Recommended Reads

Recommended Reads

Staff Picks
Dorisann's pick:
  • Joanna Fluke - Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder

Margaret's pick:

  • Debbie Macomber - Cottage by the sea
Lisa's picks:
  • Lisa Jackson - Last Girl Standing
  • Lisa Gardner - When You See Me
  • Heather Graham - Deadly Touch
  • Cassandra Clare - Chain of Gold
Michelle's picks:
  • Ann Ross - Miss Julia Stirs Up Trouble
  • Philip Craig - Murder at a vineyard mansion

Most Checked Out & Requested Books in March at Charlestown-Clark County Public Library


  1. The four winds - Hannah, Kristin
  2. A Gambling Man - Baldacci, David
  3. Finding Ashley - Steel, Danielle
  4. 21st birthday - Patterson, James
  5. The Russian - Patterson, James/ Born, James O.
  6. The affair : a novel - Steel, Danielle
  7. Dark sky : a Joe Pickett novel - Box, C. J.
  8. Eternal - Scottoline, Lisa
  9. Ocean Prey - Sandford, John
  10. Country Proud - Miller, Linda Lael
  11. Curse of Salem - Hooper, Kay
  12. Dog Man : Mothering heights - Pilkey, Dav
  13. Win - Coben, Harlan
  14. Danger in Numbers - Graham, Heather
  15. Fair and square - Burnell, Heather Ayris
  16. Legacy - Roberts, Nora
  17. The Red Book - Patterson, James/ Ellis, David
  18. Meant to Be - Deveraux, Jude
  19. No Way Out - Michaels, Fern
  20. The Bounty - Evanovich, Janet/ Hamilton, Steve
  21. The Last Night in London - White, Karen
  22. The Unforgiven - Graham, Heather
  23. The Vineyard at Painted Moon - Mallery, Susan
  24. A Distant Shore - Kingsbury, Karen
  25. Miss Julia happily ever after - Ross, Ann B.
  26. Missing and Endangered - Jance, Judith A.
  27. Sooley - Grisham, John
  28. The Tooth Fairy vs. the Easter Bunny - Deenihan, Jamie L. B.
  29. The lady has a past - Quick, Amanda
  30. Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Murder - Fluke, Joanne
  31. Blink of an eye - Johansen, Iris
  32. Faithless in death : An Eve Dallas Novel - Robb, J. D.
  33. Cat kid comic club - Pilkey, Dav
  34. Deadly Cross - Patterson, James
  35. Neighbors : a novel - Steel, Danielle
  36. The Palm Beach murders : thrillers - Patterson, James
  37. Who was George Washington? - Edwards, Roberta
  38. A Time for Mercy - Grisham, John
  39. Calder Brand - Dailey, Janet
  40. Death by Chocolate Snickerdoodle - Graves, Sarah
  41. Fast ice : a novel from the Numa files - Cussler, Clive
  42. Itty-bitty kitty-corn - Hale, Shannon
  43. Kingdom of shadow and light - Moning, Karen Marie
  44. The Easter bunny that overslept - Friedrich, Priscilla
  45. The Selection v.1 - Cass, Kiera
  46. The Stepsisters - Mallery, Susan
  47. The kaiser's web - Berry, Steve
  48. A Simple Murder - Castillo, Linda
  49. All That Glitters - Steel, Danielle
  50. Bunny Bus - Paquette, Ammi-Joan
  51. Dangerous women - Adams, Hope
  52. David gets in trouble - Shannon, David
  53. Double Jeopardy - Woods, Stuart
  54. Easter mice! - Roberts, Bethany
  55. Guts - Telgemeier, Raina
  56. Haunted hibiscus - Childs, Laura
  57. If you give a cat a cupcake - Numeroff, Laura Joffe
  58. Llama Llama mess mess mess - Dewdney, Anna
  59. Logan likes Mary Anne! : a graphic novel - Galligan, Gale
  60. Lover unveiled - Ward, J. R.
  61. Otter loves Easter! - Garton, Sam
  62. Pete the cat and the itsy bitsy spider - Dean, James
  63. Pride and prejudice - Austen, Jane
  64. The Berenstain Bears' Easter surprise - Berenstain, Stan
  65. The Cottage on Lighthouse Lane - Bunn, Davis
  66. The Paris library : a novel - Skeslien Charles, Janet
  67. The awakening - Roberts, Nora
  68. The leprechaun who lost his rainbow - Callahan, Sean
  69. The newcomer - Andrews, Mary Kay
  70. The shadow box - Rice, Luanne
  71. Tiny the Indiana Easter Bunny - James, Eric
  72. We begin at the end - Whitaker, Chris
  73. Animal instinct - Rosenfelt, David
  74. Barbie fairytale collection
  75. Before she disappeared : a novel - Gardner, Lisa
  76. Betty Bunny loves Easter - Kaplan, Michael B.
  77. Biscuit and the little llamas - Capucilli, Alyssa Satin
  78. Clifford's spring clean-up - Bridwell, Norman
  79. Dog Man unleashed - Pilkey, Dav
  80. Dog man 9 - Pilkey, Dav
  81. Don't let the pigeon drive the bus - Willems, Mo
  82. Easter egg disaster - Ruelle, Karen Gray
  83. Easter parade - Berlin, Irving
  84. Endless mercy - Peterson, Tracie
  85. Firefly Lane - Hannah, Kristin
  86. Fly away - Hannah, Kristin
  87. Fortune and glory : tantalizing twenty-seven - Evanovich, Janet
  88. Hidden - Michaels, Fern
  89. Hop on Pop - Seuss, Dr.
  90. Katie the catsitter - Venable, Colleen A. F.
  91. Lightning game - Feehan, Christine
  92. Minerva Louise and the colorful eggs - Stoeke, Janet Morgan
  93. Notorious - Palmer, Diana
  94. One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish - Seuss, Dr.
  95. Piece of My Heart - Clark, Mary Higgins/ Burke, Alafair
  96. Piggy Bunny - Vail, Rachel
  97. Ready, set, go cart! - Dean, Kim
  98. Robert Ludlum's the Treadstone exile - Hood, Joshua
  99. Roblox character encyclopedia -
