Eden Prairie Librarians’ August Book Picks

Bulk up your reading list for the new school year.

Looking for Alaskaby John Greenrecommended by Laura CarlsonWhile this is considered a teen book, adults will become fully engrossed as well by the story of “Pudge” Halter and his time at Culver Creek boarding school, where he goes to find a more fulfilling life, and discovers love, loss and friends. Great characters and dialogue. Wonderby R.J. Palaciorecommended by Andrea SmithTen-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities, goes from being home-schooled to entering a private school, and endures the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student. The moral of the story is kindness, but the novel doesn’t pretend that kindness isn’t often a bold choice.   Leverageby Joshua Cohenrecommended by Andrea SmithHigh school sophomore Danny excels at gymnastics but is bullied, like the rest of the gymnasts, by members of the football team, until an emotionally and physically scarred new student joins the football team and forms an unlikely friendship with Danny. Tough read, but powerful.Recommendations from librarians at the Hennepin County Library–Eden Prairie