Recommended Reads

Recommended Reads

Staff Picks
Dorisann's pick:
  • The cracked spine - Paige Shelton

Margaret's pick:

  • Truly, Madly, Deeply - Karen Kingsbury
Lisa's picks:
  • Leigh Bardugo: Six of Crows
  • Leigh Bardugo: Crooked Kingdom
  • Karen Robards: The Black Swan of Paris
  • Christine Feehan: Murder at Sunrise Lake
  • Kate White: The Fiancee
  • Lisa Jackson: The Third Grave
  • Debbie Macomber: It's Better This Way
Michelle's picks:
  • The forgotten room by Lincoln Child
  • In the Kitchen by Monica Ali

Lori's pick:

  • Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi 

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


  1. The president's daughter - Clinton, Bill
  2. Golden Girl - Hilderbrand, Elin
  3. Legacy - Roberts, Nora 8
  4. It's better this way : a novel - Macomber, Debbie
  5. Nine Lives - Steel, Danielle
  6. The four winds - Hannah, Kristin
  7. 21st birthday - Patterson, James
  8. Sooley - Grisham, John
  9. A Gambling Man - Baldacci, David
  10. Blind Tiger - Brown, Sandra
  11. The bullet - Johansen, Iris
  12. Curse of Salem - Hooper, Kay
  13. Dog Man : Mothering heights - Pilkey, Dav
  14. The Third Grave - Jackson, Lisa
  15. The Last Thing He Told Me - Dave, Laura
  16. The Unforgiven - Graham, Heather
  17. Notorious - Palmer, Diana
  18. The Forbidden - Graham, Heather
  19. The Noise - Patterson, James/ Barker, J. D.
  20. The Stepsisters - Mallery, Susan
  21. Complications - Steel, Danielle
  22. The Fiancee - White, Kate
  23. The Red Book - Patterson, James/ Ellis, David
  24. Unfinished business : an Ali Reynolds mystery - Jance, Judith A.
  25. Vortex - Coulter, Catherine
  26. Barbie fairytale collection
  27. Before she disappeared : a novel - Gardner, Lisa
  28. Meant to Be - Deveraux, Jude
  29. Murder at Sunrise Lake - Feehan, Christine
  30. The sunflower - Evans, Richard Paul
  31. Bedtime for Bad Kitty - Bruel, Nick
  32. Diary of a wimpy kid v.14 : wrecking ball - Kinney, Jeff
  33. Finding Ashley - Steel, Danielle
  34. Jackpot - Woods, Stuart
  35. Local Woman Missing - Kubica, Mary
  36. Malibu Rising - Reid, Taylor Jenkins
  37. Official Fortnite : the ultimate locker
  38. The Last Night in London - White, Karen
  39. The Russian - Patterson, James/ Born, James O.
  40. The summer of lost and found - Monroe, Mary Alice
  41. A Distant Shore - Kingsbury, Karen
  42. Aftermath - Blackstock, Terri
  43. Camp - Miller, Kayla
  44. Class act - Woods, Stuart
  45. Devil in Disguise - Kleypas, Lisa
  46. Diary of a wimpy kid v.1 - Kinney, Jeff
  47. Diary of a wimpy kid v.4 : dog days - Kinney, Jeff
  48. Dog man 9 - Pilkey, Dav
  49. Drama - Telgemeier, Raina
  50. Faithless in death : An Eve Dallas Novel - Robb, J. D.
  51. First little readers : guided reading level A - Schecter, Deborah
  52. Get what's yours for healthcare : how to get the best care at the right price - Moeller, Philip
  53. Hidden - Michaels, Fern
  54. Pete the cat and the cool cat boogie - Dean, Kimberly and James
  55. Power Ponies to the Rescue! - Belle, Magnolia/ McCarthy, Meghan
  56. Smile - Telgemeier, Raina 
  57. The Berenstain Bears go back to school - Berenstain, Stan
  58. The jailhouse lawyer - Patterson, James
  59. The wish - Sparks, Nicholas