  100. Serpentine : an Alex Delaware novel - Kellerman, Jonathan
  101. Shakeup - Woods, Stuart
  102. Smile - Telgemeier, Raina
  103. St. Patrick's Day - Haugen, Brenda
  104. Surviving Savannah - Henry, Patti Callahan
  105. The Coast-to-coast Murders - Patterson, James/ Barker
  106. The Drowning Kind - McMahon, Jennifer
  107. The Easter Bunny's assistant - Thomas, Jan
  108. The Girl from the Channel Islands - Lecoat, Jenny
  109. The Guest List - Foley, Lucy
  110. The House on Olive Street - Carr, Robyn
  111. The Law of Innocence - Connelly, Michael
  112. The Stone Wall - Lewis, Beverly
  113. The babysitter : my summers with a serial killer - Rodman, Liza
  114. The dark secret
  115. The first Easter - Heyer, Carol
  116. The gift of the magpie : a Meg Langslow mystery - Andrews, Donna
  117. The kitchen front : a novel - Ryan, Jennifer
  118. The pigeon has to go to school! - Willems, Mo
  119. The return - Sparks, Nicholas
  120. The sentinel - Child, Lee
  121. The thing about spring - Kirk, Daniel
  122. The umbrella - Brett, Jan
  123. The very impatient caterpillar : am I a butterfly yet? - Burach, Ross
  124. The viscount who loved me v.2 - Quinn, Julia
  125. There was an old monkey who swallowed a frog - Ward, Jennifer
  126. Unfinished business : an Ali Reynolds mystery - Jance, Judith A.
  127. Walk in my combat boots : true stories from America's bravest warriors - Patterson, James
  128. What pet should I get? - Seuss, Dr.
  129. When I found you - Novak, Brenda
  130. Wings of fire : the dragonet prophecy - Sutherland, Tui T.
  131. 1st Case - Patterson, James/ Tebbetts, Chris
  132. A good girl's guide to murder - Jackson, Holly
  133. A new beginning v.1 - Bentley, Sue
  134. A stranger in town : a Rockton novel - Armstrong, Kelley
  135. ABC dinosaurs
  136. Alone - Freeman, Megan E.
  137. An Amish surprise - Gray, Shelley Shepard
  138. An extravagant death : A Charles Lenox Mystery - Finch, Charles
  139. Awkward - Chmakova, Svetlana, 1979- author
  140. Baby-sitters little sister : Karen's roller skates. - Farina, Katy
  141. Baby-sitters little sister. v. 1, : Karen's witch - Farina, Katy
  142. Benny and Penny in Lost and found : a Toon book - Hayes, Jeoffrey
  143. Bunny's Easter egg - Mortimer, Anne
  144. Dark sky : a Joe Pickett novel - Box, C. J.
  145. Daylight - Baldacci, David
  146. Diary of a wimpy kid v.10 : old school - Kinney, Jeff
  147. Diary of a wimpy kid v.14 : wrecking ball - Kinney, Jeff
  148. Dog Man - Pilkey, Dav
  149. Dog man : Brawl of the wild - Pilkey, Dav
  150. Dr. Seuss's sleep book. - Seuss, Dr.
  151. Eva's campfire adventure v.12 - Elliott, Rebecca
  152. Fool me twice : a novel - Lindsay, Jeffry P.
  153. Garfield goes bananas - Davis, Jim
  154. Ghast in the machine! v.4 - Eliopulos, Nick
  155. Go, dog, go! - Eastman, P. D.
  156. Ground Zero - Gratz, Alan
  157. Happy Easter, Little Critter - Mayer, Mercer
  158. Horton hears a Who! - Seuss, Dr.
  159. Intuitive fasting : the flexible four-week intermittent fasting plan to recharge your metabolism and renew your health - Cole, Will
  160. Invisible girl : a novel - Jewell, Lisa
  161. Ivy + Bean v.1 - Barrows, Annie
  162. Jackpot - Woods, Stuart
  163. Kamala's way : an American life - Morain, Dan
  164. Keep sharp : build a better brain at any age - Gupta, Sanjay
  165. Llama Llama misses Mama - Dewdney, Anna
  166. Max Meow - Gallagher, John
  167. My toothbrush is missing! - Thomas, Jan
  168. Nypd Red 6 - Patterson, James/ Karp, Marshall
  169. Pursuit - Robards, Karen
  170. Rocking in my school shoes - Litwin, Eric
  171. Six Weeks to Live - McKenzie, Catherine
  172. Slime for dinner - Stilton, Geronimo
  173. Someone to cherish - Balogh, Mary
  174. Star Wars rogue one : the ultimate visual guide - Hidalgo, Pablo
  175. Stellaluna - Cannon, Janell
  176. Sunrise on Half Moon Bay - Carr, Robyn
  177. The Attack - Griffin, W. E. B./ Butterworth, William E.
  178. The Bad Guys in the One?! 12 - Blabey, Aaron
  179. The Berenstain bears and the real Easter eggs - Berenstain, Stan
  180. The Easter egg artists - Adams, Adrienne
  181. The Sneetches, and other stories. - Seuss, Dr.
  182. The children's blizzard : a novel - Benjamin, Melanie
  183. The good sister - Hepworth, Sally
  184. The lost heir v.2 - Sutherland, Tui
  185. The old farmer's almanac -
  186. The parable of the lily - Higgs, Liz Curtis
  187. The request - Bell, David
  188. The return of the Jedi - Grange, Emma
  189. The story of Easter - Fisher, Aileen
  190. The summer of lost and found - Monroe, Mary Alice
  191. The un-fairy - Mews, Melody
  192. The wife upstairs - Hawkins, Rachel
  193. There once was a cowpoke who swallowed an ant - Ketteman, Helen
  194. There was an old woman who lived in a book - Tejido, Jomike
  195. Total Power - Flynn, Vince/ Mills, Kyle
  196. Troubles in Paradise - Hilderbrand, Elin
  197. Twenty - Grippando, James
  198. Ultimate shark rumble - Pallotta, Jerry
  199. Who is the Mystery Reader? - Willems, Mo
  200. You Betrayed Me - Jackson, Lisa

