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An Elgin County Library column dedicated to introducing you to newly purchased library books that we think you’ll love!


Atomic Habits
by James Clear

Fun Fact: 80% of the New Year’s Resolutions made don’t make it past the second week of February.

What: Learn how to make your 2019 goals stick alongside one of the world’s leading experts on habit formation who preaches that “tiny changes can lead to remarkable results”.

Also try: Gretchen Rubin’s Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives

Formats available: Book & eAudio through OverDrive/Libby

Young Adult

by Courtney Summers

Who: 19 year old Sadie runs away from her small town in search of her younger sister’s killer.

Why you might like it: Told from the alternating perspectives of Sadie and a true crime podcast exploring Sadie’s disappearance  (think ‘Serial’).  If you’d like to experience the podcast in the book, search for ‘The Girls’ on your podcast platform or go ahead and try the audiobook.

Notes on the Author: Summers is a Canadian girl, born in Belleville, Ontario

Formats available: Book & eBook & eAudio through OverDrive/Libby

Chapter Book

City of Ghosts
by Victoria Schwab

Who: Cassidy Blake goes with her parents and her best friend Jacob (who happens to be a ghost) to haunted Edinburgh, Scotland to film for their new TV show.  Cass meets Lara, who also shares her ‘gift’; the two girls explore the veil and are drawn into an action packed fight that bridges the living and the dead.

Series Alert: This is the first in the series ‘Cassidy Blake’. The second book, Tunnel of Bones is set to be published later this year.

Formats available: BookeBook through OverDrive/Libby & eAudio through Hoopla

Picture Book

Carmela Full of Wishes
by Matt de la Pena

Especially wonderful for: Children with older siblings that say ‘Me too!”

What: A culturally diverse book for hopeful children with a moving storyline and colourful imagery.  

Summary: The best birthday gift Carmela gets is that she’s now old enough to accompany her brother to do the family errands.  While out, she finds a puffy white dandelion and tries to think of the perfect wish before blowing it away.

Also try: Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan

Formats available: Book

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