November Book Recommendations
Kitties on Dinosaurs by Michael Slack
A daring, dinosaur-climbing adventure leads to kitty hijinks in this tale of perseverance.
Robobaby by David Wiesner
In this hilarious gem from triple Caldecott winner, it's big sister to the rescue when a new baby is delivered to a family of robots and the adults are flummoxed by technical difficulties.
The Scarecrow by Beth Ferry
All the animals know not to mess with old Scarecrow. But when a small, scared crow falls from midair, Scarecrow does the strangest thing. He saves the tiny baby crow. Soon a loving bond grows between the two unlikely friends. But is it strong enough to weather the changing of the seasons?
Julián at the Wedding by Jessica Love
Julian and his abuela are going to a wedding. Better yet, Juliâan is in the wedding. Weddings have flowers and kissing and dancing and cake. And this wedding also has a new friend named Marisol.
See the Cat by David LaRochelle
What happens when the book gets it wrong? Max is not a cat -- Max is a dog! But much to his dismay, this book keeps instructing readers to "see the cat." How can Max get through to the book that he is a dog?
Power Forward by Hena Khan
Fourth-grader Zayd yearns to play basketball on the Gold Team, but when he skips orchestra rehearsal to practice, his parents forbid anything basketball-related, and tryouts are coming soon.
Ocean by DK
This illustrated encyclopedia series sets sail into new waters with an exploration of the world's oceans and seas.
Fetch! A How to Speak Dog Training Guide by Aubre Andrus and Gary Weitzman
Whether you brought home a puppy who needs to learn how to walk on a leash or you're trying to teach an old dog some new tricks, this guide covers it all, including more than 40 different training activities.
Pounce! A How to Speak Cat Training Guide by Tracey West and Gary Weitzman
Whether you want to train your kitty to walk on a leash or are trying to teach your cat to scratch a scratching post instead of the couch, this comprehensive guide will take you through all the steps you need to know to get started.
Mega Rex: A Tyrannosaurus Named Scotty by Dr. W. Scott Persons IV
A paleontologist introduces the largest T. Rex fossil ever found along with some of its relatives and neighbors.
Darius the Great Deserves Better by Adib Khorram
This companion novel to the award-winning Darius the Great is Not Okay reunites readers with Darius Kellner, whose life actually is pretty good: he has a boyfriend, an internship, and a spot on the soccer team. But of course, life is all about change. His grandmothers are in town to keep an eye on him while his dad is gone on business, the internship isn't what he thought it would be, and now he's not so certain about his first boyfriend. Darius got everything he ever wanted – but maybe he was wrong about what he wanted? Maybe he deserves better.
The Bridge by Bill Konigsberg
Two teenagers have decided to jump from the same bridge at the same time. Aaron is a gay misfit struggling with his feelings, and Tillie doesn't feel like she'll ever be good enough. There are four outcomes: Aaron jumps and Tillie doesn't. Tillie jumps and Aaron doesn't. They both jump. Neither of them jump. Bill Konigsberg explores all four options in this complex and thought-provoking novel of diverging timelines and what-ifs.
The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Avery Grambs is stunned when billionaire Tobias Hawthorne dies and leaves her his entire fortune. Avery has no idea why – or even who Tobias Hawthorne is. To receive her inheritance, she must move into Hawthorne House, a sprawling, secret passage-filled building full of puzzles, riddles, and codes. Unfortunately for Avery, it's also filled with the family that Tobias Hawthorne dispossessed in favor for her, including the four Hawthorne grandsons: dangerous, magnetic, brilliant, and until now, expectant that they would inherit billions. A fun thriller for fans of One of Us is Lying and Knives Out.
Early Departures by Justin A. Reynolds
Jamal's best friend, Q, died in a freak accident. Thanks to a new healthcare technology, Q can be reanimated and brought back to life again. But there's a catch: the reanimation is only temporary, and when he dies again, he'll die forever. Jamal wants to make things right with Q, since the two haven't been close for a couple of years. But Q doesn't know that he's died, and Jamal can't explain why he's suddenly trying to make things right between them, because Q's mom won't let anyone tell him he's really dead. A thoughtful and surprisingly emotional read about grief and second chances.
In a slightly alternate 1980s London, Susan Arkshaw is looking for her father, who she has never met. She finds herself thrust into the world of left-handed booksellers (the fighting ones) and right-handed booksellers (the intellectual ones) and various magical beings. She finds her quest overlaps with Merlin and his sister, Vivien, who are seeking the person who murdered their mother, and the three embark on adventure together in this quirky new fantasy novel from Garth Nix.
Shine by Jessica Jung
Jessica Jung, K-pop legend and former lead singer of Girls Generation, brings her firsthand experience of being a K-pop idol to this fun contemporary romance. Seventeen-year-old Korean American Rachel Kim was recruited by one of Seoul's largest K-pop labels to be turned into a star, and she was told the rules upfront: practice 24/7, be perfect, and don't date. But the industry isn't kind to its performers, and when Rachel begins to develop feelings for Jason Lee, a fellow star, she wonders if the fame is worth the struggle.
Everything You Need to Ace Geometry in One Big Fat Notebook by Workman Publishing and Christy Needham
School has gone largely virtual this year, and for students who need a little extra help, the Big Fat Notebook series cover a variety of subjects. This one is focused on high school level geometry, breaking down the subject into accessible units, like logic and reasoning, ratios and proportions, the fundamentals of circles, and more. With handy mnemonic devices to help remember the formulas and quizzes to help you practice, these books will help struggling students master their math.
