What We’re Reading Now…

Library staff can be passionate recommenders.  We just love connecting people with their next favourite book.  In this post, we take a quick peek into what some of the staff are reading…

shadowshaper Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older

I don’t even have words right now to describe the experience of reading this book. The writing is just beautiful. My mouth was hanging open for the last 30 pages. The story is suspenseful and the action is just over the top. Set in a contemporary New York, the story centres on Sierra, a strong Afro-Latina lead and her group of friends. It delves into magic, spirits, cultural appropriation in academia, and how Sierra discovers a secret family heritage that will help her battle a terrifying demon. I highly recommend this to fans of Cassandra Clare, Libba Bray, Erin Bow or Holly Black – recommended by Kate, Teen Services Librarian

512b28bllstl-_sx329_bo1204203200_Underground in Berlin: A Young Woman’s Extraordinary Tale of Survival in the Heart of Nazi Germany by Marie Jalowicz Simon, Anthea Bell

Marie Jalowicz Simon , a young Jewish woman from an upper class, educated family, had to face the World  war II alone after the deaths of her both parents. Most of her family, friends and acquaintances were sent to camps, never to return. She ended up surviving the entire war while living in or near Berlin. Simon is forced to live by her intelligence, using old family connections to find shelter and food. She was hidden and helped by both Jews and non-Jews. She was starved, beaten, abused and raped; but her will to survive carried her through all the mistreatment and poverty. Indeed an extraordinary story of survival. – recommended by Homa, Public Service Assistant






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