A Spotlight on Books about Social Equality

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Adult Nonfiction

The Black and the Blue by Matthew Horace
Veteran police officer and CNN law enforcement analyst Matthew Horace offers an unforgettable account of the racism, bigotry, and colorlines that permeate America's law enforcement culture, institution, and system, and lays out a blueprint for change.

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
Set amid the civil rights movement, the never-before-told true story of NASA’s African-American female mathematicians who played a crucial role in America’s space program.

And Still I Rise: Black America Since MLK by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
A timeline and chronicle of the past fifty years of black history in the U.S. in more than 350 photos.

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Coates shares with his son—and readers—the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children’s lives were taken as American plunder.

The Black List by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
Twenty-five prominent African-Americans of various professions, disciplines, and backgrounds offer their own stories and insights on the struggles, triumphs, and joys of black life in America and, in the process, redefine "black list" for a new century.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
An autobiography describing the early years of Maya Angelou’s life. The first in a seven-volume series, it is a coming-of-age story that illustrates how strength of character and a love of literature can help overcome racism and trauma.

Adult Fiction

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
Newlyweds Celestial and Roy, the living embodiment of the New South, are settling into the routine of their life together when Roy is sent to prison for a crime he didn't commit. An insightful look into the lives of people who are bound and separated by forces beyond their control.

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
A journey through Mississippi’s past and present that is both an intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle. Grapples with the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power, and limitations, of the bonds of family.

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates
The story of the enslaved Hiram Walker, who can't remember the mother he lost young but is blessed with mysterious powers and is determined to join the war on slavery, escape the plantation, and rescue the family he made for himself there.

Beloved by Toni Morrison
Brings the unimaginable experience of slavery into the literature of today and into the reader's comprehension.

