”Dear Edward” by Ann Napolitano

Imagine you are the sole survivor of an airplane crash. Now imagine you are 12 years old. You wake up in a hospital bed and are told your entire family was lost in the crash. Suddenly you are the focus of a curious nation. How do you cope with losing all those you love?

At times heartwarming and at times heart-wrenching Dear Edward follows Edward as he copes with unimaginable heartbreak in his journey towards hope and love again.

From the beginning this novel captures the reader’s heart while introducing an unforgettable cast of characters on the ill-fated flight, those who mourn their deaths, and those who help Edward on his journey.

— Lynda Gelik, library volunteer

”Bitten: The Secret History of Lyme Disease and Biological Weapons” by Kris Newby

“Bitten” is one of my favorite non-fiction books. Newby takes you behind the scenes into understanding the history of the global Lyme Disease epidemic. The book takes you through the many decades of scientific work and life of Willy Burgdorfer, who is known for the discovery of the Lyme microbe, and the bioweaponizing of ticks during the Cold War. The amount of new in-depth and well-researched information on Lyme Disease made me love this book. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about Lyme Disease or read a true, real-life mystery and scientific thriller.

— Danielle Karwaski,interlibrary loan and adult services clerk

”Not Quiet Snow White” by Ashley Franklin and “The Undefeated” by Kwame Alexander

In light of current event there are many beautiful picture books that celebrate diversity, and talk about racism in a kid-friendly way.

“Not Quite Snow White” tells the story of a young, brown girl who dreams of playing Snow White in her school’s musical. She helps her friends with their auditions, when she hears people talking about how she can’t be Snow White because she’s brown. This book opens the door to talk about how our words can change our views of other people, and can hurt others. It also shows the power that words, whispers, and prejudices can have. I love this beautiful, sweet, endearing picture book and the conversations we can have with our children.

“The Undefeated” is a tribute of black history. Kwame’s words are full of passion and perseverance that stay with the reader long after the last page is turned. The book’s back matter goes in depth, and it has as much to offer adult readers as it does for children. The illustrations are also stunning. Kwame doesn’t shy away from emotion, and this short book leaves the readers empowered.

— Fawn Contreras, youth services clerk

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