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: http://www.gocomics.com/breaking-cat-news

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 teens@sno-isle.org.

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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