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Last month, we added a new automobile repair database to replace AllData. The new database is called Auto Repair Source (formerly known as AutoMate) and, unlike AllData, it can be used remotely from home! Powered by MOTOR Information Systems, Auto Repair Source provides the most accurate, authoritative and up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles. All content comes from the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and includes step-by-step repair information, diagrams, maintenance schedules, parts and labor estimates, service bulletins and recalls. Auto Repair Source is completely free to use with a valid FRVPLD card. The steps below will show you how to access Auto Repair Source and provide an overview of the content and features available.
How to Access
- From the library’s homepage, click on “Research.”
- You’ll get a list of resources in alphabetical order. Scroll down a little bit to the end of the “As” and click on “Auto Repair Source.”
- You’ll be taken to another screen with a list of a few different resources listed. Scroll down and click on “Auto Repair Source.”
- You’ll be taken to the Auto Repair Source home page.
Using Auto Repair Source
Towards the top of the screen, there are some drop down boxes where you can choose the year, make and model of your vehicle. Once you choose your vehicle, a list of options will come up on the far left side of the screen. This list is in alphabetical order by the type of part or by the vehicle system. Simply click on a category to get more specific information. Within these categories, you’ll see step-by-step instructions, printable diagrams, and more. There is also a search bar above the list of categories that you can use to search for a specific part, error code, and more.
Auto Repair Source is a powerful, authoritative automobile repair database. It can be used remotely at home, as well as in the library. The Auto Repair Source website is mobile friendly, so it works well on a variety of devices. Have questions, want more information, or want help using Auto Repair Resource? Please stop by the Information Desk, call 847-428-3661 and ask for the Information Desk, or send an email at LibraryHelp@frvpld.info and we’d be happy to help you!
If you read Part 1 of this blog duology, you now know the basic ins and outs of two of the most popular fantasy subgenres of today; Epic Fantasy and Urban Fantasy. These genres fit the tropes of fantasy that everyone, even non-fantasy readers picture fantasy to look like. Here we dig deeper into the world of Fantasy Literature by looking at two more subgenres: Contemporary Fantasy and Magical Realism.
The base definition of Contemporary Fantasy is similar to Urban fantasy but in a broader sense. Contemporary fantasy is about magical elements in a specific, not always current, time period. Today, contemporary fantasy books have more lyrical language and are heavy on symbolism and subtleties. Themes covered by a Contemporary Fantasy story usually have to do with themes of the time period they take place in, like major historical events, wars, or trends and beliefs of the time.
If you think Contemporary Fantasy is your speed, try these titles out!
(Left to right: The Magicians by Lev Grossman, American Gods by Neil Gaiman, The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman, & The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld.)
“Harboring secret preoccupations with a magical land he read about in a childhood fantasy series, Quentin Coldwater is unexpectedly admitted into an exclusive college of magic and rigorously educated in modern sorcery.”-NoveList
(Magician Novels, 1)
“Days before his release from prison, Shadow learns that his wife has been killed in an accident. On the plane ride back home for the funeral, he meets Mr. Wednesday, who offers Shadow a job. Shadow accepts but soon discovers that Mr. Wednesday is far more dangerous than he could ever have imagined.” -NoveList
The Rules of Magic
“The Rules of Magic is the prequel to Hoffman's Practical Magic. Here we learn the background of sisters Franny, Jet, and their brother Vincent. The story begins with all three as teens, ostracized for being witches. Their mother sets up rules designed to suppress their natural ability. When the siblings are sent to visit their aunt they learn family secrets and find out who they truly are. I was enraptured by this fabulous book, which is filled with magic and charm.” -- Terri Smith, Cornelia Habersham County Library, Cornelia, GA. (LibraryReads, October 2017)
“A wondrous and redemptive debut novel, set in a stark world where evil and magic coincide, The Enchanted combines the empathy and lyricism of Alice Sebold with the dark, imaginative power of Stephen King.” -NoveList
Magical Realism is actually closer to fiction than fantasy, but a lot of libraries often mix the two. This genre uses magical elements to blend and create a realistic atmosphere that accesses a deeper understanding of our reality. Magical Realism stories are often very dreamlike and sometimes very peculiar.
