Staff Picks

The legend of Arturo King The Legend of Arturo King by L.B. Dunbar
He's a living legend.I'm a rock god. It's no secret. My band, The Nights, got our start playing at the Round Table in NYC. I always wanted to be the king of Rock & Roll. I just had no idea how close I already was. Being raised in a foster home, I didn't know the extent of my inheritance. Hell, I didn't even know I had anything. And now, I've got it all. But there is still one thing I want,Guinevere DeGrance. She's hiding in the wings. I'm the opposite of him. Quiet and reserved, always avoiding the limelight. All I wanted was to play the cello, but trained for society,I was forced into his spotlight. Thrown into his crowd--with all eyes on me. And I couldn't resist. He's talented and sexy, completely irresistible. He's changed me. Awakened me. He's everything to me. He's Arturo King.
This book is a modern take on the classic story of King Arthur and the Round Table with a hot Rock and Roll twist.
–Melissa M, Reference Librarian
The Boy on the Wooden Box by Leon Leyson
Leon Leyson (born Leib Lezjon) was only ten years old when the Nazis invaded Poland and his family was forced to relocate to the Krakow ghetto. With incredible luck, perseverance, and grit, Leyson was able to survive the sadism of the Nazis, including that of the demonic Amon Goeth, commandant of Plaszow, the concentration camp outside Krakow. Ultimately, it was the generosity and cunning of one man, a man named Oskar Schindler, who saved Leon Leyson's life, and the lives of his mother, his father, and two of his four siblings, by adding their names to his list of workers in his factory-a list that became world renowned: Schindler's List.
This best seller focuses on the author's experience in the holocaust and death camps of WWII. By twists of fate and strange coincidences, he ends up as a factory worker for Oskar Schindler along with his family. Thanks to Schindler's well-known compassion and generosity, the boy makes it through the holocaust along with his mother, father and sister. This is a compelling and haunting biography which would pair well with The Boy in the Striped Pajamas for readers who are hungry for more information on a child's experience during the holocaust.
-Michelle, Youth Services Manager
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Long before she was the terror of Wonderland, she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love. Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen.
This book is a twisted fairy tale that will enthrall and delight any reader that enjoys Alice in Wonderland.
-Melissa, Adult Reference Librarian
Ms Marvel volume 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson Ms Marvel volume 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson
Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City - until she is suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the all-new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm!
Ms Marvel is a phenomenal addition to the Marvel universe, with teenagers that actually sound like teenagers, a diverse cast and the fantastic story of a teenage fangirl trying to use her newly acquired powers to follow in her heroes' footsteps.
-Meghan, Youth Services Manager
Goldie Vance Goldie Vance by Hope Larson, Brittney Williams
Sixteen-year-old Marigold “Goldie” Vance lives at a Florida resort with her dad, who manages the place. Her mom, who divorced her dad years ago, works as a live mermaid at a club downtown. Goldie has an insatiable curiosity, which explains her dream to one day become the hotel’s in-house detective. When Charles, the current detective, encounters a case he can’t crack, he agrees to mentor Goldie in exchange for her help solving the mystery.
Goldie Vance is an incredibly charming graphic novel featuring secret agents, drag racing for great justice, mermaids, mysteries and more.
-Meghan, Youth Services Manager
Trains Trains by Byron Barton
Passenger trains and electric trains. Here come the trains. All aboard!
In keeping with our Festival of Trains & Trees event at the West River Branch of the Elyria Public Library (Dec. 2nd - Dec. 18th), my Staff Pick this month is Trains by Byron Barton. Young readers will love this bold and colorful book, and will enjoy following the train as it travels through a town, past workers repairing the rails, and into the station. The text is simple and the illustrations are vibrant. Also try My Car, My Bus and Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs by Byron Barton.
- Kimberly, Librarian
Seveneves Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
Five thousand years later after a catastropic event rendered the Earth a ticking time bomb, the progeny of a handful of outer space explorers--seven distinct races now three billion strong--embark on yet another audacious journey into the unknown ... to an alien world utterly transformed by cataclysm and time: Earth
A thought provoking sci-fi epic that details humanity's struggle to save itself in the face of almost certain destruction, Stephenson weaves a meticulously researched tale of science and the human spirit. Spanning five thousand years, Seveneves charts the rise and fall of the human race as scientists struggle to save even the barest fraction of the human race, and it's inevitable evolution, both physically and socially after five thousand years in space.
–Meghan, Youth Services Manager
We are growing! by Laurie Keller We are growing! by Laurie Keller
Walt and his friends are growing up fast! Everyone is the something-est. But . . . what about Walt? He is not the tallest, or the curliest, or the silliest. He is not the anything-est! As a BIG surprise inches closer, Walt discovers something special of his own!
We are growing by Laurie Keller is from the new "Elephant and Piggie Like Reading" seroes Elephant and Piggie themselves introduce this fun "Easy Reader" book for young readers.
–Danielle, Youth Services Coordinator
Duck on a tractor by David Shannon Duck on a tractor by David Shannon
Flushed with the success of his trailblazing bike ride around the farm, Duck decides he's ready to drive the tractor. As in the bestselling Duck on a Bike, all the barnyard animals share their humorous comments as they watch Duck do the unthinkable. Then, one by one, they join him on the tractor for a ride!
Duck on a Tractor by David Shannon is another delightfully illustrated, fun tale from the author of Duck on a Bike. The preschool set will love this wacky tale.
–Danielle, Youth Services Coordinator