Staff Favorites 2012

Shay Brooks, Teen Librarian, St. Helena Branch

Little Brother coverLook out Big Brother, Little Brother has got your number. Following a terrorist attack on San Francisco, a well-connected 17-year-old techno-geek takes on the Department of Homeland Security. Computer geekery wears a cool new face in this techno thriller that begs the question again: at what price freedom?


Julie Bascom, Youth Services Manager, Hilton Head Branch

Lye In Wait coverThis title is the first in the Homecrafting Mystery Series which features a different arts and craft business in each installment. McRae (a pen name for Bailey Cates) uses humor, and a touch of romance to tell solve the mystery of a local handyman who was apparently poisoned with supplies from a local soapmaker’s store room. The book introduces readers to two female friends who appear throughout the series Without being too heavy handed, the series gives an amusing look at all the practical issues that single females and single moms face as they try to run successful businesses.

Maria Popek, Children's Programmer, Hilton Head Branch

The Night Circus coverThe circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Reves, and it is only open at night. But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway-a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love-a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands. True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Maria Popek, Children's Circulation, Hilton Head Branch

One and Only Ivan coverThis wonderful story was inspired by true events. Ivan was modeled after a silver back gorilla who lived in a cage for 25 years before he was placed in the Atlanta Zoo habitat specially designed for gorillas.

You will look through Ivan's eyes as this first person, humorous, yet poignant narrative unfolds.


Greg Crispell, Children's Programmer, Hilton Head Branch

One and Only Ivan coverWhen Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.



Amanda Brewer, Reference Manager, Bluffton Branch

Only Time Will TellFrom the popular author of Kane and Abel and A Prisoner of Birth comes the story of one family across generations, across oceans, from heartbreak to triumph. The epic tale of Harry Clifton's life begins in 1920, with the words, "I was told that my father was killed in the war." A dock worker in Bristol, Harry never knew his father, but he learns about life on the docks from his uncle who expects Harry to join him at the shipyard once he's left school. But then his unexpected gift wins him a scholarship to an exclusive boys' school, and his life will never be the same again. As he enters into adulthood, Harry finally learns how his father really died, but the awful truth only leads him to question who was his father? Is he the son of Arthur Clifton, a stevedore who spent his whole life on the docks, or the first-born son of a scion of West Country society, whose family owns a shipping line? This introductory novel in The Clifton Chronicles includes a cast of colorful characters and takes us from the ravages of the Great War to the outbreak of the Second World War, when Harry must decide whether to take up a place at Oxford or join the navy and go to war with Hitler's Germany. From the docks of working-class England to the bustling streets of 1940 New York City, Only Time Will Tell takes readers on a journey through to future volumes, which will bring to life one hundred years of recent history to reveal a family story that neither the reader nor Harry Clifton himself could ever have imagined.

Kathleen McTeer, Youth Services Manager, St. Helena Branch

Melody is not like most people. She cannot walk or talk, but she has a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced. She is smarter than most of the adults who try to diagnose her and smarter than her classmates in her integrated classroom—the very same classmates who dismiss her as mentally challenged, because she cannot tell them otherwise. But Melody refuses to be defined by cerebral palsy. And she’s determined to let everyone know it…somehow. (from

Wendy Purdy, Children's Programmer, Bluffton Branch

Paris Wife coverAlthough this is a novel, it is based on truth which makes for a fascinating, and engrossing read. I became very attached to Hemingway, and Hadley. Despite Hemingway's betrayal of the relationship, it was hard to dislike him too much. I was so very sad their deep, and special relationship didn't last. This book prompted me to learn more about the real life couple, and their family.


Lisa Hunter, Administrative Assistant, Hilton Head Branch

Piece of Mine coverA collection of short stories that provides a glimpse of black culture mixed with humor and life lessons. This book will make a great addition to your book shelf.



Shay Brooks, Teen Librarian, St. Helena Branch

Rendition coverIt’s an oldie, but Rendition keeps us questioning the methods of interrogators questioning those they deem to be terrorists. Does the possibility that someone is a terrorist justify horrific treatment of every suspect or does terror simply beget terror?