If you’d like to give Magical Realism a try, take a look at these Magical Realism classics!
(Left to right: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Beloved by Toni Morrison, Metamorphosis and Other Stories by Franz Kafka, & Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie.)
One Hundred Years of Solitude
“The evolution and eventual decadence of a small South American town is mirrored in the family history of the Buendias.” -NoveList
“Sethe, an escaped slave living in post-Civil War Ohio with her daughter and mother-in-law, is persistently haunted by the ghost of her dead baby girl.” -NoveList
Metamorphosis and Other Stories
“Virtually unknown during his lifetime, Franz Kafka is now one of the world’s most widely read and discussed authors. His nightmarish novels and short stories have come to symbolize modern man’s anxiety and alienation in a bizarre, hostile, and dehumanized world. This vision is most fully realized in Kafka’s masterpiece, “The Metamorphosis,” a story that is both harrowing and amusing, and a landmark of modern literature.” -Goodreads
“Born at the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, the exact moment of India's independence, Saleem Sinai becomes inextricably linked to that of his nation and is a whirlwind of disasters and triumphs that mirror modern India's course.” -NoveList
The world of fantasy literature is big, heavily detailed, and sometimes a little intimidating. There are so many genres and subgenres to choose from! Here’s a glance some of fantasy’s most popular subgenres, from kingdoms and magic, to playing with reality as we know it.
High Fantasy/Epic Fantasy
If you like magical quests in vast medieval kingdoms, high fantasy is for you! This subgenre of fantasy is the most well known, from famous works of J.R.R. Tolkien, to the table tops of Dungeons & Dragons players, and even on screen in videogames like Elder Scrolls or Dragon Age. Stories and books of this genre are normally told from the eyes of a main character or hero with a special past, lineage, or talent. Some popular themes in high fantasy or epic fantasy are Good Versus Evil, Sword and Sorcery, and Zero to Hero.
If you think you’d like to try reading High Fantasy, check out these epic reads and see for yourself if the path to adventure and glory is the path for you!
(Left to right: Black Leopard Red Wolf by James Marlon, A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin, The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson, & Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames.)
Black Leopard Red Wolf
“Hired to find a mysterious boy who disappeared three years before, Tracker joins a search party that is quickly targeted deadly creatures, in the first novel of a new trilogy from the author of A Brief History of Seven Killings.” –NoveList
(Dark Star Trilogy, 1)
A Game of Thrones
“The aristocratic Stark family faces its ultimate challenge in the onset of a generation-long winter, the poisonous plots of the rival Lannisters, the emergence of the Neverborn demons, and the arrival of barbarian hordes.” –NoveList
(Song of Ice and Fire, 1)
The Way of Kings
“Introduces the world of Roshar through the experiences of a war-weary royal compelled by visions, a highborn youth condemned to military slavery and a woman who would save her impoverished house.” –NoveList
(Stormlight Archive, 1)
Kings of the Wyld
“Clay Cooper and his band were once the best of the best -- the meanest, dirtiest, most feared crew of mercenaries this side of the Heartwyld. Their glory days long past, the mercs have grown apart and grown old, fat, drunk - or a combination of the three. Then an ex-bandmate turns up at Clay's door with a plea for help. It's time to get the band back together for one last tour across the Wyld.” -NoveList
(Band Novels, 1)
In this subgenre, the plot has magical elements or laws that operate in a modern day or urban setting. Characters in these stories are usually tasked with maintaining the status quo of reality and everyday life by protecting it from the paranormal entities that threaten its integrity. Common themes found in urban fantasy are Laws of Magic, and Hidden Among Us.
If you’re interested in stories that bring magic and the paranormal to your back door, try out these urban reads!
(Left to right: Storm Front by Jim Butcher, Magic for Liars by Sarah Gaily, Moon Called by Patricia Briggs, & The Rook by Danliel O'Malley.)
“Meet Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden, a Chicago-based private investigator who also happens to be the only person listed under "Wizards" in the phone book. A frequent consultant for the police on paranormal crimes, Harry is called in to investigate when two mutilated corpses are discovered in a hotel room. Someone is using magic to commit murder -- and it's up to Harry to find the killer.” - Description by Gillian Speace.
