The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann

“The Unwanteds was a page-turner. Each adventure was exciting and how they used their powers was unique.” – DGPL Staff

In a society that purges thirteen-year-olds who are creative, identical twins Aaron and Alex are separated, one to attend University while the other, supposedly eliminated, finds himself in a wondrous place where youths hone their abilities and learn magic.

Akin by Emma Donoghue

“Donoghue’s writing is delightful, unexpected, and a joy to read. If you’ve never picked up a Donoghue novel (author of Room), this is a great one to start!” – Joy, Adult & Teen Services

80-year-old Noah discovers that he’s last next of kin to a surly 12-year-old boy he’s never met, right before he’s supposed to take a trip of a lifetime to Nice, France, to re-discover his parents’ mysterious work in World War II. A wondrously immersive novel filled with complex family relationships and WWII drama.

The Story of Owen by E.K. Johnston

“This dragon story, set in contemporary Canada, delivers an alternate history offering both fantasy and modern-day social commentary. Heroes are not limited to one gender as proud men and women work side by side to change history.” – DGPL Staff

In modern-day Canada dragons and humans share a thirst for fossil fuels. There have always been dragons, and protecting hometowns has produced a lineage of proud dragon slayers. Armed with only a sword, his legacy, and his bard, Owen, proud dragon slayer of Trondheim, faces the fight of his young life.

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

“Before I picked up The Unhoneymooners, I had read several more serious books, and I was looking for a change. The Unhoneymooners was just what I was looking for…a cute, fun, lively, romantic escape from everyday life. I loved the characters, their banter, the setting, and the predictability of the book. I could definitely see this being made into a very popular rom-com movie!” – Nancy, Adult & Teen Services

Olive and Ethan are a bridesmaid and groomsman in the wedding of their siblings, but these two absolutely despise one another. When everyone at the wedding, except Olive and Ethan, come down with food poisoning, Olive and Ethan have a chance to go on the “honeymoon” of a lifetime. The pair head to Maui for ten days determined to do their own thing, but that does not last for long.

The Adventures of a South Pole Pig by Chris Kurtz

“Flora is an adorable character, who is brave and kind. There are many funny situations, and themes of loyalty and friendship are explored.” – DGPL Staff

Flora is a plucky pig who dreams of becoming a sled-pig. (sled-dog) Miraculously, she fulfills this dream and saves the day when her ship gets stuck in the ice.

The Twisted Ones by T. Kingfisher

“This book is downright creepy and has a likable main character in Mouse.” – Misty, Adult & Teen Services

Mouse has been asked by her dad to clean out her dead grandmother’s house. The problem is that grandma was a hoarder, and that isn’t the worst of it. There’s something living in the woods behind the house.

Little Santa by Jon Agee

“A charming but not too cutesy story about Santa’s childhood origins. A fun addition to a holiday storytime out loud read for ages 3-5.” – Joy, Adult & Teen Services

What was Santa like as a kid? Author Jon Agee tells a marvelous tale of a young Santa who grows up with a grumbly family who hates living at the North Pole. One day, they’re all snowed in all the way up to their chimney, and it’s up to Santa to shimmy up that chimney and find some help–in the form of reindeer and elves, of course!

Don’t You Forget About Me by Mhairi McFarlane

“I loved Georgina’s voice. The last twelve years of her life have been a series of bad dates, miserable jobs, and disappointment. She doesn’t give up. In fact, she sticks up for herself and doesn’t take prisoners doing it.” – Sharon, Kids Room

Fired and dumped on the same night, Georgina takes a new job before realizing that her boss, Lucas, is her first love. Will Lucas recognize her?

A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin

“This book became a fast favorite and bedtime staple in our house! My 2-year old loves pretending to eat and make mooncakes with Little Star, and I can relate all-too-well to my own Little Star sneaking out of bed. This book is equal parts heartwarming and silly, and is a treat all around!” – Cindy, Public Relations

A beautifully illustrated and creative story about the phases of the moon, by way of the traditional Chinese treat. Little Star keeps sneaking out of bed to take a tiny little nibble of the delicious mooncake- will her mama notice?

Recursion by Blake Crouch

“Crouch creates very well-defined characters, with a modern twist on time travel and how it impacts the nature of reality.” – Karen B., Adult & Teen Services

In modern-day, people are able to go back in time to a specific memory and make a different choice, which creates an entirely different life. But now people’s old memories are bleeding through. And two people go back in time over and over again, trying to find the memory and choices to change to set the timeline right. Recursion looks at the importance of memory as it defines who we are.