In the 6th grade, I dressed as Dolly Parton for Halloween. As a child growing up in the 80’s, Dolly seemed to be everywhere - TV, movies, radio - and I loved every second. I’ve seen 9 to 5 more than any other movie, I’ve been to Dollywood and seeing her live was a bucket list item fulfilled about 5 years ago.
This fact-filled and inspirational biography taught me a thing or two about her career and life and doesn’t only talk about her successes.
We cannot let today’s children miss out on Dolly! No other public figure has ever taught me how to sparkle and shine like she has. “Dream More, learn more, care more, and be more” is her motto - isn’t that a good lesson for today’s kids? -Jeremy, McNally Jackson Cafe Manager
Jeremy with his goddaughter, Pearle.
Grasshopper Jungle is an outrageous coming-of-age story set during the end of humanity about two boys who are determined to record its destruction while also trying to save it. Austin Szerba is the narrator and guide to the end of the world. He writes everything down to insure there is a comprehensive history of life in Ealing, Iowa. He’s done this for years. Now that there is an army of hungry and horny six-foot tall praying mantises taking over, Austin records it all. Andrew Smith is known for writing compelling and completely unique teen perspectives and this one is his most outlandish yet. His no holds barred stream of consciousness narration is probably not for everyone, but when it comes to Andrew Smith, I will tear through it like no other. - Jeffrey W., YA Specialist
In The Shadow of Blackbirds
Abrams/ Amulet, $16.95
No one expects the Spanish Influenza, and the residents of 1918 San Diego are paralyzed by their fear of contracting the disease. Among them is 16 year old Mary, mourning the sweetheart that she’s just lost in the war and grappling with her recently-discovered ability to communicate with the dead, a power that emerged in perfect synchronicity with the early days of American Spiritualism, which has got to be confusing for a wee teenager. The book is incredibly atmospheric and bananas creepy. Come for the spooky descriptions of coffin-lined streets and disease-ridden sick wards and stay for the remarkable writing.