(The Dresden Files, 1)
Magic for Liars
“In a first novel by a Hugo Award-winning writer, a private investigator and talented liar embarks on a search for a killer at a California private academy for mages where her estranged, magically gifted twin hides in plain sight.” -NoveList.
“While trying to live a so-called normal existence, mechanic Mercy Thompson, a shapeshifter raised by werewolves, gets into trouble with the gremlins, witches, and vampires with whom she deals on a daily basis.” –NoveList.
(Mercy Thompson Series, 1)
“The body you are wearing used to be mine.' So begins the letter Myfanwy Thomas is holding when she wakes in a park surrounded by bodies wearing latex gloves. With no recollection of who she is, Myfanwy must follow the instructions her former self left behind to discover her identity and track down those who want to destroy her.” –NoveList.
(Checquey Files, 1)
The practice of PLAY is very important to young children in building their early learning and literacy skills! Play can help children better understand the context behind situations and stories, leading to better reading comprehension and symbolic understanding. Play can also help children in navigating new social relationships and communication skills.
At the Fox River Valley Public Libraries, we have many opportunities to play! Many of our programs, particularly for our youngest patrons, encourage free play. The Dundee Library Youth Services Department and Randall Oaks Library both have youth play areas for children to explore, engage and imagine.
Here are some examples of what you might play with at the Dundee Library!
Coloring pages, crafts and rotating activities near the reference desk
Board Games and puzzles
Toy dinosaurs and animals
A dollhouse, furnished with new wood chairs, beds and more
A train set
A LEGO table for building, engineering and imaginative play
A new Velcro wall with many opportunities for curious little ones including various shapes and tubes to engineer different tunnels to toss down different balls, rubber ducks and more!
The Randall Oaks Library also has coloring pages, board games, and AWE computers to enjoy, along with other play areas, including:
An interactive board and scavenger hunts to explore the library
Rotating games and toys, including a LEGO table, dollhouse, train rug, big games, carpenter bench and sand/water table filled with various play items.
We look forward to seeing how you play at the Dundee and Randall Oaks Libraries!
Baseball season is upon us and today is a truly memorable day in baseball history. April 15th is Jackie Robinson Day; the 72nd anniversary of his very first baseball game and the first time an African American played Major League Baseball.
His uniform number, 42, was retired long ago, but every year on April 15th, every Major League Baseball player wears the number 42 in honor of this baseball legend. To commemorate the occasion, enjoy a baseball game or check out library materials based on the life of Jackie Robinson. Here are a few that I recommend!
42 is Not Just a Number: the Odyssey of Jackie Robinson, American Hero by Doreen Rappaport: A youth biography about Jackie Robinson that is nominated for this year’s Caudill Award.
42: the Jackie Robinson Story: A film based on the life of Jackie Robinson
The United States v. Jackie Robinson by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen: A youth non-fiction book about Jackie Robinson’s fights against prejudice during his military career
This snowy day in April is making me want to warm up with a new favorite book! Thankfully, I have TONS of book recommendations from our youth patrons. Here are some of the books you’ve recommended at the tween scene emoji book recommendation activity in the past few months!
Sisters by Raina Telgemeier
Smile by Raina Telgemeier
Drama by Raina Telgemeier
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Jojo Siwa’s Guide to the Sweet Life: #peaceouthaterz by Jojo Siwa
The Courageous Princess by Rod Espinosa
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look
Counting Thyme by Melanie Conklin
Project Mulberry by Linda Sue Park
11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai
Endling: The Last by Katherine Applegate
Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Fish In A tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
The Babysisters Club: The Truth About Stacey by Raina Telgemeier/Ann Martin
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
Eragon by Christopher Paolini
A Night Divided by Jennifer Nielsen
The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan
Elephant and Piggie (Series) by Mo Willems
Frog and Toad (Series) by Arnold Lobel
Pinkalicious (series) by Victoria Kann
How To Train Your Dragon (Series) by Cressida Cowell
Dog Man (Series) by Dav Pilkey
Dork Diaries (Series) by Rachel Renee Russell
Rainbow Magic Fairies (series) by Daisy Meadows
Bad Kitty (series) by Nick Bruel
Magic Kitten (series) by Sue Bentley
Maryellen Classic (American Girl series) by Valerie Tripp
Magic Tree House (series) by Mary Pope Osborne
Junie B. Jones (series) by Barbara Park
The most recommended book (actually, a series of books) in the past few months was Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling! Coincidentally, but maybe not so surprisingly, Harry Potter was also our winner for our March Madness Favorite Book Character vote this year. (As a muggle fan of this magical world, I am extra thrilled by this!)
