|Best Book Picks for March!|
by Nicole Glover
Hetty and her husband, Benjy, were Conductors on the Underground Railroad, ferrying slaves to freedom with daring, cunning, and magic. With the war over, those skills find new purpose as they solve mysteries and murders that white authorities ignore. In the heart of Philadelphia’s Seventh Ward, everyone knows that when there’s a strange death or magical curses, Hetty and Benjy are the only ones that can solve the case. But when an old friend is murdered, their investigation stirs up a wasp nest of long-buried secrets. John Joseph Adams/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt $15.99.
|Come Fly the World|
by Julia Cooke
Required to have a college education, speak two languages, and possess political savvy, a stewardess serving Pan Am between 1966 and 1975 also had to be between 5'3" and 5'9", between 105 and 140 pounds, and under 26 years of age at the time of hire. Come Fly the World: The Jet-Age Story of the Women of Pan Am relates real stories, following the unfolding of the stewardesses’ role in the Vietnam War, as the airline ran from Saigon to Hong Kong, and Operation Babylift—the evacuation of 2,000 children during the fall of Saigon. Houghton Mifflin $28.
by Kaitlyn Greenidge
Coming of age as a free-born Black girl in Reconstruction-era Brooklyn, Libertie Sampson knows that her mother, a physician, has a vision for them to practice together. But Libertie feels stifled by her mother’s choices and is constantly reminded that she, unlike her mother, has skin that is too dark. When a man from Haiti proposes and promises she will be his equal on the island, Libertie accepts, only to discover that she is still subordinate to him and all men. As she tries to parse what freedom actually means for a Black woman, Libertie struggles with where to find it. Algonquin $26.95. Avail. 3/30
|The Women of Chateau Lafayette |
by Stephanie Dray
The Women of Chateau Lafayette is a sweeping novel about love and courage, and the strength we take from those who came before us. 1774. Noblewoman Adrienne Lafayette becomes her husband, the Marquis de Lafayette’s political partner in the fight for American independence. 1914. After witnessing the devastation in France, New York socialite Beatrice Chanler works to convince America to fight for what’s right. 1940. Marthe Simone wants nothing to do with war. But the realities of Nazi occupation transform her life in the isolated castle where she came of age, making her question everything. Berkley $27. Avail. 3/30
|Klara and the Sun|
by Kazuo Ishiguro
Klara and the Sun, the first novel by Kazuo Ishiguro since he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, tells the story of Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, who, from her place in the store, watches carefully the behavior of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass on the street outside. She remains hopeful that a customer will soon choose her. This thrilling book offers a look at our changing world through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator, and explores the fundamental question: what does it mean to love? Knopf $28.
Children and Middle Grade
|Doggo and Pupper|
by Katherine Applegate, illus. by Charlie Alder
Doggo is used to things being a certain way in his family. He likes routine. Cat says he’s become boring. That is, until Pupper shows up! Pupper is playful and messy, and turns the house upside down. Soon, the humans realize that Pupper needs training, and off he goes to puppy school. When Pupper comes back, he’s well-behaved. He’s not playful. He’s not messy. But Doggo realizes that Pupper also isn’t happy. So Doggo steps in to help, and rediscovers what it means to have fun. Doggo and Pupper launches a delightful new series! Feiwel & Friends $9.99. Ages 7-9. Avail. 3/23
|Peter Lee’s Notes from the Field|
by Angela Ahn, illus. by Julie Kwon
Eleven year-old Peter Lee has one goal in life: to become a paleontologist. Okay, maybe two: to get his genius kid-sister, L.B., to leave him alone. But his summer falls apart when his real-life dinosaur expedition goes up in a cloud of asthma-inducing dust. Even worse, his grandmother, Hammy, is sick, and no one will talk to Peter or L.B. about it. Perhaps his days as a scientist aren’t quite behind him yet. Armed with notebooks and pens, Peter puts his observation and experimental skills to the test to see what he can do for Hammy. Tundra $17.99. Ages 8-12.
by Mandy Gonzalez
The Ethel Merman Theater is cursed. No one is sure how or why, but the evidence speaks for itself. Show after show has flopped and the theater is about to close. Enter twelve-year-old Monica Garcia, who has been cast to star in a Broadway musical revival of The Goonies, the theater’s last chance to produce a hit before it shutters its doors for good. The kids in the cast all want to make the show a success, and all eyes in the theater world are on them. Will this show finally break the curse of the Ethel? Aladdin Paperbacks $17.99. Ages 8-12. Avail. 4/6
|Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Spooky Stories|
by Jeff Kinney
Grab a flashlight, crawl under the covers, and dive into the twisted, unexpectedly hilarious world of Rowley Jefferson’s imagination. You’ll meet zombies, vampires, ghosts, and much more in these comically terrifying tales. Rowley’s spooky stories might leave you laughing, but beware—you could end up sleeping with the lights on! And don’t miss Rowley Jefferson’s first two awesome friendly books, the instant #1 bestsellers Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson’s Journal and Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Adventure! Amulet $14.99. Ages 8-13. Avail. 3/16
|Wilderlore: The Accidental Apprentice|
by Amanda Foody
In this whimsical and cheeky middle grade fantasy debut, the last thing Barclay Thorne wanted was an adventure. Thankfully, as an apprentice to the town’s mushroom farmer, Barclay need only work hard and follow the rules to one day become the head mushroom farmer himself. But then Barclay accidentally breaks his town’s most sacred rule: never ever EVER stray into the Woods, for within the Woods lurk vicious magical Beasts. To Barclay's horror, he faces a fate far worse than being eaten: he unwittingly bonds with a Beast! Margaret K. McElderry $17.99. Ages 9-12. Avail. 3/30
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