BCL Staff Picks for 2010

Amanda Brewer, Reference Librarian, Beaufort Branch

Mockingbird coverTo celebrate the 50th anniversary of its publication, I reread To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Although it was assigned reading in the 8th grade, it wasn't until re-reading this book this year that I really understand this classic novel. I encourage everyone to reconnect to this timeless treasure. For an added bonus, read Mockingbird by Charles J. Shields to discover the links between To Kill a Mockingbird and Harper Lee's life.


Halle Eisenman, Reference Manager, Hilton Head Branch

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In the early 1950s, precocious eleven year old Flavia de Luce lives in the sleepy English hamlet of Bishop's Lacy, where she spends her time planning elaborate chemistry experiments and devising ways to aggravate her dreadful older sisters. When a travelling puppeteer turns up dead during a performance in front of the entire town, who better to solve the murder than clever and resourceful Flavia? 

This is the second book in a series which begins with The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie and will continue with A Red Herring Without Mustard, due out in February. Alan Bradley has created a delightful set of mysteries with an utterly charming main character.