There will be a vacancy on the Fox River Valley Public Library District’s Board of Trustees effective May 21 due to a lack of candidates to fill all open positions on the April 2 consolidated election ballot.
The vacancy will be filled by way of nomination of a candidate by the board President, subject to the approval of the full board at their June 18 meeting. The appointee will serve for two years until the next consolidated election.
Trustees serve without monetary compensation and must meet statutory eligibility requirements. For information about the requirements, duties and responsibilities of a library trustee contact Library Director, Roxane Bennett, at (224) 699-5829. To apply, please submit letter of interest and resume via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, May 20 at 5 p.m.
The district serves 70,000 residents of Carpentersville, East Dundee, West Dundee, Sleepy Hollow, Gilberts, and parts of Algonquin.
Born in Park Ridge, IL, I started my debut in drawing comics at the age of 10, when I was drawn to Batman, Superman, and Spider-man. As I got older my art improved and I went to The Art Institute of Schaumburg and graduated with a BFA in 2018. My aspiration is to make a career drawing comic books.
You can see more of Mr. Belo’s work by visiting his website at www.marcbelo.com or by following him on Facebook. Some of the pieces on display here are for sale, and Mr. Belo also creates on commission. If interested, email Mr. Belo at email@example.com.
Looking for something to do during Spring Break? We have some fun activities planned for grades 6-12 to make sure you aren't bored during your vacation, starting with Mosaic Art this Saturday! Click on the program title to register online, or call us at 847-428-3661.
Saturday, March 23, 1 to 4 p.m. @ Dundee Library
All you need are some old magazine or book pages and glue to create a piece of mosaic artwork.
Tuesday, March 26, 4 to 6 p.m. @ Dundee Library
Do you stan J-Hope, Jimin, Suga, V, RM, Jin, or Jungkook? Meet and hang out with other BTS and k-pop fans as you watch your favorite music videos, discuss your idols, and answer trivia questions to win prizes.
Table Top Gaming
Wednesday, March 27, 4 to 8 p.m. @ Dundee Library
Get your game on! Bring your own, or use ours. The Library was recently gifted a bunch of new games by the Friends of the Library! Bring your battle decks: Magic the Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh, or Pokemon. Or meet up for a D&D campaign.
Thursday, March 28, 4 to 6 p.m. @ Dundee Library
Use perler beads to turn pixel art into keychains, charms, magnets, or mini figures.
Saturday, March 30, 2 to 4 p.m. @ Dundee Library
Whether you want to plant a large garden, or just a patio container garden, growing your own plants from seeds is a great way to begin. Learn the basics of how to start seeds indoors, when it it safe to move them outdoors and then pots some seeds up to take home!
Are you a Monopoly expert? Love guessing games? Or do you want to show off your drawing or linguistic skills? We’ve got games for all of these and more! From classic games like Yahtzee and Uno to contemporary games like Exploding Kittens and Sushi Go!, we’ve got something for everyone.
If you haven’t seen them or been one of the lucky patrons playing them yet, dozens of table-top games have recently been added to the collections at Dundee and Randall Oaks and we’re excited to offer this in-house entertainment to our patrons. Bring a group of friends to either library to play for a single night, or go ahead and start a weekly/monthly/whatever game night meeting. Drop in Dundee’s Corner 68 anytime there isn’t a class and grab a game, or take a look at the collection anytime near Randall Oaks’ information desk.
We have Game Nights for teens and adults coming up on April 11 and May 9 in Corner 68 that will feature the table-top games, video games, and snacks. And International Table-Top Game Day is coming up in the not-so-distant future on April 27, so what better time to check these out?