Teen Books

SLAY by Brittney Morris
By day, seventeen-year-old Kiera Johnson is an honors student, a math tutor, and one of the only Black kids at Jefferson Academy. But at home, she joins hundreds of thousands of Black gamers who duel worldwide as Nubian personas in the secret multiplayer online role-playing card game, SLAY. No one knows Kiera is the game developer, not her friends, her family, not even her boyfriend, Malcolm, who believes video games are partially responsible for the "downfall of the Black man,” Driven to save the only world in which she can be herself, Kiera must preserve her secret identity and harness what it means to be unapologetically Black in a world intimidated by Blackness. But can she protect her game without losing herself in the process?

Monster by Walter Dean Myers
As a way of coping with the horrific events that entangle him, Steve, an amateur filmmaker, decides to transcribe his trial into a script, just like in the movies. He writes it all down, scene by scene, the story of how his whole life was turned around in an instant. But despite his efforts, reality is blurred and his vision obscured until he can no longer tell who he is or what is the truth. This compelling novel is Walter Dean Myers's writing at its best.

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
Rashad and Quinn—one black, one white, both American—face the unspeakable truth that racism and prejudice didn’t die after the civil rights movement. There’s a future at stake, a future where no one else will have to be absent because of police brutality. They just have to risk everything to change the world. Cuz that’s how it can end.

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
An ode to Put the Damn Guns Down, this is New York Times bestseller Jason Reynolds’s fiercely stunning novel that takes place in sixty potent seconds—the time it takes a kid to decide whether or not he’s going to murder the guy who killed his brother.
Told in short, fierce staccato narrative verse, Long Way Down is a fast and furious, dazzlingly brilliant look at teenage gun violence, as could only be told by Jason Reynolds.

Stamped — Racism, Anti-Racism and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
This is NOT a history book.
This is a book about the here and now.
A book to help us better understand why we are where we are.
A book about race.
Through a gripping, fast-paced, and energizing narrative written by beloved award-winner Jason Reynolds, this book shines a light on the many insidious forms of racist ideas--and on ways readers can identify and stamp out racist thoughts in their daily lives.

Dear Martin by Nic Stone
Justyce McAllister is top of his class and set for the Ivy League—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. And despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can't escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates. Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out.
  Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up—way up, sparking the fury of a white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. Justyce and Manny are caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it's Justyce who is under attack.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least win her first battle. As the daughter of an underground hip hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri’s got massive shoes to fill. Insightful, unflinching, and full of heart, On the Come Up is an ode to hip hop from one of the most influential literary voices of a generation. It is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; and about how, especially for young black people, freedom of speech isn’t always free.

Children’s Picture Books

The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander
Famous African-American athletes, artists, and activists are highlighted in this book. Their accomplishments are celebrated while acknowledging the incredible hardships they had to overcome to reach those triumphs.

Ron’s Big Mission by Rose Blue
Future astronaut, Ron McNair, tells the story of his childhood and how he defied segregation laws to register for a library card in the whites’ only library of his South Carolina childhood.

Hair Love by Matthew Cherry
Black hair is celebrated in this adorable picture book where a father must learn to style his preschool daughter’s hair.

Granddaddy’s Gift by Margaree King Mitchell
In the segregated South, a young girl goes with her Grandfather to register to vote. Despite adversity and hardship because of his decision, he still teaches his granddaughter that the right to vote is precious.

Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson
This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of African Americans in America and how even though they experienced slavery and racism, they were able to fight for freedom, fight for their rights and continue fighting for equality.

Children’s Chapter Books

New Kid by Jerry Craft
This graphic novel of seventh-grader Jordan Banks who struggles to fit in at his new private school where he is one of the few African Americans attending.

A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramee
12-year-old Shayla does not like making waves at her junior high school.  She is a good student and a rule follower.  However, she must decide whether or not following the rules is worth it when her school bans the BLM armband she begins wearing to show support for the movement.

Genesis Begins Again by Alicia Williams
13-year-old Genesis does not like her dark skin and is trying to lighten it as this novel begins. However, as her talent for singing begins to be encouraged she learns about other black musicians about how racist ideas of beauty are hurtful and untrue.

One Crazy Summer by Rita Garcia Williams
It is 1968 and three sisters, Delphine, Vonetta and Fern are visiting their mother for the summer in Oakland, California.  When they arrive in Oakland, they learn their mother works for the Black Panther Party, a group of African Americans struggling for civil rights. The girls spend the summer attending the Black Panther-run community center and learning more about the struggle for equality Black Americans face and more about their mysterious mother who left their father when the girls were very young.

Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson
Six diverse kids in Ms. Laverne’s sixth grade classroom are supposed to meet weekly in an unused art room for a book club. However, instead of talking about books, Ms. Laverne encourages them to talk and share about their lives.  Through these conversations, the kids’ worries and fears emerge including racial profiling, deportations and gun violence.  These conversations also bring the kids closer together and help them understand one another.