Recommended Reads

Recommended Reads

Staff Picks

Dale Mayer - Kanen
Lynsay Sands - Immortal Rising

Kat Martin - The Last Mile
Nora Roberts - Nightwork

  • It Ends With Us - Colleen Hoover


  • The museum of desire - Jonathan Kellerman 

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


  1. Run, Rose, Run - Patterson, James/ Parton, Dolly
  2. Shattered - Patterson, James/ Born, James O
  3. The best is yet to come : a novel - Macomber, Debbie
  4. Nightwork - Roberts, Nora
  5. Sugar and salt : a novel - Wiggs, Susan
  6. The Hotel Nantucket : a novel - Hilderbrand, Elin
  7. The Challenge - Steel, Danielle
  8. The Ninth Month - Patterson, James/ Dilallo, Richard
  9. 22 seconds - Patterson, James
  10. Escape - Patterson, James/ Ellis, David
  11. James Patterson by James Patterson : the stories of my life - Patterson, James
  12. The 6:20 man : a thriller - Baldacci, David
  13. Sparring Partners - Grisham, John
  14. Blowback - Patterson, James/ Dubois, Brendan
  15. Dreamland - Sparks, Nicholas
  16. Suspects - Steel, Danielle
  17. Where the crawdads sing - Owens, Delia
  18. A face to die for - Johansen, Iris
  19. Aura of Night - Graham, Heather
  20. Grace under fire - Garwood, Julie
  21. Overkill - Brown, Sandra
  22. Captive - Johansen, Iris
  23. Reckoning : an FBI thriller - Coulter, Catherine
  24. The Girl Who Survived - Jackson, Lisa
  25. The Girl from Guernica : An Epic Historical Novel - Robards, Karen
  26. Cat kid comic club - Pilkey, Dav
  27. Black dog - Woods, Stuart
  28. Desperation in death - Robb, J D 
  29. Dog Man : a tale of two kitties - Pilkey, Dav
  30. Point Last Seen - Dodd, Christina
  31. The amazing Spider-man : an origin story - Thomas, Rich
  32. The sleep fix : practical, proven, and surprising solutions for insomnia, snoring, shift work, and more - Macedo, Diane
  33. Cat Kid Comic Club 3 : On purpose - Pilkey, Dav
  34. Country Born - Miller, Linda Lael
  35. Dog Man unleashed - Pilkey, Dav
  36. Dog man : Fetch-22 - Pilkey, Dav
  37. Dream town - Baldacci, David
  38. Horton and the Kwuggerbug and more lost stories - Seuss, Dr
  39. It ends with us - Hoover, Colleen
  40. Reminders of him : a novel - Hoover, Colleen
  41. The Boardwalk Bookshop - Mallery, Susan
  42. A rip through time - Armstrong, Kelley
  43. Beautiful - Steel, Danielle
  44. Born to be wild : how baby animals survive and thrive
  45. Boy-crazy Stacey - Galligan, Gale
  46. Dog Man : for whom the ball rolls - Pilkey, Dav
  47. How to catch a dragon - Wallace, Adam
  48. How to catch a mermaid - Wallace, Adam
  49. Making new friends - Dean, Kim
  50. Minecraft / 3 - Monster, Sfae R
  51. Pete the Cat's Not So Groovy Day - Dean, James/ Dean, James (ILT)/ Dean, Kimberly
  52. Pinkalicious and the sick day - Kann, Victoria
  53. Pizza and Taco : who's the best? - Shaskan, Stephen
  54. Secrets - Michaels, Fern
  55. Shadows reel - Box, C J
  56. The 17 day kickstart diet : a doctor's plan for dropping pounds, toxins, and bad habits - Moreno, Mike
  57. The It Girl - Ware, Ruth
  58. The Last Mile - Martin, Kat
  59. The Second Husband - White, Kate
  60. The recovery agent - Evanovich, Janet
  61. The summer I turned pretty v 1 - Han, Jenny