We’ve recently added some new features in our library catalog: new releases and coming soon! These new features can be found right on the main page of the catalog. In the center of the page just below the search bar are four carousels that show newly released books at both Dundee and Randall Oaks. The four carousels are: New Adult Fiction Books, New Adult Nonfiction Books, New Children’s Fiction, Picture Books, and Easy Readers, and New Teen Books. Each carousel has the 50 newest books we’ve added from late 2018 or 2019 thus far. Clicking on a title will take to you to the record for that specific item and from there you can read more about the book, check its availability, and place the book on hold.
On the left side of the catalog’s main page, just below “Catalog Home,” are two “Coming Soon” tabs: one for Dundee and one for Randall Oaks. In each tab, there are several categories: Adult Books, Teen Books, Children’s Books, Adult audio/video materials, and Children’s audio/video materials. Clicking on a category will bring you to a list of items that the library has ordered that have not yet been released but are coming soon. You can place a hold on any item on the list by clicking on “Place Hold” to the right of the title.
These streamlined collections/lists of items will make it easier for patrons and staff to view and place holds on the newest and soon-to-be-released items. Our hope is that this will help make the catalog more browsable and user friendly. If you have any questions or comments about these features or the library catalog in general, please don’t hesitate to call us at 847-428-3661, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by either the Dundee Library or the Randall Oaks library.
This Saturday, March 2nd, is Dr. Seuss’s birthday and Read Across America, inviting every child in every community to celebrate reading. Created by the National Education Association, Read Across America is simply a holiday for the love of reading. You can find more information here.
How do you celebrate Read Across America?
SIMPLE! Read your favorite book! Share your favorite book with a friend! Find a new favorite book! Celebrate your love of reading in whatever way serves you and your family best.
Why is Read Across America celebrated on Dr. Seuss’ birthday?
When this program was created, Dr. Seuss was chosen as a perfect example of a beloved Children’s book author. His books are still praised and loved decades later and maintain their excellency in helping kids learn how to read. His perseverance in his writing career, his hidden morals within fun and colorful stories, and his innovative writing styles targeting new readers have made him a key figure in Children’s literature. However, with a slew of scrutiny surrounding Dr. Seuss’s political background and controversial imagery, the organization has taken a step back from a main focus on Dr. Seuss and re-focused on inspiring diverse literature in this annual celebration. Book lovers may choose to celebrate this holiday as a Seuss-ical day or celebrate in a way that honors the books you love most.
Read Across America and Dr. Seuss at the Library:
Visit us at the library this weekend to discover the books you love. For Dr. Seuss's birthday, we currently have a craft of a truffula tree from The Lorax, a Seuss book focused on environmentalism. There is also a display of Geisel Award Medal and Honor books, titles that have been chosen to be the best American books for beginning readers, alongside a collection of Seuss classics.
FRVPLD has partnered with local senior advocate Jeanette Palmer to develop an educational series for family caregivers. Jeannette will share her expertise on providing in-home care for seniors and disabled adults who need some assistance to maintain their independence. Whether you are anticipating the future need of a loved one or are currently providing care now, this series will provide step-by-step guidance. Throughout the caregiving journey, the role of family caregiver evolves and so should the services and support they receive. These sessions will provide a map for family caregivers to navigate successfully through the caregiving journey. You are invited to attend one, all, or any combination of sessions. All will be held at the Dundee Library.
Part 1: The Expectant Caregiver
Thurs., March 28, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
You have a family member or friend who you feel may need your help in the near future. Now is the time to ask questions and make plans. This workshop will help you ask the right questions and give you resources to help find the answers.
Part 2: The Freshman Caregiver
Thurs., April 25, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
You are just starting on your caregiving journey. This workshop will help you to find the services, system and supports that you will need to carry you through.
Part 3: The Entrenched Caregiver
Thurs., May 30, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
You are now living out the plans and systems you set up in Parts 1 and 2. This is your new normal and you are living it well. This workshop will help you receive the strength and support to keep going.
Part 4: The Pragmatic Caregiver
Thurs., June 27, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
You are still caring for your loved one. Maybe it has been a long time. This workshop will give you the tools to keep pressing on and avoid burnout. You will learn to welcome these precious moments.
Part 5: The Transitioning Caregiver
Thurs., July 25, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Your role as a caregiver is about to change. You will now be walking through the final months and weeks with your caree. This workshop will help you through the season of grief and loss.
