August 2017

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

Adult Title

Lily and the Octopus

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

Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley
“Lily is Ted’s best friend. She’s also a 12-year-old dachshund with a brain tumor. Ted, who visualizes the mass growing inside Lily’s head as a being with a personality all its own, refuses to acknowledge it for what it is and so refers to it as an octopus. As such, Ted faces this monster that is robbing him of his dearest companion, engaging it in a battle of wills that take on epic proportions. Rowley’s portrait of a sensitive, single man facing a pet owner’s worst nightmare brims with the honest emotions that come from unconditional love.”
Booklist Reviews

Teen Title

Saint Anything

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
“Sydney has always felt invisible. She's grown accustomed to her brother, Peyton, being the focus of the family’s attention and, lately, concern. After a drunk-driving accident that crippled a boy, Peyton’s serving some serious jail time, and Sydney is on her own, questioning her place in the family and the world. Then she meets the Chatham family. Drawn into their warm, chaotic circle, Sydney experiences unquestioning acceptance for the first time. Saint Anything is Sarah Dessen’s deepest and most psychologically probing novel yet, telling an engrossing story of a girl discovering friendship, love, and herself.”

Children’s Title

As Brave As You

As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds
“Genie’s summer is full of surprises. The first is that he and his big brother, Ernie, are spending the summer with their grandparents all the way in Virginia. The second surprise comes when Genie figures out that their grandfather is blind. Genie peppers Grandpop with questions about how he hides it so well (besides wearing way cool Ray-Bans). Then Ernie lets him down in the bravery department. It’s his 14th birthday, and Grandpop says to become a man, you have to learn how to shoot a gun. Genie thinks that is awesome until he realizes Ernie has no interest in learning how. Dumbfounded by Ernie’s reluctance, Genie is left to wonder—is bravery and becoming a man only about proving something, or is it just as important to own up to what you won’t do?”

Look for displays of all our Featured Book of the Month titles at your local branch and the Main Library!