Tiffany’s pick: “Bird Box” by Josh Malerman.

Clocking in at a lean 272 pages, and with an engaging plot that moves along at a steady pace, Josh Malerman’s “Bird Box” is a quick read. The story revolves around a small group of survivors in a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by mysterious creatures that trigger murderous violence in anyone who sees them. The characters are well developed and engaging, with many creative details about how the characters navigate in this new reality. Overall, a unique and compelling story that was recently made into a Netflix original movie

Sara’s pick: “The Undefeated” written by Kwame Alexander and illustrated by Kadir Nelson.

This book gave me chills. I love both Kwame Alexander and Kadir Nelson and all of their beautiful children’s literature, but this pairing seemed made for each other. This book has many opportunities for educational opportunities. It is part poem, part history lesson, and part social studies lesson and includes a bibliography in the back for reference. This book will spark emotions and thoughts overwhelming. A celebration, memorial, and lesson all blended together into one beautifully written and illustrated work.

Kirsten’s pick: “No Good Deed” by Manda Scott. This is one of those books that I just find. I play a silly game when I’m in the stacks looking for something to read and I’m looking at an author I usually read, but I’m kind of bored with the old known author and I pick the book next to it. I have found quite a few “new” authors and great reads that way. This is one of those books. It’s a murder/police detective story based in Scotland. It’s fast and not the usual who done it. Lots of intrigue. Needless to say it kept me up past my bed time for a few nights.

Lindsay’s pick: In “Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants,” Robin Wall Kimmerer, a scholar from the Potawatomi nation, blends all this with her personal experience to create a series of poetic, meditative essays on various aspects of botany. Listening to this as an audiobook was such a dreamy experience. There is so much information to absorb here. It was such a pleasure listening to Kimmerer read her own work that I plan to revisit it in the near future and can’t wait to start my garden.

Kacee’s pick: “Lemons” by Melissa Savage features Lemonade Liberty Witt as she goes to live with her grandfather after her mother’s untimely passing. But Lem’s mama always said, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” Lem isn’t sure how she’s going to take lemons like her sour grampa, a bigfoot obsessed boy named Tobin, and a whole new world removed from the one she knew and make lemonade, but she is going to try. “Lemons” is a great book about loss that almost made me cry at points (in a good way, I promise). I enjoyed Lem’s sparkling wit and how she grows as a girl processing the world around her. She isn’t always the best person (what elementary schooler is?) but she tries and tries to learn from her mistakes.

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