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Trouble is a friend of mine

Tromly, Stephanie.


After her parents' divorce, Zoe Webster moves from Brooklyn to upstate New York where she meets the weirdly compelling misfit, Philip Digby, and soon finds herself in a series of hilarious and dangerous situations as he pulls her into his investigation into the kidnapping of a local teenage girl which may be related to the disappearance of his kid sister eight years ago.

Suggested by Sandra @ the Brier Library.

Shake cats

Davidson, Carli.

636.8002 DAVIDSO

Adorable and hysterical color photographs of more than sixty cats caught mid-shake.

Suggested by Sandra @ the Brier Library.

Pop sonnets : Shakespearean spins on your favorite songs

Didriksen, Erik, author.


The Bard meets the Backstreet Boys in 'Pop Sonnets,' a collection of 100 classic pop songs reimagined as Shakespearean sonnets. All your favorite songs are here, including hits by Jay-Z, Johnny Cash, Katy Perry, Michael Jackson, Talking Heads, and many others. With stirring sentiments on everything from love and despair to wanton women, 'Pop Sonnets' offers inspirational verse for every occasion.

Suggested by Sandra @ the Brier Library.

Slaughterhouse 90210

Kreizman, Maris.

808.882 KREIZMA

The perfect book for anyone with a Netflix account and a library card.

Suggested by Sandra @ the Brier Library.

Felines of New York : a glimpse into the lives of New York's feline inhabitants

Tews, Jim, author.

636.8009 TEWS

Featuring more than 100 photos and quotes from cats in America's most glamorous city, Felines of New York exposes the furry underbelly of New York City's most glamorous, self-important residents.

Suggested by Sandra @ the Brier Library.

Buddies : heartwarming photos of GIs and their dogs in World War II

Keeney, L. Douglas, author.

940.5412 KEENEY

Suggested by Sandra @ the Brier Library.

Junji Ito's cat diary : Yon & Mu

Itō, Junji, 1963-

741.5652 ITO

Hell-o-kitty! Master of Japanese horror manga Junji Ito presents a series of hissterical tales chronicling his real-life trials and tribulations of becoming a cat owner. Junji Ito, as J-kun, has recently built a new house and has invited his financée, A-ko, to live with him. Little did he know ... his blushing bride-to-be has some unexpected company in tow--Yon, a ghastly-looking family cat, and Mu, an adorable Norwegian forest cat. Despite being a dog person, J-kun finds himself purrsuaded by their odd cuteness and thus begins his comedic struggle to gain the affection of his new feline friends.

Suggested by Sandra @ the Brier Library.

Plastic, ahoy! : investigating the great Pacific garbage patch

Newman, Patricia, 1958-

J 363.738 NEWMAN

A team of scientists explore the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, where millions of pieces of plastic have gathered, having drifted there from rivers, beaches, and ocean traffic all over the

Suggested by Sandra @ the Brier

Princeless. 1, [Save yourself]

Whitley, Jeremy, author.


Princess Adrienne is tired of being locked in a tower, waiting around to be rescued by a prince. She escapes from the tower with the help of her guardian dragon, Sparky, and with her plucky sidekick Bedelia, Adrienne sets off on a quest to rescue her sisters who are suffering the same fate.

Suggested by Sandra @ the Brier Library.

The great American Dust Bowl

Brown, Don, 1949- author, illustrator.

TEEN 978.032 BROWN

The causes and results of the Dust Bowl and how the lessons learned are still used today. Presented in comic book format.

Suggested by Sandra @ the Brier Library.

One man guy

Barakiva, Michael, author.


When Alek's high-achieving, Armenian-American parents send him to summer school, he thinks his summer is ruined. But then he meets Ethan, who opens his world in a series of truly unexpected ways.

Suggested by Sandra @ the Brier Library.

Bioluminescence : nature and science at work

Zimmer, Marc, author.

TEEN 572.4358 ZIMMER

Suggested by Sandra @ the Brier Library.

Everything, everything

Yoon, Nicola, author.


