Staff Favorites 2012

Gordon Miller, Page, Hilton Head Branch

A Wanted Man by Lee Child"All Reacher wanted was a ride to Virginia. All he did was stick out his thumb. But he soon discovers he has hitched more than a ride. He has tied himself to a massive conspiracy that makes him a threat—to both sides at once.

In Lee Child’s white-hot thriller, nothing is what it seems, and nobody is telling the truth. As the tension rises, the twists come fast and furious, keeping readers guessing and gasping until the explosive finale." - From publisher's description

Stacey Edmonds, Reference Librarian, Beaufort Branch

Wild coverThis is the story of one woman's struggles to find her way through the Pacific Crest Trail when her life is in shambles. Following the death of her mother and other personal struggles, Strayed decides to solo hike 1,100 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail. She carries readers with her along through her ups and downs.

I really enjoyed this book. This is a great book for anyone who loves the outdoors.

Halle Eisenman, Reference Manager, Hilton Head Branch

Wonder coverMiddle school can be a fraught and trying time for any kid, but imagine if you had a severe facial abnormality. August is a usual ten-year-old, except that his face is anything but usual. After having spent years being homeschooled due to the many surgeries he's endured, August is finally going to attend a real school and Wonder follows him through his fifth grade school year. Told from the varying points of view of August and those who surround him, this is a heartwarming middle grade book that should be required reading for the 10-12 year old age group.

 

Greg Crispell, Children's Programmer, Hilton Head Branch

Wonder coverTen-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.

 

Maria Popek, Children's Circulation, Hilton Head Branch

Yellow star coverDuring WWII, thousands of Jewish families were forced into ghettos. Out of hundreds of children sent to the Lodz ghetto located in Poland, only 12 survived.

In a simple and compelling poetic format, Jennifer Roy retells her Aunt Sylvia's story of survival, loyalty, love, and bravery.