Recommendations for Adults:
The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce (Jan 2018)
The owner of a 1988 music shop in a down-at-heel suburban community uses his talent for connecting customers to the music they seek and resists a chance at an intimate relationship with a beautiful young woman who hides a mysterious agenda and compels him to confront painful elements from his past.
Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia (May 2014)
A young music prodigy goes missing from a hotel room that was the site of an infamous murder-suicide fifteen years earlier, renewing trauma for a bridesmaid who witnessed the first crime and rallying an eccentric cast of characters during a snowstorm that traps everyone on the grounds.
The House of Silence by Blanca Busquets (Oct 2016)
After the death of a famed German conductor, his son, former maid, and two rival violinists meet up again, causing tensions to flare, fueled by powerful memories and the longing for a rare violin.
The Vinyl Detective: Written in Dead Wax by Andrew Cartmel (May 2016)
A record collector and a self proclaimed "Vinyl Detective" takes on the case of a mysterious woman who wants to pay him a large sum of money to find a priceless lost recording - on behalf of an extremely wealthy, shadowy, and somewhat sinister client.
Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult (Mar 2011)
Ten years of infertility issues culminate in the destruction of music therapist Zoe Baxter's marriage, after which she falls in love with another woman and wants to start a family, but her ex-husband stands in the way.
Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon (Sep 2012)
When ex-NFL quarterback Gibson Goode, the fifth richest black man in America, decides to open his newest Dogpile megastore on Telegraph Avenue, Nat and Archy, the owners of Brokeland Records, fear for their business until Gibson's endeavor exposes a decades-old secret history.
Recommendations for Teens:
Behind the Song (Sep 2017)
An anthology of stories and personal essays exploring how music inspires creativity and can change one's life, written by award-winning young adult authors and contemporary musicians.
Breakout by Kevin Emerson (Feb 2015)
Fourteen-year-old eighth-grader Anthony Castillo uses "f-bombs" in the angst-ridden song he writes for his rock band, the Rusty Soles, and while it becomes an instant viral hit, he must decide if being a hero is worth the trouble that singing it on Arts Night would cause.
Solo by Kwame Alexander (Aug 2017)
Seventeen-year-old Blade endeavors to resolve painful issues from his past and navigate the challenges of his former rockstar father's addictions, scathing tabloid rumors, and a protected secret that threatens his own identity.
This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab (Jul 2016)
As the heirs to opposing sides in a warring city, Kate Harker and Augustus Flynn should never have met, but instead find themselves having to choose between friendship and enmity at the risk of their city's future.
The Haters by Jesse Andrews (Apr 2016)
Forging a bond over musical chemistry and a shared disdain for phony pretenders, three young jazz artists escape their summer music camp and endeavor to escape the law long enough to establish themselves at a high-profile show.
Road Rash by Mark Parsons (Feb 2014)
Dropped from his band only to receive an offer to tour with a much better band, 17-year-old drummer Zach revels in his new group's musical chemistry only to confront interpersonal rivalries, a disappointing reception of his original recording and the loss of his girlfriend back home.
Tone Deaf by Olivia Rivers (May 2016)
Ali Collins was a child piano prodigy until a brain tumor caused her to lose her hearing, and now, after meeting Jace, the lead singer of Tone Deaf, her musical and romantic possibilities increase.
Recommendations for Kids:
Music Time by Gwendolyn Hooks (Mar 2017)
Henry's drum practice at home is too loud so he goes outside and when he sees his friends playing jump rope he figures out a way to play drums and play with his friends.
Bats in the Band by Brian Lies (Aug 2014)
When the weather warms up, bats take advantage of an empty theater to stage a concert.
Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan (Feb 2015)
Decades after a man is entwined in a prophecy-based quest involving three mysterious sisters and a harmonica, three individuals from different areas of the world confront daunting challenges involving the same harmonica.
The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield (Apr 2016)
A bear finds a piano in the woods, learns to play it, and travels to the big city to become rich and famous, but ultimately discovers that his old friends in the forest back home are still the best audience of all.
The Way to Stay in Destiny by Augusta Scattergood (Jan 2015)
Moving in with his resentful Vietnam War veteran uncle, young Theo devotes his time to playing the piano and helping a new friend, baseball fanatic Anabel, investigate a local mystery about famous ballplayer residents.
Listen to My Trumpet! by Mo Willems (Feb 2012)
When Piggie plays her new trumpet for Gerald, the elephant decides he must be honest in his response.
Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae (Sep 2001)
Gerald the giraffe is too clumsy to dance with all the other animals at the Jungle Dance, until he finds the right music.
Pete the Cat and the Cool Cat Boogie by James Dean (May 2017)
Practicing a totally groovy new dance, Pete the Cat is told by a grumpy neighbor that his moves are all wrong and he resolves to become a better dancer before receiving advice from wise Owl that he will be most cool when he is just himself.
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