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Aug 23

August Staff Picks

Posted on August 23, 2022 at 10:54 AM by Maggie Witte

Our KTB staff are very diverse in their reading. Get inspiration for your next read from what their recent reads.

Michael Lang, Director

A torn and battered flag attached to wood stick, all in shades of red, whtie, and black.

DB 89244 Bannerless by Carrie Vaughn

The Coast Road region in the United States has finally begun to thrive after decades of economic and environmental collapse. Population is closely controlled, and individuals must earn the right to have children. After an outcast is murdered, however, investigator Enid of Haven must call many of these new societal norms into question. Some violence and some descriptions of sex. 2017.

A piece of dead wood in light blue and black with small yellow ember-like dots all over the cover.

DB 95042 The wild dead: Bannerless, book 2 by Carrie Vaughn

Enid is recruited to mediate a dispute over an old building. The body of a young woman from one of the camps of people living outside the Coast Road communities turns up in the nearby marshland. Sequel to Bannerless (DB 89244). Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018.

Amanda Diggs, Production Manager

Cattail, flowers, vines, and leaves created by colored beads threaded and sewn together.

DB 88667 Everything you wanted to know about Indians but were afraid to ask by Anton Treuer

Treuer, an Ojibwe scholar and cultural preservationist, answers the most commonly asked questions about American Indians, both historical and modern. For senior high and older readers. 2012.

Book opened to an image of a brick building library with a table of books in front.

DB 80256 Library Lover’s Mystery, Books 1-5 (#3 Book, Line, and Sinker) by Jenn McKinlay

Books one through five, written between 2011 and 2014, in the series featuring library director and amateur sleuth Lindsey Norris of Briar Creek, Connecticut. In Books Can Be Deceiving, Beth Stanley, Lindsey's friend and employee and an aspiring children's author, is suspected of murdering her famous-writer boyfriend. 2014.

Dylan Calhoon, Patron Services Manager

Person with a guitar on their knees with arm up doing the rock-and-roll hand sign, a flame behind.

DB 92436 We sold our souls by Grady Hendrix

Kris has been scraping by in lousy jobs since the heavy metal band she played with in the 1990s broke up. When she realizes the group's former lead singer sold all his band members' souls to the devil, she sets out on a journey to reclaim her soul. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018.

Maggie Witte, Outreach Librarian

A castle tower with four windows each with a girl sitting in it wrapped in ribbon-like purple flames

DB 105869 The troubled girls of Dragomir Academy by Anne Ursu

After her brother Luka's sorcerer testing day turns into a disaster, Marya's parents blame her. The Guild orders her to attend Dragomir Academy, a school for wayward girls. But instead, she finds friendship and ultimately discovers her talents. Commercial audiobook. For grades 5-8. 2021.

Nataly Renfro, Circulation Clerk

A man stands in front of an Easter Island head with two rectangle pits and a wheelbarrow of dirt.

DB 101586 El llanto de la Isla de Pascua by Jose Vicente Alfaro

A Spanish archaeologist ends up being the involuntary protagonist in a conspiracy while he tries to uncover Easter Island's anthropological secrets, and those of its original inhabitants. His investigation explores the Island's history, including the installation of the famous moai stones and the arrival of the first Europeans. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Spanish language. 2014.

Tiffany Fay, Machine Clerk

A girl with dark hair wearing a green dress with vines of nettles and bones covering her back.

DB 107704 Nettle & Bone by T. Kingfisher

Shy, convent-raised Princess Marra plans a mission to rescue her sister from an abusive prince. To receive the tools she needs, she must complete three seemingly impossible tasks: build a dog of bones, sew a cloak of nettles, and capture moonlight in a jar. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2022.