madeline
  48. The unknown - Graham, Heather
  49. Three sisters - Morris, Heather
  50. Unfinished business : an Ali Reynolds mystery - Jance, Judith A.
  51. When Christmas comes : a Yuletide mystery - Klavan, Andrew
  52. Whiplash - Dailey, Janet
  53. Winter is here - Henkes, Kevin
  54. Yo-kai watch. 17 - Konishi, Noriyuki

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.