The story of a teenage girl who's literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she's ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more.

Suggested by Sandra @ the Brier Library.

The silence of six

Myers, E. C. (Eugene C.), 1978- author.


"What is the Silence of Six, and what are you going to do about it?" These are the last words uttered by 17-year-old Max Stein's best friend Evan just moments before he kills himself after hacking into the live-streaming Presidential debate at their high school. Haunted by the unforgettable image of Evan's death, Max's entire world is upended as he suddenly finds himself the target of a corporate-government witch-hunt.

Suggested by Emily @ the Monroe Library.

Eden west

Hautman, Pete, 1952-


Twelve square miles of paradise, surrounded by an eight-foot-high chain-link fence: this is Nodd, the land of Grace. It is all Jacob knows. Beyond the fence lies the World, a wicked, terrible place, doomed to destruction. Only the Grace will be spared. But something is rotten in paradise.

Suggested by Emily @ the Monroe Library.

X : a novel

Shabazz, Ilyasah, author.


Co-written by Malcolm X's daughter, this riveting and revealing novel follows the formative years of the man whose words and actions shook the world.

Suggested by Emily @ the Monroe Library.

Going over

Kephart, Beth.


In the early 1980s Ada and Stefan are young, would-be lovers living on opposite sides of the Berlin Wall--Ada lives with her mother and grandmother and paints graffiti on the Wall, and Stefan lives with his grandmother in the East and dreams of escaping to the West.

Suggested by Emily @ the Monroe Library.

Breaking sky

McCarthy, Cori, author.


In the year 2048 Chase Harcourt, call sign "Nyx," is one of only two pilots chosen to fly the experimental "Streaker" jets at the junior Air Force Academy, but few know the pain and loneliness of her past or the dark secret about her father, and as the world tilts toward war, Chase cracks open a military secret.

Suggested by Emily @ the Monroe Library.

The walls around us : a novel

Suma, Nova Ren, author.


Orianna and Violet are ballet dancers and best friends, but when the ballerinas who have been harassing Violet are murdered, Orianna is accused of the crime and sent to a juvenile detention center where she meets Amber and they experience supernatural events linking the girls together.

Suggested by Emily @ the Monroe Library.

Bone Gap

Ruby, Laura, author.


Eighteen-year-old Finn, an outsider in his quiet Midwestern town, is the only witness to the abduction of town favorite Roza, but his inability to distinguish between faces makes it difficult for him to help with the investigation, and subjects him to even more ridicule and bullying.

Suggested by Emily @ the Monroe Library.

Stonewall : breaking out in the fight for gay rights

Bausum, Ann, author.


A dramatic retelling of the Stonewall riots of 1969, introducing teen readers to the decades-long struggle for gay rights.

Suggested by Emily @ the Monroe Library.


Smith, Andrew (Andrew Anselmo), 1959-


Thirteen-year-old Stark "Stick" McClellan's brother has always defended him against those who tease him for his thinness and facial deformity, so when Bosten, having admitted he is gay, must leave home and their abusive parents, Stick sets out to find him.

Suggested by Emily @ the Monroe Library.

Glory O'Brien's history of the future

King, A. S. (Amy Sarig), 1970-


As her high school graduation draws near, Glory O'Brien begins having powerful and terrifying visions of the future as she struggles with her long-buried grief over her mother's suicide.

Suggested by Emily @ the Monroe Library.

The game of Love and Death

Brockenbrough, Martha, author.


Seattle, 1937: two seventeen-year-olds, Henry, who is white, and Flora, who is African-American, become the unwitting pawns in a game played by two immortal figures, Love and Death. They must choose each other at the end, or one of them will die.

Suggested by Emily @ the Monroe Library.

Love is the drug

Johnson, Alaya Dawn, 1982- author.


Emily Bird is an African American high school senior in Washington D.C., member of a privileged medical family, on the verge of college and the edge of the drug culture, and not really sure which way she will go--then one day she wakes up in the hospital with no memory of what happened.

Suggested by Emily @ the Monroe Library.

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