Fiction

Grab a story about dancing and let that inspire you to try your own moves.

I will dance by Bo Flood

Floyd Cooper, award-winning author and illustrator of books for children, passed away July 15, 2021 at the age of 65. Below is a selection of works that showcase his stunning portrayals of Black history, and his fictional stories that capture slices of everyday life.

Books Written and Illustrated by Cooper

Jump! by Floyd Cooper

What was Michael Jordan like as a boy? You might be surprised that the greatest professional basketball player ever wasn't even the best player in his own family!  Based on actual events, this story of a friendly sibling rivalry is enhanced by Floyd Cooper's stunning two-tone art.

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Hermann Kermit Warm is going to die. The enigmatic and powerful man known only as the Commodore has ordered it, and his henchmen, Eli and Charlie Sisters, will make sure of it. Though Eli doesn't share his brother's appetite for whiskey and killing, he's never known anything else. But their prey isn't an easy mark, and on the road from Oregon City to Warm's gold-mining claim outside Sacramento, Eli begins to question what he does for a living-and whom he does it for.

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Warmer weather is right around the corner. With the spring equinox on March 20, consider picking up one of these reads to ready yourself for spring. 

Spring by Ali Smith

What unites Katherine Mansfield, Charlie Chaplin, Shakespeare, Rilke, Beethoven, Brexit,  the present, the past, the north, the south, the east, the west, a man mourning lost times, a woman trapped in modern times?

Spring. The great connective.

With an eye to the migrancy of story over time and riffing on Pericles, one of Shakespeare's most resistant and rollicking works, Ali Smith tell the impossible tale of an impossible time. In a time of walls and lockdown, Smith opens the door.

The time we're living in is changing nature. Will it change the nature of story?

Hope springs eternal.

Emma by Jane Austen
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A novel of Regency England that centers upon a self-assured young lady who is determined to arrange her life and the lives of those around her into a pattern dictated by her romantic fancy.

Ready to hide under the covers to avoid the bumps and spooks outside your window? Here's a collection of spine-tingling stories. Books are suggested for Third Grade, but remember that each reader is different and might find something interesting at another level.

The bad beginning by Lemony Snicket

After the sudden death of their parents, the three Baudelaire children must depend on each other and their wits when it turns out that the distant relative who is appointed their guardian is determined to use any means necessary to get their fortune. Kicks off The Series of Unfortunate Events.

Anastasia, nearly eleven, is snatched from her elementary school and sent to live at a former insane asylum with two great aunts she had never met after being told that her parents died in a tragic vacuum cleaner accident.

 

Ready for goosebumps and crazy creatures? Here's a collection of spooky stories featuring unexpected creatures and adventures. Books are suggested for Second Grade, but remember that each reader is different and might find something interesting at another level.

What is hiding under the bed? What is scratching at the window? These five spine-chilling stories will have beginning readers everywhere begging to stay up late to read (with the light on!). For more Mister Shivers, try Shadow in the Woods.

The boy of a thousand faces by Brian Selznick

Obsessed with horror films, ten-year-old Alonzo dreams of transforming himself into "The Boy of a Thousand Faces" and gets his wish in an unexpected way.

 

Have you made your way through Dragon Masters and Last Firehawk, and need more series to read? Into fantasy and adventure? Give these titles a try.

A young dragon named Ella convinces her twin brother Owen to join her on a bold quest to find a wizard that will help cure Owen of his flaming cold. Part of the Ella and Owen series.

Grilled cheese and dragons by Nancy E Krulik

Princess Serena, who wants to be a knight instead of a princess, must perform good deeds on a Quest of Kindness to prove to her father that she deserves to go to knight school. Part of the Princess Pulverizer series.

With her final book, Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry, having published in November 2019, we say good-bye to Mary Higgens Clark.  She passed away Friday, January 31, 2020 at the age of 92. Revisit some of your old favorites or try her for the first time. She'd like that.

Kiss the girls and make them cry by Mary Higgins Clark

Ernest J. Gaines was born outside of Baton Rouge, LA in 1933. At age 15, Gaines moved with his family to California, where he encountered greater equal access to education. After attending San Francisco State University, he was awarded fellowship at Stanford. Gaines returned to Louisiana in 1963 and garnered critical acclaim with his 1971 book The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. That book and his 1993 novel, A Lesson Before Dying, were both made into feature films. You may find these titles and other powerful works by Gaines in our collection.

What were you reading in 1988? Check out this list to jog your memory.

The cardinal of the Kremlin by 1947-2013 Tom Clancy
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