The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson (Literary Fiction)
Call Number - F Bryson
Leah Says - Less a memoir and more of a fun romp down memory lane, The Thunderbolt Kid is a must read for anyone looking for a laugh-out-loud funny book. Bryson grew up in the 1950′s during the height of the baby boom, and he does an exceptional job of capturing the wonders of childhood through the eyes of a young boy growing up in small town Iowa. Thunderbolt Kid has an air of nostalgia that will leave you longing for simpler times.
Skippy Dies by Paul Murray (Literary Fiction)
Call Number - F Murray
Jeremy Says - In the first chapter of this Irish novel, the main character dies. Murray then takes the reader through the few months preceding Skippy’s death. The novel is written from numerous different perspectives including Skippy and his fellow students at Seabrook Academy, teachers, priests, donut shop workers, and more. Skippy Dies is sometimes profane, sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking, but it is ultimately affirming.
Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez (Fiction)
Call Number - F Valdez (large print) / F Perkinsv (regular)
June Says - A sad, touching story about four slave women from Tennessee who are taken as mistresses by their masters. They vacation in Ohio with them and learn about freedom, suffer loss, and self-doubt.
The Final Note by Kevin Alan Milne (Fiction)
Call Number - F Milne
Kelley Says - This is a current day love story that spans from the fairy tale romance to the real life realities and tragedies. The underlying theme is that the three most moving words are often “I forgive you”. If you like Nicholas Sparks you will have found a new author to love in this story.
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (Young Adult Fiction)
Call Number - J Riordan
Hannah Says - This is the story of Percy Jackson, who discovers that the Greek gods are real and he is the son of Poseidon. When Percy is accused of stealing Zeus’s master lightning bolt, he and his friends have exactly ten days to find it and bring peace to Mount Olympus. Filled with humor and written in an easy-to-read style, this book also gives an interesting glimpse into the Greek myths and the history surrounding them.
The Case of the Deadly Ha-Ha Game by John R. Erickson (Children’s Fiction)
Call Number - JF Erickson
Bailey Says - Hank the cowdog is head of ranch security. He and his deputy Drover go on hilarious escapades to “save” the ranch from whatever “dangers” may be encroaching. You will find yourself laughing out loud at Erickson’s clever word play and the ridiculous situations that Hank and Drover get involved in. Perfect for reading aloud, this book may teach you just how deadly the Ha-Ha Game can be!