  60. A history of US - Hakim, Joy
  61. Act - Miller, Kayla
  62. Captain Underpants and the attack of the talking toilets v.2 - Pilkey, Dav
  63. Cat kid comic club - Pilkey, Dav
  64. Catwad. High five! - Benton, Jim
  65. Dawn and the impossible three v.5 - Galligan, Gale
  66. Diary of a wimpy kid v.10 : old school - Kinney, Jeff
  67. Diary of a wimpy kid v.12 : the getaway - Kinney, Jeff
  68. Driving School : Step into Reading Book - Depken, Kristen L.
  69. Ghosts - Telgemeier, Raina
  70. Guided science readers : 16 fun nonfiction books that are just right for new readers.
  71. Horton and the Kwuggerbug and more lost stories - Seuss, Dr.
  72. I survived the Nazi invasion, 1944 : The Graphic Novel - Ball, Georgia
  73. Itty-bitty kitty-corn - Hale, Shannon
  74. K is for kindergarten - Dealey, Erin
  75. Mary Anne saves the day v.3 : a graphic novel - Telgemeier, Raina
  76. Ocean Prey - Sandford, John
  77. Old McMickey Had a Farm
  78. Pack up the moon - Higgins, Kristan
  79. People we meet on vacation - Henry, Emily
  80. Pete the cat and his magic sunglasses - Dean, James
  81. Pokemon visual companion
  82. Snoopy came to play - Gallo, Tina
  83. Team Up! - DC Comics
  84. That Summer - Weiner, Jennifer
  85. The Cottage on Lighthouse Lane - Bunn, Davis
  86. The House Guests - Richards, Emilie
  87. The LEGO book - Lipkowitz, Daniel
  88. The Peanuts book : a visual history of the iconic comic strip 
  89. The Santa suit - Andrews, Mary Kay
  90. The lady has a past - Quick, Amanda
  91. There was a silly unicorn who wanted to fly - Geist, Ken
  92. Triceratops vs. spinosaurus - Pallotta, Jerry
  93. Ultimate dinosaur - Palmer, Douglas
  94. Unicorns are the worst - Willan, Alex
  95. When Stars Collide - Phillips, Susan Elizabeth
  96. A Time for Mercy - Grisham, John
  97. A pet for Fly Guy / . - Arnold, Tedd
  98. An Amish surprise - Gray, Shelley Shepard
  99. An impossible promise - Deveraux, Jude
  100. Are You My Mommy? - Murphy, Mary
  101. Attack of the Underwear Dragon - Rothman, Scott
  102. Big Fish Little Fish - Litton, Jonathan/ Galloway, Fhiona
  103. Big Nate : v.1 / in a class by himself - Peirce, Lincoln
  104. Big snowman, little snowman - Rabe, Tish
  105. Boa constructor v.2 - Cummings, Troy
  106. Bob books. Set 1, Beginning readers / Beginning Readers - Maslen, Bobby Lynn
  107. Brute-cake v.1 - Cummings, Troy
  108. Captain Underpants and the revolting revenge of the radioactive robo-boxers - Pilkey, Dav
  109. Claudia and mean Janine : a graphic novel - Telgemeier, Raina
  110. Click, clack, quack to school! - Cronin, Doreen
  111. Cottage by the sea - Macomber, Debbie
  112. Country Proud - Miller, Linda Lael
  113. Creepy carrots! - Reynolds, Aaron
  114. Dark sky : a Joe Pickett novel - Box, C. J.
  115. Diary of a wimpy kid v.3 : the last straw - Kinney, Jeff
  116. Diary of a wimpy kid v.9 : the long haul - Kinney, Jeff
  117. Dog Man - Pilkey, Dav
  118. Dog Man : a tale of two kitties - Pilkey, Dav
  119. Dog man : Fetch-22 - Pilkey, Dav
  120. Don't let the pigeon drive the bus - Willems, Mo
  121. Don't let the pigeon stay up late! - Willems, Mo
  122. Double Jeopardy - Woods, Stuart
  123. Dragon world - Macfarlane, Tamara/ Fusi, Alessandra
  124. Falcon vs. hawk - Pallotta, Jerry
