Recommended Reads

Recommended Reads

Staff Picks Patron Pick
Michelle's picks:
  • Hollow World by Michael Sullivan
  • One by One by Ruth Ware


Lisa's picks:
  • Fall Back by Zoe York (ebook)
  • Hidden Truths by Christina Dodd (ebook)
  • The Vanishing - Jayne Ann Krentz
  • Hold Back the Dark - Kay Hooper
  • Window on the Bay by Debbie Macomber
Lois at Sellersburg
  • Call Your Daughter Home by Deb Spera

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


  1. The Noise - Patterson, James/ Barker, J. D.
  2. The judge's list - Grisham, John
  3. The jailhouse lawyer - Patterson, James
  4. Apples never fall : a novel - Moriarty, Liane
  5. Better off dead - Child, Lee
  6. The president's daughter - Clinton, Bill
  7. The wish - Sparks, Nicholas
  8. Dear Santa - Macomber, Debbie
  9. Flying Angels - Steel, Danielle
  10. Complications - Steel, Danielle
  11. Game on : tempting twenty-eight - Evanovich, Janet
  12. It's better this way : a novel - Macomber, Debbie
  13. Vortex - Coulter, Catherine
  14. Curse of Salem - Hooper, Kay
  15. Fear no evil - Patterson, James
  16. High Stakes - Johansen, Iris
  17. Horton and the Kwuggerbug and more lost stories - Seuss, Dr.
  18. The Butler - Steel, Danielle
  19. The Last Thing He Told Me - Dave, Laura
  20. 2 Sisters Detective Agency - Patterson, James/ Fox, Candice
  21. An impossible promise - Deveraux, Jude
  22. Billy Summers - King, Stephen
  23. Blind Tiger - Brown, Sandra
  24. Forgotten in death - Robb, J. D.
  25. The butter battle book - Seuss, Dr.
  26. 21st birthday - Patterson, James
  27. The Christmas Promise - Evans, Richard Paul
  28. The Paper Palace - Cowley Heller, Miranda
  29. The unknown - Graham, Heather
  30. Death of a Neighborhood Witch v.11 - Levine, Laura
  31. Meant to Be - Deveraux, Jude
  32. Mercy - Baldacci, David
  33. Forgiving Paris - Kingsbury, Karen
  34. Foul play - Woods, Stuart
  35. Friends Forever - Hale, Shannon
  36. Hemlock - Albert, Susan Wittig
  37. Santa Cruise - Michaels, Fern
  38. The Shadow - Patterson, James
  39. The attic on Queen Street - White, Karen
  40. The becoming - Roberts, Nora
  41. The four winds - Hannah, Kristin
  42. 19 Yellow Moon Road - Michaels, Fern
  43. A slow fire burning - Hawkins, Paula
  44. Bloodless - Preston, Douglas/ Child, Lincoln
  45. Cul-de-sac - Fielding, Joy
  46. Dr. Seuss's horse museum - Seuss, Dr.
  47. How to talk when kids won't listen : whining, fighting, meltdowns, defiance, and other challenges of childhood - Faber, Joanna
  48. State of Terror - Penny, Louise/ Clinton, Hillary Rodham
  49. The Christmas Wedding Guest - Mallery, Susan
  50. The Last Goodnight - Martin, Kat
  51. The Santa suit - Andrews, Mary Kay
  52. The madness of crowds - Penny, Louise
  53. We were never here : a novel - Bartz, Andrea
  54. A Few Drops of Bitters - McKevett, G. A.
  55. Autopsy : a Scarpetta novel - Cornwell, Patricia Daniels
  56. Froggy's Halloween - London, JonathanGolden Girl - Hilderbrand, Elin
  57. Horton hears a Who! - Seuss, Dr.
  58. Legacy - Roberts, Nora
  59. The Lorax - Seuss, Dr.
  60. The dark hours - Connelly, Michael
  61. The man with the silver saab : a Detective Varg novel - McCall Smith, Alexander
  62. The night she disappeared : a novel - Jewell, Lisa
  63. Viral - Cook, Robin
  64. Whiplash - Dailey, Janet
  65. A Christmas courtship - Gray, Shelley Shepard
  66. Anne of Windy Poplars - Montgomery, L. M.
  67. Class act - Woods, Stuart
  68. Click, clack, boo - Cronin, Doreen
  69. Dark tarot - Feehan, Christine
  70. Dog Man : for whom the ball rolls - Pilkey, Dav
  71. Enemy at the Gates - Flynn, Vince/ Mills, Kyle
  72. Five little pumpkins - Dean, James
  73. Forever my own - Peterson, Tracie
  74. Halloween mice! - Roberts, Bethany
  75. Hidden - Michaels, Fern
  76. Johnny Appleseed plants trees across the land - Braun, Eric
  77. Keep Me Warm at Christmas - Novak, Brenda
  78. Lightning Strike - Krueger, William Kent
  79. Llama Llama time to share - Dewdney, Anna
  80. Moon lake - Lansdale, Joe R.
  81. Nine Lives - Steel, DanielleNot a happy family - Lapeña, Shari
  82. Pete the cat and the bedtime blues - Dean, Kim
  83. Robert Ludlum's the Bourne Treachery - Freeman
  84. Skeleton for dinner - Cuyler, Margery
  85. Someone perfect / A Friend of the Westcotts Novel - Balogh, Mary
  86. Ten orange pumpkins : a counting book - Savage, Stephen
