”This Is Your Brain on Parasites: How Tiny Creatures Manipulate Our Behavior and Shape Society” by Kathleen McAuliffe

It is amazing how such little things can change how the body functions. In Kathleen McAuliffe’s book, you dive into the many ways organisms can hide in the body, change your thinking and behavior, have changed and impacted our culture and are commonly found around the world. I enjoyed reading this book since it covered a seemingly taboo health topic that is often not addressed. I recommend this book to those who are not squeamish and looking to learn more about health and these intelligent, small invaders.

— Danielle Karwaski, interlibrary loan and adult services clerk, Valley Community Library

”You Should See Me in a Crown” by Leah Johnson

I think I have a new favorite YA pride book! This is a beautiful and passionate novel that had me laughing, crying, cheering and it raised my blood pressure with every page turn. This book will draw you into the life of a young, black queer teenage girl living in a conservative white town. She tries her best to accept herself while she is publicly running for prom queen, but she is a very shy student, who is feels very out of place at her school.

I hope and wish that every teen gets to have the space to grow into who they are, and own it with confidence. If you are still discovering who you are and where you fit in, I also hope that you know that it’s OK, because many

adults are still figuring this out and self-acceptance is a long journey.

— Fawn Contreras, youth services clerk, Valley Community Library

”Children of Blood and Bone” by Tomi Adeyemi

Have you seen this masterpiece? The resplendent cover and even the endsheets inside the book foreshadow a magnificently enchanting adventure ahead. I will admit, though, it has been quite a while since my eyes last grazed these pages. However, there is good news! The sequel recently arrived in libraries near you, rumors of a third book swirl and a movie seems to be in the works. Needless to say, Zélie’s escapades are far from over. If you love political intrigue, classes of magic or richly written tales, this author is the one for you!

— Angelina Estadt, page, Valley Community Library

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