June 2018

What’s New · Featured Book of the Month Program: June

Adult Title

The Leavers

Place a hold on our June selections for the Featured Book of the Month program!

The Leavers by Lisa Ko
“One morning, Deming Guo’s mother, Polly, an undocumented Chinese immigrant, goes to her job at a nail salon— and never comes home. With his mother gone, eleven-year-old Deming is left mystified and bereft. Eventually adopted by a pair of well-meaning white professors, Deming is moved from the Bronx to a small town upstate and renamed Daniel Wilkinson. Daniel struggles to reconcile his adoptive parents’ desire that he assimilate with his memories of his mother and the community he left behind. Told from the perspective of both Daniel and Polly, Ko’s novel gives us one of fiction’s most singular mothers. Loving and selfish, determined and frightened, Polly is forced to make one heart wrenching choice after another.”
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Teen Title

And I Darken

And I Darken by Kiersten White
“This vividly rendered novel reads like HBO’s Game of Thrones...if it were set in the Ottoman Empire. No one expects a princess to be brutal, and Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets. Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright.”
Publishers Weekly

Children’s Title

Amina's Voice

Amina's Voice by Hena Khan
“Amina has never been comfortable in the spotlight. She is happy just hanging out with her best friend, Soojin. Except now that she’s in middle school everything feels different. Soojin is suddenly hanging out with Emily, one of the “cool” girls in the class, and even talking about changing her name to something more “American.” Does Amina need to start changing, too? Or hiding who she is to fit in? While Amina grapples with these questions, she is devastated when her local mosque is vandalized. ”
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