Recommendations for Adults:
One for the Money by Janet Evanovich (Feb 1999)
A New Jersey bounty hunter with attitude, bail-bonds apprehension agent Stephanie Plum pursues a former vice cop, now on the run, with whom she shares a sordid history and a powerful chemistry.
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Jun 2003)
Tells the story of the Buendia family, set against the background of the evolution and eventual decadence of a small South American town.
The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom (Sep 2003)
Weaves three stories about 83-year-old Eddie, the head maintenance person at Ruby Point Amuseument park. Eddie meets 5 individuals in heaven each with a story to share, a secret to reveal and a lesson.
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith (Nov 2005)
Working in Gaborone, Botswana, Precious Ramotswe investigates several local mysteries, including a search for a missing boy and the case of the clinic doctor with different personalities for different days of the week.
Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult (Mar 2007)
In the aftermath of a horrific small-town school shooting, lawyer Jordan McAfee finds himself defending a youth who desperately needs someone on his side, while intrepid detective Patrick DuCharme works with a primary witness in the daughter of the superior court judge assigned to the case.
Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup (Apr 2014)
Born a free man in New York State in 1808, Solomon Northup was kidnapped in Washington, D.C., in 1841. He spent the next 12 years as a slave on a Louisiana cotton plantation, and during this time he was frequently abused and often afraid for his life.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (Aug 2011)
Immersing himself in a technological virtual utopia to escape an ugly real world of famine, poverty, and disease, Wade Watts joins an increasingly violent effort to solve a series of puzzles by the virtual world's creator.
11/22/63 by Stephen King (Nov 2011)
Receiving a horrific essay from a GED student with a traumatic past, high-school English teacher Jake Epping is enlisted by a friend to travel back in time to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy, a mission for which he must befriend troubled loner Lee Harvey Oswald.
Recommendations for Teens:
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher (2006, Anniversary Edition Dec 2016)
When Clay Jenkins receives a box containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends the night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah's voice recounting the events leading up to her death.
A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray (Nov 2014)
When eighteen-year-old Marguerite Caine's father is killed, she must leap into different dimensions and versions of herself to catch her father's killer and avenge his murder.
Boy 21 by Matthew Quick (Mar 2012)
Finley, an unnaturally quiet boy who is the only white player on his high school's varsity basketball team, lives in a dismal Pennsylvania town that is ruled by the Irish mob. When his coach asks him to mentor a troubled African American student who has transferred there from an elite private school in California, he finds that they have a lot in common in spite of their apparent differences.
Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson (Sep 2000)
In 1793 Philadelphia, sixteen-year-old Matilda Cook, separated from her sick mother, learns about perseverance and self-reliance when she is forced to cope with the horrors of a yellow fever epidemic.
I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore (Jan 2011)
In rural Ohio, friendships and a beautiful girl prove distracting to a fifteen-year-old who has hidden on Earth for ten years waiting to develop the Legacies, or powers, he will need to rejoin the other six surviving Garde members and fight the Mogadorians who destroyed their planet, Lorien.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (Sep 2015)
Offered a chance to participate in a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams, criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker recruits a team of talented associates to organize a plot that is threatened by their mutual enmity.
13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson (Aug 2005)
When seventeen-year-old Ginny receives a packet of mysterious envelopes from her favorite aunt, she leaves New Jersey to criss-cross Europe on a sort of scavenger hunt that transforms her life.
One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus (May 2017)
When one of five students in detention is found dead, his high-profile classmates - including a brainy intellectual, a popular beauty, a drug dealer on probation and an all-star athlete - are investigated and revealed to be the subjects of the victim's latest gossip postings.
Recommendations for Children:
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka (Oct 1989)
The wolf gives his own outlandish version of what really happened when he tangled with the three little pigs.
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate (Jan 2012)
When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss (Mar 1960)
A story-poem about the activities of such unusual animals as the Nook, Womp, Yink, Yap, Gack and the Zeds.
The Sixty-Eight Rooms by Marianne Malone (Feb 2010)
Ruthie thinks nothing exciting will ever happen to her until her sixth-grade class visits the Art Institute of Chicago, where she and her best friend Jack discover a magic key that shrinks them to the size of gerbils and allows them to explore the Thorne Rooms - the collection of sixty-eight miniature rooms from various time periods and places - and discover their secrets.
How Do Dinosaurs Count to Ten? by Jane Yolen & Mark Teague (Sep 2004)
Describes how a little dinosaur counts from one to ten, using the toys and other things around him.
High Five by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri (Apr 2019)
Animals present hand slapping skills to readers, just in time for the annual high five contest.
11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass (Jan 2009)
After celebrating their first nine same-day birthdays together, Amanda and Leo, having fallen out of their tenth and not speaking to each other for the last year, prepare to celebrate their eleventh birthday separately but peculiar things begin to happen as the day of their birthday begins to repeat itself over and over again.
10 Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle (Jan 2010)
When a storm strikes a cargo ship, ten rubber ducks are tossed overboard and swept off in ten different directions. Based on a factual incident.