  62. Allergic - Lloyd, Megan Wagner
  63. Besties : work it out - Miller, Kayla
  64. Cat kid comic club : Perspectives - Pilkey, Dav/ Pilkey, Dav
  65. Chrysalis : a thriller - Child, Lincoln
  66. Clark the Shark - Hale, Bruce
  67. Cold, Cold Bones - Reichs, Kathy
  68. Countdown to Midnight - Brown, Dale
  69. Death of the Black Widow - Patterson, James/ Barker, J D
  70. Diary of a wimpy kid v 2 : Rodrick rules - Kinney, Jeff
  71. Dog Man - Pilkey, Dav colorist
  72. Dog Man and Cat Kid - Pilkey, Dav
  73. Dog man : Brawl of the wild - Pilkey, Dav
  74. Dog man Lord of the fleas - Pilkey, Dav
  75. Elephants cannot dance! - Willems, Mo
  76. Friends rock! v 3 - Burnell, Heather Ayris
  77. Harry Potter and the half-blood prince v 6 - Rowling, J K
  78. Harry Potter and the sorcerer's stone v 1 - Rowling, J K
  79. How to catch a dinosaur - Wallace, Adam
  80. How to catch a unicorn - Wallace, Adam
  81. I Survived the Joplin Tornado, 2011 - Tarshis, Lauren
  82. I can be a farm vet - Jordan, Apple
  83. I survived the attack of the grizzlies, 1967 - Tarshis, Lauren/ Pekmezci, Berat
  84. It's not summer without you v 2 : a summer novel - Han, Jenny
  85. Pete the cat and the cool caterpillar - Dean, James
  86. Pinkalicious - Kann, Victoria
  87. Red on the river - Feehan, Christine
  88. Sight words, first grade : First Grade - Kertell, Lynn Maslen
  89. Sonic the hedgehog : crisis city - Flynn, Ian
  90. Sonic the hedgehog : the last minute - Flynn, Ian
  91. Sound of Darkness - Graham, Heather
  92. Sparks! - Boothby, Ian/ Matsumoto, Nina 
  93. Steal - Patterson, James/ Roughan, Howard
  94. Summer love : a novel - Thayer, Nancy
  95. The Bad Guys in Mission unpluckable v 2 - Blabey, Aaron
  96. The Bad Guys v 1 - Blabey, Aaron
  97. The Last Thing He Told Me - Dave, Laura
  98. The hidden one : a Kate Burkholder novel - Castillo, Linda
  99. There was an old lady who swallowed Fly Guy - Arnold, Tedd
  100. Treasure state : a Cassie Dewell novel - Box, C J
  101. Wash Your Hands - Dean, James/ Dean, Kimberly
  102. A Relative Murder - Deveraux, Jude
  103. A mirror mended - Harrow, Alix E
  104. Abandoned in death - Robb, J D
  105. Act - Miller, Kayla
  106. Bad Kitty Joins the Team - Bruel, Nick
  107. Batman : an origin story - Sazaklis, John
  108. Biscuit wants to play - Capucilli, Alyssa Satin
  109. Chester van Chime who forgot how to rhyme - Monsen, Avery
  110. Chi's sweet home v 1 - Konami, Kanata
  111. City of the dead - Kellerman, Jonathan
  112. Clark the Shark afraid of the dark - Hale, Bruce
  113. Claudia and mean Janine : a graphic novel - Telgemeier, Raina
  114. Dinosaurs before dark v 1 - Osborne, Mary Pope
  115. Dog Man : Mothering heights - Pilkey, Dav
  116. Dog man 9 - Pilkey, Dav
  117. Elsa's epic journey - Amerikaner, Susan
  118. FGTeeV the switcheroo rescue! - Rivas, Miguel Da̕z
  119. Fairy dreams - Man-Kong, Mary
  120. Falling Stars - Michaels, Fern
  121. Family is everything - Mack, Luz M
  122. Farm tractors - Nelson, Kristin L
  123. Fear Thy Neighbor - Michaels, Fern
  124. Fox Creek - Krueger, William Kent
  125. Goldie v 1 - Miles, Ellen
  126. Happy birthday Bad Kitty v 2 - Bruel, Nick