  125. Family reunion : a novel - Thayer, Nancy
  126. Fourth of July mice! - Roberts, Bethany
  127. Glamourpuss - Weeks, Sarah
  128. Heroes of the Bible Treasury : Adventure bible - Miles, David
  129. Horton hears a Who! - Seuss, Dr.
  130. I Am Baymax
  131. I Survived the Battle of D-Day, 1944 v.18 - Tarshis, Lauren
  132. I survived Hurricane Katrina, 2005 v.3 - Tarshis, Lauren
  133. I survived the Japanese Tsunami, 2011 v.8 - Tarshis, Lauren
  134. Jurassic World - Fallen Kingdom: Dinosaur Rescue - Depken, Kristen L.
  135. Kristy's great idea v.1 : a graphic novel - Martin, Ann M.
  136. Meet Tracker! - Smith, Geof
  137. Miss Julia happily ever after - Ross, Ann B.
  138. Monsters love school - Austin, Mike
  139. Nanette's baguette - Willems, Mo
  140. No Way Out - Michaels, Fern
  141. Old MacDonald had a farm - Cabrera, Jane
  142. On the house : a Washington memoir - Boehner, John
  143. One of us is lying - McManus, Karen M.
  144. Pete the Cat and the unicorn's missing colors - Dean, Kim
  145. Pete the cat : Five little bunnies - Dean, Kimberly
  146. Pete the cat : Super Pete - Dean, Kim
  147. Piranhas don't eat bananas - Blabey, Aaron
  148. Play ball! - Chan, Reika
  149. Pokémon adventures. v.23 - Kusaka, Hidenori
  150. Ready, set, go cart! - Dean, Kim
  151. Roblox character encyclopedia
  152. Secret agent Mater - Lagonegro, Melissa
  153. Someone to cherish - Balogh, Mary
  154. Splat the Cat makes Dad glad - Heyman, Alissa
  155. The Avengers storybook collection
  156. The Bad Guys v.1 - Blabey, Aaron
  157. The Berenstain Bears : we love baseball! - Berenstain, Mike
  158. The Bookstore on the Beach - Novak, Brenda
  159. The Darling Dahlias and the Voodoo Lily - Albert, Susan Wittig
  160. The Perfect Murder - Martin, Kat
  161. The Vineyard at Painted Moon - Mallery, Susan
  162. The bone code - Reichs, Kathy
  163. The butter battle book - Seuss, Dr.
  164. The goblin princess - Elliott, RebeccaThe last kids on Earth and the midnight blade v.5 - Brallier, Max
  165. The madness of crowds - Penny, Louise
  166. The midnight library - Haig, Matt
  167. The newest princess - Mews, Melody
  168. The truth about Stacey v.2 : a graphic novel - Telgemeier, Raina
  169. These are the Avengers - Macri, Thomas
  170. Ultimate bug rumble - Pallotta, Jerry/ Bolster, Rob
  171. When I found you - Novak, Brenda
  172. Where the crawdads sing - Owens, Delia
  173. Wild sea creatures : sharks, whales, and dolphins! - Kratt, Martin
  174. Wings of fire : the dragonet prophecy - Sutherland, Tui T.
  175. Wonder - Palacio, R. J.
  176. You can do it! - Stephens, Elle
  177. You don't want a dragon! - Dyckman, Ame
  178. A cake to bake - Jordan, Apple
  179. Alien attack! - James, Hollis
  180. Arctic Storm Rising - Brown, Dale
  181. Bad Kitty Joins the Team - Bruel, Nick
  182. Bad Kitty goes on vacation - Bruel, Nick
  183. Barbie I can be-- a baby doctor - Depken, Kristen L.
  184. Batman - Cosentino, Ralph
  185. Billy Summers - King, Stephen
  186. Bonds of brass - Skrutskie, Emily
  187. Bunbun & Bonbon : Hoppy Go Lucky - Keating, Jess
  188. Captain Underpants and the perilous plot of Professor Poopypants v.4 : The fourth epic novel by Dav Pilkey
  189. Claudia and the new girl : Claudia and the New Girl - Epstein, Gabriela
