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Adult

The Holdout : A Novel 
by Graham Moore

A woman is wrongly implicated in a murder one decade after convincing the members of a deadlocked jury to return a not-guilty verdict.
By the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of The Imitation Game.
 
Genre: Legal thrillers; Multiple perspectives
Character: Flawed
Storyline: Intricately plotted
Pace: Fast-paced
Writing Style: Well-crafted dialogue
 
Formats available: Book

Young Adult

Anna K : A Love Story
by Jenny Lee

A modern reimagining of Anna Karenina is set in the elite enclaves of Manhattan and Greenwich society and finds a reluctant socialite navigating teen life before falling for a notorious playboy who harbors a shattering secret. 

 

Genre: Contemporary romances; Multiple perspectives
Character: Culturally diverse
Writing Style: Compelling; Slang-heavy

Formats available: Book

Chapter Book

If We Were Giants
by Dave Matthews

Living in an idyllic community hidden inside a dormant volcano, a curious young girl ventures out for the first time to investigate claims of malevolent strangers, in a tale of loss and community co-written by the Grammy Award-winning leader of the Dave Matthews Band. 

 
Genre: Fantasy fiction
Character: Sympathetic
Storyline: Issue-oriented
 
Formats available: Book & eBook (Hoopla)

Picture Book

Snail Crossing
by Corey R. Tabor

Determined to make his way to a plump, crisp cabbage across the road, Snail risks speeding cars and hungry crows during a long and slow journey, before getting lost while helping a crew of ants escape a rainstorm. 

 
Themes: Being a friend
Character: Anthropomorphic
Tone: Feel-good; Sweet; Upbeat
Writing Style: Attention-grabbing
Illustration: Cartoony
 
Formats available: Book

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