“Yes No Maybe So” by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed
The authors of this book created such strong and wonderful characters, Maya and Jaime, who take the readers on a journey of self-discovery. They are such an inspirational pair as they worked together in the novel to try to make a difference in their community.
— Recommended by Kristen Wallo, adult programming librarian
“Fish in a Tree” by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
I think everyone right now knows how special and important our teachers are, and this book is an ode to the teachers who take their job to heart to get to know each kid and really see who they are and what they need to learn. Ally is a girl in sixth grade who struggles with reading and acts out, but with the help of one teacher who finally takes the time to see how smart she is helps her to learn to read and discovers that she has dyslexia. There are so many elements to this book to talk about, friendship, bullies, and feeling different along with what makes a teacher special.
— Recommended by Fawn Contreras, youth services clerk
“Exposure: Poisoned Water, Corporate Greed, and One Lawyer’s Twenty-Year Battle Against DuPont” by
Reading nonfiction is a joy of mine. It reminds me to keep an open mind, keep learning and keep questioning everything. I picked up this book because I am interested in reading about health topics and heard about PFOA contaminating water. The way the author presents the topics of law and science in an engaging way that someone not an expert in either field can understand and follow made me like this book.
— Recommended by Danielle Karwaski, interlibrary loan and adult services clerk