Staff Picks by Isabel
Isabel is our storytime queen, sign artist, and talented window dresser! Check out the books she loves below.
A story about one child's struggle with anxiety... relatable, even as an adult! A must-read! - Isabel
Illegal is a poignantly moving story with a rich cast of characters, deeply relevant storylines, and rich with the deepest human kindness and endurance. Not without touches of levity and joy, but emotionally impactful where its important, we follow a young boy on his search for his brother, trying desperately to keep his family together when it seems the world is set on tearing him and his siblings apart in the search for a better life. Heartbreaking and hopeful, this story about the journey of an illegal immigrant hits fast and hard, with severe social importance at this time in our world. - Isabel
God, I LOOOOVE this book!!!! Rainbow Rowell never disappoints. Plot-wise, this book is fresh and new and always surprising. Similar to Harry Potter, the characters in this book attend a school for magical learning, but instead, the magical system is all based around words, phrases, adn the power of language. a completely fresh and fascinating type of magic, one that us book lovers can all appreciate, huh? But the BEST part of this book is the romance, one that ignites the book and the heart of the reader, both. (I was, if we're being hones here, shrieking in joy a LOT while reading this book.) So. GOOD!!! - Isabel
Zivah is a healer forced to use her knowledge to hurt others and Dineas is a fighter who must now make friends with the enemy. Together, the two teens suffering at the hands of an empire are forced to set aside their differences in order to fight the enemy that surrounds them. A deep look at the ways war changes both individuals and culture. Livia is able to show a fantasy world that is sure to capture teen readers who are willing to engage in tough questions. These characters are rich with detail and complexity that will draw in fans of An Ember in the Ashes. - Jessica