  190. DC super hero girls : an original graphic novel / Search for Atlantis - Fontana, Shea
  191. Diary of a wimpy kid v.2 : Rodrick rules - Kinney, Jeff
  192. Dino-swimming - Wheeler, Lisa
  193. Don't read this book before bed : thrills, chills, and hauntingly true stories - Claybourne, Anna
  194. Duck stays in the truck - Cronin, Doreen
  195. Fairytale magic! - Depken, Kristen L.
  196. Free the galaxy - Khatreja, Himani
  197. Funny Farm - Teague, Mark
  198. Giraffes can't dance - Andreae, Giles
  199. Happy 4th of July, Jenny Sweeney! - Kimmelman, Leslie
  200. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix v.5 - Rowling, J. K.
  201. I spy Fly Guy - Arnold, Tedd
  202. I survived the shark attacks of 1916 v.2 - Tarshis, Lauren
  203. If you give a moose a muffin - Numeroff, Laura Joffe
  204. Keep sharp : build a better brain at any age - Gupta, Sanjay
  205. Kitty sweet tooth - Denson, Abby/ Utomaru
  206. Lisey's story : a novel - King, Stephen
  207. Llama Llama loves to read - Dewdney, Anna
  208. Mater and the Little Tractors
  209. Meet Fiona the hippo - Cowdrey, Richard
  210. Meet Team Prime - Mayer, Kirsten
  211. Minecraft. Volume 2 - Monster, Sfae R.
  212. Nap time for Kitty - Dahl, Michael
  213. Nypd Red 6 - Patterson, James/ Karp, Marshall
  214. Palace pets ultimate handbook - Disney Storybook Artists
  215. Pete the cat and the itsy bitsy spider - Dean, James
  216. Pete the cat and the tip-top tree house - Dean, James
  217. Pokémon: v.1 / Diamond and pearl adventure! - Ihara, Shigekatsu
  218. Princess Kitty - Metzger, Steve
  219. Quit calling me a monster! - John, Jory
  220. Robert B. Parker's payback - Lupica, Mike
  221. Rubble to the rescue - Depken, Kristen
  222. Safety first! - Carbone, Courtney
  223. Seymour Slug starts school - Armstrong-Ellis, Carey
  224. Sleeping Beauty - Man-Kong, Mary 
  225. Sonic the hedgehog : the fate of Dr. Eggman - Flynn, Ian
  226. Strangest animals - Feldman, Thea
  227. The Avengers encyclopedia - Forbeck, Matt
  228. The Avengers: Return of the first avenger - Siglain, Michael
  229. The Berenstain Bears and the messy room - Berenstain, Stan
  230. The Dinosaur Tooth Fairy - Brockenbrough, Martha
  231. The Last Kids on Earth and the Cosmic Beyond v.4 : The last kids on earth - Brallier, Max
  232. The Perfect Pumpkin Hunt
  233. The Woman With the Blue Star - Jenoff, Pam
  234. The birthday surprise - Stephens, Leigh
  235. The cat in the hat - Seuss, Dr.
  236. The chick that wouldn't hatch - Daniel, Claire
  237. The grouchy ladybug - Carle, Eric
  238. The last kids on Earth. Thrilling tales from the tree house - Brallier, Max
  239. The royal ball - Mews, Melody
  240. This is Spider-Man - Macri, Thomas
  241. Too many puppies! - Tillworth, Mary
  242. Ultimate ocean rumble
  243. Ultra Magnus - Furman, Simon
  244. Uni's first sleepover - Rosenthal, Amy Krouse
  245. Up the creek - Oldland, Nicholas
  246. Virtual unicorn experience : another Phoebe and her unicorn adventure - Simpson, Dana
  247. Weapon : a visual history of arms and armour
  248. Wings of fire. Book 3 : the hidden kingdom - Sutherland, Tui T.
  249. You don't want a unicorn! - 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.