  1. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets v 2 - Rowling, J K
  2. Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban v 3 - Rowling, J K
  3. Horse - Brooks, Geraldine
  4. I am Nibbles v 3 - Froeb, Lori
  5. I drive a tractor - Bridges, Sarah
  6. If you give a cat a cupcake - Numeroff, Laura Joffe
  7. Karen's worst day - Farina, Katy
  8. Katie the catsitter 2 : Best friends for never - Venable, Colleen
  9. Killer View - Johansen, Roy/ Johansen, Iris
  10. Killing the killers : the secret war against terrorists - O'Reilly, Bill
  11. Knock knock - Sauer, Tammi
  12. Kristy's great idea v 1 : a graphic novel - Martin, Ann M
  13. Llama Llama and friends - Dewdney, Anna
  14. Meant to be : a novel - Giffin, Emily
  15. Mickey's birthday - Risco, Elle D
  16. Miss Quinces - Fajardo, Kat
  17. Out of the clear blue sky - Higgins, Kristan
  18. Pete the Cat : A Pet for Pete - Dean, James
  19. Pete the cat and the bad banana - Dean, James
  20. Pinkalicious : the royal tea party - Kann, Victoria
  21. Pinkalicious and Planet Pink - Kann, Victoria
  22. Pinkalicious and the pirates - Kann, Victoria
  23. Pizza and Taco : best party ever! - Shaskan, Stephen
  24. Pizza and Taco : super-awesome comic! - Shaskan, Stephen
  25. Remember love : a Ravenswood novel - Balogh, Mary
  26. Roxy : Puppy Place - Miles, Ellen
  27. Sight words, kindergarten : Kindergarten - Kertell, Lynn Maslen
  28. Sonic the Hedgehog 9 : Chao races & badnik bases - Stanley, Evan
  29. Sonic the hedgehog : infection - Flynn, Ian
  30. Sparkly new friends v 1 - Burnell, Heather Ayris
  31. Super Rabbit Boy powers up! v 2 - Flintham, Thomas
  32. Take Your Breath Away - Barclay, Linwood
  33. Team Batman - Davies, Beth
  34. Team Up! - DC Comics
  35. The Bad Guys in The baddest day ever - Blabey, Aaron
  36. The Bad Guys in The furball strikes back v 3 - Blabey, Aaron
  37. The Bad Guys in the One?! 12 - Blabey, Aaron
  38. The House Across the Lake - Sager, Riley
  39. The Hunt : A Decker/Lazarus Novel - Kellerman, Faye
  40. The LEGO book - Lipkowitz, Daniel
  41. The Summer Place - Weiner, Jennifer
  42. The bad guys in intergalactic gas; 5 - Blabey, Aaron
  43. The bad guys v 4 : in attack of the zittens - Blabey, Aaron
  44. The bodyguard - Center, Katherine
  45. The butter battle book - Seuss, Dr
  46. The cat in the hat - Seuss, Dr
  47. The four winds - Hannah, Kristin
  48. The homewreckers : a novel - Andrews, Mary Kay
  49. The seven husbands of Evelyn Hugo : a novel - Reid, Taylor Jenkins
  50. The summer getaway : a novel - Mallery, Susan
  51. The whale in my swimming pool - Wan, Joyce
  52. There's a dragon in your book - Fletcher, Tom
  53. This Time Tomorrow - Straub, Emma
  54. Together - Burnell, Heather Ayris
  55. Tom Clancy : zero hour - Bentley, Don
  56. Trouble at Trident Academy v 1 - Dadey, Debbie
  57. Uni and the perfect present - Ransom, Candice F
  58. We begin at the end - Whitaker, Chris
  59. We'll Always Have Summer v 3 - Han, Jenny
  60. What Is Puppy Going to Do? - Madden, Carly/ Dall'ava, Caroline
  61. What happened to the Bennetts - Scottoline, Lisa
  62. Wild sea creatures : sharks, whales, and dolphins! - Kratt, Martin
