March Book Picks
It’s St. Patrick’s Day!
by Rebecca Gomez
It’s St. Patrick’s Day! So wear a lot of green. Find a four-leaf clover. And sing an Irish song!
Julia Gillian (and the Quest for Joy)
by Alison McGhee
A new school year has started for Julia Gillian, and so far, it’s not going very well. Her best friend, Bonwit Kellar, doesn’t seem to want to be her best friend anymore. Learning to play trumpet, once Julia Gillian’s heart’s desire, is much more difficult than it looks. And the school has hired an interim lunch monitor, the all-too-strict Mr. Wintz. As Julia Gillian’s music teacher would say, “Where is the joy?”. Thankfully, Julia Gillian soon learns that sharing problems is often the only way to solve them, and that life is only as complicated-or joyful-as we want it to be
Young Adult Fiction
by Pam Munoz Ryan
Lost and alone in the forbidden Black Forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and suddenly finds himself entwined in a puzzling quest involving a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica.
Richly imagined and structurally innovative, Echo pushes the boundaries of form and shows us what is possible in how we tell stories.
by Margaret Atwood
More than fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale, the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on power, but there are signs it is beginning to rot from within. At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women converge, with potentially explosive results.
Two have grown up as part of the first generation to come of age in the new order. The testimonies of these two young women are joined by a third: Aunt Lydia. Her complex past and uncertain future unfold in surprising and pivotal ways.
With The Testaments, Margaret Atwood opens up the innermost workings of Gilead, as each woman is forced to come to terms with who she is, and how far she will go for what she believes.