Book Recommendations

Check Out These Fabulous, Thrilling Reads

Domonkas Branch Library Staff

9/3/2013 -- Looking for your next great read?


Check out the thriller books we recommend for children, teens and adults.


Happy Reading!



Summer Book Recommendations

List Compiled by our Domonkas Branch Library Staff



Children’s Books


Inside Outside by Lizi Boyd (Age Range: 4-6 years)

Inside Outside by Lizi Boyd is a charming wordless book which allows you to play peek-a-boo through die-cut windows.  Join a little boy as he plays inside and outside as the seasons change.


Water in the Park by Emily Jenkins (Age Range:  3-7 years)

Water in the Park is a delightful, simple, summer story about a playground with a pond.  Throughout the day, from sunrise to nightfall, the park and its water feature bring joy to all the human and animal visitors.  With so much to see and read about, your family will “pour” through this book again and again.


The Candy Smash – Book 4 of the Lemonade War series by Jacqueline Davies (Age Range: 9 years and up)

Fourth graders, Jessie and Evan Treski, have waged a lemonade war, sought justice in a class trial, and even unmasked a bell thief.  Now they are warring over keeping secrets. 


The Marble Queen by Stephanie Blake (Age Range: 10 years and up)

Freedom Jane McKenzie loves to shoot marbles, has tried to feed her little brother worms, and now, wants to enter the marble competition at the Autumn Jubilee with the boys.  Will her mom let her enter?  Can she win?  A nostalgic story, more about the journey than the destination.



Teen Books


Variant by Robison Wells (Ages 13 & up. Grades 7th & up)

After years in the gloomy foster care system, seventeen-year-old Benson Fisher is willing to do anything to escape his dead-end life. Benson eagerly applies for a scholarship at New Mexico's Maxfield Academy in hopes of securing a brighter future. Unfortunately, Benson learns that Maxfield Academy is not at all what he expected. It is a self-imposed prison, where deviating from the rules results in one’s death.  


Crewel by Gennifer Albin (Ages 12 & up. Grades 6th & up)

Gifted with the unusual ability to embroider the very fabric of life, sixteen-year-old Adelice is summoned by Manipulation Services to assume her role as one of the influential and elite Spinsters. Separated from her family, Adelice finds herself caught up in a web of treachery and forbidden love. Adelice alone has the power to save herself but first she must unravel the sinister truth behind her own extraordinary gift.    


Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter (Ages 15 & up. Grades 10th & up)

Alice Bell’s entire existence is shattered in the blink of an eye when she loses her family in a horrific car crash caused by a secretive cult of zombies. Ali turns to local bad boy Cole Holland to help her avenge the deaths of her loved ones. Together with Cole’s zombie hunting friends, Cole and Ali learn a few new tricks to conquer evil spirits and ultimately return them to their graves.



Adult Books


The Guardian by Beverly Lewis

The Guardian is the third book in the Home to Hickory Hollow series by Beverly Lewis.  A young teacher, Jodi Winfield, is house-sitting on her summer break and finds a disheveled little girl by the side of the road.  Jodi soon learns the child speaks no English.  She turns to the nearby Amish community in Hickory Hollow and finds some unexpected answers to her own problems as well.


The Wanderer by Robyn Carr

Good news for Virgin River fans!  Robyn Carr has moved down the Oregon coast and started a new series called Thunder PointThe Wanderer is the first book in this series.  When Hank Cooper is notified his old friend, Ben, has died, he travels from Virgin River to Thunder Point.  He finds that Ben has left him his bait shop and land.  While trying to solve the mystery of Ben’s untimely death, Hank discovers even more reasons to stay awhile.


Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

When artifacts from Japanese families sent to internment camps during World War II are uncovered during renovation at Seattle’s Panama Hotel, Henry Lee embarks on a personal mission that epitomizes the extraordinary and enduring nature of friendship and true love. Set in the backdrop of one of the most tumultuous and volatile times in American history, the Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet illustrates the horror of a war that pits neighbors and friends against one another.  


A Wanted Man by Lee Child

Ex-military policeman, Jack Reacher returns in his seventeenth fast-paced thriller. Hitching a ride to Virginia, Jack Reacher finds himself in another unexpected situation with three strangers or perhaps suspects. A stabbing victim found in America’s heartland has the state police, the F.B.I. and the C.I.A. involved. No simple problem, Jack must use his wits to survive and to solve the puzzle of the murder which turns out to be much more complex than it first appears. There is plenty of action, intrigue and insight into human behavior.