  63. Wings of fire : the dragonet prophecy - Sutherland, Tui T
  64. A Family Affair - Carr, Robyn
  65. A good team v 2 - Burnell, Heather Ayris
  66. An Island Wedding - Colgan, Jenny
  67. Battle of the best friends v 2 - Dadey, Debbie
  68. Bob books Set 1, Beginning readers / Beginning Readers - Maslen, Bobby Lynn
  69. Book lovers - Henry, Emily
  70. Brain games : amazing investigations to challenge your brain / experiments - Claybourne, Anna
  71. Break the ice!Cheer up - Burnell, Heather Ayris
  72. Clash - Miller, Kayla
  73. Claudia and the new girl : Claudia and the New Girl - Epstein, Gabriela
  74. Clifford, the big red dog - Bridwell, Norman
  75. Diary of a wimpy kid : big shot - Kinney, Jeff
  76. Diary of a wimpy kid v 4 : dog days - Kinney, Jeff
  77. Diary of a wimpy kid v 5 : the ugly truth - Kinney, Jeff
  78. Dogs clean up! - Stephens, Elle
  79. Excavators - Murray, Julie
  80. Fancy Nancy : peanut butter and jellyfish - O'Connor, Jane
  81. Geronimo Stilton : v 2 / The curse of the cheese pyramid
  82. Gilbert Goldfish wants a pet - DiPucchio, Kelly S
  83. Go, dog, go! - Eastman, P D
  84. Holy chow : An Andy Carpenter Mystery - Rosenfelt, David
  85. Hooky - Tur, Míriam Bonastre
  86. How do dinosaurs say i'm mad? - Yolen, Jane
  87. How to catch the Tooth Fairy - Wallace, Adam
  88. If you give a moose a muffin - Numeroff, Laura Joffe
  89. Invisible - Steel, Danielle
  90. Karen's kittycat club - Farina, Katy
  91. Let's get cooking! : 50 yummy recipes! - Garfield, Yvette
  92. Logan likes Mary Anne! : a graphic novel - Galligan, Gale
  93. Manners are not for monkeys! - Tekavec, Heather
  94. Monkey Truck - Slack, Michael H
  95. Nothing to Lose - Jance, Judith A
  96. Places We've Never Been - West, Kasie
  97. Pokémon adventures v 2 - Kusaka, Hidenori
  98. Power of the fire dragon v 4 - West, Tracey
  99. Quarter to midnight - Rose, Karen
  100. Quicksand - Dailey, Janet
  101. Roar of the thunder dragon v 8 - West, Tracey
  102. Scaredy Squirrel goes camping - Watt, Mélanie
  103. Sonic select book 1
  104. Splat the Cat and the Duck With No Quack - Scotton, Rob/ Scotton, Rob
  105. Splat the cat sings flat - Scotton, Rob
  106. Syd Hoff's Danny and the dinosaur : too tall - Hale, Bruce
  107. Techno strike! - Howard, Kate adapter
  108. The Bad Guys in the dawn of the underlord - Blabey, Aaron
  109. The Bounty - Evanovich, Janet/ Hamilton, Steve
  110. The Loud house 15 : The missing Linc
  111. The Match - Coben, Harlan
  112. The dark secret
  113. The investigator - Sandford, John
  114. The pigeon wants a puppy! - Willems, Mo
  115. The pout-pout fish and the bully-bully shark - Diesen, Deborah
  116. The woman in the library : a novel - Gentill, Sulari
  117. This is Spider-Man - Macri, Thomas
  118. Ultimate dinosaur - Palmer, Douglas
  119. Waiting is not easy! - Willems, Mo
  120. Weird but true! Dinosaurs : 300 dino-mite facts to sink your teeth into
  121. Wings of fire Book 3 : the hidden kingdom - Sutherland, Tui T
  122. Wonder Woman : an origin story - Sazaklis, John
  123. World War II : visual encyclopedia - Williams, Brian

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.
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.