Part 6: The Godspeed Caregiver
Thurs., Aug. 29, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
It has been two years or more since your time of active caregiving has ended. This workshop will help you treasure your life and chart a course for what’s next.
Family Caregiver program will be presented by Jeanette Palmer of Right At Home
Veteran Benefit Specialist and Senior Advocate Jeanette Palmer brings her personal passion and commitment to providing dependable, professional in-home care and assistance to her neighbors in Cook, Kane and McHenry Counties through Right at Home.
Through her personal experience caring for her own mother, Jeanette Palmer understands the need for in-home care and the preference of the majority of people to remain living independently at home.
After her mother’s passing, she felt a strong desire to share her expertise to help others in her community. After months of investigating the possibility of providing in home care and assistance on a full time basis, she became a veteran benefit specialist and senior advocate with Right At Home. The mission of Right at Home Northwest is to provide the care and support that will help seniors and disabled adults live in their own home for as long as possible.
Please register for each program. Click on the program title to register online. You can also register by phone at (847) 428-3661, or in person at the library. Programs are free. For questions about the series, contact Cari Poweziak at email@example.com or (224) 699- 9204.
Here are some new teen books that deal with love, relationships, romance, and all of the good/bad/ugly/hilarity/uncertainty that goes along with having crushes and falling hard for someone:
In Paris with You by Clementine Beauvais
Ten years after they parted, Tatiana and Eugene meet again in the Paris Metro and begin to explore their past, when they might have fallen in love, as well as their possible future. A novel in verse good for fans of Eleanor & Park.
Unclaimed Baggage by Jen Doll
Told from three viewpoints, teens Doris, Nell, and Grant find friendship and the possibility of love while working in Unclaimed Baggage, a store that sells items that went missing during airline travel.
When We Caught Fire by Anna Godbersen
Historical romance involving a love triangle between childhood friends, set in 1871 Chicago.
The Me I Meant to Be by Sophie Jordan
Best friends Willa and Flor are tempted by love that would violate the Girl Code when Willa's long-term crush, Zach, breaks up with Flor, who is fighting her own crush on her math tutor. For fans of Jenny Han and Simone Elkeles.
The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan
Seventeen-year-old Rukhsana Ali is looking forward to going to Caltech and getting away from her conservative Muslim parents' expectation that she will marry, especially since she is in love with her girlfriend Ariana--but when her parents catch her kissing Ariana, they whisk Rukhsana off to Bangladesh and a world of tradition and arranged marriages, and she must find the courage to fight for the right to choose her own path.
The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas
Grace is autistic and has her own way of looking at the world. She's got a horse and a best friend who understand her, and that's pretty much all she needs. But when Grace kisses Gabe and things start to change at home, the world doesn't make much sense to her any more.
Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry
Childhood best friends Jesse and Scarlett reconnect at his grandmother's funeral and start to share their secrets and feelings for each other.
The Stars at Oktober Bend by Glenda Millard
Alice, who sustained a brain injury after a brutal rape, and Manny, a refugee and former child soldier, find and help each other heal after their horrible traumas. This book is told in verse; Alice cannot speak and instead communicates through poetry.
You are the Everything by Karen Rivers
When sixteen-year-old Elyse Schmidt and her crush, Josh Harris, are the sole survivors of a plane crash, she believes that everything is perfect and their love story is meant to be, but she finds that fate is not always what you expect it to be. For fans of unreliable narrators and twist endings!
Odd One Out by Nic Stone
High school juniors and best friends Courtney and Jupe, and new sophomore Rae, explore their sexuality and their budding attractions for one another.
Love a la Mode by Stephanie Kate Strohm
High school juniors Rosie Radeke and Henry Yi, both enrolled in an elite cooking program in Paris, must balance rivalry and romance.
Pulp by Robin Talley
Tells the story of four different lesbian romances spanning different times and genres.
The Seven Torments of Amy and Craig (A Love Story) by Don Zolidis
A coming-of-age story set in 1994 Wisconsin, chronicling the on-again-off-again relationship of Amy and Craig, who come to understand each other better through multiple disastrous breakups. Good for fans of Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler and Maira Kalman.