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March: Book 3
John Lewis & Andrew Aydin
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The last book of an autobiographical graphic novel trilogy, March highlights the experiences of Congressman John Lewis in the Civil Rights Movement. Book 3 depicts the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committees’ resistance through civic participation and non-violent protests in face of violence and turmoil in the Deep South. The illustrations draw readers into the story and give a sense of immediacy to the grassroots movement and 1960s American history.

-Jawahir

Kill the Boy Band
Goldy Moldavsky
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Four girls, obsessed with one boy band, spend a night at the same hotel their favorite group is staying at. They accidentally kidnap one of the band members, who ends up dead and no one knows what happened.

-Dana

The Book Thief
Markus Zusak
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The Book Thief is a very emotional piece of historical fiction that engrosses the reader into the lives of children impacted by WWII in Nazi Germany. The story revolves around one young girl in particular named Liesel, who has a great fondness for reading. Liesel begins to start stealing books that the Nazi party seeks out to destroy and in the process, discovers the power of words. “The Book Thief” is a powerful story of friendship, dedication, and self discovery. Recommended for ages 12+ due to its emotional themes and harrowing depictions of war.”

-Curtis

Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans
Don Brown
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A award-winning graphic novel about Hurricane Katrina, depicting heroic acts of selflessness and courage alongside the brutality of racism, criminality, and government incompetence in New Orleans during the catastrophe. The storm drowned 80% of the city, costing $100 billion in damages and taking over 1,800 lives. Brown offers a realistic portrayal of events with vivid illustrations and a well-researched narrative.

-Jawahir

Redwall
Brian Jacques
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What’s that you say? Redwall is a book for little kids and not teenagers?  Well, I beg to differ! Redwall and the series it follows is chock full of select mature themes in conjunction with more simplistic plots that span several age groups.  These anthropomorphic fantasy adventures can be enjoyed by anyone, really.

– Dan

All American Boys
Jason Reynolds and Brendan Keily

What would you do if you witnessed a brutal beating by your best friend’s brother? That’s exactly what Quinn faces after witnessing a classmate of his erroneously accused of shoplifting and viciously beaten at the hands of a police officer. All American Boys is a look at police brutality from two alternating and diverse perspectives.

-Sean

The Hate U Give
Angie Thomas

16 year old Starr can’t be herself in either the neighborhood where she lives or where she attends school. That all changes during spring break when she is thrust into the spotlight after witnessing a police officer shoot and kill her unarmed friend to death. Will the real Starr speak up and out for truth? Authentic and timely, Thomas’ debut novel explores the complicated issue of race relations and injustice in America.
-Sean

Readers Advisory Staff

Looking for that great new read? The Villa Park Public Library has a fantastic Readers Advisory staff that is happy to recommend novels. Whether you’re looking for new authors like your old favorites, or you’re ready for something completely new, our RA staff is here to help. They run reading groups and book discussions to help make reading a more social experience. These folks know their stuff!

Looking for a Recommendation?

If you’re looking for a recommendation you can contact one of the readers advisory staff.

curtmcparland

Curtis

Favorite Genres:
Mysteries, Fantasy

dan c

Dan

Favorite Genres:
Primary Source Historical Texts, Horror

denise kDenise
Favorite Genres:
Mysteries, Graphic Novels
heidi gHeidi
Favorite Genres:
Historical Non-Fiction, Fairy Tales
jean cJean
Favorite Genres:
Romantic Suspense, Scifi-fantasy
jean j_finalJean
Favorite Genres:
Books about animals that lose their hats, Mysteries
john bJohn
Favorite Genres:
Alternate History Fiction, Suspense
juliepJulie
Favorite genres:
Fantasy, Science Fiction
kandice kKandice
Favorite Genres:
Chic Literature, Mysteries
deanyKathy
Favorite Genres:
Animal fiction
lesley cLesley
Favorite Genres:
Mysteries, Audiobooks, History
nancy gNancy
Favorite Genres:
Literary Fiction, Regional American History
sean_finalSean
Favorite Genres:
True-life biographies, Non-fiction

 

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