Staff faves - 2014

Library staff agree; 2014 was a good year for books! If you're in the market for a new favorite, browse these four- and five-star selections, gleaned from this year's Staff Picks reviews.

Kids

Picture books

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Duck, Duck, Moose!

4

Forget the old game of Duck, Duck, Goose, 'cause "Duck, Duck, Moose" is where it's at! Read more...

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Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress

5

If you're looking for a fun story about a delightfully different little boy, I strongly recommend you make friends with Morris Micklewhite. Read more...

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Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too

5

Hip, hip, hooray! It's a super-duper daddy and daughter day. The perfect read for little ones and their exceptional dads. Read more...

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President Taft is Stuck in the Bath

5

This book is what you get when you mix "King Bidgood's in the Bathtub" with a bit of history! Read more...

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This is a Moose

4

This is a book about the mighty and noble moose, or is it? This is also giggle-inducing tale about being what you want to be. Read more...

Juvenile

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Absolutely Almost

5

"I love you, Albie. You are caring and thoughtful and good." And, really, isn't that what matters in the long run? Read more...

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Get Outside Guide: All Things Adventure, Exploration, and Fun!

5

The perfect companion to the library's Summer Reading Club, this book will get your family outside and exploring the great outdoors' many wonders! Read more...

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How They Choked: Failures, Flops, and Flaws of the Awfully Famous

4

These funny and irreverent facts are sure to tickle the funny bones of kids and adults alike. If you don't watch out, you might learn something too. Read more...

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Kinda Like Brothers

4

You don't get to pick your family-- even if you aren't related. Read more...

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The Night Gardener: A Scary Story

4

Just scary enough to make you think twice before turning out the lights. Read more...

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Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere

5

A heart-wrenching tale of a New Orleans girl whose 10th birthday falls the same day Hurricane Katrina destroys the city. Read more...

Teens

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A Little Something Different

4

Ready for the meet-cute of the century? Follow me. Read more...

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Bellweather Rhapsody

4

A crumbling, haunted hotel, a boatload of rising teenage musical stars and a massive snowstorm combine to create a most enchanting mystery. Read more...

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Better Off Friends

5

Exploring the age-old question: can a guy and girl really be just friends? Read more...

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Fat Boy Versus the Cheerleaders

4

One of my favorite new teen boy voices in teen literature. Ever. Read more...

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Get Outside Guide: All Things Adventure, Exploration, and Fun!

5

The perfect companion to the library's Summer Reading Club, this book will get your family outside and exploring the great outdoors' many wonders! Read more...

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Half Bad

4

Witches living among humans, in England, undetected. A teen boy with magical powers. Thinking of Harry Potter? Think again. Read more...

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How They Choked: Failures, Flops, and Flaws of the Awfully Famous

4

These funny and irreverent facts are sure to tickle the funny bones of kids and adults alike. If you don't watch out, you might learn something too. Read more...

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I'll Give You the Sun

5

I loved this book so much, I had to take breaks from reading just to give it hugs. Read more...

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Illusive

4

"Ocean's 11" meets "X-Men?" Sign me up. Read more...

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Maybe One Day

4

Did you love "The Fault in Our Stars," but aren't sure what to read next? If so, this is the book for you! Read more...

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My Salinger Year

4

You don't have to love J.D. Salinger to love this poignant literary memoir. Read more...

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Panic

4

A suspenseful tale of brutal competition and secrets. Would you risk your own life in order to change it? Read more...

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Prisoner of Night and Fog

5

If you're looking for a historical novel with rich settings, strong characters and incredible suspense, you won't be disappointed by this book! Read more...

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Since You've Been Gone

5

Like road trips and playlists in your summer reads? This is the one for you! Read more...

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The Well's End

4

Wowza. This fast-paced sci-fi mystery about a killer virus run amok had me on the edge of my seat! Read more...

Adults

Fiction

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A Little Something Different

4

Ready for the meet-cute of the century? Follow me. Read more...

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Ancient Oceans of Central Kentucky

5

Beautiful, painful and unlike any book you'll ever read. Read more...

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Annihilation

4

"Annihilation" is a novel that's as dense, murky and foreboding as the mysterious Area X it seeks to describe. Read more...

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Archetype: A Novel

5

My heart was racing, I could not read this fast enough! I absolutely loved every minute of it. Read more...

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Astonish Me

4

Ballet takes center stage in this novel that highlights the rigors of professional dance and the challenges of self-acceptance. Read more...

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Bellweather Rhapsody

4

A crumbling, haunted hotel, a boatload of rising teenage musical stars and a massive snowstorm combine to create a most enchanting mystery. Read more...

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Boomerang

4

A sizzling summer read so hot you could fry an egg on it. Read more...

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Broken Monsters

5

Beukes kills it. Read more...

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Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands

5

A post-apocalyptic novel in miniature; part young adult dystopia and part end-of-the-world horror show. Read more...

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Five Days Left

4

Take a deep breath, grab your tissues and prepare to bawl your eyes out over this heart-wrenching read. Read more...

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Fourth of July Creek

5

A gritty and gut-wrenching debut novel. Read more...

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Half Bad

4

Witches living among humans, in England, undetected. A teen boy with magical powers. Thinking of Harry Potter? Think again. Read more...

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I'll Give You the Sun

5

I loved this book so much, I had to take breaks from reading just to give it hugs. Read more...

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Landline

5

Georgie isn't looking for magic, but she finds it right when she needs it the most. How fortuitous. Read more...

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Love Me Back

5

A gritty and blistering story of a young woman doing bad things. Read more...

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Prisoner of Night and Fog

5

If you're looking for a historical novel with rich settings, strong characters and incredible suspense, you won't be disappointed by this book! Read more...

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The Boy Who Drew Monsters

4

Bundle up! This terrifying tale about a boy whose eerie drawings come to life will send shivers to the bone. Read more...

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The Girl With All the Gifts

4

Sometimes when you open Pandora's box, you get much more than you bargained for. Read more...

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The Rise and Fall of Great Powers

5

If you feel a bit unmoored while reading "The Rise and Fall of Great Powers," well, welcome to the world Tooly Zylberberg. Read more...

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The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

5

A delightful read with interesting and wonderful characters. I didn't want to put it down! Read more...

Non-fiction

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A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip: A Memoir of Seventh Grade

4

For anyone who's tried a little too hard to forget seventh grade, this memoir suggests it just might be worth remembering, no matter how awkward. Read more...

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A Year with Six Sisters' Stuff: 52 Menu Plans, Recipes, and Ideas to Bring Families Together

5

I'm always looking for easy-to-prepare recipes with ingredients I can actually find in my kitchen. This is my new favorite cookbook. Read more...

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Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?

5

So what's more pleasant than deterioration, dementia and death? Read more...

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Holiday Cheer: Recipes and Decorating Ideas for Your Best Christmas Ever

5

Every year I look for a new cookie recipe to share with the family around the holidays. I found a winner in this book! Read more...

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How They Choked: Failures, Flops, and Flaws of the Awfully Famous

4

These funny and irreverent facts are sure to tickle the funny bones of kids and adults alike. If you don't watch out, you might learn something too. Read more...

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Let's Talk About Love

5

An indie music critic decided to write a book about the artist he most despised. What happened next took him on a journey to the end of taste. Read more...

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My Salinger Year

4

You don't have to love J.D. Salinger to love this poignant literary memoir. Read more...

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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory

5

Doughty dishes about what it's like to be covered in people dust, and challenges readers to face their own mortality. Read more...