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Be Not Far from Me by Mindy McGinnis

I Will Survive!

Young Adult novels about wilderness survival

If you were dropped in the middle of the wilderness with no supplies, no training, and no immediate help back to civilization, would you survive? These ten YA novels ask that question of teens. When these characters find themselves confronted with nature from snowscapes to jungles to the wide open ocean, they must rely on themselves and sometimes a few friends, enemies, or frenemies, to survive long enough for rescue. For readers looking for tense reads in remote locations, this list will thrill and chill.


Booktalking "My Life As a Rhombus" by Varian Johnson

18-year-old Rhonda's life revolves around mathematics and obtaining an engineering scholarship to a fancy college. She tutors kids in math and thrives on obtaining good grades. Ever since her mother died and she had relationship problems with a boy, she has thrown herself into her studies. She loves working with formulas, getting logical answers and the freedom from angst that she experiences while solving problems.

3 words

Booktalking "Three Little Words" by Ashley Rhodes-Courter

Three little words keep young Ashley alive during a rapid succession of foster homes, some good, some bad and some indifferent. My little sunshine.

3 keys

Booktalking "Three Keys" by Kelly Yang

The Calivista Motel is Mia Tang's home. She takes pride in checking in customers and living there with her parents, who own the motel. They also clean and manage the motel. The weeklies and the Tang family socializes together regularly, and the facility is a happening place. The Tang family is proud to post a "No Vacancy" sign during the summer, which indicates good business and cash flow. Even the Yaos, former owners of the motel, are impressed with the surge of customers.

Haiku Contest 2022

Celebrate National Poetry Month with DC Public Library

Thank you for celebrating National Poetry Month with DC Public Library! This April, DC Public Library invited residents ages 6 and up to submit a haiku to the 2022 Haiku Contest around the following themes: ✎ Your love of books, reading or the library, ✎ Something small that gives you joy, ✎ DC in springtime, or


Booktalking "The Doughnut Fix" by Jessie Janowitz

Tristan is a man on a mission. When his folks move the family from the Big Apple to small town, Petersville, NY, he's afraid that he's going to die from boredom. There seems to be nothing to do in the town... until he glimpses a sign in the window of The General Store. It says "We sell chocolate cream doughnuts." Mmmmm... chocolate donuts. Tristan surmises that Petersville may have one saving grace... until he finds out that the town does not in fact have the donuts. 

Serial Killers

Booktalking "The Best New Crime Stories: Serial Killers" by Mitzi Szereto

In Japan, a young man seeks out elementary aged girls to sexually assault and murder. Supposedly, the "Rat Man," the killer's alto ego, forced him to commit these heinous crimes. Fred and Rose West killed many people in Gloucester, England, both together and separately.  In Scotland, many women were killed by a man who repeatedly made references to the Holy Bible.

Never Said

Booktalking "Never Said" by Carol Lynch Williams

Annie is a perfect, popular, happy beauty queen. Sarah is the forgotten one who is sure that she is invisible. Twins forever.. but they lack the emotional touch together that they once treasured.


Booktalking "Policewoman One" by Gayleen Hays

Gayleen joined the police force in 1967. She wore a straight skirt and a badge that said policewoman, which was a different job than policeman. She participated in a beauty contest for the women on the force and earned the coveted title of "Miss Fuzz." She worked the prostitution beat, juvenile, and jail duty, where she predominately supervised female incarcerated persons. She lowered the police flag in the rain and a skirt, and she wore a wig so that when people pulled on it, it would simply come off. 


Booktalking "Zara Hossain Is Here" by Sabina Khan

Zara Hossain feels like she is climbing a mountain. As the only Muslim girl in school, she faces discrimination. Tyler and friends, in particular, seem to enjoy degrading her identity right to the very core. It starts off with hurtful comments. When she reports this, the abuse escalates to vandalizing her property. Then they take it further. Tyler approaches her home, and when the teenage girl's father attempts to intervene, he is injured. The hate keeps intensifying, rapidly growing flames of hurt that threaten to engulf not only her but her entire family.