Top 3 Right Now: Under-The-Radar Gems

It’s generally pretty easy to find good books on lists of award-winners, or top ten lists, but what about those books that don’t get much attention in the media? How do you find a great book that somehow missed its deserved fanfare?  Well, to start with, you ask around, look for expert opinions, and read this blog for suggestions!

Jillian from our Lake Stevens Community Library has a few excellent books to suggest that you may not have heard of before, starting with:

Of Better Blood by Susan Moger

“Set during the eugenics movement in the 1920s, this is a tense, riveting story about the disturbing policies and conversations around race, disability, and “progress” that occurred in our not-so-distant past. While the story is harrowing at times, it ends on a note of hope.”

Breaking Cat News: Cats Reporting on the News that Matters to Cats by Georgia Dunn

“When you need a pick-me-up, you can’t go wrong with cats discussing the events of their household. The art is charming, and if you get addicted, there’s a webcomic:

The Lifeboat Clique by Kathy Parks

“This story goes from silly to serious on a dime, but there are some real feels here. It’s a rare example of dark humor that isn’t over the top, and some powerful observations about friendship, sacrifice, and survival.”

Thanks for the excellent suggestions, Jillian!

What else would you include on this list, readers?  Comment below, or submit your own Top 3 Right Now list to

Next week, watch for a list of the Top 3 Graphic Novels from our local expert, Angela from our Mountlake Terrace Community Library.



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Trailer Tuesday: Burn Girl

Trailer Tuesday: Burn Girl by Mandy Mikulencak

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Readers’ Corner: Non-Fiction in Graphic Novel Format

This week’s featured teen booklist is both fun and educational, and it’s one of my favorites: Non-Fiction in Graphic Novel Format.

I love to learn about people, historical events, and complicated concepts, especially when they’re presented in a fun and easy-to-understand way. That’s exactly what you get with graphic non-fiction! Even the most dull or confusing topics can become fun to read. The economy? Philosophy? The U.S. Constitution? If your eyes glaze over just thinking about learning about them, grab one of the books on this list and get started in a much more friendly way.

Sno-Isle Teens Booklist: Graphic Novel Format Non-Fiction

I mean, really, how can you resist a fun and colorful graphic novel, especially when you know it’ll make your brain bigger and give you more interesting things to talk about with your friends?

Happy reading!

Melleny @ Mukilteo Library

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Featured Event: Black Friday Teen Craftacular

Not ready to brave the horde of shoppers on Black Friday? Check out this event instead –

Black Friday Teen Craftacular
@ Mill Creek Library
Friday, November 24
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Instead of buying holiday gifts on Black Friday, come to the library and make your own: buttons, duct tape wallets, jewelry, and holiday cards, and more. Drop in any time between 10 and 1. For teens in grades 6-12. Supplies are funded by Friends of the Mill Creek Library.

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Trailer Tuesday: The Silver Mask

Trailer Tuesday: The Silver Mask by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare, Book 4 in the Magisterium series

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Top 3 Fantasy Books, as suggested by teens @ Snohomish High

Snohomish High School has some avid teen readers who love to gather and talk books. They recently gathered and talked about the best books they have read in the past 6-12 months. What books have knocked their socks off? Their book club put together some awesome recommendations that they would like to spread the word about. I picked their top three fantasy books to highlight. But don’t take my word for it, try out these teen-recommended books yourself!

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

What if you are the Chosen One to Save the World, but the one who chose you did so for a much darker purpose? I loved the Russian folklore flavor, the strong female protagonist, and the Cinderella twist.


Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

Does absolute power really corrupt absolutely? What keeps superheroes from becoming super tyrants? Unpredictable and intense, hilarious and epic, you’ll wish this never ends.

Legend by Marie Lu

Does the government tell the truth? If not, how do you know what the truth really is? If you liked Hunger Games this one is for you: love, intrigue, confusion over the government and its version of truth, violence, and a young woman trying to save those she loves.


