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:
  • Country Strong by Linda Lael Miller
  • The Lost Book of the White by Cassandra Clare
  • The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
  • Eternal by Lisa Scottoline
  • Hideaway by Nora Roberts
Michelle's picks:
  • Ocean Prey by John Sandford
  • Dark Sky by C.J. Box

Lori's pick:

  • Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi 

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


  1. The four winds - Hannah, Kristin
  2. 21st birthday - Patterson, James
  3. A Gambling Man - Baldacci, David
  4. Finding Ashley - Steel, Danielle
  5. The Russian - Patterson, James/ Born, James O.
  6. The Red Book - Patterson, James/ Ellis, David
  7. Legacy - Roberts, Nora
  8. Ocean Prey - Sandford, John
  9. Curse of Salem - Hooper, Kay
  10. Eternal - Scottoline, Lisa
  11. Sooley - Grisham, John
  12. Dark sky : a Joe Pickett - Box, C. J.
  13. Golden Girl - Hilderbrand, Elin
  14. The Unforgiven - Graham, Heather
  15. The affair : a novel - Steel, Danielle
  16. Win - Coben, Harlan
  17. Country Proud - Miller, Linda Lael
  18. Meant to Be - Deveraux, Jude
  19. Miss Julia happily ever after - Ross, Ann B.
  20. No Way Out - Michaels, Fern
  21. Notorious - Palmer, Diana
  22. The bullet - Johansen, Iris
  23. A Distant Shore - Kingsbury, Karen
  24. The Bounty - Evanovich, Janet/ Hamilton, Steve
  25. The Fiancee - White, Kate
  26. The Last Night in London - White, Karen
  27. The Third Grave - Jackson, Lisa
  28. The good sister - Hepworth, Sally
  29. The president's daughter - Clinton, Bill
  30. Danger in Numbers - Graham, Heather
  31. The lady has a past - Quick, Amanda
  32. The Bookstore on the Beach - Novak, Brenda
  33. The Palm Beach murders : thrillers - Patterson, James
  34. The Stepsisters - Mallery, Susan
  35. Murder at Sunrise Lake - Feehan, Christine
  36. The Drowning Kind - McMahon, Jennifer
  37. The House Guests - Richards, Emilie
  38. Unfinished business : an Ali Reynolds mystery - Jance, Judith A.
  39. Daylight - Baldacci, David
  40. Dog Man : Mothering heights - Pilkey, Dav
  41. Double Jeopardy - Woods, Stuart
  42. Faithless in death : An Eve Dallas Novel - Robb, J. D.
  43. Hidden - Michaels, Fern
  44. Itty-bitty kitty-corn - Hale, Shannon
  45. On the house : a Washington memoir - Boehner, John
  46. Piece of My Heart - Clark, Mary Higgins/ Burke, Alafair
  47. The Law of Innocence - Connelly, Michael
  48. The Vineyard at Painted Moon - Mallery, Susan
  49. The newcomer - Andrews, Mary Kay
  50. The summer of lost and found - Monroe, Mary Alice
  51. What a waste : trash, recycling, and protecting our planet - French, Jess
  52. A Time for Mercy - Grisham, John
  53. A million reasons why : a novel - Strawser, Jessica
  54. Anxious People - Backman, Fredrik
  55. Blink of an eye - Johansen, Iris
  56. Destined for you - Peterson, Tracie
  57. Froggy learns to swim - London, Jonathan
  58. Grumpy monkey - Lang, Suzanne
  59. Haunted hibiscus - Childs, Laura
  60. Irish Parade Murder - Meier, Leslie
  61. Jackpot - Woods, Stuart
  62. Missing and Endangered - Jance, Judith A.
  63. Saving grace : a novel of suspense - Babitt, Debbi
  64. Someone to cherish - Balogh, Mary
  65. The Cottage on Lighthouse Lane - Bunn, Davis
  66. The awakening - Roberts, Nora
  67. Till murder do us part : true-crime thrillers - Patterson, James