A Study in Murder by Callie Hutton
A new cozy historical mystery series perfect for fans of Rhys Bowen and Ellery Adams finds mystery author Lady Amy Lovell struggling with the news that her fiancé, Mr. Ronald St. Vincent, is involved with illegal affairs. After breaking their engagement, she stumbles across his dead body in her library, a knife through his chest. Determined to clear her name, Lady Amy must solve this murder before she finds herself carted off to jail by the local Bobbies.
Justine has grown up with a family of tough and loyal women in the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma after her father abandoned their family. Her mother, Lulu, became a devout member of the Holiness Church, a group that Justine finds alternately stifling and terrifying. After an act of violence changes Justine's life forever, she takes her daughter to Texas, where a whole new set of challenges awaits them in this novel about the bonds between mothers and daughters and the meaning of home.
Never Ask Me by Jeff Abbott
Lakehaven is a quiet, wealthy suburb of Austin, so the community is shocked when the body of Danielle Roberts is discovered on a park bench. The Pollitts lived two houses down from Danielle, and thought of her like family. They are distraught, but her death launches them into a tangle of suspicions and intrigue. When an anonymous email arrives for Grant, their son, declaring "You have been told a huge lie," the bonds of the Pollitts will be tested in new ways in this domestic thriller.
Hieroglyphics by Jill McCorkle
Lil and Frank married young, drawn together by the fact they had both lost a parent while children. Now, after retiring, Lil is determined to leave behind a collection of letters and notes and diary entries for their children, determined that they would have the understanding of their parents that she and Frank always longed for. Meanwhile, Frank has become obsessed with what might have been left behind in his childhood home, now occupied by a single mother and her son. A deeply layered look at parents and children and their complicated relationships.
Sweet Sorrow by David Nicholls
Charlie Lewis is the forgettable boy in class. He hasn't done well on his exams, and he spends more time looking after his father than the other way around. When Fran Fisher bursts into his life, Charlie begins to hope that life and the future might be brighter than he had hoped for, but if he wants to catch her eye, he'll have to join the Company. The Company isn't a cult, it's even worse: it's an amateur theater group putting on a Shakespeare production. But Charlie is determined, even if the price of Fran is Romeo and Juliet in this alternately charming and bittersweet novel about the path to adulthood and the sweet sorrow of first love.
Bear Necessity by James Gould-Bourn
Will is 11 years old, and hasn't spoken since the death of his mother in a car crash a year ago. Danny is struggling with being a single parent to Will, and has just been fired from his construction job. He's behind on the rent, and out of desperation, decides to become a dancing bear performer on the street for cash. When Danny sees some other children picking on Will in the park, he chases them off, and the grateful Will opens up to him for the first time since his mother's death – completely unaware that the man in the panda suit is his father. Danny comforts him, but worries that he'll lose Will's trust all over again when he reveals who he is in this charming and colorful novel about the shared grief of a father and son.
Clean: The New Science of Skin by James Hamblin
Your skin is the largest organ of your body, but nobody really agrees on what works to keep it healthy. Contradicting messages from dermatologists, microbiologists, allergists, aestheticians, and more argue over the definition of "clean." Doctor and journalist James Hamblin explores what it means to be clean, experimenting with giving up on showers entirely and learning more about the skin microbiome in the process. Deeply researched and very readable, this is a deep dive into the skincare industry and the science behind
The Answer Is…: Reflections on My Life by Alex Trebek
Alex Trebek has been hosting Jeopardy! since 1984, and he shocked the world when he announced he had been diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer in 2019. He received an incredible outpouring of kindness and well wishes. After decades of appeals to write a book about his life, he finally felt compelled to share his story in this autobiography that blends personal anecdotes with answering frequent questions from fans, sharing his insights on famous players like Ken Jennings and James Holzhauer, and how he really feels about Will Ferrell's Saturday Night Live impersonation.
The Oregon Farm Table Cookbook: 101 Homegrown Recipes from the Pacific Wonderland by Karista Bennett
Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and this charming cookbook has you covered with recipes featuring Oregon's farms, ranches, orchards, breweries and other artisans. With beautiful photography and stories about the farms and other local communities, this cookbook features delicious recipes that bring Oregon home to your kitchen. Oregon Cherry and Goat Cheese Flatbreads, Beer Braised Pork Roast, Hazelnut Butterscotch Chip Cookies and more ensure that no matter the occasion or course, there is something delicious waiting for you.
Iron Empires: Robber Barons, Railroads, and the Making of Modern America by Michael Hiltzik
When the Transcontinental Railroad was finished in 1869, few could imagine the effect it would have on the country. America's railways were once a confusion of short, squabbling lines, and now they were a titanic industry, fought over in vicious competition between such men as Cornelius Vanderbilt and J.P. Morgan. Stock market frenzies and crashes, strikes between management and labor and more created lasting changes in the relationship between business and government, all detailed in this volume about the explosive propulsion of the United States into the 20th century.
Enchanting Embroidery Designs: Whimsical Animal and Plant Motifs to Stitch by MiW Morita
As the weather turns cooler, it's the perfect time of year to try a new (indoor) craft! This book is full of designs to stitch and step-by-step instructions on how to make crocodiles, cats, ravens, and more. Each design is paired with a poem, and projects are included as suggestions for what you can do with the embroidered pieces, like brooches, coasters, and ornaments. A chapter on tools and basics will get the beginners going, and helpful instructions include arrows and outlines to get novice stitchers up to speed.
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