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Great Reading

For the week of Dec. 11 to 18, 2019



Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf
By Greg Wolfe

Shmelf is one of Santa's elves, and when he finds out that some children are missing from Santa's list, he goes to investigate. What Shmelf uncovers is Hanukkah, a wondrous holiday that Jewish families celebrate each year. He sees how special the traditions of the holiday truly are – and he wants to be a part of it! Luckily, Santa just might have a special role in mind for Shmelf.

I Got the Christmas Spirit
By Connie Schofield-Morrison

It's the most wonderful time of the year, and a mother and daughter are enjoying the sights and sounds of the holiday season. A little girl hears sleigh bells ringing and carolers singing. She smells chestnuts roasting, she spreads the spirit of giving wherever she goes. And when she reaches Santa, she tells him her Christmas wish!



Nikki Tesla and the Ferret-Proof Death Ray
By Jess Keating

When Nikki's death ray blows up her bedroom, she's sent to the one place that can handle her: Genius Academy! Yet even among her fellow prodigies, Nikki feels like an outsider. But when her death ray is stolen, Nikki must stop worrying about fitting in and learn to play nice with her new classmates so that they can track the thief, outwit the authorities, and keep a French fry-fanatic ferret happy.

Other Words for Home
By Jasmine Warga

Jude never thought she'd be leaving her brother and father behind in Syria, and going across the ocean to live in the United States. At first, everything seems too fast and too loud. But there are unexpected surprises – new friends, a new family, and a school musical that Jude might just try out for!


Fun Facts

The Grizzly Mother
By Brett D. Huson

To the Gitxsan people of Northwestern British Columbia, the grizzly is an important part of the natural landscape. Together, they share the land and forests where the Skeena River flows and the sockeye salmon swim. Follow the grizzly mother as she teaches her cubs what they need to survive on their own.

We Are All Greta – Be Inspired to Save the World
By Valentina Giannella

This book sets out the basic ideas required to understand climate change, explained in a scientific and accessible way and drawn from the most authoritative sources. It is for young people and for all of us, parents and grandparents, who now find ourselves having to answer the tough questions our young people are asking about the health of our world.


Young Adult

The End and Other Beginnings
By Veronica Roth

A collection of six short stories imagines future lands with new technologies and beings, where in spite of advanced capabilities, people still must confront deeply human problems.

Rules for Vanishing
By Kate Alice Marshall

Once a year, the path appears in the forest and Lucy Gallows beckons. Who is brave enough to find her – and who won't make it out of the woods? Horror fans will love this spooky novel that tells the campfire story of a missing girl, a vengeful ghost, and the girl who is determined to find her sister – at all costs.



Celestial Bodies
By Jokha Alharthi

In the village of al-Awafi, in Oman, two families are joined by marriage: Mayya, the eldest of three sisters, marries Abdallah, son of a wealthy merchant, after suffering her first heartbreak. The first ever novel originally written in Arabic to win the Man Booker International Prize, and the first book by a female Omani author to be translated into English.

10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World: a novel
By Elif Shafak

Our brains stay active for 10 minutes after our heart stops beating. For Tequila Leila, each minute brings with it a new memory – growing up with her father and his two wives in a grand old house in a quiet Turkish town; running away to Istanbul to escape an unwelcome marriage. Each memory reminds Leila of the five friends she met along the way – the friends who are now desperately trying to find her.