  68. Twenty - Grippando, James
  69. When I found you - Novak, Brenda
  70. An Amish surprise - Gray, Shelley Shepard
  71. Before she disappeared : a novel - Gardner, Lisa
  72. Deadly Cross - Patterson, James
  73. Death with a double edge : a Daniel Pitt novel - Perry, Anne
  74. Diary of a wimpy kid v.14 : wrecking ball - Kinney, Jeff
  75. Diary of a wimpy kid v.9 : the long haul - Kinney, Jeff
  76. Dog Man : a tale of two kitties - Pilkey, Dav
  77. Dog Man : for whom the ball rolls - Pilkey, Dav
  78. Endless mercy - Peterson, Tracie
  79. Fast ice : a novel from the Numa files - Cussler, Clive
  80. Find You First - Barclay, Linwood
  81. Fly away - Hannah, Kristin
  82. Froggy goes to camp - London, Jonathan
  83. Hush-hush - Woods, Stuart
  84. I survived the Nazi invasion, 1944 v.9 - Tarshis, Lauren
  85. In the lion's den - Bradford, Barbara Taylor
  86. Lover unveiled - Ward, J. R.
  87. Moon rising v.6 - Sutherland, Tui
  88. Neighbors : a novel - Steel, Danielle
  89. Nypd Red 6 - Patterson, James/ Karp, Marshall
  90. Pete the cat and his four groovy buttons - Litwin, Eric
  91. Pinkalicious - Kann, Victoria
  92. Pinkalicious : flower girl - Kann, Victoria
  93. Plant the tiny seed - Matheson, Christie
  94. Sharks and other deadly ocean creatures : visual encyclopedia - Harvey, Derek
  95. The Coast-to-coast Murders - Patterson, James/ Barker, J. D.
  96. The Guest List - Foley, Lucy
  97. The House on Olive Street - Carr, Robyn
  98. The babysitter : my summers with a serial killer - Rodman, Liza
  99. The black swan of Paris - Robards, Karen
  100. The grouchy ladybug - Carle, Eric
  101. The hidden rainbow - Matheson, Christie
  102. The little butterfly that could - Burach, Ross
  103. The nightingale - Hannah, Kristin
  104. The persuasion - Johansen, Iris
  105. The very hungry caterpillar - Carle, Eric
  106. Tom Clancy : shadow of the dragon - Cameron, Marc
  107. Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Murder - Fluke, Joanne
  108. When Stars Collide - Phillips, Susan Elizabeth
  109. When spring comes - Henkes, Kevin
  110. Wrong Alibi - Dodd, Christina
  111. You can't win them all, Rainbow Fish - Pfister, Marcus
  112. A place called Kindergarten - Harper, Jessica
  113. All That Glitters - Steel, Danielle
  114. All of the factors of why I love tractors - Bell, Davina
  115. Animal instinct - Rosenfelt, David
  116. Animals Everywhere! - Awdry, W./ Courtney, Richard
  117. Bad Kitty Joins the Team - Bruel, Nick
  118. Bad Kitty for president v.5 - Bruel, Nick
  119. Bad Kitty goes on vacation - Bruel, Nick
  120. Bad dog - Boldt, Mike
  121. Burden of proof - Bunn, T. Davis
  122. Butterfly house - Bunting, Eve
  123. Calder Brand - Dailey, Janet
  124. Chester's colorful Easter eggs - Smythe, Theresa
  125. Claudia and the new girl : Claudia and the New Girl - Epstein, Gabriela
  126. Click, clack, quackity-quack : an alphabetical adventure - Cronin, Doreen
  127. Confessions on the 7-45 - Baskin, Lisa Unger
  128. Countdown to kindergarten - McGhee, Alison
  129. Darkness of dragons v.10 - Sutherland, Tui
  130. David goes to school - Shannon, David
  131. Death by Chocolate Snickerdoodle - Graves, Sarah
  132. Diary of a wimpy kid v.1 - Kinney, Jeff
  133. Diary of a wimpy kid v.13 : the meltdown - Kinney, Jeff
  134. Diary of a wimpy kid v.2 : Rodrick rules - Kinney, Jeff
