May Youth book recomendations

Are you looking for your next book to read? Check out these titles that are recommended by staff or patrons. There will be a mixture of suggestions, fiction, non-fiction, old and new. Click on the book cover to find the book in our SHARE catalog.

The Smartest Kid In the Universe by Chris Grabenstein

Clever and incredibly funny. Jake spied a glass of jelly beans sitting on the greenroom table.  It was a small jar, just enough for Jake.  By the time Emma came back into the room, the jelly beans were gone.  And even though he didn’t know it yet, Jake McQuade’s life was never, ever going to be the same. 

 

The Lion of Mars by Jennifer L. Holm

Bell has spent his whole life on Mars. But he’s still just a regular kid – he loves cats, any kind of cake, and is curious about the secrets the adults in the US colony are keeping.  When a virus breaks out and the grown-ups all fall ill, Bell and the other children are the only ones who can help. It’s up to Bell – a regular kid in a very different world – to uncover the truth and save his family … and possibly unite an entire planet.

 

 

 

The Devlin Quick Mysteries; Into The Lion’s Den by Linda Fairstein

Someone has stolen a page from a rare book in the New York Public Library. At least, that’s what Devlin’s friend Liza thinks she’s seen, but she can’t be sure. Any other kid might not see a crime here, but Devlin Quick is courageous and confident, and she knows she has to bring this man to justice—even if it means breathlessly racing around the city to collect evidence. Dev and her friends piece the clues together to uncover a mystery that’s bigger than anyone expected—and more fun, too.

 

 

 

 

Saucy by Cynthia Kadohata

Being a quadruplet can make it hard to stand out from the crowd. Becca’s three brothers all have something that makes them…them. Becca is the only one with nothing to make her special. But when she finds a tiny, sick piglet on the side of the road, Becca knows this is it, and convinces her family to take it in.  How much trouble can one itty-bitty piglet get into?

Once Again by Liz Braswell & Cameron Dokey

Two beloved and timeless tales—Snow White and Sleeping Beauty—find new life in these magical and imaginative retellings filled with romance and adventure.

 

 

Happily Ever Afters by Elise Bryant

Sixteen-year-old Tessa Johnson has never felt like the protagonist in her own life. She’s rarely seen herself reflected in the pages of the romance novels she loves. The only place she’s a true leading lady is in her own writing—in the swoony love stories she shares only with Caroline, her best friend and #1 devoted reader. When Tessa is accepted into the creative writing program of a prestigious art school, she’s excited to finally let her stories shine. But when she goes to her first workshop, the words are just…gone.

 

 

The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner

Book 2 of 6 in the Queen’s Thief series.  The brilliant thief, Eugenides, has visited the Queen of Attolia’s palace one too many times, leaving small tokens and then departing unseen. When his final excursion does not go as planned, he is captured by the ruthless queen. 

 

 

Middle School Field Trip Fiasco by James Patterson & Martin Chatterton

Things have quieted down for lovable troublemaker Rafe Khatchadorian, and after all the mishaps and adventures he’s been through, he’s feeling a little restless. So when he’s invited to attend an all-expenses-paid art field trip in California, Rafe jumps at the opportunity.    What follows is a series of unfortunate events that only Rafe could find himself in, including an encounter with a cranky crocodile, a claustrophobic trip into an ancient cave, and a set of ancient cave paintings that may or may not have been faked.

 

 

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