“My Great Outdoors Book: The Kids’ Guide to Being Outside” by Josie Jeffery, illustrated by Alice Lickens
There is still plenty of time to get outdoors this summer and you can take this creative book on a camping trip or a day at the park. No need to worry about the weather — there are sections for rainy, windy and sunny days. “My Great Outdoors Book” is filled with ideas, activities and craft projects to keep everyone entertained for hours. Recommended for ages 5 and up.
“I Am Not a Toilet Paper Roll: 10 Incredible Things to Make With Toilet Paper Rolls” by Carlton Publishing Group
The title of this book from The Recycling Project Book series, which features other titles dedicated to egg cartons, cereal boxes and old socks, says it all. You can stop tossing those toilet paper rolls in the recycling bin and instead use them for fun crafts that transform them into sharks, unicorns, ninjas and more. This humorous book provides step-by-step guides to projects that can be completed within a hour. Recommended for ages 3 and up.
“The List” by Patricia Forde
The start of the new school year is fast approaching and that means Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) is around the corner. “The List” is one of the titles selected for sixth- to eighth-grade students. This fast-paced book full of twists takes place in a post-apocalyptic future where only a small list of 500 words are allowed to be used. However, the desecraters are enemies of the new world and these restrictions, and will stop at nothing to help bring back words and a brighter future.
“Anna Dressed in Blood” by Kendare Blake
The OBOB list for ninth- to 12th-grade students includes this horror book filled with suspense, blood and of course ghosts. Cas is a ghost hunter and heads to Canada after hearing about a deadly ghost wreaking havoc on a small town. However, Cas finds himself drawn to the murderous ghost, Anna, and is determined to find out about her past in order to help her. Edgy, sharp characters make this book a terrifyingly brilliant read.
— Sheila Grier, Deschutes Public Library community librarian
“Tuesday Mooney Talks
to Ghosts” by Kate Racculia
Tuesday Mooney loves dark tales, suspenseful mysteries and keeps to herself. But then Boston’s most eccentric billionaire, Vincent Pryce, dies leaving behind a treasure hunt for the city inspired by his hero, Edgar Allan Poe. Tuesday gathers her friends and they dive into underground tunnels and walk through the streets as they race against the clock looking for clues. Racculia’s new book is filled with clever locations, curious relationships and dark moments.
“The Girl He Used to Know” by Tracey Garvis Graves
When shy, awkward Annika runs into her former boyfriend, Jonathan, at a Chicago grocery store, her reaction is to bolt. Annika and Jonathan’s college romance was ended by tragedy a decade ago. But Annika is now working as a librarian and building confidence every day, so she asks if he wants to get together sometime. Told in chapters alternating between their 1991 college days and the present, Graves’ latest novel is filled with surprising twists and life changing events. It’s a love story filled with honesty, awkwardness and hope for the future.
— Paige Bentley-Flannery, Deschutes Public Library community librarian