So what do you think, readers?  Are there others that deserve to be on this list?  Can you best the top 3 from these Snohomish teens?  Comment below, or send us your own list at

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Readers’ Corner: Fairy Tales Revisited

Hello, readers! I hope you’re staying warm this fall.

This week’s featured booklist includes a whole bunch of titles you can enjoy while curled up under a blanket with some hot cocoa. These books are all re-imagined versions of popular fairy tales, and there’s something on this list no matter what you like to read. Science fiction, fantasy, romance, adventure, comedy, horror, historical fiction…it’s all here.

Sno-Isle Teens Booklist: Fairy Tales Revisited

One more thing: We’re in the process of updating our teen booklists. Do you know of any great fairy tale retellings you think should be added to this list? Feel free to let us know in the comments. Continue reading »

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Featured Events: Tween STEAM Fun

Looking for some fun STEAM projects? Check out these events –

Tween STEM Series: LittleBits
@ Mill Creek Library
Sunday, November 12
10 – 11:30 a.m.
littleBits are magnetic blocks that snap together to create fun and easy circuits. Unlock your creativity and make your own awesome inventions that can buzz, light up, and more. Space is limited; registration required.

Tween STEAM Club
@ Stanwood Library
Wednesday, November 15
3 – 4:30 p.m.
Hands-on STEAM fun is coming to Stanwood! Join other tweens (9-13 or in 4th-8th grade) for one of these four workshops taught by the Imagine Children’s Museum. Attendance at all four is not required, but is recommended. Space is limited, so please be sure to register!

Tween STEAM Club: Build Architectural Systems with Balloons 301
@ Mariner Library
Wednesday, November 15
4 – 6 p.m.
(Class 3 of 3) You can be a beginner or a balloon block master but must be ready to take your skills into a team environment. In this class, you will work in a special team to combine your efforts to a single challenging outcome. This is the ultimate STEAM challenge where you will simulate becoming a NASA contractor. Your company will build its unique part, but will it work with the other contracting companies efforts? It’s Mars or bust on this amazing team excursion into balloon creativity. Ages 8+ welcome. (Allergy note: These balloons are 100% latex. You will not be required to physically inflate them… but you can take the challenge!)

Ozobot Challenge: 100cm Dash
@ Granite Falls Library
Thursday, November 16
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Put your coding skills to the test and see if you can create the fastest 100 cm racetrack for your Ozobot! Work on your own or with a partner to create the most efficient track design and combination of Ozocodes. After a quick introduction on how to program your Ozobots, you will have 45 minutes to create your designs. Please preregister for this event.

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Trailer Tuesday: Timeless: Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic


Trailer Tuesday: Timeless: Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic by Aarmand Baltazar

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Weekend Book Giveaway: Love, Hate & Other Filters

This week we’re giving away and Advanced Reader Copy of Love, Hate, & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed. This isn’t released until January 2018, but you could be one of the first of your friends to read this highly anticipated debut.

From the publisher: American-born seventeen-year-old Maya Aziz is torn between worlds. There’s the proper one her parents expect for their good Indian daughter: attending a college close to their suburban Chicago home, and being paired off with an older Muslim boy who’s “suitable” to her mother. And then there is the world of her dreams: going to film school and living in New York City—and maybe, just maybe, pursuing a boy she’s known from afar her entire life who’s suddenly falling into her orbit at school.

But unbeknownst to Maya, there is a danger looming beyond her control. When a terrorist attack occurs in another Midwestern city, the prime suspect happens to share her last name. In an instant, Maya’s community, consumed by fear and hatred, becomes unrecognizable, and her life changes forever.

For your chance to win tell us about a time that someone mistook you for someone else. How did that make you feel? Or, tell us about a time you were mistaken about someone else’s identity. What did you do?

Winner will be picked on Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 with the assistance of Random Number Generator. Be sure to leave a name with your entry, and check back to see if you won. To win you must be a teen (6th-12th grade, or age 12-18) who uses a Sno-Isle Library.

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