  135. Diary of a wimpy kid v.3 : the last straw - Kinney, Jeff
  136. Diary of a wimpy kid v.4 : dog days - Kinney, Jeff
  137. Diary of a wimpy kid v.5 : the ugly truth - Kinney, Jeff
  138. Dino-racing - Wheeler, Lisa
  139. Dino-soccer - Wheeler, Lisa
  140. Dinosaurs before dark v.1 - Osborne, Mary Pope
  141. Do not bring your dragon to recess - Gassman, Julie
  142. Dog Man unleashed - Pilkey, Dav
  143. Dog man 9 - Pilkey, Dav
  144. Don't read this book before bed : thrills, chills, and hauntingly true stories - Claybourne, Anna
  145. Endless mercy - Peterson, Tracie
  146. Escaping peril v.8 - Sutherland, Tui
  147. Fablehaven v.1 - Mull, Brandon
  148. Family reunion : a novel - Thayer, Nancy
  149. Fool me twice : a novel - Lindsay, Jeffry P.
  150. Fortune and glory : tantalizing twenty-seven - Evanovich, Janet
  151. Froggy's sleepover - London, Jonathan
  152. Goldilicious - Kann, Victoria
  153. Goodnight beautiful : a novel - Molloy, Aimee
  154. Hidden in plain sight - Archer, Jeffrey
  155. Horses : Trotting! Prancing! Racing! - Hubbell, Patricia
  156. Horton and the Kwuggerbug and more lost stories - Seuss, Dr.
  157. Horton hears a Who! - Seuss, Dr.
  158. I Survived the Destruction of Pompeii, AD 79 v.10 - Tarshis, Lauren
  159. I survived the Great Chicago Fire, 1871 - Tarshis, Lauren
  160. I survived the shark attacks of 1916 v.2 - Tarshis, Lauren
  161. I survived the sinking of the Titanic, 1912 v.1 - Tarshis, Lauren
  162. I wanna be a cowgirl - DiTerlizzi, Angela
  163. If I had a triceratops - O'Connor, George
  164. If you give a moose a muffin - Numeroff, Laura Joffe
  165. If you give a mouse a brownie - Numeroff, Laura Joffe
  166. Judas horse - La Plante, Lynda
  167. Junie B. Jones and the stupid smelly bus v.1 - Park, Barbara
  168. Karen's worst day - Martin, Ann M.Let's celebrate earthday - Roop, Connie
  169. Lightning game - Feehan, Christine
  170. Lion pride! - Kratt, Martin
  171. Luna loves science - Derting, Kimberly
  172. Martha says it with flowers
  173. Minecraft essential handbook - Milton, Stephanie
  174. Mockingjay v.3 - Collins, Suzanne
  175. Murder at Mabel's Motel - McKevett, G. A.
  176. Murder of innocence : true-crime thrillers - Patterson, James
  177. My Hero Academia. v. 1, Izuku Midoriya: Origin - Horikoshi, Khei
  178. Nancy Clancy v.4 : the secret of the silver key - O'Connor, Jane
  179. Never, ever shout in a zoo - Wilson, Karma
  180. Not So Fast, Bash and Dash! Step into Reading Book - Awdry, W./ Courtney, Richard
  181. Parting Shot - Barclay, Linwood
  182. Pete the Cat and the unicorn's missing colors - Dean, Kim
  183. Pete the cat and the bedtime blues - Dean, Kim
  184. Pete the cat and the perfect pizza party - Dean, Kim
  185. Pete the kitty and the groovy playdate - Dean, James
  186. Pianos and flowers : brief encounters of the romantic kind - McCall Smith, Alexander
  187. Pony brushes his teeth - Dahl, Michael
  188. Pup Fiction - Berenson, Laurien
  189. Raft of stars : a novel - Graff, Andrew J.
  190. Rainbow Fish discovers the deep sea - Pfister, Marcus
  191. Rainbow fish and the big blue whale - Pfister, Marcus
  192. Ready player two - Cline, Ernest
  193. Red, white & royal blue - McQuiston, Casey
  194. Relentless - Greaney, Mark
  195. Robert Ludlum's the Treadstone exile - Hood, Joshua

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.