Everybody Sees the Ants by King, A.S.
Book list *Starred Review* Fifteen-year-old Lucky Linderman doesn't feel lucky. After creating an ill-conceived school survey on suicide, he is besieged by well-meaning but ineffective adults who want to make sure he's okay. But though he is honest about how not okay Nader McMillion's bullying is, no one intervenes, not even his parents, who are too caught up with their own inadequacies. Better to pretend everything's fine, even when Nader's bullying escalates, a...More
The House Baba Built: An Artist's Childhood in China by Ed Young and Libby Koponen
Book list *Starred Review* With war coming to Shanghai, Young's father did the best he could to protect his wife and children. An engineer, he built a house strong enough to withstand attack and large enough to hold his growing family and, later, others as well. Koponen writes from Young's point of view, creating a portrait of the artist as a growing child and acknowledging the wisdom of his father, Baba. Although war casts a shadow over this memoir, the narrativ...More
Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
Publishers Weekly In this suspenseful crime thriller from megaseller King (Doctor Sleep), ex-detective Bill Hodges is settling badly into his retirement. Then he receives a taunting letter from someone who claims to be the Mercedes Killer-the media's name for the hit-and-run driver who, a year earlier, deliberately plowed a stolen car into a crowd at a job fair, killing eight and maiming 15. Hoping to wrap up the unsolved case, Hodges follows the letter wr...More