Book Recommendations

Check Out The Books We Recommend This Summer

7/1/2013 -- READ.  Looking for your next best read?

Take a look at the following list of books we recommend for adults, children and teens that are available through your Lorain Public Library System.

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Book List Compiled by Avon Branch Library Staff

Books for Adults

Life after Life by Kate Atkinson - Kate Atkinson, author of the Jackson Brodie detective series, tells the story of Ursula Todd who was born in 1910 and keeps dying and being born again as the same person over and over. Who wouldn't want the chance to do it again with insight into what could be different the next time around? Spanning both world wars, this book is both historical fiction and time travel.

Saturday Night Widows: The Adventures of Six Friends Remaking Their Lives by Becky Aikman - As a journalist, the author used her research skills to tackle the insurmountable process of dealing with grief. Widowed in her 40s, she started her own unconventional support group and shares in a sometimes humorous, sometimes deeply moving way, the experiences of six women and their journey to remake themselves after the death of a spouse.

Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight - Did Amelia really jump to her death after being caught cheating at her private school or is that just what Grace Hall administrators are saying? Her mother, Kate, tipped off by a mysterious email, is determined to find the truth in this thrilling and suspenseful debut novel.

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach - From the author of Stiff: The Curious Life of Human Cadavers, here is a humorous look at all things digestion, but it isn't all gross. Curious minds will discover interesting uses for infant drool, why NASA consulted a flatus expert in the past and so much more.

Children’s Books

Tea Rex by Molly Idle - What do you do when the special guest at a tea party is a dinosaur? Little ones who like tea parties and those who like dinosaurs will enjoy this charming tale written and illustrated by Molly Idle. Ages 3-5.

Isabella: Star of the Story by Jennifer Fosberry and Mike Litwin - Following My Name is not Isabella: Just How Big Can a Little Girl Dream and Isabella: Girl on the Go, this author and illustrator present a third whimsical, colorful book in which Isabella again loves to pretend. This time she is at the library imagining she is characters in favorite classic stories, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland and more. Ages 4-8.

Spyro Versus the Mega Monsters by Cavan Scott - Fans of the popular Skylanders video games will find more exciting adventures with familiar characters in this first book in the Mask of Power Skylanders universe series. Ages 8 and up.

Play Makers by Mike Lupica -Book 2 of the Game Changers series jumps into basketball season with Ben McBain coming up against the new kid in town who may take the fun out of Ben playing with his friends. Ages 8 and up. 

Teen Books

Kiss Me Again by Rachel Vail -This follow up novel to If We Kiss will have you wondering how Charlie Collins will handle her crush on her now stepbrother, Kevin Lazarus. Can their relationship survive once their parents find out?

Through The Ever Night by Veronica Rossi -Don't miss the second book of the Under The Never Sky trilogy. Fantasy lovers will enjoy Perry and Aria’s reunion, but it is far from perfect and sacrifices may have to be made.

Code by Kathy Reichs - Now the real game has begun: another bomb is out there - a real one -and the clock is ticking. This Virals novel will excite teens who love adventure, mystery and the challenge of the hunt.

Prodigy: A Legend Novel by Marie Lu - In this sequel to the dystopian romantic thriller, Legend, June and Day join the Patriots and face unbelievable challenges to save their nation. Amazing, fast-paced, twisting plot turns make this a great choice for Hunger Games fans.