  87. The Forbidden - Graham, Heather
  88. The Women's March : A Novel of the 1913 Woman Suffrage Procession - Chiaverini, Jennifer
  89. The bullet - Johansen, Iris
  90. The chocolate raccoon rigmarole : a chocoholic mystery - Carl, JoAnna
  91. The good sister - Hepworth, Sally
  92. The midnight library - Haig, Matt
  93. The neighbor's secret - Heller, L. Alison
  94. The song of Achilles - Miller, Madeline
  95. There's a mouse hiding in this book! - Bird, Benjamin
  96. Unfinished business : an Ali Reynolds mystery - Jance, Judith A.
  97. When Stars Collide - Phillips, Susan Elizabeth 94031145
  98. Wings of fire. Book 2, The lost heir : the graphic novel - Sutherland, Tui T.
  99. A Gambling Man - Baldacci, David
  100. A Halloween scare in Indiana - James, Eric
  101. A terrible fall of angels - Hamilton, Laurell K.
  102. A unicorn named Sparkle and the pumpkin monster - Young, Amy
  103. A very brave witch - McGhee, Alison
  104. Aftermath - Blackstock, Terri
  105. Afternoon on the Amazon v.6 - Osborne, Mary Pope
  106. Amelia Bedelia's first apple pie v.3 - Parish, Herman
  107. An Amish surprise - Gray, Shelley Shepard
  108. An Untidy Death - Brett, Simon
  109. Another kind of Eden - Burke, James Lee
  110. Arctic Storm Rising - Brown, Dale
  111. Arthur jumps into fall - Brown, Marc Tolon
  112. Baking for the holidays : 50+ treats for a festive season - Kieffer, Sarah
  113. Best in snow - Rosenfelt, David
  114. Cat kid comic club - Pilkey, Dav
  115. Cheer up - Burnell, Heather Ayris
  116. Clifford's first autumn - Bridwell, Norman
  117. Confess - Hoover, Colleen
  118. Diary of a wimpy kid v.1 - Kinney, Jeff
  119. Diary of a wimpy kid v.10 : old school - Kinney, Jeff
  120. Diary of a wimpy kid v.3 : the last straw - Kinney, Jeff
  121. Diary of a wimpy kid v.4 : dog days - Kinney, Jeff
  122. Diary of a wimpy kid v.6 : cabin fever - Kinney, Jeff
  123. Diary of a wimpy kid v.8 : hard luck - Kinney, Jeff
  124. Dog man : Fetch-22 - Pilkey, Dav
  125. Duck & Goose, honk! quack! boo! - Hills, Tad
  126. Finding Ashley - Steel, Danielle
  127. Friends rock! v.3 - Burnell, Heather Ayris
  128. Fright Club - Long, Ethan
  129. Guinness world records : gamer's edition 2020
  130. How the Grinch stole Christmas - Seuss, Dr.
  131. In the middle of fall - Henkes, Kevin
  132. In the night kitchen - Saint-Saëns, Camille
  133. It ends with us - Hoover, Colleen
  134. LEGO super nature - Skene, Rona
  135. Leaf trouble - Emmett, Jonathan
  136. Little Boo - Wunderli, Stephen
  137. Llama Llama loves to read - Dewdney, Anna
  138. Locker hero; 1 - Russell, Rachel Renée
  139. Murder Gets a Makeover - Levine, Laura
  140. My f sound box - Moncure, Jane Belk
  141. My n sound box - Moncure, Jane Belk
  142. Night of the Ninjas v.5 - Osborne, Mary Pope
  143. Notorious - Palmer, Diana
  144. Otter loves halloween! - Garton, Sam
  145. Parting Shot - Barclay, Linwood
  146. Pete the cat and the itsy bitsy spider - Dean, James
  147. Poppy Harmon and the Pillow Talk Killer - Hollis, Lee
  148. Pumpkin cat - Mortimer, Anne 87920459
  149. Seven days in June : a novel - Williams, Tia
  150. Survive the night : a novel - Sager, Riley
  151. Sustaining faith - Oke, Janette
  152. The Cellist - Silva, Daniel
  153. The Last Night in London - White, Karen
  154. The Saboteurs - Cussler, Clive/ Du Brul, Jack B.
  155. The Stepsisters - Mallery, Susan
  156. The Stranger in the Lifeboat - Albom, Mitch
  157. The Three Bears' Halloween - Duval, Kathy
  158. The bear in my bed - Wan, Joyce
  159. The burning - Kellerman, Jonathan
  160. The hidden rainbow - Matheson, Christie
  161. The husbands - Baker, Chandler
  162. The icepick surgeon : murder, fraud, sabotage, piracy, and other dastardly deeds perpetrated in the name of science - Kean, Sam
  163. The personal librarian - Benedict, Marie
  164. The runaway pumpkin - Lewis, Kevin
  165. The witch boy - Ostertag, Molly Knox
  166. The wolf - Ward, J. R.
  167. There was a silly unicorn who wanted to fly - Geist, Ken
  168. Tucker's apple-dandy day - Winget, Susan
  169. Ugly love - Hoover, Colleen
  170. Up in the Air!/Under the Waves! - Tillworth, Mary
  171. We're off to find the witch's house - Krieb, Richard
  172. When I found you - Novak, Brenda
  173. Wish you were here : a novel - Picoult, Jodi
  174. You don't want a dragon! - Dyckman, Ame

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.