Today, Librarian Pat shares her picks:
The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten
Despite the challenges of living with severe OCD, the best Batman you’ll ever run into is in Room 13B, along with a host of other engaging characters who will turn your preconceptions upside down.
The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley
Maggie ends up in an Irish coastal town when her mother remarries (again!) and tries to find her way during the heyday of Nirvana and the grunge scene. A great book if you love romance, but just as seriously good if you love music or Ireland or family stories or just flat out good writing.
Matt’s mother died and he now works at a funeral home and wears that black suit mentioned in the title. If you think that would result in a bummer of a book, you’d be completely wrong.
It seems like everyone except Simon is ready for him to come out as gay, but he wants to do it on his own terms. His email communication with a mysterious pen pal helps him sort out his feelings, but it all gets pretty complicated.
Mosquitoland by David Arnold
Mary Iris Malone, aka Mim, is on a journey, a road trip, an odyssey, if you will, that takes her, via Greyhound bus, from Mississippi to Cleveland in search of her ill mother. En route she encounters a cast of unforgettable characters and learns that most journeys are not confined to what is happening outside the windows. Mim’s voice and perceptions will make you laugh, cry, and shout hooray.